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Paint Walls, Trim & Ceiling

Refresh a room with a coat of two of paint.

Update a tired room by changing up the wall colour — or better yet, the walls, trim and ceiling. Use a mid tone on walls and a paler tint on the ceiling with trim in goes-with-everything grey as the basis for a rich, regal space. Add a complement to enhance the look: try experimenting with colour wheel opposites (think shades of red with greens, shades of blue with oranges, and shades of yellow with purples) in soft graduated shades. Here, H&H senior style editor Morgan Michener added gold-hued upholstery, embellishments, art and accessories to make lilac walls pop, with hits of black to anchor the arrangement.

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  • Photographer: John Cullen
  • Source: House & Home April 2011 issue
  • Products: Sofa, rug, throw, blue and white pillow, armchair, pillow (on chair), Elte; large artwork, South Hill Home; chest, ChairTableLamp; table lamp, Decorum; oil painting, grey pillow, Angus & Company; side chair, Absolutely Inc.; side table, blue pillow, Hollace Cluny; floor lamp, Mjölk; basket, West Elm; nesting tables, Crate & Barrel; purple bowl, goblets, bowl (with apples), compotes, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; tray, Rustica Tabletop; wall colour, Brassica (271), ceiling colour, Dove Tale (267), trim colour, Plummett (272), Farrow & Ball; floor colour, Black (P1912-5), Para Paints.

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