YOU NEED TO KNOW THESE PAINT HACKS AND TIPS BEFORE PAINTING YOUR NEW HOME
Eggshell, cloud, ghost, ivory? It all looks white (ish) at the end of the day.
There are so many colours to choose from it can often be quite overwhelming, but today you’re in luck - because we sat down with Jennylyn Pringle from Homestead House to talk about the best practices for painting!
Don’t choose your colour from a magazine. I know the rooms in those pictures look SUPER pretty but the reality is, the colour will look VERY different in the photo compared to standing in the room. Images get retouched, colour corrected, enhanced, etc… so it’s going to be nearly impossible to recreate that colour.
Don’t paint directly onto the wall when looking at the colour unless you paint a really large swatch area. The old colour around it will change your perspective of how the colours reads in your eyes, so it’s not really an accurate assessment of what things will look like in the end.
Don’t fall prey to decision fatigue! Almost every slightly different shade of paint has a name and a swatch.
Side note: Swatches are too small to get a sense of the colour.
Your best defence against feeling overwhelmed is planning out our colour choices before even walking into a store. Which leads us to:
Make a mood board! Find some inspiration before really diving in. This doesn’t have to come from magazines, it can come right from the furniture or art already in the room!
Also keep in mind that lighting is going to alter how the colour looks, so be sure to consider it under natural lighting, electrical lighting, and evening light.
One of my favourite tricks to test a colour, is to grab a large piece of cardboard or bristol board and paint it entirely. You can then put it on the wall to see the colour and more importantly - move it around to get a better sense of how all your walls are going to look. It’s such a game changer - i promise you’ll thank me.
Check out Jennylyn and her awesome Fusion Mineral Paint Line!