Two Color Tips From Designer Jessica Brende
1. Interpret a Feeling-”You don’t have to be literal”; an unexpected play of color can say just as much as if you hang a picture of the ocean on a wall.”
2. Don’t Overdo-”Color goes a lot further when used in small ‘pops’ against a neutral background; you get more bang for it, and it’s easy to change it out.”
Six Easy Steps to Save Time (and Money) on a Paint Project
1. Get Inspired.
Start by imagining the end result. Then look for inspiration by going through magazines, art books, online décor sites or even picking up a tone from a favorite clothing item-or nail polish!
Patch up any holes, sand over bumps and clean dirty walls so you’ll start with a pristine surface. Then tape off the baseboards and moldings to get smooth, even lines.
3. Select the Paint.
Choose a paint not only for the beautiful color; look for one that is also high-quality, durable and scrubbable.
4. Use a Primer.
A coat of primer will make your paint look better and last longer. Did you know that many paints already have built-in primers?
5. Start From the Ceiling.
Then move onto moldings and trim, then finally the walls.
6. Take in Your Finished Work.
Step back and admire it!
More Budget Décor Ideas
There’s no fireplace or a built-in one? A two-tone paint job can remedy this by creating some structure. Use a light and dark shade from the same paint chip.
Accessories are the quickest and thriftiest way to update a room!
Decorating with nature is free and fun. Cut an interesting branch from your yard and put it in a vase, or gather stones and display them in a tray.-Jenny Johnson, host of New England Dream House
Look for throw pillows with different designs on the front and back (it’s like getting two for one!).
Cover walls with secondhand mirrors, baskets, large clocks and other items that add dimension.-Beth Hunter
Sources: “Formal Abandon” by Jody Garlock and Walmart ad–Better Homes and Gardens, August 2011 and “30 budget decorating tips and tricks” by Andrea Cooley and Amy Panos–Better Homes and Gardens, August 2013