Interior Design Trends: The Ambiance of Paint

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No interior design element affects the mood and atmosphere of a room more than paint because it covers such a large area. And although it's one of the least expensive elements of home design, people find color selection one of the most difficult choices.

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  • 1. Interior Design Trends:Robin Lechner DesignsRobinLechnerDesigns.comNo interior design element affects the mood and atmosphere of a room more than paint because it covers such a large area. And although it's one of the least expensive elements of home design, people find color selection one of the most difficult choices. Everybody knows that color sets the emotional tone of a room red is energetic and exciting, yellow is happy, blue is peaceful but few realize the effect a paints finish has on mood and atmosphere. A METALLIC FINISH ADDS SHIMMER AND ROMANCE TO A DINING AREAA matte finish is understated and softens a space. Add a texture like suede, and the room takes on a warm and calm feel. Texture also gives a wall depth. The light is absorbed and scattered rather than reflected. Matte and egg shell finishes are preferred on walls that have flaws and are not completely smooth.THE CTHE WALL SYSTEM IS MDF PAINTED A MATTE GRAPHITE HUE CONTINUES INTO THE KITCHEN VIA DUCT WORK, LINING THE KITCHEN CABINETRY AND ON THE FOYER CEILING TO UNIFY THE PUBLIC SPACES. .Gloss and metallic paint finishes create visual focus and heighten mood. They accentuate details and are perfect to highlight a focal point like a fireplace mantel or accent wall. Its wonderful in kitchens for added shimmer to complement the sheen of lacquer cabinetry, stainless steel, and tile.

2. Light or dark shades of wall paint can have an effect of making a room look larger. It all has to do with contrast between light or dark shades of walls and furnishing. Contrasting light colored furniture in a dark space or dark colored in a light space tends to lead focus inward, creating a more confined feeling. Make a room seem larger by upholstering furnishings a similar shade to the walls. It erases boundaries. THE DARK PAINTED ARCHITECTURAL COLUMN ACCENTUATES THE FEELING OF SUBSTANCE AND IMPORTANCE. SIMILAR COLORED UPHOLSTERY UNIFIES THE AREA, CREATING A WARM AND WELCOMING SPACE TO READ AND RELAX. THE WHITE ON WHITE KITCHEN BELOW APPEARS LARGER DUE TO THE LIGHT MONOCHROMATIC COLOR SCHEMEThe same principal applies when selecting colors from a color wheel. Using adjacent colors where there is little contrast gives a more open feel while opposing colors provide contrast and results in a cozy room. For more color principles and inspiration, visit my website RobinLechnerDesigns.com Email questions to robin@robinlechnerdesigns.com PS: Far from gloomy and dingy, look how rich and dramatic the entry foyer and alcove look in the two photos below. (the photo on the right is the BEFORE image of the alcove. Updated furnishings help, too!)Blog Post: http://bit.ly/1i4gjau

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