Looking to paint your new home on your own? Here are some DIY ideas for you…
Ok, first off the main thing you want to do is obviously lay out a plan. Because people will start a project, pick a color they like, paint a room or a wall and it ends up being a nightmare that someone else has to paint over when they sell their home. Why? How does this happen? Read on and find out.
Your plan isn’t just what color you like (& how it will actually look on the wall), but what do you use this room for and how do you want it to feel like? Such as, are there a lot of windows and you have that “openness” but you want it to feel smaller, then go dark. Is it a small room with no windows and you want it to feel larger, then go with a light color. Get the idea? Is it an office, then perhaps a “rich” color. Is there wood or other features you’d like to highlight? Then go with something neutral that will show them off. Kitchens should feel warm, entryways inviting, bedrooms dark. Not ready to take the full plunge? Then go with a “spotlight” wall where you can highlight that (perhaps with some faux finishing) and leave the rest white.
Next, what is going into that room? What is the furniture like? Are there cabinets of a certain color? What will be on the walls? Do you want that to ‘pop’ from your chosen wall color? Or match and blend together? See, it gets a lot tricker when you take this all into effect. Picture a room with a white marble floor, white couch and silver picture frames on a dark purple wall. Sounds delicious, right? How about a den with wood floors, wood selves and a desk, with a blue wall… wouldn’t work, right? But a dark brown to add to the power of the room would work well.
Now, whichever color you choose, make sure you find colors that not only MATCH, but also are opposite on the color wheel, to compliment. These other colors can be in the furniture, artwork, throw pillows, or anywhere. As long as they’re there. This is basic design 101.
As for the paint, start off by getting those little chips. Take home the booklet, look them over, find a few you like and try to sort it out to your top 3. Don’t move ahead yet, because we need to do something that will save you a lot of heartache, first. And that is you need to buy a 1 oz. can of paint, just a small sampler, so you can actually paint a large portion of your wall, like a 3 x 3 area. Because once it’s on your wall in a grander scale than the little swatch card, the color changes! It looks completely different. Really, it’s truly amazing how a swatch can look like one color and then on the wall it looks like something else. You go from “fall brown” on the swatch to “pumpkin orange” on the wall and you have to start over. So verify the color first.
And that’s it! Decide on the look/feel you want. Look at your room and what you have inside and on the walls plus what the elements are to know what you’re working with. Get a swatch, paint a sample and then you’re golden. You should be enjoying your new room after a quick day, or weekend tops, of work on your part. Remember, it’s the blue tape that is for painting to protect your edges and corners, and make sure to get a roll of shrink wrap that you will act as “tape” to cover your carpets and protect your floors in 2′ wide sections at a time.