Whether you are looking to add a pick-me-up to a tired space, wanting a change or looking for an affordable design tip, painting tops my list of inexpensive ways to add color to any space.
A lesson with color: The color wheel is a great place to start when looking for design inspiration or help pairing particular colors together. As a general rule, colors that are adjacent or opposite of each other on the color wheel work best. Feel free to not only mix and match any colors, but don’t forget that you can also layer your color by mixing in tints (achieved by adding white), tones (adding gray) or shade (adding black) of your primary color.
Black and white: Black and white are often treated as throwaway colors, but they can make a space. You can pair them with nearly any contrasting accent color and create something special.
Black in interior design is almost like the little black dress – quick, easy and superbly designed. Black and white are elegant colors that add richness to a space. I often pair black and white with gray.
Tone on tone: Tone on tone involves pairing similar or different shades, tones and tints of the same color in order to achieve a harmonious monochromatic color scheme. This technique can be done with any color, including white. I am sure we have all been amazed by how many different shades of white are on the market.
Accent walls: Creating an accent wall is a creative way to add color and paint to a room without overwhelming it. Use bold, rich colors that allow the room to feel warm and cheery but not overwhelmed. When choosing a color, be inspired by the objects you love around you. Color should set the tone of the entire space without being overwhelming or distracting.
Here are my favorite ways to add color, affordably:
▪ Accent walls
▪ Toss pillows
▪ Area rugs
When it comes to color, have fun with it, embrace it! And remember accent walls as well as colors like brown, black and white can often make your strongest design statement.
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