Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fail-proof Painting

Still don't know where to start with painting your home? Or are you living in an apartment and not allowed to paint? Here are some fail-proof ideas to spruce up your space and still create your own individual look.

Neutrals and whites are your friends, and they also create a very versatile base for your style. The easiest way to pick the right neutrals or shades of white for your place is to start with your favorite color. Bring along something of that color with you to help pick neutral/white paint chips, and find ones that go best with that color. Choose at least 3 different shades of that neutral, one for walls, one for ceiling, and one for trim and doors. If you live in an apartment, check with your landlord first and choose one shade of white that you like. Make sure to use semi-gloss on the trim and doors, and eggshell or satin finish on the walls and flat on the ceiling.

Once you have your rooms painted you can add your accent color. Use art, photos, accent pillows, flowers, curtains, rugs or pieces of furniture. Make sure that when adding in your favorite color it remains an accent color; don't overdo it. Pick only one or two ways to add your signature color per room, and you're on your way to creating a cohesive design that's all your own. Everything else should remain in your neutral color scheme, just make sure that the furniture is lighter or darker than the rest of the room. This will help create more visual interest while still letting everything work together.

If you want to take it one step further, pull in one more color. It can be a complimentary color (opposite on the color wheel) such as purple and yellow, blue and orange, or red and green. Or, for a less dramatic look, go for a color that's similar (next to it on the color wheel) such as green and blue, blue and purple, yellow and green, yellow and orange, etc. Again, don't overdo it! One or two pieces will give you the greater impact. And as always, have fun! Design is fluid, and with a color scheme like this one, it's easy to change a few pillows and have a completely new look.

I hope this was helpful in getting you started designing your dream home. If you like these tips and want more please subscribe to my blog, I post new tips every Saturday. Feel free to contact me with any question you have or ideas for other posts. Till next week, happy decorating! ~DesireeNichelle

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