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2015 Bathroom Color Trends You Have to Check Out

White is all right for bathrooms. We get the appeal – it’s sophisticated and sanitary, which are two qualities powder rooms ought to possess. But you can get all that and more out of 2015’s trending bathroom colors, which are at the lighter end of the spectrum but still vibrant and interesting.

“It used to be that there wasn’t a lot of color in the bathroom, so more color is definitely a newer trend,” Jamie Drake, interior style guru and author of New American Glamour, told HGTV in an interview. “You still see a lot of the white, crisp spa-like solutions, but even those often have bright accents.”

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In 2015, expect to find yourself surrounded by vivid pastels like lavender, peach, and sand, and bolder colors like turquoise, flamingo pink, and sapphire when locked away in the necessary room. They’re fresh and fun, with plenty of personality.

And walls aren’t the only place you’ll be seeing them! More homeowners are getting creative with things like light fixtures (think pink shades on bathroom vanity lamps) and even colored enamel handles on chrome fixtures. Iridescent accent tiles are another fun way to incorporate 2015’s colors into your bathroom décor.

Mixing color with black and white gives powder rooms an up-to-date contemporary feel. If you’re starting from an all-white place, use paint and accessories like wastebaskets and soap holders to add daring splashes of black that are easily replaced when you want to take your décor in a more traditional direction.

Ready to nix white walls? To preserve that pleasing hygienic feel when using color on bathroom walls, pair it with plenty of clean white tile and bright white fixtures. You can always repaint the walls but the tile, toilet, sink, and tub will probably be in your life for a while.

So go trendy when it comes to paint colors and timeless when it comes to fixtures for a bathroom look that’s always chic.

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How To: Painting an Accent Wall

Repainting can feel drastic, especially when you’re not looking for a complete change but rather a point of interest or a shift in mood. For that, we recommend painting an accent wall. An accent wall is just a wall painted in a different color (or painted in a different pattern) than the rest of the room. It’s an easy way to add more dimensionality to a room or a space.

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The nice thing about painting an accent wall is that it’s an easy DIY painting project for the layperson who has never done any interior painting before. That said, as with any painting project, it pays to think and plan ahead when you’re painting an accent wall. Here’s how to get started after you’ve chosen your wall:

1. Choose a color palette. You want to be careful here because presumably you’re not starting from scratch – unless your walls are white you need to take your other wall colors into consideration when choosing an accent wall color. You can be as subtle or as bold as you like when making your choice, but a good rule of thumb is to choose a color on the opposite side of the color wheel if you’re want a dramatic accent wall or choose a color a few shades darker than your other walls for a more subdued look.

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2. Decide whether your wall will have a simple eggshell finish or maybe even a pattern. A striped accent wall is a trendy and fun choice, and other options include textured paint, a stenciled wall or a repeating pattern made with sponges or specialty paintbrushes. One word of caution, however. While the options for finishes and patterns are near endless, first-timers should consider starting with regular interior paint. Choosing accent wall colors can be hard enough!

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3. Prep your room. One night thing about painting an accent wall is that you don’t have to clear a whole room or cover every last piece of furniture. Simply move everything against and near that wall toward the far wall, cover the floor a few feet out from the wall, and tape the wall and ceiling. Don’t forget to take outlet cover plates off and tape off the outlets themselves. A little protection goes a long way toward a perfect paint job!

4. Prime, prime, prime! This step is especially important if you’re painting a light color over a dark one or using very saturated primary colors – which tend to have less coverage per coat. In the latter case, opting for a tinted primer can save you from having to apply fourth, fifth, and sixth coats to get adequate coverage.

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5. Finally, begin painting. You should begin by painting around the edges of your wall, feathering outward. Don’t overdo it with paint because you want to avoid drips and paint actually dries and cures better when it is applied in multiple thin coats. Next, use a roller to fill in the wall itself, making sure to overlap your strokes with the paint you applied around the edges. Then stop, fix yourself an icy cold beverage and give the whole first coat a chance to dry before applying a second – and possibly even a third – coat.

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Modern Wallpaper: A Little Funky and a Lot of Fun

Wallpaper is back with a vengeance among decorators and design-obsessed homeowners. Forget associations with outdated interiors, this wall covering is finally enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to bold patterns, saturated colors, amazing textures, and advancements that have made applying wallpaper easier.

