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Painting walls

It is fashionable for owners to seek assistance from professionals when it comes to improving their house to be sold or rented. Sometimes with a few improvements, the overall appearance changes a lot and achieves an impact that will be immediately reflected in the sale price. If you are thinking about a small renovation, a new coat of paint is still one of the most economical ways to achieve a change. We will show you some paint colors for walls that will be trend in 2019.

Walls in neutral colors

The decoration in neutral colors, that is, with subtle variations of whites, grays and beiges, is one of the most classic, which always gives us good results. We will show you some ideas to inspire you.

Neutral walls with color details

When neutral colors are used on walls and floors, we have total freedom to play with risky colors in furniture and accessories. Very interesting effects are achieved by creating great contrasts with vibrant colors and high visual impact.

Designers love the gray color because it admits to be combined with practically any color. You always find a shade or shade of gray that works with each color. A scheme widely used both in minimalist environments and vintage decorations.

You must choose colors capable of pleasing as many people, therefore the palette should be simple and classic, playing with the nuances of the same tone through the different spaces. That way you ensure a cozy first impression and a suitable backdrop for any idea of furniture or decoration that brings the potential buyer in mind.

The recommended colors are:

  • Khaki, combined with pure white
  • Medium blue tones
  • Bone color, toasted and black sand.

Decoration in different shades of neutral

It can also be decorated using only different shades of neutral.

Neutral walls with wood

Whether you’re saying goodbye to your old house or hello to a new one, this classic palette of colors is suitable for all areas and is a good choice, especially for living rooms, kitchens and spaces where family life unfolds.

When choosing the colors to paint the house usually light colors are used to paint the openings, moldings, baseboards or floor and opts for the boldest colors for the walls.

But on the contrary a good way to create light and space is to use the lighter color in the area of greater surface, such as walls and leave darker tones for doors and windows, for example in wood color. This works especially well if used within a neutral scheme.

There are many visual effects that are achieved through good color management and can alter the perception of a space, for example if you paint the moldings in a color darker than the color of the walls, it will seem that the walls are they come forward. If you paint the moldings in a lighter color than the color of the walls, the walls seem to be farther away.

White walls

Decorating a house with white walls can be an excellent idea, if you know how to make it with good taste. We show you below, a few inspiring ideas.

The white color seems to be the one that dominates completely in this house that recreates the old Swedish country style.

This beautiful Swedish house was published by Sköna Hem. The idea of spatiality is reinforced by a very broad open plan, and the use of white color in everything: walls, furniture, ceilings and floors, with a few spots of color.

The open kitchen with black granite counter tops and white lacquered custom cabinets opens onto the dining room where a red carpet has been placed to make it warmer and more welcoming. Above on the right, you can see the open loft with steel cable railing.

A spiral staircase leads to the loft while a low brick wall where a sofa rests, between the living room and the kitchen creates a small breakfast area.

Selection of beautiful completely white interiors to be inspired.

White wall with black details

A house with a very personal style is this house in Amsterdam belonging to a designer named Stephanie Rammeloo, who has undoubtedly managed to perfectly combine good taste with functionality. Take a look at these neutral and clear interiors that are nevertheless very welcoming.

A home office with everything you need, lots of space for storage and lots of light. The windows are used to the maximum placing the very wide work table all along.

The dressing room looks incredible, the huge black and white built-in wardrobes take advantage of the double height of the house, continuing up to the ceiling where it is accessed with the help of a very practical staircase that moves along a rail, in the style of a library stairway.

This beautiful floor decorated in black and white, located in New York by interior designer Ingrid Matheu is characterized by sobriety and elegance.

The space has been conceived as a neutral container, walls and ceilings have been painted white while some pieces of furniture and accessories in black next to the wooden floor, create a beautiful contrast.

Clean rooms and simple design. The living room looks very comfortable integrated into the kitchen and dining room, in a modern style, with a wonderful ceiling lamp that creates a very pleasant harmony.

Warm paint colors for walls

The colors of the families of red, orange and yellow are known as «warm colors», since they are colors evoke images associated with heat, such as fire or sun.

As a result, they make us feel warm in a psychological sense.

Yellow walls

Yellow is a primary color and is also classified within warm colors. It is a color that attracts attention and attracts the look like no other, that’s why it is used a lot in traffic signals, for example. It is the brightest color in the chromatic spectrum, which is why it is ideal for poorly lit areas such as hallways and corridors.

There are studies that show that the yellow color lifts the mood, that’s why it is used in chromatic therapy to paint the rooms of the elderly. However, the bright yellow color can be too strong and can cause anxiety in babies, young children and also in the elderly.

We have a multitude of shades of yellow, at one end we have the ocher and crude colors, less luminous but very used for their versatility, sobriety and elegance. On the other hand the autumnal shades, which are very good in rustic environments. The gildings should be used sparingly so that it does not look too ostentatious.

The most vivid tones are those that have more red in their composition as yellow yolk, it is recommended not to use them in large quantities but to accentuate other tones, such as in a pattern or a wallpaper. Beware of too much yellow citrus, as they can be cold, because they lack red in their composition.

Orange walls

Like red and yellow, orange makes a room warmer, but in a less dramatic and passionate way. Within the warm colors, the mood that stimulates the orange color is more friendly than the color fire, more cozy than seductive. It is used when you want to create a sense of intimacy. It works well in rooms and family rooms and is also a good option for children’s bedrooms. It is a secondary color product of the mixture of two primary colors: red and yellow.

