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Painting Ideas: 10 Intense Wall Paint Colors to Push Your Style
Still not sold on how to bring in a crazy bold paint color into your home but still open to the idea at least? These ten rooms will undoubtedly persuade you to choose the colorful path. Going with one strong, bold color, these spaces show that using color in the right way in the home can be both powerful and empowering. Here ten ways you can bring in one bold bright punch of color in a room.
Jul 26, 2014
Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
Want to make something stand out? Highlight it in black. In most homes, trim elements like crown molding and window and door casings are painted white, but these rooms turn that convention on its head — to dramatic effect. In the Birmingham, Michigan home pictured above, black trim creates a beautiful framework for a mix of antique pieces. I like that the trim matches the picture frame, making it feel more integrated and deliberate. Here’s another room in the same home.
Jul 16, 2014
A Little Goes a Long Way: A Bold Dose of Hot Pink Around the House
Looking for a very modern way to incorporate a splash of pink in your home? Turn up the temperature and go hot hot pink. Hot bubblegum, hot fuschia, even hot neon pink will work. For doubters, here are twenty examples to prove you wrong: Craving more pink? Try our Color Search tool for more visual inspiration: ROW ONE: 1. Rohde’s “Opportunistic” Design Laboratory 2. Rohde’s “Opportunistic” Design Laboratory 3.
Jul 16, 2014
Small Project Saturday: Add a Little Color to Your Space This Weekend
If you’re looking for an inexpensive pick-me-up, there’s nothing quite like a little bit of color. Pictured above is a cheerful closet-turned-office in Laura & Ray’s Art-Filled Austin Home. Painting the back wall of the closet a bright yellow transforms what might have a been a drab space into a cheerful focal point for the whole room. Read on for further inspiration from three real-life spaces that were transformed with color in the space of a single Saturday.
Jul 13, 2014
Color Palette Inspiration: 7 Dark, Dramatic Wall Paint Colors that Look Great in Real Life
Adding a dark or dramatic color to a wall in your home can be scary! But also extremely rewarding when the result comes out gorgeous. If you need more than inspiration — like some actual paint color names that have worked in real-life homes — you’ll find a small but potent palette in this post. Here are some recent darker, moody real-life wall paint colors from house tours we think would be a great addition to a wall, DIY project or furniture piece.
Jul 12, 2014
Red, White, & Blue Rooms from Our House Tours
We see rooms in every hue here on Apartment Therapy, but this week, we’re taking a cue from the American flag. Inspired by Old Glory, we hunted through our house tours and found 15 beautiful rooms in shades of red, or white, or blue, or sometimes all three.
Jun 17, 2014
15 DIY Ways to Add Color to Your Outdoor Space with a Little Paint
How’s your outdoor space coming along? Depending on where you live, you may have the luxury of an all-year outdoor space. If not, your outdoor space, like mine, may have taken a beating over the winter and could use a little pick me up. Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking for a little refresh or to add some cheerful pops of color without spending a bunch of cash, a little paint can go a long way. Here are 15 DIY Ways to add color to your outdoor space with a little paint.
Jun 13, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: Dark Nurseries & Kids’ Rooms
Colorful walls are cheerful, and light walls can be peaceful, but I think dark walls are soothing and cozy. Those two adjectives sound just right for a little one’s room. I’ve recently transitioned a guest bedroom with an almost-black accent wall to serve as a nursery. Although for a minute I thought the existing color might seem overwhelming or unhappy, I quickly realized it was a soothing and yet modern backdrop for baby. (Photos to come, once I finish the room!) TOP ROW 1.
Jun 10, 2014
How To Pick Paint Colors When One of You Hates Colorful Paint
I recently confessed my Paint Color Prejudices (“white/grey/cream only, please”) to my color-loving partner, and admitted that I had no idea how to go about bridging our wildly-different tastes. Well, progress has been made. Here’s some advice on how to get from staring at each other incomprehensibly in the paint aisle to actually buying paint you’re both excited about. 1. Pick paint samples with abandon: they’re just pieces of paper.
