Welcome to week three of our series all about interior painting tips!
Last week, we looked at paint colors and painting advice for small spaces -- this week, we tackle the opposite problem.
An extra-large family room... an open floor plan... a wide room with tall ceilings. If you're like me and live in a smaller home, these sound like nice problems to have. But in reality, without the right treatment, large spaces can begin to feel cavernous.
Luckily, the right paint colors can help a large space feel cozy and can amplify a larger room's best attributes. Here's how to pick the best paint colors for large spaces -- plus a few extra painting tricks we keep up our sleeves.
Warm neutrals can make larger spaces feel cozier. We've used the following colors to make large rooms feel warmer, cozier, and more intimate:
Add texture to the walls by painting stripes using the same color but in different finishes -- every other stripe in flat or eggshell, the other in semi-gloss. This creates a striking but subtle effect that looks particularly beautiful in larger spaces. Here are a couple of examples:
Use contrasting colors -- on trim and built-ins, above and below a chair rail, etc. Using two different colors in a room adds dimension to the space and makes a room feel cozier:
Consider an accent wall. Particularly in open floor plans and in many home designs newer than 1950, accent walls in larger rooms and open spaces can help define the space and add visual interest, breaking up an expanse of four large walls all painted the same color:
Do you have a favorite color you've used in your larger space? If so, we want to hear!
Next week, we'll tackle painting tips for trim, ceilings, and other painting tricks and resources. Stay tuned...