How to Pick The Perfect Paint Color

The color of a room can completely change are aesthetics and mood.  The color in a room is the first visual given when entering a room. Picking the perfect paint for your space can be quite a task.  There are many variables to give weight to before jumping into this task.  Here are five important topics to ponder before choosing the color right for your space.

1. Lighting 

2. Existing Furniture 

3. Windows and Other Views 

4. Room Dimensions 

5. Express Yourself

Lighting 

Carpeting, generally, looks lighter when applied from a small sample to the entire floor. Typically, this concept is opposite with paints, whereas they can feel much darker when taken from a small area and applied to the entire wall. Lighting plays a huge factor in how we perceive colors. How a paint swatch looks in a store’s fluorescent lights may appear entirely different in a dimly lit den. Make sure to test your paint in different areas of the room before applying it in the entire room. In doing so, you can give yourself a better understanding of how the color will look in different areas, lighting, and times of the day.

Existing Furniture 

Unless you are planning on buying new furniture to remodel a room, we suggest you find colors that complement your pre-existing furniture. If your furniture is rustic, you may not want to do a bright, bold wall; however, a bold wall may look beautiful in a game room that already features decor pieces in that shade. Remember to let your furniture help decide the theme and where your room is going to go.

Windows and Other Views 

What you can see from the room can play a role in the design. If you are on a lake, an aquatic theme may be a great way to bring that beautiful oasis indoors. Also, consider what you can see from focal points in the room. Try to make your rooms flow into one another. If you can see a bright orange room, you may want to be cautious about what color you put on the wall running into that room.

Room Dimensions  

The size of your room can play a role in paint color as well! Like lighting, the size of your room can give the room a cozy size or a grand gathering room. Decide what color complements the size of your room and whether it amplifies the Feng Shui.

Express Yourself 

Pick colors you will enjoy. You have colors in your life every day that will make you happy. If you wear pink every day because it makes you happy, maybe you will want to make one of your rooms pink. If you feel bold wearing red, maybe a black and white space with a red accent will help express you. This is the most crucial part of your room design. Make sure it makes you happy!

Picking the right paint color can be challenging, but it is a great way to change a room feel. Make sure to consider how the lighting and existing furniture will look against your paint. We suggest you take the paint swatch home and compare it to your furniture and lighting. Make sure it feels good with the room size and the atmosphere around it. Most importantly make sure it is what you want! A freshly painted room should make you feel excited and happy when entering and be confident with your choice.

How to Properly Paint a Room

Paint is probably one of the most affordable and quickest ways to transform a room’s appearance. It allows homeowners to add personality and detail to a space without overwhelming the design. 

If you are new to painting, do not be overwhelmed.  There are four easy steps: preparation, trimming, rolling, and the finish. With this quick and easy guide, we hope to simplify the process for you while including must-know details for your project. Let’s take a look!

Beginning Act

Prepping your space is an essential step to ensure your paint job has a professional quality finish.  Take your time with prepping and do not rush because it will show in your end product.  Start by clearing your room of all furniture and covering your floor with a tarp.  You will need to remove your outlet covers as well.  You may want to put the screws back in once the outlet covers are removed, so you do not lose them, and cover the outlets with painter’s tape.  Remove doors and place the pins back in the hinges for safe keeping.  Remove wallpaper and patch any holes in your wall with spackle.   

Once any holes are filled and dried, use sandpaper to sand the area to a smooth finish.  Next, give the room a quick wipe down.  Grab a lightly dampened rag and wipe down all your walls and trim to remove dust.  Dust could possibly be on your baseboards and above your door trim.  If you plan on painting your trim, you will need to check if it has been painted prior.  Most trim is painted with an oil-based paint which cannot be painted over.  Sand your trim and apply a primer to the trim and any patchwork you have done in the room.

Sectioned Off

Depending on the amount of paint you have purchased, you may need to mix them to create a homogeneous blend.  Get a large, clean pale and pour your paint gallons into and stir.  Next, you will need to paint the trim in your room.  Generally, painters prefer to start with the ceiling before the walls.  Tape off where your ceiling meets the walls to avoid splatter.  Use a paint roller to paint the majority of your ceiling.  For the edges, you should use a brush.  Let the ceiling dry and remove the tape.  Next, apply your painter’s tape to trim your walls.  Use a paintbrush to get hard to reach areas like corners and where the walls meet the ceiling or trim.  When cutting in with your brush, use light, smooth strokes to avoid runs.  Do not press harder to get more paint.  Just add more paint to the brush as needed.

They See Me Rollin’

After you edge in all your room with paint, grab your roller and apply your paint to the walls.  This is the usually the step people like to rush too but do not rush the importance of prepping and trimming in your room.  Mentally, break your walls into smaller four-foot by four-foot sections to focus on doing.  When using your roller, go slow to avoid splatters and go in different directions to hit all angles.  To get closer to your trimmer in work, turn the roller sideways.  You may need to apply a second or even third coat after the first coat dries.

The Finishing Touch

Once you have finished applying all your coats, let the paint dry before removing your painter’s tape.  Do not wait too long after your paint dries, or you will peel your paint off as well.  Using a razor blade can help you remove the tape without pulling off paint.  Remember to clean your brushes and rollers when you are done.  Put your doors, and outlet covers back on and remove your flooring tarp.  Your room is ready to have it furniture added now.

Paint instantly changes the feel and tone to a room.  Whether you paint your space yourself or hire a professional, undoubtedly, a fresh paint job will transform your room’s entire look. 

What paint colors are you currently obsessed with using? We would love to hear below in the comment section.