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10 Designer Paint Tips

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Paint is a cheap and easy way to dress up a room - fast. Use these 10 designer tips to help you make helpful and economical decisions about what color to use.

Designer Paint Tips

1. Before choosing a color, buy a tester of the color or colors. Paint a section of one wall and study it. Do you like it during the day? At night? With the lights on

2. Buy a good brush. Skip the tape and frustration by using an angled brush with dense bristles to paint near the ceiling and floor.

3. If you are using multiple gallons, pour and mix them in a 5-gallon paint bucket to insure that they match exactly.

4. Many designers choose a color based on an object, such as the orange in a favorite bracelet, a favorite color in a plaid fabric or an object found in nature – such as the white in a seashell.

5. After you pick your ideal color, buy paint that’s one step lighter than your sample. Paint always looks darker once you get it on the wall. That lighter color will actually end up being the exact color you want.

6. In a small space, pick your paint color based on the primary furniture upholstery. It will make the space appear bigger.

7. Don’t forget the ceiling when picking your paint palette. You can paint the ceiling one shade lighter than the walls to get an interesting monochromatic feel. To make the room cozier, paint the ceiling a shade darker than the walls. Some designers choose a semi gloss paint for the ceiling to give it a glow.

8. Paint the inside of a bookshelf or display case an accent color to show off the objects within.

9. If you have several different surfaces in a room, such as molding, doors or windows, paint them the same color as the walls and they will blend in. If you want contrast, paint them white.

10. To see whether the paint you like has a particular color cast, look at similar color swatches against one another. It will show you which ones have gray, green, or pink casts.