Small Project Saturday: Colorblock Dining Room

Small Project Saturday: Colorblock Dining Room

Jul 10, 2014
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When Megan and her family bought their new home, the whole house was painted lime green. They quickly painted everything white, so they would have a blank slate. But now that they've moved in and are making it their own, it's time to add color to enliven and warm up the space. Like many families, they spend most of their time around the dining table. Painting the whole wall would have been a big undertaking, and might have overwhelmed the space. See how Megan painted just part of the wall with a simple stripe of bold color.

We've seen chair rails separate wall colors in more traditional spaces, but we love the modern, crisp look of a colorblocked wall without the moulding. It's a fresh way to add color to the space without painting a whole room.

Measuring up from the base board, Megan created a crisp, straight line to separate the bottom part of the wall from the top. She then carefully applied painters tape, and started painting, cutting in around the baseboard and side walls. Leaving the radiator white would have been a bit of an eyesore. Since it was already painted white, it was a simple fix to paint over it in the same color as the wall. Semi-gloss paint is the best finish for heating elements, since it can stand up to heat and humidity.

Maxwell's Tip: Measure twice, paint once! Colorblocking works best with a crisp, straight line, so make sure your line is level before you start rolling.

Megan and Chris chose Antique Purple from Glidden paint, because it has the sophistication and formality of a grey combined with the warmth and depth of a heathery purple. It also plays beautifully with the bright colors in the rest of their decor.

Maxwell's Tip: Purple is the new neutral! It goes with so many different colors, and adds warmth and depth to any space. It's perfect for a dining area, but I have it in my bedroom!

The colorblock look has had a huge impact, making the multifunctional room cozier, more inviting and serene.

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