Paint. I always get excited about choosing a paint color—and I always choose wrong. The shade I pick out is perfectly lovely; it just doesn’t work in the room. It is not that I don’t do some research. I always read up first. But the truth is, different designers have different opinions. Some say that for a small room you should only paint white to reflect the light and make it look larger, others declare that bolder colors help create a perception of depth. So, I choose a color. What I don’t do is the sample size cans. Maybe I am too cheap, maybe I am too impatient. Regardless, I inevitably end up with a color that does not look good.
One of my favorite paint trends is to paint the door to a house a color that is in no way part of the overall scheme of the house. I am always attracted to houses like this. It makes it seem like the door is beckoning me, welcoming me. Gray houses can look especially nice with a splash of color right in the center. I would love to do this with my own house, but I am fearful of choosing the wrong color. If I ever want to go through with it, I may have to hire a professional for that single can of paint.