Paint like an Interior Designer

Color is undoubtedly one of the strongest design tools available to both designer or homeowner. The boldness, subtlety, absence or manner in which color is used can literally create the Design Effect, Style or Theme required for a space. As you approach how to "use color", it is definitely a personal preference and comes down to the desired feel and style for your space. That's why every Interior Designer knows that Paint is the only conversion tool available to your home.

The magic of color is instantaneous, whether it marks the space's architectural details, emphasizes its size or hides its small parts, accents furniture or simply adds a splash of freshness, sexiness, luxury or sophistication. All the beige of the 1990s limits left spaces that feel unfinished, "dissolved" and most significant, unresolved.

When choosing color colors, the trick to making sure a color actually works in your space is to test it first. Buy test pots and splash up a 2 & # 39; of 2 & # 39; the square on the different walls you should paint to see how the color is affected by the light in your space and how the different other elements react to and with the color. How lightly filters enter your room, regardless of the burning sun or completely artificial in the source, will affect the color and you need to see this first hand. Throw away old stories with dark colors that shrink a room; This is completely erroneous and actually gives a rich or saturated color complexity, warmth and wealth and actually makes the walls back. This is why in smaller rooms, trying to paint your firewall is a rich color and then painting the other walls of your color (the overall color used by your home for walls to provide continuity), this is called color blocking.

Often when painting we use a color on the walls and white gloss on wood, the same white that we use on the roof. This is a big mistake because it focuses all your attention on your roof, making it your focus point. Ceiling should always be a creamier, less white tone than your trim (try Benjamin Moore Cloud white in ultra-flat latex) or try using an ultralight version of your wall paint as well. By choosing a soft creamier white than your trim, your roof will actually recycle and give the allusion your ceilings are much higher than they really are, just make sure to use an ultra-flat color. A design trick for creating light, space and sharpness is to use a pale new color on the walls and a dark tone on woodwork (like Francesca by Martha Stewart Paint, a bold and striking soft black). This gives a space one more & # 39; Designer & # 39; feel. The use of a dark color on terminals not only makes the walls lighter in contrast, it gives a space a more "designer" & # 39; feel at the same time as you also create a strong contemporary look that makes everything above it feel easier contrasting. Talk about trim, try using Benjamin Moore's Oxford White to give a crisp, fresh, and tailored look to your home.

If you have any doubts about which room to start introducing color, try your dining room first. Rich, dark or colored colors work beautifully in the Dining Rooms, as they intensify their sense of drama and enhance their intimate atmosphere. Colors like dining room Red by Farrow & Ball or Haitian Flower by Behr works especially well for creating plot while displaying architectural details (moldings, fireplaces or chandeliers). When we often use our dining room at night, the rich tones of the light intensify and take on a depth as the depth. Another room / area with walls that just ask for a rich lick of color is your entrance and thus add a touch of decadence. The entrance hall is by nature an area where you do not spend much time, it is an excellent opportunity to be brave and use a really exciting color. For the Designer effect, try with a high gloss on the gloss on the walls. Colors like coffee, Lafayette or Pink Sky (all by Ralph Lauren) work beautifully when mixed with lots of white woodwork and moldings in traditional spaces or colors blocked on a high gloss wall in modern spaces with framed artwork grouped on it.

Remember to think about how and why you use each space in your home and then imagine how you want to use space and what inspires you and would either add zest or zen to your life and then make the decision to paint. Add a real designer feel by painting a wall with a rich dramatic color and then accenting it with pale cream colors, painting a dark or bright color on a wall with framed art or objects to make them really pop and give a feel by drama, try painting a study wall in different broad strips with contrasting or complex colors (make sure you vary the thicknesses to make them feel organic) or to hide a large-colored sofa painting the wall behind it in the same color and then accenter it with Rich pale silk pillows to make the room feel less messy and heavy. Life is not a rehearsal, living it to its fullest and setting the scene for the life you want. In other words, get painting.