Is your New Year’s resolution to finally refresh your living room with a new coat of paint? Has your daughter been begging you to change the light pink color of her bedroom to her new favorite teal? Whatever the reason, the painting basics below will help you get started and paint right this year.
Paint the Woodwork
If the prospect of painting an entire room is too daunting, rethink the color of your woodwork. Kevin Sharkey, senior vice president and executive editorial director, decorating, and executive creative director, merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, insists that simply painting the woodwork can make the room feel like it’s a completely different color.
“You can paint the woodwork or just the doors, and it can create a whole new feeling in the room,” says Sharkey. “Or paint the ceiling,” he says. “If you want to make a room feel sunny, choose a yellow on the lightest end of the spectrum, and your room will always feel sunny.”
How to Choose a Paint Color
Let something in the room inspire your color choice, such as a living room rug. Use it as the basis for the room’s color scheme to help tie everything together. A favorite photo, a piece of art, a duvet cover, or a distinctive piece of furniture are great ways to decide which color you will want to use.
Tip: If you’re really stuck choosing a color, try Martha Stewart Living Interior Paint in Sharkey Gray; it’s the perfect neutral gray to suit any room.
How to Choose a Paint Finish
Eggshell paint has a slight gloss and is relatively easy to clean, making it ideal for kids' rooms, family areas and hallways. Semi-gloss will resist moisture and provide durable shine; use for bathrooms, kitchens, and moldings. High-gloss paints are the most lustrous finish; use for window frames, doors, cabinets, and furniture.
Tip: Martha Stewart Living Interior Paint in Araucana Teal in Eggshell is perfect for a girl's room. The eggshell makes it easy to clean. Fingerprints on the walls? No problem.
For more tips, stop by The Home Depot this Saturday, January 26 from 10-11 a.m. for a free How-To Workshop featuring Martha Stewart Living Specialty Finishes Paint. Learn how to transform a room with paint and faux finishes, and how to paint stripes and create a raw silk look on your walls.