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."
An accent wall with a graphic wood paneling feature, fireplace and built-in bookshelves balances the bright, lime green wall color in this eclectic living room. Music-inspired artwork adds to the funky flavor of the space.
Several patterns and a rich color scheme were the focus of designer SuzAnn Kletzien's plan for this eclectic living room. A vibrant green accent wall frames the bay window area, while a brick wall provides a rustic edge behind a soft black chenille sofa. Kletzien paired together a black vintage Persian rug with two other rugs, including one with a modern blue and white chevron design, to create a layered look.
Transitional Living Room With Green-Striped Focal Wall
The green-striped accent wall in this kid-friendly transitional living room becomes the focal point of the small space. A panoramic sunset photograph from a trip to Cape Cod split across four frames on the wall ties in with the salmon-colored accents found in the pillows and throw.
Jade green walls create an luxurious backdrop to this eclectic living room. Part of a stunning mansion in Marrakech, Morocco, the living room boasts Moroccan style, tons of natural light and beautiful architectural details, like arched doorways and windows.
Traditional Cream Living Room With Green Accent Wall
On HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother Stayce spent $12,200 of the budget on brand-new flooring throughout this living room and adjacent dining room. The newly made-over living room features a cream sofa, brown leather arm chair, and a light green accent wall behind the tile-framed fireplace. Red and orange paisley throw pillows add warm color.
Thick white trim creates a cohesive look in the open design of this home. The living room features a lime-green accent wall behind a large built-in shelving unit with a custom library ladder. A round wood coffee table echoes the rich wood of the hardwood floor, and a shag rug brings a soft texture to the room.
Eclectic Living Room With Vibrant Kelly Green Walls
This living room's got personality! Bright blue and kelly green come together to create a space that's both soothing and full of punch. Because the room has such high ceilings, the vibrant colors don't feel constricting. Multi-patterned throw pillows keep the room from looking overly formal, and plants scattered throughout the space make it really come alive.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
Dark walls in a small space don't have to be a bad thing if used the right way. Designer Gail Fedela used olive walls to open the space up, but kept it light and airy with lots of white in the window treatments, accessories and bed linens.
This living room's silver-wallpapered accent wall makes the wet bar and entertaining area a focal point. The dark brown microfiber sectional sofa makes up a relaxing sitting area while drum-shaped pendant lights illuminate the space.
Light green walls complement the furniture used in this living room, including a striped sofa decorated with throw and pillows, matching armchairs, wood coffee table, and botanical wall art. Large windows and a white built-in cabinet add openness to the room.