From Marielle Collins on February 12, 2014 in Painting
In the New Year many people want a fresh start, and your home can be a great place for that. Embody change this spring with a makeover for one or many of the rooms in your house. An easy way to do this without investing too much time or money is to have a contractor give your favorite space a brand new paint job. Every season brings an influx of new colors, trendy patterns and interesting paint techniques. This spring is no exception with designers craving everything from modern and simple colors, to bright and bold hues. Choose a notable style this year for your bedroom walls, or a color favorite that matches your personality. Either way, home interior painting is a fast and cost effective way to enjoy a refreshed interior in 2014.
Newest Painting Trends and Styles
Pantone’s color report for Spring 2014 names Radiant Orchid as the color of the year. This mix of fuchsia, purple and pink creates a warm inviting tone perfect for a single statement wall or a bedroom or bathroom. Other popular statement colors are coral and vivid pink as well as crisp avocado green for a fresh look. Yellow is also a favorite wall color choice for 2014, and will brighten up any room. Some more masculine paint color ideas are steel grey for a clean and modern feel and deep ocean blue to inspire calm and serene thoughts.
Types of Paint – Paint Composition, Paint Type
Choosing what type of paint to use when redoing a room is also an important decision. Take into account paint composition and finish type when determining what will work best for your space.
Oil-based paint and water-based paint each have certain advantages and disadvantages that you should consider when selecting what your contractor should use. Most water-based paints are easily cleaned up with water, resist cracking and hold their color over time. Oil based paint on the other hand has an attractive gloss finish and creates a hard and durable finish. Most wall paint today is water based however, and oil-based paint is used more for furniture and floors.
Another thing to consider is what type of finish you want for your walls. Flat paint creates a low-reflecting surface perfect for ceilings and other areas in your home that may have imperfections you want to hide. This finish can also be difficult to clean, however, so it may not be the best choice for hallways or bathrooms. Eggshell or satin finish is easier to clean than the flat paint and has a slight sheen. This would be a good choice for high traffic areas such as hallways or family rooms. Lastly there is gloss or semi gloss. This paint has a high shine and as a result may emphasize any imperfections in your surfaces. It is also very durable however and can be easily cleaned, making it popular for kitchens and bathrooms.
Eco Friendly Paint
If one of your goals for 2014 is to go green and be more environmentally friendly, consider choosing eco-friendly paint. This type of paint emits little to no environmentally unsafe materials into the air, as opposed to conventional paint that releases many harmful chemicals as soon as your contractor opens the paint can. Conventional paint uses Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to keep the paint in a blended form while in the can, and these compounds are release once paint hits the walls. Many local areas have laws about how much VOC can be present in paint, but EPA regulations allow up to 250 grams per liter of paint. If this makes you nervous, opt for certified green paint that is zero-VOC paint and is free of vinyl and toxic biocides for a great environmentally friendly choice.
The chance to change the entire look and feel of a room with home interior painting is exciting, just make sure to discuss all the various options with your contractor so you can make the best decision and end up with a room you love.