According to a new survey by Nielsen and Sherwin-Williams, 72 percent of homeowners believe there is a positive emotional impact that results from painting a space. It’s no surprise, then, that nearly half of homeowners are enthusiastic about doing a home-painting project, and more than half of homeowners plan to paint an area in their home in the next 12 months, according to those same survey results.
A small project can make a bold impact on your home, such as painting a front door. Nearly half of all homeowners haven’t had their front door painted in two or more years, according to the survey.
Whether your project is big or small, John Gidding of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”, “Dream Home” and Fox’s “Home Free” has five tips to liven up your space and make a bold impression:
Decide on Your Style
It doesn’t take much time or money to make a sophisticated, bold impression in your home. It has everything to do with finding your style. Paint is an easy and affordable way to define what makes you unique and personalize your space on any budget.
Find color inspiration everywhere
A color-matching app from Sherwin Williams called the ColorSnap Visualizer is a great way to help you bring color into your home in big or small ways. While traveling, snap a photo of something that inspires you and match the colors to Sherwin-Williams colors. Or simply upload a favorite photo and click on one of the colors from the image to match it.
Make One Change At a Time
You only have one day? That’s still enough time to make a simple change that makes a big impact. Spend a few spare hours on a Saturday painting a front door. It’s a fun project that is actually relatively easy and hugely rewarding. Small changes like this will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and give you the time to enjoy each improvement in your home, one small change at a time.
Think Outside the Box and Do Something Unexpected
Go ahead and flip the room upside down. Change the color of your ceiling. Paint the frame or even the face of a mirror. Create an ombre or chevron design on an accent wall. The opportunities are endless with paint and color. The more imaginative you get – the better, bigger, bolder impression you will make.
Change Your Perspective
Have something in your space that you can’t change? An awkward window, or a family antique you can’t get rid of? Rather than hide it, own it. Put it on display. Small changes to something quirky will give your space character and instantly entertain your guests as they walk into the room. “I once had a client who hated the large column in her dining/living room area. I designed a dining table that wrapped around it, using the column as support,” Gidding says. “Success.”
For more tips on how to quickly and easily make a statement upgrade to your home, go to swpaintingweek.com.
National Painting Week survey, conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Sherwin-Williams, was a national survey of homeowners.