It’s no revelation that a can of paint and a change of color can evoke greater change than any budget can command for the decor used to decorate the room. The reason for this is simple – every room has 6 walls – 4 surrounding, one above and one supporting beneath. Each is an opportunity for color, 2 of which are frequently missed.
But for $0.00 extra, you can heighten the drama, no matter what your color scheme. High Gloss paint finishes add an entire new dimension, depth, and unexpected finish that can achieve a look that is as bold and unexpected as the color and decor you choose to style your space. Some juicy colored walls are even covered by plexiglass to achieve maximum gloss and impact.
Water-base polyurethane can be applied to achieve a very similar lower-cost result. You should use a roller that is very thick, or just cut a lamb’s wool applicator over a thinner and denser roller. Remember not to try this in areas that receive Southern exposure for hours each day from a natural light source – polyurethane is broken down by continual UV exposure and can change color over paint.
Here are some ways to really get some bang from the design dollar spent on this unexpected finish, and get a result that gets new ooh’s and ah’s every time you walk into your glossy space:
Bold color is not the only genre of color that becomes dazzling in high-gloss.
White becomes interior sugar glaze with high gloss applied. This is floor probably has 5 coats of high-gloss polyurethane, so it will spot-clean surprisingly easily, and will conceal dust better than a darker color.
Try adding a high-gloss finish for spontaneous dimension to arched ceilings, or areas in historic homes that provide allot of design moments via architectural elements.
For that matter ceilings in general are opportunities for this unexpected paint use.
If you are not a color-phobe then you may as well broadcast your love of color – high gloss surfaces create a color crescendo!
If you want to create an additional spotlight for that perfect focal lighting pendant you’re so proud you found, try high gloss walls to take the look of your focal lighting up a notch.
This is a biggy for loving your space – if there is one piece of advice I have repeated until even I am sick of hearing it, it’s understand your own tolerance. A rule that makes this easy to imagine is 60/30/10. If you want lots of drama and impact, hit your walls with high gloss – they’re 60 percent of your space.
Furnishing and decor are 30% of your room area and represent a dating scenario if you are not sure you want to marry the glossy look.
Accents (lamps, mirrors, and assorted chachkas offer a summer fling at 10%….
The merest hint of gloss in the vignette above creates just the right proportion by a statement with what is not there instead of what is. Mixing surfaces creates interest and an eclectic and collected look.
Conversely, mixing glossy surfaces is a way to heighten the drama – but this is not a tact that should be used in excess. The image at the top of this article has gotten this trick of the trade as right as it gets! It’s so right, let’s look at it twice:
The table at this angle is a continuation of the bold plum wall color and chic glossy surface – but the matte cottony banquette fabric and pillows provide relief in the forms of color, and create tension. Note the matte finish of the non-reflective glass used to frame the photos, as well. Styled with the airy floral branches this dining space is a gourmet meal itself, and home run!
In keeping with that 10% mentality, less can truly be more. A glossy surface creates visual impact in combination with bold color on moldings, doors or window frames.
Framing a design with bold color always looks great, but a glossy surface takes it up a notch.
If you like the look but want to scale it back a notch, apply gloss to texture. Textured surfaces, such as frames dilute the effect of a high-gloss surface, but still look fantastic
Remember to support your color palette and mix those surfaces for interest with great pillows, area rugs and lighting – visit www.MyHomeFaceLift.com to find all these and more!
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