How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home

Not all of us are gifted with the design gene. We can flip through the latest decor magazine and pick out things and colors we love, but applying that in our own home can feel impossible. Picking out paint colors is one of the biggest culprits for design stress. What colors do I choose? Should I create an accent wall? What type of paint finish is best? The list of questions can go on forever. So, look no further, here is your guide to choosing paint for your home!

Sheen

Yes! You’ve chosen the perfect paint color for your new living room. But what sheen should you pick? There are so many! Just remember that semi-gloss is for trims and moldings because it’s washable and durable. Eggshell, satin, and pearl are best for walls because they don’t reflect too much light and add a soft texture to a room. Flat is for ceilings and ceilings ONLY! Kitchens and bathrooms have their very own special paint called, ironically, Kitchen & Bath.

Paint Color

The color you choose for an individual room can significantly impact the way that room functions as well as affect your moods. Bedrooms should always have cool and calming colors like blues, grays, browns, and whites. Just try sleeping in a bedroom with bright orange walls, we dare you!

The kitchen is supposed to inspire us to cook delicious meals and rustle up our hunger. Opt for warm and inviting colors like red, blue, green, or brown. Pink doesn’t exactly scream, “Bon appetit!”

For other areas such as the living room or rec room, try colors that are fun, happy, and relaxing. Neutrals, grays, and browns accented with colorful decor items and accessories are the best choices.

Medium

The type of paint you choose for your home is crucial. For any interior applications, water-based latex paints are the best bet. They emit very few fumes and dry quickly. For exterior applications like a deck, siding, front door, etc. use oil-based paints as they adhere to rough surfaces better and last longer.

Accent Wall

Oh, the dreaded accent wall. Everyone does it, yet everyone hates it. And how do you determine whether or not to have an accent wall in your home? If you’re hesitant, then follow one tip: choose an accent color that isn’t too far off from your primary color. Are your walls light brown? Paint a slightly darker brown feature wall. Voilà!

Tools

You can have the best quality paint on the market, but it means nothing without the proper tools for the job. The paint roller you decide to use will determine the texture of the paint and the quality of the application. A high-quality wide foam roller is best for walls when using water-based paint. Trims and moldings require a small foam roller and an angled bristle brush for the edges.

Apply these tips to your next home project and we just know the result will be picture perfect!