I hate to paint. I hate it so much that we have lived in this house for almost four years and still have yet to paint our dining room, office, playroom, kitchen and bedroom.
And out of the rooms that have been painted, we only painted two of them. Since hiring out a paint job is so expensive, we typically only hire out the rooms that have tons of trim/cabinets and such to paint around.
Almost all of our rooms (except the bedrooms) are painted in Benjamin Moore Barbados Sand. It’s a nice neutral color that we had in our old house as well. It is a warm tone that pairs well with our red oak floors.
1. Paint chips are a necessity, and so are paint samples.
Paint samples are cheap and give you just enough paint to test what the color looks like on your wall. Paint a section of the wall and then observe how the color looks in different levels of light throughout the day. If you don’t like it, get a different sample and try again.
Paint chips are great for comparing other colors in the same family…which leads me to my next piece of advice.
2. When in doubt, go one shade lighter.
This little piece of wisdom has served us well when painting both my daughters’ rooms. When we painted my oldest daughter’s room, we must have gone through three samples. We wanted a nice light aqua but kept choosing colors that were TOO aqua. One shade lighter than my final choice turned out to be THE ONE.
3. If your home is fairly open, use the same color in all the public areas, or use colors within a shade or two of one another. This makes your home seem more cohesive and feel more pulled together.
4. you get what you pay for. Cheap paint is watery and doesn’t go on the walls well. It also isn’t very durable and will not last as long as a good quality paint.
Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends!!
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