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Interior Painting: Beautify Your Own Home With Color And Common Sense

Updated on November 16, 2011

Interior Designing With Paint

Are you one of those people that cringes when it comes time to decorate the interior of your own home? Interior painting is often daunting to many people so you’re not alone but using paint for home improvement is one of the quickest and least expensive things you can do to improve your home.

Colors often look very different on tiny paint chips than they do on actual walls. You may not be very visual but still want an appealing place to come home to. So, what can you do then to ensure that your interior painting comes out to your liking?

There are actually a number of things that you can do to help you. Think paint interior designing. If you’re painting your entire house, it could be helpful for you to determine an entire color palette (a collection of several colors) for the entire house and later choose the colors for each room from that larger selection.

Get an interior design magazine or two and search for the rooms that are most appealing to you color-wise. Next, start by picking out your favorite color. Then add two or three more of your favorite colors. Ideally, you should have at least one of those colors be lighter than the others, say, white, beige or a pastel color that goes with your other colors. Check paint manufacturer’s paint catalogues to ensure that the colors in your color palette match, coordinate or compliment one another.

Spend some time putting in the effort to choose a color palette that you’ll be happy with. Ask for help if needed where you buy your paint or from friends with good color sense. Be prepared to be flexible to changing your original color palette as you continue to look at interior design magazines and the color palettes from paint manufacturers.

Before Interior Painting

Analyze The Room Before Doing Interior Painting

In spite of the light colored under carpet and white couch, the dark paneling, lack of window light and dark, ugly fireplace make this living room very dark. Major paint changes are needed. The furniture is also heavy and there's simply too much of it crowded into this space. Check out what we did to completely transform it below.

After Interior Painting and Interior Designing

Wow For The Benefits of Interior Painting

Believe it or not, this is exactly the same room as the room in the pix above. In this photo you can easily see the windows in this room and also see that in the first photo, they had crammed most of the furniture to the far end of the room making it look cluttered, too busy and very dark.

Both the walls and the fireplace were painted light to help open up the room and the carpeting was changed to light beige also to lighten up the space. Long sheer white curtains also greatly enhance and add an airy feeling to this previously "heavy" room. The black couch helps to anchor the colors in the room as well as adding some visual drama.

The major point here though is to look at the amazing difference the painted walls and painted fireplace have on this room. It's a total transformation of an old, outdated space.

A Few More Decisions To Help With Your Interior Designing With Paint

After you've chosen your color palette, consider whether you want a light, dark or mid-range colored room and then choose those colors that will work from you palette. Again, refer to your color palette for your home and decide which rooms you want to be light or dark. Also, consider the furniture you have in those rooms. For example, if the furniture is very dark, you may want to balance the room (an all over mid-range coloration for the room) by painting the walls a lighter shade of one of your favorite colors.

One of the biggest mistakes people often make in painting their home and in interior designing is choosing colors that come out way too dark. To avoid that happening, try and choose a color chip at least 2 shades lighter than your favorite (if it’s a dark one).

Finally, once you choose the main color for your room, get a large poster board or wooden board and paint it with a small sample of your choosen color. Prop that board up against one of the walls you plan to paint that color to get a better feel for how the color will actually work in the room. Doing this is often extremely helpful in visualizing before painting the entire room.

More Great Interior Designing Tips

Plants, both real and plasic or silk, are a wonderful addition when you're doing your own decorating or interior design. For some great tips on how to inexpensively use plants to decorate your home, go to The Greenest Plastic Thumb for some very clever and original ideas.


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      Erin Lee 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow ;-)

      This makes me laugh because I liked the room in the first place! Of course, the transformation was great too! But this shows you what I DON'T know about design. Ha ha

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      Lily 5 years ago from Malta

      The changes on the room are great!A beautiful trasformation!

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      wirewoman 5 years ago

      thanks for your comment.......yes, adding color will not only personalize your rooms but can add some vibrance and personality to boot!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Since I am planning to do some painting in the house..I found this very interesting. I can see how color brightens and enlargens. I have all white walls in my house ..I need to add some personality. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Very good hub! The "before" and "after" pictures are a great addition to your article. Thanks for sharing.

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      wirewoman 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment and so glad you found the tips helpful.

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      Madeleine Salin 6 years ago from Finland

      Good hub! It's well written and contains some useful tips.