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Flynn Do-It-Best tips: expressive painting

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 4:00 am

GLADWIN – There are three major steps to any decorating project, large or small: planning, preparation and painting. In this article, we will focus on the first step of the process. Getting Started Planning Planning is a combination of personal taste, understanding what will work best within the available space and your comfort level with a project’s degree of complexity. Since color plays a central part in the process, it is important to have a sound knowledge of this fascinating subject. To begin with, trust your judgment and your own preferences. Keep in mind the fixed colors in the room that won’t change, such as carpeting and furniture. Of course, if you are planning a complete makeover, including new furniture, that will serve as the foundation of your redecorating project. What colors do you like, do you wear? Color tips and tidbits Color changes the physical appearance of a room. A seven foot ceiling will appear higher if painted a light color. Lower a ceiling by painting it a dark color. Make a narrow room wider by painting the shorter wall a darker color. Planning on painting all four walls in a bold color? Paint the trim a lighter shade that will give your eyes a place to rest. Use color in hidden places – inside cabinets, closets, drawers and armoires. It can be a punchy element of surprise. Bold colors look even stronger on a large expanse. Consider moving one shade lighter from your first choice. Small color chips from the store can look very different when actually applied. Be creative and don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Try adding molding at chair height or higher. Paint one shade above the molding, a contrasting one below. Tip: Keep the heavier color to the bottom. View the colors you are planning to use in the room where they will end up. Lighting conditions in a store are usually very different from our homes. When you take the paint chips home, view them under both natural light and artificial evening light to ensure that these are colors you can live with. Pay special attention to the effect of the light on your chosen colors during the times when the room is most often used. Light colors make spaces seem larger and brighter, so they are ideal for small or poorly lit areas in your home. Dark colors make spaces appear small and cozy, so they are better suited to large or well-lit areas. Used sparingly, dark colors also work well as accents. Don’t try to match paint exactly to fabric colors. It is usually more visually pleasing to go a shade or two lighter, darker or grayed. Painting a room a new color is like changing your hairstyle. At first you may not like the new look, but in a few days you’ll love the change and wonder why you waited so long! The personality of color Every color has a personality and influences our emotions. Choose color that will reflect the mood you want to create. Red is great for dining rooms, stimulating appetites and increasing brain activity. It is also excellent for child development. Orange is an extrovert with a contemporary outlook. It helps in attracting people. Yellow is the brightest color, stimulating memory and giving the room a warm sunny outlook. If used properly, it lifts spirits. Green is a color of nature, offering a sense of tranquility to a room. It is a dominant color that also lends a feeling of security. Blue is the most popular color. It lowers blood pressure and inspires meditation. White is delicate and refined. It looks good with every other color and tones down other colors.

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