Small Project Saturday: Color in an Unexpected Place

Small Project Saturday: Color in an Unexpected Place

Jul 2, 2014
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Megan and Chris have 3 small children and a new home. They've been a little lukewarm on the large, unusual window in their kids' playroom. But one of our favorite tricks at Apartment Therapy is to take an unusual detail and use paint to turn it into a beautiful focal point. All it took was one Saturday afternoon and a can of Glidden paint for Megan to transform the space with color in an unexpected place.

Paint can be a unique and modern window treatment. You can use it to add color to the trim around a window or, as in this case, to the window bay.

Maxwell's Tip: Use golden tones around a window to magnify the natural light that comes into the space.

Megan and Chris chose Marigold Petals from Glidden paint, a color that reminds them of their travels in India and Thailand.

This was a small project, but it had a big effect on the whole room. The marigold color anchors and defines the play area, and amplifies the warmth of the outside light. The color gives the space vitality and energy appropriate to a children's space.

Maxwell's Tip: Turn an unusual detail into a focal point by highlighting it with paint. It will make the detail feel like a deliberate choice, and will make color its most important characteristic.

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