Interior / September 4, 2018 / Romina Doran.
Dreary, gray, dilluted versions of true color are overused. Too many institutional creams. Creams can at times be lovely, but more often than not they are sad and feel dirty and dated. Instead of cream, opt for true, crisp white. Instead of sand, try cocoa. Any specific rooms that are great for experimenting with color? Dining rooms are a great place to try out your first move in the color department.
Pick the paint color last. Homeowners want to pick a paint color before they move in. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint? Of course you can do it this way, but it is not ideal. There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one.
If you are not comfortable using strong hues in a big way start small, with key accessories like textiles pillows, throws, area rugs, that can be switched out as your mood changes. What are a few favorite decorating tricks for adding instant color to a room? Fresh flowers, books, lampshades. What are common color decorating mistakes?
You do not want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you are layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug. Front on, put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well defined space while lending a feeling of openness.