|Posted on July 29, 2017 at 12:25 AM|
It’s nearly August and we are enjoying the last of our summer vacations, and preparing our children to return to the rituals of school and dorm life. During the onset of this season we long for cooler weather, and naturally, changes on the personal home front, especially the interiors.
Fresh paint is typically one of the most popular and useful solutions for the beginning of a newfound enjoyment on the inside of home. The last three years ushered indomitable shades of gray. Beautiful grays have been designers’ and homeowners’ go-to colors for it can be cool or warm with hints of blue, taupe, green and bronze. Now that gray’s neutrality is appearing in builder models and in nearly every furniture showroom across the country, we indeed, come to long for something more substantive color-wise. We are ready to transition into fall, the season that mimics the colors of spice and herbs like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, sage and dried tarragon.
Accent wall painting is a way to get the color groove back, so to speak. Paint a facing wall or focal wall. Here are a few choice options when selecting your accent color, especially when integrated next to your lovely shades of gray.
Red increases the energy level in any room as it stimulates conversation. It is stunning in formal dining rooms with any wood tone and can be used appropriately above chair rails. It looks like velvet when painted in a matte finish.
Yellow (shades of gold are best) makes the sun literally shine in a room. Its energizing effect is fantastic in busy kitchens, however take care that its intensity is muted for yellow is known to agitate the senses with too much of a good thing.
Blue (grayish blue) and Green are the colors of relaxation and calm. They are excellent for a bedroom. Blue is known to slow down the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
Purple (lilac and lavender) are also known to make a room feel mellow and soft. Deeper shades of the color purple are amazingly dramatic and look stately when paired with silver or bronze finishes.
Orange, like red is energizing and looks amazing in an exercise room. Warm shades are so flattering to any skin color too.
Charcoal is a very deep rich shade of gray that looks chic and glamorous next its lighter gray color.
More Autumn to come…..next week’s feature is all about Texture. Read this before you buy upholstery basics.