Color can work anywhere—even spaces that are typically overlooked. An entryway sets the mood for a home, so it's the perfect place to make a statement. A standard staircase gets a dramatic makeover when risers are painted in with seven cheery teal hues. Each step blends to a lighter shade, creating an ombré effect. Other accents, like hanging art and a bouquet of peonies, add to the showstopping entryway.
When wallpaper wasn't in the budget, Hayes got crafty to create a patterned alternative for her foyer. Metallic crafts paint applied in a stencil pattern have the same look as an expensive wallpaper but cost much less. Plus, the wall treatment is a lot easier to replace. When the time comes, Hayes can simple paint over the design instead of tearing paper off.
Wall base coat color: Pageant Green MQ4-17, Behr Paints
Every home needs a space set aside for projects. Turn an attic, basement, nook, or even a small corner into a dreamy workspace. Hayes uses plush fabrics, pops of color, and lots of texture to dress up her home office. Built-in shelving provides storage for books, craft supplies, and office tools.
There's a simple trick to consistently update a space without breaking the bank. Decorate the main aspects of the room—like walls, ceilings, and flooring—in neutral shades. Then switch up furnishings whenever you need to refresh. Changing small pieces, like accent pillows or rugs, revives the entire space. Look to vibrant furniture as a means of adding color without changing the room's landscape. Using different shades of one color creates flow between rooms without being boring. Teal, this home's starting point, appears in light to dark in the living room. It also inspired other shades, such as powder and minty blooms.
Wall color: Ponder SW7079, Sherwin-Williams
Trade in your coffee table for a plush ottoman without sacrificing storage space. A well-placed tray holds books, flowers, and other living room must-haves. The tray's rustic turquoise finish matches hues found throughout the home and adds a pop of color to otherwise neutral furniture.
When it comes to decorating, Hayes has a rule of threes. She likes to use three big colors and three different patterns in a space. Her ornate dining room is no exception. Paint shades of dark purple, gold, and coral entertain the walls, ceiling, and furniture. Purplish-gray walls read as dark blue to add drama in conjunction with a metallic gold ceiling. A chevron rug, bird-print wallpaper, and buttoned-up upholstery accessorize the room.
Wall color: Equal Mix: Stunning Shade SW7082 and Darkroom SW7083, Sherwin-Williams
Color downshifts in the kitchen giving the energetic main level a bit of breathing room. The classic white kitchen takes on personality with a powder blue island finished with metallic gold antiquing glaze. The island was also a way to work in a bit of the blue hues the homeowner loves.
Hayes has a soft spot for decorating little girls' bedrooms. This pretty and posh space for her youngest daughter is nothing short of sweet. A striped painted floor adds visual interest and contributes to the room's blue-green, pale pink, and cool gray color scheme. A floral accent wall adds feminine details, as do the ruffled curtains and bed linens. A dazzling light fixture is the space's crowning detail.
Ceiling color: Minute Mauve SW7078
Colorful drawers on a campaign dresser introduce accent color to the children's bedroom. The darling dresser started as a beat-up castoff stained dark brown. A vigorous sanding followed by coats of glossy paint and gold-spray-painted hardware transformed the dresser from shabby to chic. Now it looks just like new. Custom accents—including a wall art quote from Where the Wild Things Are—add personality.
Bottom drawer color: Lime Foam HDGB06U, Glidden
A dark ceiling and gray walls cocoon visitors in this cozy bedroom. Regal elements like a metallic wallpaper accent wall and tufted headboard add hints of luxury. An ornate pendant light picks up the texture and shape of the floral statement wall. Plenty of pillows, a flowy bedskirt, and window sheers soften the space.
Ceiling color: Inkwell SW6992, Sherwin-Williams