Ready for a fresh look and feel in your home? Painting is the quickest and easiest way to change the look and feel of a space. And don’t worry, choosing wall color is the least expensive design “mistake” you can make, so make your choice unfettered by fear. Painting with abandon makes the process fun! The worst case scenario is that you’ll have to repaint.
Tips to help you get started
1- Test a color before committing to it. Find three to five color possibilities from which to choose. Paint a 2 x 3 box of each color on different areas of the room, or on a piece of poster board and move it around the room. Sit with the colors for a couple days to see how each one looks at different times of the day or night and how each one makes you feel.
3- Colors look darker on a wall then on the small swatches. It’s safest to pick from the top two colors on a paint card unless you want drama.
4- Using different shades of the same color in different objects is a harmonious way to pull a room together.
5- Follow the Rule of Three: when you pick a color, use it at least three times in a room.
7- Use off-white rather than pure white which can be harsh. When you put a warm white next to color, it still looks crisp and bright. Trim rooms in off-white.
8- Use neutrals to harmonize colors and help them blend with each other.
9- Using a high-quality paint spreads easier and often makes only one paint coat necessary.
10- When purchasing paint, it’s best to buy a little more than you think necessary rather than too little. When paint is blended, each batch is apt to be a little different. The paint you buy on Tuesday may be a little lighter than the paint you buy on Friday. It’s better to get all the paint for one room out of one batch.
11- If you’re hesitant about painting your entire home in just one color, rest assured that the color looks different in different rooms and at different times of the day. The beauty of creating a one-color palette is that the rooms in your home will relate to each other and feel harmonious. You can use different accent colors in each room to create interest.