10 Top Tips to Make Any Paint Job Go Faster Painting a room is a job most DIYers can tackle by themselves. Getting professional looking results, however, requires planning and preparation. It’s worth spending the time to do the job right. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can employ to make the work of painting go more quickly and smoothly. Here are a few of our favorites that will get you out of your paint clothes, and into a freshly painted room that’s ready to enjoy.
10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors When it comes to bringing new colors into your home, why limit yourself to wall paint? Add accent colors in these 10 unusual places to brighten up your home.
11 Reasons to Reconsider Pastels While you might not have considered coating a wall in baby blue since your little boy left the nest, you'd be remiss. Pastels are often the underdog in the paint world of paint chips, overlooked for brighter, bolder hues that scream "accent wall"—not to mention the tried-and-true neutrals. But what if we told you that a cheery tint could tackle both of those responsibilities, highlighting or laying low depending on your design? Click through for 11 reasons to give pastels a second chance in your own home.
5 Easy Steps to a Successful Paint Makeover This square mahogany table has a beautiful shape and fretwork sides, but someone painted it avocado green. The finish is uneven and there are visible brush marks. In short, a table in need of a paint makeover.
7 Cool Colors for Kids' Rooms As they grow up, kids change their ideas about their favorite color about as often as they change their socks. So how is a parent to choose what color to paint a kid’s room? While a soft blue might be your idea of the perfect backdrop for a crib, by the time your child has any input, he may well deem it too "babyish." Instead, choose a color that your kids can grow with, and focus on swapping linens and accessories out as they mature.
Your kids’ ideas about what color to paint their rooms may not be quite up your alley. But try hard to let them have input! It will give them a sense of ownership. With any luck, that will translate into good stewardship—perhaps even in the form of keeping the rooms clean. If they choose bold colors you think may overwhelm the room, compromise by using them as accents on one wall, as a border, or as the backing to a bookshelf. And painting trim and ceilings isn't off-limits; these don’t have to be white.
Looking to start off strong? Before you settle on an idea for the color of your kids’ rooms, click through these seven favorite paint jobs for bright ideas that are sure to stay in style.
7 Crazy Paint Colors You Never Thought Would Work It takes a bit of daring but, under the right conditions, painting a room a wildly unexpected color can pay off in a major way. From deep dark tones to eye-popping brights, a well-chosen bold shade can make small rooms appear bigger, create coziness in a vast space, and add a dash of completely personal stand-out style to any blank wall.
8 Exterior Paint Colors That Might Help Sell Your House Just like the colors on your interior walls, the hues you pick for your home's exterior should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your house on the market in the near future, you'll also want to consider which shades will attract the broadest range of buyers. "Neutral and traditional colors are a good bet if you are going to paint your home's exterior to get it ready to sell," says Elizabeth Mendenhall, a realtor in Columbia, Missouri, and a 2014 regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors. "You want a look that is warm and inviting. Unique colors may turn away some potential buyers." If you're painting for resale, give some thought to these 8 colors with undeniable curb appeal.
9 Bright and Bold Colors for Your Front Door Before guests even set foot inside your home, the front entrance establishes the tone for the rest of the space. The color you choose for your door might reflect an appreciation of traditional decor, a love of bold hues, or a fondness for modern design. Now picture your own front door: What does it say about you? If it's not the statement you'd wish to make, there's an easy fix found in a can of fresh paint. These nine inviting front door hues may be just the inspiration you need to insert some personality into your your home's exterior.
9 Calming Colors for a Serene Home With life more hectic than ever, we are all eager to fashion our homes as restful, relaxing sanctuaries. For a haven away from the cares of the world, include such essentials as comfortable furnishings and objects with sentimental value. Thoughtful color selection is another effective way to achieve serenity. Soothing shades range from snowy white to soft blue, foggy gray to pale peach. All radiate a sense of calm, helping you regroup, recharge, and face each day with renewed energy.
9 Things You Can Do with 1 Gallon of Paint A gallon of gas? It won't get you too far. A gallon of milk? If you have a big family, it can be gone in a day. But a gallon of paint? It can go a long way. If you share our quest to make everything old new again, consider paint for the job. With 128 ounces or less, you can revamp or renew many common household fixtures. Here are nine ideas to get you started.
