Painting is the easiest and cheapest way to offer a breath of fresh air to your room and make your house appealing. It is also a great way to increase the value if you intend to put the house on the market. Skip the unnecessary do-overs by picking the right color the first time around. It does not matter the space, aesthetic, or shade that you intend to achieve, we have some useful ideas to make sure that you get it right from the onset. By the time you are done with reading this article, you will have solved all your paint woes.
What Are the Right Paint Types to Select?
The first critical consideration when choosing the color for your interior space is the paint type. Remember, paint comes in various sheens as well as in either latex or oil. The most preferred types of paint are latex variants because they are easy to use and clean up. They are also more durable compared to oil paints and are fade resistant. At the same time, oil-based paints are terrific for priming real wood moldings and have a tendency of sealing knots and stains from wood better. You could use an oil-based primer on your trim, then use latex paint as the final coat.
Which Paint Sheen Is Ideal?
For ease of cleaning, it is better to choose glossier variants. This means that for high traffic areas like playrooms, or if the area tends to grease on walls such as in a kitchen, you should consider using high gloss. This makes wiping easier. However, for living rooms, high gloss paint can make imperfections and blemishes more apparent and can result in an unpleasant shine.
Semi-gloss paint can also be ideal for baths and kitchens, offering ease of wash and less shine compared to the high-gloss variant. Semi-gloss paints are also relatively cheaper. There are also satin sheens, which offer a smooth finish and can be used in the baths, hallways, and kitchen. They can be easily cleaned, without the shine that comes with gloss paints.
For walls with lots of imperfections, you should consider using matte or flat paints. With a flat, you could easily get away with applying just one coat. However, the negative is that this type of paint does not allow cleaning and tends to show dirt more. Choose this paint for rooms that will not get too much traffic of fingerprints. The most popular sheen used by most painters is eggshell as it hides imperfections in the same way as flats but is much easier to wash. Eggshell is also smoother to tough and is more durable.
Which Is the Right Color of Paint to Choose?
For some people, choosing the right color can be as easy as writing a college essay. For others, the process is quite daunting.
The choice of paint color depends on a variety of factors, including your choice of furniture, room size, and personal preferences. Make use of the hundreds of brochures and paint selections at your local store. Choose shades according to the feel that you intend to generate.
The secret to choosing the right color for your interior décor is layering. Start with a neutral backdrop, carefully building on color by introducing bolder colors through art and accessories. Remember, the colors on your walls should form the backdrop. Please note, however, that neutral does not necessarily have to be boring or bland. Neutral shades can be created from virtually any color and can either be very dark or very light.
Here are some additional tips:
- Test each color before committing to it
- Consider how space will be used
- Avoid trends and fads because they change fast
- Consider the available features like curtains and furniture
- Use art to create inspiration.
You should also consider your home as flow, regarding adjacent rooms and how the different colors will work. Choose colors that have a cohesive palette, and which complement each other. Most importantly, you should always prioritize your personal preferences. This will mean that you won’t be bound by traditional color schemes or specific decorating styles. For example, you can create a color scheme using your favorite color as the base. Remember, choosing a paint color can become easier if you use a table or phone app. They can help you match the colors you see anywhere, to a certain degree of precision.
Here we have looked at some useful considerations when choosing the right paint for your interior décor. Please note that each element is unique, and will depend mostly on your personal preferences.