Do you have a room that just seems a little dull? Humdrum, run-of-the-mill, plain-out boring? Well, there’s hope. And it doesn’t even require lots of furniture or remodeling- just a few splashes of paint. If you have one of the new KB Homes (see www.kbhome.com), we have some helpful tips to accent your new home
Don’t get us wrong- going all Jackson Pollock on your dull room is probably not the best idea. A good rule of thumb for painting with accents is the 60-30-10 rule. 60% of your room should be a base color, 30% a secondary, and 10% an accent color. Don’t forget, furniture and curtains and so forth can count in that 60-30-10 proportion, but having the paint follow that rule won’t hurt.
The next rule is one of color matching. Pick your base color first. Often a neutral shade like white, beige, or a soft pastel makes a good base, but if you want a bolder color, that can work, too. A good idea is to use artwork or upholstery that will be in the room and pick a color to accent from that. Then pick a secondary and accent color to match that. Frankly, there aren’t hard and fast rules for which colors look good together, aside from “try before you buy.” Make sure you like how various colors look together before you commit to them.
Swatches at the paint store are a good start. Remember that different lights will bring out colors differently- sunlight tends to give the most natural look while different artificial lights bring out different hues. Most paint stores have a light box to see the swatches under.
After you’ve chosen a few possibilities, buy small cans and paint some boards, then take them to your room and put the boards against the walls to see what you think of the color on location. Match them up together, put them in different areas, test them against interior decorations, and choose your favorite color combination.
How to Accent
Accents work best when they’re somewhere not entirely expected. Got a radiator in a white room? Paint it teal. Black bookshelf in a blue room? Make the inside shelves yellow. Brightly colored chairs or pillows are also great accent places.
You’ll love what painting with accents does for your rooms. Enjoy the color!