Here is a blog post on behalf of guest blogger Holzman Interiors – recipient of the 2015 Best of Houzz award. Holzman Interiors is a full service interior design firm: www.holzmaninteriors.com
In many NYC apartments (rentals) the default wall color is white. Certain landlords prohibit tenants from changing the paint used. No fear! Here are some ideas of how to jazz up your plain Jane walls.
And here is the other scenario some fall prey to: Have you ever found yourself in the following situation? You moved into your “new” home and absolutely hate the home’s interior paint but cannot afford to repaint? Luckily, there are several solutions to this design challenge that does not require too much time or money!
If you are not completely in love with your paint color, there are things you can do, short of repainting your interiors. Lighting can make a huge difference in how the color of the paint comes through. So before you head to the nearest home improvement store, here are your bulb options and how they can influence your interior colors: Incandescents have a yellow-amber lights that makes oranges, yellows and reds more vivid while muting greens and blues. Blues and greens are enriched by a flat cool light which comes from fluorescents. Halogens produce a white light that comes the closest to natural light and has the ability to make colors look more vivid. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) produce a spectrum of lights, from warm white, neutral to bluish white. LEDs come in cooler and warmer tones and in a spectrum of colors. You will want to experiment with these different bulbs to see how it affects your overall paint color.
Another solution to covering up a bad paint job is to apply things to your wall to distract the eye away from the offending wall color. You can display large pieces of art work, hang mirrors or place fabric onto the wall itself.
There are also inexpensive vinyl decals that you can purchase to spruce up your walls. Ribbons or tape can be used to create a design on the wall. You will want to make sure the colors and the size of these items are complementary to the current wall color.
You can also place things up against your wall to minimize the impact of the color. Things like tall bookshelves, shelving and large planters can add dimension and relief to the wall.