May 22, 2014
The Color Wheel: Your Guide to Choosing Perfect Paint Schemes
The color wheel is a basic tool for decorating, especially for beginners. It’s your guide to choosing color schemes that work. Here are the basics and most common strategies, along with tips on how to navigate the wheel to get the perfect paint job. THE BASIC COLOR WHEEL First, a refresher on the basics: The classic color wheel is made up of 12 different hues. One half is considered cool colors, and the other contains warmer hues. Beyond that, the wheel is further classified into: 1.
May 1, 2014
From Blush to Bold: Rooms with Pink Furniture
Every spring I seem to reconsider how I feel about pink; that is, April and its blossoms remind me of the color’s merits. Whether you’re someone who likes the color all 12 months of the year or somebody less convinced that it deserves attention, take a peek at how different shades could work for the furniture in your home. While I love the first image, I generally prefer the use of pink when it’s a little unexpected. (After all, hot pink is not a color for playing it safe.
Apr 11, 2014
Color Rules: 4 Very Versatile Colors for Any Room
Losing sight of your emotional goal is a mistake often cited when homeowners choose the wrong color for a room. If you’re after a calm room, the experts say, you’ll have to stay away from your favorite color red. But the truth is, just like people, colors can surprise you. Here are more than a dozen rooms where the vibe of the room goes against the conventional color personality. Some colors can’t change their stripes, so to speak.
Apr 4, 2014
Real Room Inspiration: Adding Color With Rugs
The easiest way to add color to a room is by painting the walls. But how do you infuse a room with color if you’re not allowed to paint? Of course, there are many solutions — from decorative accessories and art to pillows and throws — but the biggest impact can probably be seen by introducing a vibrant rug. Lets see how these (mostly) neutral rooms get transformed by a colorful rug! 1.
Mar 28, 2014
Design Duel: Light vs. Dark Bedrooms
We all love some spaces more than others. Here, for example, are two beautiful bedrooms. The first one belongs to Gregory and Jenny in Venice, CA, and the second is Sooz Gordon’s place in Scotland. One is light and bright, and the second is dark and cozy. Which do you prefer to sleep in?
Mar 19, 2014
Simple & Sophisticated: Black, White and Wood Inspiration
We hear often that many folks are paralyzed about how to start decorating their home. We don’t blame you; there are a lot of things to think about/consider/decide. If you’ve been living in a blank or boring room for too long, what you might need is a narrow set of guidelines to stick to so you can get started. And a limiting but still fabulous palette is just the way to go.
Mar 15, 2014
Be Bold: Unusual Color Combinations that Work
Bold paint colors in your home are not for the timid, but if you love to surround yourself with color, then here are some combos you may want to try. Don’t limit yourself to the walls — try bringing some bold color to your furniture, floors, ceiling, or trim for some interesting color play in your space. And if you’re thinking about joining the color adventures but hesitating, start with a smaller room like a powder room, den, laundry room, etc., and feel it out. TOP ROW: 1.
Mar 13, 2014
Splash-Of-Color Roundup: 14 Accent Walls (And 1 Accent Ceiling!)
Painting an entire room teal or mustard or charcoal can seem like a lot: a lot of color, a lot of work, a lot of paint, and a lot of repainting if you hate it. But just one wall? One wall is totally manageable. Bold accent walls are perfect for those of us who love color- just not too much color. Here are some of our favorite examples from Apartment Therapy’s House Tours. FIRST ROW: 1. Kristen and Mike’s Mid-Century Oasis 2. A Bright Beautiful Bungalow From An Ohio Trio 3.
Mar 13, 2014
DIY Project Idea: How To Tie Dye Napkins with Permanent Markers
Years ago my grandma gave me a huge stack of napkins and, even though I knew that those plain white ones weren’t really my thing, I politely took them. Fast forward to a recent afternoon of marker tie dye fun! I’m a little embarrassed to show you how easy it is and I can truly say I really had fun creating these little masterpieces. • Rubbing alcohol (min.
