The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Interior House Paint

During the pandemic, an impressive 70% of people began redecorating their homes.

One of the best ways to spruce up the look of your room is by painting. Painting can instantly give your room a complete makeover in a way that purchasing new furnishings cannot. Also, painting is much more economical and easier than constructing an entirely new room. 

But what is the best way to choose interior house paint? How do you know what type of paint colors or options there are? In this article, you’ll learn more about choosing the paint that works for your decor goals. 

Vision

Before you make any decisions, you need to have a vision for your room. What are you looking to accomplish, or what do you desire the room to look like? Knowing your design goals allow you to narrow down your choices. 

For example, if you’re not planning on getting new furniture, try a color that contrasts or compliments your existing decor. Come up with a theme that you want to execute in your room.

Finish

Paints come in different finishes. The type of finish you choose will change the look of the room. Here are some finishes to choose from. 

High-Glossy

A glossy finish provides a high sheen look. This means that it’s easier to clean, but marks show up more easily. Glossy is a great choice wherever you have high-traffic areas like kitchens or if you want to provide an incredible feature wall.

Semi-Glossy

Semi-glossy or satin paint is less glossy than high, but still a top choice for heavy traffic. It’s also less expensive if you’re looking for a high sheen but don’t want to pay as much. You can use it anywhere to hide marks or even on trim pieces. 

Matte

Matte paint is less sheen, but it has a very thick texture, so it will cover flaws well. Matte works perfectly for places that are not high traffic because it shows every smudge and fingerprint. Choose matte for areas in your home like living or dining rooms. 

Eggshell

Eggshell is by far one of the most popular types of paint finishes. This is because it’s easy to clean and hides those marks well. Eggshell also rolls on smoothly and is widely available. Because of its versatility, you can use eggshell color in almost any room in your home. 

Get Color Samples

Once you’ve landed on a theme and a sheen, it’s time to choose your color. When you choose a paint color at the store, keep in mind that the lighting is different and you should not go with your first choice. Choose several colors that fit your theme or vision and ask for samples. 

To avoid being overwhelmed, stick to about 3-5 samples of paint. You can even mix different colors if you choose, so experiment with the samples at your home as much as you’d like. If you’re having trouble choosing paint color options, you can always reach out to a professional

Create a Flow

If you’re painting an open space and you want to continue the look of an open concept, consider painting these spaces all one color. One single color will solidify the feel of it being one cohesive space.

This is true for spaces like your kitchen, dining area, and living room. If you do most of your living in these rooms, and you have an open concept, one color will keep with the flow versus painting each room one color. 

Bring Out Important Features

Do you have amazing architectural features, molding, or paneling in your home? You can use paint to bring out these features. 

While you may want to paint these a different color, you could also add a touch of gloss to it to highlight its main features and make stand out.

Try an Accent Wall

Accent walls are walls that stand out from the rest of the room. When choosing interior paint, you may want to consider an accent wall that’s a different color than the rest of the room. Your paint color for an accent wall can contrast the rest of the room, but shouldn’t clash. 

Your accent wall can be whatever you want it to be, and may even be a different finish from the rest of the room. You may choose to decorate with photos, wall pieces, shelving, and so forth. 

Don’t Forget the Ceiling

When painting your room, forgetting to paint the ceiling makes the room look unfinished. There are several colors to choose from when painting your ceiling, and you can choose a typical ceiling color, or blend it in with the rest of the room. 

Painting the ceiling the same color as the rest of the room gives the room a more dramatic effect. If you’re going a more traditional route, make sure the ceiling color is the same as the molding or trim.

Mood

While this goes along with the theme of the room, you should keep in mind that paint color can affect the mood of the room. For example, a bright yellow sets a joyful mood, while green may be more energizing. 

Bedrooms should typically take a calming color, like blue, so that you can rest and relax. While the paint color is entirely up to you, remember that the color sets the mood of the room. 

The Best Interior House Paint for You

Choosing interior house paint is no easy task, but it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Remember to choose your theme, have a vision, and take note of all of the nuances of painting, your room should look amazing for many years. 

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