By Anna Kocharian

Published on October 5, 2014

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Photography by SARA DEANE

When you only have one shot at a first impression, make it count with a fresh coat of paint. Get inspired with these bright ideas and bring your space to life!

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Photography by ANGELA MOORE

cool blue

A soothing shade of teal instills tranquillity with a welcoming tone. 
 

Paint color:

 "Bella blue" by Benjamin Moore

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Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

shades of gray

A unique combination of sophisticated neutrals inspires an elegant space with a hint of color.
 

Paint color (gray wall):

 "Blackened estate emulsion" by Farrow & Ball

Paint color (cream trim and baseboard): "

Pointing" by Farrow & Ball

Paint color (taupe paneling):

 "Shaded white" by Farrow & Ball 

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Photography by JAMES MERRELL

finding balance

The versatility of an all-white space encourages creative freedom with design. Offset the bare with bold statement pieces and patterned upholstery.
 

Paint color:

“Blackened” by Farrow & Ball

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Photography by MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

color in focus

Mudrooms don't have to live up to their name. This overlooked space is transformed with a lively color accent. 

We're loving the whimsical antlers that double as hooks!
 

Paint color: "

Alizarin red" by AC Moore 

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

complementary palettes

Downplay the intensity of dark colors, with soft tones in surrounding rooms. 

Paint color (living room):

 "Zephyr" by Behr
 

Paint color (study): 

"Delicious Berry" by Behr
 

Paint color (bedroom):

 "Pear #400A-3" by Behr

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Photography by FRANCOIS DISCHINGER

a staircase diy

No rug, no problem! Roll out the red carpet with a fresh coat of paint.
 

Paint color (red stairs):

 "Redstone regal" by Benjamin Moore

Sealant: 

Bentwood finishes stays clear acrylic polyurethane low luster sealant by Benjamin Moore 

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Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

bright brass

Vintage details add a polished finish to monotone schemes.
 

Paint color:

 "Glacier sand" by Pratt & Lambert

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define with color

A dominant hue establishes clear boundaries within ambiguous spaces. 

Paint color:

 "Myth" by Pratt & Lambert

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Photography by FLORES-VIANNA MIGUEL

easy window treatments

Pass on the space-consuming drapes and opt for simple decals to frame the windows and doors.
 
Paint color (walls):
 "Navajo white" by Benjamin Moore; 

Paint color (floors):

 "Chocolate floor stain" by Benjamin Moore 

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

minimal duo

Heavily saturated colors focalize the contemporary decor, as the vertically stacked prints establish a sense of balance in cluttered areas.
 

Paint color: "

Tuder brown" by Benjamin Moore