Style Guide: Spring 2013

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See how brights and natural tones serve up a satisfying combination with The Home Depot's four-course appeal.

Coral Splendor

Opposites attract in this casual look, with bright coral as the base and soft butter colors for the trim. Build up the neutral tones with window treatments and rugs in natural fibers that complete the cottage feel. Then add a touch of glamour with a ceiling painted in metallic hues.

Varying brands of paint and color choices.
Wonderful color to compliment the room

This gold-leaf framed mirror will reflect the coral paints beautifully while making the room appear larger.

Allow the comfort and breeze to fill the atmosphere of the room.

Playing off the room’s almost tropical feel, these bamboo Roman shades are a natural finish. For added privacy and energy-efficiency, pair them with solid-colored drapes.

Make this metallic painted ceiling

Woven Indigo

Who says a formal dining room can’t be playful? Let the kid in you get creative with a chalkpaint canvas. No matter the pattern, you’ll have unlimited flexibility — and a whimsical wow factor. The deep blue coat gives the orange a boost, adding to the room’s energetic feel. For a soothing touch, go for light blue on the ceiling and an all-white fireplace.

Wonderful color to compliment the room

This polished nickel chandelier with five ivory shades is a stately centerpiece to the room. It helps to balance the bold paint.

Create this Chalkpaint Wall Pattern

Garden Party

The statement is festive and flirty when vibrant green takes center stage. Sunny yellow plays a role, too, giving the ceiling a surprising and equally eye-catching lift. Transform your typical fireplace focal point into a dynamic feature wall with a trellis pattern. Finish off the look with muted gray and taupe for balance and depth.

Wonderful color to compliment the room

Use a coat of sunny yellow spray paint on side chairs to add brightness to this playful palette.

Allow the comfort and breeze to fill the atmosphere of the room.

Pewter pinch-pleat drapes add a sophisticated, neutral backdrop, letting the zesty apple green play center stage.

Make this Lattice Wall Pattern

Orchid Coast

The drama’s in the details. The walls boast of tropical turquoise, but deeper hues on the trim and fireplace enrich the room’s sophistication. The trick? Layering colors in the same tonal family. You’ll highlight the architectural elements, and create an unexpected but pulled-together look that’s truly a show-stopper.

Wonderful color to compliment the room

By using paint, you can mimic an area rug — and customize the size and colors to fit your space.

Allow the comfort and breeze to fill the atmosphere of the room.

The antique bronze drapery rod adds a touch of old-world charm to an otherwise modern vibe. For a loftier look, hang your drapes closer to the ceiling.

Giving some contrast to a room allows for all your elements to be seen.

It’s all about balance. The dark wood dining set works to calm the blue-green walls while picking up caramel-colored accents throughout the room.

Create this Painted Rug

How-To

Metallic Painted Ceiling

This ceiling treatment adds drama and elegance to any room, and it’s so easy to do.

Skill Level:
Beginner
Time:
8-10 hours, including prep and drying time
Cost:
$150
  • Tools & Materials

    • 1 gallon Martha Stewart Living Precious Metals Kiwi Peel paint
    • Primer
    • 4 8-foot pieces of 11/16 x 2 ¼-inch moulding
    • Saw and miter box
    • Construction adhesive
    • 2-inch painter’s tape
    • Drop cloth
    • Ladder
    • Pencil
    • Measuring tape
    • Paint roller set
  • Step 1

    Using the painter’s tape, mask off a 6-foot x 6-foot area on your ceiling, and cover the ceiling light fixture. Make sure your ladder is on steady ground and do not over-reach.

  • Step 2

    Cover your furniture and carpet with a drop cloth.

  • Step 3

    Prime the area with the primer. After you are done priming, clean the roller thoroughly, and wait at least two hours before you begin painting.

  • Step 4

    Paint the square with the metallic paint using a roller. Wait four hours, and apply a second coat.

  • Step 5

    Once the second coat has been applied, remove the painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle. Touch up around the edges if necessary.

  • Step 6

    Measure each side of the ceiling area you painted, and mark that measurement on each piece of moulding. Make sure to leave equal excess on each end to accommodate the angle. Using the marks as a guide, cut each end at a 45-degree angle. In order for the pieces to fit together properly, cut each end in opposing directions like this: \ / .

