Choosing the right paint for your home is no easy task, even for experienced painters. There are just so many colors, finishes, & coatings to choose from. Luckily, you’ll have an experienced painter to help you or a do-it-yourself guide like this one to go by. Before choosing just any paint, ask yourself these questions to help you select the right paint for your home.
How much time do you have for this project?
If you need the job done quickly, consider using a “paint and primer” product which acts as two coats in one. This will help speed things up because you won’t have to apply individual coats of primer and paint.
How often do you paint your home?
If you answered infrequently or never, then you will want to use a very durable paint that will last, and look good over time. For durability, the best option to use is a high quality, 100% acrylic latex interior paint.
Are you sensitive to paint smell?
If you or members of your family are sensitive to that paint smell, or just don’t like it, go with water-based latex paints. These types of paints have little to no odor compared to oil based paints, clean up easily, and stick well to interior surfaces.
Will there be a lot of activity in the room?
Your walls can easily become stained, especially if the room is used often. Kitchens walls are prone to stains from all the cooking and cleaning. In this case use a high gloss or semi-gloss paint, which resists staining and makes cleaning easier than other types of paints.
Consider the Atmosphere
If you want a room with a comfy feeling choose warmer paint colors such as red, orange, and yellow. For a calming feeling, great for bedrooms, choose cool colors such as blue, green, & lavender. To promote cleanliness, such as in a bathroom or laundry room, go with whites, blues, & turquoises. If you are painting your home office, green is known to increase concentration.