with Style Can do Wonders
Walls can indeed
do a lot more than just hold up the ceiling. They are the largest
expanses of decorative surfaces you have to work with, and they
set the stage for the rest of furnishings. What you do with your
walls can make up for construction shortcomings, so don’t treat
them lightly. Do treat them warmly, coolly, quietly, lively, cleverly.
whatever the mood you want to achieve and whatever the room problems
you need to overcome, you’ll find a universe of possibilities in
a can of paint.
Color and pattern
are two of the most powerful forces in the visual world. Harness
them and you can move walls, raise or lower ceilings, stretch
floor space, and entirely reshape your home environment. To
expand a room, you need to apply only one basic principle
light colors and unbroken expanses of small patterns make
space look larger; this is true because unless an object calls
attention to itself, it recedes in your mind. when you are
not conscious of a wall, space "feels “more expansive.
A ROOM'S DIMENSION:
Seeing is believing, if you make the most of that maximum,
you can "remodel” many problem rooms without ever reaching
for a hammer. Paint will do the work for you. Begin by sizing
up your room’s space. If its dimentions are not pleasing,
you can fool the eye into believing that they are closer to
ideal. Reshape your room by emphasizing or eliminating contrast.
Use bold, bright colors selectively to draw in a wall or lower
a ceiling. Or avoid contrast and let walls and ceilings fade
quietly into the background.
Through paint you
can dramatize a room's architectural features; you can emphasize
oddities or camouflage them. If you want to accent he quirky charm
of angles, woodwok, or windows, paint them with deliberate contrast.
Or you can minimize architectural oddities by avoiding contrast
completely by painting walls and ceilings in a same solid color,
so that undesirable corners and angles blend into the walls.
If you're a good cook, you already understand the importance
of varying textures of the foods you prepare for a meal. The
same holds true for your visual diet. Texture enriches any
decor. Playing strong textures against subtle ones creates
variety in rooms dominated by one color.
slick or dull, smooth or rough, gives a room surface appeal
and decorative interest. Paint stays pliant long enough for
you to work it into the desired pattern. Experiment with combing,
stipling, or working with your finger tips.
If you are bored with the solid or textured look, you can add graphics
in paint, tape or cutouts. You can use graphics to enliven dead
wall space, to accent architectural details, or to divert attention
from unwanted features.
ehsan, Architect & Interior Design Teacher [email protected]