  • Step 7

    Using the construction adhesive, glue the moulding, in a square, to the ceiling.

  • Step 8

    Now, admire your work!

How-To

Chalkpaint Wall Pattern

Use chalk patterns to decorate your wall. It’s more striking than wallpaper, and you can change it whenever you’d like.

Skill Level:
Beginner
Time:
2-3 hours, not including drying time
Cost:
$40-$50
  • Tools & Materials

    • 1 quart Rust-Oleum Tintable Chalkboard Paint in Banner Blue
    • Primer
    • Roller tray set
    • Plastic drop cloth
    • Painter’s tape
    • Chalk ink marker
    • Hobby knife
    • Self-healing cutting mat
    • Poster board
  • Step 1

    Use your painter’s tape to mask off baseboards and moulding on the wall that you will be painting. Also, lay a drop cloth to protect your floors.

  • Step 2

    Prime the walls with primer. Allow it to dry for two to three hours before painting.

  • Step 3

    Once the primer has dried, it’s time to paint with the chalkboard paint. Two coats of chalkboard paint are recommended. Allow four hours for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat.

    Before you can write on your chalkboard paint with chalk, allow it to cure for three days. Then remove the painter’s tape.

  • Step 4

    For your stencil, you can make one, or use the one we have included in the PDF. Print off your pattern on heavy paper and cut it out with a hobby knife. We suggest using poster board and printing out an 8.5-inch x 11-inch stencil. Attach your stencil to poster board with painter’s tape, and cut out the stencil with your hobby knife.

  • Step 5

    Attach your stencil to the wall with painter’s tape and fill in the pattern with chalk ink markers.

  • Step 6

    Step back and admire your unique Chalkpaint Wall Pattern.

How-To

Lattice Wall Pattern

Create a dynamic pattern that’s perfect for an accent wall.

Skill Level:
Intermediate
Time:
2-5 hours, not including drying time
Cost:
$100-$115
  • Tools & Materials

    • 1 gallon Behr Premium Plus Home Song paint (line color)
    • 1 gallon Home Decorators Collection Zesty Apple paint
    • 4 pack 1.5-inch painter’s tape
    • Measuring tape
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Paint roller set
    • Drop cloth
  • Step 1

    Mask off any crown moulding or baseboards on the wall that you are painting. Lay down a drop cloth on or around any area you wish to keep protected.

  • Step 2

    Paint the wall the color you want the intersecting line pattern to be. We used Behr Premium Plus Home Song in an eggshell finish. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

    Note: It is important to wait 24 hours so that the paint has time to cure before you put painter’s tape on it.

  • Step 3

    With the measuring tape, make marks for the “diamonds” in the lattice pattern across the whole width of your wall. Keep in mind that the smaller the diamond width, the smaller the pattern; the larger the diamond width, the larger the pattern.

    Start by deciding how wide you want the diamonds to be across the bottom of the wall. Make sure that the number you choose can be evenly divided across the width of your wall with no leftover inches.

    For example, let’s say you have a wall that is 8 feet tall by 12 feet wide, and you want 12-inch diamonds. This will work because if you calculate your width of 12 feet by converting the feet into inches (144 inches) and divide that by 12 inches, you will have 12, 12-inch diamonds.

    You can also start by deciding how many diamonds you want across the bottom of the wall, again making sure that the number can be evenly divided across the entire width, leaving no leftover inches.

    For example, let’s say that on that same 8 by 12 wall, you want 18 diamonds. Convert your width of 12 feet into inches (144 inches) and divide it by 18. That calculation — 144 divided by 18 — equals eight. So each diamond will be 8 inches wide.

    Now that these decisions are made, make a mark at whichever width you have chosen for your diamonds, across the top and bottom widths of your wall only.

  • Step 4

    Find the middle of the width of your wall. Now you will begin to tape off your intersecting lines of the pattern. When taping, make sure that your pencil mark falls in the middle of the width of the tape.

