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Painting Like the Pros: 6 Tips for Painting Your House with Style Print E-mail
Written by Kenny   

Paint magically transforms any room within your home. Plus, it’s an easy and economical way to add style and pizzazz to your décor. The challenge is choosing the perfect shade and taking advantage of all the tips and tricks to accomplish the “look” you have in mind. A successful interior paint project requires more than selecting the right colors; it also involves using the right tools and techniques.

Color Theory

Before tackling these great tips for interior painting, ’let's learn a bit about how various coloring techniques complement one another.

  • Complementary Colors
    Complimentary colors are any two shades that are opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow and purple, or blue and orange are complementary colors. When developing color ideas for your paint projects, look beyond the usual primary colors.
  • Analogous Colors
    Analogous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel; for example, orange and yellow are analogous colors. These neighboring hues create a remarkable impact when used next to each other in an interior color scheme.
  • Using the 60-30-10 Rule
    The old adage “three is a crowd” is not true when it comes to color. Selecting three shades requires a certain strategic balance but offers a terrific look in the end. The 60-30-10 rule implies that 60% is the dominant color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% an accent color.
  • Contrasting Warm and Cool Tones
    When selecting colors for your interior, think about using contrasting warm and cool shades. Warm colors include yellows and reds and cooler tones are the blues and greens. Of course, there are many colors in between that you can play with and perhaps mix your own!
  • Using Colors You Love
    By using colors you love, you create the ambiance you envision while also creating a space you find appealing and will enjoy. Just remember to consider the various color theory rules and have fun!

6 Tips for Painting the Inside of Your House with Style

1. Start small.
If you are not sure where to start, experiment in the bathroom, a small area between rooms, or perhaps an accent wall. If this is a do-it-yourself (DIY) job, select an area that you can do quickly to see results sooner. Select an enticing color from a rug, artwork, pillow, or other furnishings as the focal color or accent.

2. Remember ambiance.
When choosing a color, think about the overall mood or ambiance of the room. For example, in a bedroom do you want the setting to be calm and tranquil or passionate and dramatic? Soft, serene colors and neutrals normally create a calmer feeling, while stronger, deeper colors are more ardent.

3. Don’t forget about lighting.
Paint stores have light boxes so customers are able to test colors via paint chips. Natural daylight reveals genuine hues, incandescent lighting highlights yellows and warm tones, and fluorescent lighting emits a clear blue tone.

4. Perform a color test.
Increase your confidence by testing colors on large areas of a wall or on a poster board. Be bold and go beyond your comfort zone. Think about strong, vibrant hues or delicate, deep neutrals, like coffee brown or striking beige as a main or accent color.

5. Create your unique style with decorative finishes.
Convert flat, banal walls into unique and individual spaces with modest or dramatic visual textures and varying colors. Layered colored glazes and metal/burnished finishes add depth. Softer, more absorbing metals are gold, antiqued silver, bronze, pewter, copper, and mica. 

6. Consider chic monochromatic schemes.
If you think one color is boring, think again. Create bold or understated variations of one color or group of colors with contrasting paint finishes. For example, select closely matched colors, or try one color in differing finishes to paint walls and trim in one space.

Reminder: Consider walls as flat surfaces of color. Observe how they interrelate when viewing one next to the other in adjoining rooms. View them as if you were looking at a piece of artwork. As you choose colors, consider their effect in your space and how the color flows from room to room to complete your idea. 

About the author:

David Larkin is CEO/President of DAL Builders in Chicago, IL.  As the porch builders Chicago homeowners trust, DAL Builders is a general contractor serving residential and commercial property owners since 1994.  Connect with DAL Builders on Facebook.

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