I grew up in a house with white siding, white walls, and white linoleum. Just to mix things up, my parents bought some brown couches. Now as far as childhoods go, I had about the best you can have, but after being around so much plain, boring design, I was ready to spice up my life with some colorful interior design. If you want to add some visual interest to your home, you might consider spicing it up with color as well.
Choose paint that lasts
Rachel Blindauer is an interior designer based in San Francisco. She’s in the business of getting homeowners what they want without breaking the bank. One tip she had was on the best paints to buy for the best price. She said, "Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and Pratt & Lambert have the best paint colors so that is why I always suggest their paints. But if you are on a budget, a cost-saving measure is to take one of the fabrics in the room to Lowe’s or any paint store and have them match the color." In high traffic areas (e.g. kitchen walls, bathroom walls, hallways) you’ll want to invest in higher quality, thicker paint that will stand up to frequent scrubbing.
Create your own artwork
Another way to save money but still add a splash of color is to create your own art. No experience is required, all you have to do is choose a couple accent colors from the room, splash them on a canvas, and swirl them together. Blindauer said you can use this artwork to fill negative spaces on the walls, adding, "Ideally, you want the canvas to be custom stretched to the correct width."
Invest in granite countertops
In the kitchen, you might not want your countertops to blast their color, but you will want them to stand out as classy and high quality. Granite countertops come in a number of attractive patterns, shades, and grains, and are very popular these days. Choose a color that complements your cupboards and flooring for the best effect. Also in the kitchen, the sink is a spot that gets a lot of attention. One way to make it stand out and appear modern is to change out your old hard water-stained faucet for a high-arc, stainless steel or chrome spout. In addition to being modern, it accommodates taller pots, cutting boards, etc. for easier cleaning.
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