A quick and easy way to update the look and feel of your house is to modernise your wall colours. Here are some easy tips how.
So, in my last DIY project, we focused on how to modernise wall colours. Paint is a great way to inexpensively make things feel a little fresher and newer. Not only that, you can paint several rooms in a weekend so you can see your results immediately.
There was this small room we worked on. It was an office that had wood paneling. My wife said it made the room look dated and old (although I personally like that classic feel), but it did make the room appear smaller than it is. I used a coat of bonding primer and then painted it with a nice, not too bright white. It immediately made the room feel bigger and less cave-like.
Now, at our house, we are updating some wall colours because we’ve grown tired (well, one of us at least) of our neutral walls. We wanted to make some changes without having to buy all new furniture sets. Since our furniture is fairly neutral itself, we decided to paint our living room a bolder colour: deep lacquered blue.
Some people would be scared off by this dark of a colour, but it’s really more rich than dark. Because it is a lacquer, the glossiness picks up the light in the room and it feels like a totally new room. I’ll be honest, it was my choice.
My wife picked a bright colour for our kitchen, which I admit I wasn’t too excited about at first. We originally did a soft, pale yellow in our kitchen with our white cabinetry and I always found it nice and relaxing to have my coffee there every morning. This time, she chose a light orange that reminded me of a juicy cantaloupe.
I was skeptical to say the least, but then once it was on, I really did like it. Since we are lucky to get a lot of natural light in our kitchen, it really made the ceilings appear higher and the white crown mouldings really stand out in a way they didn’t before.
The last room we focused on was my office. It’s a nice space with modern, wood and steel accents and a good deal of white and grey. It was a masculine design, but it also felt calming. It was neutral beige that even I was getting tired of. I wanted the space to look a bit more modern, and inspired by the blue I chose for our living room, so I picked a soft, gunmetal grey. My office felt both more relaxing and more contemporary.
I’m glad we chose to modernise our wall colours a bit and try a few more daring options. They really opened up the rooms and gave them their own personalities.