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Fresh Paint: Easy Ways to Upgrade The Look of Your Home

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Easy Ways to Upgrade The Look of Your Home!

Whether you are changing things up in the home you have owned pre-babies or just moved to the suburbs — there are ways to makeover your space with a few coats of paint for a brighter home. So in the spirit of being realistic about your time and money- here are some ideas on updating one room or spot in your home.

Paint a space for an instant lift

I love a nice white painted wall, and frankly, I have to get talked into a new paint color every few years. Pick one area you feel needs a bit of life, choose a color that maybe you haven’t tried before, and paint away. Once the new color hits the wall, it is a welcoming refresh and pushes me to paint more rooms. Painting an entire home is a chore, and there is no rule book stating you have to paint every part of the house for an upgrade. 

Change up the wooden stairs with a bright color

This is one of my favorites, and while it can be a bit tedious, the payoff is tremendous. First, give your stairs a refresh of a base coat or apply a new base coat. Then using painter’s tape — tape the seams of the stairs, basically at the parts you don’t want to get any paint on. Make sure you paint over the tape, so you have clean lines after the paint dries and the tape is removed. Finally, using a Semi-Gloss, paint the stairs, dry, repeat, and voila!

Colorblock for a room upgrade

You have the painter’s tape, so why not fun up the bathroom wall, kids’ room, or even the bathroom with color blocking. Color blocking can go from simple to a bit more intricate. Thankfully, there are many tutorials online that can help you more with the more artsy color blocking. I like to first use a yardstick to pencil in the line, then outline it with painter’s tape. I stick to triangles with more geometric shapes as they are frankly the easiest to do. 

Tip:  Your color blocking doesn’t have to be in geometric shapes. You can paint half the wall, half a circle, or a square on the wall. I have even used color blocking in place of a faux ‘headboard’ for my oldest son’s first toddler room. 

Paint a chalkboard wall

Are your kids at an age when they are drawing on the walls? Listen, it happens, and kids should not be drawing on the walls, but giving them a fun canvas where it is allowed will minimize it; if not, stop the tagging on your precious walls. I have had chalkboard paint on the kitchen door, cover half a wall, and at one point in the entire kids’ bedroom wall. What I love most about it is it looks chic and really can change up space. Chalkboard paint comes in an array of colors; I personally love classic black.

Tip: Before you paint your chalkboard wall, make sure the wall is smooth. I will use sandpaper or wipe the wall clean before applying the first coat. Also, I have never gotten away with just one coat; usually, you will need to do at least two coats.

7 Paint Colors that Brighten Up a Room

What paint hues brighten up a room? We asked the experts at Wallauer Paint Hardware and Design, headquartered in White Plains, New York, to shortlist what paints brighten a room up.

Benjamin Moore Excalibur Gray

While this color is on the lighter side, its grayed-out lilac hue is perfect to create an almost neutral moody feel—this color in a relaxing tone-on-tone bedroom. 

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

It is not too gray and not too light, and it has a nice mix of warmth and coolness, so it is highly adaptable to fit any style home or design theme. 

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

It is a very crisp white and really makes a statement. This shade of white is perfect for a modern Farmhouse or a more traditional home and pairs wonderfully with cool shades like blue or purple.

Benjamin Moore Victorian Mauve

A light dusty mauve that is soft, soothing, and impactful. A great option not only for a living room, but a girl’s bedroom transitioning into her teens. It is a classic and timeless color.” 

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

This color is grounding, yet adaptable. It sets the perfect foundation for nearly any color palette and works as a gentle neutral. “It gives your home a deeper, more relaxed feel than a basic white or off-white paint. 

Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray

When it comes to painting a living room. If white is too plain, color is too bold, and beige is too warm, you will not find a more fitting option than a gray like this. “It’s a light, cool color that works really well in both modern and traditional rooms.

Benjamin Moore Polaris Blue

A perfect French blue. It’s vibrant with a subtle gray undertone that keeps it understated and relaxing—just what you want your bathroom or master bedroom to feel like.