People are looking to wallpaper to provide drama, warmth, and above all, personality on not only their walls, but also on doors and even ceilings.

So what does wallpaper have that paint doesn’t? The ability to draw the eye! Directional patterns can help you create a focal point in a room without a lot of architectural details. Wallpaper that travels up walls onto the ceiling can actually make small rooms feel bigger because there’s no hard stop where wall and ceiling meet.

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And wallpaper has serious personality. The wallpapers out now are embracing 1960s patterns but with modern color combinations and sharper designs. Purples, blues, and geometric prints are hot. But for accent walls – a great way to dip your toe into the world of wallpaper – some homeowners are choosing playful patterns (think bikes or hot air balloons) in grownup hues. Ditto for wallpaper in unexpected places like inside cabinets and on stair risers.

There are wallpapers for every age group and every persona, and lots of interesting places in the average home are just begging to be papered. Small accent pieces with bold graphic patterns that can be easily swapped out let you play with wallpaper in every room. Coordinate these tiny touches with patterned throw pillows and rugs. Or go big with a single wall size image like an oversized botanical on a single hallway wall for an unforgettable accent.

And finally, don’t be afraid to mix paper and paint! Modern decorating is all about the contrast and mixed media and materials. So why not have fun with it?

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Decorating with Kelly Green

Green with envy? Your friends might just be if you decide to redecorate using this newly revived classic hue.

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Hollywood Regency-style patterns are back and with it bold and glamorous Kelly green.

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Yet as striking as this deep green is, Kelly is also versatile. It is at home in tropical prints and beach house interiors – just add plenty of rattan.

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It is gorgeous when paired with furniture and accessories inspired by the glamour of the 1930s.

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And in modern spaces? It stands out amid the white and black as a pop of color that really pops.

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Some call Kelly green preppy but we say it’s only as preppy as you want to be. It’s equal parts elegance and boldness – and very much a product of how it is paired.

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When interior painting, only a touch is needed to make a big statement. Like a painted stair runner? Or maybe go the exterior route and put this gorgeous color on just your home’s front door?

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Sometimes less is more. And sometimes more is more. When you’re decorating with Kelly green, a little goes a long way. But a lot can go a whole lot farther if you’re up to the challenge.

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

On Trend Décor Updates: How to Use Black Paint Inside

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Black can be such a divisive color – especially for interiors where some sing its praises but most won’t even consider it. The question is why is black so universally ignored by color lovers for inside applications? Yes, it can be overwhelming, particularly on walls, but it can also be dramatic, striking, and complex. And that’s even in small spaces where the most daring homeowner is loathe to use dark hues. Intrigued? Here are some ways you can bring black into your interior spaces without turning your home into a black hole.

  • Pair black with neon or jewel tones for balance. Think of black walls or trim as your canvas and brightly colored décor and accessories as the paint. Black may not be playing the starring role but it becomes the perfect backdrop. Just don’t overdo it in either direction. Too much color and the effect of the black is lost. Too little and the bright colors have no impact.
  • Make it shine. Black is at its most beautiful when it showcases light. There’s nothing inky about an interior that pairs black paint with big room-brightening mirrors. For trim, use high gloss black to give it some character and make it pop.
  • Do the unexpected and paint the ceiling black. High ceilings and white walls can make a space feel antiseptic. A dark ceiling adds drama, of course, but also makes the room feel much cozier. Tie it all together with a dark chair rail or dark painted window panes.
  • Paint a black accent wall. This can bring a wall forward in a long, narrow room or create a gallery-like wall on which to showcase art or treasured family portraits. The eyes of everyone who enters will naturally be drawn to your favorite pieces.
  • And finally, start small. Black is so universally shunned precisely because it is so powerful. To get a feel for the ways you can use black in your space experiment a little bit at a time.

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Home Improvements to Tackle This Winter

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Just because the temperatures plunge doesn’t mean you need to put home improvement on hold. Wintertime is the best time to turn your attention to your home’s interior. The nice thing about winter home improvements is that they can be completed at a more relaxed pace because you don’t have to worry about weather causing a work stoppage. This winter, why not put these low-pressure improvement projects on your to-do list?

