Friday, July 23, 2010

One Small Change: Using Accent Paint for Impact

This Friday's One Small Change features paint. Probably the easiest way to make a statement in your home is with paint, and if you don't like it you can always paint over it. Everyone knows that painting an entire room can make a big change, but today we are going to consider little projects that probably won't take more than a weekend to complete.

Here are three examples of painting an accent wall. To make the most of the beautiful wainscoting, keep it a crisp white while adding color on the walls above.

We like the way the color sets the mood of the room with the peaceful blue in the bedroom, and the warm uplifting orange in the dining room.

This accent wall is actually a "headboard" created with paint and molding.

Here in Key West, porches are typically painted blue to confuse the mosquitoes!

The ceiling is considered to be the fifth wall of the room, so why paint it white, when you can add a mood changing color?

A calming blue...

A nature reflecting green...

A soft romantic pink...

Smaller areas like furniture or the interior of cabinets and shelves allow you to use rich, vibrant colors that would be overwhelming on a large surface.

This pretty little chair is a great entry accent.

A deep, rich indigo is a wonderful foil to pine.

This ordinary little bookshelf takes on a whole new personality with a bright splash of spring green.

And the apple green painted inside these kitchen cabinets add a pop of color and really shows off the white china.

Have a great weekend, and if we've inspired you to take on a painting project let us know.


*images via Martha Stewart Living


  1. Beautiful! Love the soft blues!

  2. funny! just got finished painting my front door! love love the room with green ceiling!
    i love everything about that room..thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. Thanks for the splash 'o colour today! Beautiful ideas here!

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