Dynamic Dining Rooms
Colourful Kids Rooms
Home Office Hideaways
Likeable Living Rooms
Livable Laundry Rooms
Creative Craft and Hobby Spaces
The ABCs of Planning A Colorful Nursery
Colourful Kids Study Spaces
kitchen continues to be one of the most frequently used living spaces
within the home. As families spend an increasing number of hours
together in the kitchen space, both function and style play imperative
roles when tackling a design or renovation project. The innovative
use of colour will help your kitchen space to shine!
requires selections that are hard working and focus on stain and
grease resistance as well as washability. Practical choices include
durable paints that feature low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss sheens.
Several paint manufacturers offer kitchen/bath paints that have
been designed specifically for these spaces.
your individual colour preferences, kitchens offer an ideal opportunity
to let your colour imagination soar! For those homeowners that prefer
bright colours, kitchens offer a blank canvas for applying colourful
paint and wallpaper border combinations to wall coverings. "Colour
conservative" folks may opt to inject a soft palette of personality
with the clever addition of painted stencil borders and motifs (including
currently popular themes such as garden and natural designs) that
coordinate with existing kitchen themes. Kitchens that feature interesting
collections (such as standing pottery or hanging baskets) often sport
monochromatic colour schemes (which feature various tones of a particular
hue) visually emphasising the collection, rather than the wall coverings
and other design elements. Add new life to worn or dated cabinets
by applying a complementary paint colour to update the existing appearance.
represents a venue for an unlimited number of ways to incorporate
unique colour within the space! Consider coordinating a decorative
paint treatment, such as ragging, combing, etc. (See Decorative
Techniques section) with a contemporary wallpaper border. Or, if
you love the look of decorative paint but lack the time to complete
such a project, explore the possibility of adding a "faux"
wallpaper border (that mimics decorative paint techniques) to a
painted, solid colour wall. Add colour and pattern to a plain, white
tile backsplash by applying colour with a freehand or stenciled painted
design. Inject a splash of colour to ordinary beadboarding with the
clever application of paint. Camouflage a damaged floor by selecting
colours that are prevalent within your kitchen colour scheme and painting
a "faux" tile design. Unify a mismatched dinette set by
painting the table and chairs using one cohesive colour. Customise
furnishings by applying a whimsical stamp or stencil to seats or
bathrooms are private spaces, they are usually heavily trafficked
rooms in any home. Depending upon the number of bathrooms that you
have in your home and where they are located, bathrooms can range
from strictly functional areas to inspirational retreats. Paint
permits the homeowner the luxury of experimenting with innovative
colour ideas by providing surfaces that are easily cleaned and simply
Due to the
high moisture levels that are present within the bath, this space
is prone to mildew and surfactant leaching. Therefore, experts at
the Paint Quality Institute recommend the highest quality sheen
or semi-gloss paints that contain mildew protection as well as stain
resistance. Several paint manufacturers have designed special kitchen/bath
paints that are specifically designed to accommodate these spaces.
décor and style of your home when designing a bathroom space.
The appearance of the bathroom should blend harmoniously with the
rest of the home interior. If your home contains only one bathroom,
consider designing the space using a neutral colour scheme. Neutrals
allow the opportunity to decorate the bath seasonally, and permit
the flexibility of injecting contemporary coloured accessories into
the bath space. Consider establishing complementary colour schemes
within master baths, jack and jill" baths or any baths
that connect to bedrooms. (When applying a complementary colour scheme
to connecting spaces; one hue would be utilised within each distinct
space.) Examine the overall size of the bath when selecting colour.
Deeper, rich hues tend to create a more dramatic ambiance. Should
you opt for a darker tone within a small bath space, brighten the
space by supplementing the dark hue with dashes of a bright or striking
colour, to lighten up the area.
