Sacksteders Interiors Design Tips and Trends: Working with Color!

Working with color is just about the easiest way to make dramatic and welcome changes in your home. Use your imagination and a few helpful hints from how decorators are using paint today and you can change the look of your home without hammer and nails or a crew of carpenters and architects.


  • Dark Colors: The first thing to do is decide to be brave to get the effect you want in a room–like this bold wall in the dining room of the Primrose Hill Collection.

Deep tone of walls compliment white finish.

The deep tone of the walls perfectly sets off the trellis white finish of the chairs and the china cabinet. Artwork is also shown off to great advantage against such hues. Here are some other things to consider when selecting to use jewel tones:

  • Don’t be reluctant to use dark color in small spaces. Bathrooms and foyers, for example, can benefit from not only the depth of a dark paint, but also from a lacquer-like finish. Besides being décor-savvy, the walls and even the woodwork will be much more durable. The spaces come alive with luster as well as a brave new look.
  • Dark doesn’t mean gloomy. And no amount of sparkling white or happy yellow will turn a normally dark area that doesn’t get natural light into one that looks like it does. You can make the space have its own dimension by choosing an appropriate deep shade.
  • A ceiling that’s not white?  Is it a decorating sin?  Not if you want to define a space that otherwise might be overlooked.
  • For a cozy space, nothing is as appropriate as a dark tone. A den, library, or home office all take on character with dark paint colors.

This is just one great example of how to use color in a room. Dark colors against white and light color finishes bring dramatic interest to any room. This is where detail can play a major role in the pieces that you choose. The contrast against these dark colors will play up detail!

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