No interior design is complete without a complementary wall color to tie together the design, and create a seamless, personal style for each room.
A plethora of information is available to inspire design ideas, DIY how-to’s for painting, and other exhilarating ideas for the home. Changing seasons, popular designers, magazines and marketing teams from various companies inspire new, desirable color pallets, patterns, and finishes to match style and practical needs of every individual.
Abundant information and ideas inspire creativity, but can prove overwhelming in the planning process– especially for planning multiple rooms, or an entire home. Here is a guide focused on the painting process of interior design: a guide to step-by-step planning, and how to enjoy the process.
Some considerations: Budget, Time, & Practicality.
Consider your budget: there are endless money-saving opportunities when choosing interior paint designs. Estimate your top budget allowance before looking into the details of expenses. Plan theoretically your ideal finished product on paper, research paint pricing and services, and compare the estimated budget to the ideal expenses. From here, expenses can be altered through frugal or DIY methods.
Time: Consider the time-frame you would like the entire project to be completed by– are you moving into the home at a specific date? Set a realistic ideal time-frame, and estimate room-by-room, or step-by-step, time to fit within the larger frame.
Practicality: This refers to the color and finish of the paint. Families with children often choose paints with a finish for easy-cleaning, or a darker color to hide small imperfections that occur over time. Additionally, this can refer to the over-all design of a specific room: what paint+design would provide the most practical use of space for your lifestyle?
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After budgeting and creating a time-frame, begin researching paint color pallets and design schemes. Choosing color is truly just a matter of preference: there is no “right” or “wrong” pallet, and most advice centers around what works best for others. Consider each room as it’s own color pallet: wall paint is incorporated into the entirety of the design.
Neutral pallets are a favorite, and offer a timeless appearance that can be “re-edited” through various pops of color in decor. Neutral pallets come in a variety of light and dark colors, suitable to brighten or contrast any room.
Vibrant Colors: Though nowadays is seems as though every color is a neutral color, come pallets stand out from the crowd. Generally, neutral colors do not compete for recognition, and non-neutrals demand the eye’s attention. These colors are complementary to small spaces, accent walls, or bold design.
Patterns, Borders, & More: These can be used for any room for a multitude of purposes: adding texture, opening/contrasting spaces, incorporating color, etc. Patterns work well adding texture on accent walls, and can be extended to furniture for a complete design. Boarders serve to contrast other colors, or highlight vibrant colors and patterns in the room.
Finishes range from matte to gloss, and can be purposed for easy cleaning, single-coat, and
Flat/Matte: This finish is ideal for camouflaging small wall imperfections such as bumps and minor cracks. You may utilize this finish to avoid caulking/repairing these imperfections, so long as you ensure the dings or dents are small enough to hide. Flat finishes do not reflect light, and work well for darker colors to create a comfortable, soft space.
Flat Enamel: A variation of the standard matte, this finish provides the same qualities, but is a bit easier to clean. It will not reflect light, but works well for rooms where consistent cleaning may be necessary, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or mud rooms.
Eggshell: This finish is a low-sheen, easy-clean option, that will subtly reflect light to create a soft, but vibrant glow.
Satin: Arguably the most versatile, the satin finish offers a velvety appearance, is highly durable to clean, and offers a slight gloss with light reflection. This type of finish is often used for trim, doors, and ceilings, but can be used on walls as well.
Semi-gloss: Moving up the “glossy gradient”, the semi-gloss finish is generally used for trim, windows, doors, cabinets, etc; but can be used for walls if desired. Paints with this finish lay down smoothly, and offer a subtle, easy-clean shine.
Glossy: High-gloss paints are the most reflective, but are not often used for interior painting for their resemblance of enamel or plastic. This finish is becoming more popular as an accent for cabinets and trim, but must be applied with care on interior wall surfaces.
When considering the final product, price and quality generally go hand-in-hand. Though, understanding your needs, and how this translates to price (paint “features” you are buying) can save you from overspending on brands advertising high-priced “all-in-one” paints.
Here is an excellent guide for what to look for, and how to spot the difference in high and low-quality paints: Choosing Quality Paint
One of the most common questions our company receives concerns the quantity of paint needed for a project. This generally depends on square footage, types of surfaces to be painted, and number of coats.
A general rule-of-thumb is 1 Gallon of paint/ every 350 Sq Ft = Yields 1 coat.
We suggest you measure each room:
- Measure wall dimensions + window/door dimensions.
- Subtract window & door dimensions from wall dimensions.
To make life easier, Lowe’s Paint Calculator does all of the work for you after taking general measurements.