3 painting rules that can spruce up your home

3 painting rules that can spruce up your home

What's the easiest way to update your home? Nothing updates a room more easily, economically or more thoroughly than a fresh coat of paint. Dog and kid paws make walls dirty over time, so it’s wise to refresh your space with new color.

What follows are a few general rules to get you started with your painting project..

1. Accent walls.

I believe that most people view an accent wall as an opportunity to use color without actually committing. It is a designer’s job to push (or gently nudge) you out of your comfort zone.

Unless you have a fabulous view or an amazing architectural feature to highlight, forget that accent wall. Go for flow and stay away from this sure sign of an amateur at work. Accent walls often break up space in an awkward way and create a choppy feeling within a space.

2. Transitions.

Unless you are using only one color (boring!), we'll need to consider how colors transition from one space to another. This one is easy – transition color on an inside corner, not an outside corner. Sometimes, this type of transition can’t be avoided, so choose the least viewable location and keep them to the bare minimum.

3. Color balance.

Avoid living in a clown house. An easy way to do this is to think about balance. If I choose a warm color for one room, I tend to look for a cool color for its adjoining space.

I also use what I call a “sister” color: the same color with less saturation. Another option is to reuse colors you have already selected. For example, don’t use multiple blues unless they are noticeably different. 

Of course, every rule is made to be broken, but let's try to follow these rules as general guidelines to success. It’s also a great idea to contact an interior designer for a color consultation. Good luck and most importantly, have fun!

About this Angie’s List Expert: Stacey Riley is the principle of Stacy Riley Interiors. Since 2003, Stacey Riley Interiors has provided interior design services in Seattle and specialized in color consultations, custom window drapery panels, romans and blinds, custom bedding and bath, upholstery and fabrics, and more. Follow this #ALExperts contributor on Google Plus.

As of Nov. 13, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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