1. Start Small
Afraid to go bold? Start in the smallest room. It’s not as much of a commitment, plus you’ll spend less time and money.
2. Temper Hot Colors With Cool Ones
Orange feels like a fresher version of red, but can be too intense on its own. It can be a hot color and needs a little bit of cool as balance to cut through the heat. Add blue accents to make it cooler in more ways than one.
3. Balance Glossy and Matte Surfaces
For every glittering color there has to be a matte one to offset it. You must balance the ethereal with the earth.
4. It’s Okay to Mismatch
Subtle differences in hues make for a more sophisticated palette.
5. Keep Pink in Check
A pink and brown palette creates a modern look that is both masculine and feminine. They set each other off. The dark browns keep the pinks from appearing too frothy.
6. Choose One Color and Use Many Hues
Creating an idyllic bath by choosing a blue palette, but don’t limit yourself to one shade. The custom watery blue of the polished Venetian plaster walls picks up the blue in the floor tiles.
7. Add Contrast to a Neutral Palette
To make a master bedroom more dynamic, choose bright white bedding and a white lampshade. A room of creams and beiges needs something stark and shiny white. You have to interject elements that add intense personality.
How to choose paint colors that work with the lighting in your home
The perfect combination of color and lighting can create a magical effect. Rooms that have substantial sunshine need cool tones to balance all the sunlight. Warm colors are needed to brighten rooms that don’t have direct sunlight.
FUNCTION- Determine what you use the room for and when you use the room. If it is a room you use only at night, then you want to look at your color choices in the room after the sun has gone down. In contrast, if the room you’re painting is primarily used in the morning—say a breakfast nook—the light is going to be clear and warm, which is why neutrals and whites look crisp. If the room is cool and dark, add warmth. If it’s bright and illuminated, go neutral or add cool colors with blue undertones.
CONTEXT- What furnishings and décor do you have in the room? The hue of the wall color will change if you have a dark rug or dark large furniture. Consider all the large elements in the room and find a color that cooperates and makes everything look better together. The bulbs in your lamps and overhead lighting will change the way your paint color looks as well. Upgrade as many bulbs in the house as you can before you choose a new color. Then, bring in samples of color and pick out what you think looks best with the new lighting.
TRIAL AND ERROR- For the best outcome, all experts agree on the same solution: get a small sample so can try out the color before committing. Get a large poster board and paint it the color you’re considering. “Live” with it for several days. Move it around the room to see how the light affects it. Put it near different light bulbs, close to and far from the windows.
In the end, trust yourself. Judging color isn’t something you need to be highly trained for. Just look at the swatch or sample on the wall throughout the day and evening. If it’s working for you, then that’s all there is to it. If you see it and you like it, go with it!
Chris Tucker- Dallas, TX
Carolyn Bond- Lewisville, TX
Veranda’s Most Memorable Rooms- Inspiration for Painting in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Ft. Worth, Austin, Texas
Nancy Braithwaite- In a well-edited space where every object counts, rigorous choices illustrate that even simple schemes can attain the level of art—and still invite you to put up your feet.
Kay Douglass- Time-honored ingredients such as crown moldings and a neoclassical mantel feel fresh when coupled with dynamic hues and composed with an eye for the purity of form.
Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons- Ikats, arabesques, chevrons, and stripes—this paean to pattern matches grand architecture with a bold scale and unifies it all through tint and tone.
Jan Showers- It’s airy and ethereal, it’s formal and elegant, it’s cheerful and irreverent—from a clever integration of disparate elements comes a beguiling and unstudied space.
David Kleinberg and Peter Pennoyer- A jewel box of a dining room is splashed in robin’s egg lacquer and glitters with a silver foil ceiling. A strongly sculptural table and crisply tailored neoclassical chairs bring it all down to earth.
Charles Spada- In an otherwise quite traditional French sitting room, a leopard-print-covered settee takes a starring role, giving the space a refreshingly urbane dose of personality.
Bedrooms come in all different styles, shapes, sizes, and colors so… How will you design yours?
A Masculine Master Bedroom- Designed by Andrew Halliday and David Greer. This master bedroom is very masculine, with Harry Benson’s 1964 photo of the Beatles as the focal point, yet the fur details add a touch of modern chic and femininity- I’m thinking a combo of this and the blk/wht/gray for my bedroom!!!
Sleek and Sexy-Designer David Mann chose a shimmery gray, silver, and black color scheme for this sexy, contemporary bedroom in New York.
A Glamorous Bedroom-Designer Stephen Shubel says the headboard in this bedroom is “grand, whimsical, and over-the-top.
Calming Blue and White- A tranquil master bedroom retreat with a creamy blue color palette.
White & Sage Bedroom- Ginger Barber designed this beach-like bedroom- So COZY!
Formal and Romantic- With its antique headboard and ornate chandelier- for all my fellow Francophiles!!!
A Bit of Orange-Designer Kay Douglass used an antique door as the headboard in this master bedroom. The walls are Seapearl by Benjamin Moore- FABULOUS chairs!!!
I hope this has inspired you to make the most of your bedroom retreat!
XOXO -Darlene Clarke