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Awesome Accents: 17 Ways to Make Any Space Pop with Color Brilliant, bright, creamy, rich, dazzling color, whether used liberally or sparingly, can make a significant impact in a space. Much like a colorful scarf takes a neutral outfit in a bold new direction, an unanticipated design element, such as a juicy pink kitchen wall, high-gloss yellow dining chair, or a black ceiling, often steals the show. The accent wall is a familiar concept, yet partial surfaces, smaller architectural elements, and furnishings are ripe for color too. Color-phobes can rest assured that a pop of color is a way to reap all the benefits without belaboring the point. Here are 17 ways to make a space pop with color.
Believe It or Not: 9 Incredible Faux Finishes You Can Do Yourself If the sight of your space is starting to give you a little ennui, a simple faux finish on a surface or accent piece might be just the touch to perk you right up! Whether you want to add the class of marble, the old-world charm of plaster, or the drama of malachite, you can create the room of your dreams with the best DIY faux finishes, found right here.
How To: Remove Paint from EVERYTHING Nothing brightens up a room like a fresh coat of paint—but the unfortunate side effects of many painting projects are spills and splatters. Even the most careful painters can find their hard work marred by drips on the countertop, linoleum, or carpeting. Fortunately, most paint splotches can be cleaned up with a few handy household cleansers and tools—rags, alcohol, nail polish remover, and sometimes just plain water—along with a bit of elbow grease. Here are some tips on how to remove paint from a variety of surfaces.
How To: Remove Paint from Wood It can be mighty labor-intensive and time-consuming to remove paint, which is why many do-it-yourselfers dread the ta...
In Living Color: 7 Tips for Brightening Your Home's Palette Choosing the right color can be an overwhelming experience—just think of all the color options that you find when you visit your local home center or paint store. If you want to move from neutral palettes to bright, bold colors, the task becomes even more challenging. There are, however, ways to feel more comfortable with choosing and living with bright paint colors. Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, shares some helpful tips on how to easily brighten your home's color palette.
It's National Painting Week! April has ushered in a burst of color, and we’re not just talking about floral blooms. According to a 2012 Spring Hom...
Kitchen Paint Colors: 10 Handsome Hues for Hardworking Spaces For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home—a room in which we greet the day, make important plans, and break bread with family and friends. Given the significance of this gathering place, it seems like a given that the colors used to decorate it should be both energizing and easy to live with. Which hue is right for you? The choice is a personal one, but we've found 10 inspirational examples to point you in the right direction.
Living Room Paint Colors: 9 Top Picks from the Pros Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the living room. It's a space that is both an intimate setting for your family and a gathering place for your friends. To find your favorite hue among a sea of swatches, St. Louis, Missouri, interior designer Joni Spear advises staying true to the colors you love most. "When it comes to paint colors, I always rule by my heart," says Spear, principal of Joni Spear Interior Design. "You have to be happy in your surroundings." Draw color inspiration from a cherished possession, Spear suggests, like a painting, pillow, rug, or vase. Be sure to view paint samples at different times of day to see how sunlight and ambient light will affect them. Here, Spear, along with other interior designers and paint professionals, offers nine colors that are worth your consideration.
New Year, New Color Pantone, the global authority on color for the design industries, has announced the Color of the Year for 2013: Emera...
Paint Like a Pro: 8 Clever New Tools Under $10 Whether you're redecorating a room or reinventing a worn dresser, good quality paint and a steady hand will get you far. But even the best DIY painters have the occasional mishap—dropping the brush in the pan, crooked lines, or newspaper stuck to a painted door. Whether or not your work is flawless, you can't put a price on a job well done—or done easier. Hyde Tools offers plenty of painting tools on the cheap to eliminate ordinary painting problems and give you professional results on your next painting project.
Perfectly Suited: 9 Top-Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior Selecting a single color for the outside of your house can be difficult enough, but trying to find two or more hues that work well together makes the decision even more challenging. Whether your aim is to highlight architectural details or simply to find a complementary shade for shutters and trim, the choice is an important one. "Color can make a big impact on the look of a house," confirms architect Jim Rill, principal of Rill Architects, in Bethesda, Maryland. For inspiration, consider your home's style and scale as well as architectural styles typical of your neighborhood and region. "The best exterior colors are contextual to their environment," Rill observes. Here, 9 combinations that hit the mark.
