Cold winter days, like we’re experiencing now, are an ideal time to work on interior design projects in your home. These projects don’t have to be complicated. In fact, there are many ways to freshen a home with new design touches that are easy to implement and also easy on the budget. You would be surprised at how small changes here and there can have a big impact on the look and feel of the rooms in your home.
One of the most familiar fixes for a tired looking room is the addition of fresh color to walls and accent areas. Painting a room doesn’t require a big investment and really isn’t difficult to do. What’s more, an entire room doesn’t necessarily need to be painted. Changing the color of one wall has the power to change the tone and character of just about any room.
The question of choosing colors can be a difficult one so it’s best to first think about the kind of feeling you want to create in that room. If you want to create a sense of coziness you might stick to warmer colors like tan, khaki, burnt orange, sage green or cream. With soft lighting and jeweled toned accent cushions and design fixtures, you’ll definitely establish a stylish and comforting feeling.
If, however, you want to set up a room with a more modern or high tech feel and style you might want cool colors like bright white, grey, purple, violet or burgundy. Think about how you live and how you like to work in your home, then choose colors that help you to feel and perform your best.
One of the great challenges with painting is that while you may have a color in mind that you’ve seen either in a magazine or someone’s home, you really have no way of knowing if that color will look the same way in your home with your furnishings and room lighting.
Paint colors can look different depending on the lighting and the objects in the room. Once you have found the color you like among the paint chips in your local paint department, you’ll want to look at those chips in the natural daylight to view the truest hue/color. When inside, keep in mind that incandescent lighting will bring out the warm tones in your color. If you view your paint chip under fluorescent lighting you’ll end up seeing cool blue tones in the color sample.
If the color you plan to use represents a big departure from what you might normally choose for walls in your home, you would be wise to test out the color on poster board mounted temporarily on the wall in the room to be painted. This way you can see what the color might look like under the actual lighting in the room. Take your time to apply the color and ensure that it has properly dried on the poster board before viewing in the environment of the room to be re-painted.
Wall color is one way of adding interest to a room but so is the way you apply it. You can manipulate the texture of your painted walls for added style. Options include applying metal or burnished mineral finishes to create a reflective effect that gives your room a truly distinctive, whimsical feeling. You might also consider applying layered color glazes which will add depth to your walls.
While painting will definitely create new interest in your home, artwork can also make a big difference. Changing around artwork in your home or adding new art pieces can bring focus to a room and can help bring out or emphasize certain colors in your color scheme.
Finally, an imaginative touch to any room is the addition of candles. Not only do the unlit candles offer interesting color and style, but lit candles can impart attractive scents and offer warm and inviting lighting to a room.