Cottage Living Style
Highlight a Room With Color
Paint colors aren't just for walls. We've uncovered designer tricks for highlighting your trim, ceiling, furniture, and more -- all with a little bit of paint.
Choose a Finish
When choosing a finish for your trim or ceiling paint, designer Steven Gambrel suggests taking stock of what is on the wall. "A shiny surface attracts attention," he says. "If you have an interesting wooden ceiling like this one, paint it high gloss to reflect the light. Of course, if it’s riddled with recessed lights and smoke alarms, just keep it flat."
As a general rule, reserve glossy finishes for doors, trim, furniture, or other features you want to highlight. Keep walls flat or "eggshell." However, glossy finishes that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth are ideal for workspaces prone to messes.