Tips on Choosing the Right Paint and Color for Your Room
For most people, the bedroom is a safe haven. It’s where they want to feel the most relaxed and comfortable. The colors you choose to surround yourself as you go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning should promote a sense of rest and overall healing.
Below, we enumerate a few tips that will help you narrow down your choices, whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or giving your room a makeover with a fresh coat of paint.
Choosing the right paint
Before looking at Pantone swatches and trendy Colors of the Year, it’s important to first narrow down what kind of paint is best to use for your room. For most indoor house painting, experts recommend using a latex paint because it’s easy to clean up and lasts for a long time. Latex paint is also more resistant to fading and breathes much better than oil paint, resulting in less blistering.
Most wall paint commonly found at your favorite hardware store is water-based, which has low levels of emissions that may be toxic and therefore harmful to your health. It is also easily cleaned with water, quick-drying, and is elastic and flexible, which means that it resists cracking well.
Water-based paint is also less prone to wearing and yellowing over time. It’s a great choice whether you’re painting a fresh wall or repainting your room. However, some priming is necessary if you want to use a water-based paint on a wall that has been previously coated with an oil-based product. As the paint may not stick, it’s recommended that the surface be washed thoroughly and making it rough and dull with sandpaper, ensuring that the paint coats won’t end up peeling off later.
Oil-based paint is still the paint of choice when it comes to glossy surfaces such as doors, furniture, and woodwork. It’s also best for floors. This type of paint leaves an attractive glossy finish, goes on much smoother, and dries down to a hard and durable finish.
Paint finishes come in a variety of sheens that differ depending on the manufacturer, from matte to glossy. Determine how much shine you’d like to have, but also give some thought to your specific use case.
Semi-gloss and gloss paints will stand up to multiple cleanings, but they may inadvertently draw attention to a wall’s surface imperfections. Matte paints will hide those imperfections and offer excellent color depth, but they can be a pain to clean if you have a particularly artistic toddler, for example. Do your research well and make informed purchases.
Choosing the right color
Choosing from a myriad of available paint colors can be daunting. In order to narrow down your choices, try drawing inspiration from the furniture or décor that you already own and build your palette from there.
If that doesn’t work, keep color temperature in mind. Warm colors tend to have a stimulating effect, while dark, cool colors are more relaxing to the eye. Neutrals such as beige, ivory, taupe, white, grey, and black offer a canvas-like effect that make the colors of your furniture and decorations really pop. Pastels can help you have a good night’s sleep and provide an aura of softness and serenity. For fans of bright, energetic colors, it’s best to keep them as focal points – painting one wall in a contrasting color to the rest draws the eye and provides an interesting pop visually that can also be a great conversation starter.
Whatever paint you end up going with, keep Handy Crew in mind and let us do the work for you. We have a wide array of services on offer, from general carpentry to remodeling. Contact us today for a free service estimate.