Mar 13, 2014
Find Peace at Home with Paint
Are you painting a room in your house to achieve a peaceful atmosphere? Whether it be a bedroom or a living room, a foyer or a kitchen, your color choice can affect the mood you are trying to set.
Mar 13, 2014
From Bold to Barely-There: Blue Rooms from Our House Tours
Blue is a favorite wall color choice, and for good reason. It’s often an unobtrusive color that blends into the background and offers a hint of calm and serenity. But blue isn’t always used as just a whisper of a color. Take a look at how some of our recent house tours showcase blue in their rooms, in ways that range from a peaceful hue to a confident statement. Top Row: 1. Cory’s Former Factory Loft in Berlin exhibits the beautiful payoff of not being shy with color. 2.
Mar 13, 2014
3 Common Color Missteps (And How to Fix Them)
Color warms, brightens and enlivens; it’s why we often advocate for its frequent use! Adding in color with accessories, furniture and art is an easy way to create a color palette that fits your personality. But sometimes small color mistakes can lead to unhappy design side effects in your home. Here are three common color missteps, and the easy ways you can redirect your home’s color palette back on track!
Mar 9, 2014
Jamie’s Cozy & Colorful Chicago Loft
Name: Jamie Bayer Location: Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois My name is Jamie and I share a two story loft with two fuzzy kitty roommates in Chicago, Illinois. The apartment is 1,100 square feet with an open floor plan and plenty of light. I live in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago as there is always something going on! In the summer we have farmer’s markets, street festivals and outdoor patios.
Mar 8, 2014
Cure Color Shyness: 14 Real-life Fearless Paint Colors to Push Your Style
Feeling daring? Have a paint project planned this weekend and want to find a color that will really get you out of your comfort zone? Painting your walls, architectural elements and furniture bold colors is one of the best ways to add interest and personality in a space, make your home stand out, and make your home look good. We’ve got some gutsy hues from real-life homes to take the fear out of worrying they won’t work (you can see they do!).
Mar 2, 2014
20 Bold & Beautiful Blue Wall Paint Colors
Blue — it’s a versatile color that in its darkest hues is dramatic and moody. It can be bold, uplifting and energizing. It can mix with other hues to create stunning teals, turquoises, dusty bluish grays and more. Barely there, it’s a hint of color that soothes and softens. Want to pick a blue for a wall or furniture paint project this weekend and know it’ll look amazing? Check out these 20 real-life examples of blues used in house tours — including paint names!
Feb 16, 2014
Smart Solution for the Everyman Cave: Hide Your TV with Dark Walls
One of the best decisions I’ve made in decorating my home has been choosing a dark paint color for the room where my husband and I watch (a lot of) TV. These five homes that show how the look and feel can work in other living rooms too. In addition to minimizing your TV’s presence when the lights are on, a dark wall color creates a cozy feel. The color doesn’t have to be black — deep blue greens (Images 1 and 5) work well too.
Feb 13, 2014
6 Daring, Real-Life Wall Paint Colors to Try From This Week’s Top Tours
We had some house tours from folks not afraid of color this week. Rich, soothing and energizing, these colors would complement a lot of styles. And as evidenced from the gorgeous real-life spaces that accompany these hues, you know they work. Grab wall paint color inspiration from these actual rooms for your own color project this weekend.
Feb 8, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: 10 Ideas for Defining Space with Colorblocked Walls
We’re glad to see the colorblock paint trend continue into 2014. Paint is always a great way to add interest to a room without major commitment or a big budget and colorblocking takes it to the next level by adding unique interest to your space. The possibilities are endless, it really depends how creative you want to be.
Jan 30, 2014
What’s The Deal With Verdigris?
