As we anxiously welcome Spring, about two-thirds of homeowners say they plan to repaint this season, according to Sherwin-Williams National Home Color and DIY (Do It Yourself) Advisory Panel. Why not? Paint continues to reign as the No. 1 do-it-yourself project. It is simple, affordable and can immediately impact the look and feel of space. Paint offers a low cost means to remedy common complaints with interiors. It has the exceptional ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase or attract attention. According to Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Archictests, "Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the archictectural character and intent of space". He suggests that as you choose paint, think about what the experience of the room should be. So here are a few suggested ideas from Schwartze:
Enlarging Space - Painting walls white, cream,pastels or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) reflects light and creates the illusion of more space. painting the trim similar to the walls provides a seamless appearance and expands the space. Painting the ceiling a slightly lighter color can make the height appear taller. A monochromatic color scheme can make a room appear more spacious as it can amplify the dimensions.
Creating Intimacy -When a space seems overly large and cavernous, warm colors can make the room cozier because of the absorption of light. The same idea applies to vaulted or cathedral ceilings, always using a flat finish.
Peace and Tranquility - Perhaps for your personal quiet space, a master suite or bathroom are perfect for the softer palettes of light grays or greens, wispy blues, pale lavenders. Muted tones can also create a calming atmosphere.
Highlighting Features - For notable features in a room such as crown moldings , fireplace or bookshelves,consider a paint that contrasts with the walls. Using a gloss or higher sheen creates acrisp , sharp edge. makes everything POP!
Diminishing Flaws - As much as contrasting colors can make fearures stand out, a low contrast palette can hide unappealing flaws such as radiators, conduits, etc. Always use a flat paint as light is reflected minimally.
So Now - What About Colors?
According to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, the greens and blues that you see in our outside world will be the same hues that we will see in our indoor living spaces. Green is symbolic of new life and so will be able to refresh tired interiors. The greens that move toward blues are expected to be popular too. According to Ms. Zimmer, "Bluish-greens like teal, turquoise, aquamarine, and cyan are expected to be hot designer choices. By selecting one of these hybrid colors, you can, in a sense, co-opt both of the trendy color choices." And true blues? Ms. Zimmer expects that we'll see a lot of natural blues from lighter tints such as sky blue and robin's egg to darker shades of slate, navy and midnight blue. Because these colors lend themselves so well to combinations, Ms Zimmer suggests mixing it up. Create patterns. New trends expected to be popular are everything from chevron patterns to stripes and textured paints.
Well, this sounds like an exciting year! Thoughts?