There are an
unlimited number of ways to allow colour to add distinctiveness to
the bath space. Add colour to wall coverings with painted bead boarding,
combining paint with wallpaper borders and stencils. Add contrasting
colour to bathroom doors and moulding by painting doors and trim in
deep tones that accentuate wall coverings and highlight tile
Decorative paint finishes add tantalising texture and stimulating
colour to the bathroom space. Consider a decorative paint finish
to enhance one larger accent wall within the bathroom. Add colour
to plain window coverings by painting wood shutters or cornices
using colours that appear
within the existing colour scheme.
upon your familys lifestyle, dining rooms traditionally exist
as formal entertaining areas or as an active, everyday part of the
home. The way in which your dining room functions will help to determine
the areas style as well as décor. The use of colour
can help to define the tone of the dining room.
active dining rooms require high quality paint that contains a higher
sheen that can be easily cleaned. If the informal dining room
is attached or open to the kitchen, you may wish to consider implementing
a monochromatic colour scheme or incorporating the grouping of
that appear within the kitchen. The use of a complementary colour
scheme (see Choosing the Right Colour section) would also be appropriate
in this situation, to provide for a balanced combination of colour
within the adjoining spaces.
rooms provide an ideal space to utilise faux and other highly decorative
paint finishes. Deep, rich colours are often used to create dramatic
formal dining spaces. For added drama, consider a decorative paint
treatment that portrays the appearance of an elegant fabrication
(such as leather or suede) to grace the walls of your formal dining
Colour can be
used to stimulate the dining room space through a multitude of creative
projects. Create a visual division of space within a two story dining
room by adding moulding at ceiling height, then painting two distinct
colours (above and below the moulding). Update the timeless look of
wainscoting within the dining room with a coat of stylish paint.
New acrylic high gloss paints or traditional gloss alkyd paints
are excellent choices for mouldings and wainscoting. The acrylic high
gloss paints will have lower odour and dry much faster. Decorative
paint finishes can be used on wall coverings, accent walls or ceiling
space to provide stimulating colour and interesting texture to the
dining area. Create a focal point for built-ins that showcase treasured
collectibles by painting the interior using a contrasting colour
that highlights the featured collectibles.
the first and last place that we see each day, bedrooms are reflective
of our distinct personalities. Indicative of a personal and private
space, the bedroom space particularly signifies a creative place
where our individual tastes and needs are outlined. Representing
a private sanctuary, there is more flexibility with regard to style,
décor and colour within the bedroom space.
are typically low traffic rooms; therefore they do not require the
same level of durability for paint finishes, as do other areas of
the home. Velvet finishes; HQ Velvet Flats, low sheens or soft sheens
are all appropriate paints for the bedroom.
hues are favorite bedroom colour choices, as they tend to be more
comforting and relaxing. Cool colours (blues/greens) provide a soothing
feeling that adds everyday livability to the bedroom space. Cool
colours also contain the added bonus of visually expanding small
bedrooms and making the space appear larger. Choosing adjacent
on the Colour Wheel for a bedroom colour scheme allows for a particularly
well-blended space. Neutral colours are another favorite choice for
bedrooms, as they allow the occupant to inject a dash of unexpected
colour throughout the space. Neutral tones also provide for easy
rearranging of accessories as well as seasonal decorating within
the bedroom. Maximise neutral colour schemes and monochromatic
schemes in the bedroom by adding sufficient texture, via interesting
bed linens, window treatments, floor coverings and wall coverings.
Colour can enhance
your bedroom retreat in a number of imaginative ways! Painted accent
walls, stenciling and ceiling treatments are a few examples of transforming
non-descript space into exciting wall coverings. Decorative accents
such as painting a faux fireplace to serve as a bedroom focal point
lend warm ambiance and charm. Painted doors and moulding allow for
the impact of contrasting paint colours. Using new acrylic high
gloss paints gives you the look of traditional alkyd paints, but
with lower odour and shorter dry times. Traditional acrylic high quality
semi gloss paints are also excellent choices for doors, moulding
and trim, if you prefer a lower gloss look.
and glazes inspire do-it-yourself decorative painters to devise
innovative "faux" paint techniques that blend particularly
well within themed bedrooms. Painted headboards and other furnishings
unify colour schemes and promote a cohesive colour palette in the
childrens rooms are spaces that encourage a growing childs
imagination. Consider allowing your child to choose a bedroom theme
that expresses their unique personality. Once the theme has been
selected, the bedroom colour scheme will naturally follow.
