Decorating & Furniture/paint color


Dear JoAnne, I just bought a flat wall color for my livingroom which I am turning into a library. Color is a deep terracotta/rust and I painted a swatch on the wall & now I think it should be a little lighter. Can something be added to paint to lighten a few shades? It is a Benjamin Moore, & the trim which is a Linen White is also BM, Pearl. Floors are walnut. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Margaret

Hi Margaret, One thing I might suggest is to use a glaze with the linen paint on top of the paint you already have.  Use a slightly damp brush with a very small amount of paint and brush it on in a X pattern.  Then using a soft terrycloth towel, pat it and swish it to make a very soft translucent look over the paint color.  It softens and yet keeps your original color.  Practice first on poster board or foam core board to get the technique you want.  Mix the glaze with 1 part glaze and 3 parts paint.  Hopee this helps, JoAnne Lenart-Weary  

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JoAnne Lenart-Weary


I can answer anything that is decorating related. Wall and window treatments, color, furniture, placement, where to begin with a decorating plan, etc.


Almost 30 years as an interior decorator and 4 years of teaching professional workshops to other interior decorators/designers and interior redesigners. Board member for IRIS www.weredesign, founder of ODDAA (One Day Decorating Alumni Association) Weekly guest for ABC affiliate in Erie, Pa. Have also been on HGTV


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