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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.