Spicy paint shades can help warm up a large room that feels a little sterile.

How to Decorate With Spicy Paint Colors

by Jennifer Blair

For any homeowner who prefers a bold, heady decorating style, spice-inspired shades can form an ideal color palette. That's because shades like cinnamon, saffron and ginger really warm up a room and made a dramatic statement. Because spicy paint colors are so strong, however, you may not want to slap them on the walls of just any room in your home. Decorating with such feisty colors requires some planning, but when you choose the right space and design, the end result is not only cozy and inviting but striking as well.

1. Warm Up Large Room

Because spicy paint shades usually have warm undertones, they work well when you’re painting a large room that you want to feel cozy and intimate. In particular, social spaces like your living room, family room or kitchen in spice-inspired shades can really come to life. You can keep the look soft with a buttery yellow shade or use a deep golden color to amp up the drama. Rusty orange or cinnamon shades are also attractive all-over wall color options.

2. Create Accent

If you’re decorating a smaller room or just don’t want such a rich color on all of your walls, you can always paint a single wall in a spicy shade. The wall can serve as an accent to help draw attention to artwork that you plan to hang on it or a certain architectural feature like a fireplace. Paint the rest of the room in a neutral shade like cream, sand or taupe so that your spice-colored wall really stands out. You can use any spicy shade that you like, but a vibrant saffron or cinnamon red shade is an attractive option. You don’t even have to paint an entire wall to use your spicy color as an accent – paint the trim and molding in a room with your spice-inspired shade and leave all of the walls neutral.

3. Go Patterned

Spicy paint shades deliver a lot of warmth and character to a room. If you like the look but don’t want such a striking shade on all of your walls, consider pairing it with a soft neutral to create patterned walls. You can create a simple striped pattern using painter’s tape or go for a more detailed look with wall stencils in a striking pattern like a chevron, damask or floral design. Spicy paint shades like saffron, gold, rust and cinnamon can all work in combination with neutrals like cream or tan, but you can give your room some modern flair by pairing your spicy shade with gray paint for your patterned walls.

4. Get Textured

Spicy shades can add depth when you want to use paint to create a textured look for your walls. Because colors like pumpkin, gold, cinnamon and poppy have a richness to them, they work extremely well for faux finishes like sponging or ragging. Choose two shades from the same color family like pumpkin and rust or cinnamon and brick, and use one as your base coat and the other as your glaze shade. Using a sponge or rag to apply the glaze shade over your base color gives the walls a textured look that deepens the spicy shades for an even warmer, cozier look.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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