Ignore the Little Voice Inside Your Head
by Lindsay Ballard on January 16th, 2012
Admit it. The best part about a fresh paint job is the rush you feel when you walk into the room. You want to spend time staring at your new wall, lounge in your newly painted chair, and nap under that bright white ceiling. Then friends and family come to visit and you feel the rush all over again when they tell you how great it looks.
But instead of getting to that part where you feel the rush, are you hearing that little voice inside your head say, “What if you don’t like it?”
I often tell the readers of my blog that they shouldn’t let fear rule their decorating and color choices. Well, what if you don’t like your new paint color? Luckily, updating a room or a piece of furniture with paint is fairly cheap and easy as long as you keep it simple.
Always remember that you can choose another color if you don’t like your first attempt. I’ll never forget my husband declaring the color I chose to paint our very first kitchen “Hospital Green” when it went on the walls. You better believe that we went right back to the paint store to choose a different shade.
Since the “Hospital Green” debacle in our first house, I have embraced the ability to redo (or even undo) any paint project I attempt. I admittedly kept it simple in that first house with soft, muted tones. My love of color started when I took the leap and used a gorgeous turquoise in the dining room of our second home, and I’ve been working to breathe life onto my builders’ beige walls ever since.
These days, I generally like my painting projects on the bold side. Most recently, my husband and I updated our forgotten bedroom. We added a dark gray and white chevron pattern to two of our walls, highlighting each gray row with a silver metallic stripe underneath. The other two walls in our room are painted solid gray. I painted a few second-hand furniture pieces in a bright yellow, and the contrast is really cheerful.
If the bright yellow and patterned walls are a little too bold for your taste, remember that you can add color to a room and still keep it subtle. When choosing colors for my daughter’s nursery, I felt pulled towards soft, serene hues, thinking it would lead her to be a better sleeper than her older brother was when he was a baby! I ended up dividing the room into two parts by using chair rail molding, and I painted the top half of the walls an antique white and the bottom half a nice grey/beige, or “greige.” The colors aren’t scary, but they still bring a lot of personality to the room when used jointly. My heart still skips a beat every time I walk through the door, but it may have something to do with that sweet little girl who now sleeps in the crib.
Even just sticking to the basics can really update a room. Just recently, I spent my daughter’s naptime painting the baseboards in our powder bath. I had recently given the walls a fresh coat of paint and stenciled a graphic pattern on one of the walls, and the baseboards were looking a bit dingy and yellowed.
Generally, I try to avoid repainting trim because it’s kind of a pain. I usually end up with drips seeping under the painters tape onto my floor, and I curse myself for starting the process to begin with. So I decided to try out the new Glidden Trim and Door paint, which promises no drips and no brush marks. The paint, which has the consistency of yogurt, went on incredibly smoothly and lived up to its promise. I was able to paint the trim in the bathroom and get the paintbrush cleaned during my daughter’s short one-hour nap. Now I won’t avoid repainting trim in the future, and my bathroom looks bright and clean with just the addition of a little bit of high gloss white paint.
Do you feel paralyzed by that little voice inside of your head telling you not to paint or are you having difficulty choosing a color? Let us help! Visit the MyColortopia Advice Column and ask the team for advice. Chances are you’ll feel more confident about silencing that little voice and breaking out your paint roller.