I have worked on a lot of beautiful homes throughout my career, but this stunning mountain retreat has to be one of my favorite. Hands down the best part of this home is the gorgeous set of picture windows in the living room. I thought long and hard about the wall colors I would use in this space, because I wanted to choose the perfect one to highlight the views outside, but that would also give a great contemporary style to the room indoors. At first I had considered a neutral tan tone to bring out the unique shades in the rock formations but, after further thought, I decided a suede finish grey would create almost a matte appearance against the beautiful views. Rather than using intricate wall painting designs we opted to keep the finish quite simple and merely accent it with a single piece of modern artwork to the side. Although some may say that this was boring and underwhelming, I think that the wall color ideas we used were the perfect backdrop to the glory of nature.
Throughout my design career, my main motto has always been to have fun with design and make bold choices even when, at first, they may seem a bit inappropriate. I certainly keep this rule in mind when I am selecting wall paint colors, because these choices can single handedly make or break a design. This eclectic contemporary dining room is a fantastic example of what I am talking about because it is a bold standout in the middle of an all neutral living area. I wanted to make sure that the dining room paint colors that we chose for this particular space were quite bold and set the room apart, because it was essentially floating in the middle of a very open floor plan. Since we did not have walls to distinguish the space from all others, I decided to to it through colors. I have always been particularly inspired by wall color ideas that incorporate shades seen in the stormy skies of a summertime thunder storm. So this dark grey hue was the perfect shade to embody that visual and to provide a fantastic accent against the rest of this particular home.
So many bedroom colors these days are focused on extremely neutral color palettes and monochromatic decor schemes devoid of much personality or liveliness. Although I do understand that soft creams, tans, and white shades are fantastic for relaxing and creating a very "zen" vibe in your space, I do find them quite boring. My husband wanted to use these shades in our master bedroom so I knew I needed to come up with a technique that could liven things up a bit. After researching a tom of bedroom paint ideas online, I settled on this beautiful sponge finish that is generated using paint but actually looks like a very high end wallpaper design. The finished product had just enough design interest to satisfy my tastes, but was neutral enough to please him. With the wall color ideas decided on, we turned to the furniture and bed linens. We kept the rest of the decor fairly neutral as well with plush white quilted bedding and a lovely tan chaise lounge. I still have not finished off the space with wall artwork (which will bring in just a touch more color) but overall I am very happy with the finished room thus far.
So many of my clients ask me why neutral paint colors are so popular because most say that they are bland and boring. I must say that I disagree with this sentiment. I actually think that subtle soft tones like white, beige, grey and tan, have so much understated sophistication to them if you select the correct primary shade as well as appropriate accent colors. Anybody can make a bold design statement with blue or red, but only the very skilled can bring classic elegance through your more simplistic shades. This is especially true as you are selecting bathroom paint colors. This is one of those rooms where bright bold hues tend to be considered inappropriate due to the multitude of decor elements utilized in the space (tile, showers, vanities, sinks, fixtures, the list goes on). In order to create that clean and modern look that most homeowners are seeking, you must utilize wall color ideas that are more simple and monochromatic in order to let these other elements shine. When in doubt I always say that a nice warm toned beige like this space is the way to go.
So many people have been asking me about the trendiest living room color schemes for 2022 this week. With the start of the new year, everybody seems to be chomping at the bit to clean up their homes and create a beautiful new space to inspire them throughout the coming months. Changing up your paint colors is a very easy and fairly budget friendly DIY project to freshen up outdated spaces in a hurry (generally you can get a room like this done in only one weekend). So when it comes to the best wall color ideas to use in your home this year, my top picks are still going to be those beautiful tans and cool-toned beiges that were so popular in 2022. The simple yet contemporary style that these colors bring is something that will look great for years to come.
Rather than finishing our newly redecorated foyer in a boring simple paint color, we wanted to do some sort of unique wall painting that would impress guests as soon as they walk in the door. A beautiful wall mural seemed like the natural choice, but the harder part was trying to figure out the design motif we wanted to use. First and foremost, I knew that I wanted to incorporate this gorgeous aqua shade that I found in a Sherwin Williams catalog of popular 2022 paint colors. It was the perfect accent to our new stone tile floors and I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to any of the wall color ideas I had been looking at for the mural. We opted for this lovely oriental theme brimming with lotus flowers and traditional birds. We get so many complements on it every time somebody new comes to the house.