Decorate With Color – Decorating with White: Dining Room Arraingments

When it comes to decorating with white, your home’s dining room arrangements can be a good place to start. White arrangements can give any dining room an air of delicate sophistication.

Advantages of a White Dining Room

Decorating with white can do wonders for your dining room. Adorning the area with a white table, white flooring and white chairs can be a great way to accentuate the room’s importance. Many families only use their dining rooms on special occasions and holidays, making white the perfect color stress the area’s delicate nature. As an added bonus, white tends to go well with any seasonal surroundings and meshes nicely with virtually any home’s decor.

Caring for Your White Dining Room

Decorating with white also comes with its share of risks. If you frequently host large family gatherings, you’ll need to take some precautions to protect your white dining room from stains. First off, if your dining room chairs are cushioned, it’s a good idea to place plastic covers over the seats. Additionally, you should make a point of using absorbent table cloths, particularly if a lot of food is being served. Lastly, as seating small children in white dining rooms is always a risky venture, you may want to set up a separate kids’ table in your kitchen. This will save you a lot of worry and ensure that the kids have a good time.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White and Green: A Bright Look

If you want to punch up the decor of your home, think about white kitchen decorating for a bright look. The crispness of white against a bright green background can’t be beat for adding freshness to your kitchen.

Think Spring

Among the first colors you see on a bright spring day is the white of a spring cloud and the green of new spring grass. These are the colors you should picture in your mind when decorating with white and green. Think Spring! Grass green walls with shiny white enamel trim and doors will instantly brighten your kitchen with very little cost for paint. Your window treatment can contribute to the theme as well. White wooden blinds will contrast nicely with green walls. If you have nice window moldings another option is to not use window coverings at all, opening the room to the natural greens in your garden.

Color Schemes and Seasons

If you want to use the white in your kitchen, think watermelon and summer. This time, paint the walls with a shiny white semi gloss paint, with watermelon green woodwork and perhaps red and white check curtains hung from a black wrought iron curtain rod. Add watermelon themed accessories and you will think summer every time you enter the room.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White: A Romantic Fireplace

Decorating with white can be a challenging endeavor. If you want to utilize the beauty of white by creating a romantic fireplace, all you need to know is some common practices of accenting your decor.

Best Practices with Single Color Applications

There are a few rules to follow decorating a romantic fireplace with white. The typical rules when decorating change quite a bit when using only one color, because there are no other colors to compliment or contrast. Another variance you need to include in almost any decor is to utilize differing heights. The differing heights will create dimension to your project and gives your decor balance.

Where to Begin?

Fabric is the best place to start when you are trying to begin a home decor project. Fabric consists of many different types of things from drapery to carpeting. When creating a romantic fireplace, the type of fabric you use is an important decision. Use of certain fabrics such as satin, lace, and chenille to create a romantic ensemble will soften the look and feel of your decorating project while adding dimension.

Accessories and Furniture

Add a white wicker love seat to your ensemble. This will give you a great place to add a couple of chenille pillows and a chenille throw. The use of wicker in your ensemble will add more texture for contrast.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White: 4 Antique Ideas

Shades of white always generate a feeling of cleanliness in a room. When choosing to decorate with white, any style can be achieved, including an antique look. Hunt around garage sales and second-hand goods stores to find accessories and furniture pieces that can be restored. But before you take a paintbrush to any treasures that you find, make sure they’re not genuine antiques. These should be restored by professionals to retain their value.

Decorative Cast Plaster

To add instant age in a room, replace original cornices with decorative cast plaster cornices. Use matching cast friezes along the walls, and consider installing decorative ceiling plaques to compliment. Paint the ceiling a shade darker than the walls and use the same shade for the friezes.


Heavy curtains are more old worldly and should be used as a feature. Lace curtains can be mixed in with them to allow light in during the day. Tie the heavy curtains back with extravagant tassels in a shade of white close to the color of the curtains.


Any furniture can be stripped back and repainted. If you’re prepared to put the work in, getting pieces as close to the style you’re after becomes easier. It’s likely, too, that you’ll find plenty of bargains along the way, when buying second hand.


