RIGHT: One brightly painted piece of furniture can be all you need to jazz up a plain white room. Here, an old bed was simply painted with a fire engine shade of red enamel for a vibrant jolt of color. Use accentsthe quilt and pillowsto tie such a contrasting scheme together and avoid a choppy look. COLOROPTIONSM To make your touches count, choose a bold colorwarm gold and pumpkin or cooler purple and teal.
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When you are getting comfortable with more color in your home, think how to creatively introduce easy-to-live-with touches and accents. DINING ROOM IDEAS OAK If you have been living with white or off-white walls and want to see how more color feels to you, reverse the standard of colorful walls and white trim. Instead, paint the chair rail or other woodwork in your color choice and use a pale, subtle tint of the same color for the walls.
An easy method is to use the deepest, most intense shade on a paint chip for the trim and the palest tint on the same chip for the wall color. To get the most impact from your trim color, choose a semigloss paint for light-reflecting shine. Right: Think of a white kitchen and neutral upholstery as a canvas for your creativity.