Paint Color Dilemmas
Painting the interior or exterior of the home is perhaps one of the most rewarding yet most difficult aspects of home improvement. The tricky thing about painting is that, whether you hire it out or not, it can still be frustrating. Unlike other home improvement jobs, when you hire it out, there is zero frustration and you don’t even have to worry about it. This is not always the case with painting. Why? Because yes, you still have to pick the colors.
Homeowners often struggle about which colors to use in their home. There are so many to choose from, and the truth is that not everyone has an eye for color. However, a lot of times people who want to paint their home will want it to look a certain way, but they won’t necessarily know how to handle that. When this happens, homeowners often get frustrated and just put it off.
How to Make the Right Choices with Color
Here are some tips for handling the five most common questions that homeowners have about color:
- Should I go with a darker color or a lighter color? This depends on a couple different factors. For example, where you live could make a difference in the lightness or darkness of your house. Also, how much natural light your house gets, and how many days of sunlight you get also could be factors. Generally speaking though, is wiser to go with a lighter color as opposed to a darker color. Darker colors may seem appealing at first, but they suck up a lot of light, make a room seem darker, make a room seem smaller, and unless you have your heart set on a certain darker color, you’ll probably be unhappy with it after a few months. When comparing two colors that are similar that you can’t decide on, it’s usually a safe bet to go with the lighter one.
- When looking at color, what sheen should I use? Another good question. Different colors will react differently depending on the sheen of paint that is used. Generally speaking, flat paint is the most common paint, because it has no shininess to it whatsoever, and it is the best representation of the color itself. However, if you have children or pets, it is a better idea to go with an eggshell or satin. This will still show the color quite well and will be much easier to clean.
- When selecting a color, how many different colors should I use? Generally speaking, in a three bedroom two bathroom home that’s anywhere from 1200 to 2000 square feet, it should have about 3 to 5 different colors. Generally speaking the hallway and the living spaces should be the same color, the bedrooms can be different, the kitchen and one bathroom should be the same, and the second bathroom should be its own color or the same color as one of the bedrooms. Now granted, this is a very broad, general idea and personal preference definitely weighs in, but this is what is usually done.
- When painting trim, should I go with a bold white or off white? Trim is what makes the room. Trim that really pops will make a room look bigger, cleaner, and newer. Generally speaking, it is more often advised to use a strong white for trim and to leave the off whites for ceilings.
- When picking a color, what brand should I use? The best recommendation for this is to pick a brand that is one of the top brands for paint, and then select one of the basic series of that brand. What this means is that you should go for a brand that generally speaking is more expensive, but do not then purchase the most expensive type of paint in that brand. For example, a contractor grade Benjamin Moore paint will still be a higher quality than a top level grade Behr paint.
There is no reason to not paint just because of confusion is color. If you need help deciding on color, or if you would like to hire professionals, call Hall Painting Services at 727-692-2926 and we will help you.