Decorate with white accents only. Lamps, rugs, candelabras, table cloths, cushions, and lounge covers can all be found in white.

Decorate With Color – Country Living: Decorating with White

If you enjoy the country living design style but are now tired of the dark color schemes and heavy look, try decorating with white in a country style.

Country living usually endorses the look of organized clutter using natural tones of wooden furniture, or painted furniture in dark shades of primary colors. Rooms tend to have a cluttered look to make them cozy, and often the windows are covered with heavy homespun fabric curtains. If you’ve been living with this look in your home, you may be tired of the heavy, closed-in feeling and are ready for a change. Perhaps your budget won’t allow for a complete makeover, but with a bucket of white paint, you can update the look.

Reuse What You Have

Rather than discarding your wooden furniture, give it new life by painting it white. Remember, however, that everything in the room doesn’t have to be a stark, hard white. Like other colors whites range from warms to cools, from flat to reflective, with undertones of yellow, gray or blue. Get paint swatches of different whites from a paint store and line them up next to each other. You’ll begin to appreciate the differences.

Paint the Walls White

Painting the walls a shade of white is the biggest step to brighten and revitalize a room and give it an updated look. Paint the woodwork the same color for an eye expanding look. Most decorators feel you can’t put too much white in a room, or too many shades.

Reupholster or Slipcover

Cover your furniture in white slipcovers or if your budget allows, reupholster. Keep in mind textures when using an all white color scheme to keep the rooms interesting. You can also use white sheets or large sections of white fabric you have sewn together to make throws to put over your furniture. The casual country living look is still popular using whites.

Decorate With Color – Bright White

It’s mid-summer, and in many parts of the world this means it is hot. You’re probably longing for something simple and cool, something to soothe your summertime blues, or at least to make you feel a little less sticky.

What’s better for this than white?

Rather than being a color, technically speaking, white is of course the absence of color, which is what makes it so cool. Instead of absorbing light rays, the way everything from yellow to purple does to varying degrees, white reflects light back, so that anything white doesn’t absorb the light, and therefore doesn’t absorb the heat, either.

This works not only in your clothing (which is why there remains the tradition of wearing white pants, shoes and jackets only from Memorial Day to Labor Day) but it also works in your home.

If you’re feeling dopey with heat, and yet you have the energy for a big home project, you may want to give one of your rooms a vacation from color, and try painting the walls bright white.

You can see in this first photo how striking a white-on-white room can be. Here, we see the white furniture placed against a white background, creating a clean canvas to which just a bit of color can be added. The look of this room can be changed just by adding throw pillows and an area rug; the color and style you choose for the accessories will then dictate the look of the whole room.

Imagine how this room would look, for example, with brocade throw pillows in a pastel floral pattern and a pink and white hooked rug. Then, imagine how it would look with square, bright orange pillows and a rug in a modern, geometrical orange and yellow print. You can see how the addition of accessories to an all-white room will give you a completely different look, offering you more control and versatility than if you’re committed to a color scheme dictated by the color of the walls and furniture.

An all-white room, of course, requires a great deal of care, so if you have kids, or pets, or even if you just lead a more casual lifestyle, you may want to opt instead for just painting the walls white and maybe having a white floor in a washable material.

In the photo on the right you can see how the green fabric of this chair stands out in the white room, giving a refreshing, springtime feeling to the room. And yet the chair’s slipcover is removable and washable, and any pet hair or spills won’t jump out as much as they would on a white slipcover. The same is true with this striped chair in the photo on the right.

The mattress-ticking stripe gives an old-fashioned feeling, which, when paired with the white walls and modern design of the chair, creates a look that’s both old and new at once.

Tip: Even if you don’t want to go through all the trouble of re-painting the living room, you can still bring in white’s cooling influence with just a few changes in your accessories. Try filling a tall glass vase with white stones, or swap your maroon or navy lampshades for simple white ones.

However you decide to bring white into your home, it’s sure to offer a cooling breeze on a hot summer’s day, and that and a tall glass of lemonade will get you to September in no time.

Decorate With Color – Black and White

We’ve chosen to look at a combination of colors – a combination that’s so popular, it’s seen everywhere from the kitchens of the humblest cottages to the entryways of the grandest homes.

