Photo by Thomas Loof
Somewhere along the line, white became the standard color for trim and ceilings. And although it is certainly beautiful and can lend a crispness and freshness to a room, painting your walls, trim, and even your ceiling, all the same color definitely has its advantages. The “paint it all the same” design trend is one my favorites this year. Besides being the simpler choice (do you have any idea how many whites there are?), painting everything in the same fabulous hue can give a space a sophisticated elegance, whether it’s dramatic or subtle. It’s a bit daring, too; unexpected and fun. Painting it all the same is like walking down the road less travelled. And, in my opinion, can make all the difference. Here are some examples of how painting everything the same can change your space for the better.
LET YOUR ARTWORK TAKE CENTER STAGE
The next four photos show how keeping an “all the same” color palette works wonders for giving artwork a chance to shine. With nothing to distract your eye, your focus goes directly to the art on the walls.
MAKE YOUR FURNITURE THE MAIN ATTRACTION
A solid, neutral backdrop, no matter the color, gives an eclectic assortment of furniture the chance to stand out and shine.
BRING COHESIVENESS TO A LARGE SPACE
Big rooms can easily seem cavernous. One paint color will tie the entire space together and change cavernous into cozy.
CREATE A MOODY ATMOSPHERE
The trend toward darker rooms is big this year, giving the “all white everything” look a little nudge off center stage. Dark rooms can create cozy, soothing spaces, and just like white, provide a dramatic, yet neutral base for colors and artwork to pop. Powder rooms are especially dramatic when one color dresses the entire space.
HIDE UNWANTED ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS
Very ornate, traditional moldings can be too busy for a contemporary table and light fixture. Painting everything black minimizes the details so the furniture can stand out. Unsightly but necessary heat ducts almost disappear when painted the same color as the walls and ceilings.
MAKE A LOW CEILING SEEM HIGHER AND A HIGH CEILING SEEM LOWER
Painting a high ceiling the same color as the walls and trim can bring coziness to a large space by bringing the ceiling down visually. On the flip side, low ceilings that share a hue with their surrounding walls and trim seem to “disappear” making them seem taller.
COCOON YOURSELF IN COLOR
Designer Miles Redd gave this butler’s pantry a punch of personality by wrapping it in a saturated shade of teal. In the second photo, black is a brave but amazing choice for the walls in this living room, while emerald green and other jewel-toned furnishings add to the moodiness. Adequate natural light makes this dark space work well.
Blend cabinets with the rest of the room to keep a small kitchen from feeling choppy. The same effect can be achieved with a room entirely paneled in the same color wood.
I am in love with most of the trends this year but painting walls, trim and even ceilings all the same color is definitely a favorite. So many possibilities! What do you think? Love the blend? Or miss the contrast? Let me know in the comments below. And, of course, we’re always here to help if you need us. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.