submitted by: Jennifer
Yesterday I was in a new client’s home and was so enchanted by one single space-the formal dining- that I kept coming back to it just to look around. It finally occurred to me that it was the satin black walls that were so alluring. So rich in color but not so shocking that it was all you noticed, her walls created the perfect backdrop for an intimate and luxurious feast. As luck would have it I came across this article from www.shelterpop.com that same evening. If I could tell my readers one thing about black walls its this: do not be afraid! If its done right you will not feel like you’re living in a dungeon and your furnishings/wall decor/accessories will absolutely POP against such a dramatic yet simple color. Read on!
I love black walls. Not only are they glamorous, dramatic and brooding, but they create a fantastic backdrop for your home furnishings. In fact, we’ve got a few tips right here on when to transform your walls with a can of black paint. But how to do it without looking like you’re living in a cave? Here are a few important tips to follow with a bit of help from eHow.com:
1. Make sure your walls are well prepped, as chips and impressions will show up easily on dark walls. Make your walls smooth or add a textured coat.
2. Use a matte black paint over your prepped walls. Gloss or semi-gloss paint will highlight any imperfections.
3. Paint one wall at a time. Most rooms will benefit from having only one or two walls painted black. Too much black wall space can become over-powering.
4. Leave ceilings white or light-colored since a dark ceiling will appear lower and more claustrophobic.
5. Accent black walls with white or light colored trim, wall hangings, fixtures or other white or contrasting décor so the black becomes a backdrop.
6. Use light colors or metallics to furnish a black-walled room. Again, contrast can use the black wall to its best advantage.
7. Remember that painting over a black wall will require several coats for full coverage, so make sure you know which wall(s) you want to paint before experimenting.
-By Erin Loechner
submitted by: Jennifer
Q.) My home needs help. I have white walls throughout my entire home and hardly any pictures or decorations on them. I am on a tight budget at the moment and cannot afford to buy nice paintings or frames. Are there any ideas you may have for me to spice up the look of my home that is not too expensive? I have some fabric and one old picture frame that I thought might work for something.
A.) There are a number of inexpensive and unique ways to add life to your walls! I have listed a few for your consideration, all of which are simple DIY projects that you can do in a few minutes or hours!
~Visit your local hardware store’s paint department and ask to see their “Oops” section. This consists of custom-blended paints that either didn’t get picked up by the customer or were not approved by the customer. These paint colors range from the very common Beige to odd shades of Turquoise but they are priced as low as $5 for a gallon. You can always have them adjust the color if need be. NOTE: If you end up needing more of the same “oops” paint mixed at a later time beware: The label on the can likely does not match the actual formula. The paint itself will be need to be scanned and even then it is not a guaranteed match.
~Canvas wraps make for simple, quick and affordable artwork!
Perhaps you can put your fabric to good use using this trick that my clients love! You will need:
1) Your desired size canvas from craft store
2) Fabric (enough to cover canvas plus an extra 3″ on all sides)
3) Staple gun
Lay your blank canvas on the floor or on a flat, sturdy surface. Tightly wrap your fabric around the canvas and staple down the excess fabric on the backside. Voila! In ten minutes you have created your own custom art and your only cost was your material (Pssst, wait for the canvas to be on sale at Hobby Lobby)!
~You say you have old frames lying around? Skip the family photo and pick up a plate instead! A single framed plate can really make a statement because its unexpected and always unique. Are you the formal type? Paint your frame black or gold and opt for a piece of your grandmother’s china. If your style is more casual or modern pick up a quirky plate from Target or Blue 7 and paint your frame a brighter color like orange or pink. Wall brackets for plates can be found in most frame sections of any store.
*Remove the glass from your frame for this project.
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