Whether you’ve lived in the same home for years, or you’ve recently moved to a different area, the start of a New Year is a great time to give your space a fresh look and feel. But before you decide on new furniture, curtains, or wall art to give your room more personality, the best way to liven up any living space is with a fresh coat of paint.
With that in mind, here comes the more challenging part: choosing the right color to accent your space. Depending on the room (or rooms) you’re interested in repainting, here are a few considerations to help you pick the best color and give your home a fresh perspective and vibe.
Before embarking on interior home painting, take a step back to consider the function of the room. Let’s make it easy and say you’re planning to repaint the kitchen. Well, what is the purpose of a kitchen? To prepare and store food for the family, right? Well, it’s much more than that. It’s the home’s central hub—a place for loved ones to gather, share events from the day, make jokes, flex their culinary muscles, and create new memories.
As the function of the kitchen is not only to provide nourishment to your loved ones but also to inspire togetherness, consider choosing paint colors that promote this mindset.
Experts recommend trying warm neutrals and earthy tones for kitchens, as they help create an inviting atmosphere where people want to gather: “These colors satisfy many purposes: coordinating with cabinets, reflecting light, providing cheer, and being palatable to buyers of your house” (The Spruce).
Before you choose a paint color for your home, consider its function first and the mood you hope to invoke. And don’t be afraid to use the same color in multiple rooms. Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best way to achieve the look and feel you want.
If choosing the right paint wasn’t hard enough, consider the world of paint finishes: egg shell, satin, matte, and gloss (semi or high). Each type of finish will create its own unique effect, so be sure to consider how your paint’s finish will look when it’s all said and done. And don’t be afraid to experiment and test paint first before you make a final decision.
When you’ve chosen the paint color and finish you desire, you’re probably going to need more than one can of paint, especially if you’re using the same color on more than one wall or multiple rooms inside your home. Pros recommend combining the same color into a single bucket [or boxing] to ensure color consistency.
Believe it or not, paint color can vary between cans. You may have already experienced this and wondered why one wall looks different, even though you used the same color and brand. Another DIY painting tip is to keep your brushes, rollers, and paint from drying out, especially if you’re alternating between tools, as this will affect the color consistency and often create unwanted lines as you brush the walls. Cover your paint can and tools with a damp covering to prevent this from happening.