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Work With What You Have: Part 2, Color, Paint - Interiors

Working with What You Have and Small Economical Changes: Part 2, Color and Paint (Please see product, and site, links at the end of each section for additional information.)

Concealing Imperfections
Do you have a wall that is less that perfect condition? An inexpensive way to conceal imperfections is to apply a wash. Mix latex paint with water, until it is a translucent tint, then stroke it, or dab it, on with a sponge. If you donít feel confident about diluting you own paint, buy a pre-mixed wash kit. (See Below.)

You can create the feeling of an Italian Villa with this technique. And, by applying the mix in a "C" shape, you produce a French wash, also know as parchment.

- Pottery Barn: Color Washing Kit, link to catalog request page: http://www.potterybarn.com/catalog/catalog.ehtml

- Additional Instructions And Links On Color Washing on DecoratingPlus.com: http://www.decoratingplus.com/page_one.htm#Colorwashing


Feeling Insecure About Color Selection?

When you are feeling tentative about a color, try painting a small room first. (By small, I mean a powder room, a laundry room, or a hallway.) "Trying-out" a color this way will save time and expense.

Another way to increase your confidence is to use designer color scheme cards. You can find mix and match pre-coordinated sets at Home Depot (Ralph Lauren) or Kmart (Martha Stewart). These cards are a great way to introduce color with confidence. Each paint card has approximately four colors. You can do an entire home with one set. Choose one color for all your trim, then go from there, making changes from room to room, or wall to wall. These are guaranteed not to fail.

View Ralph Lauren paints online: http://www.wallsalive.ca/lauren.html

View Martha Stewart paint colors online: http://www.finepaints.com/html/martha_stewart.html


Trade Secrets

The following are inexpensive trade secrets that apply to color and paint. They will help bring your interior together, or provide a special effect.

~ A home feels coordinated when the trim, i.e.: base, crown, window and door frames, are painted the same color. You should also apply this principal to your ceilings. (Trim and ceiling colors do not have to be the same.) This approach reduces the number of cans of paint, and therefore costs.

~ Painting the ceiling and the walls the same color pulls the ceiling down. If you want to heighten a room, then use a different, lighter color than you plan to use on the walls. Sky blue and sunlight yellow are especially uplifting because of the natural elements they emulate. In addition, vertical stripes (painted or in wall covering) make a ceiling appear higher

~ High gloss paint, on the ceiling, will bounce light and add gleam.


Creative Wall Finishes and Borders
Here are some unique ideas, and applications, for wall finishes and borders.

~ Have you every thought about stenciling your favorite saying across a wall in one room? How about a quote from Shakespeare?

A continuos saying, around the perimeter of a room at chair rail or crown molding height is also a beautiful and inexpensive embellishment. Perhaps a nursery rhyme, or lullaby, could decorate your childís room?

Stencils for Lettering:
http://catalog.craftsetc.com/viewProduct.cfm?item_id=29329

Pre-made Sayings:
http://216.149.252.2/index1.htm

Other Types of Stencils:

Amazon.com Stencils: Add wide variety, ranging from flowers, to birds, to lighthouses, etc.

Periwinkle Stencils: http://www.cybertours.com/periwinkle/home.html, primarily floral.

http://stencilease.com/: Architectural, children's, murals, etc.

~ Another creative idea for a blooming (or closet) artist is a wall finished in blackboard paint. Terrific for a childís room (they can get out their doodling obsessions), a recreation room (Bill Maddenís play-by-play), or in a niche in a kitchen (for phone messages and schedules).

Blackboard paints: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/h/crayola/cray-intro.html

~ Have you ever thought of cutting away the void spaces in a wallpaper border to create a 3-D affect before applying it? This technique creates a dimensional quality that the regular boarder can not achieve. (Best done with a very exact utility knife.)

~ Rather than a wood molding at chair rail height, try a wall paper border. Other unusual and effective uses for borders are: surrounding a window or a door, and using a border to create vertical stripes spaced at regular intervals across an entire wall or around an entire room.

Borders: Variety
http://www.eisenwalls.com/pages/borders/arch/arch.html

Previous Articles In this Series:
Part 1: Work with What You Have: Determining Likes and Dislikes, Scale, 2nd Opinions, etc.

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