Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
Paint can do wonders for a wall and can be even more powerful if applied in a less conventional place. A bright color on the ceiling will perk up a room that feels humdrum. If your home has handsome millwork, make it shine with a color other than white. If your wooden floors look tired, wake them up with a checkerboard pattern. Or give your front door some extra recognition (and add architectural charm) with a coat of glossy color. Before you get started, see our tips.
Use white for color relief.
Too much color can easily overwhelm. Pair a bright ceiling with white walls, or keep the trim a crisp white if walls are painted a bold color.
Choose the right Finish for the job.
Try a flat finish on ceilings, gloss on cabinetry and trim, semigloss on kitchen and bath walls, eggshell or satin on bedroom and living room walls, or porch paint topped with a coat of polyurethane on floors.
Test before you buy.
Every color looks different outside the store. Before committing, paint some swatches directly onto the walls to see what the color looks like in different light.
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