Have you been thinking “I should do some painting around the house!” but are not sure where to start? Below we have assembled some quick tips and ideas that will get your house looking fresh and spiffy in no time. You don’t even have to paint the whole property if you don’t have the time or budget. These ideas can be implemented together or independently. Simple changes such as a change of trim color can make all the difference when deciding to get started on a painting project. Even focusing on doors and shutters can completely change the appearance of your home, all for less money than having doors and windows replaced!
If you would like to give your home a fresh look inside and out without going through the trouble of repainting the entire house this option is a good alternative that is more time and budget friendly. Your home has a lot of accent pieces that could probably use a fresh coat of paint. Doing this can really update the look of your home and give it a new shine. When we say accent pieces, we’re referring to window frames, door frames, baseboards, stairway banisters, cupboards, garage doors and any other pieces that are typically used as an accent to the primary color inside and outside your home. This is a great option if you’re not looking to drastically change the color and look of your home, but to give it a fresh coat of paint if some of the current paint is peeling and beginning to look worn out or faded. If you’re thinking about making significant color changes, then it may be best to consider completing your paint project together with any major color changes in order to avoid the awkward stage where your home color and trim colors may not go well together.
While you could simply paint the entirety of the inside of your home with the same color and type of paint, it is highly recommended that you do not. Not only does each room inside your home have a different personality but they also have differing painting needs in order to suit the room’s purpose. Your garage, bathrooms and kitchen will require heavy duty paint that can withstand some abuse. Moisture from steam and water, oil vapors and other substances will be present in these environments and as such it is very important that you use the right kind of paint finish. Typically, satin finishes are a great choice for these walls. They are easier to clean, less likely to promote mold growth and don’t look dirty as quickly. However, if you want to go with something really tough and long lasting, semi-gloss or high gloss paints are your best bet. That said, you will need to make sure to have a professional’s help during the prep stage, as shinier paints can really draw attention to any imperfections on your walls, such as dents or bumps. For your bedrooms and living rooms you have a lot more options. These rooms won’t face as much abuse and as such you can experiment with many more patterns and colors. If your rooms are on the smaller side, consider lighter colors such as soft tones of off-white, blue or green to make the space feel larger.
Another excellent way to refresh the look of your home while at the same time doing some very important maintenance is to paint your siding. The exterior of your home is exposed to the weather and extreme storms 24/7. Over the years of exposure to moisture, the sun and powerful winds, your siding may begin to lose its color, durability and even shape. However, applying a fresh coat of paint can negate and prevent some of these effects. If not well maintained, you will eventually find yourself in a position where you will have to replace your siding. Budget wise, this is a much more costly endeavor than doing a bit of painting in advance, so it is highly recommended to have professionals paint and protect your siding as it will protect your home and its value over the long term.
There are many projects you can tackle when thinking about doing some painting around the house inside and out. Whether you refresh a couple of rooms, update your trim or even give your siding a quick paint job, all of these projects can result in making a huge impact on the appearance of your home. Not only you will appreciate the space more, but it will also make a significant impact on the value and ability to sell your home if you’re on the market. As they say, first impressions count and you only get one of those as you pull up to your future potential home. While you can tackle these projects yourself, you may find that a painting professional in your area may be a better option if you don’t get excited about the prospect of climbing up and down ladders and trying to figure out the best kind of paint that won’t peel and degrade prematurely. After all, when the project looks perfect afterwards, it really makes paying for a professional feel very rewarding.
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