Is It Time to Decorate or Paint?

December 27, 2018
Decorated room

Home is where your heart is. It’s where you spend most of your time with your family and unwind at the end of a long work day, and it’s the only place where you can enjoy uninterrupted solace and security. But over time, you may start to look around your rooms and suddenly feel uninspired. The best way to breathe new life into your interiors and stay refreshed and stimulated is by routinely repainting or redecorating your home. Reimagining your home’s interior design isn’t only about keeping up with this year’s style trends — it’s also about feeling comfortable and at peace in your space.

Sometimes, your home can feel fresh and renewed with a new coat of paint. But in other instances, you may feel like completely new furniture and decor will revitalize your home. But how can you determine which option will best revamp the look and feel of your home?


Painting vs. Decorating

Are you tired of living in a dated, drab or worn-out space? Your home should be a place where you feel at ease, comfortable and rejuvenated. By redecorating or painting your home, you can not only maintain the quality of your house and add value, but you can also benefit from several psychological benefits, like feeling happier and more productive.

If you’re unsure whether you should decorate or paint, consider these signs that reveal whether you could benefit from a new look:

  • Your furnishings are worn and dingy. Consider whether your furniture detracts from the overall appearance of your home or is no longer practical or comfortable.
  • Many of your furniture items were fast fixes or inexpensive temporary pieces that should be replaced with higher-quality pieces with longer-lasting and more attractive finishes.
  • You don’t feel joy when you’re at home. Everything in your house should make you feel happy or special, or hold some sort of sentimental or inherent value. If you find you don’t care for many pieces of decor throughout your home, consider replacing them with an alternative you love.

As you redecorate your home, also consider updating the color of your walls. By repainting regularly, you can preserve the quality of your walls and help make your living spaces feel new and lively. Walls should be repainted in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathroom every two or three years and bedrooms and living spaces should be updated every five years. However, you should always repaint your walls if you notice signs of damage and wear, such as peeling, bubbling, cracking, stains or fading, or if you notice damage to your baseboards like shrinkage or missing caulk.

If you decide to redecorate and update your home’s furnishings before adding a fresh coat of paint, keep in mind that certain areas need to be touched-up to maintain the appearance of your home — especially in areas where furniture or wall hangings may have left a light silhouette against the surface. These touch-ups can be a great temporary fix to keep your walls looking pristine. But if the paint is fading, you’ll have to completely repaint the space in the near future.


Inspiration for Repainting

One of the quickest and easiest ways to revamp the look and feel of your home is by painting. But you don’t have to get on a ladder and paint all of the walls throughout your home to achieve a fresh and exciting new aesthetic appeal.

With a gallon of paint and a bit of inspiration, you can transform any space in your home. Consider some of these bold ways to add personality and style throughout your favorite living spaces:

  • Highlight a Feature: Let your favorite pieces of furniture or fixtures stand out by painting them in a contrasting color to their surroundings. Highlight items like chandeliers, kitchen islands or small accent pieces.
  • Define a Display: Call attention to your favorite decor items by painting the back panel of shelving or furniture to accentuate books and accessories.
  • Reimagine Old Furniture: Just because a piece of furniture is old doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from an update! Paint dated or damaged furniture a bold new color for a fresh new vibe.
  • Create Visual Interest: In simple and clean design layouts, you can add a bit of visual interest or whimsy by playing with different paint patterns and styles, like horizontal and vertical lines and stripes.
  • Add Drama: Dark accent walls in large or undefined spaces can draw you in while adding a bit of intrigue and mystery.


Tips for Painting and Choosing Colors

When exploring the wide range of color options available for updating and adding visual interest to your home, remember to choose colors you love and feel inspired by. Avoid having others make final color selections for you. Also, to find the best color combinations, use color psychology principles to identify hues that best accentuate your home and its furnishings as well as highlight your personal tastes and style.


Reimagine Your Home’s Interiors With Shoreline Painting

If you’re looking to modernize your home’s interiors and add a bit of flare, trust the skilled professionals at Shoreline Painting to help you choose fresh new colors. For over 35 years, our team has been the most trusted group of experts on updating homes throughout Fairfield County, CT, and Westchester County, NY. We’re proud to be a Fine Paints of Europe Certified painting company, and all of our painting specialists are fully licensed, bonded and insured to guarantee exceptional results.

Explore your repainting options today by calling 203-302-1086 or complete our online contact form to request a free project estimate.


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