The conventional wisdom says that the entertaining spaces in your home – the dining room, living room, kitchen and guest bedrooms – need to be neutral and unassuming. But design rules change over time, and these designer paint secrets are proof positive of that. Here’s how to get jaw-dropping results throughout your home – with just a few layers of paint.
It’s Black and White
Opting for monochromatic interior paint colours doesn’t mean that a space is going to be boring. Painting large, graphic black-and-white stripes in a small, contained area makes a serious design statement without having to cover an entire room or make use of bright eye-catching colours.
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At First Blush
An exciting new painting trend in the kitchen is to pair a bold colour with a lighter shade of a completely different colour. For example, teal and pink aren’t often matched together, but the rich shade of the cabinets brings out the warmth of the blush-tone wall, making them an inspiring pair.
Beyond the Walls
When redesigning a room and choosing interior paint colours, designers don’t stop at the walls – they look at what fills the room too. Painting accessories and fixtures (see the refurbished black chandelier over the dining room table) not only has the potential to add cohesiveness to the space’s colour scheme but also gives new life to an object that might have otherwise been passed over.
All in One, One for All
No matter which room you’re thinking of painting, integrate this designer painting trick into your plan – use colour to highlight a special feature, and always choose a premium product. By adding new BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint & Primer, an all-in-one, top-of-the-line paint, in the warm, earthy tones of BEHR Canyon Dust S210-4 (Behr’s 2021 Colour of the Year) to the back wall of this sophisticated living-room reading nook, you are instantly pulled in.
Call It Out
If a room has any special architectural details, such as crown moulding or custom trim, you can highlight them with paint. Bring attention to that unique feature by choosing a different colour than the main wall colour (dark trim is a designer favourite at the moment).
Go Bold or Go Home
When it comes to guest rooms, design convention has been to keep the palette neutral and calm; these days, though, designers are turning that on its head -modern guest rooms are embracing colour through bold paint choices and experimenting with more flamboyant design concepts.
When a room is grand, spacious and filled with distinctive design features (think crown moulding or faux rafters), interior designers turn to paint tricks and techniques to make the space feel cohesive. Here, to get this look with Behr’s latest premium one-coat-coverage paint, BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint & Primer try BEHR Cameo White MQ3-32 on the paneling to make special details standout and BEHR Smokestack N220-3 on the upper walls to bring warmth to a formal space.
Open for Business
Having an open-concept cooking and living space has a lot of advantages, such as clear sightlines and ease of entertaining, but one of the main challenges is creating warmth and intimacy in such a large space. By demarcating different zones with paint colours, you create a sense of moving from one “room” to another.
No matter where you want guests to congregate, they always find their way to the kitchen – especially if your cabinets are painted in an eye-catching emerald. Refurbishing your tired cupboards and drawers with an on-trend jewel-tone paint gives you an instant conversation starter.
Into the Depths
In a room that’s lacking architectural detail, designers use this painting trick to create depth. By flanking the white brick fireplace with midnight-blue paint, the mostly white room all of a sudden has dimension because your eye has somewhere to rest (i.e. where the white ends).