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No matter where you apply it, paint offers a lot of bang for the buck. Happily, interior painting is a task that any go-getting homeowner can successfully tackle. Here’s a look at things to consider when undertaking your next interior painting project.
1. Opt for quality. You get what you pay for when buying paint, so purchase the best you can afford. High-quality paints go on smoothly without showing brush or roller marks, are unlikely to change color with age, and endure years of scrubbing.
2. Know the basics. Water-base or latex paints are easier to apply, less stinky, quicker to dry, and more durable than oil-base paints. Look to water-base enamels to get high-shine patinas associated with oil-base-painted woodwork.
3. Choose the right finish. Choose paints with a little shine, such as satin and eggshell, for high-traffic areas, workspaces, and bathrooms. Use semigloss and glossy paints and enamels to accentuate moldings, wainscots, and banisters and to update wooden furniture and cabinets. Flat finishes are a good choice for ceilings and imperfect surfaces. Flat finishes hide flaws; glossy sheens emphasize defects.
4. Consider shades. Lighter paint colors make surfaces recede to visually enlarge a room. Darker tones seem to advance surfaces, which cozies up large spaces. Vary shades of one hue on the ceiling, woodwork, and walls to boost interest in monochromatic interiors. Use contrasting colors on furniture legs, frames, cabinet boxes, and doors to create eye-catching decor.