Choosing Colours

Is it time for a change in the interior of your home? One way you can change the ambiance of the rooms in your house is to repaint them. Knowing painting preparation and interior painting tips will make your job easier.P

Picking the Right Colour:

Paint isn't permanent. If you choose the wrong color or colors for your home, you can always paint the rooms again. However, a repaint job is the last thing that you want to do, so pick your paint colors carefully.

Before you decide on your colors, consider the sizes of the rooms that you are going to be painting. Do you want to change the perception of space? Painting a small room a dark color can make the room feel smaller than it actually is. However, a darker color in a huge room can make it feel more intimate.

Another consideration is whether you would like to paint all your rooms the same color. Painting your whole house the same color can lend your home a polished, finished appearance. You can use accent colors, wall hangings or furniture to add color interest to your monochromatic painting plan.

On the other hand, having different colors in your rooms will give your home more of an eclectic feel. You can also coordinate the color of the room with the activities that normally take place there. For example, picking a warm color, such as red, orange or yellow, for your living room or family room might make the room feel more inviting. In your bedrooms, consider cool colors from the violet-blue-green range to help create a calming, soothing atmosphere.

Check your paint chip colors at different times of the day to see how the changing light affects the colors. Don't forget to turn on any lamps or lights that you might have on during that particular time of day.

Picking the Right Gloss:

What type of interior paint should you choose? This depends largely on the traffic that runs through the room. For example, it is hard to remove stains from flat paint finishes. Therefore, flat paints should be used in less-traveled rooms.

Low luster, satin and eggshell finishes are suitable for high traffic areas such as playrooms, kitchens or hallways where big and little hands come into contact with walls. These finishes can be washed more easily than flat finishes.

You can use semi-gloss, high gloss and enamels for places where lots of hands land, such as banisters, windowsills or other areas where you want the paint to glow.


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