6 Tips for Painting With Strong Colors from HGTV

colorful-living-roomWay back in the day only wealthy people had color in their homes because it was much more expensive then white paint. Fortunately for us today all paint -  whether bright, bold colors or soft, muted neutrals – is easily accessible and affordable. So get painting, add some color, and banish the beige!

Need some guidance painting with bold colors? Check out these 6 tips for painting with strong colors from HGTV to get you moving on spicing up your home decor.

1. Deep red walls do more than just add color — they create a mood that brings down the brightness of the surroundings, providing a feeling of being encompassed by the room. They also set neutral furniture off.

2. The trick with working with sunshiny-bright yellow is selecting upholstery and accessories to match the walls. Find a painting or a floral or patterned chintz that combines different bright colors, and use that as a guideline.

3. Not all strong colors are stimulating. Forest-green walls can blend beautifully with mahogany furniture, and the contrasting colors are comfortable because they’re found in nature.

4. Dark colors recede. When a room is painted a dark to medium color, the color will actually make the room look larger rather than bringing the walls in, which is a common concern.

5. You don’t need to commit to painting the walls intense shades to have a room all about color. Painting the various colors found in furniture behind a wall of bookshelves can create a theatrical backdrop for favorite pieces, for example.

6. When in doubt about a color, don’t limit yourself to small color chips. Paint big sheets of cardboard and prop them up in the room in question. This gives you a better idea of what it’s going to look like.