The color orange can be very bold and it is better to use it to accentuate instead of painting an entire wall. It is an exciting color and it affects us by increasing enthusiasm and driving action. The peach color or in its terracotta tones is very used for rustic environments.

In nurseries or juveniles used next to green apple or turquoise. It is a combination that has been used for a long time of strong contrast because it is complementary tones.

It is also widely used in modern classrooms. The color orange revitalizes an environment when it is used sparingly, painting a single wall for example.

Red walls

Red is a potent and stimulating color that causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. It can also encourage emotions such as energy, passion and sexuality. It also stimulates the appetite, is perhaps why it is often used in restaurants. It is an excellent choice for the dining room in the home. It is a pure color that in its different shades can range from burgundy reds, through autumnal tones to the different shades of pink.

Red is a color very used in modern trends and high tech, as it fills with energy and movement the places it decorates. Below we will show you some images and ideas so you can decorate with red, if this is your favorite color.

Red, warm color par excellence, associated with blood, passion and fire. It is a dominant and provocative color associated with movement, it is used to attract attention and is stimulating. In decoration it is widely used in the living room or dining room, precisely because of its psychological effects as it is vibrant and energetic. We must use it with care and avoid painting large surfaces because it can be overwhelming. Avoid using it in dimly lit environments, they will make the room look even darker and smaller.

Red in general is combined with white or black. It is also widely used in its more terracotta tones in rustic environments, since it gives very well with natural fibers and wood. Used next to green, its opposite color in the chromatic circle, it is a vibrant and contrasting combination.

As it draws intense attention, we should not use it in large quantities because it can result in environments with a lot of chromatic intensity. Very often it is used in details or accessories to give life to monotonous environments. When the red color is chosen to paint walls, it is usually applied in a sector of the space and not in its entirety.

It is a color widely used in kitchens, as it provides warmth, but at the same time elegance, if used with good taste.

Being an intense color maybe you dare to use it to give life here and there in accessories or minor details as in the following environments. Bear in mind that there are several shades of red, like this tone that we see in the armchairs of the lower image, a Very elegant color that, combined with gray, can be seen simply fabulous.

Contrasting with white, acquires an unusual intensity.

Pink walls

The pink is a lustful and pleasant color. Classified within the range of warm colors, offers innumerable possibilities, it can be an exciting color or on the contrary a color that invites relaxation depending on the chosen shade. We will see some examples of decoration in pink.

Pastel pink

Perhaps for some too feminine, for others even a little corny, the truth is that the color pink has been raging for some time, and has been the most used tones lately, both in the world of interior decoration and in the world of fashion.

Historically it has been associated with the feminine, the romantic and love.

Intense pink

The honeysuckle tones, for being so intense and vibrant, for some can be a bit overwhelming if used on large surfaces, but if you can find the exact balance with the other elements of the decoration, as has been achieved in these environments, it is extremely interesting.

A vibrant color and full of energy, between red and pink, inspired by the honeysuckle flower. As explained by the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman: «In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle color is captivating, it is a stimulating color that has the perfect adrenaline to ward off sadness. »

Or you can choose to use it in small touches, to give life to an environment of neutral tones. Play with some details, which will attract the eye instantly, like these cushions on a dark gray sofa, on one side and flowers of the same tone on the table on the other.

Pink has been abused for the decoration of girl’s bedrooms, therefore there are certain shades that are better avoided.

This pink apartment that is for sale, was designed by Betsey Johnson and BNOdesign proving that with good taste and choosing good combinations, pink can create elegant and modern interiors.

This elegant duplex is the New York residence of a famous fashion designer, whose respect for the classics does not stop him from being on the edge between fun and irreverence. A design that splendidly evokes the Hollywood glamor of the fifties with lots of lace, velvet and gold tassels, resulting in a house with unique character.

If you are looking for new sources of romantic inspiration in interior design, this loft will surely give you some ideas.

Green walls

An environment in different shades of green is refreshing and chic. By just observing nature we can find the inspiration needed to combine tones with elegance and harmony.

Paint the walls with your favorite green as in the photograph above and play with other greens in different textures, such as the head of the bed in olive green velvet. The bench is also covered in velvet in a more grayish green. Another possibility is to play with the prints, taking into account the scale and the reasons. Here we have used large motifs for the carpet and curtains and a small flower design for the bedding.

You can play with textures or patterns in their different tones or with other tones that are harmonic. Here are some other combinations that can inspire you:

Observe how the same environment changes with different shades of green, which apparently do not have much difference when you compare them in the catalog at the paint shop.

Soft next to white is mixed with the terracotta red color of the ground that gives the necessary contrast to the whole. The white linen armchair with a blanket in another shade of green and the carpet in shades of beige give warmth to the environment.

The same atmosphere with this other shade of green achieves a revitalizing effect, and refreshing, lime green next to pure white, form an invigorating range. An ideal combination for children’s rooms or kitchens.

Combining the green

Green is a secondary color formed by yellow and blue, and its opposite in the chromatic circle is red. It is used to create calm and relaxing environments.

The beige color (1) with a drop of color, is the neutral base that will combine perfectly with all the shades of green that you can think of. The milky green (2) would look fantastic in a kitchen with a white for example. The following (3) green oil, is so dark and intense that it should be used sparingly, such as on a single wall. The bright green (4) is ideal for accenting some detail, or creating a focal point.

In the second sample four combinations are proposed that can not fail: green moss and light blue, remember the forest and the sky, a harmonious and quiet couple. Light green and chocolate. Classic green and white. And finally lime green and soft pink, for a bathroom, a baby bedroom or a children’s play room.


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