Paint is an Easy Way to Update Your Home
Paint is an easy way to upgrade your home without having to undertake major renovations. Tackle a few minor cosmetic updates with paint then determine if you want to go endure the headaches, cost and associated delays of a full-blown renovation. Chances are good when you complete your painting project any thoughts of undertaking a large-scale home makeover will be little more than distant memory.
Change the Wall Color
Changing wall colors is the most logical place to begin. A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to update your home. A new wall color gives you the chance to infuse an updated vibe into outdated rooms.
The simple act of changing the colors on your walls and ceilings can transform a room from dull to dramatic in as little as a few hours. No other renovation project gives you the same bang for your buck. A gallon of high quality paint and supplies can be purchased for around $100. A minimal investment of money and time will improve your room’s personality and it will also do wonders for your mood.
If you don’t have the time to do the entire room consider painting one wall as an accent. Paint the wall that is directly opposite the room’s entry for the greatest impact. This will also visually balance the room. Choose a contrasting color to energize the space or select a hue that is several shades darker than the other walls for a subtle, monochromatic look.
If you’re feeling super ambitious try a custom paint technique. Add vertical or horizontal stripes to your room’s walls. Start by applying a base coat that will be one of your stripe colors. Carefully measure, mark and tape off your alternating stripes. Use a color that compliments the base coat for a sophisticated look. Artistic types can go wild with geometric shapes and oversized polka dots in a child’s or game room.
There are also a number of other decorative wall painting techniques that require some practice but will create texture and nuance by recreating the look and feel of other surfaces. Faux finishes such as strié, sponging, ragging, color washing, crackling and marbleizing are just a few options to consider.
You can even give your walls the look of leather, suede, denim or linen. Most paint stores or home improvement centers can help you select paints and glazes. A number of manufacturers even have special tools and instructional brochures that will walk you through these painting techniques.
Paint the Front Door
If your exterior paint is in good shape think about changing the color of your front door. A new coat of paint improves your home’s curb appeal and provides a warm welcome for friends and family.
Just remember to choose a color that compliments the existing exterior colors of your house. You may want to rethink your plans for an emerald green door if your house is clad in red brick, unless you want a Christmas-y feeling year round. Red, black, green and brown are the four most popular paint colors for front doors. Here are their color interpretations:
Red – Is considered a power color and an indication of passion. By painting you front door red you’re saying your home is brimming with positive energy and vibrancy.
Black – People who choose black paint for the front door convey a sense of strength, class and authority. This home is stable and owned by a person of influence.
Green – A green front door represents calm, security, health and harmony. No wonder it's one of the most sought-after color choice.
Brown – If you choose a brown front door it can mean one of two things. Brown denotes consistency, warmth and dependability. On the other hand, deep browns indicate anti-social behavior and the need for seclusion. So think twice before considering which brown to choose.
Enhance Architectural Features
Happy with your existing wall colors? Why not spruce up your trim, crown molding, niches, columns, mantel or stair railing and spindles? This type of painting requires a steady hand and a bit more skill and prep time but the results are amazing if you pick the right colors.
For example, if you have builder-grade white on your stair railing or crown molding, choose a dark color to highlight the room's best features. It looks stunning against white, neutral or light gray walls and natural hardwood flooring.
Update Cabinets and Furniture
A fresh coat of paint will give your worn cabinets and furniture a new lease on life. Prep the surfaces by lightly sanding them so they'll accept and hold paint. You might also want to prime the surfaces after sanding before applying your desired paint color.
Use a semigloss, gloss or satin to create a hard, durable and easily cleanable surface. Stay clear of matte paint on kitchen cabinets. It is totally impractical. It will leave a multitude of fingerprints everywhere.
One of the most popular choices for cabinets and furniture is an antique painting technique. It typically requires the addition of a base color that compliments the top coat. Once the top coat has dried use a fine grit sandpaper to expose the base coat on areas that would normally receive the most wear like edges and chair arms.
If you prefer, skip the base coat and simply rub a small amount an antiquing medium in spots over the topcoat to recreate the look of wear and age. Finish with a coat of clear poly sealer to protect all your hard work and don’t forget to give each piece a light sanding and cleaning between coats.
© 2012 Linda Chechar