It’s unstable, reactive and even toxic but that hasn’t tempered our obsession with the fragile beauty of Verdigris. If you’ve seen an old, rusty penny, you’ve seen verdigris in nature; it’s the greenish-blue patina that forms on copper, bronze or brass when it’s exposed to moisture. Just take a look at this artist’s reproduction of what a brand new Statue of Liberty must have looked like. Statue of Liberty, copper construction.
Jan 29, 2014
Renter’s Solutions: Working With Whatever Wall Color You’ve Got
I don’t know about you, but all the places I’ve lived as a renter have been painted an awkward, almost-yellow taupe. I first encountered it on all the walls of my rooms in college, so I call it “dorm yellow”. Despite over five years of living with it (and knowing it could be worse!), I haven’t figured out how to decorate with sandy yellow walls. Happily for me, and all of us in this situation, there are a bunch of renter-friendly solutions to yucky walls!
Jan 28, 2014
My Colors of the Year
Instead of commenting on everyone else’s colors of the year, I’m going to do something I’ve been threatening for years — pick my own. Each year paint companies put out a set of color recommendations for you, dear consumer, that indicate trends and suggest options for you and your home that will make you feel comfortably in style.
Jan 22, 2014
Colorova: A Look Inside Paris’ Most Colorful Cafe
The first thing you see as you step off the street and walk into Colorova, located just south of Saint Germain, is the black, white and red diamond wallpaper on the adjacent wall. As the name suggests, this place is all about color, from the rainbow-colored crocheted chairs to the colorful pastries and cakes that are so artful, they look almost too good to eat.
Jan 21, 2014
Gender Neutral Color Case Study: Green
Personally, I couldn’t wait to find out if I was having a baby boy or a baby girl, but plenty of parents prefer the surprise. However, few parents want to wait until after the delivery to put a nursery together. If you plan on painting your walls, this might leave you with a conundrum – what color? Today we’re just going to look at just one color – green – and see how it works, with different accent colors, in both boys and girls rooms.
Jan 20, 2014
Scientifically Soothing: 6 Successful Green Wall Paint Colors from House Tours
It’s no news that green hues soothe and relax, particularly when used as wall paint, surrounding a room, its furnishings and its inhabitants in a calming color. But how do you keep from choosing the wrong green and making your space look lame? Easy: Choose greens that are a little bold and different, but still relaxing. Here are six successful paint color picks from house tours.
Jan 18, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: Calm & Comfortable Neutral Bedrooms
With these frigid temperatures, I want to spend more and more time warm in bed (begone, polar vortex!). While I generally love a good dose of color, winter whites of the non-snow variety are very appealing to me right now. These bedrooms are neutral but not boring because they use texture (the rugs, pillows, and blankets in images 2 and 3) and shine (the mercury glass lamps and silvery pillows in image 1) wisely. 1.
Jan 13, 2014
Hot Ideas From the Warmest Looking Living Rooms
Anyone else spend a good portion of today in bed wondering how it’s going to be possible to step out into the cold? Even if the weather’s warm right now where you live, weekends were meant for snuggling in bed and contemplating warm, cozy spaces. Scroll through the ideas found in these rooms — they won’t actually raise the temperature, but they sure might make you feel a bit warmer today.
Jan 5, 2014
Before & After: From Beige to Bold!
Seeing potential in this heavy storage piece from an old bedroom set, Carmina set to work transforming the blah beige finish to a handful of shades of just one hue. Now beautiful and functional, it’s got a modern color palette that updates its style and creates one unique addition to a home! From Carmina: We rescued this piece from a house being cleared out after an estate sale down the alley from our home.
Jan 4, 2014
Smiling Faces, Explosions of Color & More
Talented photographers share their skills with Apartment Therapy in house tours and blog posts all year long, but some shots just stand out and stick with us. A great photograph is one that captures a subject’s spirit perfectly, that pulls you in to the visual experience and that inspires. These a few of our favorites from Apartment Therapy photographers in 2013, chosen by Maxwell, our founder.
