June 20, 2011

Let your walls do some talking-Part 1

I’m not sure why so many people are afraid of paint on their walls. It took my own mother twenty years to leave her white walls behind for color and when she did what a difference it made.

Painting your walls is one of the most cost-effective ways to update a room. Not only that, but it allows you to add impact, brighten the space and create a backdrop for your wall art.

The biggest myth about paint: “Won’t a dark colored wall make the space feel smaller??” Absolutely NOT I say! As long as you stick to a few guidelines, dark colored walls can make room and the objects in the room shine with personality.

Follow these rules when selecting a dark paint:

  • Choose the right room: large rooms with high ceiling and natural light, powder baths where not much time is spent, hallways for a dramatic or glam feel.
  • Contrast is key: Off set the dark walls with white trim and molding, add objects in the room like fabric, art, drapery and rugs that are light colored.
  • Make the room sparkle: Mirrors, crystal or glass lamps and acrylic furniture items bring brightness to the space while amplifying the colors you’ve chosen.

Here are a few choice examples of how much of a dramatic sophisticated impact dark painted walls can have on a space:

via ApartmentTherapy

Given the opportunity I would have so much fun designing a room around dark walls. Who’s up for a paint job!?!?

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