The way your home is decorated can say a lot about you, your family and your lifestyle. Choosing the right colors are important, but less know is the importance of putting those colors in the right spots to dramatically change the features of a room. There are many ways to use color to change and enhance your home.
Using Paint to Change the Game
Possibilities that paint creates are literally endless. The great part is, if you don’t like something you chose, it is easy to change. Unlike a building project, changing a paint color can be done with limited expense and hassle.
Here are a few ideas of how you can enhance your home with details you already have:
- Door – Your front door is one of the best spots for setting the mood for your whole home. It says something a window never could, so taking the time to choose paint really matters. Matching the house trim is an outdated trick. Today’s front doors feature bold or bright colors that complement the rest of your outdoor color scheme. Some houses even see a bump of interest when homeowners try the same trick on garage doors.
- Choose bold trim colors – Your trim doesn’t always have to be white, though it should stand out from the color of the siding. Instead, opt for a huge statement by highlighting the more decorative elements of your home with paint colors that have something to say for themselves. Pair light gray siding with black trim, or choose multiple colors to accent ornate trim work in older homes.
- Rethink built-in cabinets or shelving – Plenty of homes have built-in cabinets or shelving and most homeowners tend to paint them the same color as the trim, effectively hiding these potentially eye-popping elements. Instead of blending your built-ins with the background, choose colors to highlight them. Painting doors different color from the calls and trim, or selecting a bold or bright color for the back wall of an open shelving unit can really make a statement. This trick can also work for the risers on wooden staircases.
- Why not white? – Many people shy away from white walls because it feels like the color lends to an institutional feel of a room, but white doesn’t have to be hospital grade. There are a range of barely there and off white colors within the white spectrum, and with these you can enhance them with color pops in the room itself. If you want white, that is perfectly fine too. Choosing a trim color that complements your favorite version of white is vital to the success of white walls.
- Colorful ceiling – There’s been a long tradition of ceilings being painted flat white, but that wasn’t always the case. In the past, ceilings have been havens of color in rooms of various sizes and shapes. Depending on the effect you’re looking to create, you can use lighter or darker colors to visually raise or lower the ceiling, or accent decorative ceilings with color for added dimension.
- Textured Paint – Wall textures comes and goes as a trend but it may be a great way to deal with older homes that may have irregular or rough walls. Today’s texture paint goes beyond Venetian plasters to give you a huge range of options in texture and more ways to get an end result you’ll absolutely adore. Use a heavy texture as an accent or go a little lighter for a bit of interest throughout a living space.
You don’t need to be Picasso to be successful. If you are completely stumped with how to create your design goals, give us a call. We have plenty of wonderful contractors and designers that can help you achieve the look you are wanting.