When it comes to the interior space of your home, most would be amazed at how a simple coat of paint can transform a room. In fact many interior designers considering painting one of the least expensive, yet most effective, ways to renovate a space. Unfortunately, when it comes to painting the interior of your home there are as many myths and misconceptions about painting as there are hues of paint. In order to help you turn some of the spaces in your home from frightening to fantastic we will be debunking some of the most common painting myths.
- White walls are boring, sterile and institutional
The truth is, depending on the layout and style of a room, and which accessories you use in it, white walls can actually help brighten a room and provide contrast to the other design elements within the space. In addition, there are an endless variety of different shades of white paint available, each with its own “feel.” A creamy white, for example can help make a room feel warm and inviting while a white with a little more blue in it can produce the opposite effect.
- Painting a ceiling makes a room look smaller
In fact, painting the ceiling of a room can often make it feel much larger than those in which the walls and ceilings are painted the same color. Because most of us are used to seeing blue skies far above us, rooms in which the ceiling is painted a light shade of blue can actually feel taller and more open.
- Paint can’t brighten a room with small windows
Many believe that rooms with small windows don’t let in sufficient natural light to allow fresh paint to brighten the room. The reality is it takes far less natural light than most think to brighten a room. Even rooms that only get a small amount of natural light can seem brighter with the right color of paint.
- Rooms with dark furniture need bright walls to lighten it up
Surrounding dark furniture with brightly painted walls creates a high contrast between the furniture and the walls, putting far too much emphasis on the furniture. Instead, most interior designers suggest using deeper, more saturated colors to compliment the furniture.
- Small kids in the home means living with marked-up walls
While this myth may have been true at one time, there are a number of paint products and finishes on the market that are specially formulated to withstand even the most “artistic” children. Most of these paints also contain ingredients that make them resistant to crayons, pen, markers and more.
- Painting the walls before selling a home is a waste because buyers will want to repaint anyway
One of the best things a homeowner can do when selling a home is repaint the interior walls using warm, neutral colors that appeal to a wide range of personal tastes. Most home buyers prefer to move into homes that require little or no work on their part before moving in. Not only can a fresh paint job help you sell your home faster, it can also help you get much more for your home.