Paint...A Good and Inexpensive Way to Transform a Room!

By
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty 100 Milwaukee Wisconsin

Paint…you can use it to emphasize a rooms great features or to downplay its negative features.  Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes.  Paint is a low-cost remedy for common complaints with interiors and allows one to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention!

As you choose your paint, you should think about the experience that you wish to obtain.
For example, a baby’s room should typically convey peace and quiet….hopefully!  A color which exudes warmth such as a soft pink or yellow helps to convey this!   Always sample paint colors on a wall.  Paint a big patch of the color on walls and trim.  Look at the samples from opposite sides of the room and at different times of the day to watch how the paint color changes.  Evaluate your perception of the room and how it makes you feel. 

You can enlarge the room by painting walls white, cream or cool colors (blues and greens).  These colors reflect light and make the space appear visually larger.  Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling.
   
A palette of soft colors or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues.   These colors may do well in the master bath or master suite where you want to convey a quiet, personal space. 

To emphasize notable features in a room with paint, use a color which contrasts with the color of the walls.  Dress crown moldings and other trims in white to make them pop!

Not everything should stand out!  Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.
   
Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.

The good news…To paint a 12-by-12-ft. room by yourself will only set you back about  $150, including paint, primer, brushes, and other painting  supplies. A professionally painted room using high-quality paint will cost approximately $200-$400.

Comments (2)

Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

Great information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,

Randy

Feb 18, 2014 12:37 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Kevin Dale Marciniak

I cannot even begin to tell you how many homes I have seen in our market that paint would make a huge extra and help it sell

Jan 14, 2015 12:09 PM

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