Black and white is so popular, and has remained popular over the years, in part because it’s almost a neutral; you can use it as a backdrop for many different looks. Just as cream or off-white walls can look good with various styles, fabrics, and colors, so too does black and white. It lends itself to a variety of looks, and therefore it’s a good investment.

Not that you necessarily have to invest a fortune to get it right; you do find it in marble or ceramic tile, but you can, with a bit of preparation, paint a wood floor in the classic checkerboard pattern, or you can work with black and white with fabrics and other materials.

The classic use for black and white, of course, is in tiles, most often in a checkerboard pattern. It’s still found in the bathrooms of the great old Art Deco apartments in Paris and New York, with small ceramic floor tiles, usually no bigger than a half inch square with black or white trim.

Black and white is also seen in foyers of grand old homes around the world, which often utilize large tiles, sometimes made of ceramic, but more often marble or stone.

But just because that’s where you’re most likely to find black and white doesn’t mean you’re limited to using it in these rooms. Black-and-white tiling for a kitchen floor will give the room an old-fashioned, yet clean look, which can be repeated in tiling on the counter and backsplash.

Tip: In a living room or bedroom, you can work with black and white in fabrics, as well as with flooring. How about a white carpet, and a settee upholstered in black and white toile? Or for a modern, dramatic look, try using black-and-white striped drapes and matching wall paper, with white trim.

One thing to consider when planning for black and white is whether you want a true white or a cream. The brighter white will make the room a bit brighter, of course, and will be best for setting off bright colors in combination with the black and white motif. You can see here how the bright red chair pops right out against the black and bright white tiles.

However, if you’ll be using more subtle tones, such as peach, pale blue, or sage green, a cream or off-white for your “white” will provide a more soothing, elegant look to the room.

Whatever shade of white you use, black and white can give you lots of room to play, as anything else in the room – anything with a color – will really stand out. It’s the perfect way to show off a red chair, or a bright green rug, or a favorite brightly-colored vase, while giving the room a polished, pulled-together look.

Color choices for faux finishes

Painting tips & tricks

Color choices for faux finishes

Color tips for techniques:

When using colorwashing, sponging or dragging techniques

A pastel cover of an off-white background will produce a fresh, cheery effect.

A dark color over a light background will give a bold, dramatic look.

Slight variations of the same color will give the surface a feeling of depth.

Common Exterior Uses of Caulk

Filling in the gap between a window and the molding (brick mold) around it.

Filling in gaps where different surfaces meet (such as a foundation and siding).

Filling in holes in the concrete block of a foundation (use masonry caulk).

Use a putty knife to make sure the caulk bonds to the surfaces around it.

Filling in the gap between a sidewalk and foundation.

Common Interior Uses for caulk

Some Common Interior Uses of Caulk

Prevent moisture from getting into gaps between walls, bathtubs, countertops and sinks.

Filling in gaps where different surfaces meet, such as ceramic tile and baseboard.

Concrete crack repair

First determine if the crack is severe enough to repair.

If only a hairline crack, my recommendation is to leave it as is, since patching will only make it look worse.

If the crack is 1/8” or greater, the following would be the best remedy.

Note: If the crack has been caused by unstable substrate under the slab from poor compaction, my recommendation would be to have a slab jacking service (if available) come to your rescue and stabilize the slab before repair-

Clean entire surface using T.S.P General Household Cleaner, or a suitable exterior cleaning solution.

Tuck into crevice a foam backing rod (available in 1/8, 1/4” – 3” diameters) setting it down into the crack ½” from the surface.

Apply Weldbond or concrete adhesive over foam backing rod. Allow to cure for 1-2 hours.

Apply polyurethane caulking (gray or concrete colour) into crack crevice.

Sprinkle dry sand over caulking and brush excess off using a paintbrush.

Allow to cure for 12 hours before using area.

Choices for Wood Siding

Exterior wood siding can be painted or stained. There is a wide array of products available in both mediums. I prefer an alkyd (oil base) primer for bare wood, the top coat would vary depending on the look desired.

