How Paint Can Make a Room Pop

Even though I’ve been working as a home stylist for a while now, I’m still amazed at how a room can transform in one day—literally. In most cases, it’s the same furniture I originally found in the space, but with a new paint color and accessories it can look so much better!

Check out the examples above. In the before photo (on the left), the tangerine walls did not complement the brown furniture. It clashed and made the room appear muddy even though the furniture was brand new.

The solution here was choosing the right paint color. The homeowner wanted a sophisticated and modern style, so we repainted the walls a pale gray and you can easily see the huge difference it made. In design, you want to give a room a lot of visual interest and one step towards achieving that creating contrast between the furniture and walls. A rule of thumb is that if you have dark furniture, a light paint color works best and vice-versa; if you have light furniture, you can be bolder with the paint color you choose for your walls.

Remember to tie in the wall color with your accessories. Use area rugs, wall art, and curtain panels and (my secret trick) toss pillows to incorporate the wall color. Splashing the color throughout the room will help to unify the design scheme. In our designer room, I picked up the gray tones in the silver frames, accessories on the coffee table and toss pillows. Notice how a touch of white also gives the room a modern and fresh look. Be inspired!