Patricia M. McCorry, JD, CRB, GRI's Blog
When it comes to painting inside your home, you might have to fight that inner voice that says "white, white, white" or just barely off-white when you visit the paint store. Or you might hear the voice of a television designer saying "go with that neutral gray, or beige, or greige, whatever that is. But if your soul seeks color and your heart skips a beat when you see reds, blues, greens, and even oranges, don't let fear of the voices hold you back.
Paint is one of the few ways to individualize your home that (a) won’t break the bank and (2) can be covered up when necessary. So, if you’re drawn to bold colors, just go for it. Add some into your life. Here are five ways to creatively use paint to add color to your walls.
- Accent wall. When you’re first starting out adding color to your home, it’s okay to take baby steps. One way is to choose a single wall on which to add a bold, deep, bright, or dark hue. While you may not have too many options, the best wall to choose is one that has architectural details that your color can highlight. That means, choose the wall with the arch, the French doors, the clerestory windows or that sit below the stair rail.
- Another accent wall to choose is the fireplace wall. Since most of the space likely has brick, tile or stone, paint the area above or to the sides of the fireplace as an accent.
- Doors are another place to be bold. Of course, it's fashionable to have a bright splash of color on your front entry, but you can dress up the rest of your doors too, so give them some rich farmhouse red or deep aqua that makes your heart sing.
- Cabinets or built-ins. Because shelving, doors, and other built-ins lend themselves to lovely semi-gloss or high-gloss paints, turning your set-in bookshelves, kitchen island cabinets, or bathroom vanity into a beautiful colorful display gives just the right juxtaposition to your white or light walls and ceiling.
When preparing to paint in a more deeply saturated color family, start by bringing home sample sizes of the colors you love. Paint a swatch on the proposed wall (if you’re brave) or on a sheet of butcher paper and then hang it on that wall. Live with it for several days and observe the color in all light variations from early morning to late evening so that you know what the final result will be before you put it on the wall.
If you’re renting and want a wall of your own to paint, and the house that goes with it, speak to your local real estate professional to get started on your home search now.
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Some houses benefit from extensive care over the years, while others show a lot of tough love. When it comes time to move on and sell your house, it might need repairs to get top dollar when selling. Fixing it up to sell is one option, but for those selling hurriedly without extra funds for significant repairs, here are tips for selling a house that may need a little work "as-is."
Clean it Up
Keeping your house neat and tidy can go a long way. While looking around at the ins and outs of your home, the day-to-day living will show. It is always worth giving a great first impression to a potential buyer. Buyers that see a cluttered house also will see that there aren't many storage options.
A delightful and maintained garden creates an appealing outer appearance. If there is not much to your landscaping, there are options to create a more welcoming lawn. If dealing with mostly concrete, adding gravel can be soothing to the eye. The area will become more attractive with this simple addition. Getting rid of weeds, keeping the grass trimmed, and adding some potted flowers can make quite a difference. Don't be afraid to stand out!
Another simple clean-up task is the windows. Most buyers head to windows right away to get a view of the house. Clean windows and sills can change a good impression to a great one.
Display Outstanding Features
Every house has its own unique gems. Don't be afraid to boast about the good qualities of your house. Floor plans, original fixtures, or anything unusual about the house are useful to point out to any type of buyer.
Create a focus on your selling points. A beautiful patio, ample storage, and distinctive views matter to many buyers and help with the transition of a sale.
Highlight the location of the house as well. If the house is in a well-known, desired neighborhood, be sure to point it out. Don't forget to mention public transportation, schools in the area, and the commute to specific stores or parts of town. People desire to live in a great house, but they also want great surroundings.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Taking the initiative to fix smaller repairs can be beneficial. Huge renovations aren't always needed. To make your place have a better appearance, often cosmetic repairs are what is necessary: Any holes or stains on the walls and ceilings should be taken care of right away. Deep cleaning appliances and bathrooms will go a long way. Leaky pipes and other small broken fixtures should be fixed immediately. Broken hinges and doors are noticeable but also easy to fix.
The Price is Right
Presenting a charade isn't the goal here. The buyer will see the amount of work needed to achieve their dream house, and that should be reflected in the price as well. An overpriced property can turn away a lot of buyers.
Rely on the advice and expertise of your real estate professional to help you set the correct pricing for a quick but profitable sale.
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Applying fresh coat paint is one of the easiest ways to revamp your home inside and out, especially when a professional painter does it. Many homeowners view painting as an easy job, but it is a complicated job that requires patience, skills, and the right tools. Before you attempt to give your room a new coat of paint, it is important to know the common mistakes most people make. However, identifying these mistakes doesn't guarantee a flawless job, so it will be wise for you to avoid the hassles and hire a pro to get it right.
Using the wrong brush
There are times when a paintbrush is the best tool to use, and there are times when it is better to use a roller. However, there are several types of paintbrushes out there, so it is essential to know which one you need before you decide to carry out a painting job in your home. Apart from buying the brushes, you need to know which works best. For example, synthetic brushes work best with latex paint while natural bristle brushes are ideal for oil-based paints.
Painting a dirty surface
Your walls might look like they don’t need cleaning, but actually, they do. Before you paint your ceilings or walls, it is essential you clean them. When the paint gets applied on a clean surface, it looks and stays better, but if there is dirt or dust, it will interfere and result in a rough job.
Putting too much paint on the roller
Many people think putting more paint on the roller will get the job done fast, but too much paint on the roller will drip and spread roughly. Instead, dip your roller lightly into the paint and roll back and forth on a tray until the paint stops dripping.
Painting on a un-prepped surface
If you want your painting efforts to be sleek, make sure you remove flaking and peeling paints. Also, glossy surfaces need a good scraping or sanding before applying a fresh coat paint. Otherwise, the paint won't stick well.
Skipping the tape
Apply tape around door frames, windowsills, and any place that requires clean edges. Unless you are an expert at cutting in, failing to use tape will result in a sloppy-looking paint job.
Skipping the Primer
Primer helps cover the old color from bleeding through; it makes your paint durable and also adheres the paint to the wall.
Painting the Ceiling Last
If you paint the walls as well as the ceiling, it is best you paint the ceiling first or else the drips from the ceiling may ruin the paint job on the walls.
Call a professional painter to help you with your painting job at home for the best results.