Furnishing Your Home: Choosing your paint
Painting the interior walls of your home makes a huge difference. It is incredible what some color can do. Whether you just bought a new home, or you are thinking of re-decorating your existing home, adding color to your walls will make all the difference in the world! Now that you have decided to paint, it is time to choose the color or colors. In our opinion we believe choosing two different tones is best. Adding that extra color can take your home from nice to sophisticated.
Color is more important than most people realize. Have you ever wondered why we are attracted to one product versus another? Or why we find one place appealing and another not so much? Whether in products or architecturally, color accounts for 60% of our response. This is called ‘Color Psychology.” Believe it or not, color can affect our mood. With this said, choosing the right color for your home is extremely important and can be a little tricky.
Which type of paint should you choose?
Paint can be either oil or latex and comes in a variety of sheens. Latex paint is the most common and preferred paint type to use in your home. It is the most common because it is easy to clean up and it has long lasting durability. Oil based paint is great for real wood moldings and trims. It does take longer to dry than a latex paint, but it compliments natural wood well. There are a lot of brands on the market today. In our opinion Behr paint is great and they have tons of colors to choose from!
What about the sheen?
When choosing a paint sheen for your new or existing home, it is important to think about the are that you are painting. Choose your sheen based on how much traffic that area receives. For example, children or frequent guests can wear out your paint without you realizing it. Types of sheens include flat, matte, eggshell, enamel, satin enamel, semi-gloss enamel and hi-gloss enamel. Each of these offer their own distinct benefit.
- Flat- Low sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections. It’s ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings.
- Matte – Has low luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms and interior walls.
- Eggshell Enamel –This is a very popular one due to its soft and velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.
- Satin Enamel – Has a soft pearl-like appearance, and is a great choice for painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens or baths.
- Semi-Gloss Enamel – Has a sleek, radiant appearance that is great for cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas, and high moisture areas.
- Hi-Gloss Enamel – Creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high use surfaces.
Now the fun begins! What is your color?
Like we said, choosing the right color for your new or existing home can be tricky. Nevertheless, do not be intimidated by color. We suggest spending some time looking at different colors to see what you are attracted to.
Pinterest is amazing for browsing through different design ideas, but fair warning, Pinterest can become an addiction for sure, so browse wisely! Check in with the trends. There are timeless paint color combinations that never lose their charm and colors that create a neutral environment.
New ideas are exciting too! Paint swatches are a MUST! Paint can be deceiving, especially the trending greys. If you are painting your existing home, consider your furniture and your decor when choosing your colors. We believe that furniture and decor will be the accent colors that will bring everything together. If you are starting fresh at a new home, then the sky is the limit, and happy decorating.
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