When it comes to home decorating ideas, paint is your best friend. Paint colors completely transform a room. Of course, at Bluenote Painting, we want that transformation to be the best thing for you home. If the beiges, neutrals, and pale grays aren’t sitting well with you, here are a few tips on how to paint a room with bolder, darker paint colors.
Choose your room wisely.
If you’re ready to paint a room a darker color, don’t take the paintbrush to every room in the house. Dark colors work best in rooms where an relaxed, cozy vibe is desired. Your bedroom is the obvious first choice. That said, even a large living space can look amazing in a darker paint color. A dark living room will lend itself to close conversations during parties and get-togethers.
Use dark interior paint colors to highlight architectural details.
Dark interior paint colors look best when they are highlighting the architectural details in a room. Large crown molding or white beams on the ceiling look fresh and really stand out when the room is painted a rich navy or chocolate. While a more neutral color would hide these details, darker paint colors bring them to the forefront, adding to the charm of any home.
Figure out a lighting plan.
Larger rooms that are painted with dark paint colors will need ample light in order to make the space feel cozy rather than cave-like. Recessed ceiling lights pair well with dark paint colors as well as strategically placed lamps and lighting over artwork. Adding dimmers allows you to alter the mood of the room with just one touch.
You don’t have to paint the whole room.
Sometimes an accent wall is painted in a bold color is all you need. If you aren’t ready to commit to an entire room of dark charcoal gray, paint one accent wall. For example, in a master bedroom, paint the wall that your headboard rests against. This gives you a pop of color without overwhelming the room with darkness. You may find that you are perfectly satisfied with this interior design idea, or you may feel ready to paint the whole room.
Always try out your paint colors.
Even when you are painting a room white, it’s vital to test out your paint colors in the room rather than relying on those tiny paint swatches. Spend a little money on paint samples and test them out on a large piece of posterboard. Move the board around the room to see how the color changes on each wall and in different lighting. Painting is our easiest way to transform a space, but you don’t want to go through with the painting if you aren’t sure you have the best color.
Bluenote Painting has the professional painters and color experts to help you transform any room in your Portland, Oregon home. Contact us today for your free estimate.