    If a pencil mark falls on your middle width measurement, connect this mark to the top left corner of your wall. Continue with the mark to the right of the middle mark on the bottom, connecting this mark to the mark next to the top left corner. Continue with these diagonals until you have connected the bottom right corner with its corresponding top mark.

    If the middle of the wall is in between two pencil marks, connect the first mark to the left of the middle to the top left corner. Continue with the next mark to the right on the bottom, connecting it to the first mark to the right of the top left corner. Keep doing this until you have connected the lower right corner with its corresponding top mark.

  • Step 5

    Now it’s time to complete the diamond shape by marking off another set of diagonals.

    If a pencil mark falls on your middle measurement, start with your middle mark and connect it to the top right corner. Continue with the mark to the left of the middle mark on the bottom, and connect it to the mark left of the top right corner. Continue with these diagonals until you have connected the bottom left corner with its corresponding top mark.

    If the middle of the wall is in between two pencil marks, connect the first mark to the right of the middle to the top right corner. Continue with the next mark to the left on the bottom, connecting it to the first mark to the left of the top right corner. Keep doing this until you have connected the lower left corner with its corresponding top mark.

  • Step 6

    Measure the height of a single diamond. Make sure you pick a column of diamonds that shows the full height. Since the tape is centered on the pencil marks that you’ve made, take the height measurement from the middle of the intersection of tape.

  • Step 7

    Starting with the top left and right corners and using the height measurement of the diamond, repeat the height down the entire height of the wall (on both sides). You will make a mark after each diamond height has been measured.

  • Step 8

    Now you have the marks to finish your pattern. Connect by taping any remaining top and bottom marks to the new side marks.

  • Step 9

    Once you have taped off the lattice pattern, paint the wall with your desired color. We used Home Decorators Collection Zesty Apple in an eggshell finish.

  • Step 10

    Wait about an hour, and carefully remove the painter’s tape. Pull off the tape at a 45-degree angle so as not to compromise your edges. Touch up if needed.

  • Step 11

    Time to enjoy your new Lattice Wall Pattern!

How-To

Painted Rug

This painted rug will be a striking addition to the floor of any room.

Skill Level:
Intermediate
Time:
24-48 hours, including taping, measuring and drying time
Cost:
$120
  • Tools & Materials

    • 1 gallon Behr #434 Oil-Based Primer
    • 1 gallon Behr Porch & Floor Paint Low Luster Ultra-Pure White, tinted to Home Decorators Collection Crème De Caramel
    • 1 gallon Behr Ultra Sandstone Cove
    • Roller tray set
    • Polypropylene paint tray liner
    • 2-inch painter’s tape
    • Yardstick
    • Measuring tape
    • Disposable Gloves
    • Painter's pole
    • Pencil
  • Step 1

    Make sure your floor is clean. Then mark the outside dimensions of your 5-foot x 7-foot rug with a pencil and tape just outside the lines. Leave the pencil marks exposed so they will be painted over.

  • Step 2

    Prime your floor with Behr #434 Oil-Based Primer. Use a 9-inch roller attached to a painter’s pole to cover the interior of your taped rectangle. Apply two coats, and wait about two hours between coats.

  • Step 3

    After you have allowed the primer to dry completely, apply your first coat of Behr Porch & Floor Paint (Crème De Caramel); wait four hours and apply your second coat. Allow this base color to dry for about six hours.

  • Step 4

    Now begin drawing the lines of the stripes. Starting at one end of your rectangle going lengthwise, use a measuring tape to mark off every 6 inches to the opposite end. Do this on both sides of the rectangle, and then connect the two marks by drawing a straight line with a yardstick. Tape off every alternating stripe, leaving the pencil marks exposed inside the area to be painted.

  • Step 5

    Now you can begin painting your stripes using the Behr Ultra Sandstone Cove. After your first coat, wait four hours, then apply your second coat.

  • Step 6

    Allow the second coat to dry about two hours, and remove the tape. Pull the tape off at a 45-degree angle; this will help the tape break free from the painted edge without pulling up the fresh paint. Allow 24 hours cure time before putting your new rug to use.

  • Step 7

    The result: a beautiful Painted Rug as a focal point for your room!