As growing childrens
rooms can be decorated and redecorated up to five times during their
years at home, it is practical to opt for an inexpensive method
of decorating. Paint affords an easy, inexpensive decorating tool
that provides a rainbow of exciting colours and creative possibilities
room tend to be heavily used, it is imperative that a high quality,
washable paint be used in order to remove handprints, food stains,
crayons and markers. Manufacturers have designed "child-friendly"
childrens paints that feature bold colours, chalk paints or
other specialty products.
The use of bright,
bold colour is especially attractive in childrens rooms. Primary
colours are classic favorites for both boys and girls. Contemporary
colour favorites include purples, vibrant blues, pinks, yellows and
greens. If your goal is to select a colour scheme that your child
will not soon outgrow, consider taking the "neutral plus
approach", which presents neutral wall coverings with bold
painted trim. In this case, the trim colour can feature any hue from
traditional favorites (such as navy or red) to trendy newcomers
(including the "sherbet" brights).
There are endless
colour-related projects that help to create inviting childrens
rooms. Decorative stencils and stamps that coordinate with a designated
theme can be applied to all design elements including window coverings,
wall coverings, floor coverings and furnishings. Free hand painted
murals accentuates a theme and serves as a dramatic focal point
within the space. Painted ceilings (the rooms "fifth wall")
can highlight a theme or serve as a point of interest, depicting
everything from soft clouds to bright stars and interesting maps.
Wall coverings can be transformed into functional design elements,
including chalkboards for drawing, corkboards that display calendars
and notes or "magnetic" painted walls which highlight
in popularity, the home office is a practical necessity for many
homes. Regardless of whether the space is used for meeting with
clients or simply writing household bills and e-mail, the home office
can be designed in a sensible yet stylish manner.
active are home offices that "share" their living quarters
with other functions, such as a guest room, master bedroom, kitchen
or study. It is essential that wall coverings within these multifunctional
areas be easily cleaned, particularly on the walls that adjoin computer
equipment, desks and other work surfaces. Low sheen or washable
flat finishes offer beauty, stain resistance and wash ability. High
quality acrylic gloss paints boast a practical balance of glossy appearance
and ease of water cleanup.
family workspaces provide the luxury of creating an area where it
is possible to express your distinct décor and style preferences.
Homeowners with offices that function strictly for business use may consider opting for neutral tones that convey a more serious
tone. Home offices that share family business as well as function
as a guest bedroom may consider choosing cool colours that present
a serene tone- practical for family matters as well as restful for
visiting overnight guests. Various areas of multifunctional home
office spaces can be designated by the creative use of blocks of
colour to identify the workspace as a separate unit. Using splashes
of bright colours such as oranges or yellows inject a stimulating
environment for all family members who utilise the space.
any of these creative ideas within your home office space:
wainscoting is an elegant addition to offices that are more formal
- Painted shelving
(including built-ins) adds colourful storage space to any home
- Painted furniture
(including unfinished, dated or flea market find pieces) can instantly
unify the home office space through the exciting use of colour.
within most homes are quite often overlooked. The combined square
metreage of hallways in some homes is greater than the total space
that is apparent within the largest room! Use hallway space to your
greatest advantage. Transform underutilised hallway space into a
focal point with the creative use of colour! Using paint to add
to the walls, ceiling and floors within a hallway space can turn
what was once meaningless space into warm, welcoming areas within
the home interior.
use of colour can alter the appearance of hallways. For instance,
light shades of colour make compact hallways appear larger. Visually
"shorten" the feel of a long hallway by selecting a darker
tone, and paint the end wall using this colour selection. To create
a hallway that is wider in appearance, paint the ceiling and floors
in a hue that is darker than the wall coverings. Odd shaped hallways
can be given the illusion of greater balance by painting the ceiling
and floors in darker shades to create a squared appearance. (Consult
the "Maximising Benefits of Colour area of the paintquality.com
website for specific colour specifications.) Remember that for hallway
colour choice to blend harmoniously, colours should blend with the
surrounding, existing colour scheme and overall décor.
are very heavily used areas, (children and pets enjoy leaving their
handprints and paw prints on every conceivable spot!) it is necessary
to apply durable and washable finishes such as Low Sheen or Low
often used for family relaxation than formal entertainment, todays
living rooms reflect comfortable, stylish spaces. An ideal location
to highlight a unique decorating "persona", colour choices
for living rooms can be as bold or relaxing as the individual preferences
of the homeowner.
