Home and Living was talking to our home painting expert, Debbie Zimmer, and we decided that sometimes smaller paint projects can produce really happy results. How so?
At the mention of interior painting, many people envision painting an entire room. But when used more sparingly, paint color is also a great way to inject creative accents into home decor—just some of the ways a small amount of paint can spice up a home interior.
ACCENTuate YOUR HOME’S COLOR SCHEME WITH AFFORDABLE INTERIOR PAINTING
In the same way that interior decorators use colorful accents to give a room style and personality, you can employ interior paint—but at much lower cost than going out and purchasing new furniture or window treatments.
“Adding a new color is a proven way to change the look and feel of a room,” says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute. “If you don’t want to take the time to repaint the walls and woodwork, simply adding an accent color here and there can produce amazing results.”
Zimmer says that paint accent colors can be worked into a color scheme in a variety of ways.
She offers these suggestions:
• painting a single wall in a color that complements or contrasts with the other walls in a room
• painting the window frames and woodwork an unexpected color
• painting a standout feature – like a fireplace or curved archway — a special color
• painting the back of bookshelves or a cupboard a different color than the front
• painting the doors on kitchen or bathroom cabinets a different color than the frames
• painting objects already in the room, such as picture frames, pots, or even furniture
” …perfect home improvement projects for those with busy schedules …”
Unless you are using the accent color to draw attention to just one special item, Zimmer says your décor will appear more thoughtful and “put together” if you repeat use of the accent color on several items or surfaces. “That signals there is a plan to the color scheme, rather than a randomness.”
Adding accent colors to a room has many practical advantages, says Zimmer. “Small-scale interior painting projects take less time, require less effort, and involve even less expense than painting an entire room, which itself is quite easy and inexpensive. They are also perfect home improvement projects for those with busy schedules or tight budgets, which today describes just about everyone.”
If you plan to try your hand at accent painting, Zimmer adds one final bit of advice: Don’t compromise on the quality of paint you use. Top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint is easier to work with and will adhere better to almost any surface. These paints are also better at hiding the color below, so you’ll probably need fewer coats of paint to complete your project. . .ultimately, saving even more money and conserving precious time that can be spent elsewhere.
For more tips and advice about decorating with paint, visit www.paintquality.com.