If you’re looking for an easy, affordable way to reinvent your interiors, these easy techniques will do the trick
When it comes to giving a room a refresh, the transformative power of paint is a truth universally acknowledged for its affordability and ease of use. But not all techniques are created equal. While a mere color change can yield design-enhancing results, brightening an interior or improving flow, these tricks have dramatic yet subtly perceptible effects that take those notions to the nth degree, completely reinventing a space while pulling double duty on the functionality front with a tip of the brush. So the next time you find yourself looking to recast a room, consider these four tricks of the trade. From increasing light to creating a flattering glow, they will do more for a makeover than any costly redesign.
Choose high gloss. The late design legend Albert Hadley was known to paint ceilings with a reflective lacquer that would instantly brighten any room. It’s a trick that protégé Todd Klein picked up and used to dazzling effect in a Louisville, Kentucky, home he designed with architect Joel Barkley of Ike Kligerman Barkley. Try it in your own home in a room like this living room, where there’s at least one source of natural light.
Go pink. A closely guarded secret for many designers, painting your ceilings an understated shade of pink creates a flattering glow that warms light and subtly improves the appearance of your guests’ skin. The effect works best in muted-hued rooms filled with lots of cozy texture, as seen in this Seattle home by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
Add subtle texture. Adding a delicate effect, such as the faux-suede walls seen in the living room of this New York apartment by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, creates a cocooning effect that immediately increases the coziness quotient in any interior.
Keep it consistent. Paint walls and molding the same color, as seen here in a New York townhouse, for a seamless look that enlarges a room while maintaining its intimacy.