techniques utilised in living room spaces demonstrate a homeowners
preference for added texture, colour and style. Utilising a "Combing"
or "Dragging" technique, for instance on one representative
accent wall that is within in a small, square living room area can
lend the illusion of added length and space. Consider decorative
techniques that provide fabric like appearances such as leather,
suede and silk to impart an elegant appearance for living rooms
that portray a formal air. Denim, chambray and chenille fabrications
can also be achieved through the use of decorative paint techniques
for the more casually styled living room space.
selections provide a soothing effect and blend graciously with furnishings
and fabrics that contain bold patterns, as well as featured collections
within the living room space. Neutral colour schemes also conform
quite easily to living room interiors that feature seasonal changes
Paint Quality Institutes Colour Wheel for assistance with
schemes that feature bold complementary colour choices. By introducing
one or more bold hues to the living room space, it is possible to
create an environment that stimulates energy and excitement.
Low Sheen paints are particularly desirable when living room spaces are used
for family relaxation, as they contain low angle sheen combined
with durability. Depending upon the look you desire for your living
room, matt paints are also available which possess good wash ability
and stain resistance.
distinctive flair to the living room space by incorporating colour
by means of painted picture frames used as decorative accents, painted
"faux" fireplaces add ambiance and charm, or contrasting
painted mouldings and trim within the living room space.
There are many
ways to realize the benefits of the compact laundry room space-
part of the home interior where we spend more of our time than we
realise. With a bit of resourcefulness, there are several innovative
options that offer a pleasant and more enjoyable laundry room area.
your laundry space to a facelift! For all of the hours that are
spent sorting and folding clothing, why not furnish the space as
any other small space within your home? Decorative enhancements
such as window treatments, wall coverings and decorative accessories
do not require a large financial investment, but add a
touch to the laundry area.
possibility of creating a theme for your laundry room space. Start
by selecting a specific colour scheme. Stencil or paint a freehand
border around the windows that demonstrate the laundry room theme.
Botanical and garden motifs are popular contemporary laundry room
themes. Create imaginative and inexpensive wall art by matting and
framing various leaves (from your own backyard!) using inexpensive
wooden picture frames. Unify the framed grouping by painting frames
using an existing hue from your chosen colour scheme. Using the existing
colour scheme, paint inexpensive containers in solids, floral and
other patterns. Use containers to store cleaning supplies and other
of water, detergent, spray starch and bleach require paints that
contain excellent wash ability and stain resistance characteristics.
Keep these factors in mind when selecting and purchasing paint for
the renovation of your laundry room space. High quality semi gloss
paints work well; low sheen finishes can also be used for good stain
removal properties, but with a softer sheen. Kitchen/Bathroom paints
supplied by your paint retailer would also be good choices for laundry
rooms since high moisture will also contribute to mildew growth.
sunrooms are designed with the purpose of allowing increased light
to enter the home, via multiple windows, skylights, glass block
or full pane doors. Creating optimum natural lighting characteristics
within the designated sunroom space allows for the experimentation
and implementation of numerous colour options.
For those who
are opting for a tranquil and spacious sunroom, consider utilising
calming blues and greens are part of your sunroom colour scheme.
Popular garden motifs and the concept of "bringing the outdoors
inside" highlight a soothing colour scheme that is comprised
of a soothing blue and green colour palette. In contrast, yellows
and oranges impart vibrant energy to a space and lend themselves
toward the creation of a stimulating sunroom space. Consider these
types of brilliant and vivid hues when the goal is to establish
an exciting sunroom space.
to assist with appealing to all five of the senses when designing
a sunroom. Texture, for instance, can be incorporated through the
use of lavish accent rugs and cozy quilts and throws. Fresh flowers,
candles and potpourri add continuous heavenly aromas to the space.
The clever use of colour imparted to all design elements including
wall paints, other painted accents and floors assist in uniting
encourage sunlight to come into the room, the use of
a 100% acrylic exterior paint is very desirable since they will
have excellent colour fade resistance. Exterior paints can be tinted
to a full range of colours, so you can enjoy the colour you want with
the performance you need. Exterior paints are also available in
flats, sheens and semi gloss finishes.
to be used to hold flower pots or as end tables; painted screens
hinged together make wonderful corner accents and be painted solid,
stenciled or distressed - depending on the motif of your sunroom.
