Painting Your Apartment: Benjamin Moore’s Pointers for Picking the Perfect Colors March 5, 2014 by Courtney Craig A little color can go a long way in a small apartment space. Image: Benjamin Moore When you think of sprucing up your apartment for spring, what comes to mind? Probably some spring cleaning, maybe changing up your décor … but there’s another way to welcome spring: Color. According to an Apartment Guide survey, most people believe painting the walls in their apartments would make it feel bigger and more like home. And most apartment communities allow residents to paint if they’re sure to repaint everything back to the original color before moving out. In short, painting is in for spring. But before you get started, you have to ask yourself some questions: What colors do I choose? Do I want to paint all my walls, or just an accent wall? How can I be sure it’ll look the way I want? To help you, the Apartment Guide Blog has partnered with Benjamin Moore color and design expert Sharon Grech for some pointers on painting your place. How to pick your color palette According to Grech, this color palette would be perfect for any apartment this spring: Image: Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17) Distant Gray (2124-70) Wickham Gray (HC-171) Calm (OC-22) Breath of Fresh Air (806) Sea Salt (CSP-95) But Benjamin Moore offers more than 3,500 colors, so you have plenty to choose from. Here are some of Grech’s pointers for picking a palette that’ll suit your space: Go to your happy place. Think of the places you love to visit and the things you love to do, and consider the colors you associate with those favorite things. Narrow it down from there. Think about how you want each room to function. Since colors have the ability to influence our moods, apply Color Theory and other decorating principles to your decision. Pay attention to how the room is lit. Use cooler colors in rooms without windows or sunshine, and use warm colors in rooms with a lot of natural light. Minimize contrast. This is particularly important in a small apartment space: Pick a harmonious color scheme that coordinates with your furnishings. This will allow the eye to travel without distraction. On the other hand, if you want to highlight a specific furniture piece, paint the walls its contrasting color. Read more: The Psychology of Color: Discover Your Color Personality Get started painting Start with primer. It’s important to prep the surface of your wall, especially if there are any spackled spaces, and create a smooth, paint-ready surface. When picking a paint sheen, remember that sheen affects the amount of light reflected from the painted surface. It can hide imperfections and influence color perception. Once you’ve assessed the lighting in your room and picked a color, ask the paint experts at your home improvement store for advice on the sheen. Read more: Apartment Décor: Is Orange the New Black? Spruce up the space even further Don’t be afraid to hang large works of art — even small spaces can handle them. If your lease doesn’t allow for painting walls, paint large canvases in your favorite colors and hang them. You’ll achieve a color block effect that you can easily remove. Rather than scattering small framed items on several walls, create a focal wall by bringing all your art and collectibles together. Be creative and plentiful with your storage options — pretty baskets, storage ottomans and boxes are attractive and useful. Minimize your clutter. Having more visible wall and floor space gives the illusion of a larger space. Reflective and translucent items can help maximize space visually, so include some glass and mirrored surfaces.
Have you ever really considered what interior paint can do for your home? Sure most people will answer that paint can spruce things up in your home but have you considered the effect that paint has on your energy efficiency?
We can come to your home and add beautiful long lasting paint that has thermal properties (lead free of course) that will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home! People have been painting their living quarters for centuries actually longer.
In some cases that paint lasts literally throughout history (think cave paintings). Modern paint history started in the early 1700’s with the invention of a machine that would more accurately mix colors. Through out modern history paint and its manufacture has been an important part of societal evolution.
Of course throughout the years in modern times there have been some changes! Some of those changes have affected the paint industry positively while others not so much!
We use the best quality paint in all of our interior painting Connecticut jobs because we know that you do not want to have to repaint again in a year or two. We offer thermal paint and coatings as well so you can also get the look you love while helping to reduce energy costs.
Just in time for the holidays we can come out and give you a completely free no obligation estimate to help you see how affordable a little sprucing up can be. Whether you are trying to sell or trying to live more comfortably we can help.
We can help you to choose the best colors and the best coatings for your walls and we can give you an honest estimate that will we do our best to stay within to help your budget out.
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There is no better way to dress up your home than with a fresh coat of paint. Interior painting Connecticut is the best way to make your furniture look better. It can literally change the atmosphere in your home from drab to WOW.
Choose the affordable option to reinvent your home. Of course if it is time to sell there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to get buyers interested. Home pride starts with beautiful fresh paint that is meant to last.
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