Painting is the quintessential DIY project and if you are looking to dabble in some DIY this year, the plaguing question for painting still remains: what color?
There are always new colors and combinations coming about along with variations in shades, some of which are so slight that you find yourself torn between two colors without really understanding why. So, how do you choose? If you are going for a modern look, you will at least be able to narrow it down to colors that are popular or trending. Plus, it can be kind of refreshing to know that you are keeping up with the times.
So, what’s trending in 2018? 2018 is actually seeing trends ranging everywhere from soft yellows to straight black. While your chosen color will depend on preference and the other elements of your interior design, you will have a lot of options.
Rather than harsh, bright yellows, which are almost always disastrous for the home, opt for softer yellows that offer a warmer, more welcoming feel to the room but that are also easy on the eyes. Choose something that doesn’t feel as if you are looking directly at the sun.
These yellows are trending in homes because they’re extremely positive and can make you feel motivated instead of mopey. They can be both modern and retro-looking, kind of reminiscent of the 70s. The colors you are looking for are typically golden or finch yellows, perhaps even a mustard yellow.
Gray is pretty trendy, especially in collaboration with blue. Whether it’s a bluish-gray or a grayish-blue, it will probably make an excellent 2018 color.
Gray typically works whether you go light or dark and you can very gently sway to more blue- or green-tinted grays that work really well also. Grays can provide an extremely modern look and, similar to beige, which is another trending color, grays are very neutral and can easily combine with blues, greens, or purples.
Berry colors can appear as reds that are both fierce and warm or even darker raspberry colors that extremely versatile and pair well with, for example, gray.
Deep berry shades are extremely rich and can even add depth to the room itself. On the other hand, you can opt for a much hotter red that isn’t as dark as other berry colors but that also isn’t bright enough to be unpleasantly striking. Red can often be very strong while still being aesthetically pleasing.
Black is excellent both as an accent color and as the dominating color in the room. You can find blacks that go beyond just plain old black and are deep and interesting as well. You would typically avoid blacks that are glossy and instead choose deep colors, some of which may have a smokier feel to them. Some lacks are infused with purple as well.
2018 is keeping it interesting and sometimes edgy; you can find both an awesome DIY project and an interior transformation with these beautiful, trending paint colors.
It’s safe to say that the quality, color, and type of paint used on your property plays a huge role in terms of visual appeal and aesthetic desirability, regardless of whether it happens to be a domestic home or commercial building. However, it’s worth noting that even the most durable paints can’t last forever and their functional lifespans are impacted by a myriad of factors:
- Type of surface
- Number of coats applied
- Presence of crevices, indentations, and fissures in the substrate
- Quality of your primer
- Exposure to grease, oils, and emollients
- Frequency of physical abrasions and scuffs
- Intensity of cleaning and wiping
With these dynamics and considerations in mind, let’s take a closer look at the obscure subject of ceiling paint, namely with regard to how often you should repaint the most prominent areas of your property.
The General Warning Signs
Before we touch on the specific sections of your home or business, it’s important to address the most conspicuous indicators that it’s time to begin planning a repainting project:
- Flaky, bubbling, or cracking paint
- Noticeable fading
- Morphing, changing, or inconsistent paint colors
- Chipping and fragmenting
- Chalking (when your paint leaves dusty residue on your fingers upon contact)
- Rotting substrates
- Hardened caulk
Most notably, you should pay attention to how you feel about your paint and how it affects your level of pride and confidence in terms of your property’s aesthetics.
Hallways, Corridors, and Vestibules
These areas tend to feature a lot of foot traffic, built-in lighting fixtures, and varying temperatures, depending on the particular season and proximity to entryways, which is why you should adhere to a general timeline of approximately three to four years before repainting these sections.
Living Rooms and Dining Rooms
The ceiling paint in these areas tends to last longer than your hallways, mainly due to the fact that these rooms feature laid-back activities and minimal exposure to detrimental factors. With this notion in mind, you should plan on having to repaint your living room and dining room ceilings every five to seven years, although any décor changes will necessitate more frequent painting to maintain a cohesive theme.
The ceiling paint in an adult’s bedchamber can last up to a decade without requiring a new coat but the same cannot be said about children’s rooms. With the constant playing, toy-throwing, jumping on the beds, and other hectic activities, any damage sustained to the upper sections of the walls can quickly spread to the ceiling and that’s without mentioning the inexplicable marks and scuffs that somehow manage to appear on beams and ceilings throughout the year.
This is why you should apply a durable coat of paint in activity-packed children’s areas and expect to facilitate touch-up work once every two to three years or so.
As the heart of the home, your kitchen represents a high-usage area that’s susceptible to a wide range of environmental fluctuations and greasy buildup, particularly around your cooking implements and extractors. Irrespective of how often you cook, it’s worth noting that hot air rises very quickly and causes oily particles and other sticky compounds to cling to your ceiling, which can cause the paint to become tarnished, discolored, and blackened with the passage of time. So even if you coat your overhead surfaces with a stain-blocking paint and establish a monthly cleaning regimen, you’ll probably have to repaint your kitchen once every 24 months to uphold its sheen and luster.
With this handy guide at your disposal, you can begin carefully evaluating your needs throughout the property and stay on top of your ceiling paint as a true professional would.