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Bold colors can add variety to rooms needing design help


September 27, 2017 | View PDF

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There is a wide selection of bold colors in paint that homeowners can use in their homes.

Whether it's Independence Day, St. Patrick's Day or the holiday season, the bold hues that are synonymous with these events add a splash of color to rooms that can use a little design lift.

While some colors may be synonymous with certain times of year, homeowners can employ bold colors in their homes all year long.

Before painting new strong colors onto a house Chris Gordziel, manager of Marysville Paint, recommends making sure that the walls are clean.

"Make sure it's clean, that the surface is well washed," he said.

Depending on your walls, you may need to add a primer, he said.

"A previously painted surface, you can usually just paint right on top of that," said Gordziel. "But for bare wood or stained surfaces, you're going to want to add a primer."

The paint-and-primer in one products can't be used for every type of wall either. "A lot of people make the mistake of getting the paint-and-primer in one, but there are a lot of situations where you would want to paint and primer separately," said Gordziel, who recommended consulting with an expert before using the combination paint and primer products.

If you want to have a strong color you also want to be careful about "cedar bleed" as well, where the tannins of the wood can come to the paint surface, said Godziel.

"There's a lot of houses with bare cedar around here," he said, however "an oil-based primer can prevent that from happening."

If adding a primer, getting one with a color tint will help your color appear quicker, he said. "That helps the paint color get added faster, which means less coats of paint are required."

By embracing bold painting and decorating styles, homeowners can use fresh color palettes to make rooms more inviting and colorful. These popular color combinations can provide inspiration.

Lavender and deep blue

Analogous colors are three colors that sit side-by-side on the color wheel and share a common denominator in terms of shade. Lavender, blue and an orchid pink are examples of such hues. This cool, regal combination can add femininity to a bedroom or even drama to another space in the house. If painting the walls dark blue or lavender seems scary, opt for a neutral shade on walls and then dress up the space with inky and violet accents.

Green and pink

Colors on opposite ends of the color wheel will always complement each other. Green paired with pink (a lighter shade of green's opposite, red) calls to mind the great outdoors. These hues can add a touch of floral spring sunshine even when that season has long since passed. Opt for a deep green and a carnation pink for maximum impact. And don't forget a vase full of fresh blooms as the finishing factor.

Gray and yellow

Yellow is a pick-me-up color any time of the year, but, when combined with a gray, it's toned down to be soothing instead of startling. This color combination is popular in kitchens, nurseries and entryways. Have fun in the kitchen with mottled gray stone countertops, pale yellow walls and canary café curtains.

Turquoise and brick red

Enhance the "wow" factor with these bold colors. Although they are striking, when they work together, they also can impart a soothing feel, particularly since they are often inspired by Asian influences. Feature a light turquoise sofa with red throw pillows. Or dress up meals with a red tablecloth on the dining table and turquoise, white and red, patterned place mats.

Color can affect mood and transform spaces with just a small investment of time and money. Homeowners can experiment with color palettes so rooms remain vibrant all year long.


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