Your House is Your Haven: Don't Neglect the Interior

Tips For Transforming Your Interior Space Into A Relaxing Oasis

by Cherly King

Your home's interior gives your entire home a certain feeling, based on its decor, flooring, and wall colors. When your home's walls are white, it is essentially a blank slate, and you can update its interior with vibrant and joyful colors to bring positive emotions and give your home interior a delightful appearance. But painting your home's interior is more than selecting your favorite color and slapping it on to the walls. Here are some tips to help you paint your home and transform it into your own oasis.

Choose Your Color Scheme

The colors you select for your home's walls should create a positive environment for you. If you suffer from seasonal depression, look to paint the main room in your home or your bedroom in a yellow color, which is a bright and cheerful color. If you need a color to help you relax after working a stressful job each day, blue or green colors are great for this. If you are dealing with a lot of anger in your life, you should consider avoiding the color red for your walls, as it can bring out emotions of anger.

However, you can also choose a neutral tone to paint throughout your home. For example, grey is a popular neutral color that comes in a variety of shades. Or you can go with a neutral sand or tan color for your home's interior walls.

Select the Right Paint

Once you have an idea of the paint color you want for your home, look at the paint swatches at a local paint store to find one that matches your design image. You can take several swatches home with you to match them to a specific color already present in your home.

You can also purchase small sample paint cans to apply one or more specific colors to your wall to see which ones look the best. Paint on your home wall may look different to you than it does under the store's lighting, as your home may have a slightly different coloring with your lights or the sunlight coming into the windows.

Calculate how much paint you will need to cover your intended interior walls, remembering to calculate if you will need to apply two coatings. Also consider buying a bit more paint so you have extra to complete any touch-ups that are necessary from dings, dents, scratches, or any wall repair work you later need to complete. It is best to have a larger five-gallon bucket mixed all in one batch than several one-gallon cans. This ensures that all your paint contains the same mixture of coloring.