Refinish those doors. Smudges, scratches, dings, and dents on bedroom and other doors can make your whole house look tired. You will be shocked at how sanding and staining or painting wood doors can freshen up hallways and other spaces.

Tackle tiny to-dos. What minor repairs have you been putting off? A leaky faucet that needs fixing? Squeaky or sticky doors? A rough patch of floor? You’ll feel so great after doing just one repair that you may get through your entire list!

Add some color. Interior paint is amazingly transformative considering how little a few gallons can cost. If you don’t feel like disrupting an entire room for a splash of color, why not try an accent wall, a stripe, or even painting a piece of furniture? Bright colors are the perfect antidote to winter doldrums.

Shed some light on things. Dark rooms in winter can ruin your mood since the sun is hardly up before it starts going back down. Add a few lights in the form of track lighting, which you can aim so the darkest corners of your home become the most cheerful.

Update your backsplash. As improvements go, it sounds a bit boring, but this is a budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift. Paint it, add decorative tiles, or hang a mirror. Just try something new.

Get organized. If this wasn’t on your list of 2015 New Year’s Resolutions you can still add it! Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and pick a closet to clean out. Then another. It can sound like a massive job – one you don’t want to even think about – but it’s easy when you do one thing at a time.

Little by little, get rid of all the old things, expired food, clothes you don’t wear, art you don’t love, and see if you don’t feel lighter and more energetic for having done so.

Spring will be here before you know it and you’ll be happier in your house for having had a productive winter!

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The Spring Colors are Coming!

If the snow is starting to get to you – and we feel you there – why not mentally skip ahead to spring? Thinking warm thoughts may not clear the berm from the end of your driveway but it can make life seem a little more cheerful. If you look outside and all you see are shades of white, gray, and muck, maybe it’s time to think about updating those interior walls to counteract the winter blahs. The good news is the spring 2015 colors are already here! Consider splashing some of these springtime favorites on your interior walls before the crocuses start popping up. You’ll be happy you did!

Custard Yellow

This mild and creamy yellow (light or dark) is the perfect way to ease into spring. It’s pleasantly cheery without being too bright, and so won’t seem at odds with the snow outside (or like too much of a good thing come summer). The feeling is warm, but not stiflingly so. Use it in sitting rooms, sun rooms, and in sunny spots because the sunshine will make this color sing.

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Lucite Green

This green that’s more like a blue never fades completely away so it can give rooms a nostalgic feel. Think of it like Robin’s egg blue all grown up and fashion forward. Maybe it’s a little prep but it’s also super springy and just bright enough to make up for all the daylight we’re missing. We love this particular green – or is it blue? – for bedroom walls.

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Creamy Lime

Less tropical and more topical, this dreamy shade of green is reminiscent of the first shoots that creep out of the ground when the temps are still brisk enough for winter coats. In the bathroom, it can make getting up for work in the winter far less dreary and (given the right décor) give the necessary room more of a spa-ish feel.

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Toasted Almond

Neutral and comforting, this rich color will take you straight to the beach – maybe bypassing spring altogether. If you want a change but aren’t ready for a big splash where your interior paint is concerned, know that you can pair this benign but charming wall hue with almost any color of furnishing and accessories you could ever want.

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Retro Cream

Cool grays will give way to warm whites once more as is inevitable as the seasons change. Another neutral with a mid-century modern feel, this color is made to showcase the finer things in your life. Art looks amazing on retro cream walls. Your furniture? Will never have popped more. Pair it with the warm woods that are coming back into style or with lots of dramatic jet black in the living room, bedroom, and kitchen.

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What colors can lift you up when you have a case of the wintertime blues?

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Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Do Something Different with Your Exterior This Summer

You may be wondering why we’re thinking about summertime home improvements when there’s still frost on the windows. But hear us out! It makes a lot of sense to plan what you’ll be tackling well in advance of the warmer weather. That way you can prepare, get the materials you’ll need, and just plain plan ahead for the work to come. Starting to sketch out summertime exterior improvements now also gives you the time you’ll need to think not only about individuals improvements but also a unified look.

