June 19, 2013
When it comes to moldings, house trims and doors, homeowners seem to stick to tried-and-true natural wood tones or white. Sometimes, these selections dovetail beautifully with hardwood floors like Anderson's Casitablanca collection. At other times, experimenting with different hues on architectural features will yield a unique decorating scheme.
To Stand Out or Not?
To prevent architectural elements from standing out too much, doors and trim should be painted in the same color as the home's walls.
"Don't hesitate to paint the doors and wall trims the same color as the walls, if you don't want the extra detail or the doors and trims aren't great," design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen wrote for Hamptons magazine.
On the other hand, highlighting attractive construction within a room design can be accomplished by painting it in the same color family as the home's main hue, but in a shade that's lighter or darker. Painting with a satin or gloss finish paint will allow trim to become more prominent, or as Bergersen put it, "sophisticated, without being jarring."
To bring together the permanent features of a home with the furniture and soft furnishings, choosing colors that complement upholstery and wood tones is an easy way to ensure a design plan that is balanced and well-coordinated.
For Outdoor Features
Deciding on how much architecture should be part of a decorating scheme extends to outdoor living spaces as well.
DIY Network suggests considering color choices for such features in combination with the whole house, from the roof down. Walking around the neighborhood may also yield some pleasant color ideas if there's a home design that's particularly appealing.
But the do-it-yourself channel cautions homeowners not to overlook the practical side of applying paint to outdoor structures and its relationship to surfaces that won't be changed, including shingles, brick, stone and tile.
While some architectural features on a home's exterior are beautiful enough to emphasize in a patio design, for instance, others are purely functional and should be disguised. Either way, they should be included in any fix-it project planned to upgrade an outdoor space.
Bergersen said consumers often want to use the same favorite colors in their clothing choices for home decor. If those hues happen to be too bold for wall colors or to enhance architectural features, she has a suggestion.
It's called "browning" or "graying" down the color to create its own neutral or a lightened or darkened version. That way the homeowners can be surrounded by their favorites without feeling overpowered by them.
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