As I shared earlier this week, I am in the middle of a huge overhaul of my office and craft room right now. (You can see the finished craft room makeover here.) I can share with you my tips for choosing paint colors — the right paint colors — for any room. And lots of thoughts about why you should paint your walls and why you shouldn’t be afraid to do so.
Settle in with a cup of coffee and a Danish. This is a long post, but one that will calm your fears and settle your nerves when it comes to choosing paint colors for your home. And after you’ve read it, you’ll be an expert in choosing paint colors for your own home.
I think painting a room scares a lot of people. Maybe because there are so many choices. Or maybe because we’re afraid of getting the color wrong and having to live with it.
But remember, it’s nothing a can of paint can’t fix!
Just kidding! My goal is to help you get the paint choice right the first time so you don’t have to repaint! That is, until you’re ready to redecorate again. You know, like next week if you’re like me.
I have seen time and time again how paint can transform a room — even just switching from one neutral to another. Let me state for the record that I like neutrals, and that’s mostly what you’ll see throughout our house since I tend to like lots of painted furniture and colorful upholstery.
But I do like a pop of color every now and again.
Like in our laundry room, where I took the color to the door and cabinetry since that takes up most of our wall space! I’m in love with the color. (The color is Watery from Sherwin Williams)
I got a sneak peek today of a friend’s bedroom makeover, and let me just say — wowsers! The walls had been tan, but her husband gave them a fresh coat of gray — and boy does the room pop. It’s brighter, fresher and even looks bigger.
In all the homes I’ve lived and all the rooms I’ve redecorated, I have never, ever regretted my decision to paint. I love walking into a freshly painted room and marveling at the difference color makes. Like how lipstick instantly makes you feel better and prettier!
Even knowing that, I too have been guilty of painting paralysis and white wall syndrome.
You know, living with a color you hate or sticking with builder basic walls because you’re too scared to paint.
It took me a year and a half living in this house to start making paint changes. And I’m still working my way through, room by room.
This is what our dining room looked like when we moved into the house. The wainscoting was painted the same color as the wall, and I always thought the room needed more contrast.
So, we painted the wainscoting in the dining room and entryway to match the rest of the trim. A subtle change, but one that made a huge difference as far as brightening both spaces, in my opinion. I’m so much happier with the room now than I was when the wall color and the wainscotting were the same.
I still may change the wall color in the dining room to something a bit more colorful. (I’m seriously considering mason jar blue!) But I wanted to see how much of a difference just painting the wainscoting made. And the change has been enough to keep me happy for more than several years. Plus, there’s only so many makeovers the budget can withstand.
Enough with my painting preaching — I hooked you by promising to share some tips on how to choose a paint color so you’re not wallowing in self recrimination and guilt. And I aim to deliver.