Modern, lively, exciting – if these words don’t describe the style of your favorite rooms, an update is in order. Painting is a classic makeover tool for interior spaces. To give your home’s aesthetic a boost of personality and style, consider these surprisingly simple paint projects that can be done in one day or less.
Ombre walls: The fading technique that gently transitions one hue to another is popular in clothing and hair coloring, and can also be used for interior design. Pair any two complementing colors to create a beautiful ombre composition on walls. For example, red and orange transition to mimic the visual essence of a sunset, turquoise and blues blend together much like the colors of the ocean, and white with gray makes for a crisp, clean style that captures the look of winter in chic modern style.
To create an ombre wall, first select your paint colors. BEHR MARQUEE(R) Interior Paint & Primer has 372 exclusive one coat colors to choose from. (For details, visit www.behr.com/marqueeguarantee) Start at the top of the wall and paint the first color about two-thirds down. Then, starting at the bottom, paint the second color upward until it meets the first. Finally, use a large sponge to spread and pat the bottom paint color up the wall to create a beautiful blend of colors with a smooth transition.
Ceiling surprise: The often-ignored “5th wall” is the perfect place to add an unexpected touch of color. Forget white and go bold with rich tones that accent the decor in the space. Simply use a roller with an extended handle to make the job easier and select your paint color of choice.
Brighten the room and draw attention vertically with a rich yellow color reminiscent of sunshine. Perhaps you’d like to evoke the feeling of the outdoors by painting the ceiling a light blue and sponge paint soft white clouds around light fixtures. Gray is the perfect color for ceilings when contemporary styling is your goal and will give your room a modern edge.
Chevron patterns: Chic chevron zigzags have broad visual appeal in a home. The V-pattern pairs well with a variety of interior styles, such as modern and eclectic. A small chevron accent wall can make a tiny space pop with personality. Chevron also looks stylish on tabletops, coffee tables and end tables.
Time-saving tip: Paint a wall or tabletop entirely in one shade of paint. Then use quality painter’s tape to create chevron patterns in your desired size. Simply paint over the gaps, let it dry and remove the tape to reveal a crisp chevron design.
Colorful accents: Want to revamp a room but don’t want to paint the entire thing? That’s why painting accent walls a bold hue has become the simple way to inject color and style into interior spaces. Achieving rich deep color doesn’t even require multiple coats, thanks to the exclusive BEHR MARQUEE Interior One-Coat Color Collection. Plus with its low VOC formula and one coat coverage, you can paint a room and entertain (and impress) guests all in the same weekend!
Which wall should you select to paint with an accent color? Look at how the room is used and where the eye is naturally drawn. The wall behind the couch, bed or kitchen table are all wonderful locations to experiment with a touch of color. Another option is to choose a focal point to accent, such as painting a border around a piece of art or a TV mounted to the wall.
Anyone can be color-savvy and achieve impressive results with some high quality paint and motivation.