Home Decorating & Care
It’s the little things in life, and sometimes turning your eye to the smallest items in home décor can make the biggest impact. If you are in the mood for a room transformation, but don’t have the time or budget to completely redecorate, try focusing on smaller portions of the room and creating focal points. You can still achieve a dramatic transformation with attention to detail and minimal effort.
The simplest and most cost effective method to create a mood
with color, of course, is to repaint the room. But if painting an entire
room is out of the question, try highlighting certain areas.
Archways, doorways, even the opposite wall can serve as an appropriate canvas. Painting those types of surfaces a contrasting color to the overall room color can create interesting visual patterns. Examine specific architectural features of the room. Are there windows, mantels or other trim details that can be highlighted?
If the room itself does not have a lot of features, you can create focal points. “Take a favorite piece of furniture, a desk or cabinet, and place it against the wall. Then you can paint the wall area around the furniture, visually framing it,” she says.
Using a stencil to create a painted border around a doorway, window or piece of furniture can also create a visual frame. “Stenciling is a way to bring subtle elegance to a room, and you can choose a pattern to work with your upholstery, rugs, or window coverings to bring cohesion to various elements within the room,” Van Allen adds.
For these types of small projects, you won’t need much paint. A quart container is the perfect size for smaller jobs such as furniture, trim or accent areas.
Some other ideas for accenting a room include:
Once you have decided on the color accents and the techniques you want to use, you need to choose your tools. Picking the right tools for the job initially will save you time in the long run. For sprucing up trim, you’ll need a trim brush. Trim brushes are typically two inches or two-and-a-half inches wide. Look for brushes with well-tapered bristles, avoiding brushes with bristles that are all the same length. Foam applicators may be used for small areas, or fine work such as stenciling, but brushes work best for larger jobs. For any trim work, you will need to tape off the walls, and protect the work area with drop cloths.
Once you have accented the room with wall color, you can echo that theme through accessories such as throw pillows, pottery, or an area rug. You can even paint furniture! Look at yard sales for old charming paintable INEXPENSIVE pieces. Turn them into treasures! You don’t need to match color exactly; instead, try various shades of the same tone to create a finished look.[an error occurred while processing this directive]