Painting your home is a big deal. Not only does it change the look and feel of your space, but it also means a significant time investment to actually do the work. So if you’re taking on this project yourself rather than trusting the work to a professional, you want to make sure you’re doing it right.
To help you in doing this, here are three tips for picking the right paint for every room in your home.
Pick Your Paint Color Last
The first thing you should know about painting in your home is that picking the actual paint color should be the last thing on your list. As far as the design goes, you should choose your paint color based on what else is going on in the space.
According to Julia Millay Walsh, a contributor to mydomaine.com, you should find other inspiration for your room before deciding on the paint color for the walls. This inspiration could include a textile you want to use, a piece of furniture you love, or some art that you want to incorporate into the room. Once you have everything else in the room setup, then you should decide what color to put on the walls in order to bring all your design elements together.
Choose The Right Type And Sheen
The type of paint and the quality of sheen you choose will have a big impact on the functionality and look of the space you’re painting.
The DIY Network shares that latex paint is most often used for its easy ability to be cleaned and its durability within a home. Oil paint is also available, but it’s less commonly used.
As for the sheen, you can choose for a semi-gloss, high gloss, or a flat paint. By choosing a glossier option, your paint will be easier to clean. However, some people don’t like the look of glossy paint on their walls. Because of this, you’ll want to choose a sheen of paint based on your personal preference and lifestyle.
Recognize The Impact Of Light
The light in the rooms you’re painting will have be a determining factor in what paint you choose you use and what colors you’ll want to apply to your walls.
According to Tara Mastroeni, a contributor to Freshome.com, you should paint a few swatches on your walls of the colors you’re considering and let them sit for a few days so you can see how they look in varying light. Doing this little experiment could help make your choice much easier than it otherwise would be.
If you’re wanting to paint some of the rooms in your home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you pick the right paint for every space.