A Professional’s Perspective: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Painting Your Home

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5. Trim: mix or match?

“The monochromatic paint schemes have always been a very sought-after look in New Orleans, mainly because of its timeless feel—definitely a personal favorite. However, even though you might be painting your walls, ceiling, and trim with the same color per se, it does not actually look like one color everywhere because of the different sheens applied to each surface (i.e., eggshell on walls, satin on trim, and flat on the ceiling), which affects the way a color looks to the naked eye.

If one color seems a bit much, an alternative way to achieve this look is by playing the color strengths. For example, you can use a color, say, Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove at 100% strength for the walls and trim, and choose the same color but at 50% strength, which is a lighter version of the same color. This is a beautiful variation of the monochromatic color scheme. And it especially looks amazing when you want to showcase artwork or collectible items.”

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