Not Your Only Option

January 30, 2014

Last week we talked about how a fresh coat of paint can signify a fresh beginning in your home. Certainly changing up your wall color is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to start updating the decor of your home. Some of the hues of a traditional color palette will never go out of style, like black and white, while others have a limited lifespan.

If your home is saturated with colors that were big 10 or 20 years ago, that single element alone may be making you feel your home is dated. The best way to combat getting stuck in the past is to modify your color palette.

This is a color scheme that I chose in my last house. The spice color was great for awhile and I ended up painting over it with a beautiful neutral that gave me more flexibility as my style and tasted changed.
The other wonderful thing about painting is that changing your wall color is not your only option!
So true, right?

You can also use a fresh coat of paint to update wood and other structural elements in your home.

As some of you know, I had a ton of dark woodwork in my home that I just updated. While the woodwork itself was in fine shape, I wanted an entirely different feel in my home. The answer for me was not to remove the wood features but to paint. I painted the cherry woodwork in the front room, staircase and upstairs in the hallway.

Painting helped be move from traditional to transitional.

This kind of painting can be either be done by yourself or you can hire professional painters to have woodwork sanded, primed and given a couple of coats of paint.

I found this great resource (click on the picture above and it will take you to the article) on how to paint oak wood work yourself or you can check out our friends at CR Painting to get a quote. Their web site ( has lots of examples of walls, cabinets and even floors that have been painted.

Consider painting built-ins

A lot of us have wood built-ins throughout our homes. An update option for you is to paint the surrounding cabinets a warm white tone. I love the calm, warm and comfortable feeling this great room exudes.

Consider painting a brick fireplace

Yes, you can even paint your brick if you so choose. Brick has wonderful visual interest with its rough surface, but if you have grown tired of the burn’t color tones, paint it and let the wonderful texture make the statement.

Consider painting wood paneling

Wood paneling is a detail that can look a little dated but can easily go from retro to chic with a coat of your favorite paint. The wood paneling in this picture below has been painted a dark grey and contrasts beautifully with the white trim and ceiling. Hmmm, love.
Keep in mind that paneling typically has a sheen that needs to be scuffed prior to painting so you will need to sand, clean and prime followed by a coat of paint.

Painting is such a wonderful way to reinvigorate your home without breaking the budget!

Sometimes all you need is an extra set of eyes to help you gain perspective on how to move your home from traditional to transitional. When you have been living in the same space for a long time, sometimes the simplest of solutions don’t always come to mind. As always, our team of home stylists are ready and available to give you a critical eye and a helping hand.

Until next week, with more ideas to help you create your own dream space.