Up on the blog this week, I am talking Paint inspiration. For some, painting the walls of your home can feel intimidating. You may be saying, "What if I choose the wrong color?" "What if I don't like the color?" The good news is that if you are painting it yourself, it's only your time. If it doesn't work for you, paint it over! Here are a few ideas to get you inspired to stop worrying and start painting! If you live here in Philadelphia and would like a complimentary color consultation, reach out.
Colorful Ceilings add Volume
You don't have to settle for a white ceiling. It's ok to defy any interior design "rules" you've heard. Take a look at the following spaces. What do you think? Sometimes a monochromatic color scheme makes the room seem to go on forever!
Don't be afraid to go bold. Also, don't fight the architecture of the space. Sometimes thinking outside the four walls of your space is needed. The painted ceiling and door at the end wall of this hallway seemingly open up the narrow space. It feels bright and airy with just enough visual interest.
Another very smart application of the accent wall is to carve out a “purpose” for a portion of a room without having to put up any walls or get too creative with furniture. In the bedroom below, a child's bedroom is distinguished from a much larger space (that you can’t see in this photo). Admittedly, this look will require some serious skills with a roll of painter’s tape, but it’s clear that the end result will be well worth it.
This is hands down, my favorite space of this blog post. I love the architecture of this space, but I could see how being all white, it might be a little one-note. The accent color here is impeccably executed and gives this living space a natural vibe. Note, also, that they painted the baseboard in that section, since that would be a question I myself might have if I were embarking on a similar painting journey: to paint or not to paint the baseboard.
Here’s something a little different: painting the majority of the wall to draw attention to a corner. I found this shot on Architectural Digest, and I adore the idea of not fully painting this space (in terms of taking it fully to the corners, ceiling or baseboards). It is the most purposeful way of going about calling attention to the "green" wall.
Look closely and you’ll see that the stairs under this clever runner are actually painted the same color as the border. What a fantastic way to add character to a staircase. The graphic, modern feel is an added design bonus.
There are many reasons why you might paint stairs in your home. For example, if you have original floors that aren't quite sharp enough to live on their own, but have way too much character to replace entirely. The painted stairs here act as an accent color and add visual interest without being too overpowering.
I hope that you enjoyed reading these paint tips for your home in Philadelphia, the main line and the Tri-State area. The biggest take away should be to relax and have fun with it. Also, keep in mind that color isn't for everyone. So, if you feel most at peace in your home with neutral walls, power to you. There is no right way to implement interior design! Please leave me a comment below and let me know what space you are painting next!
In addition to being a Philadelphia residential Interior Designer, I also design boutique hotels, fitness centers, office spaces, multi family development projects, other commercial spaces such as office and retail spaces, and the senior living community throughout the tri state area. We work here in Philadelphia, the main line, and even Nationally! If you enjoyed reading this piece please leave a comment and let us know. AND, let's get social. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and connect on LinkedIn!
About our Founder
Tina Delia, a native of Ocean County, NJ, current resident of Philadelphia, is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Delia Designs. For the past nine years, Tina has been steadfast in her vision and continues to develop herself personally and professionally. She is dedicated to excellence and insistence on forward thinking design.
At the forefront of her designs is the idea that our spaces have the ability to transform our lives. She is looking to move us, inspire us to see, think and create freely. After all, it's not only about creating beautiful spaces, it's about touching the lives of the people who live, work and walk through those spaces.