Spring is the perfect time to paint the interior of your home—for many reasons. Emotionally, spring is a time of renewal, a fresh start of sorts. So painting a room can leave you not only with a sense of accomplishment but with a sensation of starting over with a ‘new’ room. Even if you paint the same exact color, it’s fresh and clean. No marks, no fingerprints. And of course, changing the color can invoke a different emotion entirely, depending on the color you choose.
The Perfect Time
Logistically, spring is the perfect time to paint because of the changing weather, at least here in the Northeast. You’ll want fresh air in the room while you’re working, so plan to begin your project once the weather is warmer and when there is no rain in the forecast. Ideally, the temperature should be comfortable, and the humidity very low. This allows you to open all the windows for maximum air flow, providing the perfect drying conditions for your walls.
Painting for Maintenance
Painting the interior of your home is also part of the regular maintenance necessary to protect your investment and keep you home in the best condition. Regular painting (every 3 to 5 years) can prevent surface cracks in your walls. Using moisture barrier paint in areas such as the kitchen, laundry and baths can prevent mildew. A fresh coat of paint every few years promotes cleanliness by covering marks and stains and reducing odors caused by cooking oils, pets, and smoking. This helps to maintain your home’s appearance and value. Of course, you don’t have to paint the whole house at once. You can do one—or a few—rooms at a time.
Choosing Your Interior Paint Colors
Color choices are very personal and will change over time as you go through different phases of your life. Unless you plan to sell your home in the near future, go ahead and choose colors that work for you. Flip through decorator sites and magazines to get ideas. Gone are the days of pastel colors on every wall with a ceiling white. Dare to go with a darker color in a large room. Add color to the ceiling or stripes on an accent wall. Experiment with various finishes, paint a mural, have fun. Can’t quite decide on the shade you want? Check with your local paint store; most now offer paint in small quantities so you might pick up 2 or 3 or even 4 colors and try them on your wall before you decide. The light in the room makes a difference on how the color looks, and that light changes throughout the day.
Also available today is the ability to match paint color to any item. Have a favorite painting you want to hang in the room? Take it to the store and have them match your paint to “the yellow sun” in the painting, or the “perfect green” in your throw pillow. There are so many choices today, the possibilities are endless.
If you’re a hands-on type of person, painting a room can be a rewarding project. If it’s not for you, or you simply don’t have the time, Heart & Soul Handyman Services can do the job for you. From helping you chose the type of paint you need, calculating the amount needed, and expertly prepping the area to completing the job, your room will have a ‘fresh start’ in no time.More