HOMEGIRL: To Paint Or Not To Paint

paint.jpgDo you look around your house or apartment sometimes and think ‘something is missing?’ Does your place seem bland or lack personality? Well, don’t buy that new couch if you can spruce up with a simple coat of paint.

Painting is the single most inexpensive, atmosphere altering thing you can do your living space for about $20.
Now, adding color is very scary to some folks. There is the fear of choosing a color that compliments the room’s furniture or mounted pictures and maybe not liking the end result. The good thing is, if you don’t like it, change it!

Don’t be scurred, paint is your friend. Whether you like neutrals like cream, taupe, and grey or bold colors like red, blue, green or orange, there is a hue for everyone.

So here are a few steps that I’ve compiled so you can get started:

-Look Around.

Assess the color palette of your current furniture. What colors do you think will match? Do you care if it matches?


Pick whether you’d like to paint an entire room one color, or just freshen up an accent wall.

-Check the competition.

Take your notes on all of the above and head to the paint store. It can be very overwhelming since the average color selection is endless. I recommend Benjamin Moore, Behr and Ralph Lauren paints. They each have a beautiful color palette.

-Go Slowly.

If you are a paint virgin (meaning this is your first venture into self-decorating), stick with colors that aren’t  too shocking and maintain your comfort zone.

-Don’t be afraid to test paints.

Brands like Ralph Lauren have test packets available for just $4.

-Choosing how much.

Once you’ve selected a color, assess how much paint the area you’re tackling needs. For example, a 10 x 12 room will probably require two gallons of paint, depending on how many coats are applied.

-Get your tools.

Make sure you have the proper painting utensils: paint pan, brushes, rollers, painter’s tape (you aren’t a pro yet), and if necessary, buy an extender rod for those hard-to-reach or high areas.

Though painting may seem laborious, it can also be very therapeutic and it just might make you feel accomplished. Wait until your friends come over and ask if you’ve bought a new sofa. Of course you didn’t, you just spend $20 on a can of paint. But they don’t have to know that.


Like Miss Zoe’s home advice? Check out her first post here.

Last 5 posts by Parlour