Primer is not required under stain except solid color stain that is white or another light color.

For repainting, primer is only required for areas where the preparation steps brought you down to bare wood, or where stain killer is needed due to mildew or water damage.

Stains for wood come in several degrees of transparency. Semi-transparent stains are useful for letting the wood grain show through, that can be a very nice look over cedar shingles.

Painting Tips – Cleaning Up

If you are planning to continue the work the next day, just keep the paint and roller in the paint tray and cover with a tray lid or cellophane. The next morning run the brush or roller over a newspaper a few times and it will be ready to use.
After the job is completed wash the rollers and brushes and paint tray with water. Do not use a spinning tool to clean brushes as this will make your brush flare. Wrap the clean brushes and rollers with newspaper and secure with a rubber band. Store the brushes flat or hang them on hooks.
Excess paint can be stored in the can. If you have no further use for the paint donate it to a charitable institute or in the case of water based paint pour over shredded newspaper or cat litter and throw the paper or cat litter in the trash. If it is oil based paint it cannot be thrown as it is considered a hazardous substance. Make enquiries with you local council as to the best way to dispose of it.

Cleaning Wood Window Frames

If painted, use a solution of mild detergent and water, or a mild commercial cleaner whose label says it is safe for painted surfaces. Always rinse off solution.
Wipe off excess water with a dry cloth. Do not use strong cleaners or scouring powder as these will damage the paint. If you plan to clean window frames, do it before cleaning window glass so solution does not spot glass panes. If natural-finished, vacuum or dust regularly. Clean infrequently, only when really needed. Use a commercial wood cleaning product or cleaning wax whose label recommends use on natural wood finishes.

Color Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?
Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?
This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?
Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?
Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?
Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?
White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?
As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.

Color Ideas For Interior Painting

The main element in painting is color. The different color of paints gives life to any room whenever it’s applied. It is therefore important to choose the right color for each room of your house. Interior painting is a job for the professionals, but did you know that with a little knowledge in the colors used for interior painting, you can do it yourself and do a great job at that?

Yes, that’s right. Paints are widely available in all colors and shades but not all individuals are aware of the color’s quality. Paints have different working characteristics like miscibility, viscosity, drying time, solubility, and many others. You need to consider these things before purchasing any paint for your home.

Have you seen interior walls that are uninviting and dull? Well, say goodbye to those walls because it is now possible to have a welcoming and cozy room each time you arrive from work.

Paints used for interior painting and even for the exterior are conveniently sold at paint shops, DIY shops, and hardware shops in your locality. You can look through their wide variety of paint colors and choose one that fits your indoor. Usually these stores provide a chart of the different paint colors available. Almost all interior painting is done with the use of oil-based or water-based paints.

When planning your color schemes and paint finishes, don’t forget to consider your home’s style and age. If you incorporate decorative painting in your interior painting project, you are guaranteed to get the best results and you’ll be happier with it. So whatever your look, style, color preference, or mood, you can easily find decorative paint finishes that can greatly enhance your home’s interior areas. You should also not forget to consider your furnishing’s color and the feel that you want to create.

You will probably need good color ideas to go about your interior painting. To start with, if you decide to use decorative painting more than one room inside the house, try to get varying tints of the color that you want to paint and that includes the plain color.

If one of your rooms have existing fabrics but you really want it to be updated, you can paint the wall with the similar color or shade by using a fresh technique. You should also match the finishes to every room’s unique style.

For your private retreats such as your bedroom, use a special paint finish because this is the place where you usually spruce up or calm down. Be sure to choose a color that unifies with your furniture; this can enhance the entire decorating look which you can enjoy to the fullest.

If you prefer latex paint, well, they provide a tough finish. If you use it together with varnish, you can use it for many applications. It dries quickly, safe, and is odorless.

If you go for neutral colors, you can use them as backdrops. Some people prefer to use them alone because these neutral colors generate a harmonious design. And because the color doesn’t change suddenly, they create a different impression of space and light.

Don’t rush yourself, in fact, try to take time and experiment on different color combinations for your interior painting. Remember, in order to achieve your desired effect or finish, you must purchase the right type and amount of paint.