The Unexpected Spot You Probably Haven’t Thought to Paint — Yet

published Jun 11, 2021
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Credit: Rikki Snyder

The Small/Cool Experience is a shoppable online home design showcase and social event full of decorating tips and tricks from your favorite designers. Check out the whole virtual experience online and at @apartmenttherapy on Instagram from June 11-13. Thank you to our sponsors BEHR® Paint, Genesis G70, LUMAS, Overstock, Tuft & Needle, Chasing Paper, and Interior Define for making this experience possible.

One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is grabbing a can of paint, getting your brush and tray, and giving your walls a fresh coat. That doesn’t always mean painting all the walls, though: it can be a stylistic mural, or an imperfect circle around a hanging a piece of art. And interior designer Noz Nozawa just revealed a spot on your wall that you might have never even considered getting creative with: the baseboard.

During the 2021 Paint Color Forecast panel as part of the Small/Cool Experience (happening live on Instagram this weekend), Nozawa explained how she used color in her 120-square-foot space. Nozawa painted her art-covered walls a deep blue (BEHR’s Nocturne Blue), but look down, and you’ll see a vibrant contrast brought to life through the electric blue-painted baseboard (BEHR’s Caribe) — a subtle yet unexpected moment that brings energy into the room.

Not only is the design decision a subtle way to create a burst of color, but it’s also extremely easy to do. Most of the time, when you’re painting a room, the baseboard is what you try to avoid getting paint on — but to make that the paint project, all you have to do is a little bit of edging and a little bit of filling. And while you’re down there, don’t forget the radiator! Moral of the story: instead of painting what’s in front of you, look down.

Credit: Rikki Snyder

That wasn’t the only paint tip that came out of the panel. When Apartment Therapy’s Home Director Danielle Blundell asked the panelists to choose between color on the ceilings or leaving them white, Nozawa, fellow Small/Cool designer Liz Kamarul, and BEHR VP of Color & Creative Services Erika Woelfel were all in agreement: paint the ceilings.

While it’s not the easiest to do, your ceiling — or as designers call it, “the fifth wall” — is often a missed moment to add color into your space. It’s a huge, blank canvas that hovers over your head, and with the right tools and proper direction, you can have yet another colorful moment in your room (the more the merrier).

During the conversation, Kamarul also pointed out that the area in and around a pool is a new and exciting way to get creative with paint — if you’re lucky to have a pool, of course. “I’ve noticed a lot lately, or at least on Instagram, that there’s been a lot of people painting the inside of pools, which I think is incredible and unusual and it just adds such a whole new element that I’m hoping I get to do one this year,” Kamarul said during the panel.

So start with the baseboard, then see where your paint brush takes you — just remember to cover your furniture first. And if you missed the 2021 Paint Color Forecast panel, check it out on Apartment Therapy’s Instagram.