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Painting, Color Does Make a Difference
Choosing The Right Color
Choosing the right color paint can make a huge impact. When preparing a home for sale they say "neutral" is the way to go and I can see what they're talking about. It allows the buyer to picture their own furnishings in each room. It gives the home that "ready to move in" feeling.
As the turoquoise, hunter green, blue, gray and colors inbetween were replaced by various shades of beige, tan and brown I could see and feel a major difference.
White Paint-Not The Best Choice
The upstairs hallway was my next project. As I was preparing to paint the seven door frames and the baseboards it occured to me that it would be so easy to paint the walls with the same paint. No taping or cutting in the trim, no muss, no fuss. White is a neutral color, right?
That's exactly what I did. Doors and frames, the trim and all the walls were painted with Brilliant White Wall and Trim paint. It looked so bright. Nothing like a fresh coat of paint.
I was up and down that hallway quite a few times daily and it never felt quite right to me. Fresh and clean, yes, but also very stark. No contrast. It was also lacking the warmth of the rooms painted in the shades of tan. As much as I didn't want to tackle an already "completed" project I thought it would be in my best interest to do so. This time I was going to do it the right way.
Remember to prepare the walls.
- Fill in dents and cracks with spackle and clean off the excess before you start painting.
- I caulked the gaps in the doorframes and baseboards.
- Let the caulk dry for 30-40 minutes before applying paint.
- The trim pad would work for the ceiling joint and door frames but the baseboards needed to be taped.
I found a partial gallon of beige paint and went to work. I was so pleased with the finished project. The white trim "popped", the beige walls exuded warmth. The color you choose does make a difference, not only in appearance but in the way that space makes you feel.