Jan 1, 2014
Before & After: The Year’s Most Colorful Transformations
Sometimes a little color can make a big difference. Read on to see some of our favorite colorful makeovers from 2013. To see the ‘afters’, click on the links for each project. (Hint: clicking each link with the scroll wheel of your mouse will open it in a new window.) Enjoy! TOP ROW: 1. Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color 2. Before & After: A Dressed-Up Dresser 3. Before & After: An Old Chest Gets a Big Change 4.
Dec 26, 2013
Celebrating Color with Our Best Paint Color Portfolios of the Year
We’ve said it a million times and 2013 was no exception: the best, cheapest and easiest way to dramatically transform your space is by using color. In fact, the hardest part of any painting project is probably deciding which color to choose. We got you. Here are 10 of the best in our series of Paint Color Portfolios to inspire you to make the leap to a more colorful home in 2014. 1.Coral Bathrooms 2. Black Bedrooms 3. Dark Green Kitchens 4. Dark Blue Dining Rooms 5. Light Grey Nurseries 6.
Dec 22, 2013
Bold in the Bedroom: 8 Perfect Paint Colors for a Moody Sleep Space
Whether you’re into deep, rich wall colors or not, going for a dark color in the bedroom may seem scary — after all, no one wants to feel like they’re sleeping in a cave! But with dark grays, rich browns, tantalizing jewel tones and even a “shocking” cobalt blue, the proof in these stylish bedrooms from our house tours is convincing.
Dec 19, 2013
Bring Home Pantone’s 2014 Color Of The Year: Radiant Orchid Accessories
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that Radiant Orchid, a medium-toned pinky purple, is Pantone’s color of the year for 2014. As Janel mentioned the other day when she broke the news, it marries well with grey (the real color of the year in my opinion), as well as creamy whites and metallics. And, may I add, it’s a great color for bathrooms and bedrooms, where it reflects off your skin and makes you look amazing (I know, my bathroom used to be this color).
Dec 18, 2013
DIY Craft Supply Spotlight: Felt Products, Tools & Projects
There is something so wholesome, tangible and satisfying about felt. Not only is it warm and comforting, it’s also majorly colorful and energizing as well. Which might just make it the world’s perfect fabric for wintertime. Projects and ideas abound, and this is your guide. Here are some products and projects that will give you the warm fuzzies: These cute boxes were made using inexpensive stiffened felt (called E-Z Felt) found at a major craft supply store.
Dec 5, 2013
Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color
Katja’s entryway was pretty, but plain, and needed a good dose of something. Turns out that something was turquoise paint and a lot of graphic pattern. To create the accent wall, Katja first painted it a light turquoise. Then, strips of painter’s tape were placed vertically every 14 inches. Smaller bits were taped at an angle off those stripes, to create the arrow effect. She then painted over the whole thing with a darker turquoise and removed the tape.
Nov 12, 2013
Color by Decade: The 50s
What bland optimism. Just look at all those smiling, happy white people. If there was ever a more striving crawl towards generic homogeneity, I’d like to hear about it. And if this utopia was built in the 40s and disintegrated in the 60s, then for a moment it existed — for some — in the calm center of the storm of the world, 1950s America. Let’s look at the colors used to sell this story.
Nov 12, 2013
How To Convert Your Favorite Song Into a Color Palette
Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined which colors of the spectrum would visually represent your favorite songs? And would you consider painting a room using those colors? I imagine Vivaldi’s Concerto for Cello in G exploding in a blur of greens and yellows, the Cocteau Twins’ Heaven or Las Vegas an ethereal dripping-swirl of deep reds and purples, Pete Rock & C. L.
Nov 6, 2013
What’s the Deal With Vermilion?
