Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nothing Can Update A Room Like Paint!

Over the last three days Pk of Room Remix has been hosting a series on selecting paint colors. Many of you requested I cover this design dilemma in your comments on this post. And I will. But in meantime, how great to be asked by Pk to contribute to her series covering this topic. {Now I can just send you over there!}


Is there anything that has the power to transform a room quite like paint? If so I have yet to find it! Here are two examples of rooms that were given a makeover, with paint providing the change with the biggest impact.


A kitchen nook in our previous home, before paint...


...and after.


My best example of how paint can transform is our master bathroom.


The befores...


...and the afters.


A paint change set the stage for a dramatic redesign. Other additions include new light fixtures, a Mirror Mate frame installed around the large plate glass mirror, roman shades and a few accessories.


If painting is in your near future, visit Room Remix for tips on how to select paint colors, (Monday's post). It was fun to read everyone's suggestions, I learned a few new tips myself! Also, yesterday and today the participates are sharing their favorite neutral paint colors, favorite statement colors and suggestions of colors that work well with stained trim, with examples of the colors shown in rooms.

And don't forget to enter for a chance to win one of the two $50 gift certificates in the Lisa Leonard Design giveaway, just in time for Valentine's Day! 

30 comments :

  1. I agree... I love how a coat of paint can completely change the feel of a room!! xo

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  2. Yes, I've been reading that series - isn't it great? I love your choices too!

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  3. I have been reading your blog for some time now, and thorougly enjoy seeing your talent in action ! Your home is beautiful, and I am so impressed with all the different projects you undertake, and how they all come out so successfully. You are an inspiration to me ! One thing I always wonder when I look at the pictures of your beautiful master bath is - where do you find the pretty shades up at the windows ? They look like they may be a natural fiber shade - do you order them 'custom made' or is it possible to find such attractive shades somewhere 'in stock' Thanks for the inspiration !

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  4. I painted our entire house last year. I love it so much, I don't want to ever move.
    But I go nuts when I see a mark on my walls.

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  5. Patricia, the shades are grasscloth roman shades. They were the first window treatments I hung in the house, in this room and my husband's office. Unfortunately the company is now out of business, it is really too bad as they are of great quality and were really inexpensive for custom sized window treatments. (perhaps that is why they are out of business!)

    For standard size windows there are a lot of great options on the market for great prices, including places like Target. A really good resource for affordable made to size treatments is JCPenny of all places, and they are always running a sale.

    Janell

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  6. It's amazing what a little paint can do. Beautiful transformations!

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  7. Thanks so much, Janell!

    When you say paint can transform, you know what you're talking about and have proven it in your projects! I appreciate so much that you all agreed without hesitation to contribute, and it's so nice of you to share your tips and favorites with everyone. We appreciate it!

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  8. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but the main reason I don't do more painting is because I tend to have too many spills. Any tips on how to protect your floors? Every time I lay down drop cloths then walk on them they shift an inch or two away from the wall. The last time I painted I ended up with a drip of blue paint on my daughter's bedroom rug!

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  9. This was the perfect post for ME today! I am finishing up my master bedroom "redo" and of course the tan faux painted walls in my master bath are even more HORRIBLE now against my Benjamin Moore Edgcomb Gray walls in my bedroom. I am now going to seriously consider painting the walls and cabinetry Benjamin Moore Caviar or Black Bean Soup for a look like yours. Afterall, it's just paint, right? Your blog is always so inspiring. It's one of my go-to blogs first thing in the morning each day.

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  10. What a beautiful after. I love the color as well.

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  11. My House...
    You are completely right, it is just paint. A little $ and a little labor with the opportunity for a big payoff. All the best with this project and thanks for reading my blog!! Janell

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  12. Paint is powerful. Your bathroom transformation is nothing short of amazing! I love the color.

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  13. I just think paint is a miracle worker. Such pretty colors and can totally transform a room. Love your bathroom. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Paint is amazing. I remember when we bought our house and the guest room was a dark, dreary room and we needed to quickly update it for family arriving. I was in a low mood as my mom had just been diagnosed with cancer and I put some yellow paint (Restoration Hardware's "Butter") on the walls and it was bright and cheery and helped lift my spirits. Paint does wonders. It can easily be changed, too when we tire of the color. Your master bathroom is gorgeous, Janell. I've been enjoying the series at Room Remix and saw your posting today of paint colors. Great series!

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  15. featured your great chalkboard art ideas today on my post:
    http://jvwhome.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    j

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  16. Oh how I heart Mirrormate -- my son's bathroom mirror is transformed.
    Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

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  17. I have really enjoyed all the paint advice over at Room Re mix...Thanks!

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  18. A friend just referred me to your blog today because of your choice of Begonia paint! I painted my dining room Begonia almost 2 years ago because it was so cheery and fun, and so i'm glad to know that perhaps i've snuck a bit ahead of a cheery design curve!

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  19. Logan, She just left a comment on my facebook page about your dining room, I must see pictures! And yes, you are 2 years ahead of the trends...I need to talk to you!
    Janell

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  20. I just emailed you pictures...let's talk anytime! :-)

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  21. i just discovered your blog yesterday and i spent all my free time last night reading your blog...i love your designs and all of your diy ideas!! would you mind sharing the paint colors that you used throughout your house? it's so hard to tell in photos what the actual color is. thanks!

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  22. Yes!
    Kitchen & Master Bedroom: SW Universal Khaki
    Family Room/Dining Room/Main Areas: SW Quiver Tan
    Master Bathroom: Devine Storm with a wash of Devine Rain (www.devinecolor.com)
    Girls Bedroom: SW Watery
    Boys Bedroom: SW Macadamia
    Home Office: SW Griffin

    Hope that helps! Good luck with your paint choices, Janell

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