It’s like you’ve done a surgical operation on your home, correcting structural flaws and preserving the details of each room’s architecture. Still, there’s something missing. The renovator’s secret weapon is more than likely paint colors.
Depending on how the crown molding contrasts with the walls, it can visually raise or lower the ceiling? Is it possible that color can transform one space into an energetic gathering place while another can become a relaxing reading room?
Nowadays, open-plan homes feature large living, dining, and kitchen spaces that are often combined into one large space. Color is used to give rooms a sense of spaciousness and to create focal points in otherwise drab spaces. Choosing paint colors and deciding where to use them is the trick, of course.
Select a finish that creates a visually appealing effect
In addition to choosing your colors, think about the finish you’ll use. It has long been believed that satin (also called eggshell) paint is best for walls because it is scrubbable and does not highlight imperfections despite today’s flat paints being more stain resistant. Finishes with semi-gloss and high-gloss were thought to look best on trim, highlighting the curves of molding profiles and door panels. Today, finishes are used not only to decorate walls but also to create visual effects.
Room color selection
Professionals in the painting industry have a minor obsession with the psychology of color. In addition to how a room is used, you should pick a color based on how you want it to feel.
Colour your social rooms (dining rooms, kitchens, family rooms, and living rooms) warm colors such as daffodil yellow or coral, while painting your private rooms cooler colors such as violet, sky blue, or sage green.
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Be aware of your whites
There is an astounding variety of whites available. Whites with no tinted undertones are considered pure, “clean” whites. To create a neutral overhead space, designers often use these on ceilings to display artwork or furnishings.
In general, whites are either warm, with undertones of yellow, rust, pink, or brownish undertones, or cool, with undertones of green, blue, or gray. The paint company’s Mary Rice suggests warmer whites in rooms with little natural light or in larger spaces to make them seem more intimate.
Whites that are cool, on the other hand, can help open up a space. To find out which one will work best in the room, test several at the same time.
The use of color in architecture
To transform a room, playing up a room’s architectural features is one of the best ways to use color. It’s easy to make colored walls more interesting by adding molding, mantels, built-in bookcases, arched doorways, wainscots, windows, and doors.
The Power of Two Colors
When decorating a room, use two different colors to make it appear bolder. You can paint a built-in bookcase, niche, or recessed area in a room with blue walls a shade of green, for example, highlighting the items inside. It is also possible to maintain continuity throughout a house by painting architectural elements the same color throughout. Moldings, windows, and doors have traditionally been painted white or off-white since the Federal period.
Wainscoting creates contrast in rooms
The contrast between light and dark in a wainscot-covered room is excellent. Bright white wainscots next to a colored wall will draw the eye away from the wainscot, while dark wainscots below bright walls will hold the eye. Alternatively, you can paint the lower third of the wall a different color and the upper walls a different color to create the effect of wainscot where it does not exist. To reinforce the wainscot look, place a piece of flat molding along the intersection and paint it the same color as the lower wall.
Make a focal point out of an accent wall
Adding a vivid accent wall to a room that is generally white or neutral can create a dramatic, contemporary edge. The primary walls could be painted a soft color like beige, celadon green, or three shades darker for the accent wall, as suggested by color consultant Ken Charbonneau. While the accent wall still makes a statement, it is not as dramatic as it once was.
Multicolor Options for Bolder Options
When drama is your goal, Doty Horn, director of color and design for Benjamin Moore, recommends rethinking the idea of painting a wall from corner to corner. You’ll create an architectural emphasis where none exists. Using a clockwise motion, paint one wall a third, two thirds of the next wall, and wrapping the corner in color. In order to cover that corner of the second wall, you will need to paint the last eighth of that wall, as well as three quarters of the adjacent wall.