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When planning your New Year’s resolutions, consider creating a fresh new look for your home’s interiors. Many of us strive for weight loss achievements, travel goals, picking up new hobbies, but redesigning your home can also be a rewarding experience you may have placed on the back-burner. Have you been meaning to eliminate clutter, or are you dreaming of a new master suite? What about that paint job your kitchen may need? As 2014 rolls around, it is the time to take that project off the “to do” list and dive-in for a fresh start to the New Year.

Spice Up Your Walls with a Fresh Coat

Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the least expensive things you can do to make a huge impact in your home. Do not rely, however, on a one-inch square color chip to select the right hue. Oftentimes, when paint is applied to a larger space, it is not exactly what you had in mind. Furthermore, paint swatches are printed on paper, not painted. This can also influence the right color selection for your home.

To ensure a safer choice and color accuracy, purchase a small amount of the actual paint color you are considering. Paint two coats on four pieces of poster board, letting each coat dry in between. Next, place your painted poster boards on the wall, and assess the color during the day and at night. This will allow you to determine if you have chosen a paint color that matches your personal design style and will blend nicely with the room’s updated theme.

If you keep up with fashion color trends, you know that Pantone has just released its 2014 Color Report. Radiant Orchid is listed as the “Color of the Year,” which boasts shades of violet. But, other trendy hues for this year include Placid Blue, Hemlock, Paloma, Violet Tulip, and Sand. All of these would make worthwhile and interesting wall colors for living and bedroom spaces, in light of new beginnings.

Read up on my series with all of the “how to’s” for painting here.

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