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Spice up your dining room with color

Published: September 28, 2011 12:01 AM
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NAPSA - Here is a delicious idea: Perk up your dining room with paint. It is an instant, economical and effective solution that will help you set the stage for welcoming guests into your home.

"Think about adding yummy spice colors that can warm up the ambiance and even add a glow," suggested interior designer Sonu Mathew.

An ordinary bead-board paneled room, for instance, was dramatically rejuvenated with a touch of turmeric.

"We chose the spicy mustard-like color because the natural light pouring into the dining room causes different tonal effects each season. The color reads a bit more fiery and hot in the summer sun, but in the autumn and winter appears to recalibrate to a deeper, but still warm finish."

Mathew added that it is helpful to observe such details as how the sunlight affects your space since it, in turn, can make a difference in how the color reads.

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Regardless of the color choice, said Mathew, the sheen you select is equally as important. She went with a semi-gloss and it is the glossy finish in that dining room that contributes to the visual "wow," creating the glow and leveraging the powerful impact of the natural sunlight. Mathew recommends seeking out the advice of your designer, your paint and decorating retail professional or painting contractor about the sheen type that is best for your project, because it can make all the difference in the final outcome.

She also noted that turmeric is just the tip of the "spiceberg" of color offerings from Benjamin Moore. "There are more than two dozen inspiring hues that actually take their name from what's typically found in the pantry -- like Dash of Curry 2159-10, Chili Pepper 2004-20, Cinnamon 2174-20 and Allspice 2101-50, to name a few. Plus, there are many other reds, yellows and oranges that are evocative of nature's most exotic spices and all the sensory pleasures they spark."

For more color ideas, see www.benjaminmoore.com or a Benjamin Moore retailer.

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