• Buy paint in bulk in larger tins, so choose a color that will work in many rooms. If you choose a different color for each room, you will need to buy smaller tins which are more expensive. • Look for trade brands of paint which can be cheaper than more well-known retail brands. A good tip is to use the cheaper paint for undercoats and ceilings, and then the more expensive paint for the final coat. • Use the best quality brushes and rollers you can afford as cheap equipment doesn’t allow the same finish. Quality brushes and rollers will not only get the job done quicker but will use less paint.
Transform your interior by using a new coat of paint. Add style without breaking the bank by creating an accent wall where you draw attention to a focal point without having to paint your entire room. Choose a dramatic strong color to highlight the part of the room you see as the focus, for example, behind the fireplace, a wall in your dining area or your bedroom wall behind the headboard. Get color ideas from your décor items like pillows and pictures.
Paint can be used to cover more than just drywall. You can paint worn, lackluster wooden floors to create a dramatic quick fix by sanding them down, then painting with an oil-based paint. Choose the same color as the ceilings or walls to make your space seem larger and brighter.
Paint attractive molding, trim and interior windows with a contrasting color to accent them. This won’t break the budget and will produce a dramatic change especially in rooms that are already a neutral shade of pale gray, off-white or beige.
If you have an exposed brick wall and your room is on the small side, consider painting it. A coat of paint will work wonders by lightening things up while still leaving an appealing texture.
When choosing a paint color for your rooms, there is an array of scientific research around the impact of different colors on your mood and how it affects you either positively or negatively.
Blue as a main color is considered to have a calming effect on you. Therefore, it is considered a serene and relaxing color and is thus often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. To encourage relaxation in your social areas like living rooms and kitchens choose a warm softer shade of blue as opposed to a darker blue in your main color scheme.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye and is suited for almost any room of the house. Green cools things down in a kitchen and in living areas it encourages relaxation and thus is believed to relieve stress.
Yellow is a joyful, happy color and is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms where it is considered energizing and inspiring. It is a good choice for smaller spaces like entrance halls where it creates a welcoming energy. But yellow is not a good choice for main color schemes. Large amounts of yellow have been known to stir feelings of anger and frustration. Studies have shown that babies seem to cry more in yellow rooms and people are more likely to lose their tempers in when around a yellow color scheme.
Red is energizing and stimulating and is a good choice when you want to create some excitement in a room especially at night. It is good for a living or a dining room as it brings people together and encourages conversation. It is usually not used in bedrooms where a more relaxed atmosphere is required. Crimson is not good to use as a main color as it makes people feel irritable and hostile which is the opposite effect of the harmonious atmosphere you are trying to create in your house.
Orange is an energetic color and evokes excitement and enthusiasm and is a great color for use in an exercise room as it is believed to increase energy levels.
Purple is rich and dramatic, especially a dark purple eggplant color. It is a great choice for an accent wall and gives a luxurious feel.
Neutrals such as black, gray, white and brown are basic and are the place to start from. All-neutral schemes may go in and out of fashion, but their advantage is in their flexibility. Add color to perk things up and subtract color to create a more relaxed feel.
Whether you decide to hire professional painters to do your painting, or decide to tackle the project yourself, you can transform your home and enhance the atmosphere you are attempting to achieve by the clever use of colors in your interior.
The biggest wow-factor of your house renovation can be achieved by using paint wisely. You don’t need to spend large amounts of money on renovating and buying expensive furniture as a gallon of paint can go a long way in the makeover of your space. Your resourcefulness and energy when doing DIY painting allows you to add creative small touches and give attention to detail. And in the end when you look around your house and see what you have achieved for relatively few dollars, you can give yourself a pat on the back as these results should be beautiful.
Spaces will seem larger; rooms will appear lighter and brighter, and your mood will be lifted by carefully chosen colors that suit the purpose of the rooms in your house.