Choosing stairwell paint colors

by Fritz

I need suggestions for painting a stairwell that goes into our finished basement level. I would like to have what would be considered as a really "WOW" entryway.

I'm not afraid of color, etc. The colors in the lower level are gray, black and red.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.


Hi Fritz,

I would suggest applying either an wall striping or some type of a color blocking technique.

Use the colors from your lower level as inspiration to do so. Once you have samples of your colors take them to the paint store for color matching help.

If you want to change the colors entirely then buy a color-full rug or piece of art to hang (or sit) in the stairwell. Use your new artwork/rug etc, as your color palette when selecting the wall colors.

As a final note, do try and make sure all your homes colors complement one another and flow from room to room.

This ideas page should also help. By scrolling down to the bottom of the page you will find color blocking and wall striping how to instructions (among other painting techniques).

Regards,
Shawn.

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Painting over dark colors.

by Lynne

Im currently in the process of opening a nursery and a friend of mine had this great idea to paint one of the rooms like a rainbow and i hate it. its bands of colour of yellow, orange, red, purple and blue. im wanting to paint over it and start again, any ideas please of what colour will be best to get good coverage.

thank you

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What color do I paint
my walls or trim

by Fe
(Oak Harbor ,WA)

I have black leather couches, black book shelf and wood entertainment center and coffee table. beige carpet and a white celling. No curtains yet.



Hi Fe,

I would suggest finding curtains that have three or four colors in them.

At least two of the colors should match or be in the same color family as your couch and carpet. You can then use one of the other curtain colors as your wall or trim colors.

Another idea is to buy throw pillows, a rug or piece of artwork etc., that has matching colors to your furniture and includes other colors for painting your walls and trim with.

Using wallpaper or a wallpaper boarder will also work. You don't even need to apply the wallpaper, just have the paint store match colors in the wallpaper to your selected wall or trim paint.

Whatever item you choose as your color palette (a vase for example) be sure it's small enough to take to the paint store for color matching.

Shawn.

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