The power of paint
I know, you’ve heard it a bazillion times before, but I’m going to say it again just in case you weren’t really convinced: The easiest way to transform a room is by painting it. Here’s but one of many examples of just how true that old adage it, easily found on the internet at designer Bethany Hway’s charming blog, b*spoke:
Bethany and her husband gave a whole new face to the kitchen of their Cape Cod home, all with paint and all for a total cost of just $414! Very impressive.
I’ve been thinking about paint a lot lately, because we’ve recently invested a lot of time and money in to covering our whole house with a new coat of colour, walls, ceiling, trim, and all. And now we are tacking the outside. I’ve heard from a few of you looking for advice on how to select exterior paint colours, and although I’m not really an expert, I can certainly give you my opinion on how to choose shades. Colours from a natural palatte are especially suitable for the cottage, since nature is so close at hand, and it seems more eco-friendly to blend in to the landscape rather than stand out from it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun with trim. We are doing something similar for our home, using mostly a grayish-beige and a touch of red on the trim (I’ve always wanted a red door). We selected our colours by heading to the local Home Hardware and checking out the suggested combination pallettes. You can do this online as well; most paint companies will let you do a virtual mock-up of how your house will look once completed. I highly suggest it. And my fingers are crossed for the same spectacular results that Bethany had with her project!