Paint – The Most Cost Effective Improvement For Your East Bay Home
Whether you are planning to sell your East Bay home or you just want to make it more enjoyable to live in, new paint can provide the feel of a completely different home, offering the ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention.
But please don’t re-paint your old white walls with new white paint. In fact white is the one color I strongly advise against, except on ceilings. It really is so twentieth century! Check out these tips if you really want to see the difference paint can make:
Cream, pastel colors etc. create the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance will visually expand that space.
A monochromatic scheme can also create a spacious feel. Paint walls and trim to match your furnishings. The resulting lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.
When a room feels too big, warm colors will draw the walls inwards, creating an intimate feel because darker hues absorb light. A dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) can also help to make a room with a high ceilings less cavernous.
The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or any quiet, personal space. Restricting yourself to a palette of subtle, understated colors or muted tones can help you instill a calming atmosphere. Pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues are good examples.
Feature a focal point in a room by painting it a color that contrasts with walls but remember that not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Black iron staircases, dark wood moldings and kitchen or bathroom cabinets etc. painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.
Using flat paint also helps hide flaws. High-gloss paint should be avoided in most cases, particularly on walls because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.
And if in doubt about what colors to use, visit some model East Bay homes. Toll Brothers, Pulte etc. spend lots of money on market research to find out the colors that home buyers prefer. Why not take advantage of it?