Shake up your decor with paint in the new year

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

THE new year will soon be upon us and I think this is a great time to plan for an ex­cit­ing de­sign year to come. Let’s shake things up a lit­tle next year. This photo, cour­tesy of PPG Paints, is a great ex­am­ple of how to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently in or­der to achieve a unique and in­ter­est­ing decor. Rather than paint the room one colour, the de­signer here has cho­sen sev­eral colours, which are sep­a­rated by sim­ple wooden trim. The trim is painted white to co­or­di­nate with the base­boards and cove mold­ing for uni­for­mity. Even if your room doesn’t have the ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails of large base­boards and crown mold­ing, you can still use this in­ter­est­ing paint tech­nique to achieve a decor out­come with tons of per­son­al­ity. I can imag­ine this look in a bed­room or even a pow­der room. No­tice the blue ac­cent colour is at eye height. This was done on pur­pose to catch the eye. The length of trim at eye level has a lip on which one can dis­play books and so on. This was also done on pur­pose. While you don’t have to fol­low this rule, it does make sense to keep the ac­cent colour and art­work at eye height. If you don’t want to or can’t in­stall wooden trim be­cause you’re rent­ing (and have per­mis­sion to paint) you can sep­a­rate the colours with a white band of paint in­stead of wood. If you’re start­ing with a white wall then all you have to do is mask off the trim area be­fore­hand, en­sur­ing that the lines are level. If your wall al­ready has colour, paint it out white be­fore you be­gin and fol­low the steps above. This will give you a clean pal­ette from which to work your de­sign magic. The great fea­ture of this paint tech­nique is that you can use small bits of left­over paint to achieve your look if you hap­pen to have some on hand. Check with friends or fam­ily to see what they have stashed away. They might just be grate­ful to have the left­over paint taken off of their hands. Use all in­door acrylic or all in­door al­ka­line; don’t mix the two. You may even hap­pen upon a rem­nant of wall­pa­per or pan­elling that can be worked into the scheme. You just never know what will in­spire you. The light fix­ture in this room is an­other great ad­di­tion to this unique space. This one hap­pens to be a plugin swag fix­ture, which is a breeze to in­stall. At first glance the fix­ture ap­pears to have six hang­ing bulbs, how­ever, only three of them are real; the other three are painted shad­ows that run from the ceil­ing and on to the wall. Clever! If you can re­place a dated fix­ture with some­thing more unique then by all means take the leap. A hang­ing light or swag lamp will of­fer more drama than a flush-mounted fix­ture. Con­sider the op­tions as well as your light­ing needs. You’ll be liv­ing with this fix­ture for years so spend a lit­tle more and pur­chase one that will be cur­rent for the years to come. If not a new fix­ture then a funky floor or ta­ble lamp might fit the bill. I love the retro ac­cent ta­ble. The style and colour are per­fect for this space and give the room per­son­al­ity. Watch at yard sales, thrift stores and so on for unique items like this ta­ble. It may be an an­tique wash­stand that you can paint in a fresh colour, or you may hap­pen upon a vin­tage dress­ing ta­ble. Don’t forget that you can up­date your found trea­sure, so if it’s not in good shape, con­sider tak­ing it any­way if you think you can re­vamp it to work into your de­sign. Your trea­sure doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be fur­ni­ture ei­ther. You might have a gi­ant cut log piece from a felled tree hang­ing around that could make a unique ac­cent ta­ble or stool. Keep your mind open to all pos­si­bil­i­ties. Paint is such a great way to up­date your space in a DIY fash­ion. Con­sider the pos­si­bil­i­ties for a bright, fresh decor for 2016.

Happy New Year!


Even a small amount of paint can be used to spruce up a room.

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