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Here are some of the exterior improvements you should consider tackling when the temperatures start to rise:

Make your outdoors more like indoors.

If you’re like most people your front porch sees about as much action as your guest bathroom. But why? Maybe you’re not using it because you legitimately don’t want to but chances are it’s just not that welcoming. Make this the summer you spend more time watching the world from the comfort of your porch by adding touches that make the outside more like the inside. Comfortable chairs, an all weather rug, pillows, and objet d’art can all contribute to a desire for more “front porch sittin’.”

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Add window shutters.

Real ones, that is. Those plastic fakes have long since become the norm because they’re maintenance free and easy to put up, but they don’t do a house any favors. Maybe we’re so used to seeing the cheap plastic ones and that’s why real wood shutters can make a pretty house look flat-out magazine worthy. Just be sure that you’re choosing the right size and style for your home so they actually can cover the windows and don’t look out of place.

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Plant flowers – but think perennially.

You may not have a landscaper’s eye when it comes to your yard or the budget to outsource all your gardening, but there is one thing you can do that will make your house the most charming one on the block come spring. That’s plant flowers, and plenty of them. You can maximize your time and energy by choosing hardy perennials that will keep coming back year after year. Tulips are never out of fashion. Likewise, daffodils and bright flowering shrubs can make any size yard look like a million bucks.

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No yard? Try container gardening!

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Embrace a big change.

So what if your neighbors are all about that beige, no color? That doesn’t mean you can’t go out on a limb and work with an exterior painting company to find a bright, exciting color that works for your house.

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Can’t settle on just one hue? Who says you have to!

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Upgrade your walkways.

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interesting walkway ideas

This is a totally approachable DIY so there’s no excuse for cracked pavers or uneven footing. Plus, there are about a million and one ideas for cool looking walkways made of stone, cement, interesting pavers, glass, and even solar powered brick lights. If you love the look of a traditional brick walkway, great. But consider something a little off the beaten… path!

Upgrade your front door.

Door manufacturer Therma-Tru found that upgrading the front door of a house increased the perceived value of a $190,000 home by almost $8,000. That’s great news for anyone putting their hour on the market this summer. But even if you’re not selling, making a few easy changes to your home’s main entryway can make your day-to-day feel brighter. You don’t even have to swap out your existing front door if you’re happy with it – a few coats of paint can make a big impact outside…

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And inside, too…

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Top it all off with something eye-catching.

Maybe it’s a big barn star on a relatively small exterior wall. Maybe it’s huge house numbers. A stand out monogram right on your front door. Or something else. An exterior conversation piece makes your home stand out from the rest of the houses on your block and makes it memorable. You’ll be a hallmark of the neighborhood.

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Make 2015 the year you commit to not only beautifying your home’s exterior with paint or otherwise, but also making it your own!

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

A Paintbrush Primer

For speed, nothing beats paint rollers and sprayers, but brushes will never lose their place in the painter’s toolbox. Only they can do the kind of fine detail work that makes an interior painting or exterior painting job look truly finished. It’s brushes that can reach into tight corners and into trim’s nooks and crannies, trace around window sills and sashes, cut into ceilings, and color along floors.

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Not all paintbrushes brushes are created equal, however. And even the best paintbrush on the market won’t be suited to every application. Today we’re going to take a look at the anatomy of a paintbrush and what makes a great paintbrush so useful.

Natural vs. Synthetic

Natural bristles from boar or oxen have naturally flagged (i.e., split) tips that are perfect for holding onto paint and then releasing it gradually through each stroke. Some are extremely durable, making them especially useful when painting rough surfaces that might shred a less hardy brush. That doesn’t mean natural bristle paintbrushes can’t lay down a smooth coat, however. Traditionally natural paintbrushes have been the go-to choice for painters using oil paints, varnishes, glossy enamels, poly, and shellac.

Water-based paints are typically paired with synthetic brushes that are crafted from nylon, polyester, or a mix of both. Nylon is the better choice if the choice is between one or the other because it’s very long-lasting, handles well on rough surfaces, and can lay down a smooth coat. However, it can also soak up water and get floppy after prolonged use. The appeal of polyester brushes is in the price tag – but remember that you get what you pay for. The best synthetic option is a paintbrush with both nylon (for durability and action) and polyester filaments (for firmness). Some synthetic brushes have even been designed to mimic the feel of natural bristles, making them appropriate for oil paints and finishes.

