As one of the easiest ways to add color to a room, your paint color is often the foundation of your home decor. While beige walls can create a blank slate for colorful artwork and furniture, a bright blue, green or red accent wall can be artwork in itself. The same can be said for stains, which can easily help freshen up your deck or modernize an old, worn piece of furniture. Before you pick out your paint, stain and glaze colors and brands, be sure to consider these helpful tips.
What color should I paint my walls?
Choosing a paint color is an entirely personal decision: Only you can decide what you like and what will look good in your home. As you pick your color, consider what will work well with your current furniture and accessories, especially if you plan on keeping them. You should also keep in mind what will help the space look larger and brighter. Typically, darker paint makes a room appear smaller, while lighter colors do the opposite. In the end, if you can’t choose between two colors, you can always use both if they complement each other. Accent walls, where you paint one wall a usually bright or dramatic color, are always a popular option. important note-from a real estate stand-point, when selling your home, think about neutralizing the bold or bright colors. I know it’s only paint, but buyers, especially in a high home inventory market, may reject the homes that make too much of a statement. Just remember that your preferences may not match those of others.
What should I do before buying paint?
Determining your paint color is often one of the first decorating decisions you make, so you want to make sure it is consistent with your style and overall vision for the space. Before you buy several gallons, be sure to bring home several different paint swatches to determine what color and brand will fit your space best. These free cards let you compare and contrast very similar colors, so you can get a feel for how a color will look in your space and with your furniture. This is especially helpful when trying to match a color with accessories or linens. If you’re still unsure, you can buy samples of the paint to make sure the color is what you expected.
What color stain works for my floor or wood furniture?
As you pick out a stain, whether it’s for your wood floor, deck or furniture, think about what will blend well with the rest of your materials. Take a look at the furniture pieces within the space; if you already have a wood color in the space, you will probably want to match it to avoid clashing colors (or you can repaint those pieces as well). You should also think about the size of the space. Just like with paint, darker stains make the room or deck appear smaller, while lighter stains have the opposite effect. Finally, consider your personal style and what colors best reflects that. Some darker and grayer woods are trendier options, while traditional homes use a lot of deep red and lighter oak stains.
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