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Walls are a simple yet high impact way to transform any room By ZAINA WUEST Exquisite Living

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ith shimmering metallic and elegant wallpapers, shiplap-style cladding and even simple paint effects, walls can create a dramatic focal point in a space. If you’re considering an update, remember that color is a powerful design tool. It can make a room feel peaceful, happy, comfortable or dramatic. The paint colors you choose, as well as the color of the furniture and accessories, all create a mood. A neutral paint scheme may go with everything, but a lot of beige and gray can really get you down. We love creating lively living spaces with vibrant pops of color. But choosing the right shade can be an overwhelming task. Even paint cards can be misleading – you’ll quite often find that a color looks more or less pigmented when applied to a large surface area, and the exact shade will be affected by the light fall, size and even the contents of the room. The good news is, if it doesn't work, you can simply start again. If you’re considering a makeover for you home’s walls, here are five tips to get you on the right track. • Consider the amount of natural light you get in the space. Sure, a dark shade will make for a dramatic feature wall, but without natural light, it’ll just end up looking grim and depressing. • Be wary of eye-popping brights. That eye-popping hue may have caught your attention in the glossy magazine, but consider the size of the space you’re working with. If it’s not big enough to carry it, bright shades can overwhelm and create

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visual clashes. Remember, you can always introduce vibrant hues through cushions, throws and artwork. Avoid going too matchy-matchy. Furniture, floor coverings, paintings and rugs can serve as solid inspiration for which color to choose, but avoid matching everything exactly. Choosing a shade much lighter or darker than the pre-existing elements of a room works much more effectively. Don’t rely on sample swatches. Always test the color directly on the wall to get a true sense of how it will really look. Leave it on the wall for a day or two, and observe how the light plays with it, creating shadows at different times. For example, black paint has a reputation for looking dramatically different in certain lights – from green to blue to gray. Colors tend to come out darker on walls than they appear on paint chips, so if in doubt, err on the lighter side. Don’t get caught up in trends. Shudder at the thought of that splotchy sponge-painted wall trend popular in the 1990s? Don’t get caught up in the fads. Be daring, but follow your instincts and not the trends. ■ Exquisite Living |6225 Atlanta Highway | Alpharetta, GA 30004

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Northside Woman, February 2019  

Northside Woman is a woman's work and play publication and companion website that covers news information for the northern Atlanta suburban...

Northside Woman, February 2019  

Northside Woman is a woman's work and play publication and companion website that covers news information for the northern Atlanta suburban...

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