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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - USE PAINT TO CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES
Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesPaint is the most inexpensive way to spruce up a room. New colors can give a dark room a new lease on life. Today we are going to talk about trends new to décor and other choices for us to make when deciding what direction we want to go in. Next time we'll talk about the equipment needed to make the job smooth and easy.

Look at the room you want to paint. Is there already a lot of color going on?

People are tending to buy more colorful furnishings now than in the past. White is a good choice if you have a lot of color in your furniture. Get those images of dull, dingy white walled rentals out of your mind. There are almost as many shades of white as there are of colors.

White is great for stenciling. Forget the ideas of kiddie rooms and ivy kitchens. There is a new generation of stencils that are stylish and modern.

You can also make your own stencil. Sketch your design on tracing paper. Trace onto poster board and cut with a utility knife.

Texture is also great with lighter colors. There are many different ways to texture. Check out Home Depot or Lowe's for different ideas. There paint departments have classes on paint techniques.

Choose an item in your room for inspiration. It could be artwork or a favorite pillow or curtains.

DON'T match the color exactly! Take the item to the paint store to find paint strips to complement the colors. Paint strips show all the shades from deepest to lightest.  With a floral pillow for example a green color can bring out hidden shades of green in the leaves. Orange will highlight other colors.

Too much color can overwhelm. Small rooms need lighter colors. If your heart is set on a bold color put it in one wall. Always think of colors seen in nature.

Candy colors are too strong for an entire room. Want orange? Look for an earthy, burnt orange or a warm peach. Want green? Celery and sage green can give a small room a lighter softer feel.

Get a few sample sized paints and test them on the wall. Look at the color for a few days in different light and time of day to decide which you like best. How it looks with you furnishings and from other rooms.

Next time - Paint equipment!

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:50 AM by Dean's Team

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