Walls and ceilings provide the major surface area in a home, so if you change their colour, you'll transform the rooms. That's why painting is such a great renovation project. Consider the following up tips when tackling your upgrade.
Several factors influence the cost of a painting program. Firstly, your home's size and how many rooms it has will modify the amount of paint you need as well as the labour required. If rooms have high ceilings, expenses will go up. Not only will the total wall area be larger, but contractors may need extra equipment. Another factor is the required finishing. If the walls are uneven and rough, professional painters will spend more time prepping surfaces, which will increase the job cost. Plus, of course, the actual paint that you buy plays a pivotal role.
Choosing the right hue can be tricky, whether you're going with a different colour or matching the existing shade. You'll have several ways to help you discover the right colour. You could use paint swatches from a store to take home and view in various lighting conditions. Check the swatch from the intended room in the morning, afternoon, twilight and under artificial globes. Alternatively, purchase a can of sample paint and spread it over a small wall section. Other options include online websites where you can upload a photo and try out different colours. Another possibility is a spectrophotometer, which can read the paint on a surface and suggest what paints might match those particular pigments. Whichever method you choose, finding the right colour is crucial.
When picking the colours, remember that the paint hue will affect how large or small the room feels. Pale light-reflective shades create brighter rooms that feel more spacious, which might be just what you want in cramped areas. To make areas feel cosier, paint them in darker hues that absorb light. Also, cooler shades such as blues and greens tend to recede, while warmer tans and reds visually pull a wall closer.
Don't forget about the ceilings and leave them as an afterthought. While you can paint the ceilings white, you can also take a different approach. For a room with mid-toned walls, you could paint the ceiling several shades darker or lighter. If the walls are pale, you might match the ceiling to create a smooth effect. Alternatively, paint the ceilings in dark chocolate or navy for a dramatic look — a technique that's best left for large and spacious rooms.
Contact professional painters in your area to learn more.