Whether the paint on your home is peeling and cracking, or you simply want to spruce up or change its look, inside or out, knowing the benefits of a quality paint job will help you decide if and when you want to get it done. Some are obvious and well-known, but there might be some you haven’t considered, and many of them go well beyond the appearance of your home.
On the exterior of your home, the benefits of painting include:
Perhaps the number one reason people paint the outside of their house, curb appeal is something that will not only make coming home more pleasant, it will immediately increase the value of your home. Painting just the door is, in fact, one of the most cost effective improvements you can make. Go further, though, and you can change the entire colour palate of your home. Make the moldings and shudders around your windows and doors pop by painting them a contrasting colour to the siding. Make your home stand out in your neighborhood or make sure its appearance keeps up with that of your neighbours.
Extending the Life of Your Siding and Trim
Exterior paint protects building materials from weather and the damage that can be caused by moisture. Unprotected wood absorbs water and, ultimately, begins to rot. Mold and mildew can also form. Insects like termites are deterred by sealing wood siding with paint. The benefits of painting are not limited to wood, however. The life of vinyl and wood siding can be extended with a quality paint job, and you can change their colour in the process.
On the interior of your home, the benefits of painting include:
As with the outside of your home, painting the inside is one of the least expensive, but most valuable improvements you can make. A fresh coat of paint on walls, ceilings and trim, will erase any blemishes like stains or marks that your walls have endured over the years and bring your home up-to-date in terms of design quicker than any other project. It is also one of the easiest ways to incorporate touches of your own style into the design of your home. Make one wall of a room an accent wall by painting it a different colour than the other walls in the room or explore different techniques like adding stripes, stencils or texture to your walls. Compared to other renovations, painting will be very inexpensive no matter how technical you get.
Using an eco-friendly or low-VOC interior paint can actually improve the air quality inside your home. This is particularly important if anyone in the home has allergies. Just like on the outside of your home, interior paint keeps moisture out of the walls and prevents mold and mildew.
Improve Your Mood
Science actually shows that mood can be significantly impacted to the colour of a room. Given that, there may be no better way to make yourself happy than by painting the interior of your home!
Blue is calming and has actually been shown to reduce blood pressure. Red adds energy to a room and adds excitement. Yellow is a happy, cheery colour, but too much of it has been shown to create a feeling of anger. Green is known to be restful to the eyes. Keep the impact of colour on mood in mind when you are painting your home.
Make a Room Feel Lager (Or Smaller and More Intimate)
Generally speaking, dark walls make a room feel smaller or more intimate and lighter walls make it feel more spacious. Don’t forget the ceiling, it represents 1/6 of the space in your room. Paint it a light colour and the room will feel higher. Paint it a darker colour and it will feel lower.
Painting both the inside and outside of your home can have tremendous impact on everything from the life of your building materials to the mood of the home’s inhabitants. It’s also one of the easiest, least expensive ways to improve and add value to your home. If you’re looking to improve your home for resale, select neutral colours and painting techniques that will appeal to a broad range of buyers. If you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, however, painting is one of the easiest ways to add your own unique touches. Use paint to incorporate your own personality into your home and help preserve and improve it in the process.
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