Color Specialist Lists Hot Hues for Unconventional Spaces

Spring House, PA Look inside your favorite shoes or that newly purchased handbag and take note of the unexpected dash of colors and patterns. “Fashion designers are adding a punch of color in some of the most unlikely places. From pink to purple to citrus green, color sizzle is showing up in the most unlikely spaces and this color punch can be easily incorporated into home decorating, as well,” says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute.

“While you may be color shy when painting a family living space, take a cue from the design and decorating community and add an unexpected hue to an unconventional space such as a drab closet, a lackluster hallway or even a kitchen pantry. These and similar spaces are prime areas to create unexpected finishes by adding a bold paint color or design pattern. So add a little color and be amazed at your own unconventional painted spot.”

Zimmer offers these five “color punch” and design tips:

1. Choose a bright, high gloss hue for an enclosed closet area. Not only will the color brighten your morning, but also the glossy finish will reflect light.
2. Incorporate large geometric patterns such as circles or stars in a child’s bedroom closet. First, paint the entire closet space with quality paint and use store-bought or hand-made stencils to add a fun pattern.
3. Paint a foyer or linen closet with a gold or silver metallic finish. It’ll add a touch of luxury, and surprise guests each time they open the door.
4. Rev up the kitchen pantry with red! Not only will this vibrant hue add pizzazz to a typically mundane space, it may also spark your appetite.
5. Paint sheen stripes in a hallway with a combination of flat and glossy paints in the same bright hue. For a new take on this decorative technique, run thick stripes horizontally.

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