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Choosing a Paint Color That’s Perfect for Any Room

Saturday, February 04th, 2012

Nothing freshens a room like a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  While you probably know which colors you like, you can’t always tell if your favorite color will look good on the walls in your home. 

Here are a few tips for choosing a paint color for a room:

  • Consider how much natural light the room gets.  Bring home sample color chips from the paint store and see how the color looks in the room at various times of the day.
  • Buy a sample-size of paint and try out some colors on the walls of different areas of the room. If  you’d rather not test paint directly on the wall, paint a piece of foam board and move it around the room.
  • To choose colors for trim and accents, use a color wheel to select complementary or similar colors.  Complementary colors, which are located on the opposite side of the color wheel, will create the most vibrant look while similar colors are more natural.

  • Paint samples are a great way to test paint colors before you invest in several gallons of paint.  Once you’ve decided on a color, see our tips on how to paint a room for your next steps.

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    How to Paint a Room

    Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


    Giving the walls of a room a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to freshen the look of a room.  In order to get the best possible results, it’s important to do the correct prep work ahead of time. 

  • Before painting, wash the walls with a large cellulose sponge and mild dishwashing soap.  Dirt, dust and grease can ruin a new paint job, so it pays to take the time to clean the walls first.
  • Use blue painters’ tape to tape off trim, floorboards, doorknobs and window and door frames.
  • Apply primer to the walls using a paint roller.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for drying.
  • Paint the trim with a paintbrush.
  • Apply wall paint with a roller.  Move the roller to create large “w” shapes on the wall (see photo).  Continue until the entire wall is covered.
  • Remove the painters tape while the wall paint is still wet.  Use  a straightedge to apply wall paint in areas adjacent to trim. 

  • For a step-by-step painting demonstration, see this YouTube video.

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