A good paint job can turn an otherwise drab, dark looking home into a bright, and airy mansion that would be the envy of the neighborhood. Even the most aged and dreary homes can be given a new lease on life with a paint job.
However, a bad paint job can spell doom for home selling hopefuls. Instead of making magic and turning your home into a dream house, a bad coat of pain can scare away potential buyers. This is easily avoidable with just a few tips, a good brush and roller and the nerve to start painting your house armed with the following information:
Choosing The Right Color
Make sure the color combination you choose fits the existing furnishings in your home.
Remember that the most attractive homes to purchase are the ones that have a light, spacious, and cozy feel. The way your furnishings contrast and complement the color combination you choose will be critical in the success of your paint job.
Consider the lighting in the room you will paint. As a general rule, you will want to purchase paint that is one or two shades lighter than the shade you want, since paint generally seems darker when spread over a large area. It would also be safer if you tested the paint on a small area to see how the color plays out.
To control the illusion you want your room to project, you will need to understand how colors affect people’s perception of space. There are what’s called advancing colors–these are the striking, warm toned colors such as orange, red, and yellow that have the effect of making the closed spaces of the room more pronounced. To improve the perception of space in your room, it would be nice to use cooler-toned, receding colors such as blue, green, and violet.
It is not only the color that affects the perception of size; the saturation and intensity of these colors also play a part in the room’s ambience. If the paint you choose is too dark or saturated, the room will still seem cramped. To achieve a spacious effect, you might want to stick to light, or neutral colors – white, pearl, or beige will do fine for this job.
You should also paint your ceilings a light color to give the impression of additional height.
The finish of the paint will also have a great deal of effect on the overall ambience of the room. Flat finishes are good for hiding minor imperfections on the walls. Eggshell finishes are great for adding a warm glow to the room, and are easy to clean and maintain. Glossy paint is good for emphasizing details and is the easiest to clean.