If you feel a change is needed in your home for the New Year, a fresh coat of paint is easily one of the biggest and cheapest home design tools at your disposal. But did you know you can get your fresh look or vibe without painting an entire room? Check out these three paint tips that can transform your home!
Start With The Walls
Of course, starting with the walls make a lot of sense to homeowners. If your daughter has outgrown her “Barbie pink” bedroom walls, and it’s time for a grown-up hue, it makes sense to paint all the walls in a room. Popular painting trends, however, offer some innovative ideas to painting walls today. Choosing a dramatic color to paint one wall in a room is a concept known as creating an accent wall. The most common methods to do an accent wall is to paint a single wall a darker color than the others. Typically, the best wall to use as an accent wall has no windows or doors, or if you have a feature in your room that you’d like to draw attention to, creating an accent wall behind it is a clever way to do so.
Another option is painting a dramatic color in one or two smaller spaces, like a powder room or a dining room. The idea is to paint the entire house the same color, then pick one or two special rooms to serve as the accent. Whatever route you choose, be careful to not go overboard with dramatic colors.
Paneling Is An Option, Too!
Older homes with wood paneling often appear outdated. Although it might be tempting to tear it out and start over, consider painting over the wood instead. Interior designers suggest painting the paneling a muted color and save the brighter colors for artwork and area rugs. The greatest part of this project is that is the techniques for painting paneling are quite easy!
Paint Your Furniture
Our first instinct when we think about painting is to paint walls, but painting furniture can also give you the fresh look you are looking for. If you’re a renter and you are restricted from painting the walls, go for a bold color on your furniture that will brighten up the room — particularly if you have white or off-white walls in your rental home. Not only is this a more renter-friendly solution, but it’s also a clever way to break up the monotony of furniture that came in a set or closely matches the flooring.