When you’re home or office decorating grand dreams can easily turn to frustration when you start to get lost in the sea of patterns, colors, styles and ideas. In fact it may even seem easier to do nothing than to try to somehow put all ideas that are swimming in your head into one cohesive plan. Don’t give in to that voice! You need some tips that will help you to plan a beautiful space in a short amount of time so you can stop worrying and start enjoying.
More than any other topic, people ask me for tips on choosing paint color for home or office, so I’ve compiled a list of my most frequent answers. I hope it will help you achieve just the effect your’re looking for!
1.) Don’t use dark blues, greens or reds in a small room. Dark colors soak up light. It will make it feel like you’re living in a cramped cave.
2.) Do use pastels or light colors in small spaces. Yellow will especially widen a small room. Yellow allows the natural light from windows to bounce around the room.
3.) Do choose colors that you like. After all, you want to live with them for quite some time, right?
4.) Don’t pass by a color just because you don’t care for it at first glance. Think of how the room will look as a whole and not the color solely by itself. Some of the wall colors I’ve most enjoyed have been shades I wouldn’t have chosen if I walked straight to the paint chip display.
5.) Don’t pick a shiny paint if you have imperfect wall surfaces. Shiny paint will show every crack and crevice.
6.) Do think about what adjoining rooms will look like if painted different colors. Make sure the colors look good together or you may be better off painting them the same color and using different patterns to differentiate the spaces.
7.) Do plan your color scheme ahead of time taking into account the furniture and drapery colors you intend to use. If you don’t you are headed for intense disappointment when the color turns out to stick out like a sore thumb against your decor.
8.) Don’t paint with a color idea just because you liked your neighbor’s living room. It’s okay to get ideas, but for goodness sake, be original!
9.) Do paint your ceiling. It will make your room cozier. Lighter colors will make the ceiling appear higher and darker colors will bring it down. If this is a big step for you, use the same color as your walls. This is a safe step first step. Who knows? You may just decide to throw away the white ceiling paint!
10.) Do use warm colors like oranges and reds to make a large room more intimate. Likewise, cool colors will help to widen the space in a cramped spot.
11.) Do cover a surface area you want to hide with a dark color. Dark colors like black or brown blend into the background. I painted two columns in my finished basement black. They were in awkward places and they stuck out like sore thumbs! Anything I did to decorate around them made them stick out more. Once they were painted black, they just disappeared!
12.) Do have fun through this process! Remember, paint is never permanent. You can always cover it up with more paint!
Now that we’re all through with the black and white advice, don’t you wish there was a way you could see it all put together in color? That way you could pick and choose from photographs, saving you the time of compiling ideas yourself, not to mention the headache of having to start the decorating planning process all over again if you don’t like the results the first time around? Well, home decorating made easy may be just the publication you’re looking for. It will save you hours of planning! All you have to do is recreate the already gorgeous look, then throw a party. Stand back and watch the neighbors’ jaws drop!