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2 Ways to Elevate Your Home’s Style with Interior Paint This Fall

We’re going to take a wild guess here…

When you finish painting a room, you probably consider the project done after the walls are dry, you push the furniture back into place, and your tools are cleaned and ready for the next time inspiration strikes.

Does that sound about right?

What if we told you that you forgot two crucial surfaces that can make just as big of an impact on your room as the fresh wall color?

#1 – Painting Your Trim and Baseboards

Catherine Boardman
Photo by Catherine Boardman Interiors 

Trim and baseboards are easy to overlook, or to just cover with some glossy off-white paint and call them good. We want more for your room’s trim, and you probably do too.

We should add that white or off-white is not always a boring or incorrect option; sometimes it’s perfect. But, we do want you to know that there are more colorful options out there that pack a big, stylish punch.

Monochromatic Trim Colors

Here’s one option: a monochromatic color choice. This essentially means that you paint your baseboards a slightly different variation of your wall color. There’s a little contrast this way that frames your room’s lines, but it’s not very drastic.

Go Bold!

From black’s deep definition to a soft border of warm, earthy color, choosing a totally new color can have a striking effect. Look no further than the photo above for an inspiring example from

#2 Choosing a New Color for Your Ceiling

Parkwood Road Residence Master Bedroom
Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors 

Ceilings, often called the fifth wall, are even easier than trim to overlook (unless you’re really, really tall). They’re often just painted with flat or satin white, making it essentially disappear.

Here a handful of other options to consider:

  • White Ceiling – We’re putting this option here because, as we said about trim, sometimes white is just right.
  • Match the Walls – This is ideally done with either lighter wall colors or in spaces that enjoy plenty of natural light. Painting a very dark color on a ceiling can make a room like a box unless the light and space can balance it out.
  • A Lighter Variation – Have your paint supplier mix up your wall color, then add in a little white for a subtle difference in tone.
  • Choose a Complementary Color – Choose something totally different from your walls! This is best done after plenty of research, or else with the help of a professional paint and color consultation.

Never Be Afraid To Ask for Help – Find a Professional Painter!

Painting may seem like a classic do-it-yourself project at first, but many homeowners get in over their head quickly and realize there’s more to it than they thought. From choosing products, sheen, supplies, and paint to completing the necessary repairs and prep, there is a lot involved.

For the best result possible (and fewest headaches), we recommend doing some research and finding a trustworthy local painter. Review their website, browse their work and reviews, and just call for a good old fashioned conversation.

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