Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I double dog dare you

Was talking to a friend the other day (Hi, Elisa) about color, and we got around to the topic of painting only one wall in a room. (OK, technically painting all the walls in a room, but three of them white, or perhaps off white, and the fourth a color you really love.)

Unless you've got a really good reason for doing that, I don't recommend it.

If you love a color, go for it and paint all four walls. Think the color will be too dark and make a room seem small? Nah, it'll make the room seem dramatic. Think it'll be too bold? By the time you bring in the furniture, the artwork and accessories, you'll see far less of it than you would imagine. Concerned you'll be overrun with color? Then make your other color choices in the room (the drapes or couch for instance) a bit more tame.

Are you thinking you want to paint only one wall to highlight a fireplace or a bed, for example? Rather than painting all the other walls white, paint the highlighted wall a slightly darker or lighter color than your main color or choose a different color that you also love.

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1 comment:

ittybittybirdy said...

I agree (as an interior designer) one wall can be weird. I recently painted my living room and dining room. They are connected by a wall with a very large arched opening. I painted the dining room robin egg blue. The wall in between the living room and dining room a minty green on both sides and the living room one shade lighter green. To tie it together the fireplace brick also the darker shade of green. It was daring and a bit easterly but it is fantastic!

cheers to good advice!