Painting Your Home

Doing regular maintenance on your home is important for keeping things in working order, as well as keeping up physical appearances. Applying a new paint job is a great way to kick off that long list of repairs. Old or damaged paint can leave your home looking outdated and neglected. Start off your home maintenance projects with a fresh paint job for each room in your house.

Living Room

The living room is usually the main room of a home. It is often the room we relax, entertain, and well, live. The paint type you use will depend on whether your living room is formal or informal. An elegant matte or eggshell finish would work best in a formal room. These finishes are also best for painting the ceiling. Matte and eggshell have a soft sheen and can be washed without being damaged.

If the room is an informal space, a satin or semi-gloss paint may be the best choice. These finishes are best for homes with small children as they are durable and more stain resistant than matte or eggshell paint.


A wide variety of finishes can be used in the bedroom. Which one is right for you will depend on the use of the room. High traffic rooms, such as a small child’s room, should be painted with a semi-gloss, satin or eggshell finish. These are the easiest to clean and are the most durable.

An adult bedroom that is used mainly for sleeping would not require a high traffic finish. A matte or flat paint would work great in a master or guest bedroom. These types of finishes are best for older or imperfect walls for their ability to mask flaws. They’re also best for rooms that get a lot of sunlight as they won’t reflect the way satin or semi-gloss will.


Bathrooms are unique in that they experience high traffic, temperature changes and lots of humidity. The paint in this room should be resistant to stains, moisture, mold, and mildew. A semi-gloss paint would be the best option for bathrooms. This finish can be scrubbed clean without damaging the surface making cleaning and disinfecting easy and safe for the integrity of the finish.


Kitchen walls suffer from a lot of the same abuse that bathroom walls do. Food splatters and steam from cooking can wear on your paint. Like the bathroom, a semi-gloss finish works best for the high traffic area. The walls will most likely need to be cleaned and wiped down frequently and the semi-gloss is durable enough to withstand the constant cleaning.

The color of paint you choose for each of these rooms will depend on the feel you want to convey in the room. Shades of brown, red and rust orange can be used to create a warm or rustic ambiance. Shades of white or blue can be used to make the room feel clean and bright. Black, grays, and whites work well for making the room feel modern and contemporary. A light color on the ceiling can be used to contrast dark walls. Additionally, a dark color can be used for a tall ceiling.

A fresh paint job with the proper type of finish can make a room look new and well-maintained. Your list of home repairs and maintenance might be overwhelming, but repainting your home doesn’t have to be. Use the information you’ve gained here to conquer this home improvement project. With the correct finish and color paint your home will feel like a brand new place.

This article was donated by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the community with his articles high in demand.


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