Just Paint it All: 5 Times Going Outside the Lines Worked

Just Paint it All: 5 Times Going Outside the Lines Worked

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Eleanor Büsing
Oct 6, 2015

Residence Magazine via Dream Book Design

Since it's one of the easiest things to change about a room, we've seen increasingly creative applications of paint in recent years. It's no longer just about the walls, and thank goodness for that. If you've got a favorite paint color and a hankering to see more of it than your walls alone can offer, read on for some ideas on painting outside the lines.

Walls + Furniture
In the lead photo, an armoire is painted in the same color and finish as the wall it sits against— a thoroughly modern and sleek take on the painted wood furniture trend.

Walls + Ceiling
This bold look is perfect for creating an intimate, cozy feel, especially in a rich shade. Admittedly, you'll need high ceilings to make black look as great as in the photo above, but in a lighter shade, it's definitely doable for most homes.

Walls + Floor
This combination is bit more user-friendly, particularly if you vary the intensity, as in this aqua-hued porch. A deeply colored floor paired with walls a few shades lighter creates coziness and a spacious feeling: win-win.

Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors via Marcus Design

Walls + Trim
In a room with a lot of joinery, sometimes it's tough to decide what counts as wall and what counts as trim, and what color each should be painted. Do away with the whole question by treating it all the same; in this space, everything down to the window shutters is painted in rich navy, and it works wonderfully.

Trim + Beyond
Using color to tie spaces together is a clever trick. The window frame and desk in this Grecian paradise relate to the gate outside and the sea beyond. Don't have the Mediterranean outside your window? Consider painting a door or architrave the same color as the room it leads to, cleverly creating internal flow.

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