Choosing the Right Paint for Your Home DIY Project


Picking the right paint for a home DIY project is not necessarily common knowledge, but you don’t need to get an expensive professional on the task or spend a lot of time and money on a paint selection just to get some results that you’re proud of. If you’re doing a home DIY project, you are most likely a creative, self-starting person already and interested in finding out more about how to select the right paint without expending a large amount of resources to get the results. Well, you don’t have to compromise on quality to get there, if you keep a few basic items in mind when you make your selection.

Paint Color Options for DIY Home Projects

Color your world

Choosing colour is the first most important step in choosing the right paint. You’ll have to make sure that the colours you work with form a palette, and that all the colour palettes fit together nicely. This can be easily done by consulting the palette options in your local hardware store, or even checking out some online information. However, it is important that you also trust your intuition and your taste in making the right selection, as the decision you make is one you’ll need to live with for a while. Sure, you can always strip paint or paint over it if the results are not what you want, but you may not want to waste all that time and paint on a job to be redone. So take your time at the paint selection stage to make a selection you know you can live with. Remember that many paints dry down and that the swatches are not always true to life. Keep in mind the lighting of the room, as it can affect how a colour is perceived, and remember to match up the paints according to other accents in the room or in the project.

Texture for time

The way you apply paint can make a big difference in the final results. For instance, rollers leave a very solid and even outcome on the texture of the paint. Using big brushes will show some brushstrokes, which may be interesting for some types of projects that are smaller scale, but not so much for an entire wall. You can also work with sponges to apply paint that appears to have a texture, and there is always the option of stucko or other items to fix on the surface of paint if you’d like to really enhance the texture of your project, all depending on where the paint is going!

Brands galore

While there are many brands out there to choose from in terms of paints, most of what is available on the market is quite adequate for any project. Some brands will have slightly different shades and you may want to cross-compare and make a selection based on colour, on pricing or on available finishes. Whatever you do, try to stick to one brand rather than mixing them, to avoid undesirable results.

Blending, mixing, matching

Speaking of blending, you’ll need to make sure that in blending different colours you account for how they match with other accents in the room. You can choose for contrast with colours that are very bold, or work with a softer palette of pastels for a more even palette. Bold colours work very well as highlights, but can sometimes be intense for large surfaces, so be mindful of how it will appear in the final result.

Finish it with a wish

Finally, regardless of what colours, brand and textures you select, you’ll need to find the right finish. Some paints are available in varying levels of gloss, so you will need to keep in mind how the light is reflected off the finish, and ensure that you have the right sealant. This is something you might want to ask your local hardware store about if you’re not certain.