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Choosing Colors for your House Painting Project

Your first consideration when choosing colors for your house painting project is to identify colors you like. While that point might seem obvious, it is easy to become confused when faced with the task, because color is complex.

House Painting Shades, Tints and Saturation

Colors have almost infinite shades (color + black) and tints (color + white) and values (intensity or purity). For example, your favorite color might be yellow, but is it closer to egg yolk or lemonade?

Color Combinations

You might love egg yolk yellow, but do you love it enough to cover your walls in it, or do you like it better as an accent? In either case, what colors do you like with it, a traditional white or a deep green, blue or chocolate?

Colors for your House Painting Project Painting that Enhance your Home's Style

Unless you live in a gated community or co-op where paint color choices are often restricted, you are free to paint your home in any color, and as many colors as you like. However, each architectural style has some colors that have become associated with it, and choosing among those colors enhances the style because it matches what the eye expects to see.

How to Find the Right Color for your House Painting Project

An enjoyable way to validate your color preferences is to take a walk in your neighborhood, or in one you especially like. Record your favorite colors and color combinations with a notepad or camera (without stalking, of course), especially on homes the same style as your own.

Visit paint company Web sites to view their color charts and suggested combinations. Paint stores can custom match color to any item you bring in, and they can supply you with samples or chips to test at home.

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Faux Painting Finishes

Faux Finishes
Faux painting uses fascinating techniques to create unique effects and decorative finishes on walls and other solid surfaces. Faux, meaning “false,” uses creative techniques to produce fake finishes that resemble wallpapers and three dimensional effects. Also, new products have made it possible to create plasters in unique patterns and styles.

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Oil vs. Latex Paints

Oil vs. Latex Paint
Painting is one of the few home improvement projects that can instantly transform a space. By simply adding a coat of fresh paint you can turn a distressed space into a clean and consistent finish or even turn a dark dreary space into a lively and bright one. Furthermore, by using a fresh coat of high-quality paint you are making your surfaces easier to wash and more abrasion-resistant.

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Using Quality Paint

Using Quality Paint
When it comes to painting, about 90 percent of a good paint job is in the preparation. This, however, doesn’t mean that the other 10% should be ignored. Preparation gets the surface ready for paint, but if the paint isn’t of good quality then it will soon fall apart from cracking, peeling and chipping. The quality of the paint, therefore, is vital to a good, long lasting paint job.

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