I just became a first time home owner in the local Phoenix area, and the first thing I noticed after having the keys placed in my hand was the hideous tan-yellow walls that lived in every room throughout the casa. How do you know whether to paint bold or to paint neutral? Here are some tips that may help you decide your wall’s fate.
Tip #1: Separate Rooms by the Crease Seam
Each wall deserves their own attention, and when applying a color ,whether bold or neutral, you have to know where to start and where to stop. By finding the right wall crease you are not only utilizing the colors full potential by not blanketing the room, but you are also allowing yourself to possibly use more of your color palette bringing depth to a room instead of just a paint color.
To follow this tip I found it helpful to stand with my back to my front door and survey the room for the light spots and the shadows revealing where different colors could live. I decided to paint my living room and dining area all one color, a neutral blue grey to add space. To break up that neutral I painted the wall in the kitchen that held my shelving and appliances a bold bright teal and stained the cabinets a crisp white. By finding the wall creases I didn’t overlap the colors or cause any eyesores of wiggly paint lines.
Here is a sneak peak of the wall crease in the kitchen with all three colors:
Tip #2: Forget the blue and go for the Green
After taking the time to tape an entire room and wishing for a clean paint line, the worst feeling ever is peeling it off and revealing the spotty work of blue scotch tape. The Frog tape that can be found at Lowe’s and Home Depot is the solution! It seals and has an extra sticky coating protector that leaves the cleanest paint line I have ever seen. It allows you to paint and peel with ease. This also helps when mixing bold and neutral paint colors in one room or one space. It allows an easy-on-the eye edge to seamlessly appear!
Tip #3: Find a piece of art or decoration
In order to discover your design aesthetic, go thrift shopping to find a painting or a vase or a pillow you absolutely love. That then can become inspiration for a single room or your whole home. I found that my taste can be described with the following adjectives: simple, neutral, pops of bold, summery and clean. I lean a lot toward a grey pallet with pops of corals, yellows and blues.
By going through this exercise, you may be able to realize that although you may want a bright wall, you may not be drawn to the right style to compliment it. My best design tip is not fighting your design aesthetic, not fighting the urge to put something funky in a room and owning it.
Here are a few design aesthetic places I recommend looking into:
By doing this exercise of letting your design imagination run wild, the right colors will be chosen and the end product will make you happy to live in your home.
Happy Decorating fellow Positivity Seekers!