If your home office needs a fresh new look, it’s time to break out the spray paint. It’s easier than ever to paint a variety of surfaces thanks to new paint formulas. The biggest challenge will be choosing a color from dozens of on-trend hues. You can even paint fabrics with the right product!
Updating your home's exterior paint can be intimidating, but there's a quick way to simplify it. When choosing new colors, remember that a color scheme consisting of three or four coordinating hues works well for most exteriors. Given this home's lack of ornate detail, three shades of earthy greens are used on the siding, trim and doors.
As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole is seen here choosing colors for the powder room in the Summit Avenue mansion. Nicole Curtis spends a lot of time working to find the perfect paint color and prefers to work with the local small hardware shops to get all her supplies.
Spazio Rosso, Inc. choose a dijon paint color for the walls and yellow raffia wallpaper for the ceiling in this contemporary study. The built-in shelves were redesigned in a diagonal pattern to create a unique geometry, which the area rug and drapery fabric were chosen to enhance. The desk is composed of two layers of glass, the top being black, underneath being white.
Yellow will be brighter on your walls than it appears on the paint chip. Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot, recommends finding the yellow you like most on the paint chip strip, and then choosing a color two shades down.
Whether you can paint your walls or not, you can always embrace color and pattern through your furnishings. Use rugs, textiles and furniture to create a dynamic home no matter how long you live there. "Choose colors that are on the opposite sides of the color wheel to ensure they balance each other," says designer Emily Henderson.
Choose a clean and classic blue and white palette. Men and women seem equally drawn to this color scheme, so it's perfect for shared spaces. A rich blue paint on the walls is the perfect foil for beige and white bedding.
Paint a wooden craft box and attach a “tassel” to the lid using a tie tack post and cotton embroidery floss to resemble a graduation cap. The box can be filled with money, a gift card or another gift of your choosing. Keep in mind, graduation caps vary in color. Opt for a paint color that matches the grad’s cap and gown.
To draw attention to architectural elements, paint them white and choose other colors to fill the room. This tone-on-tone bedroom by designer Camille Forte is plush, warm and romantic, an ambience that's harder to create with white alone.
No party decor is complete without fresh-cut flowers. For this look, choose dual-toned ranunculus and pink peonies, place them in painted tin cans and bud vases. Spray each can in two colors using painter's tape. Cobalt bud vases with single stems pop wonderfully against the black-and-white striped.
Portable storage containers such as painted wooden crates or metal bins that can be personalized are a stylish option for children's rooms. With an endless array of colors, patterns, fonts and shapes to choose from, these storage containers are a cool and decorative addition to any room.
Sliding glass doors in the master bedroom lead to the deck in order to keep an unobstructed view of the kids. In choosing color for their bedroom, the couple opted to paint the wall opposite their bed a bold shade of turquoise, then pop fire engine red furniture against it.
It's so easy to find a lone piece of furniture that's itching for new life via a fresh coat of paint and a little TLC. If you don't have something you can spare around the house, scour local garage sales to find pieces on the cheap. Choose a fun color and voila, you've got a perfect focal point for any kids' rooms. And it's always more exciting to sit in a chair that's got a pop of color so the kids will surely love the revamped piece, too.
Designers say start with the area rug first. From its design, you can choose colors to paint your walls and find throw pillows and paintings to complete the decor. Just make sure to follow this rule of thumb: The area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. When you take into consideration the different uses, shapes and design preferences, however, other factors weigh in as well.
Here in the family room you can see the soft gray-blue palette shared by the majority of the home’s main level. I’m immediately struck with how the simple walls and painted brick allow the artwork to pop off the walls. We didn’t use a lot of pattern in this room. However we created our own with these solid silks, creating a cool color-blocked look for the panels. Just as much work went into choosing the comfortable furniture. I just want to take a seat on that rug!
Keep in mind that your furnishings should be in proportion not only to the actual size of the space but also to the perceived size — which can be affected by such elements as paint color or extensive areas of glass. In this project, the latter came into play. “The floor-to-ceiling windows make this small space feel larger, and to keep that open feeling the furniture needed to be scaled appropriately,” says architect Leslie Arnold. “Choosing furniture that was open at the bottom — i.e. pieces that do not go all the way to the floor — ’enlarges’ the room by allowing the entire floor to be visually unbroken. The simple, solid colored upholstered furniture allows the brightly colored rug and wall art to be the main focus of the room.”