A few months ago my daughter-in-law asked me about adding some colour into their home.  She likes the gray wall colour used throughout the home but wanted to add some additional colour.  Whether it’s in large or small doses adding a splash of colour into your home is a great way to make a personal statement.  It can also add warmth or maybe even a little drama to your space.  There are many ways to add colour to your home but today is all about how to add colour using paint.

Add Colour to Your Ceiling

The ceiling (frequently referred to as the fifth wall) is often overlooked when adding colour.  Using a colour other then white can make a dramatic statement or bring a cozy feeling into your room.  Painted ceilings work best in rooms that are clearly defined such as bedrooms,  powder rooms or dining rooms. Keep in mind when choosing your colour that lighting makes such a big difference.  Ensure you are holding the colour chip the way the colour will be viewed on the ceiling and not against a wall or on the floor.  I’ll admit, painting a ceiling isn’t fun, but if you use a paint specifically for ceilings you will get better results.

Fort Morgan Beach Home

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I love this image as it shows how you can bring your ceiling colour down onto your walls for more interest.

Isabella II at Mediterra

Add Colour to your Doors

One of my favourite ways to inject colour is by using an accent colour on your doors.  Painting your doors can add instant elegance and sophistication to your home.  Check out my previous blog http://freshlookcolour.ca/painting-interior-doors-in-your-home/  for more inspiration if you are thinking about painting your interior doors.

Classic Coastal Colonial Renovation - the Mudroom

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Add Colour with an Accent Wall

One of the more common ways to add colour is with an accent wall.  While I think these can be a great design feature keep in mind that all walls are not intended to be accent walls.  Ensure the wall you are using has a feature worth accenting.

An architectural feature such as a fireplace.

Dorset Park - Weymouth, MA

Photo by Morr InteriorsMore transitional living room photos

Or if you are looking to highlight a vaulted ceiling.

Organic Contemporary with Whimsial Pops

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Accent walls are also a good way to “shorten” a room so that the space doesn’t feel like a bowling alley. When deciding on an accent wall it’s best to use a solid wall that has no disruptions such as window or doorways. If you do decide to use a wall with windows ensure the windows are symmetrical for best results.

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Accent walls can be created using many different types of products such as wallpaper, stone or even wood flooring.

Dining Room

Photo by Charlie & Co. Design, LtdBrowse contemporary dining room ideas

Back to my daughter-in-law’s home, we decided on a beautiful coral colour (SW6606 Coral Reef) in their eating area as well as the front door. It gave her that splash of colour that she was looking to inject into their home.

Photo by Fresh Look Colour Consulting

Photo by Fresh Look Colour Consulting – Painted Interior Doors

If you need help adding colour to your home please give me a call or email me for your own personal colour consultation.