Use paint to freshen your home for spring
News from Charlotte Observer:

Spring is the time of the year when many of us start to think about freshening up our interiors. The most economical and dramatic change can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. We all agree that freshly painted walls can make any space look amazing, but choosing the right paint color can be daunting. The task is so overwhelming to some that they just give up and repaint using the same color.

I recently spent some time with Benjamin Moore color expert Ellen O’Neill to talk about trends, color personalities and tips for picking the perfect color for your home. Here’s her advice:

Don’t concern yourself with trends. O’Neill likes to consider her company’s products as backup singers to trends. The staff tracks sales, images on social media sites, domestic and foreign home furnishings shows and marketplaces. But these efforts don’t create color trends. They company’s goal is to develop a color palette that will enhance new colors and looks that are emerging.

This year’s backup singers are grounded in greens and plums. The shades of green take inspiration from a citrus grove, a pot of lemon verbena or a sprig of silver sage. Plum comes in shades as pale as a rose petal or as rich as black.

The colors are all inspiring and beautiful, but how do you make a choice? O’Neill recommends you take time to recognize you…………… continues on Charlotte Observer

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Decorating tips for anyone on a shoestring budget
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Call us optimists, but we think everyone under the sun can and should have a beautiful home. If you’re pinching pennies, there’s plenty you can do to create a stylish and inviting home for yourself and your friends. The first step (and this is true no matter where or how you live) is to clean your home and get it organized. Doing those two things alone will drastically improve the quality of your space. Then, on to decorating. With years of budget decorating behind – and in front of – us, we’ve amassed a few helpful tips for making a house with a slim wallet.

Paint an accent wall

Painting your walls is one of the most cost-effective decorative updates you can make to your home. But if you’re on a shoestring budget, the two cans of $ 30 paint it may require to paint your bedroom could very well put you out. Instead, consider painting an accent wall. A quart (which covers up to 100 square feet) or a 2.5-liter can (which covers up to 260 square feet)…………… continues on Buffalo News

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