Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Gone are the days when wallpaper is the go-to design trend to boost your home interior’s design appeal. The current interior design trend relies heavily on paint to decorate walls, whether with one bold color, with interesting faux textures, or using other paint techniques such as stenciling and murals. Bold paint colors are also now used in one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.
Take advantage of this trend and consider paint to increase your home’s style factor.
Paint is also relatively inexpensive, so that repainting every few years to update your home design or to repair peeled-off paint can be a budget-friendly option.
Consider these helpful ideas for your next painting project.
Choosing paint colors is the first step to any painting project. Decide on several color schemes, and head out to your local paint or hardware supply store to narrow down your options. Large hardware supply stores, such as True Value, Ace Hardware and Wilcon Home Depot, usually offer paint swatches you can take home with you. Pick out several swatches and view them in the space you intend the paint color for. Paint colors usually appear darker when applied in larger areas, so the color you see on a small paint swatch may have a slightly different effect when applied on the entire wall.
Before you commit to a paint color, especially if you’re painting a large room, it may be a good idea to buy a small can to test it first. Make a large paint sample by painting the color on white cardboard or directly on the wall. Live with it for a while. Watch how the color changes at different times of the day and how different lighting affects its color.
The right mix
Pre-mixed paint colors are usually more expensive but produce more consistent results. Another option is to buy a tinting color and a base color to mix on your own. There are many skilled painters in the metro you may hire to help you mix colors and paint your walls. Have him mix several color variations on cardboards or directly on the wall to see which you like best. Make sure you tell your painter the areas you want to paint right away, as mixing different batches may create inconsistency in color.