You may be thinking of putting your house on the market, or you might simply want to make it feel fresh for spring. Whatever the reason, one of the simplest, and most affordable things you can do to transform your home is to give it a fresh coat of paint.
Bright and breezy outlook
If your décor feels dated or just faded, take a look at the range of paints now available. A new colour scheme can transform the atmosphere of a room to make it look more cheerful and inviting.
By covering discoloured patches, scuffs and scratches, your room will instantly appear cleaner and fresher.
Make rooms appear more spacious
A different colour, or combination of colours, can open up a room by giving the illusion of more space.
Wall colour affects how light is reflected around a room. Pale colours reflect light to make a room appear larger whereas darker colours can be used to make a large room feel smaller and cosier.
As well as reflection, it’s also about how we perceive colours. It’s an illusion that darker colours seem nearer to us and light colours more distant. Therefore, the colour combinations you use can change your visual perception of the size of a room.
Tricks, such as painting vertical stripes, can create the impression of height and make the ceiling appear higher. Or you could elongate the look of a short room by painting one of the short walls in a lighter colour to the other walls. This gives the impression of length.
Bring character to your home
If you’d like to add character to a room, you could try including a feature wall. Rather than having all four walls the same, display your favourite flowers, patterns or colours on a single wall.
By breaking up solid blocks of colour, you can bring new dimensions to your home. And the beauty of paint is that it can be changed easily, so you can always update your feature wall if you fancy a change.
Another option is to have a colour theme that runs throughout the room or house. This would incorporate ceilings, doors, window frames and skirting boards. Contrasting or coordinating shades can be used to create an overall effect.
Transform the exterior of your house as well as the interior
First impressions count. As well as refreshing the interior of your home, take a look at the exterior.
If you’re planning to put your house on the market, it’s vital to create a positive initial impression. This can have a big impact on your property’s appeal to potential buyers – and more importantly, its value.
If your exterior paint is peeling and discoloured, it will give the impression of neglect. A fresh coat of paint will instantly transform the appearance of your home and make it look more inviting.
However, when choosing a colour, it might be advisable to avoid anything too unusual. Whites, creams, greys and browns appeal to most people and are more likely to blend in with surrounding properties.
Thanks to advances in paint technology, you can give the exterior walls of your home a protective layer. The latest external paints come with all sorts of extra features such as waterproofing and protection from rot.
Would you like to discover how a fresh coat of paint could transform your home?
Our painting and decorating team has years of experience and can help to create a fresh new environment that’s perfect for you. We can provide guidance and advice on choosing the right paint finish, wallcovering or digital mural for your home. Creative Living Decor provide painting and decorating services in and around London.