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Green Room - 10 Designer Tips to Pull Off This Paint Trend

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

interior design, home staging, master color consultant, santa cruz county
Staging, Color and Design by House Candy Home

Moody dramatic color is PERFECT in a bedroom, but you need do do a few design maneuvers to pull it off or the color can be overwhelming.

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  1. Pick the perfect moody color. This one is called Retreat by Sherwin Williams

  2. Paint a lighter ceiling color so the room does not feel like a cave. This ceiling is Pure White by Sherwin Williams and the lighter stripe is Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams

  3. Paint light window trim, doors and baseboards

  4. Cover up a good portion of the walls: Bring in light fabrics like a tall upholstered headboard, light color duvet, light color sheets and pillows & HUGE light art. We staged this Santa Cruz historical home so we did not use curtains, but if we were designing the space for a client, we definitely would add light color curtains.

  5. Add metallics: We used a brass lamp, and a painting with metallic gold paint

  6. Add white: white end tables, white lamps, white bedding, white art

  7. Add black: black is darker than the walls and makes them appear lighter to our human brains, plus adding something black in every room is a good idea

  8. A good mirror- every room needs one and especially a darker color room. This one was doubly good because it is also metallic.

  9. A light rug brightens the space

  10. Layer textures with wood, baskets, metals, glass and cozy textures with pillows, throws, etc.

To nail my colors I use giant peel and stick paint samples by Samplize. They sell Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, PPG and Farrow and Ball. Give them a try! It saves money and mess compared to purchasing loads of testers.

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Ashley on the job loving every minute of it.

by, Ashley Tapley- owner, designer, lead stager and master color consultant of House Candy Home (Home Staging and Interior Design in Santa Cruz County)

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