A new coat of paint on your home’s interior walls can create lighter mood and a fresh, new look.
Choose a warm color in the red, orange or brown family to add drama to a room. Cool colors like blue, green and lavender are calming and soothing.
An energy-saving tip: Before you start painting, seal any cracks and holes you find in the walls, and caulk around windows, doors and electrical outlets so heated or air-conditioned air won’t leak outdoors.
If you’ve never tried an electric paint roller, consider trying one out. Manufacturers say a power roller makes painting easier, quicker and more even. You can also use a paint roller to finish your outdoor deck or porch.
Here is some advice from color experts about choosing paint hues for your home:
Reserve red for kitchens or offices. The color is stimulating and raises your heartbeat for a jump-start in the morning.
Green is a great color for the room where you like to relax. The soothing color is even used by therapists to help treat depression or anxiety.
Restful, meditative blue works best in a bedroom.
Yellow is energizing and can lift your mood. A yellow bathroom can help you wake up in the morning. But don’t paint your baby’s nursery yellow: Too much or too bright yellow can be agitating and upsetting, especially to babies.
For a small room, try light colors, which are reflective and can make a room seem brighter and bigger.
Pair dark colors with light trim, as dark colors make a room seem smaller.
Don’t limit color to walls. Colorful throw pillows, drapes, vases and other accessories can enhance the mood of your room.