Floors of sunrooms can also be painted - either with designs to
simulate a rug or in patterns to simulate tile. Special floor paints
are available that will have maximum adhesion to the surface youre
painting and maximum wear resistance.
Craft and Hobby Spaces
by borrowing" underutilised or unconventional space within
the home interior, todays hobby and craft areas continue to
surge in popularity. As the nature of these spaces represents an
area where creative juices are endlessly flowing, let your imagination
run wild when designing the space!
of hues offered by existing paint manufacturers provides an unlimited
amount of colour combinations, depending upon the ambiance that you
wish to display within the hobby space. If your particular hobby
lends itself toward a specific colour or combination of colours, why
not incorporate the colour grouping as the basis for your room design?
For instance, outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and fishing
all lend themselves to earthy, natural colours. Forest green, sandy
brown and sky blue would be an example of a preferred colour grouping
for a nature enthusiast that prefers the outdoor landscape.
If your hobby
space is "shared" as part of an existing room there are
a couple of colour options to consider. One idea is to incorporate
a similar (or non-competing) colour scheme that is apparent within
the room. In this case, the hobby room takes on the colour persona
of the room where it exists. A second option would be to highlight
the craft space by means of a decorative divider, using colour to
designate where the existing room ends and the hobby area begins.
In this case, a folding screen or shutters can be painted and serve
as a focal point, representing the entrance to the hobby or craft
hobby or craft preference, allow your distinct style to shine by
incorporating stylish colour within your distinctive space.
and Craft walls tend to attract marker and crayon marks,
handprints and other stains, using high quality low sheen or washable
sheen paints offer real advantages for keeping the surrounding areas
clean and looking new.
ABCs of Planning A Colorful Nursery
for the arrival of a new baby, plan for safety and function first,
then plan for fun! Create a nursery theme that your baby will not
soon outgrow. Themes such as jungle animals, sports, outer space
and floral are creative and timeless choices.
As for nursery
colours; instead of pastels (the traditional choice for a babys
nursery), opt for primary colours, updated neutrals or harmonious
hues (colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel) to
represent the colour palette for wall coverings, window treatments
ways to impart colour within the nursery space. Stencil a border
on a wooden headboard, paint a verse from a favorite poem or song
above a closet, or apply a decorative paint technique (such as sponged
clouds) on the ceiling.
stripes add interesting pattern and a touch of whimsy to the nursery
space. Consider thin, vertical stripes as a choice for smaller nurseries
and wider stripes for more expansive nursery spaces. Customise the
nursery space further by using the same colour scheme to paint coordinating
stripes on lampshades, headboards, bedside tables, chests of drawers
that as your little one begins to walk, handprints will eventually
grace the windows and walls in the nursery. Consider semi-gloss
and high gloss, quality paints that promote durable and easy care
Kids Study Spaces
With a bit of
imagination, it is possible to create a study space where your child
will look forward to spending time. First, maximise function and
storage. Next, plan for an original and innovative workspace! Allow
colour to set the tone of the workspace.
Warm colour schemes
are an appealing option for a childs study space. Warm
schemes are filled with cozy hues such as oranges, reds and yellows,
which help create a cheerful atmosphere. Painting walls a few tones
deeper than the colour of carpet, for instance, will make the study
space appear more inviting. Warm colours are particularly practical
for north-facing exposures that receive limited light, or spaces
that contain few windows. Moderate warm colour schemes with the addition
of a neutral accent colour, such as ivory, sand or sage.
furnishings and decorative accessories with the desired colour scheme.
Painted desks, hutches and chairs can serve as bold focal points
within the study space. Painted shelving and desk accessories, such
as file cabinets, pencil holders, framed photographs and trash cans
act as handsome enhancements that help to unify the space with the
desired colour scheme.
childs individuality! It is possible to select a durable,
easily washable paint (such as semi-gloss or gloss) that satisfies
Mum, while also choosing a colour palette that will reflect
the childs unique personality. You and your child will
be pleasantly satisfied with the appearance of the colourful, new