Nothing makes such a remarkable difference to a home’s look than a fresh coat of interior paint. Rooms take on a whole new personality. Fresh colors make a room come alive!
My wife Carolyn loves to paint. Although I have one of the finest crews in town, she insists on painting the interior of our home. (She made an exception when we built our current home.) She just loves the way the room starts to change before her eyes. Carolyn will be the first to admit that a professional painter can get the job done faster – and probably a little nicer. She will also admit that prep work and cleanup are her least favorite parts of the job. But painting is one of her creative outlets and she loves doing it.
The biggest painting challenge my wife ever faced was when our daughter went off to college. After she finished crying about “her little girl moving away”, she decided it was time to make that room her own. She had a stressed-filled job working for the school district and needed a place that was quiet and relaxing. But a challenge lay ahead! The walls were virtually covered with thumbtack holes from years of posters, post cards, photos, and much more. The ceiling was also covered with fluorescent stars firmly affixed with “ticky tack” (that all-purpose gummy stuff that you can mash and roll into tiny little balls). Several hours were spent prepping the room for painting.
When the room was finished, the difference was remarkable! Margaret had chosen “splatter paint” with a blue background to decorate her room, something that was popular when she was a teen. It was a wild look to say the least. When Carolyn was finished painting the room it felt warm and peaceful. The soft peach colors had an indescribably soothing impact on her. She loved going in the room to read, sew, or just sit quietly. It looked and felt like a completely different room!
Are you longing for a new look? Do you have something special in mind for the new baby, the man cave or your own little “get away”? Whether or not you plan to do it yourself or use a professional, take a look at the following tips:
- Decide what will remain in the room. Will you be keeping or changing your draperies, your carpet/flooring, or your furniture? Before choosing your paint colors it is best to determine what it will be complementing.
- If you’re having trouble deciding on a color/shade, start paging through magazines and tear out the pages that you find most appealing. Save them in a folder. After a while, see if you find a trend forming.
- Consider what the room’s use will be. Game rooms may call for a vibrant color but a baby’s room would not. Some rooms may only need to reflect the personality of the person living in it, or the type of work he or she does.
- Check out the idea cards in the paint store. They will have photos of rooms that can inspire ideas.
- Emphasize architectural features such as crown molding, arched windows, niches, or just little “turns” in your walls by painting them a contrasting paint, lighter or darker than the wall.
- If you have lots of open area (where one room flows into another) choose a color palette you like and change the shades as you go.
- For long, narrow rooms, paint the shorter walls slightly darker than the longer walls.
- Paint ceilings a darker color to make them seem lower and lighter to give them a visual lift.
- To make a big room seem more intimate, use shades of red, gold, orange, and brown.
- To help a small room appear larger, use shades of blue, green, or violet.
- Before you paint the entire wall, paint a portion of the wall or, better still, paint a piece of poster board. The poster board makes it easier for you to move it around and see how it looks in certain parts of the room. This will give you a better idea of whether or not you made the right color choice. Look at the sample at different times of the day and night when it is exposed to natural and artificial light. (You can purchase small containers of Sherwin Williams paint samples.)
- Do not skimp on quality. You will pay a few extra dollars, but you will get superior coverage and the room will retain its good looks longer. When my wife and I were newly married and pinching our pennies we learned this the hard way, ending up with rooms that were a disappointment over time. If you are on a tight budget, take a little more time to save a bit more money in order to buy a quality paint.
Colony Roofing & Exteriors has over thirty years of construction experience. I was a construction supervisor for ten years before starting Colony Roofing & Exteriors in 1990. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and are the recipients of the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service award. Rest assured, you will be in excellent hands. Call us and let us make you another 100% satisfied customer!
Thanks to Sherwin Williams @ www.sherwin-williams.com for some great painting ideas!