Often called “Chinese Red,” vermilion actually has a long and storied history throughout many cultures of the ancient world. Read on to find out more about this ancient color. It starts with a mineral, the undisputed champion of cool mineral names: cinnabar. Grinding cinnabar produces the brilliant red powder called vermilion, evidence of which was found as early as 8000 BC in the area that is now Turkey.
Nov 5, 2013
Under $50: 10 Online Sources for Affordable Art
The idea of collecting art can be a daunting one and when it comes to finding the perfect pieces to fill your walls it can feel like there are only two directions you can go in, mass produced cookie-cutter art or the intimidating, confusing and often expensive option of buying directly from a gallery. The internet has democratized the process quite a bit, but can be hard to sift through what’s available. Here are ten of my go to resources for good, affordable art.
Oct 14, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Coral Bathrooms
Coral can be defined as a reddish yellow, pinkish yellow or a light yellowish red. It’s similar in shade to salmon and tangerine, with the former having a stronger pink undertone and the latter, a stronger orange. Coral is often associated with colors suited for a Caribbean beach house or tropical decor, but with the variety of tones, this bold yet warm color is quite easy to pull off in many spaces.
Sep 26, 2013
Add Color or Dye Trying: DIY Project Transformations with Pigment
Immediately after finishing up my mudcloth project earlier this month, I looked around the house and asked myself, “Hmmmm, now what else can I dye?” There are so many other materials out there in the world, why stop at just fabric? I just want to turn the world into a great big vat of Rit Dye or blackberries and throw everything — furniture, accessories, you name it — in and swirl it around.
Sep 26, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Purple-Brown Bedrooms
I’ve been unable to find a word adequate to describing these beautiful purple-brown hues. Not quite eggplant, not quite taupe, they inhabit some luscious middle ground. These purple-browns can add more depth to a room than a standard chocolate or lavender, thanks to the way that they elegantly shift in tone as the light waxes and wanes, at times seeming gray, at others cocoa, and at others still, a deep purple.
Sep 24, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Mint Green Bathrooms
Painting your bathroom mint green can get wonky 60’s grandma real fast, but lately I have seen so many examples that are clean and refreshing. Different shades can create different ambiances: lighter shades of mint green make for a more calm, relaxing feel, while brighter shades of mint green can be more fun and retro. Here are some inspiring rooms, and inspiring shades for you to check out. INSPIRATION ROOMS: 1. The New York Times 2. Castro Design Studio via Houzz 3.
Sep 23, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Mustard Living Rooms
Mustard can be a hard color to pin down — yellowy, orangey, golden, ochre-esque, olive-adjacent — but like pornography, I know it when I see it. Here are a few gorgeous mustard living rooms and paints perfect for autumn and beyond. INSPIRATION ROOMS: 1. Post from Paris: Steven and Garth’s Pied-à-Terre 2. House to Home 3. Valerie’s “From Craigslist with Love” Room 4. Martell Home Builders PAINT COLORS TO GET THIS LOOK: 1. Behr Brown Mustard #360D-7 2.
Sep 20, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Dark Blue Dining Rooms
I don’t think I’ve ever met a dark blue I didn’t like. Especially when paired with white, metal, or warm wood, paint in these tones can be a sophisticated choice. Here are five rooms where dark blue paint creates an inviting backdrop, and 10 paints to get the look. INSPIRATION ROOMS: 1. Ashley Capp for The Marion House Book 2. Nuevo Estilo 3. Lonny 4. Design*Sponge 5. House Tweaking PAINT COLORS TO GET THIS LOOK: 1. Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore 2.
Sep 20, 2013
Modern and Moody: Dark Feminine
I like to play with the feel of interiors, throwing together things that you might not always think to combine. One of my favorite looks at the moment is something I like to call ‘dark feminine,’ which pairs things that we traditionally associate with ‘feminine’ decor — curves, intricate patterns, soft fabrics, flowers — with dark, moody colors. The result is mysterious, intriguing, and unexpectedly modern. TOP ROW: 1. That aubergine velvet sofa! Yum.
