In the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and interior design, trends come and go. But some styles stand the test of time and become classics. Depending on your personality, you might prefer the old-school ways or the new wave. Or maybe you like when these worlds collide. Whatever the case, you’ll want your home’s interior to bring out who you are. Here’s how you can start.

Classic Interior Painting and Design

You might have an idea in your head about what classic interior painting looks like, but it helps to get more specific. In general, classically designed homes will feature neutral colors. The walls will welcome, not overwhelm you. Here you might find whites, off-whites, grays, and powder blues. In some cases, reds will appear, making a warm statement of their own against neutral walls.

Of course, interior design isn’t just about home painting, but also about the furniture, decoration, and organization of things within the walls. If you enjoy a classical look, you’ll want ornamented trim, wooden furniture, and clear divisions between rooms. You might hang a chandelier in your kitchen. Your living room might feature a fireplace. The walls of these rooms should allow the furniture, paintings, and decorations to stand out and fill the space.

If you tend to wear classic styles, listen to vintage music, or enjoy classical literature, you might want to live in a place like this.

Contemporary Interior Painting and Design

Defining contemporary home design presents a challenge because it changes so quickly and often. Not to be confused with modern design, contemporary residential painting and design always rests on the cutting edge of the latest trends. Currently there seems to be a divide among young homeowners, some taking a minimalistic approach and others utilizing bold, loud colors to make a statement.

Those in the minimalist camp tend to use shades of white and light grays, but contrast them with green plant life and light brown wooden furniture. The overall effect of these homes is elegance, purity, and simplicity.

Contemporary homes with bold colors usually maintain part of this minimalism with fewer pieces of furniture and decoration, but let the walls speak for themselves. Colors you’d never see in a classic home like lime green, canary yellow, and violet could very well show up in a contemporary home.

Whichever contemporary camp one falls into, these homes feature very little ornamentation. You’ll see straight lines and simple geometric shapes instead of the elaborate curvature found in classic homes. If you’re always on your feet and looking forward to what lies ahead, you might find yourself in a contemporary home.

No matter which type of home design you prefer, if you’re thinking about painting the interior of your home, it’s a good idea to contact a painting service to help you with the process. All American Painting Plus, Inc. has a team of professional painters happy to paint the interior and exterior of classic or contemporary homes. Give us a call today at 703-620-5563 or email us at for an estimate!