Adding Smart Color to Any Room

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Spring is coming and are we ready! It’s time to add color to our homes. But before you drag all your furniture to the middle of the floor,  take down all the artwork, and dash off to the paint store for a can of Chivalry Copper SW6353 or Chartreuse SW0073, stop! Think about how you want to add color to your room, especially if it’s a trendy new color hot off the pages of STIR Magazine (

If you are the type of person who loves to dive into a color trend head first and is not daunted by the idea of switching it all out when the next trend rolls in, then you are all set. But if you are the type of person who desperately wants to update your room but you are not planning to update again for many years, then I’m really talking to you.

Adding smart color to your room means painting the walls and installing tile and other architectural materials in a color that will stand the test of time and hold up to upcoming color trends without making your house look dated. Remember Harvest Gold? Avocado Green? How many of us are stuck in houses where the owners put a color trend into a fixture that would need to stay there for 20 years??

Here’s a way to stay current or get trendy in a smart way. Put the color in the items and materials that can be changed easily later. In this bedroom featured on the BHG site in a piece by Debra Wittrup (, the designer painted the walls a warm taupe– flexible and adaptable to almost any color scheme. Then the wonderful melon color was added in the window panels, the lampshade, the pillows, bed linens, and accessories. If the home owner gets tired of melon, out it goes to be replaced by another fun color scheme with relative ease.

Now, granted paint is cheap and relatively easy to switch out, but trendy paint colors can also be applied to small pieces of furniture, like  a wooden table or chair, instead of the four walls of your room. Accent walls are another way to add smart color to any room without the hassle and expense of a complete overhaul.

Enjoy color! Be smart about it!

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