Love Your Space: How to Liven Things Up with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Truth be told, paint changes everything. Unhappy with your living space? Then perhaps it’s time to spruce it up with some fresh paint.

Before you go shopping for new furniture and décor, try looking in the paint section. You might be surprised how much life a change of color can really bring to a room. Plus, you’ll have a new slate for any decorating projects you wish to tackle.

Going from Drab to Fab

If you’ve been settling for whatever color your walls were when you moved in, we implore you. You may not realize it, but your home is missing an important aspect of your personal style.

Color is everything, and though it seems like a minor change, it can completely transform a room. It’s also an inexpensive way to change your space from boring to brilliant.

The key is to choose your colors wisely. Repainting often takes a lot of time and effort, so it’s not something we typically want to do often.

Things to Keep in Mind

It’s important to consider various aspects of the room you’re about to change.

How much natural light is there? Are you aiming for a light an airy feel? Do you prefer a rich, warm color scheme? Do you plan to change your furniture, appliances, or décor as well?

After taking notes on what (and why) you want to change, it’s time to start looking for inspiration.

Seeking Similar Styles

Sure, it’s tempting to hit up the hardware store and just start grabbing paint sample cards. You may even want to purchase a few small sample jars.

However, when we do this, we often play it safe and seek out colors we already know we like. We may not be inclined to pick the best color(s) for the room we’re wanting to improve.

Even we are guilty of purchasing three or four barely-different sample pots of super-safe off-white colors.

Try going online or picking up a stack of magazines to look for some ideas first. Find spaces that are similar to what you can achieve with a little painting.

Going Bold and Bright

Whites, grays, and cream colors always seem like a safe, neutral bet. We think, “anything will go with this, we can design around that.” And they are. There’s no doubt they’re neutral. And if you’ve got mad decorating skills and can add pops of color elsewhere, there’s nothing wrong with that.

However, if you want maximum oomph with minimal decorating prowess, bold, vivid, and bright colors will really take you far.

If you’re bored of being neutral, consider a few test patches of some truly daring hues. Worst case scenario, you’ll simply need to repaint.