Repainting your home can be an exciting time for creativity as you give your home a fresh look. If you are putting your home on the market it is an inexpensive way to make your home look its best. Perhaps you are in the mood for something new. Repainting your home might be just the thing to usher in the holiday season. Whatever your reason, it is good to gain some basic knowledge about paint before heading to the store for supplies. Professional real estate agent in Downers Grove, Paul Titterington, has some need to know info to get you started.
The Sheen for You
It is important to consider the purpose of the room for which you are painting in order to choose the right sheen. Flat paint is good for interior walls. Homeowners use this sheen especially for areas with many imperfections. It is also easy to touch up if needed. If you are intending to wash your newly painted walls frequently a flat paint is not the best choice, however.
An eggshell finish is more resistant than flat and is good for the dining room or living room. You can wash walls with this sheen regularly and it is easy to clean. Keep in mind that it is not good for rooms with a lot of moisture.
Satin is a common finish that works well in kitchens and bathrooms. There is no problem washing it and it also cleans well. As with the eggshell it I more difficult to touch up than a flat sheen.
Last, a gloss finish provides the most durability and is good for surfaces that get regular use or for trim or molding. Opposite of the flat finish, gloss does not do well on surfaces with many imperfections.
When deciding on the color of your paint it is a good idea to do some research first. Consult an interior designer if you really want to make the most of it. The important thing is to make sure that your color combinations go well with each other and incorporate the furniture in the room. Remember that color affects your mood as well. Using a lot of dark colors is typically not a good idea, however, using it on one wall in a room as an accent can accomplish a bold and engaging look. Also, keep in mind that color is affected by the lighting in your home. There isn’t much you can do about this at the store. However, you can buy one sample of the paint to try out on your wall at home. Using large sheets of paper on the walls for the purpose of testing is another useful way to find out what the colors will look like on your wall.
Tips for Touch Up
If you decide to touch up some rooms try to use the same medium for paint application and try to be as gentle as possible. In the event that you run out of the original paint, you should be able to get new paint matched with the old at a paint store. Try to use the same brand of paint as the original and definitely the same sheen. Fair warning, however, touching up can be a challenge and it is sometimes worth it to just repaint the room.
To get your home ready for the market contact professional Realtor Paul Titterington.