Using paint is one of the quickest and most economical changes you can use in a home. You can completely change the look in a kitchen by painting the cabinets, or the even change the entire mood in a room or home by changing just the paint color on the walls. Paint can give an old fixture a new life. It is a very versatile medium to use. Here are a few tips to think about while you are deciding where and what to paint:
Paint Chips - This is usually the first thing most of us look at when we think to choose a paint color--paint chips. You know, those little cards of color at the hardware store? They are a good first step to figure out a color scheme in a room or for a home. However, they can't be relied on alone. They are small and the color can change depending on what type of finish the paint will have. But they can help get you in the right "family" of colors.
Paint Samples - These aren't expensive and will give you the actual color and paint finish for you to actually try on a wall or even paint a poster board to carry around from room to room to see how a certain color will look. If you are painting something small, it may even be enough paint to complete a project! Why buy a huge gallon of paint when you only need a small jar?
Paint and Light - Even after you have the color you think will be right, test it with different lighting. If you have a lot of bright, natural light in a room, just about any color may work, but if you don't, the color may look totally different in a darker room. Sometimes one neutral paint can be the same throughout a home, but because of the lighting, it may look like a different color in a different room.
Paint Prep - Okay...so you have taken the chips, got the samples and are ready to paint! First, you need to be sure whatever you are painting is properly prepped. They type of surface will affect color and how the paint adheres as well. Do your homework! Be prepared! Figure out what paint tools you will need and how to prepare the surface you will be painting.
Paint Intensity - Do you go BOLD or NEUTRAL? Or BOTH? These decisions can be made before you paint a whole room. If you want to be daring with a color, prep and paint a small area with the color in question before you do a whole wall. Also think of how the room (or object) will be used. Do you want to feel calm in that space, or do you want something to stand out? Also keep in mind the lighting as I said before. A bold color may come off as dark and depressing if the lighting isn't right or maybe too bright if you need a calmer atmosphere.
Paint Projects - Small paint projects can liven up a space, change a room's personality or give an item a purpose all in a short amount of time with a small budget. Use your imagination and give a space another chance to be your or someone else's dream space.