If you're looking for a spa-like feeling, try muted greens with more gray undertones than white. This color is fresh, understated and really evokes a feeling of cleanliness. Skip popular kid tones like pink and blue, and instead try shades of aloe which work well in spaces for boys and girls alike.
If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered. Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness. These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden. Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets.
“Painting just one wall can completely transform a room,” says Erika Woelfel, VP of color for Behr Paints. “Pull your inspiration from existing kitchen decor, your favorite foods or BEHR Color Trends to find a color that suits your space.” The intense green accent wall in this photo is Behr’s Japanese Fern.
There's a reason that this master bedroom feels so unique: its colors were inspired by an heirloom painting. With dark green walls, golden curtains and light furnishings, the space is at once moody and sleep-inducing.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
A fresh minty green called "Restful" (SW 6458) from the HGTV Home paint collection by Sherwin-Williams evokes an airy coastal feeling in this bright sunroom. The table coated in "Rapture Blue" (SW 6773) draws the eye further into the space. Botanical prints hang on the paneled walls, lending to this coastal cottage feel. An eclectic mix of wicker and traditional furniture in whites, neutrals, and blues sets the tone for the casual space. White curtains allow for plenty of natural light and a white throw rug over hardwood flooring anchors the room.
Against a wall painted lime green, this alabaster white bookshelf provides a sharp contrast. Items displayed on the shelf include white books and white ceramic pieces, including a topiary plant and coral.
This cozy sitting room is furnished with overstuffed seating around the brick fireplace. Hunter green walls, floral textiles and a bucolic painting exemplify rustic elegance in this country-style living space.
Shelf lighting illuminating the liquor bottles adds a colorful and decorative look to this bar. A painted brick accent wall features bold lettering and compliments the neutral and black tones in the room. Green bar chairs line the bar for a clean, contemporary finish.
Built in upper cabinetry provides additional storage over the bottle display and L-shaped countertop of this bar. Green bar chairs line both sides of the bar for maximum seating capacity. Hardwood floors and a painted brick accent wall keep the color scheme light and fitted for the dim atmosphere of the room.
Chartreuse and green chalkboard paint surrounds this boy's contemporary bedroom with a playful stripe. Striped bed linens in red and blue mimic the wall stripe, while bunk beds ensure plenty of floor space for playing games.