Painting Pointers for Do-It-Yourselfers

Painting your house doesn’t need to break the bank, and it’s an easy-enough job you can do yourself.

By Jessica Wing

 

Painting your home is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to spruce up an old space. You can also use paint to hide any imperfections your house has gained over the years. Painting can bring new life to what has become a dark and dingy room. However, picking a color palette that suits you and the rest of the house can be a daunting task. It’s important to always do your research when picking out paints to use.

 

Budgeting is Important

When selecting the type of paint, you need to take your budget into account. Some paints can end up being expensive, especially after you buy enough cans to paint the entire room. If you are painting to try to cover up a smell, they make paint for that too. When you finally do select the brand and color, make sure that you either buy more than enough or you get an easy to duplicate color. Nothing is worse than running out and not being able to find the same shade again. You also want to account for dry time and how badly the color will fade over the years. Remember that some paint is designed for outside use only. If you have children, you will want to make sure you pick a durable paint.

 

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Optical Illusions

One of the most popular color schemes for 2017 is turquoise, pink, and gray. You can get creative with your paint by painting lines of alternating colors. If you do your stripes horizontally, it will make the room appear larger, while vertical stripes make the room seem taller. If being adventurous with paint is not your thing, you can add subtle pops of color using decorative pillows or vases. If you don’t want to go subtle, you can go big. You can use co-ed furniture or drapes to add a huge splash of color to any room. This will also give your room a focal point for visitors to talk about when they come over. Adding accessories is the perfect way to get the desired color scheme without having to purchase several different colors of paint.

 

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Kitchen Colors

Popular color choices in your kitchen include pastel green or gray, sunny yellow, and navy blues. These colors go a long way towards brightening up your kitchen. You do not want a dimly-lit kitchen. This is a high traffic room try to allow for a lot of natural light that will play off of the paint beautifully. Make your kitchen a room you actually enjoy spending time in. You can even add more colors by painting old cabinets and replacing cabinet handles. Changing the handles is one of the quickest ways you can improve your kitchen. If your cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling, you may want to consider actually painting the ceiling as well. This will help with the illusion of added height. While picking out paint for the kitchen, try to get a paint that has a high durability. You want paint you can wipe down without it being wiped off the walls.

 

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Pastels in the Bedroom

Some popular paint schemes for the bedroom include pastel colors. You can mix grays, pink, and lavender to create a soft inviting space. In your bedroom, you probably don’t need to focus so much on durability. You may want to focus on low-odor and quick-drying paint since it is a room you use daily. You don’t want to sleep through paint fumes! You can help eliminate odors by painting in the morning and leaving windows open, or by buying a more expensive paint that is advertised as low odor.

 

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Painting your house can be a rewarding process. It doesn’t need to break the bank, and it’s an easy-enough project that you don’t need to hire a professional!

 

 

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