It never ceases to amaze me how often such little things make such a huge impact on a home. I would like to share with you some ideas of what we do with paint that can transform your room into something special.Just applying a fresh coat of paint will make a room look a lot better. Adding stripes, circles, accent walls, magnetic paint, chalkboard paint or any of the numerous faux finishes, takes it to the next level.
Usually stripes are painted on just the one wall opposite the door where you enter the room. Vertical stripes make a room feel taller, and horizontal stripes will make a room wider. Stripes need not be the same width, and can alternate between narrow and wide. The stripes can all be different colors, either darker or lighter than the background wall. It is also possible to have stripes the same color as the background, in a different sheen, for a very elegant but subtle effect.
A great way to spruce up a bedroom is to paint circles of various colors and sizes on the walls. Painting circles within circles is also fun to do and gives you the ability to add a lot more color to a room. Taking a pencil, you can map out circles on your walls using various sizes of bowls and plates. Usually about a dozen circles on a wall are all you need. The circles do not need to be centered, and circles of random sizes and colors will spruce up any bedroom or playroom.
Painting just one wall in a room a different color can make the room feel it has more depth to it. Be brave and use a very bold color on this one accent wall. We have followed our customers’ requests and painted dark red, burgundy, and fuchsia, as well as dark navy, on the accent wall, and produced amazing results.
In recent years, receiving magnetic pictures from weddings and bar/bat mitzvot has become very common. Painting walls with magnetic paint allows you to place these magnetic pictures on your walls. Although it works great for this type of picture, it does not work well enough for hanging up calendars, or even several papers, under a magnet.
Playrooms are a great place for chalkboard paint. It allows your kids to write with chalk directly on your walls. In a playroom it is common to just paint the lower walls about half-way up with the chalkboard paint. Kids can then use the walls to play games of tic-tac-toe or hangman and have fun writing on the walls and erasing it with soap and water. Restaurants are also a good place to use chalkboard paint to write any specials of the day they may be offering. Kitchens are also a great place for chalkboard paint to allow family members to leave each other notes or reminders of what needs to be purchased on the next trip to the supermarket.
Finishes that make walls look like marble, suede, leather, velvet, etc. are both very elegant and practical. This is one of the best ways to hide imperfections on walls and prevent seeing handprints on areas that are often touched on staircases. These finishes tend to cost a lot more than the earlier suggestions made, but if you have the budget for it then it is a great option for one of the nicest looks and practicality.
In addition to paint, another key to making a room look much better is to remove clutter. So often we come to homes where too much is saved, and the customers admit they have not used that dot matrix printer or 8 track stereo, or looked at the magazines they are collecting, for the past 20 years. Getting rid of these things, and tidying up your house, will make you feel great and give your home a whole new feeling you will really enjoy.