Picking the right colors for a single room is already difficult. Figuring out the scheme of colors for an entire home can be downright disastrous, not to mention stressful. This is especially true for people with little or no prior experience in painting who have no clue what they’re doing.
Imagine the bad results a painter would get without stirring the paint first, something newbies might not know to do. It could lead to a lot of confusion and misplaced grief over things which are easily corrected. If you’re having a hard time choosing colors, coming up with the right color scheme for your home doesn’t need to be as bad as it is.
Start with White
Artists don’t start with dirty, half-painted easels, do they? No, of course not. You shouldn’t start painting your home if all the rooms are different colors. It might sound crazy, but the first thing you should do is go around the house and paint every room a uniform white color.
This is going to prove very helpful when you’re done, as then you’ll see each room for the blank slate it is and be more able to choose the right colors based on each room’s use and the furniture with which you plan to fill it. Get some cheap white paint as you’re just going to paint over it again anyhow.
This is not the step on which you need to spend much money; a thin coating of budget paint will do the trick. You may find some rooms look better with blank walls once you’re done but you still shouldn’t spend too much on this first coat of white paint.
Set up Furniture
Once that first coating of paint has thoroughly dried, move your furniture into its respective place in each room. It is important to wait long enough that the paint dries all the way through as any drips will surely damage your property otherwise.
Once the furniture is in place, take a long, hard look at each room in your home. Consider colors which match the colors of the stuff you plan to sit, play, sleep and live on in your home. Red furniture might go with purple or yellow walls, for instance, since both of those colors are derivatives of mixing red and the other two primary colors. Going along with this, you shouldn’t mix blue, green and red solids together.
They really stand out and are kind of difficult on the human eye, something which will leave you feeling unsettled in your own home. You’re not painting a nursery or playroom, so don’t use bold pastels like this, unless you are painting a nursery or playroom. The colors are up to you, of course.
Use Materials Which Will Last
All the work in the world won’t do your home any good if the paint chips, peels or falls away from the walls after only a couple years. Don’t use cheap paint for the final coats on any of your painting jobs.
That top layer needs to be a nice one if you expect it to adhere well to the wall and remain there for years to come. Stay away from oil paints which might run in extreme heat or come away when you go to clean a dirty spot on a wall.
Enamel paints are hardy and great for areas which will be cleaned often, so use them in kitchens, bathrooms and other places you expect will often be dirty. Matte paint doesn’t reflect light, so it’s especially good for covering up blemishes or cracks in walls. By using the right materials, you can actually make your home look better than it did before, so don’t think there’s nothing to be done for beautifying your living space.
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