It’s that time of year again – the holidays are just around the corner! The knowledge that you are going to be hosting holiday events or expecting out of town guests makes you look at every room in your house with an extra critical eye, doesn’t it?
We’ve got a secret to tell you. You don’t have to paint every room in the house for your home to shine like the day you moved in. Today we are going to give you the inside scoop on which rooms to paint before the holidays (and why). You’ll be thrilled to learn how the right tones in just the right places will make all things seem merry and bright!
Tips for Choosing the Right Colors
You’re looking for a color that adds to the festive mood, but you don’t want to have to repaint once the holidays are past, right? We’ve got a couple of solutions for you to consider when you are trying to choose the right colors.
- Traditional: Don’t be afraid to try something classic like green or red. Many times, a pop of color on an accent wall is all it takes to bring some holiday cheer. Plus, you’d be surprised how easy it is to coordinate that with the rest of the year’s décor.
- Neutral: You can’t go wrong with the neutral color family. Something like Shaker Beige (Benjamin Moore), Baby Fawn (Benjamin Moore) or Antique White (Sherwin Williams) can bring more light into a room, which makes it seem larger. It also allows you to go nuts with the holiday decorations without making the room feel too busy.
- Warm: If a cozy glow is your thing, stick with a warm color palette. Warm colors are typically the red, orange and yellow hues. Picture traditional Thanksgiving colors like soft browns and fiery oranges. Use a lighter shade if you’re doing an entire room or go bold with an accent wall.
At D.A.B. Painting, interior painting in Asheville NC (and beyond) is our world. We’ve seen it all and would be happy to offer our two cents on any rooms or colors you are struggling with reaching a verdict on.
What to Consider
With a million to-dos to get done before the guests start arriving, it’s important to keep the painting projects as simple and straightforward as possible. Here are some things to consider that will help you do just that!
- What is my budget? With so many expenses to consider around this time of year, it’s wise to decide ahead of time what you want to spend on your painting project. Some paint companies offer promotions around this time of year so be sure to ask when you call. (Also, your favorite local Asheville Painter does free estimates, so you don’t have to wonder and worry!)
- Do I like the color? Be sure to test the paint colors you are considering before you commit. Let it dry and look at it throughout different points in the day to see how it appears in daylight and evening. Don’t be afraid to try more than one sample at a time!
- What accent pieces do I already have in play? Take a moment to observe what accent colors you already have around your room(s) that could inspire your wall color choice. Chances are, there’s a pillow, throw blanket or piece of art somewhere in your house that brings you joy and can make the room pop for long past the holidays.
Taking the time to answer these questions accurately will save you time in the long run. Trust us – the early preparation and organization are nearly half the job!
Rooms that Matter Most
As we said earlier, you don’t need to paint every room in the house to get the new holiday shimmer you’re looking for. We’ve narrowed it down to the four most important rooms in the house for creating a lasting impression.
- Dining room: Since most holidays involve a meal together, it’s safe to assume this room will be a popular one. Be sure to choose a color that complements the linens and centerpieces you’ll be using.
- Kitchen: Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether it’s the cabinets or the walls, you won’t regret a fresh look here! Plus, painting the cabinets is a low-cost, high benefit alternative to replacing them. If you’re painting the walls, choose a color that compliments the cabinets (and vice-versa if you’re painting the cabinets). Read more about repainting your kitchen right here.
- Living Room: It’s the best place for your guests to enjoy a post-dinner snooze or fireside chat. This room is a great option for an accent wall that really pops. Consider something bold and warm!
- Guest Rooms: Make your friends or family feel like a VIP with just a simple, fresh coat of paint. If you love your guest room’s bedding and furniture, consider choosing a neutral color for the walls. You could also consider an accent wall whose color is inspired by that beloved bedding or furniture.
If you are considering painting your home for the holidays, we hope these tips have given you some peace of mind and direction. At D.A.B. Painting, we see paint as an important part of happy homes and happy memories. Let us take care of the work so that you can enjoy your holidays!