The good news is, you’re already half way to the answer, simply because you asked the question. Color selection is critical because once it’s mixed, you own it, especially if you decide to create a totally new color by mixing other paint colors.
The first piece of advice I give people is to try a few different patches of paint in the room you want to paint, and come back the next day to look at it. A few square feet of painted wall will give you a very good idea of what the room might look like when it’s all painted. Don’t rely totally on the half square inch that’s visible in the paint catalog. I can guarantee you, it will always look different when the paint is covering a large area of wall.
Here are the points to consider:
Experience is everything. Sure, you can paint your own house, beginning with choosing your own paint color to doing the painting yourself, and following up with cleanup. But whatever mistakes you make, you will live with until you decide to paint the place again.
One of the most valuable elements of a painting contract is the help you get from the painting company about how to choose the right color. If they don’t provide this service, it is a good investment to work with a designer who does this for a living. On the other hand, if you are painting what is going to be a rental property, taking the least amount of risk in color choice is probably the best idea. Plain, safe colors may be just the ticket. But if you are painting a room housing your great aunt Maud’s grand piano, you might consider putting good effort into paint selection and whether to use accenting or not.
The paint you use inside your house will be different to the type of paint you use outdoors. The beatings of weather would quickly destroy interior paint if it is used outside. Not immediately, of course, but you must know, they are different. There may be universal paints on the market – quite likely there is – but do ask, and if you are doing the painting work yourself, be sure to explain to your paint provider the exact context of your project, including what challenges you expect to come up against.
If you are painting your home office, it’s a good idea to use enlivening – some people call them ‘cool’ or ‘cold’ – colors like blue, and colors close to blue on the spectrum. That’s because you want to stay awake and fresh. If you are painting a toy room of a kid’s bedroom, you might was ‘warm’ colors, and even pastels. That’s because they are … well … warmer than the usual.
The further you depart from what most people consider ‘safe’ colors, the more likely someone other than you will take exception to it. That’s why apartment rental management teams use bland and ‘safe’ colors all the time. We’ve all lived in one of those rental properties where the walls are white and the carpets are beige. It’s so predictable, we hardly notice it, but it’s done for a reason. Most people will be unaffected by these neutral color sets, so you are less likely to lose a potential sale to someone who takes exception to anything unusual you might have selected. So if you are selling your home, remember what happens first: your ‘home’ becomes a piece of property – and no longer a home to you – so think of it as the asset you are now about to sell, and the fact that you need to close the deal. Go easy on the colors, and secure that sale in short order!
This is a question that is coming up a lot lately. People in the Puget Sound are remodeling parts of their house with a view to serving that part of the house up as a potential AirBNB accommodation. If that is what you are planning, remember that you also need the painting project to show up well in photographs. If you are doing this, here are two things to consider:
1.Choose accented colors: Using accented colors can be very useful to bring out special features in photography. A darker (accented) wall can give clearer perspective than when all the walls of, say, a bedroom are the same beige color.
2.Choose hard-wearing paint. As different people lug their luggage in and out of your nicely remodeled rooms, the door frames will scuff quickly. You need both a resilient paint type, and keep some on standby. If 100 different folks stayed in one of your rooms over a year, you can bet it will need some touch-up paint before the a year has gone by.
3.Look at other successful properties in the same area. Other AirBNB homes will have done a lot of the work for you. See what else is available, and what the comments and reviews are for those properties. Take the ones you are most impressed with and show them to your painting contractor or paint provider. Nothing succeeds like success, so if someone else has already done the legwork for you, why repeat the work!!!
In Seattle, and on what we call the “Eastside” (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, etc.) most homes have dark areas. Between the northern latitudes, frequent cloud cover and dense tree coverage, it’s hard to see the light sometimes. Bear this in mind when you are choosing colors and accent lighting. Be careful with darker colors which may, in cities like Los Angeles and Albuquerque, work great but create a funereal atmosphere in a Seattle suburb.
What works in a kitchen might not work in a bathroom or a hallway. Choosing a nice ‘Barbie’ pink for your daughter’s bedroom might be fine, but will probably not work in your hallway so well. Think about the room type, what it will be used for, how long you’re keeping the property, existing ambient lighting from outside. All these factors go into choosing the right type and color of paint.