Personalize Your Home with 10 Foolproof Stencil Projects Looking for a finishing touch for your painted wall? Just add a stencil. This trendy technique offers an easy, inexpensive way to turn any surface into a statement—be it walls, doors, panels, or ceilings. And the project's flexibility doesn't end there. Your surface can be smooth or rough; your medium can be acrylic or latex; and, depending on the size of your project, you can get the job done with either a roller or a brush. Beyond that, it's really about to choosing a design you love. But don't worry: Even if you tend to be a fickle decision maker, changing it up is as easy as a fresh coat of paint. Let these 10 ideas kick-start your next stenciled stroke of genius.
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The 8 Common Painting Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes At the foundation of a great many DIY projects and crafty makeovers is one unifying medium: paint. It's the fastest way to transform rooms, furniture, lamps, planters, and so much more. While the whole process is quite simple, it's also surprisingly simple to muck up your paint project with a few silly mistakes. Flip ahead, see how many you've committed in prior paint jobs, and steer clear of these common pitfalls for a more polished and professional outcome the next time around.
The Basics of Paint Selection There was a time when paint was nothing more than pigment and cow's milk. When the milk dried, the pigment remained. ...
The Best Paint Colors for Low-Light Rooms Choosing the best paint color for a room is tricky enough, requiring at the very least putting paint swatches up on the walls for a few days to make certain you know what the color looks like in every light before committing. But when a space lacks natural light, when it travels from dim to dimmer to dark as the day progresses, choosing a paint color becomes even more challenging. Colors that are too muted or too cool can make sun-deprived interiors feel uninviting. Instead, play up the light from lamps and overhead fixtures with lighter, warmer shades to visually expand dark spaces and create a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests. Flip through for 9 eye-catching hues that can rescue any dark corner in your home.
The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a New House Color Whether you’re looking to put the finishing touches on your dream home or you’re prepping your house for sale, a fresh coat of paint will go a long way to making your abode stand out. But before you get out the paint brushes, there are some guidelines that could save you from a painting disaster down the line. Here's a look at some of the most important tips to get your paint job off on the right start.
The Most Taboo Color Infiltrates Home Design Not long ago, black walls were practically shunned by designers, who often viewed the dark color as too heavy and overpowering for interior spaces. But in recent years, black is, well, the new black. The color's dramatic flair has finally been realized, with black popping up everywhere from living room mantels to kitchen cabinets to bathroom walls. For anyone who has been intrigued but too timid to commit to the color in the past, these 7 classy paint jobs will make you want to grab a brush.
The New Neutrals: 9 Colors You Can Trust for Today's Home Beiges, whites, and taupes will always have their place in home decor, but more recently, a spectrum of less-expected hues have been drafted for use as neutral wall colors. These paint choices manage to provide an understated backdrop for a room while adding more than a hint of style. Ready to venture beyond biscuit? Here are 9 colors to consider.
Painting with Historically Accurate Colors Architectural conservator Brian Powell helps Bob do some detective work to discover the original exterior paint color scheme. They then look at historically appropriate alternatives.
Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safety precautions taken to ensure proper ventilation.
Prepping the Home's Exterior Alongside restoration specialist Richard Marks at the Federal-style home in Charleston, Bob watches painter David Snyder scrape and sand old wood siding.
Interior Paint Selection Bob chats with painter Rick Snyder in the dining room of the Federal-style home, while Rick experiments with color on intricate wood detail.
Faux-Finishing an Antique Door Bob meets with Rick and Martha Snyder to see how they faux-finish an antique door in such a way that reproduces the original look.
Staining the Interior Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied inside, a single coat of stain adds color without completely eliminating the wood texture.
Staining the Exterior Painting contractor Mike Suarez sprays water-based stain on the home's exterior, while Bob, accompanied by paint consultant Sherry Hiller, tours the island with an eye toward local color schemes.
Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painted wall trim.
Painting the Exterior Bob joins Ron Boyajian to talk over painting the exterior clapboards. The surface is power-washed, sanded, and primed. Then, acrylic paint is applied. The painter demonstrates the proper hand-brushing technique for covering clapboards.