8/16/10

EXPLORING WALL COLOR: CHANGES WITH PAINT AND COLOR

How long have you been living with the same decor?

Is it looking worn, dingy, dated?
Or are you just tired of seeing the same things the same way everyday for 5, 8, 10 years?
You  may not have the budget to completely redecorate right now, but you can extend your time between redecorating
by changing things up a little

by making small inexpensive changes with big impact

PAINT
A little paint can transform.  It is relatively inexpensive and by far the biggest bang for your buck. 


If you have been living with white walls - change to a soft neutral (grey, beige, tan, green, blue)
If you have color, try a new treatment.


add stripes
 
younghouselove.com

change those boring white walls out for a soft neutral
photo from portlandhousepainting.com

if you don't like it, just paint over it - paint is the easiest change you can make
from centsationalgirl.com

try a wall stencil


refresh and update your look
with a wall color that compliments your decor
from younghouselove.com

look how ordinary paint transforms this room
from younghouselove.com

use paint to design a cool graphic for a child's wall

plan on extra paint if you are painting brick
the porous surface will require more to cover


FOR YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS
If your kitchen is weighted down with heavy, dated, old oak cabinets


from bizzinteriordesign.com

a coat of paint can provide a remarkable facelift


from apartmenttherapy.com

FOR FURNITURE FACELIFTS
from eddieross.com

Refresh hand-me-downs, or swap meet finds with paint
Perfect way to update furniture that you may be tired of
and great 'green' decorating by reusing and repurposing existing furniture 

photo from inthefunlane.blogspot.com
Make the old and 'crusty' look polished and new


from apartmenttherapy.com
from centsationalgirl.com

Paint works wonders in making those wood finishes 
that don't work with your decor
blend in nicely


from casasugar.com

FOR ACCESSORIES

Don't limit your paint experiments to the big stuff.  This outdated lamp was made new again with a coat of paint and a lampshade change.
by designspongeonline.com

IN THE BATHROOM

from beth-diymyway.blogspot.com
See how paint and some new hardware transform these tired bathroom vanities


from beth-diymyway.blogspot.com

FOR THE FLOOR


If your flooring has seen better days,
consider these beautiful floors created with paint and stencils.
from domino magazine

Paint is often the first choice of designers for making a change on a budget.
Most commonly for walls, but as you can see - it can change the ugly to beautiful on cabinets, accessories and furniture as well.
It is the most forgiving, as well
Easy to change if you make a mistake
And inexpensive

So get out the drop cloth
and have some fun!

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