Paint is the easiest and most affordable way to dramatically change the look of a room. We’ll give you tips and tricks to make an impact in your space.
Colors in the store often look different at home because of the changes in light. Rather than running the risk of getting a gallon of paint that you don’t like, try a few sample pots. Samples are an inexpensive way of ensuring you’re making a good choice. Purchase three or four colors that you like. Paint a 1-foot by 1-foot square in each color on your wall. Over several days, watch the colors at different times of day, comparing natural sunlight vs. artificial (fluorescent and incandescent) lighting at night. You’ll often find the color that you were convinced was the perfect one in the store won’t be the one you end up selecting.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
The ceiling is often overlooked, and the idea of painting it can be intimidating. A general rule of thumb is to paint the ceiling three shades lighter than the walls. It will make the walls feel higher. If you’re trying to create a cozy environment, paint the ceiling a darker color.
If you’re choosing more than one color for a room, try to stay in the same hue, which will make the palette seemed more unified. An easy way to do this is to look at a paint chip with three or four shades of the similar color and work from this palette.
A Pop of Color
If you are painting the walls a light neutral color or a pastel, use ultra-white paint for your trim work and moulding to make the wall color stand out.
The color wheel has thousands of colors to choose from, making the selection process daunting for even the most confident of painters. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Studies have shown that room color can affect moods and emotions. Some can create an overall sense of calm, while others are more high energy. Find out the colors that work best in each area of your home.
So you’re standing at the paint counter with the perfect color in hand and the store associate asks you what finish you want. You stare at him blankly, having no idea what’s best. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you confidently make your selection: