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Interior Design – Styles Using Interior Paint Ideas, Wallpaper and Pictures – Part Two

January 3rd, 2011

Copyright © 2011 Christine McVeigh

Part Two Walls – Interior Painting Practical Considerations and Decorating Doors

In certain areas such as hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms, the durability of wall coverings is important. That’s when using interior decorating paint or wallpaper is very useful.

Some vinyl wall papers are now virtually indistinguishable for regular papers. Like paint they are highly practical and look great. And today the variety of colours and texures in paints as well as fast drying and non-toxic makes painting an easy, quick and inexpensive to decorate any room.

Always consider maintenance when choosing a wall covering: will you be able to wash or renew it on a regular basis? A dado rail with a hard wearing surface below and a more decorative treatment above is a good way of combining aesthetics and practicality.

If you are using wall paper, buy at least one spare roll from the same batch in case repairs are necessary. This is important not only because the pattern may be discontinued but because the colours from different batches will vary. Wallpaper can be difficult to hand so consider hiring a professional to do it for you. The same of course goes for paint. Make sure you have some left over for accidents, repairs and touch ups. But walls are not the only room feature you should consider when decorating your rooms.

Decorating Doors

When thinking about door treatments, first decide how decorative you want the door to be in the scheme. If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful old door with antique door furniture it is worth making a feature of it.

The most obvious way of drawing attention to a door is to paint it in contrasting shades to the rest of the room, perhaps using a second shade on the panels, if it has them. A more ordinary door can be replaced, customized or made to blend in with the rest of the room.

To make a door blend in, simply paint it the same colour as the walls or two shades lighter or darker. Consider how solid the door should be and whether it should block out a view of an adjacent space or give glimpses into it.

Stable doors between a kitchen and garden are good if you have young children, because they allow light and fresh air in while also letting you keep a watchful eye on what is happening outside.

Glass panel doors allow you to ‘borrow’ light from outside or from the room next door. If you do not want a clear view, choose plain frosted or etched glass which has the same effect but is only translucent.

Walls that have several solid doors, such as kitchen cupboards or fitted wardrobes in a bedroom, can be claustrophobic so consider exchanging panels for glass or even using tightly meshed chicken wire to give a more airy effect.

Cut outs are a fun way of customizing doors, particularly for children’s rooms. These can be simple shapes such as hearts or diamonds or can take on more complicated forms such as animals or flowers. Stenciling on doors can also create a decorative effect whether it is a motif echoed from elsewhere in the scheme of a calligraphic device such as a name.

Finally, give a thought to door furniture, handles, fingerplates and so on. These should be in keeping with the room’s style, be it period or modern, simple or decorative. Replacing door furniture is one of the simplest and easiest ways of revitalizing a room.

Interior decorating using paint, wall paper and some door furniture can quickly make you rooms look fresh and new again.

Felicity Granger is author of blog http://www.101interiordesign.com
for best interior design styles for apartment interior design, living
room interior design, bedroom interior design and home decorating.

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