Why Paint is Your Interior Design Secret Weapon

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

We've all been social distancing in our homes for a number of months now. With all that time at home comes the desire to tackle home renovation and redesign projects.

With that home renovation/redesign wish list can also come a hefty budget. Lucky for you, I've got an interior design secret weapon...PAINT.

Now why is paint my secret weapon? It's incredibly cost-effective and can completely transform a space! Here are some ideas on how to incorporate paint into your space:

Paint Your Walls

Yes, I realize this one is probably a no-brainer. But don't be afraid to paint if your wall isn't your typical sheet rock. For example, you can easily paint wood paneling.

Case in point - my living room. This is what it looked like when we bought our house almost 3 years ago:

It's a knotty pine that has an orange tint to it and was REALLY shiny. It definitely didn't work with our personal design aesthetic. So, instead of ripping it all down, having to repair any damaged sheet rock, and THEN painting, we kept it as an accent wall, but painted over it.

Now, the wall looks much more modern and in line with our overall design scheme.

Paint Your Trim

I know most of us are used to white trim and some color of paint on the walls. There is no design rule that says you can't reverse things and have colored trim and white walls (at least I haven't come across it).

I took this idea into practice when designing my upstairs bathroom for the $100 Room Challenge. Before, I had white trim and pale green walls.

For the challenge, I painted my trim blue and my walls a creamy white. I think it looks beautiful!

Paint Your Cabinetry

Again, this is a great way to freshen up your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity. Let's take a look at my kitchen. Here's what it looked like before:

It didn't look TERRIBLE, but seriously needed a bit of an update. Now, here's the after:

It feels so much lighter and fresher!

Paint Your Hardware

As you can see from the after picture of my kitchen, we took the cabinet knobs from silver to black.

Paint Your Furniture

This is probably one of my favorite ways to use paint. I love giving a piece of furniture that has seen better days a new life through a fresh coat of paint.

Take for example, my very first furniture refinishing project:

As you can see from the before, this chair could have easily made its way to the scrap pile for a bonfire. But, with some ingenuity on my husband's part to create a new back for the chair, a coat of paint, and some new upholstery, this chair has been brought back to life!

Paint Your Door

I painted my front door as part of the One Room Challenge (which I haven't officially finished. I know. I know. The addition and other projects got in the way. I promise to reveal the finished space soon!).

As you can see from the before, it wasn't really anything to write home about. Just a blah off white.

Now, it looks much more cheery and inviting!

Paint Your Upholstery

Now, I haven't personally tried this particular technique yet. Although I do have a chair that used to be in my reading nook but is currently destined for the donation pile. It might be the perfect test run! I'll let you know how that goes.

If you try something with paint and it doesn't turn out how you wanted it to, just remember what Bob Ross used to say, "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents." After all, you can always try a new color of paint and start over.

However, if you try transforming your space with paint in some way, shape, or form, please let me know. I'd love to see the transformation!

Until next time...

Happy Designing and Painting!

- Angela :)

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