Clever Ideas for Wall Paint
Accents, Patterns, and Color Tips
While colors will come in and out of popularity, the tricks on how to use those colors will stay the same.
Learn where to place an accent wall, how to integrate multiple color tones, and get ideas for patterns and colors in your new home.
Paint an Entertainment Center
When you're looking up at a two story wall, it will feel more aesthetically pleasing if there is trim, art work, or an accent piece placed roughly two-thirds up a wall.
Your walls will seem more balanced, without losing out on first impressions the dramatic height of the room will create.
In this Raleigh custom home, an accent color topped with white trim delineates an entertainment center, giving your eyes something to focus on in this expansive, window filled room.
Paint an Accent Wall
You'll have much more flexibility when picking accent colors than primary wall colors. While your main wall color should be flexible enough that it can go with - and enhance - many other colors, the sky is the limit for an accent wall.
Love a shades of blue? Add a dark accent wall in the living room, and use a tile back splash that feature blue tones in the kitchen.
While wainscoting is generally talked about as a lower wall treatment found most often in formal dining rooms and bathrooms, painted wainscoting designs that span the full height of the room are becoming more popular.
Paint a Ceiling
Shades of grey have been hugely popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges.
In this luxury custom home, a light grey coats the walls, and a dark grey makes the ceiling pop against white beams.
Paint an alcove, nook, or art display space
Consider adding a splash of color to an alcove, nook or art space. These spaces are small, and can be easily repainted, so you can use a trendy splash of color without hesitating.
Accent an Entire Room
Formal dining rooms are a favorite place to add an accent color, distinct from the rest of the home. Red formal dining rooms are very traditional, and a frequent request in Raleigh custom homes.
A painted ceiling will draw your color upwards - and give the dining room a more distinct space.
Darken the Master Suite
Dark walls will create a more intimate feel in the master bedroom - especially when paired with ample natural light coming through your private back yard. If your primary house paint color is a neutral beige, consider a warm tan or brown for the master suite.
Blue Master Baths
Blue is associated with images of freshness (clean water) and goodness (blue skies, blue ocean, delicate Robin’s eggs), which is probably why it is such a commonly used “go to” choice for the master bathroom.
Blue and white as a color combination is as traditional as black and white, and in terms of decorating, the combination of blue and white boasts an even longer history.
And a blue and white master suite will distinguish your personal spaces from the rest of your home.
Paint a Centerpiece Accent Wall
Find a neutral shade you love, and use it throughout your home. Then, find a color one or two shades darker on the same pre-made color strips. Add the darker colors in accent areas.
Paint a Two-Tone Room
Two-tone accent walls can add dimension to your home.
The key to incorporating an accent wall is to find ways to incorporate the same colors, textures, or tones in other rooms throughout the home.
If you decide on a red formal dining room, consider adding a stripe of red in a kids bedroom or game room.
Paint a Three-Tone Room
Three shades of a soft blue paint give a beach-house feel to this Raleigh craftsman home (the square windows are a customary craftsman feature).
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