Q: Should you only use brightly colored paints in contained spaces?
I have read that you should only use bright colors in contained spaces, such as a dining room that has doorways. This is supposed to keep the bright colors from becoming overwhelming. My wife and I do like these vivid, rich colors that are currently in vogue; however, I have been in some friends houses where the colors begin to feel oppressive. Is this a good tip? Do any pros have any other good tips about how to use these colors, while at the same time avoiding that oppressive feeling. Thanks.
This is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when designing with bright colors, however...
If you want to incorporate a brighter, bolder color into a larger, main space in your home, a good option is to create an "accent wall". Painting only one wall (usually with a focal point like a fireplace, bay window, etc.) in a bold color can draw attention to the right places, and incorporate a splash of color without being overwhelming.
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