The Benefits of Painting Your Home’s Interior
The Benefits of Painting Your Home’s Interior
We have already talked about why this fall is the perfect time to paint your home’s exterior, but what about the interior? Painting the interior of your home can do a lot more for you than just give you a new color, read on to learn more!
The Ultimate Clean
Maybe you are a neat freak, and you faithfully dust, vacuum, and mop until your home sparkles. If your interior walls have not been painted recently, they can still look dirty even after a thorough scrub. If they haven’t been painted in a really long time, scrubbing may not be an option, and you will just be rubbing color off the walls and leaving a bare spot. If you have children or pets, you know that little sticky fingers and dirty paws can wreak havoc on your walls, and there could be areas where dirt has accumulated and is marring the look of your home. Or, you may have a little Picasso who has gotten ahold of a marker of the permanent variety, and no amount of scrubbing is going to erase their masterpieces. Painting your walls instantly makes your home look cleaner (even if you aren’t a clean freak!), and breathes new life into an older house. Base trim is one area of interior rooms that can look dirty quickly with scuffs and dings, and paint can restore that clean, uniform look that instantly updates and modernizes your home. When you are going to paint it is also a great time to fill in small cracks, holes, dents, or damaged corners in your house, and once you paint over these areas they will look as good as new. Paint really is a great cleaning tool, so if you feel like your rooms aren’t looking as sharp as they could, it could be your solution!
Do you have plaster walls? Plaster that is not sufficiently covered by a layer of paint can create dust in the home as it wears off the walls, and paint forms a protective coating that can keep dirt and dust to a minimum. Even if your home is newer, drywall can absorb moisture over time, and painting seals out any moisture and keeps your walls from adding weight and affecting your home’s structural integrity. You could have problems with mold or mildew, and to completely eliminate them you must not only clean the affected area, but seal it with a high quality paint. Paint can repel dirt, dust, and allergens, and make it easier to clean these contaminants off of your walls, or sweep them up off of the floor. Protect your walls and interior trim and make them not only resistant to debris, but easier to clean and maintain. Many newer paints are able to be scrubbed without losing their sheen or color, so you can go longer in between touch up applications.
Okay, you can clean and protect your walls, but what most people are after is a dramatic visual change to their living spaces, and paint is a great way to do that! Maybe you have a smaller living room that is an unfortunate shade of dark brown, making it appear even more cramped and claustrophobic. Painting the walls a light, airy white can really open up your space, and create visual space that wasn’t there before. White paint is a great neutral, and can instantly update a room that screams 80s or 90s and make it feel more modern and current. In the same way that a light paint color can create space, a darker color can make a large space feel cozier, and is great for creating a sanctuary feeling in a bedroom. Darker colors can be used on just one wall to add in a pop of color without completely closing in a whole room. Just a change of color can make a room feel different, and color can affect mood. Reds and oranges read as exciting, energetic, and dynamic, while yellows are often seen as bright and cheery. Blue is a serene, calming color, and purple gives a rich, elegant touch. Using your favorite color on your interior walls can customize your space and make it feel more personal. Even if you are going completely neutral on the walls, you can use a color to make the trim or the ceiling stand out; this is especially nice when you have an older home with thick, intricate trim work. Speaking of ceilings, don’t forget about them! If you paint your walls a bright white and your ceilings are a dingy yellow, it will only highlight them. Repainting your ceilings is the finishing touch that can make your room look complete. You don’t need to settle on white for ceilings, they can be the same color as your walls, or they can be the main focal point in a deep jewel tone. If your home needs a boost, consider how powerful painting your rooms a new color can be.
Increase Home Value
Thinking of selling your home? One of the best ways to add value to your home is with paint. Paint is an easy and inexpensive way to “remodel”, and you will usually recoup all of your investment. Paint makes your home look newer, cleaner, and more attractive to potential buyers. Whether you are covering up an outdated color, or just making your walls look brand new, paint can impress buyers and breathe new life into your home. If you are thinking of only making small changes before you put your home on the market, paint will have a big return on investment.
While paint can have a dramatic impact, it isn’t that difficult to change and you don’t have to commit to a color forever. While putting a second story on your home, adding a bathroom, or completely reconfiguring your kitchen are major changes that would be expensive to undo, painting your walls can be redone when you are ready for something new. If you decide that accent wall isn’t going with your new furniture choices, just swap it out for something else! Paint is powerful, but it is not something you have to commit to forever.
Maybe the best reason to have your interior walls painted is that you will enjoy your home more! Don’t put off painting until you move, having freshly painted walls can make you love relaxing in your living room, cooking and baking in your kitchen, and even getting ready in the bathroom! Paint is a powerful tool that can make a room seem larger, make your furniture look better, and can boost your mood with a great color choice. If you are looking for interior house painting in Washington D.C., Rent Painters are here to help! Let us take care of the painting process, and you can enjoy the results!