Busting Myths About Benjamin Moore Paint
A new coat of paint can make any room look brand new. It’s easy to do, but choosing a color can be difficult. Once you’ve committed to a color, there’s no going back unless you want to repaint. Many common myths about paint can cause decision paralysis, so we’re here to bust those myths and get you painting.
1. Myth: Dark Walls Make a Room Feel Smaller
Using the same deep shade to paint walls and trim can make a room feel more spacious. The continuity of color causes the corners of the room recede, but only if you go all in and paint the window frames and door along with the walls. Choose window treatments that blend well and remember that dark walls look best in rooms that receive a lot of natural light.
2. Myth: Trim Should Be Left as Stained Wood or Painted White
Colorful trim makes a room look more cohesive and well-planned. You can choose a color that highlights your favorite accent in a room. This also allows you to use shades that you love rather than hues you’re “supposed to use,” though if white or stained trim makes your space feel like home, those options are classics that still stand the tests of time.
3. Myth: Vibrant Colors Will Brighten a Dark Room
Unless the room has natural light to soften the brightness of a color, it can sometimes be too busy. If you’re cautious, test a swatch on the wall or stick with lighter shades tinted with white as opposed to colors with gray tones, as this can make rooms appear shadowy. Finish up by adding multiple sources of light to make the room more welcoming.
4. Myth: White Ceilings Create the Illusion of Space
Sticking with a white ceiling is a missed opportunity to incorporate more color into a space. People will ignore a white ceiling, while a colored one will catch attention and draw the eyes upward, which will make the ceiling appear higher. Painting your ceiling a complementing color also adds a new layer of dimension to a room, and visual interest is never a bad thing.
5. Myth: All Walls Must be the Same Color
While it’s perfectly acceptable to have all of the walls the same shade, it’s just as fine to incorporate an accent wall. Painting or wallpapering a wall in a different color or in a pattern different than the others can help define an area of a room without having to use a divider. It can also be a source of contrast and highlight special architectural features.
6. Myth: You Don’t Need Primer for Dark Paint Colors
Regardless of what shade you are putting on your walls, at least one coat of primer is always suggested. If you go sans primer, the underlying shade can taint the new color, causing it to not be as true as you hope it will. A coat of two or primer followed by two coats of paint will give you the truest color.
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