We have all heard that a gallon of paint can change the look and feel of a room. Did you know that it can change the room’s personality, also? You must be wondering what personality are we talking about the homeowner or the room. Since every room has it’s own unique style and feel, it also stands to reason that a room also has it’s very own personality.
I work with clients all the time in trying to choose a paint color for a room or entire home. It can be a daunting task. The first question to answer is what message are you trying to convey with this room?
There are a host of Paint choices to choose from: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, Behr, Valspar and a host of other well known brands.
Recently I came across an article on Lowes.com that brilliantly showcased three distinctly different looks for one room. This was achieved by a room visualizer and some very creative people. How do you decide what paint to use on your walls to really make them pop? Take a look at the three distinctly designed rooms , that happen to be the same room.
Step 1: Let Your Wall Accent Make a Statement
We have all heard of great wall accents that can really bring the eye’s attention to one wall, while the others are subdued. This is an age old design trick. One that I have used countless times that really helps a person that is in love with a color that may be too bold for an overall room. Rule of thumb when using a bold color for an accent wall, use a center wall for your accent wall and allow your complementary softer color on the sides brace the bold color for support. This helps the room look balanced.
In the Lowes photo the color palette is creatively called, ” Spy a Butterfly”, it brilliantly allows you to create your very own color bouquet from a beautiful array of garden colors. The vibrant color used was a strong and definite green (New Avocado, #6007-6A). The shorter , in small doses to highlight shorter wall sections, were a soft, pale shade called (Feathered Fern, #6005-5A). In this creative color palette, the design team used a robust and vibrant pink and orange accents in the pillows and artwork to round out the garden look.
Step 2: Dare to Be a Little Bold
Don’t let strong bold colors frighten you. Dare to be bold. Sometimes we are afraid to show our bolder side in colors with the fear that it may be too strong. If you have a room that is a nice size, play with a stronger color palette. Be daring be bold.
If you are unsure about a color, test a color on a few walls and take a look at it in the various lights and time of day. Sometimes colors appear differently when the light bounces off the walls at the different times. Don’t be afraid to ask for a color to be lightened or darkened to get that perfect shade or color you are looking to achieve on your walls.
In the photo, the color palette used is appropriately named “Field of Dreams” this varying robust color palette includes rich blues and greens that emulate the sky, water, sand, trees and gives that overall fresh look of the outdoors. the design team chose to paint the walls a rich vibrant blue that resembles sparkling waters. The color used on the walls is the vibrant and ever so pleasing color: (Rushing Stream, #5005-10B).
They accompanied this rich bold and vibrant blue with earthy creamy colors in the the ceiling and in the trim by using the versatile colors: Jekyll Club Cherokee Tan, #6008-2A, and Muslin Wrap, #7003-11). One good tip to try your take on a bold color for a room is to sample the color in accessory furnishings such as pillows, rugs, lamps, first to see if you like the color. This allows you to get a feel of living with the color in the room first. Typically you will find that every season when new color palettes come out, they are introduced in paint colors and accessory items. This allows you to assemble a wide array of items that complement each other in a room.
Step Three: Draw the Eyes Up to the Ceiling in a Room
In a room you can be creative with a ceiling, especially if you have ceilings that are large and unusual shapes and heights. You can do creative molding and trim and you can paint the ceiling a color or you can even use products such as stretch ceilings that can also be acoustical. I digress, but you get the point that you do not have to be stuck with the mundane and boring ceiling that is the old popcorn from yesteryear.
For the next color palette, the designers chose to go with the nautical palette: “Darling Dusk”, that gives a light glow of the sea at twilight. This is a color palette is a serene and tranquil color palette.
In the beautifully designed geometric shaped ceiling, they have used trim on the ceiling and accented the center panels with a soft color. You are definitely daring to achieve a different look and feel of the room with this color scheme. I caution you to be sure and always test first with renderings and sample areas before you emabark on an elaborate design like this because, you really have to like it, because it will definitely make a bold statement in the overall look.
The designers used (Sprinkle, #5008-9A, and Ultra White, #7006-24) on the ceiling architecture. They went with a more neutral color scheme on the walls by using (London Coach, #4002-1B). Overall this look is what you an call a classic color palette with the blues and the whites. They made the room more unique with introducing geometric shapes and patterns with various shades of blue. If you are a nautical enthusiast or love the ocean, this is definitely a color palette you should consider choosing for your interior painting remodel.
Click on the following to learn more:
1 Room, 3 Dramatic Color Palettes – Lowes.com
Things to consider when painting your home – Donco Designs
Knockdown and Specialty textures – Donco Designs