Painting 101

Look around the room you’re sitting in right now. Do you feel that it is in need of change or can use a boost of color to energize the space?  Well, put your smocks on and get your paint brushes out, because nothing will solve your problem better than some fresh paint on your walls! Of course, you can paint the whole room the same color on all of the walls, but where’s the fun in that?! Instead, you can be creative and incorporate accent colors, stenciling and an array of new products that will bring life into your space. Thankfully, nowadays, different stores have a wide variety of options in paint colors and tools that will more than satisfy your painting needs in an easy and affordable way. That being said, here are some great ideas that I just love that may work out with your space and personality!

First, let’s take a look at keeping it simple and just painting one accent wall color. Not only is this fast to do and budget friendly, but it also brings in a new visual focal point to your space. I should warn you though, with accent walls, always consider what furniture piece or artwork is going against that wall. You don’t want that piece to blend in with the wall or clash with it. The two photos below definitely take contrast into consideration, making sure whatever is hanging or sitting on that wall is a focal point in that space.

Black accent Wall

Red Accent Wall

Another beautiful idea that requires a little more time and handy work is stenciling. If done carefully, it almost appears to be wallpaper. This is a beautiful way to add color and incorporate pattern onto the wall like the two examples below.

Stencilled accent Wall

Chevron Pattern Stencilling

Who said you only have to paint the walls? How about accenting the molding, door and ceilings like in the first photo below?

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I am in love with this idea! Stripes on the ceiling and painting the backs of shelves. The options are limitless!

Finally, my all time favorite paint product that I had to share with you: Chalk Paint! This would be the perfect product in my house with my three year old daughter’s tendency of drawing all over my white walls!

This office is very fun and creative. Chalk paint is used on the ceiling and walls and what is really neat about the photo is the textured appearance from erasing chalk off of the wall.

Chalboard paint Room

This application on the door is fun for leaving notes for someone else in your family or just for expressing your creativity with quotes and sayings that inspire you. And the great thing about it is you are the artist. You can change what is on the wall anytime you want.

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So feel free to let loose and express yourself with the hundreds of options you can consider when it comes to painting! And if you feel like you are too scared to be bold  or to think out of the box, feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to sit with you and play with some ideas. Please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Reem T.

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A Nice Pop

A nice pop.  No, not soda pop (although who doesn’t love a nice ice-cold soda pop every now and then!) but a pop of color.  This bright and fun idea is a great way to liven up any space in your home as well as allow you to switch out and update your space as much or as little as you want.  There are MANY ways that you can add an accent to your room, and if you are following us on Pinterest (insert shameless plug), you already have some great ways of adding that nice pop.  For those of you who aren’t (yet) following our page, I thought we could have a little fun and look at some ways of adding color to your room.

Our first option is a great accent wall using paint, fabric or a great graphic wall covering:

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Another great way to pop some color into your space is using fabric:

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One of the simplest ways of adding a little brightness into your room is with accessories.  These can easily be changed out as colors phase out of season, or if you just need a change of color.  You can always also keep the same great pieces and have your local refurbish company to finish your furniture pieces or accessories in a new color.

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So whether you are using fabric, paint, wall coverings or beautiful flowers or other accessories, color is an inexpensive and easy way to add character and a bold accent in any space.  So pick your favorite color, and find a space that needs a little POP!

If you would like help in finding the right pop for your home, please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Amy B.

Memory Lane: Chairs made from parachute straps?

Parachute straps and birch wood.  These were two of the few available materials back in 1941 during WWII.  Luxury materials were hard to come by during this time, but a great furniture designer by the name of Jens Risom, accepted this challenge of availability inspiring him to design the iconic Risom Chair.

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Originally constructed with a birch wood frame and parachute straps for the seat and back, this chair is both simple and beautiful.  The streamlined hardwood frame is joined with mortise and tenon construction providing a sturdy frame for a comfortable seat and back.  By using these simple materials and wood construction, Jens Risom created a durable and timeless chair that not only outlasted the war, but continues to be a staple in the Knoll Furniture collection today.

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I personally love this chair because it is inspires me to think outside of the box.  Jens was faced with the challenge of availability.  We all have difference challenges in our designs, such as available materials, space, or money, but instead of letting those challenges limit our outcomes and ideas, we should choose to embrace them, and allow ourselves to think outside of the box and push boundaries.

If you would like help in creating a unique and timeless solution for your space, please contact us on our website at http://www.vrainteriors.com.  Please also check out our Facebook and Pinterest pages for more great ideas.

Posted by Amy B.