If you’re looking for something relatively simple and affordable to do this weekend that will also make a huge impact – look no further than the paint department. Whether you purchased a new home with various shades of ‘builder beige’, have a home that’s perfect for a 70’s party, or just feel like making a change, getting some new colours on the walls will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Deciding on colours is another matter. Stand and stare in awe at the racks full of colour samples – there are literally thousands of options. Take the colour matching service for a test drive, and the options are endless. So what to do?
The first thing you need to decide is why you’re painting. A lot of us wait until it’s time to sell before we update colours throughout the house. If this is you, keep this in mind – first impressions are everything. Even though you may love hot pink, neon green and midnight black, prospective buyers may not share your vision. Colour preference can be very subjective, and occasionally offensive enough to create a negative first impression. The majority of us aren’t offended by soft, neutral colours (i.e. builder beige), and they allow us to imagine the space with our own style, influence and personality, which is one of the reasons beige is a popular colour in model homes. The darker the colour, the more coats you’ll need to apply to get good solid coverage – this also means changing the colour in the future will mean more work, while lighter colours help to hide imperfections and are easier to apply. If you’re planning on staying in your home forever – that’s a different story. Your home is your castle, and you can make it look as freaky as you’d like!
I’m often surprised (shocked) when I open a can of pain from my designer and see something very vibrant, colourful or bold – but I’m always pleasantly surprised when an accent wall, ceiling or trim are painted in these unconventional colours, and tied into the room with furniture, art or other decor. Don’t be afraid to try something different…you may surprise yourself and impress your friends and family with a bold new look. If you don’t like it, you can always repaint.
Bring in your own pictures or samples, and get some ideas from the folks at the paint desk – they see a LOT of paint, and a second opinion is always a good thing. If you’re still unable to decide on colours, consider hiring a designer for a consultation, and get them to put together a few options for you. There is even software available to show you what your rooms will look like before you even open a paint can.
If you’re completely lost, there’s always ‘eenie meenie miney moe’…