Sep 19, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Black Bedrooms
image:d330685952fe47e6c2b5324799c345e0e30f38e2 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" There may be nothing more daring than painting your walls black. I was surprised to find such a wide variety of blacks, from deep dark greys to blue toned blacks. Painting your walls such a deep hue works especially well in sun-filled rooms where the black can reflect beautiful light.
Sep 18, 2013
30 Ways to Add Color to Your Kid’s Room Without Painting the Walls
Renters rejoice! We know that you can sometimes feel left out of the color loop because you can’t bust out that paint brush and splash color all over your walls. But fear not – here are 30 fabulous ways to add color to your kids’ rooms (or most any room of the house) without painting the walls: ROW ONE 1. Hang some colorful curtains 2. Paint the bed 3. Use removable wall decals 4. Add colorful seating 5. Add colorful storage baskets ROW TWO 6. Create a colorful book display 7.
Sep 17, 2013
Colorful Collections from Our House Tours
When it comes to home decor, collections and color are a match made in heaven. Whether arranged in rainbow order, grouped monochromatically, or organically allowed to form an eclectic visual field, groupings of objects can inject a space with a great deal of character and warmth. Here are some favorite examples from our house tours. 1. Sara & Jason’s Terrific Toy-Tastic Home 2. Sam & Nick’s Dot House 3. Amy’s Apartment: Collections of Color 4.
Sep 15, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Pale Pink Dining Rooms
Pale pink may not be a common color for the dining room, but I absolutely love it in these inspiration rooms. It’s such a calming and demure color that I can’t imagine not having a relaxing meal in a room so delicate. The pale, peachy hues shown above are subtle, yet unexpected enough to be unique. See below for some colors that can help you get this look. Inspiration Rooms: 1. Yvestown flickr (Licensed under Creative Commons) 2. Kishani Perera for Style Me Pretty 3.
Sep 13, 2013
6 Clever Ways to Customize Kitchen Cabinets With Contact Paper
There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover.
Sep 9, 2013
Fresh Kids Room Color Combo: Green & Orange
I’m a big fan of less common color schemes, and I love bold color in nurseries and kids bedrooms. In honor of color month here at Apartment Therapy, I rounded up some fantastic spaces featuring a relatively underused color scheme: orange and green. 1. This “Small Space Nursery Triumph” is tiny, but the mix of patterns lends it lots of personality and the soothing sage green and carrot orange are balanced by the neutral greys and whites. 2.
Sep 9, 2013
Try This Technique!: Paint Decorative Elements the Same Color as Your Walls
You can render room features invisible or make them stand out with strategic painting choices. These projects — in varying degrees — all match either architectural features or decor to the wall color around them. Ask yourself as you look at them: what does your eye float across, and where does it stop and linger? TOP ROW: 1. Painting trim and other architectural details is a classic way to unify a room, and makes it less jarring to walk into.
Sep 5, 2013
“You And I Are Like That Red Wall”: Color Quotes from TV + Movies
As part of the Color Month festivities on Apartment Therapy, I thought we could look back on the times when color has played an important role in our favorite fictional characters’ homes and lives on the big and small screen… Red: Sex & The City, Season 3 Episode 18 Big: So tell me, is red a mistake? Carrie: In what way? Big: I’m repainting my bedroom. Carrie: A red bedroom? Big: Just one wall. But I think it’s too red. It’s like sleeping in communist China.
Sep 5, 2013
On Trend: Neon in Nurseries & Kids Rooms
Neon has been enjoying a design redemption in a big way. These hot colors are hot again, but unlike most design trends, neon hasn’t trickled down into nurseries and kids spaces as much as I’d expected. But for those parents who have chosen to use neon in big or small ways, I say hats off to you!
Sep 4, 2013
Soothing Neutrals vs. Stimulating Color: What’s the Right Choice for a Nursery?
