Many folks believe everything they read online. Now, this isn’t a bad thing, but it’s important to understand that everything you read online is simply not true. Because of this, we’re going to give you a list of painting myths that many homeowners believe to be true; then, we’re going to debunk them.
Myth: Painting the ceiling of a room can make the room appear smaller.
Truth: Depending on what color you paint the ceiling can make the room appear bigger. For example, if you paint the ceiling light blue, the room will appear to have a much taller ceiling when in fact, it is the same height it has always been. If you want to avoid the ceiling appearing smaller, be sure you use a medium shade on the walls and a shade or two darker on the ceiling.
Myth: Painting walls white are institutional.
Truth: Sure, you can paint walls white and get an eerie feeling that it’s too institutional, but if you choose a different shade of white, you’ll enjoy a warm, inviting and even soothing feeling. Plus, white can add energy to the room!
Myth: If you paint a room with dark colors, it’ll make the room appear smaller.
Truth: To make a statement, darker colors are usually used, but it’s important to understand that this doesn’t always scream “small room.” If you have light floors, fixtures, a lot of natural light and light-colored furniture, the bolder, darker colors will only add personality, not take away size.
Myth: If you freshen up one wall in your home, you must do them all.
Truth: This is not the case. Usually, the match that you use to freshen up a wall is close enough where the average guest will not notice a difference. So instead of freshening up every wall, paint wall-by-wall as needed.
Myth: You should only paint when it is 59 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
Truth: Although many people believe that you can only paint when it’s 59 degrees Fahrenheit outside, paint may be applied in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Myth: Paint should be applied only by a professional painter.
Truth: While it’s highly recommend that you choose a professional painter to help you out when you need the interior or exterior of your home painted, it is not the only option. There are many do-it-yourselfers out there that are qualified to paint their home, but it is recommended to hire a professional painter if you want unbeatable results.
Myth: If you’re selling your home, buyers will want to repaint what you’ve already painted.
Truth: While there is some truth to this, many buyers are looking for a home that is move-in ready and does not require any painting after moving. Although most are willing to paint a room or two, if you’re selling, we recommend you get all of the painting done before-hand. Tip: paint rooms a calming color, such as an off white or light gray.
Myth: Painting lines on a wall for added character should be left up to the professionals.
Truth: While many professional painters guarantee a crisp, clean line, there are ways to seal tape in order to achieve a straight, drip-free line.
To have any unanswered myths debunked, contact the most trusted painters in Seattle at Queen Anne Painting.