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What’s New: Paint Can Make All the Difference!
We don’t often talk about our Color Consultation Service and we really should. Paint can change the look of a room dramatically and can give your home an update that is easy and inexpensive. Some recent projects we did demonstrate how not only redesign, but paint color can give any room a beautiful new look.
Let’s start with a small bedroom. Our client had two bedrooms she wanted us to redesign. One she wanted as a dedicated guest room. The smaller room she wanted for a “grandchildren bedroom”. Below are the before and after photos of the grandchildren bedroom.
The dark green paint in this small bedroom was a popular choice not too very long ago. But, the color made the room appear even smaller than it really was. Now that this room was going to be dedicated to visiting grandchildren, a softer background suitable to both boys and girls was in order. Our inspiration for a new paint color came from the comforter and shams. We loved the yellow and gray in the shams. (The comforter is a solid gray on the underside) We chose Sherwin Williams Mystical Shade for the walls and Extra White for the trim. Note how much bigger the room appears with the new paint color! The bookcase/window seat is actually two small bookcases laid on their sides end to end. Although we did not paint them, it would be an easy project for our client to paint them white to match the woodwork.
We did not consult on new paint colors for this room but thought it was a good example of how paint can add interest to a room. Conversely, the paint colors were our inspiration for the bedding. We loved the stripes, chair rail and contrasting brown. No need to mess with success. We identified the paint colors as Sherwin Williams Cargo Pants and Alabaster for the stripes. The brown was Thatch Brown. With our paint samples in hand we found this great paisley coverlet (on clearance). Within the pattern were the striped paint colors. Additionally a little green in the pattern was a perfect match to our client’s pale green blanket (end of the bed) and matching shams. The soft aqua in the spread, shams and accent pillow is a nice contrast to the brown. Lamps were an excellent find at TJ Maxx .
Paint can be used strategically to highlight focal points in a room. This great room, with new paint, now highlights the architecturally significant fireplace as well as providing a neutral backdrop for displaying collectibles. For the walls we selected Sherwin Williams Mega Greige. The book cases and cabinets were painted Muslin. Notice how the fireplace is now showcased and is the focal point of the room. The homeowners’ collectibles and artwork stand out against the light background. The room is bright and inviting.
We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It should especially be a space that looks great. But the kitchen is often neglected in terms of updates because the expense of replacing or even re-facing cabinets is a budget breaking, time consuming, messy project that may not be in the immediate future. If you are selling your home, you know the importance of having an updated kitchen that will appeal to potential buyers. Paint is an inexpensive solution that gives you immediate results and most likely will have you pulling out the cookbooks so you can spend more time in that beautiful “new” space! Our client’s kitchen was beginning to show its age. The cabinets were looking outdated and the wall color only served to highlight those cabinets. For the walls we suggested Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. The cabinets were painted Incredible White. Unless you are a very accomplished painter, we would suggest having cabinets professionally painted. It is so important to select durable paint appropriate for kitchen use and that will also cover wood cabinets beautifully. Zoom in on the peninsula and you will see how the newly painted bead board is an added bonus.
Color can be useful in repurposing lots of items in your home. Before you get rid of that polished brass lamp or light fixture, think about getting a can of metal paint in rubbed oil bronze. Spray new life onto that light! Do you have an old chest of drawers gathering dust? Prime it and paint it an antique white. It can make a great buffet in your dining room, a beautiful piece in your entryway. Last year we held a child’s bedroom makeover contest for Coulee Parenting Magazine (See our archives for photos and description). We needed a nightstand and found an old oak lamp table at the Re-Store for $8. A couple coats of pink paint and we had the perfect nightstand for the project. A little pink and white spray paint changed pop bottles and carrier into a great accessory “vase” for that same project.
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