The paint on your walls is a very personal choice, and it can be tough trying to decide what colours to use for each room.
Start with an inspirational image from a magazine, Pinterest, or a piece of home décor. “This really helps dictate the colour scheme you’re attracted to and helps narrow down the direction of colours to start looking at,” advises Leanna Jane, Interior Decorator for Housser’s Paint & Wallpaper in Orillia.
The main areas of your home such as hallways, kitchens, living rooms, and open concept spaces are usually neutral colours, but this year colour is resurfacing.
“Navy is at the top of my list – HC-154 Hale Navy. It makes a great accent, deep, and rich with just a hint of grey to soften it,” says Georgann Gilchrist, Administer of Operations/Marketing for Irvine Carpet One Floor & Home in Barrie.
“The trends are starting to move away from all grey palettes and lean into more comfortable, relaxing colours, like soft blues, natural greens and even optimistic pinks. Benjamin Moore announced their ‘Colour of the year 2020’ as being ‘a soft, rosy hue blooming with potential’ called First Light 2102-70. Pairing some of these lighter, softer colours, with bold, rich tones will absolutely transform any space into a personal, dynamic oasis,” enlightens Jane.
White is still popular because of its clean and crisp look, says Gilchrist. Paint can greatly affect mood, so it’s important to consider the feeling you desire in a particular room.
“It’s truly amazing how paint colour can affect our moods. If you’re someone who prefers a rich, warm living space, try using mid-tone to deep paint colours to create that look and feel,” suggests Jane.
Gilchrist says blues and greens can be peaceful and calming, while yellows and oranges are energizing and happy. “Reds are energetic and help you work up an appetite. Purple combines the energy of red with a calming of blue.”
If you feel like rolling up your sleeves and tackling the paint job yourself, you’ll need a few tools to do it well.
“Painting tools really depend on what paint you’re buying. With the advancement in paint technology, it’s crucial to choose a brush and roller sleeve that’s designed for that type of paint. Besides the proper brush and roller sleeve, we recommend using paint poles, frog tape to prevent paint from bleeding through your tape, drop cloths to protect your floors, and TSP is always recommended to clean your walls before painting,” educates Nathan Housser, Owner of Housser’s Paint & Wallpaper in Orillia.
Hiring a professional painter can help ease the scope of the job depending on how many rooms you want painted.
“I’d recommend using a painter if it fits within your budget. Painting is like anything, the more you do it, the better you become. Painters who do it all-day everyday become very good at it and have all the right equipment and tools to get the job done properly,” says Housser.
Paint within your comfort zone!