3 Dont’s When Changing Wall Paint Colors


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Deciding to change up the wall colors in your home is a bold move, and even bolder if you choose to take on the task yourself and put your DIY skills to the test. Although it’s an exciting decision to make, unfortunately many people make a few incorrect steps in the process which effects the final look of the paint, resulting in a less appealing look than that what was originally desired. Read on to find out a list of things to not do when painting in your home.

 

Choosing a new paint color on a whim

Modern Asian Living Room With Beige Sectional and Red Wall

Making a color selection for your walls on a whim is dangerous – you really want to make sure that the color you choose will fit in seamlessly with your furniture and decor that is also in the room. Think about the mood you want that room to have; if you would like it to feel more calming and relaxing, going for a warm neutral color would be your best bet compared to something similar to a bold red if you would like the room to be more bright and lively. Sometimes paint colors can have a different look than what you were expecting once dried onto a large wall.

Rather than painting a large room right off the bat like your bedroom or living room, consider trying the paint color in a smaller area like a bathroom -it will be faster to complete and see the final results. Starting in a smaller area also lets you test out and see your painting skills if you have never painted walls before; if you mess up you can see where you went wrong and avoid making the same mistake in a larger area. You can always paint over any undesired color, but keep in mind too many layers of paint can impact the overall finish in the long run.

Painting Too Much of One Color

Too much of a bright color could look overwhelming and unpleasing to the eye, so make sure to be aware of what colors you are wanting to put up in your selected room.

Keep the following tips in mind:

  • If you want yellow and warmer tones in the paint color to show, use incandescent lighting
  • A sharper blue tone is revealed when fluorescent lighting is used
  • The truest paint color is shown in natural daylight

Knowing how these tips can come into play with our own wall colors will come in handy and help prevent mistakes – for example, a bright color used on walls next to large windows might come off as too overpowering in the natural light and would look more appealing in indirect light. Another way to offset a color from being uncomfortably bright is to use it on an accent wall surrounded by white walls

 

Keeping Furniture in Place

 

Sure you could throw an old sheet over all of your furniture to cut the risk of paint getting splattered on the, but getting paint on your couch shouldn’t be your only concern – you want to have full access to all walls so you may get an appealing and uniform appearance. It’s not a good idea to avoid painting an area that is covered by furniture – there’s still always the risk that something with your sheets could go wrong and you get a few splatters on your pieces. Combined with putting your furniture at risk, if you decide to move around the pieces in that room you will have awkward blank spots throughout your walls.

 

Other Painting Tips

Let the paint completely dry. It’s imperative to let the paint dry in between coats if you want to achieve the desired finish.

Avoid painting too many layers. Although it is possible to paint on top of a dried coat if you choose to switch colors, doing it too often can effect the final finish and texture of the dried paint.

Now that you know what to avoid, go out there and transform that room in your home that is dying to be painted and admire your handiwork after!

 

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