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Published by The Bowie News

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Painting is one of the easiest and

least expensive ways to transform the

look of a space.

Paint colors can dramatically

change the mood and the design of a

home. And depending on a homeown-

er’s goals, paint can make a statement

or blend into the background.

Many people are now looking to

bold colors to make spaces stand out.

But choosing a paint color can be

challenging.

Homeowners looking to update

walls and complement decor may want

to look at some of the more impactful

colors that Pantone indicates will be

popular for the 2017 season.

Primrose, yellow, lapis blue, flame,

pink yarrow and greenery are some of

the more eye-catching selections. Once

colors are selected, consider these

guidelines for using bolder colors in

room designs.

• Decide how big an impact you

want to make.

Are you looking for color overload or

just a small focal point of vivid color?

Remember, using bold color doesn’t

mean every wall must be lathered in

that hue.

Instead, select one wall to serve as

an accent point and use that spot as

your bold color display.

Otherwise, rely on bold colors to

dress up otherwise mundane areas,

such as the back wall of a cupboard

or moldings and trim.

• Try bold in a small space.

Many people are surprised at how

well bold colors work in small spaces.

Powder rooms can be an ideal spot to

experiment with paint colors.

Try deep colors that can make the

area seem intimate and even exotic.

Dark, bold hues can be toned down

by different accents, such as neutral

colored fixtures and towels.

• Go bold in the kitchen.

Incorporate a splash of color in the

kitchen without going overboard. Try

an appliance or design fixture in a

bright shade.

Or paint the inside of the cabinets

in your favorite color and install

glass inserts in the cabinet doors so

that everyone gets a peek of the color

beyond.

A neutral kitchen also can be

brightened up with the use of silver-

ware, dishes, pots and pans, and other

kitchen items featured in bold hues.

• Stick to boldness on interchange-

able items.

Those who like to experiment with

color may find that they like to switch

out the colors now and again.

Instead of having to repaint every

few months, use decorative items in

bright shades to make swapping out

color that much easier.

For example, replace area rugs,

throw pillows and draperies. Paint

over terra cotta flower pots.

• Establish balance.

Rely on neutral furniture, rugs,

moldings and baseboards if you decide

to take bold colors up a notch.

This will help create a sense of bal-

ance in the room.

Painting is a fun way to experi-

ment with color. Many homeowners

are not hesitant to use bold shades

of color when they learn the right

techniques.

And because paint is an inexpen-

sive option for making over a room,

homeowners who find they do not like

a particular color can easily paint over

it with a new color.

Bold color

can bring

change to

your space

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Paint colors can dramatically change the mood and the design of a home, and depending on a homeowner’s goals, paint

can make a statement or blend into the background.