There are no boring colors. There are only spaces that have not made good use of them. Black, white, and gray can seem like bland choices. There are, however, many ways to prove that wrong. Here are a handful that you can replicate for your home.
Dramatic and Moody
Some of us don’t prefer energetic and vibrant interiors. Some of us prefer drama and moodiness in our homes. When done right, colors close to black such as dark gray can be cozy and enveloping spaces that feel like safe spaces to escape to—less energizing and more rejuvenating.
For rooms with black walls, it helps to have contrast in the room in the way of lighter colors like the occasional white and beige. Textures will make it cozy and lots of sunlight streaming in will keep it from getting suffocating and too dark.
Japandi and Muji-Inspired
Sure, white can be boring, cold, and soulless when overdone. But that’s why care must be taken not to overdo it! White is an easy choice for many as it can be paired with seemingly any color scheme and used for whatever interior design style. It also looks clean and maaliwalas.
There are a number of things you can do to keep white interiors from being boring. For one, try not to go all white. Mix in off-whites, beiges, and cream for that Japandi and Muji-inspired look. To complete the style, choose natural materials like wood, linen, and stone, and add touches of green, navy, and dark brown.
Gray on walls can also be achieved with cement, not just paint. Enter the Industrial interior design style. One of the key characteristics of the industrial interior design style is that it is a celebration of the rawness of materials—wood, brick, metal, and concrete.
It’s very common for homes with this design style to have a bare cement finish on their walls in place of paint. This creates a distinctly modern look which is often made more inviting with the addition of warm lighting, wooden fixtures, and indoor greenery. Like the look? Check out the Konstrukt Lunar Series, a line of decorative cement faux finishes that are achieved with the standard Konstrukt line of products.
White Exteriors for Curb Appeal
For exteriors, white works in your favor in a lot of ways too. It gives your façade a classic elegance and gives you the freedom to match it with other colors and materials. For example, you have more room to choose the color of your doors and window trims.
Plus, white fades slower than darker colors so your paint job will look good for longer. This is because darker color absorbs more heat from the sun which in turn leads to a faster breakdown of the paint. Tip: Aside for going for white, choose a durable paint product as well like Acrytex so you don’t see other paint problems down the line like water seepage and peeling.
You can have a batched mixed of any of the paint colors featured in this blog post at a Boysen Mix and Match station (list of locations here)! Just make sure to see a swatch of the paint color in person beforehand as digital swatches can appear differently than their physical counterparts.
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