Remember that show Trading Spaces on TLC? The phrase I remember most is “this room needs COLOR!” It seemed like every room to participate in that show was too neutral and that show existed to color our worlds. Well, a couple of decades later the world has reverted back to more neutral palates with “pops” of color most often seen in pillows and other finishings, i.e. things that can be swapped out with the season. While a light neutral room is fresh and breezy and generally relaxing, a newer trend to add some color back is painted trim, as in trim that is not white. So, what say you?
Going against the grain and adding color to an often overlooked piece of a home is daunting, to say the least. What if you don’t like it? What if it weighs the room down? What if the paint job looks terrible (because darker paints require a lot more care in application)? So many considerations to be made. And what if you truly despise the new color? It will probably take a few coats of white to cover up your indiscretion.
There’s a lot of evidence to suggest sticking with the status quo, right? But does that ever really get a person anywhere? Sure, it’s easier not to swim upstream, but what satisfaction will that produce? Here’s another take on the dilemma: start small and subtle. Try one room that’s off on its own, preferably with a door so you don’t have to worry about transitions from one doorway to another. If you are thinking black, maybe start with a grey or charcoal, you know, warming yourself up for the big leap.
Alternatively, just go for it and don’t look back! The absolute worst-case scenario is the one we already talked about; you’ll go through a few coats of white to bring it back to its original form. So long as all of the coats are light, which is how they have applied anyway, it shouldn’t be a problem, you know, other than the time invested.
Adding some color to your home in unconventional ways is a great way to spice things up for a minimal cost. The ceiling (or the “fifth wall”) is another example. Yes, it takes a little time and effort, but the cost is low and the impact can be priceless. So, next time you are thinking of taking a risk, give it a go and have some fun. So long as you can rewind your actions if they don’t suit you, you have nothing to worry about!