The walls of your home have the advantage of changing and transforming your space with the help of paint or wallpaper. A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy with darker wallpaper with a striking pattern. There are pros and cons of using paint or wallpaper. Factors to consider are ease of application, cost, and versatility to your space. Whichever you choose your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.
Decorative Painting Options - There are several different decorative painting options that you can use to decorate your walls. Some of these include stenciling, stamping and sponge painting. You may want to use a pattern from a piece of furniture or even an area rug. One way to tie the room together is to take the pattern from the area rug and then make a stencil using the pattern. This can then be transferred to the wall. This is easy to do as you only need to use tracing paper and acetate. Once you have a stencil, you can then put the same pattern on your wall as is reflected on your area rug.
It is a known fact that painting is much easier when there is nothing in your way. This means empty out the room, or at least as much as possible. If you are painting your living room, move large furniture pieces to the center and cover them up with old sheets or drop cloths. Although it seems like an unnecessary step to wipe the walls down, it is a very important step. Whether you can see it or not, there is buildup on the walls of dirt, dust, and oils from your hands. Removing this debris prior to painting will allow the paint to adhere to the walls. You should also fill in any nail holes or cracks with spackling, as well as tape off adjacent walls, window trim, and light switch or outlet covers. Use drop cloths, newspapers, or a roll of paper to cover the floor.
Walk through your home and assess the dark areas: If you’ve been living in your home for a while, most likely you are used to its dark areas. Closets, living and family rooms that don’t bring in enough natural light, or possibly the current paint color scheme and dark furniture is making your interiors feel like a black hole. Before you can brighten your interiors, you will need to discover what factors are creating the dark feeling. Do you need better windows in your interiors or lighter colors on your walls or possibly less bulky and dark furniture in your spaces?
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