Shape for Form and Function

Paintbrushes came in a dizzying variety of sizes and shapes, from your most basic brush that looks like what you see in your mind’s eye when you picture a paintbrush to tiny detail brushes with curved flexible elastomeric (and ergonomic) handles. Some brushes have extra long handles and bent heads for reaching behind things like radiators or into deep crevices. Angled sashes let painters make extra accurate strokes – especially along narrow strips. Tapers offer a painter the ability to control how much paint is released, from wide stripes to fine feathered edges. There are paintbrushes with bristles bunched into a square shape, extra narrow brushes, and extra wide ones, too. And they all have their own uses, so don’t make the mistake of thinking a paintbrush is a paintbrush is a paintbrush.

Choosing the Right Paintbrush

Whether you are tackling an interior painting job or an exterior painting job, a quality brush will make it easier. The true test of a paintbrush’s quality is how well it picks up and releases paint. While there’s no way to test that in a store, reading reviews before shopping can help. And when you’re ready to shop, look for things like tapering (which indicates the brush will form a line as you paint rather than flailing out), a full body (there should be a reservoir in the middle but plenty of filaments on both sides), soft bristles, and quality construction.

At Jerry Enos Interior Painting Company, we know the right products for the job. Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

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All About Accent Walls!

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Before you ask, let’s get it out of the way: an accent wall is just one wall in a room that’s painted a different color. Usually a much lighter, much darker, or more saturated color, but not always. An accent wall defines the room much more clearly than any one color applied to all four walls can. In fact, accent walls are a lot more like décor accessories than like interior paint. A painted accent wall can also highlight something like a treasured piece of furniture or your favorite artwork. It may also help create a seamless color flow from room to room. In either case, painted accent walls are a striking design element that can transform any room from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Considering an accent wall in a living room or bedroom? As with any interior paint color decisions, it helps to think about what you’re trying to accomplish. A vibrant color can bring areas and elements of a room into focus and maximize the look of a smaller space. A warm color can make a space feel cozier. For instance, in a hallway that seems cavernous, a warm color accent wall at one end will make that length less obvious. On the other side of the spectrum, a cool color can visually expand a space. A single cool hued accent wall will make any room feel more expansive.

We mentioned vibrant colors specifically because many people use an accent wall to showcase a favorite bold color safely. Worried about too much dramatic color in one space? Painting one accent wall is a way to dip your toes in without a big commitment. There’s plenty of impact but the color doesn’t become overwhelming.

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How to Paint Accent Walls

Now, which wall to choose… Remember that whatever wall is painted will draw the eye toward it, so whatever is along that wall will attract more attention than before. But consider that the same wall will lose a lot of its impact if it’s mostly obscured by a big china cabinet and a massive TV. On the other hand, a totally exposed accent wall with no furniture or artwork on it can be a little much. So when you’re deciding which wall will become your new accent wall don’t be afraid to move furnishings!

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If you’re still not sure which wall works best, look at the room as it is right now. Do any of the walls seem like the right choice – do you get a gut feeling that there’s one option that makes more sense? Don’t ignore that hunch! A friend can help here, too. Have them walk into the room and tell you their first impressions. Which wall do they think ought to be enhanced with a new color? Why?

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Once you’ve chosen your accent wall, it’s time to nail down a color choice. Maybe you already have one in mind based on the décor of the room – but maybe not. In that case, it’s time to work on choosing a color palette for the room as a whole. To pick an accent color, think of a color you adore and google some of its different shades. Blue might be sky blue, peacock, navy, teal, or a greenish Caribbean ocean blue. You can build a color palette around the accent wall or work in the opposite direction, choosing a color that works with the existing wall color. There’s no right or wrong way to make your decision.

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In fact, you can even get creative with patterns and stencils. If you’re not comfortable painting a patterned accent wall you can explore the possibilities of wallpapering a single wall for extra pizzazz. Vinyl decals are another easy option – one that’s easy to experiment with because you can swap them out any time you want.

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And there you have it! That’s the skinny on accent walls, from how to pick them to how to paint them!