Because there are so many different kinds of paint, it can be really confusing when you want to start a project. Here is a quick guide that should help you out:
1. For bathrooms and kitchens you should use a glossy finish paint. Stains will wash off easily with water, and the walls will reflect light which will make the room seem brighter.
2. A flat or satin paint will absorb light for a cozy look. Just make sure that you check the paint can before you buy, some of these paints can’t be washed which could be a real problem if pets or children will be near the walls.
3. Pay attention to whether you’re picking up interior or exterior paints. Each is manufactured to withstand certain environments, so use it where it belongs.
4. If it’s furniture you’re looking to paint, you should go with a latex enamel. It is a tough, shiny finish that will stand up to constant wear!
COLOR Frequently asked questions
How do colors effect room size?
Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.
My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?
This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.
Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?
Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.
Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?
Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.
What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?
Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.
What color should I paint my ceiling?
White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.
Will the paint actually match the color chip?
As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.