From the June/July 2009 Issue:

Paint Colors for Neutral Rooms

Many homeowners want to lift their mood without breaking the bank these days by freshening a room with new paint. In a room with mostly neutral colors, what would you suggest for the walls, ceiling and trim?

Shades of gold are always a sunny way to enhance a neutral room like this one. Benjamin Moore HC 34 (Wilmington tan) is a good choice. Ceilings and woodwork should be the same off-white shade, such as Benjamin Moore’s Linen White. I use an eggshell finish on walls, enamel on woodwork, and flat on ceilings.

Sandy Lubow
Design Interiors in Moorestown

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The creamy butter shade of Restoration Hardware’s Creamware makes any room feel comfortable — like a glow of light on all the time. Ceiling and trim in Benjamin Moore’s Linen White softens the edges without being stark.

Sharon Draznin
Professional member ASID
Certified Interior Designer

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Giving a room a totally new look without blowing the budget is as easy as picking a paint color. Reds, golds, and yellows tend to enhance a space. Select your deepest color for the walls first. Using a lighter color (usually two or three shades lighter) such as cream or antique white on the trim really makes the walls stand out. In smaller rooms, I like to use the trim color on the ceiling. This opens up the space and makes it appear larger. In bigger areas, I like to paint the walls and ceiling the same color, which tends to create a more cozy space. Finish up by adding splashes of bold color with your window treatments, pillows, and accessories. In this example (left bottom), I used Sherwin-Williams paint, with the walls in Blonde and the trim and ceiling in Navajo White.

Sharon Scriboni
SS Interiors in Audubon