For this bathroom I hired a mural artist (@the_art_of_tina_crandall) to paint a design on the wall behind the tub
No matter how much you like a room in your home, sometimes you simply tire of it. But most of us don’t want to start from scratch. “That’s where paint can come in,” says Sherman Oaks-based interior designer Allison Knizek (@a.k.nackfordesign). “Using a fabulous shade of paint, whether you are doing accessories like terra-cotta pots or all the walls in a room, is one of the best tools for creating a new vibe.” Here Allison shares some recent projects where she used paint to make over a space.
3 of Allison’s favorite paint shades
Think Outside the Box
Paint is an easy and cost-effective way to transform just about anything home related. Think beyond the four walls and focus on less-expected paint “moments” such as doors, moldings, cabinets and furniture.
For a powder room, I found this bamboo nightstand at a garage sale for $20. I painted it with Benjamin Moore 1624 Westcott Navy in a semigloss. Then I added a stone slab top, vessel sink, brass faucet, and voila! A chic powder room vanity.
Follow Your Feelings
Paint can feel daunting, as many people struggle with the color-decision-making process. I suggest selecting a color that makes you feel good. Color is a mental pick-me-up. There is research that shows that color can affect mood, actions and even appetite. And don’t be shy with your choice; go for a bold hue if it inspires you. Remember, if you don’t end up thrilled with your choice, you can always repaint.
There is currently a design movement toward dark and moody paint colors. Single-accent walls done in matte black or charcoal are very on trend at the moment. I like to flip this around and use darker shades for doors, moldings, casings and crown, while keeping a light color on the walls.
If you find the messiness, odor and environmental concerns off-putting, do note there are many great low-VOC options out there.
The entrance to a home is an ideal place to refresh with color. A front door is easy to tackle by yourself without hiring a professional painter. One of my favorite things to do is to paint terra-cotta planters to match the door. Just make sure to prime them really well. For the pots shown here, I used Behr N440-4 October Sky, the perfect shade of aqua to evoke that easy, breezy, SoCal feel.
When it Comes to Walls
Sometimes, it’s just the walls that need a re-do. Right now my wall “flavor of the day” is Dunn-Edwards Droplets DEW381. It is a tinted white, and depending on the time of day, will range from light gray to a soft, warm white.
ABOVE: Painting a single built-in or single cabinet is also a great way to pack a punch but not commit to a full cabinet refinish. This large cabinet on the right is an excellent choice for adding some color to the entryway. It really warms up the space and adds interest.
The food is only part of the charm.