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Christine Brun is an expert in lifestyle trends, how to live smaller, and interior design topics.

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Antique Table + Orange Wall

Antique Table + Orange Wall

Antique Table + Orange Wall

Spice consumption is at an all time high; the average American home pantry now contains about 40 different seasonings! Intricacies that you enjoy with taste experiences might be extended to your home by using color in a more daring way. That same spirit of discovery we relish with food can totally transform a room.

When you come right down to it, most people are afraid of using passionate color on their walls. One reason, and it is a good one, is fear. Fear you might grow tired of the color de jour.  Fear you might be too trendy and will find your home dated before long and then be stuck with some outdated color. First I confess that I came of “designer age” in the late 1970s when avocado and olive green ruled along with loud orange, sunflower and browns. Once we transitioned into the late 80s and 90s, folks wanted to inch away from anything that reminded them of shag carpet, mosaic tiles and plastic laminate countertops. And I’ve been around long enough to witness these colors and materials recycled with a different twist. Geometric pattern of the Go-Go era along with foil wallpapers and lava lamps eventually made it back on scene. Mosaics are everywhere you look right now and you really cannot tell the difference between current tile and those installed decades ago! In my opinion it isn’t just the color itself that contributes to the dating process; it is the total look.

One way to avoid the fate of following the current trend is to adopt the color only and keep your furnishings. And for those who live in small homes the hesitation multiplies. Know that you really can use strong color in a small space if you pay attention to a few simple rules. One is that you want to reduce high contrast between surfaces. For example, the walls here blend closely with the wood floor, traditional area rug colors and the warm wood of the antique furnishings. The result is womb-like and enveloping in a comforting way. Imagine now that the floor would be black and white tiles. Suddenly you would think this entirely to busy and bold for a smaller area. Another idea is to apply the stronger color to a small area such as an entry, a powder bath or a hallway in your home or apartment. That way if you do tire of the feeling you can more easily put together a variation down the road. If you are a renter, you might enjoy knowing that this faux linen paper is removable and may be used time and again. Pretty cool idea!

The designer of this wall cover series featured, Mary Douglas Drysdale, chose special colors to reflect colors that she commonly uses and they include: Jefferson Yellow, Tuscany, Oushak Orange, Lipstick Plus, Early Spring, Federal Green, French Blue, Innocence, Whispers of Iris and Folly Gray. “As a prominent interior designer, she really understands the value that removable wall coverings provide to today’s homeowners and renters,” offers Ashley Spencer, the founder of Casart Coverings. I love the fact that an American company is dreaming up ways for homeowners, particularly renters, to improve their environments. This particular product sells from $12.00 to $15.00 per square foot. And the most important step in assuring that you will like a bolder color than you are used to using: Test the color out before you paint an entire room. Please! You can now buy little test pints at Dunn Edwards paints and others along with throw-away brushes. Paint a 12” x 12” square in different parts of a space and let it dry. View the colors in the morning at in the evening by artificial light so that you get a perfect idea of what the color will look like once applied to all the walls. Take the time for this all important step and there will be now shocking surprises when your paint dries.

Photo Credit:  “Oushak Orange” by Casart Coverings

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