Painting your home interiors is the easiest way to give a dull room a breath of fresh air. When a paint job is done right, it not only beautifies your home but also adds character to it. Moreover, it’s one smart method to distinguish one room from another.
To avoid making the wrong paint color decisions, here’s what you should do:
1. Find an inspiration
When deciding on the paint colors to use, do some research and start listing down the hues that catch your attention.
Pinterest is a good place to start.
Make a board for each interesting paint job you find and start pinning. Once you get about ten pins, you’ll know which color and style you’re most drawn to.
2. Choose the color/s
If you want to repaint your home simply because you want to reinvigorate your home interiors in the most basic manner, remembering the color wheel is a good rule of thumb.
Depending on what kind of look you are aiming for, the following tips may help:
- Subtle and soothing – Use a monochromatic approach and stay within similar shades. Select different shades of blue for a soothing, subtle color. This works best in bathrooms or bedrooms as it gives off a sense of calmness.
- Elegant – If you want to have flexibility and elegance in a room, neutral colors work best. Select different shades of neutral colors like almond walls paired with red-toned browns on the trim. Add splashes color to the room with a vase or throw pillows placed carefully to offset subtle neutral tones.
- Vibrant – For a room pulsating with energy, pick vibrant colors such as gold, red, orange, and dark purple. Complement these colors by choosing two next to each other on the color wheel such as gold and orange, then add one from the opposite side like purple. You can also select red and black for a standout contrast that gives off an Oriental vibe.
Also keep in mind that the lighter the paint colors you choose, the more spacious a room will seem.
You also have to consider your window system when choosing paint as natural light from the sun also affects room color.
If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, you’re better off choosing an off-white or white color for your walls. This will allow the future homeowner to cover the walls more easily with his or her own choice of paint.
3. Decide on what type of paint to use
Paint is available in various sheens as well as in latex or oil. Here’s the difference between the two:
- Latex – This is the most common and preferred type by many because of its great durability and easy clean-up. It also breathes better than oil and tends to be fade-resistant.
- Oil – Oil-based paint is suitable for genuine wood moldings and trim. Compared to latex wood paint, it seals stains and knots on wood better. However, oil-based paint takes time to dry completely compared to latex.
When it comes to sheen, the glossier the paint, the easier the cleanup will be.
Below are some common options:
- High gloss – If you have children at home and the rooms you intend to paint have high traffic, consider high gloss sheen so that you can easily wipe down the walls with a sponge. High gloss is also suitable for trim as it gives it a nice, finished look.
- Semi-gloss – This is a great choice for baths and kitchens because it provides ease of washing and cleaning. It’s also cheaper than the high gloss finish type but has lesser chine.
- Satin sheen – Do you want to paint with some gloss that you can clean easily without the shine? Satin sheen offers a satiny smooth finish mostly used in baths, kitchens and hallways.
- Flat or matte – This is ideal for walls with a lot of imperfections. The downside with this type of paint is that it can’t endure cleaning and tends to expose dirt. This should only be your choice for rooms that won’t get exposed to a lot of dirt and fingerprints.
- Eggshell – A popular sheen that helps hide imperfections similar to the flat type but is easier to wash. It’s also smoother and more durable and has the best qualities of both glossy and flat paint.
If you’re confused as to what type of paint you should choose for your interior surfaces, contact a professional painter to help you determine the best decorative coatings appropriate for your home. They have the skills, experience, and knowledge to guide you in making the right paint choices.
There’s no need to spend tons of cash to revamp the look of your house.
With a bit of imagination and a little paint here and there, you can easily alter the look and feel of your interiors.
For a stress-free and efficient paint job, consider hiring a painting service to ensure a beautiful, professional finish.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.