One of the top questions I get hands down is about painting ideas color and what to paint and how to paint your house. If you’ve wondered about paint, then stick with me because I’m going to give you some of my top tips.
My first tip is to look at your home and decide is it open concept or is it separate rooms. The reason I say this is if your home is an open concept home one of my best tips and what I’ve personally done is to paint all one color. I think it really opens up the space. It creates flow, and there’s no separation.
If your space is not an open concept and you’ve got more separate rooms, you can still do this and painting ideas it all one color, but I think you have a bit more flexibility in playing with color in those separate rooms. A tip with that is you could do a similar color in a different shade. Say you were doing a gray in your living room. You could go with a darker gray in the separate den or dining room.
My second tip is be open to dark colors. I say this as someone who loves white so much and suggests a lot of white when I do color consultations, but moving into 2017, you are going to see so much dark paint and I love it. Actually, 2017’s Color of the Year with Benjamin Moore is actually a very dark black, almost purple color, and it’s gorgeous. It can be a bit intimidating though. How do you use it?
Think of it in small spaces. I really like dark colors in a bathroom. I think it can look great and cozy in a bedroom. If you have a den, that’s a great place to try the dark colors or behind the wall of your bed. I think that’s another area that you can use these dark colors. Be open to them. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to see lots of these greens and dark blues and blacks, and they can look fantastic.
Tip number three is don’t be afraid to paint wood. I know this is stereotyping, but men usually don’t like it when I suggest this, and women love it, but let me explain myself here. Painting of wood can make such a huge difference and be a fraction of the cost of some other choices, like if you have a kitchen you don’t love anymore, but the kitchen cabinets are still good quality. Think about painting ideas it.
I don’t suggest you paint it yourself because it can be a pretty big task. I would suggest having someone come in and they’ll actually spray it for you, but it can look like a whole new kitchen. Also, if you have just some dated paneling or wood baseboards, painting ideas them is such a great option and makes a huge difference.
Now that I’m sharing all my color secrets with you I’ve got a couple bonus tips that I think you’ll like. The first one is think matte. You’re probably seeing this all over in fashion. Matte lipstick is very in. Whatever is in fashion seems to translate into the home, so painting ideas things in a matte finish, and I’m talking about those dark colors, specifically a matte black, is really popular right now. This is great if you have an old dining table or a side table and you want to paint it.
Think about painting it, instead of the high gloss that we were all doing the last few years, think about painting ideas it in a matte, and it’ll just really update it and make it contemporary and fun. My second bonus tip is about your ceiling.
Most people paint their ceiling white, which I can understand this. It’s easy to do, and it’s pretty safe, and you absolutely can do that, but a great tip is to paint it a same color as your walls, but just do it a half or quarter tint.
For example, if you have a gray wall or a blue wall, take that same color and get your painter to actually mix up that color at just a lesser tint and put that on the ceiling. It’ll really give the illusion of a larger and taller wall and will look beautiful and seamless together.
Now that you’re inspired to painting ideas, I know it can be so super overwhelming to know what actual color to use on the wall, so what I’ve done for you is included a freebie of all my favorite colors and you can link to them below.