01 Apr Interior Paint :: Overlooked
There’s a lot that goes into your home, and for good reason too! You’ve worked hard over the years to get the home that you have and, whether it’s the home of your dreams or a work in progress, it’s a reflection of who you are and the time you’ve spent outside of the house that’s gotten you to where you are today. One of the easiest things to turn your house into a home is making the inside your own. Chances are, like most of us, you’ve either acquired or sought out different styles/preferences in decor over the years. However, before you can find the perfect spot to hang that favorite painting, or where exactly you’re grandma’s antique shelf is going to live for years to come, you’re going to have to cover those walls with something else first. If we haven’t painted the picture clear enough for you, (pun intended), we’re talking about interior paint.
Most of us, at some point or another, have probably lived somewhere with the same plain white walls that all homes start, or depending on how you look at it or personal preference, end with. So you’re ready for a change? Or maybe it’s just time to spruce up a room that you’ve grown a little tired of over the years. Where do you start? Picking your 3 favorite colors and going Jackson Pollock all over the room might work for some but most of us need a little more planning, emphasis on the “little” part. You see, although it may feel at times like a difficult task, turning your room(s) of choice up a notch doesn’t have to feel so difficult. With or without a decorators help, keeping a few simple things in mind paint wise, can help bring that old room back to life or breathe the first breathe into your new home. Start by picking 2-3 colors, that you not only like, but have pulled from existing decor. Whether it’s existing furniture or the new items you purchased to go in after all the painting is done, grab a few of those colors from there. It probably goes without saying, but this is going to help make the room feel as one after this entire process is complete.
Maybe it’s a difficult choice to narrow down. Consider purchasing a small amount, (usually a quart), of your top choices. You might spend a little on paint that you’ll never use entirely, but that’s better than spending hundreds or more on gallons and gallons of paint that you’re not completely satisfied with. With these “sample” batches, paint a couple of larger swatches of some sort for the wall. It’s easier to give a particular color it’s justified consideration when you can “hide” the other choices out of site for a moment and the larger surface area will be a better example of how the finished product will look compared to the tiny swatch the paint store will give you.
Another thing to keep in mind, is maybe an exact color match isn’t always the best answer. Let one of your colors be an off variation. Sure the blue of the paint isn’t the same as the blue in your couch, but the similarities in hue combined with the differences in tint, still bring the room together as a whole while being different enough to not feel so overwhelming. Some may say,it pays to be a little different, going this route might just be that opportunity for you.
At the end of the day, don’t take these choices overly serious, it’s just paint. You can always change it up again in the future and a room can be done in an infinite number of ways, none of which are necessarily wrong. So have fun with it, paint an accent wall in a single room just to get yourself started before taking on a bigger project in the house. If it doesn’t turn out perfect, no worries, you’re only a brush and can away from the dream.