The color and type of paint you choose for your walls may be the most important element of your interior design. After all, couches, coffee tables and other furnishings can be easily replaced, but once your walls are painted, it can be difficult to paint over them if you want a change. That’s why it’s so important to go with the colors you love. This article will help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right paint for your rooms.
Going for the Long Haul
Face it, not many of us really enjoy painting. And hiring a contractor can be expensive and disruptive. So, when we get our walls painted, we want it to last.
Paints come in a variety of sheens and are available in oil or latex. Latex paint is recommended for walls as it lasts a long time and it is fade resistant.
Oil based paint is better for priming wood moldings and trim as it seals stains and knots better than latex does.
When it comes to sheens, glossier paints are recommended because they are easy to clean. They also give a nice finished look when used on trim.
Going for Color
A white or off-white color is ideal when you are looking to sell your home, but if you are looking to create a vibrant atmosphere, you will want to take full advantage of the color wheel.
Here are some basic rules of thumb that apply to the colors you select:
Combining colors that are near each other on the color wheel will allow one color to stand out. Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel will complement each other. Staying with one color will give you a subtle, soothing look.
Giving the Illusion of Space
Cool colors like blues, green and purples will make room appear larger and airier. Warm colors like reds, yellows and oranges will not give as much of a spacious appearance, but they will make up for it by giving your rooms a vibrant appearance.
Tones of Colors
Colors can either be pure, vibrant, muted or shaded (darker colors in the same color scheme). The tones you choose will affect the way the colors work together.
Getting Creative with Your Paint Jobs
Painting your ceiling can be a great way to give your rooms the illusion of space. If you paint your ceiling a lighter shade than your walls, it will make the ceiling look higher. To add a touch of elegance, paint door trim and floor moldings the same color as you choose for your ceiling.
You can also highlight any interesting aspect of your room by painting it a color that is different yet complementary to the color most of your walls are painted. You can even paint one wall a different color to add interest.
The paint you choose for your interior design will define your rooms. Go with paints that are durable, attractive and showcase the positive aspects of your décor so you can get a look you are sure to be happy with for years to come.
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