There is a side table that has been in my bedroom for years. My ex-wife purchased it, but I think it looks a little too feminine for my taste. I want to paint it but I’m not sure which colour. I don’t want anything vibrant and flashy—a subtle, neutral, masculine colour is best. Any suggestions?
It’s interesting how different hues exude different emotions within an individual. Certain colours seem to lend themselves to different genders. Did you know that we all see the same colour differently? The colour variation even intensifies between the different sexes. Men and woman are different so, it’s natural that we see colours differently. For this reason many designers, especially commercial designers, request input from peers of both genders during the colour selection process.
There has been a lot of advancement in gender-branded colours over the years. Fashion trends have broken the barriers between the sexes and branded certain gender-specific colours as “unisex” colours. For instance, more men are now wearing pinks and purples than in previous years. That said, try to break out of your comfort zone and explore different colours for your project. If this seems too bold, stick to a classic neutral. It’s a no-fail recipe for success!
• Side table
• Dark green or grey paint
• Paint brush
Step 1: Sand the entire side table. Wipe the piece with a cloth before continuing to next step.
Step 2: Place some plastic underneath the piece to protect the floor. Put on two coats of dark green paint using a brush. I like using an angle brush as it helps with those tough-to-reach inside corners. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Scrape the edges and corners of the side table to create a worn look. The goal is to expose some wood to bring in a natural element. Sand the scraped corners.
Step 4: Place the piece back in your bedroom and enjoy!
Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the editor-in-chief of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline, and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on www.MarcAtiyolil.com. To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine visit www.CanadianHomeTrends.com
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