Craving a change in your home? If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your space, you’re in luck. Paint comprising of jewel tones are big this year and immediately add energy and excitement to any room. Consider colors such as Sherwin-Williams Tempe Star if you’re looking for a rich teal color or Juneberry for a deep pink.
If color on the walls isn’t for you, consider Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Alabaster. “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white,” according to Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing. For more neutral ideas, take a look at Sherwin-Williams Pura Vida collection, which includes more tan and gray tones.
Have a color picked out and ready to paint? Here are some helpful tips for making your job a bit easier from Real Simple!
Prep the Walls
Clean the walls of dust, dirt and grease, which will hinder your ability to get a smooth finish. Dampen a cellulose sponge with water and a little mild dish soap, then rinse walls with clean water.
Tape off Trim, Windows and Door Frames
Use painters tape to trim off the windows, door frames, and molding and baseboards to protect the areas. Just be sure to remove the tape right after, otherwise you risk peeling off your new job if you do it after the wall dries.
Prime the Walls
You can skip this step if your paint has primer included, but it’s never a bad idea to prime the walls to ensure a consistent finish.
Cut in with a Brush
Use a brush to paint around trim, extending the paint around three inches from doors, windows and moldings, or anywhere your roller can’t fit, like corners of walls and tight spaces.
Paint in a ‘W’
“For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you’re finished. Paint one wall at a time,” according to Real Simple.
Paint the Trim
Once the walls are dry, tape off the wall from the trim and paint your moldings, door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush.
Inspired to pick up a paint brush? Tell us, which color do you have your eye on for your home?