Affordable decorating ideas: Fresh paint

Ellen Miller
Written by Ellen Miller
Updated December 18, 2012
Boston home stager and home decorator Linda Holt suggests updating a room by painting a piece of furniture. (Photo courtesy of Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors)

Paint walls and furniture to quickly update a room design, say highly rated home stagers. Their experience preparing homes to sell make home staging professionals a font of affordable decorating ideas.

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Want a quick and relatively low-cost way to rev up a room? Try painting the walls and maybe even some of the furniture. “This is by far the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to giving your room a whole new look and feel,” says Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors in Boston.

Holt and other home stagers, all of whom are highly rated by members of Angie’s List, offer approaches to perking up a room with paint:

Banish Boring

“Quit living with beige,” says Kim Trouten of Staged for Selling in Charlotte, N.C., who adds that even folks who are planning to put their homes on the market should consider taking their neutrals up a notch. “Even if you’re selling, there are some lovely new taupes and grays that add dimension and depth without being boring.”

“Use one of the new neutrals, rather than straight beige for your walls,” says Catherine Morrow of Room Reflections Interior Redesign & Home Staging of Marietta, Ga. She recommends Sherwin Williams' Accessible Beige (“Don’t let the name fool you.”) ­­and Tony Taupe.

Refresh Furniture

“Don't want the hassle of painting the whole room? Try painting just an accent wall or the back of a bookcase for a shot of color,” says Holt, the Boston home stager. “Painted furniture is so popular today and many of us have at least one piece of furniture in the basement or garage gathering dust. Why not bring it out and give it a whole new life?”

Boost Your Brick

To freshen an outdated room in a client's house, says Trouten, "we painted the orange brick of a fireplace." When waking up a tired room, she says, don't underestimate “the power of paint, cleaning up and implementing a few new ideas.”

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