My second baby is now four months old and I’ve transitioned her from the co-sleeper in our bedroom to the crib in her nursery. But other than sleep – at night and for naps, she actually doesn’t spend much of her time there. More often than not she’s in the main part of our house with my toddler and me, watching us play and interact, eat our meals, and go about our day.
Sep 3, 2013
Color Saturated: How To Make a Wood Stain from Regular Paint
We have been building a rammed earth garden shed for over a year now, squeezed in between work schedules, parenting, and keeping up with the general (less exciting) projects of homeownership. Last weekend we finally put a door on it, which was made by my husband of salvaged cedar. We wanted something green, but didn’t want to give up the natural woodgrain of the salvaged boards:So, we headed to the local paint store to research our options.
Aug 20, 2013
Choosing the Best White Paint: A Cool vs. Warm and Old vs. New Theory
Anyone who has tried to pick out white paint knows there are tons of variants. In my case, I’ve started a personal crusade against antique white in favor of a brighter white. One of the most ambitious goals in my January Cure was painting all the antique white walls in my three-story row home Ultra Pure White. Having redone two long hallways areas, I’ve made decent progress. Today I’m working on an awkward stairway.
Jun 7, 2013
Color, Chromophobia, and Colonialism: Some Historical Thoughts
Piet Mondrian used reds, yellows, blues, and blacks. Donald Judd’s palette has included green, pink, and orange. Carl Andre relied on the colors of specific materials like wood and metals. And yet somehow, the term “minimalism” today calls to mind an image of a pure, clean, and orderly space with white as the dominant color. Why, despite seeing color everywhere, do we still tend to associate the minimal and the modern with whiteness?
Mar 5, 2013
How To Confidently Choose Paint Colors: Mark’s Foolproof Methods
Last February, I invited past House Tour participant Mark Wynsma over to socialize, share some macarons, meet my Frenchie and discuss design. His home is fantastic with his brave DIYs, his eclectic style, and of course his bold and (very) successful use of color. Many of my friends have mentioned his tour to me as their inspiration for painting their homes in bold hues, and now that I am looking to paint my home (currently all white), I naturally asked him for his thoughts.
Feb 26, 2013
DIY the $50 IKEA VITTSJÖ: 5 Colorful Hacks
For years IKEA’s EXPEDIT has been a ubiquitous storage solution for homes everywhere. But recently the Swedish furnishing giant’s VITTSJÖ has been showing up more and more on my design radar. It doesn’t scream IKEA, and you’d never guess the system starts as low as under $50. The black metal and glass shelving system has a nice industrial quality on its own, but it seems to really shine when it’s given a bright coat of paint.
Feb 13, 2013
Non-Nasty Neutrals: Beiges That Won’t Drain Your Soul
Beige paint might as well be a toxic poison, because around here, it elicits just as many negative reactions as a typo. I get it. Who wants their walls to look like a giant bandaid? But, like most things in life, the right beige, in the right place with the right friends, has a chance at happiness.Before we get down to paint colors, let’s start with basics.
Jan 28, 2013
Before & After: Transform Your Space with Color
Here at Apartment Therapy, we love a good Before and After. We’re also big fans of bold color. Check out these 10 Before & Afters from 2012 that demonstrate the transforming power of color.TOP ROW:1. Before & After: An Elegant Bedroom Redo2. Before & After: Bold Color in the Kitchen3. Before & After: Dated Family Room Lightens Up4. Before & After: An Almost-Black Guest Bedroom5. Before & After: Family Room from Dark to Light BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: A Colorful Guest Room Makeover7.
Dec 23, 2012
Choosing Wisely: Tips for Getting the Perfect Paint Color Every Time
Sometimes there is nothing quite so daunting as a big, blank wall, waiting to be painted. With all the time, money and effort that painting entails, you want to be sure that you’re actually going to like the finished product. Read on for some tips on how to choose color wisely.Consider your light. First of all, you should be realistic about your space and the colors that will work within it, and light plays a big role here.
Nov 7, 2012