How to Choose Paint

While painting isn’t a permanent change, it is an investment of your time, energy and money so it’s important to get it right the first time. The following tips will help you choose the right color(s) and finish for each room in your house so the results are both aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting.

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How to Choose the Best Paint Color for Your Space

First, you need to make sure the colors you select are appropriate for the mood or effect you want to create in that particular space. If you have existing art work, area rugs or furniture, those will need to be taken into account as well.

  1. Start perusing. Start bookmarking websites and home decor magazines with rooms you like. It doesn’t matter if this one is red and that one is blue – just bookmark them. After you have a range of options, you will be able to figure out whether you are drawn to bold, neutral, or pastels for a particular space.
  2. Consider the lighting. While that color may look great in the magazine spread, in a room with a ton of windows and natural light, it may not look so great in your back guest bedroom with one east-facing window. Consider the lighting in each room so you choose the right shade.
  3. Use samples. Invest in small sample cans of your potential colors. Paint them on poster board or as large of a paintable surface as you can find. Then watch how it looks throughout the day, on different walls, so you get a better idea of whether or not it will work in your space.

Which Paint Finish Is the Best?

Rule number 1: Never use a paint with a flat finish. It is cheap for a reason. In addition to being relatively lifeless, it is nearly impossible to clean because the paint rubs away with the scuff, leaving an unattractive smudge.

Now that we got that important rule out of the way – let’s move on to your other finish options.

Eggshell: This is a step up from a flat or matte paint. There is very little sheen so while it will mask slight wall imperfections, there is enough shine to it that you can wash off occasional scuffs or marks without taking the paint with it. Eggshell is best used in dining rooms or living rooms.

Satin: This is probably the most attractive and universal paint finish. It has just the right amount of gloss, without being too shiny, and it is easy to clean. The only downfall is that any imperfection in roller or brush strokes will be visible, which also make it trickier to touch-up. This is ideal for just about any room other than the bathrooms or kitchen.

Semi-gloss. Semi-gloss paints are pretty shiny, which also means they’re relatively moisture and grease resistant. It’s easy to clean. You can use it on bathroom or kitchen walls and it’s often used for trim since trim is prone to scuffage.

High-gloss. A high-gloss paint will be ultra-durable, ultra-cleanable, and ultra-reflective. It’s a good choice for anything that sticky fingers or pet noses will come in contact with regularly, such as cabinets, trim, and doors. Just remember that any flaws will be more visible so prep these surfaces well beforehand.

Choosing the Perfect Dining Table

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The dining table is more than just a place to sit and eat meals; more often than not, it exists unoccupied. That’s why it’s important to choose a dining room table that suits the space and is complementary to your interior decor.

The following tips will help you choose the right dining table for your home, in terms of size, shape, seating, etc.

The basics. First, there are some general basics to keep in mind before you get into the details. Consider that you’ll want at a table that’s at least 36-inches wide to accommodate place settings and food. Also, you will want to have between 42- and 48-inches of clearance between the edge of the table and the wall, or any other furnishings, so seated occupants have enough room to enter and exit their chairs comfortably.

If you have a smaller dining room space, you want to measure and mark these distances so you don’t end up buying a table that nobody can fit around!

Size. Now that you have got the basic dimensions down, you can begin to think about table size. If there are rarely more than two to four at your table, there is no need to splurge on a larger table if you don’t have the space. However, if you entertain, have a larger family, etc. you will want a table that seats everyone comfortably. If you don’t have a large room, consider purchasing a table with leaves that extend the length temporarily when necessary.

If you have a hard time visualizing, use graph paper to draw a scaled model of your space, furniture and all. Or, use bed sheets or blankets folded to the prospective table size to see if it works for you.

Shape. The most classic shapes for dining room tables are rectangular and oval. However, round and square tables are becoming more popular. In most cases, you should choose a shape that complements the shape of the room. So, a room that is longer than it is wide would have a rectangular or oval-shaped table, and a square room would have a round or square-shaped table.

Keep in mind that the larger the round table is, the more difficult it can be to reach for food or to pass dishes across the table. If you love the look of an oversized round table, consider finding a complementary lazy susan when you have guests.

Looks. Most dining room tables are made of wood. However, the finish of that wood is completely dependent on your style. A darker wood will look more formal, distressed or barely-finished natural woods will look more casual. If you are a modernist, or you have a small dining area, consider a glass table top to create the illusion of space.

Seating. If you have the room, go all out and find the most comfortable dining room chairs you can find. There is nothing worse than enjoying a delicious meal and wonderful conversation while counting down the minutes until you can get out of the chair. Purchase your dining room chairs with comfort as the primary consideration and looks as the secondary component.

If space is an issue, keep your eye out for chairs with a minimal profile so they don’t take up a lot of space, or use a bench on one side that can be tucked away when it isn’t being used.