One of the easiest, most cost-effective, and profound ways to change the look and feel of your living space is by investing in a fresh paint job. In fact, in rooms that get a lot of use, it is recommended that you apply a fresh coat of paint every three to four years.
This includes rooms like the kitchen, bathrooms, entrance way and hallways. Although rooms like the dining room and bedrooms and usually go a few years longer, applying some fresh paint can be a great wait to update a space and even completely change the vibe of a room.
1. Ask yourself what you want to change about the space
Are you simply looking to brighten up a room with some nice crisp white paint, or are you looking to create more of a calming atmosphere with a deeper, soothing color? Generally, experts suggest that kitchens and bathrooms should be done in refreshing warm neutrals like white, grey and blue. In the bedrooms you should avoid energizing or agitating colors like orange and yellow, but these more stimulating tones can go a long way to providing a pick-me-up in shared spaces and living rooms.
2. Consider trying something new
Even if you’re not looking to change anything radically when it comes to color, understand the impact that the finish of the paint you choose will have on the final look. Although it is advisable to talk these things through with an expert, there are a few general rules that can help guide you. For example, flat and matte finishes are considered harder to clean, and therefore should only be used in low-traffic areas.
Satin and eggshell, on the other hand, provide a slight gloss and are much easier to clean, making them a good choice for living rooms and bathrooms. Semi-gloss, which is easy to clean and more highly resistant to moisture, is the go-to choice for kitchens and bathrooms. High-gloss though, does not continue on the easy to clean spectrum. It is very reflective and will show all types of imperfections, making it better to be used sparingly on trim, doors, and cabinets.
3. Quality of the paint
Don’t skimp when it comes to the quality of the paint you decide to use. Although it can be tempting to opt for the lower price point, known that quality will play a big part in the longevity of your paint. If you make the initial investment and go with high-quality product and primer, you are likely to get up to twice as much life out of your paint job.
4. Think twice about doing it yourself
Although most homeowner don’t think twice about calling up a professional when it comes to pouring a foundation or building an addition, many start out thinking they can tackle the task of painting themselves. Unfortunately, as many have learned the hard way, painting is not quite as easy as it looks. If the paint is applied unevenly or improperly, it will show when the room has dried and the overall result will appear sloppy and rushed.
5. How to find a contractor
Most interior painting services operate locally, and therefore the old adage of “talking to the neighbors” really applied here. You can also take a look in the listing sections of local magazines or find locally based web forums that list and rank the quality of services nearby. Before you agree to any final contract with a company though, make sure you have thoroughly gone through the details of what you would like to have done and that you are on the same page when it comes to payment and the expected length of time that the job will take to complete.