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I need help choosing paint colors for [the interior of] my house.

I just need ideas. If you want to give me HTML codes, I wouldn't hate it, but since the computer would probably show me a different exact color than you are seeing, approximate colors are fine.

My sunroom is currently light blue. I'll probably leave it that color until I have my painting party, and it gets painted all funkitatedly by people. (This painting party will occur before my housewarming party, which will be no later than the end of summer... but I have no dates for you yet)

My other rooms aren't currently BAD colors (pale yellow/green, periwinkle, tan) but I'd like to paint it myself to give it my own feel, and to freshen it up.

So yeah. Ideas. Colors. Brands? aaaand GO!



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May. 29th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)

Hot pink and black. Or red. Make a checkerboard. Or glow in the dark.
May. 29th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. While I like the idea of being able to do anything I want, and painting however I want... I still think I'm a little more boring than hot pink and black. And not talented or patient enough to paint a checkerboard.

A dark red might be nice, though.

Glow in the dark paint would pretty much be awesome, but probably quite weird for anyone sleeping in there. And it would probably only work for like 10 minutes after you turned off the lights anyway, like those stars I used to put on my ceiling.

I think I'm going to re-paint my sunroom, or rather, have friends and people come over and we'll all paint together. You can do a checkerboard. Hot pink and black if you want.
May. 29th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, also check out behr.com for their visualizer. Also Lowe's and other places can match colors that other companies (like sherwin williams) make, or can match a piece of fabric that you have.

My recommendation: if you do any red be sure to use a gray primer otherwise you will have to do a million coats like we did. Also don't go too shiny except in the bathroom and kitchen. I think we did "eggshell" for the other places and "semi-gloss" for those two rooms.

have fun!!
May. 29th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
My bathroom and kitchen have wallpaper, so neither of those will be painted. Eventually my bathroom will be rid of that nasty flower paper, but not today. My kitchen has green stripes and I like it.
May. 29th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
My condo was painted in flat paint. I hate it. And since I basically had to move in immediately (since the closing was pushed back so many times), I couldn't paint before I moved in. Painting now would be a royal pain. But if it turns out I'm going to be here a while (I'll know for sure in a few months)... maybe I will paint.
May. 29th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Painting 99% of a wall doesn't take very long. Getting the last 1% perfect can be a tedious pain. Be sure to carefully take off (or tape over) all the light switches, etc. so you don't get paint on them.
May. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
that's why dad's bringing himself, a step stool, and a paint edger? or something?

I'm getting new light switches. My current ones are fugly.
May. 29th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
are good for stuff like that. Make sure he teaches you what he is doing and how he is doing it. Since you are getting new light switch covers, go ahead and remove the old ones. Easier to paint that way. Don't forget to put a piece of masking tape over the switch lever. Choose colors you will like long term. You will know why when you are done with this paint job. Also, very bright, bold and dark colors are very difficult to paint over. They will require a coat or two of primer before you can repaint later, and you will most likely have to repaint when you sell the home, because you will want to go more neutral for the potential buyers. You don't know how many times I have taken a client into a house and watched the looks on their faces when they "freaked" at the strange colors some people put on their walls. Walpaper, pastels and "popcorn" ceilings (the "lumpy stuff" that is most likely up there now) are definitely "out" these days. Slightly off-whites, however vanilla are still safe. Reds and Golds are the new in colors, and your darker greens. Try to stay away from Primary Colors, it makes it look like a day care center. Good luck, where a hat and long sleeves and put down lots of dropcloths!
May. 30th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: Dads
I opted for shorts and an old shirt, bright but muted colors (including a dark sage green) that I will eventually paint over when I sell, masking tape lining all baseboards, doors, windows... I should have done the light switch thing. Instead I painted over them with plans to remove. I did paint around the actual switch though.

And yeah, my dad helped a lot with it. Thanks for your advice!
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