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Interior House Painting: Common Sense Supertips

Updated on January 17, 2013

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So Many Color Choices
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Interior Painting Supertips

It’s often a very daunting task to paint the rooms in your own home. As a result, house painting is a very large industry with painters and decorators working hard to supply us folks with the kinds of tips and tricks we need to purchase their particular brand of paints and accessories. Interior painting to your own satisfaction can be accomplished by just applying a few supertips as below:

While choosing a color palette (group of several colors that coordinate together) is often the first place anyone starts when they’re looking to do their own interior painting, there’s another way to start your house painting: analyze your rooms first to try and figure out where to put which colors for the best effect.

Interiors Design With Paint

It’s not as hard as it might seem to do a preliminary assessment of a room. Start by determining the shape of your room, easy enough. Is the room square, too square, too long or rectangular, too short. Is the room too small or too large? Are your hallways too long or too dark? What about the ceilings? Too low or too high? Considering these things, try and figure out what you don’t like about each of your rooms or what you’d most like changed visually. In doing all this, you’ll essentially be doing interior decorating starting with painting your walls.

Painting Ceilings

CEILINGS: IS YOUR CEILING TOO LOW? There’s a simple fix for ceilings that are way too low or simply a bit too low: paint the ceiling a much lighter color that your walls (or keeping the walls white will work as well) but paint it in a gloss paint or even a semi-gloss paint. The sheen or shine will cause light to reflect giving your ceiling the visual impact of being higher.

IS YOUR CEILING TOO HIGH? If your ceiling is too high for the other dimensions of the room, making it look a bit strange or out of scale, consider painting it a mid-tone color (half way between light and dark). Darkening your ceiling in this way will cause it to “drop” visually and seem less high. Compliment this with lighter colored walls. My only caveat on this if you think this is a useful idea for you is NOT to paint the ceiling a very dark, saturated color as this can then make the room seem oppressive.

ANOTHER TIP/TRICK TO PAINTING HIGH CEILINGS: If you have trim between your walls and your ceiling, you can also paint that border trim a darker color than the walls/ceiling which will also cause the ceiling to “drop” visually.

Painting Ceilings to Make Them Look Higher
Painting Ceilings to Make Them Look Higher | Source

Hallway Decorating Ideas

ARE YOUR HALLWAYS TOO LONG? This is an all too common that many of us face. A simple wall painting solution for long hallways is to paint the far wall (at the end of the hallway) a darker color that the walls, making it come forward visually. The effect is then to make the lighter colored side walls of the hall move out, giving the appearance of a wider hall.

Since hallways are just passageways to other rooms, they tend to be a bit boring. A common mistake is to fill up those hallway walls with photos or paintings or other wall hangings in an attempt to make the hallway interesting. This has the effect of making the hallway even more narrow and the walls can look busy and overcrowded. Why not put up an attractive mirror or two instead? Or put a mirror on one side of the wall and only a few pictures on its' opposite wall? Simplicity is often best when dealing with long, narrow hallways.

Shortening a Too Long Hallway

Example of bringing a far wall (aqua) closer to you
Example of bringing a far wall (aqua) closer to you | Source

How To Paint a Too Rectangular Room

One of the simplest things to do if your room is too rectangular is to paint a deeper shade on one wall. Choose the wall that you'll want to bring closer to you visually like in the photo below. One of the other reasons that this very dark green works so well to balance this room is that the wall is also full of windows. That means that there's less wall to color with a dark paint color. The effect here is to bring that window wall closer to you, making the room seem less square but the dark green doesn't overwhelm because the windows lighten it up. A very effective way of using darker paint colors to create both visual illusion and warmth.

Bring Far Walls Closer with Darker Paint

Make Dark Colors Work For You
Make Dark Colors Work For You | Source

Looking For More Help Picking Your Color Palette?

If you looking for more foolproof information about how to pick out your own best color palette, simply CLICK HERE. Best of luck!


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      wirewoman 5 years ago

      Be careful with the dark brown on three walls as paint typically comes out looking darker than it does on paint chips samples. Also, too many dark walls will "close in" the room, making it appear smaller. Good luck

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      victoria 5 years ago

      Hi I paint my dining room orange and another 3 wall dark brown is this a good color match . I don't want it to look like any holydays

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      wirewoman 6 years ago

      This is for sacredlilac: I'm so glad this hub was helpful as I have so much of this in my head; time now to get it out; it's like anything else: if you just focus and study a bit, the impossible becomes very doable. Watch for the next couple of hubs, too, and thanks for the comment.

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      wirewoman 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comments. I think so many of us feel challenged by decorating and that's why I've decided to write a series of hubs about this. Don't know why I didn't think of this sooner but stay in touch as I've got another really good hub coming asap!

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Helpful info for anyone who plans to paint their own home!

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      sacredlilac 6 years ago from Canada via England

      Thanks for this great hub. I'm, let's say, 'decorating challenged', and your hub explains things very clearly. The pictures really helped too.