How to Have Fun With Paint and Transform Your Home

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If you’re a new homeowner and looking for an affordable way to transform an area of your home, you’d be surprised by the power of paint. 

If you don’t want to dip into your life savings on a home remodel project, paint is probably the best weapon you can have in your arsenal when it comes to a DIY home transformation

Looking for some much-needed inspiration? Here’s how to use paint to makeover key parts of your home:

1. Revive Your Kitchen 

The kitchen is the heart of your home. If you’re looking to transform one specific area, you should start with your kitchen. 

For vilitra homeowners the world over, the kitchen can also be a pain point when purchasing a new home. If it just doesn’t suit your personal style, paint can do wonders. 

Sure, paint may not give you more physical space or a better layout, but it can help to create the illusion of space. You want to focus on two key areas in order to transform your kitchen: your walls and your cabinets. 

If your kitchen is on the small and cramped side, you want to paint your cabinets in a lighter color. You can save a darker color for the trim areas or an accent wall. 

Repainting your cabinetry can also transform your kitchen from an old, outdated space to something a little more modern. You can also switch out your cabinetry hardware for an even more elevated look. 

If you don’t have experience in home painting or want to keep things professional-looking, it may be best to pay a little extra and find a contractor for this job. 

2. Create Visual Interest With an Accent Wall

Adding an accent wall to just about any room has a way of completely changing the look and feel of the space. An accent wall is a good way to create a focal point while creating depth and perspective, too. 

You can take things one step further and create a geometric pattern on your accent wall, or decorate it with half-paint, half-wallpaper. 

Bear in mind that accent walls are great for larger rooms. But if you have a small space and want to create an accent wall, keep the color on the lighter end of the spectrum. 

3. Match Your Paint Color to the Mood of a Room

It’s no secret that color has a way of evoking some sort of emotion in all of us. You can use paint color in the same way throughout your home to create a specific mood. 

The great thing about in-home paint colors is that it doesn’t have to flow seamlessly from one room to the next. You can create different moods for different areas of your home — it’s your space, after all. 

Consider the type of mood you’d like to create in each room. For example, your might want your kitchen to be a warm and welcoming space. So stick to warmer toned colors, such as cream, taupe, or white as a base, with accents of yellow, green, or burnt orange. 

You might want a formal living room or study to be a little more ”moody”. This is where darker, jewel tones such as navy and emerald green, with touches of rich wood are a good option. 

4. Monochrome Makes a Real Statement

Sticking to one color choice, tone, or palette in a room may sound a little boring or unimaginative. But if you want to make a statement in a specific room in your home, monochrome is your answer. 

This is where you use one paint color throughout the room (usually something bold), and allow it to blend with your furnishings, too. 

Monochromatic spaces look put-together, sleek, and elegant and can make a room in your home look like it cost you a fortune! 

5. Mix Up Your Wall Finish

In today’s day and age, almost anything goes when it comes to paint and color, so don’t be afraid to mix up the type of wall finish you opt for, too. 

You’d be surprised how much a matte, semi-gloss, satin, or metallic wall finish can completely overhaul the look and feel of a space. 

A good way to create extra visual interest is to use contrasting textures throughout your furnishings. 

6. Harness the Power of Contrasting Trim

Trim is often overlooked throughout most homes. It’s easy to paint your wall one color and assume that the trim needs to match. 

But on the contrary, a contrasting trim can pack a real punch and add an elevated look to just about any room. 

You might want to consider painting doorway trim, baseboard trim, wainscoting, and cabinetry trim in a bright, contrasting color for a pop of brightness and character. 

7. Don’t Forget About Your Furniture

Instead of focusing on your walls, trim, or cabinetry, you also want to turn your attention to the furniture in your room. 

From dressers to mirrors, shelving units to chairs, a dining room table, or even your nightstands, a little touch of paint can make a huge difference in any given room. 

If you want to make an impact but still maintain an elegant look, go for a monochromatic paint scheme. In other words, you want to echo the color of the paint on your walls, or an accent wall, to your chosen piece of furniture. 

This creates a more cohesive look while breathing new life into your space. 

Get to Know Your Paints 

Before you start splashing out on paints to transform your home, you want to get familiar with paint terminology first. 

You need to know which hue (color) you prefer, as well as the saturation. For example, if you want to paint your walls yellow, do you want a more lemon yellow color or a paler shade?

It’s a good idea to learn about color intensity and which colors match on the color wheel, i.e. how they will complement each other in your home. 

Always Try Your Paint on First 

The last you want is to slather your walls in new paint, only to realize you hate the color or it’s just the wrong shade for the room. 

For this reason, it’s important to create fairly large paint swatches on your walls/furniture first, before you go ahead with the paint job. 

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Nowadays, you don’t have to break the bank on a home transformation. With a few simple DIY hacks, you can create a space that feels right for you and your family. 

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