Wall-to-Wall Color

Whether you plan to accent a single wall, coat an entire room, or highlight an architectural feature; you can transform a space easily and inexpensively with paint.


Hi, I'm Jennifer Cup, Homes editor at Southern Living. Whether you plan to acts in a single wall. Coat an entire room, or highlight an architectural feature. You can transform a space easily and inexpensively with paint. From brasin blues and reds. To soft things in aquas, there's color right in every room. [MUSIC] Bold colors give rooms personality and spice like nothing else can. [MUSIC] Don't be afraid of deep saturated color. A library or studio feels especially cozy when given a big dose. [MUSIC] Some intense color. Color doesn't have to be bright and bold. You could also make a big statement with soft subtle color. Blue is a calm color that tends to recede and works well as a back drop. It's a great choice for a bedroom. Color can add cottage charm and set a laid back vibe that is perfect for beach and light houses. It brings new life to rustic spaces and keeps them from becoming dark and predictable. Consider layering color and texture. When painted, a seagrass wall covering lends subtle texture that can't be achieved with flat paint on drywall. Draw inspiration from a favorite fabric when selecting wall paint. This helps create cohesiveness in your room. Don't be afraid of mixing bold color with a bold fabric. For an air of sophistication, repeat the shade of your fabrics onto the walls. The repetition of a single cue makes a grand gesture. Natural wood and white apholstry balance bold color, and keep it from becoming overwhelming. For further relief, keep ceilings and trim white. If you do want all over color, try painting the ceiling, walls, and trim the same hue, varying paint sheen for interest. Call attention to kitchen cabinetry with a splashy hue. It's a fun way to turn a space from utilitarian to eye-catching. Tone it down a notch and give the eye a place to rest with bright white ceilings and countertops. For cabinetry, opt for a semi-gloss or gloss patina. They'll add a touch of sheen and guard against inevitable spills and stains. [MUSIC] If you prefer white cabinetry, consider painting your kitchen island or just a few cabinets an unexpected hue. Be judicious. Red is an aggressive color that tends to dominate a space. It works best as an accent. Vivid hues reign in small spaces. Making bathrooms and laundry rooms a great place to experiment with color. Walls, ceilings, and cabinetry dashed in the same soft shade maintain Cohesion. Soft hues open up rooms, keeping them bright and airy. [MUSIC] Think outside the box, stencil patterns and even stripes make a hip statement without having the expense and permanence of wallpaper. Use a single stencil as a pattern to create a uniform design. Place color overhead to highlight an often-overlooked space and draw the eye upward. Painted ceilings make an unexpected statement in any space. Unless ceilings are over ten feet, lighter hues work best. Traditionally, Haight blue has been used indoors and on porches to give ceilings a lift And bring a hit of color above eye level. Beware dark colors tend to make ceilings appear lower. So think light and bright with selecting a color for your ceiling. For a twist, keep your walls white and instead use color on doors and trip. Yellow is a sunny choice that generates warmth and lends a spirited feel to any space. [MUSIC] Turn wood floors into a statement with porch and floor enamel paint. Like a rug, a painted floor commands attention and sets the stage for a room's decor. For a classic look, opt for a solid, stripe, plaid, or diamond motif. [MUSIC] Paint a table or chest a surprising hue to lend informality. Use a high gloss paint for extra shine and underscore intricate detailing. Or opt for a flat finish to distress bad age. [MUSIC] Color with confidence and the more the merrier. [MUSIC] Throw out the rule book and decorate with the colors you love, where you'll see them the most often. With this kind of energy and imagination you can't go wrong. For more ideas on decorating with paint visit southernliving.com.
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