Fresh it up: Colorful ideas for an inexpensive home makeover


Its estimated that the human eye can distinguish between one to ten million different colors, which frankly could make choosing the right paint shades for your home a little overwhelming.

Luckily, with few simple tips and shortcuts, giving your walls a fresh, inexpensive makeover is a lot easier  and more fun.

First, dont actually start with the paint. Step back and take a look at the color of your furniture, rugs, art and accessories. Do you see any color patterns emerging? A lot of browns or blues or grays, for instance?

Say theres a lot of blue in your living space. Next, consider these three paint color avenues:

  • Monochrome: Consider paint colors that are tones of the blue in your room. Choose one paint swatch that matches the blue, then choose one lighter and another thats darker. Use this trio of hues on walls in the room, hallways, doors and crown molding.
  • Analog: Instead of different shades of blue, another option is to choose colors next to blue on a color wheel  like green, indigo or purple. Select a few shade swatches of each color and see how they blend with the blue in your room.
  • Complementary: For something more bold and dramatic, consider matching your rooms dominant color  in our case, blue  with its complementary shade on the color wheel  in our case, orange.

Alternatively, if your furniture and accessories are already colorful, you may decide to go with a white gallery wall effect. Technically, white isnt a color, its the combination of all colors of the visible spectrum. Nevertheless, keep in mind theres still a variety of whites to choose from  from creamy to cool white, warm, antique ivory and more.

Whichever colors youre considering, narrow them down to a manageable number  like three or four  then buy sample sizes and paint areas of your room. Remember to paint walls close to windows as well as in darker areas of the room  natural and artificial light affect the colors differently  and see how they change throughout the day and in the evenings.

No matter what colors you choose, dont sweat it. If one isnt working after you paint it on, it simply takes another trip to the paint store and a few more hours of your time to change it. When it comes to paint, theres no color that cant be corrected.

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Did you know?

How much paint do you need for your walls? The exact coverage depends on the quality of the paint but the industry standard is 350 sq. ft. per gallon. Thats a 12 x 12 room (8 ceiling height with a door and window) with one coat of paint.