Are you headed to the paint supply store to purchase new paint for your home’s walls?
Repainting the interior of your home can be an exciting new change for you and your family. However, before you hit the paint supply store, consider the following factors to help you choose the perfect colors for your walls.
- Think about windows and lighting.
Light makes a huge difference in a room with paint, so make sure to consider this. For example, in south facing rooms, the light tends to be cool and warm, so light colors will glow, and dark colors will look brighter. In north facing rooms, cool and bluish color will enter the room through your windows, so bold colors will look muted, and light colors will end up dulled.
- Look at pictures in magazines and online.
You’ll want to glean ideas from magazines and the Internet. Instead of just saying to yourself that you like the color blue, look for how blue is used in actual settings in these images. You may end up deciding that blue is not for you at all or you may decide you want a different shade of blue than you originally thought.
- Always test samples where you’ll be painting.
For a few dollars, you can get a small half pint can of paint mixed from a paint chip or color swatch that you bring to the paint store. Get a few of these before you completely decide on a color, and throw them up on a 2’ x 2’ area of your wall. This will help you get an idea of what each color will look like when applied.
- Know the difference between finishes.
As you enter the paint store, you’ll notice that there are tons of different finishes to choose from. These can be understandably confusing. Let’s look at these finishes so that you can be prepared when it comes to purchasing your new paint.
This paint has nearly no shine, and it’s easy to clean.
This paint has no shine whatsoever. It’s good for ceilings and communal rooms like living rooms.
This paint has a little bit more shine, and it works well in bathrooms and kitchens because it stands up to moisture.
Again, this paint has a little bit of shine, and it’s great for living rooms because it’s easy to clean.
This paint is shinier than satin enamel, but it’s not quite so shiny as hi-gloss enamel. It’s great for trim and cabinetry
This is the shiniest finish, and it’s great for furniture and railings.
Once you finish considering all the factors above, you’ll be sure to make the best choice on new paint for your walls!