Which paint is best for home?

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Painting your home

As a homeowner, you have a lot of things you need to take care of around your home painting is one of them. If you’re like many, home painting is at the top of your least favorite thing to do. For those who would like to paint their home, they are stymied with confusion and questions that they are afraid to voice, fear of looking like a beginner. 

When it comes to exterior or interior home painting and decorating, there are some people, men, and women, that simply have “the touch” and it all comes out looking perfect. Then there some of us that may know what we’re doing, but our idea of what looks good for our project home painting or colors that will look good, we miss the mark every time. 

In this piece today, we’re going to answer a few basic questions for a first time home painting project. The answers may help those of us that feel confident in our home painting decisions and skill that miss that mark too. 

Can I paint my whole house white?

If this is a question regarding the interior, cool whites with blue and gray undertones will give your home a crisp feel and loo. A warm white with red and yellow undertones give a relaxed and soft look. You should also take into consideration lighting. Going with a cooler shade of white for interior home painting is better when there is a lot of natural light, a warmer shade for areas that are more cold and gray. 

If you’re thinking about the entire exterior of your home, painting it all white, it can be a beautiful look, but it can be tricky too. An all-white exterior can be blinding for people driving by and your neighbors. It can also look muddy in the right setting.   How can you avoid going either too bright or too “muddy”? You need to choose a white paint with the right LRV (Light Reflectance Value).  

What in the world is LRV? When you’re considering the exterior of your home, painting it white, the LRV is important. LRV is how dark or light paint is measured, with dark being a zero and light being a 100. For exterior home painting, the LRV should not be more than 85 or you, your neighbors, and anyone that drives by will need sunglasses. 

Should I paint my whole house the same color?

For the exterior or interior, home painting all in one color is not recommended. Yes, going with one color all the way will be easy, but on the interior, home painting all one color, the color will differ from room to room. Even from one corner to the next, color changes because of several factors, the biggest one is the undertones. Other factors that can make colors change appearance of the interior home painting are: 

  • Lighting: Natural light in abundance or the lack of natural lighting will change how colors appear. If there is an abundance of natural light in the living room, it open and welcoming. That same color in a bedroom with artificial lighting can look cold and dark.  
  • Lighting: The ambient lighting you choose with light fixtures and placement will affect the interior home lighting too. Even the type of bulbs you use affect how a room looks. 
  • Influence from Outside: Using a neutral color for interior home painting is how the outside will affect it from green foliage of shrubs, trees, grass and more. Or is there red clay soil around the exterior with blues and grays of water nearby? The same color throughout your home, painting to each room with these things in mind will affect how that color looks different.

How do I choose paint for my house?

You have a color scheme set in your mind then you get to the paint cards and realize there isn’t just a basic red, white, blue, or any other color. So how do you know which one is the right one for home painting project? Here we offer a few tips that have been handed down from others, they may help you avoid making the same mistakes: 

Inspiration First – Paint Color Next

Yes, that is the biggest part of this home painting project, and it naturally seems to be the first step.   You need to find your inspiration first. Some people have found their color inspiration at a local coffee shop, others have used the color of blanket on display at a store. 

Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and you can create your own board as you find ones you like. Once you have 10 to 12 boards, it’s time to start getting serious. 

Stay Neutral

No, this doesn’t mean to avoid all colors, but you should determine what in the room, or on the exterior of your home, do you want to be the eye catcher. If the walls in the living room are where you want your guests’ eyes to go, then choose a bold color. If there is an architectural feature of your home, painting it so that it has the accented color pop should be the focus. Once you have your bold color or pop color, go with neutral colors around it so that it is the bold or the pop. 

Pain Testers – Your Best Friend

Yes, you’ll have to pay for these, so wait until you have narrowed down your inspirations then choose a few colors in different shades. Then do a large enough house painting area on a couple of different walls of the room to see how it works with the light. If you’re doing an exterior home painting project, paint a few spaces around the entire house to see how it looks, and check these areas, exterior and interior, different times of the day. After about a week, you’ll know which paint is the right color. 

Test with Fabrics and Furniture

While you have the test areas of home painting on the walls, hold the curtains, bedspreads, throw pillows, and other items to make they match or mismatch, whatever works with your inspiration plan. 

The Sheen

Sheen can be a bonus and it can also accent the flaws. This is more for older homes where the flaws are part of the charm, avoid home painting with sheen paint if you don’t want those flaws to show. 

Understanding Undertones

From the paint strips you take home, using the darkest color will give you the truest color. Undertones are not to be under appreciated! 

Have a House Painting Color Theme

This does not mean your house painting project should all one color throughout  your entire home. If you can’t choose a color for each room, and yes that can be a challenge, then choose various shades of the same color for each room. A little darker in one room and then go lighter in the next. Touring model homes is a perfect way to get home painting ideas and inspirations! 

How many paint colors should a house have?

For exterior home painting projects, three different colors is the industry’s general rule of thumb. Some homeowners will keep the hues monochromatic and others will choose distinct color differences between the three. Either way works, choose what works for your tasteyou’re your home’s architectural style. 

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 What is the color for 2021?

To determine what the “in” colors are for 2021, you can do an internet search for “home painting near me” and see what architects, builders, and designers are going with this year. For the exterior home painting and design choices, the popular colors this year should be trimmed in pale blues and greens then accented with bronze for that designer touch: 

  • Warm, Creamy Whites
  • Pale Gray
  • Beige

Choosing home painting finishes can be confusing, so here is a guideline to help you: 

  • Flat or Matte: No shine and ideal for low traffic area and ceiling.
  • Flat Enamel: Very minimal shine but easy to clean, ideal for low traffic area or homes with kids and pets.
  • Eggshell Enamel: A little shine, ideal for moderate traffic areas and typically wipes clean with a damp cloth.
  • Satin Enamel: Slight shine that is ideal for a high traffic area and moist areas like bathrooms and kitchens.  
  • Semi-Gloss Enamel: Shiny and ideal for cabinets, trim, and moisture areas.
  • Hi-Gloss Enamel:  Super shiny, almost like glass and ideal for high traffic and furniture.

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