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Painting Your Home Interior: Exploring the World of Color

From knickknacks to sofa cushions, your home is filled with a variety of colorful and interesting items. These items are designed to catch the eye and inspire conversation. So why is the idea of painting your home’s interior make you want to run in the other direction? Maybe you think that your home’s architectural design is ill-suited to it or that color is just too bold for your design aesthetic. Whatever the case may be, there is a color or color combination that is perfect for every room in your home. Following a few simply guidelines will help you and your interior designer discover all the possibilities of the rainbow.

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Livability

A visit to your local paint store can definitely be overwhelming. A wall of nothing but paint swatches means there are so many options it’s almost impossible to choose. When confronted with such a mind-boggling array, it is important to remember Roy. G. Biv. He is the fellow who said that red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet are the only real colors available to you. Everything else is just a variation. Once you know this, it’s really just a matter of figuring out what you can and can’t work with. If you’re never been fond of the color red, you can cross it off and any derivatives from your list of possibilities. Using your favorite design items such as a couch, fireplace or other focal points can also helpful when trying to decide what family of colors is most likely to work for you.

Balance

While neutral colored walls and crown molding may be enough for a bathroom or small bedroom, the combination can be a bit uninspiring in a larger space. However, your living room décor may not be able to sustain an entire room or of royal blue or forest green. If subtlety is what you want, painting the crown molding or entryway of a room a shade lighter than the color of the primary walls can draw just the right amount of attention to make a statement. A copper or bronze finish is also great for highlighting architectural effects. For a bolder statement, you can paint one of your walls a rich color while leaving the rest a cool neutral. This option is ideal for drawing the eye towards a specific feature in the room, like a beautiful couch or painting. Rooms with wainscot can offer an excellent contrast to a warm colored top wall.

Primer & Finish

Every wall that you paint needs a proper primer. Primer is essential to make sure that there are no lingering attributes from the previously used paint color. It is also the best way to make sure that the color you choose is the same one that appears on your walls. Likewise, overlooking how important a good finish is can diminish the lifespan of your paint. A satin or eggshell finish is sufficient for many paint jobs, as it provides a smooth touch while being easy to clean and forgiving of imperfections. Semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes were once thought to only be best for trim accents; today, they are commonly used as visual effect aids. With well-placed lighting, you can even create a textured effect by painting one adjacent wall with a satin finish and the other with a semi-gloss.

Color requires a certain level of commitment. However, painting your home’s interior doesn’t have to be a do or die affair. You can take what you want and leave the rest and once you find what works, you and your interior designer can breathe new life and new color into your home.

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