A Few Small Changes Can Go Far

In an earlier post I suggested that it is possible to give a room a spruce up on a limited budget. Here is a good.place to start.

Paint- It can make a huge difference for a small cost. Even if you’ve never painted a room, believe me anyone can do it. You can overcome the fear of what looks like an intimating job armed with some helpful instructions. Watch some “how to” videos on UTube, you’ll be shocked how easy it is.

  1. Before buying any paint, get some ideas from Pinterest. There are so many fun clever ways to use paint to add style & make a real design statement. Check out some of those boards and notice how many clever ideas there are.

A hint, if you’re trying to give a room a new feel and change it up,  I would advise against choosing white. It is a safe choice, but not likely to bring a noticeable change. Often it is more of a neutral, taming an extremely busy room, giving your eyes somewhere to rest.

When choosing paint, the biggest thing you can do to increase the likelihood  of success is to  fork out the small expense of purchasing one of the small sample cans of the color you think you’re going to choose. Go home and paint a very large swath of that color, a big one and then live with it for a few days. Look at it in  different lights , at different times of the day. Do you like the color in different lighting?

My kitchen is yellow and blue kitchen. I love the buttery yellow next to the country white of my old cupboards. The blue tile countertops ( not visible) have a country feel.

Pink living room walls, a little different perhaps,  but if it is the exact perfect shade of pink paired with the furnishings and style that harmonize it can be great. The look I was going for was English Country. 

  1. A few great books to read if that style interests you are inspiring, “Nina Campbell’s Decorating Secrets”, “Henrietta-Churchill’s  Classic Design Styles” and for classic English “Colefax and Fowler The Best In English Interior Design” by Chester Jones”. Color and fabric pattern are crucial to create that look. Paint plays a role as well .I’ve seen a lot of yellow walls as well as pink. The wall paints and colors like butter yellow and pink as well as others are integral.

Paint, it can define a room. Maybe it can work for you,

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered. Then, I discovered mixed media art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. I don't a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

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