interior paint


Repainting the inside of your home is an easy and low cost way to transform the look and feel of your home by covering over smelly, scratched, stained, flaked paint with a fresh new coat. Paint will also keep wall dust in check, and protect the walls from mold and mildew. To add visual interest and texture to a room, use two paint tones, one color for the walls, and another color for the baseboard, molding, and architectural details (door frames, mantels, built-in bookcases, arched doorways, wainscot, windows, and doors). When choosing colors, white colors makes the room feel larger, bright colors add vibrancy and energy, and pastel colors have a cozy, serene feel. Choosing the type of finish (matte, satin, gloss), should be based on how much traffic the paint will receive; the higher the gloss the easier it is to clean. A tip:  to improve indoor air quality, choose paint with a zero or low VOC to reduce odor and fumes, and a non-toxic, environmentally friendly paint.



There are many ways to choose paint colors: by “color and mood,” by “most popular colors,” or by “my favorite color.”  There is no right or wrong way to pick your interior paint colors, however, as a general rule, whiter paint makes a room seem larger, lighter paint is reserved for trim and details, and saturated bright colors can create emotional drama.  If you’re not sure where to start, consider experimenting by painting several color patches in a room, and choosing the best one.  Since colors affect mood, consider that whether paint colors should be restful and soothing (pastels), dramatic (bright), or intimate (red, earth tones).  If you want your dining room to feel sociable and stimulating consider warm, contrasting, brighter colors, and if you want a more formal ambiance, consider deeper blue-green colors.


There are different types of interior paint finishes to choose from, depending on the type of house or room.  Matte finish has no shine or sheen, it works well to cover up imperfections on the bedroom walls and ceilings, but it gets marked up easily, and needs regular re-touching. Matte Enamel finish is durable, easy to clean, rarely needs retouching, and is a good choice for kitchens.  Satin finish has a low, soft sheen, and is ideal for areas where regular wall cleaning is necessary like kitchens and bathrooms.  Eggshell finish has a soft, velvety appearance, it is similar to satin but without the same smoothness, suitable for living rooms.   Semi-gloss finish is often used on cabinets and trim, rather than walls, as it has a hard finish and is easy to clean.  Gloss finish has a shiny glass-like appearance, and can be used on most walls, but it has a high shine and will show all the imperfections on the wall.  A tip, tinted ceilings can change the whole look of the room.


When choosing a color palette for your house, consider the following tips:  1) start by picking a color for the biggest, most centrally located room, 2) for a harmonious consistent feel, build your palette with shades of the same hue, 3) to create different moods between upstairs and down, work on the floors separately, 4) keep connecting spaces (hallways, entryways) neutral, and 5) test your colors by painting swatches or patches on the wall.