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When you paint a room, it can completely transform the space. It makes the room fresh and lean, and you can create the feeling that you want. When you are painting a small space, you need to choose the right colors and pay attention to the impact it has on the space. Continue reading to learn common mistakes made when repainting a small space.
Choosing the Wrong Color
There are several ways that people choose the wrong color. You can’t just select a color from the chips at the paint store and expect them to look the same. They will look different based on the lighting in the room.
The best way to select your color is to ask for a small sample from the paint store and try it out on your wall. Make sure that you look at it in both natural and artificial light so that you know how it will look throughout the day. If you don’t like it, you can try another color.
The other paint color mistake is choosing a color that makes the room feel smaller and darker. You should avoid dull, muted colors because they will make your room feel smaller. If the room is lacking natural light, you won’t get the benefit of white paint reflecting light to make the room appear larger.
Choose colors that brighten the room and contrast them with white trim. Some great colors include sunny yellow, light blue, soft gray, or lavender.
Painting Without Enough Light
Sometimes small spaces don’t have much natural light, and a common mistake is painting in dim lighting. The problem is that it may look great when you finish, but when you have more light, you will see imperfections and the color may look different. You should be sure to have good lighting in the room when you are painting so that you can see the results of your work.
Bumping the Ceiling with the Roller
It only takes being distracted for a second to accidentally bump the ceiling with your roller. This can create a mess and you will have to clean it later. You should start the wall by painting a horizontal strip that is parallel to the ceiling. Then you can start rolling vertically and you won’t accidentally go up too far.
You should also make sure that you have the ceiling taped off for extra protection. When you are painting a smaller room, make sure that you are using a roller with a shorter handle. This will help you control it so that you don’t accidentally paint other surfaces.
Painting the Room White
People used to say that you should paint a small room white to open it up. However, the advantage of white paint comes from its ability to reflect natural light off the walls. If you have a small room without a lot of natural light, white can actually cause dark shadows in the corners.
If you need to turn the lights on during the day, then white is not the right color. You can choose a medium-toned color instead, such as sage green or powder blue.
When you are painting a small room, you should take the time to choose a great color. The color can help you create the feeling you want in the space. Be sure to try a sample of the paint on the wall before you choose your color, and take the time to prepare the room so that you don’t get paint on the ceiling or the floor.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.