Paint and Wallpaper: DIY or use a Professional Painter

Watching HGTV got you itching to redecorate and renovate? That is, until you consider the hefty price tag attached to it. When you need to bring your home into the 21st century without breaking the bank, revitalizing your walls with paint and wallpaper is an impacting, easy, and cost-effective choice. Here are some of the latest trends and tricks to help you revive your walls to show off what you have to its best advantage.

    Paint
    One of the easiest ways topainting-picture.png liven your space up, paint has the advantage of giving you pop with an afternoon of effort on your part. Consider pepping things up with a paint application technique like ragging, sponging, Venetian plaster, crackle finish, strie painting, design stenciling or painting stripes. These are simple and relatively easy ways to make your walls more interesting.

    When choosing the shade, put time into the process and make it count. Bold colors work best in small spaces since a daring shade can be overwhelming in a large room. If your room is taller than it is wide, consider painting the ceiling the same shade as the walls. It is an easy way to make the space feel larger and less narrow. Large spaces and walls work best with more mellow and relaxed colors, but can be made more exciting if you wish with a finish technique. Consider your current furniture, wall decorations, and flooring when selecting your paint shade and finish. Don’t simply pick something you find neat or pretty, since the last thing you want is your new walls requiring an overhaul of the rest of the room. Choose a style and shade that compliments what you already have, unless you plan to revamp the entire room. Remember, paint is relatively inexpensive, but furniture and decorations are not.

    Wallpaper
    In recent years, wallpaper has wallpaper-picture.pngturned a corner from your grandmother’s stuffy formal dining room into a great way to add style and uniqueness to your home. While it is much more expensive than paint, when used strategically it can add real value to the room with less cost. Try it on a single wall, in the panels of your wainscoting, or in a small half-bath.