Let’s paint the house beautiful!

Painting is a quick and cheap way to give a makeover to your house. A good paint job can enhance the beauty and add a protective layer, too. For durability and looks, repair and repaint as soon as you notice the crack, blister, or peel on your walls. As ignoring these problems will lead to a much more extensive—and expensive— job.

There are few painting tips every homeowner should know, regardless of he doing the paint job himself or hiring an expert.

Selecting the paint

Paint comes in wide varieties – sheen, matt, oil, latex etc. Out of which, latex is the most common and preferred paint type used due to easy maintenance and durability. It is more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint.

However, oil-based paint is ideal for preparing wood edgings, as it tends to cover marks and knots from the wood better.

Sheen or no sheen

Sheen or glossy paints have their own advantages depending on the purpose of deciding the paint.

  • Glossier paints are easier to clean. It is ideal for kids’ rooms, playroom, kitchen etc., which tends to get dirtier easily.
  • Semi-gloss is a good option for kitchens and bathrooms allowing easy cleaning and giving lesser shine.
  • Satin sheens have a satiny smooth finish which makes it a fit for kitchens, bathrooms, and lobbies.

Flat or matte paint is perfect for walls with lots of imperfections. The drawback of this paint type is that it gets dirty easily and is difficult to clean. It is a good choice for private rooms that do not get a lot of visitors.

Choosing the color

You can change the feel of any room in your house with a little designing and some color, vary the shades for a certain look or feel. A good rule of thumb is to remember the color wheel.

  • A white or an off-white color gives the rooms a brighter and clean appearance.
  • Colors near each other on the color wheel such as blue and purple are analogous to each other and will allow one color to stand out more.
  • Colors opposite each other on the color wheel such as green and red are complementary to one another and will nicely play off each other.
  • Staying within the same shade of color will give you a subtle and soothing look.
  • Painting with cool colors such as blues, greens and purples make small rooms appear larger and airier while colors such as reds, yellows, and oranges will give a room a more vibrant appearance.
  • You can vary the warmth even with a red or yellow by choosing muted shades of those colors such as pink, peach or a buttery yellow.
  • Warm colors have cool ones as their complementary colors while cool colors have warm compliments.

Painting the ceilings

Change the entire getup and visual size of any room by applying little creativity in painting the ceilings.

  • Lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls.
  • Expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls.
  • Add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle looks.
  • Paint the ceiling, door trim, and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory to add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout the room.

Creating Focal Points

Focal points are important when painting a room. Add a darker color to one particular wall and change the entire look of any room.

  • Make a large room look smaller by painting one wall a darker shade.
  • Highlight any interesting aspect in your rooms with a darker, complementary shade to the one you have chosen for your walls.
  • Visible stairways, especially those in the middle of the room look incredible when painted a darker shade than the walls and gives you a wonderful focal point.

With a little paint and some creative imagination, you can save lot money spent on interior designing of your house. Change the entire look and feel of your house and make it stand out.

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