Using paint is an easy, very economical, and effective way to decorate a room. There are many different types and colors of paint now available and a range of easy-to-do paint effects. Wall color can determine the character of a room: a light paint will give a small room a sense of spaciousness, while a dark color will make a large room. Paint can also disguise flaws in walls and ceilings.



To estimate the amount that you will need, read the instructions, taking into account the number of coats required and the type of surface-a porous surface, for example, will need more paint than a surface that is nonporous. Useful guidelines are:

• Divide the room into units of the same color or type of paint.

• Multiply together the height and width of each unit.

• Add together the unit totals.

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.