Sometimes, you just want to make a change in your home. This is completely understandable because most people’s preferences can naturally shift over time. This is the very same reason why fashion trends come and go.
Unlike with clothes, however, transforming the style of your home is usually not that easy or affordable to accomplish, and so the desired interior design upgrades tend to get pushed aside and eventually forgotten at times. But if you are keen on making some changes now, even with a limited budget and time, the best way to do so is with paint.
Tap Into the Transformative Power of Paint
Paint is rarely expensive, and no paint job for one’s home is really ever too difficult. So, indeed, making some changes in your home through paint is a fantastic idea. To help you launch into a massive transformation of your home simply by using paint and coating, here are seven great upgrade ideas to consider.
1. Tackle old furniture
If you have a lot of furniture pieces that have been around for a long time and look quite worn down, refresh their appearance with paint. Sand these pieces to get rid of the old patina and smooth out scratches and dings. Prime them thoroughly and paint them in a new hue.
In a matter of hours, you will have lovely pieces of furniture that look more updated and in your preferred style. Relocation of some pieces would also bring a fresh new look to your space, such as bringing those outdoor bar chairs inside for added seating.
2. Get creative with your interior wall design
A completely new color for your walls can give your home interior a different vibe. And when it comes to getting creative with your interior wall design, there are so many approaches that you can take.
If you have a good hand, consider a mural. Paint images on your wall and turn it into a focal feature of a room. Another thing that you can do is to create the illusion of a different material for your walls. There are paint coatings or finishes that can make your walls look like they are made of wood instead of concrete, or precious stone instead of concrete.
Now, if you want a wall that doesn’t only look different but is more useful as well, consider using chalkboard paint. This will be a hit with the kids because they get a wall where they can doodle, and they won’t get into trouble for it. Also, you can use that wall as your family’s command station and write the weekly schedule, appointments, and chore assignments on it.
3. Paint over tiles
A lot of people seem to think that they cannot paint over ceramic tiles, but interior designers say it’s absolutely fine to do so. Of course, you will lose the unique characteristics of tiling, such as the grout lines or the patterns created with the different mosaic tiles. However, you can create a new color scheme for the room.
It’s important to mention as well that painting over tiles is the easiest way to tackle the gunky appearance of old tiled floors. If no amount of cleaning can get rid of the discolored grout, covering it with decorative floor paint will take care of the problem.
4. Use special coating for your concrete floors
A fresh coat of paint and special coating can turn your industrial-looking concrete floors into fancy stone-looking surfaces. If you wish to provide a room in your home with a more elegant atmosphere, take advantage of the special coating for paint that creates a customized finish.
Liquid Crystal, for example, is a finish or coating that combines custom pigments, decorative paint, and metallic particles to create a smooth and light-reflecting surface that is also rather easy to clean. You can use this coating to make your grand room even more impressive.
5. Change the color of your doors
As easy as it is to paint doors, not a lot of people automatically think of doing so to liven up their home interior (and exterior). Take a cue from the colorful homes in Notting Hill and play around with different paint hues. After all, doors are just doors.
You’ll be surprised at how this little upgrade can instantly give your home a different feel or mood. In fact, if you feel like making a change, but you don’t want to do anything too big, a new door color is considered the best and most affordable one that you can make.
6. Paint your cabinet interiors
If you have a lot of open cabinets all around your house, spruce up their style by painting their insides. This is an excellent and quick way to introduce more color to the scheme of your home’s interior style.
And the nice thing about doing this is that it’s not such a big commitment, but it can introduce something fresh or create a stronger sense of continuity in the style of your house’s interior.
7. Paint your bathtub
Bathtubs are focal features of most bathrooms, so if you have one, consider extending the paint job to it as well, especially if it has become quite discolored through the years.
There are heavy-duty paints and coating for the job which will not peel off even after years of countless bubble baths and hot bath soaks. And, if you want a bathtub that’s also a conversation starter, interior decorators advise just painting the interior of the tub with a bright and contrasting color.
Paint It All
Indeed, paint can provide you with limited opportunities to beautify your home without breaking the bank. Furthermore, changing the paint of your home can spawn new ideas for decorating it. For example, if you have a lot of knick-knacks that are just collecting dust in storage because they didn’t fit into the old color scheme of your home, you probably can bring them out and use them now if your new color scheme complements them better.
Paints these days do not just come in a wide selection; they are so much easier to use as well. You will find interior decorative paints that combine primer, paint and finish. Therefore, a single application is all you need for a total transformation; plus, they make walls a breeze to clean.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers, and paint applicators.