Paint Your Walls for High Impact

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The easiest and least costly way to change the look of a room is with paint or wallpaper, or both.  Yes, wallpaper is making a huge comeback.  First, it’s not the wallpaper we all peeled off years ago, cursing ourselves or the previous home owners!   Second, when applied in small spaces, such as a powder bath, or on an accent wall, wallpaper can make a dramatic impact without overwhelming your entire home.  Last, if wallpaper makes you nervous, try it in a small space, such as a laundry room or a powder room.  These are rooms that you don’t see all the time, but can feel special when you enter the space for shorter periods of time.  For more inspiration, visit York Wallcoverings, the largest manufacturer of wallpaper in the country.

How to Decide on Paint Color?

As you look to refresh your home with paint, think of the entire space and traffic flow.  How does it feel to walk from room to room?  Does the color change in each room?  Rather than a completely different look in each room, find a color that you love. Consider various shades of that color of paint to achieve a cohesive look throughout your home.  For instance, in Florida, lighter colors are hugely popular. However, a room with contrasting colors of darker navy and white is a stunning combination that can ground a bedroom or study.  

Today’s paint color choices are endless; knowing the “undertone” of the paint is important in choosing a warm or cool color.  When selecting a paint color, take existing flooring, art, rugs, and furnishings into consideration if you don’t plan to change them.  Complimentary undertones in the paint color are best paired with other elements of the room.  When in doubt of the undertone of the paint, look at the darkest color on the color strip. Then, you will get a better idea of the amount of brown, gray, blue, green, or even white.  When painting a room, use the 60-30-10 Rule to assure color achieves balance in your room.

Wood and paint tones should play well together.  Wood flooring generally has a gray, yellow, or red undertone.  Snowbound SW7004 pairs well with gray undertone flooring.  Westhighland White SW7566 pairs well with yellow undertone flooring, and Pure White SW 7005 pairs best with red undertone flooring.

Neutrals bring nature into a home and soften the mood.

Where to Add Contrasting Paint Color?

As you walk through your home, find accent walls that can be carved out with a different paint color (or wallpaper) than the rest of the walls in the room.  They stand alone. These walls become the backdrop for creating interest and depth in your home with color, art, mirrors, and furnishings.  Metallic paints are trending up and create a beautiful sheen.

Color Triggers Emotion  

Think of how you feel when you are surrounded by color, whether it’s in a home, an art gallery, or any retailer, restaurant or bar.  The colors they choose can dramatically impact mood and energy levels.  

  • Pink: fun, lively, soft, bright, happy, and feminine
  • Red: passionate, daring, intimate, energy, anger, comforting, festive
  • Orange: stimulates creativity, evokes warmth and coziness, sweater weather
  • Yellow: welcoming, sunny, happiness, cheery
  • Green: tranquil, invigorating, brings the outside in, restful and balancing
  • Blue: peaceful, serene, calm, meditative, restorative
  • Violet: stimulating, sexy, cooling, spiritual, royal

Paint color creates the mood and can compliment or clash with existing elements in your home. So when in doubt, consult a color consultant at your local Sherwin Williams paint store.   I suggest starting with The Living Well collection, which has the newest fresh palettes that reflect today’s lifestyle. 

Those Coastal Colors!

Living in the sunshine state provides the opportunity to let the light inside your home, and here are some of the most popular colors for Florida homes.  Click on the links to see the color in a living room.

So download the Sherwin Williams COLOR SNAP app and experiment with color in your own home from the comfort of your sofa.  Then take some photos of your rooms, make an appointment with your local Sherwin Williams color consultant, and transform your home with fresh color!

Refresh Your Home – Nurture Your Soul

About Kelly Marley

Ten years ago, I was working for a Fortune 500 company and was relocated to Florida, with all my treasures in hand.  I quickly realized how out of place my northern furnishings looked, and so I began a journey of fun and experimentation…of letting go and creating new looks that reflected my new coastal lifestyle.

Today, I am a Certified Interior Decorator.  I’ve parlayed my skills into a growing business that embraces my passions for beautiful living  I look forward to helping you transform your home into a space you truly love.  A home that brings you a sense of peace, and nurtures your soul when you walk through the door.

To schedule a complimentary consultation, please send me a request with your preferred times.


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