Posted by McKenzie
on Oct 19th 2018
Refresh Your Paint for the Holidays
With the holidays just around the corner, you may be itching to revamp your home's interior before playing host to the legion of guests the season brings. Here are some of the easiest ways to make an old paint job look new again for the holidays, brought to you by Painter1's interior painting professionals.
While darker, moodier colors are all the rage during the holidays, these color schemes aren't for everyone. And that's okay! If you feel you've chosen a color that makes your space feel too cramped and dreary now that the days are getting shorter, you can always lighten it up with a fresh paint job. Paint isn't permanent and can be changed whenever you want. If you're set on your current paint color but still want to bring some light back into the room, you can manipulate the space by hanging mirrors, getting rid of curtains, renovating your light fixtures, or adding light colored furniture and decor.
Add Color to a Neutral Room
Neutral rooms are safe and timeless, but they can grow boring after a while. Sometimes you just crave a space that's interesting to look at. If you're looking to breathe life back into a neutral room, add some fun pops of color. You can paint an eye-catching accent wall, incorporate colorful furniture and decor, hang some art, or place plants around the room. Bright additions of color will make the whole space completely new and dynamic again.
Try New Painting Techniques
Fresh, new painting techniques may be just what your old space needs to become something special. Paint doesn't have to be just one solid color with a flat texture. You can add patterns such as stripes, chevrons, polka dots, or squares to make a playful sort of wall art. Or add texture and depth through simple tools such as plastic sheets, textured glaze or paint, brushes, and sponges. It's a creative way to contemporize your space and refresh a paint job.
Sometimes only one color doesn't quite do the trick. Two-tone walls create a lot of visual interest in a previously bland room, and it's a relatively uncomplicated technique for a striking effect. Simply divide the wall in half horizontally, choose two colors and paint one on the top half of the wall and the other on the bottom half. Usually, the two paints are from the same color family (ex: two shades of blue, or two shades of green) but you can also choose two completely different colors to pair together.
One of the simplest ways to make a paint job look fresh is to make the room monochromatic and match all of the decor to your paint color. It creates a stunning and harmonious effect, bringing a new sense of interest to your original paint. But it's important that you do it in a way that makes sense. Monochromatic does not mean designing a room exclusively with one color in one value, but rather variations of one color in different shades, tints, and tones. It keeps the room from feeling monotonous and gives the illusion of depth.
Do Some Touch Ups
If you don't have the time or money to do a completely new paint job you can always choose to touch the paint up instead. In fact, touching up paint is often easier than repainting a whole room. All you need to do is educate yourself on how to apply the paint and what paint will be easiest for you to make the necessary touch-ups your wall needs. If possible, work with the same paint you originally used (though if the can is more than a few years old it may be unusable) and thin it down before getting started to slow the wicking process. Also, try to apply the paint with the same tools you used the first time to match textures.
Revamping a paint job can be as simple or complex as you want, from simply switching out the surrounding decor to completely redoing the paint itself. Whether you're planning on hosting a big holiday celebration and want to impress, or you simply want to do something different in celebration of the changing seasons, your options are limitless.
Do you have any questions? Contact one of our Painter1 professional painting contractors to discuss refreshing your paint job today. We're happy to help!