Trick out your house with color
Use these paint tips to trick out your house and give it a shot in the color arm. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
1. Use accent walls. Accent walls are in again, and in a big way. Painting a single wall, particularly behind a bed or sofa, is a great way to use color without feeling like your drowning in it. Here's the trick though: how about painting the wall behind your fireplace or breakfast area a single striking color?
2. Paint your interior doors. Who says doors always have to be painted the same color as the trim? Why not make the doors stand out and paint them a striking color? You might be surprised at how snappy your doors can look and how the color adds prominence to a door.
3. Paint windows. If you have paintable windows, paint them a different shade than the surrounding trim. Painting your windows a different color makes them stand out from the room (and vice versa) and looks oh so sharp.
4. No headboard for your bed? No problem. Painting a wall behind the bed fools the eye that there is a headboard. To make the effect even more prominent, paint a single strip of wall behind the bed where a headboard would be and the bed will look complete. You can paint it headboard height or run it all the way to the ceiling.
5. Paint a kitchen accent wall. Painting accent walls in the bedroom or living room is pretty standard, but try painting an accent wall in the kitchen for the touch of something unexpected.
6. Use lacquer. Lacquer is a specialty paint most often used for painting cars, but used in the home it's positively gorgeous. Lacquer paint is smooth, has a brilliant shine and is amazingly tough. It's also very hard to paint with. You'll need to hire a painter, but it's the kind of paint that transforms a room into a jewel box. Try lacquer in the dining room. At night the room will positively sparkle.
7. Paint your floors. If you don't want to go to the expense of refinishing your wood floors, but you don't want to cover them with carpet, try painting them. A bright white room would look smashing with indigo-colored floors.
8. Gild it. Gold is a striking color and looks rich and elegant on a dining room and master bedroom ceiling. Better still, apply gold paint to your trim in the master bath, dining room or living room for a touch of golden Rococo style.
For more paint ideas check out color blogs like fauxology.com or colorbuzz.valsparblog.com and bring some color to your living space.
(For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her Web site, www.redlotusletter.com.)
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