Is your home ready for a makeover but you’re not ready to tackle a big project? You don’t need to repaint entire spaces to make over your home. When paint is applied in a few carefully selected small home projects around your home, the effect can be just as dramatic (if not more dramatic) than repainting the entire room. Especially if you choose a high-contrast color, even a small pop of paint can have a big impact. If you want stunning results, try repainting one of the spots below. Even better news: each of these mini painting projects won’t take long to complete.
Making over your staircase can drastically change the look of your home, especially if it’s the first thing guests see when they walk in the door. Rather than attempting to paint the entire room or the entire staircase, consider painting just the banister.
If you have solid kitchen cabinets but are tired of the look, consider a fresh coat of paint on the surface. It is a fraction of the cost of a full kitchen remodel but gives the center of your home a new look. No matter which color you choose.
If you have a kitchen island, consider a fresh coat of paint on the surface under the counter. To boost visual interest, choose a hue that complements yet contrasts your kitchen cabinets. No matter which color you choose, opt for a semi-gloss paint finish, which will make it easier to wipe away scuffs and marks. This will be especially important if you have stools that pull up to the island.
For a really eye-catching effect, give just the window frames a fresh coat of paint. You can choose a contrasting hue, or for a subtler (yet still stunning) look, choose a different shade of the hue already on the walls. For example, if your kitchen is a light dove gray, consider a deeper charcoal gray for the window frames. The variation will add depth and interest to the room.
It is important to carefully consider your front door paint colors because it can affect your property value and it’s the first thing guests see—but what about the inside of the door? After all, it’s the last thing you see when leaving your house in the morning and is the last impression guests will have of your home. Make it memorable with an unexpected hue that still coordinates with the rest of your entryway decor.
If your home has cased openings, or doorways without doors, consider painting the trim the same color as the walls but in a contrasting finish. If the wall is painted eggshell or flat, do the trim with gloss. Want to amp up the contrast? Choose a darker shade of the same color that’s on the walls or even a different color entirely for a bold effect. Whichever option you choose, the contrast will call attention to this transition zone in your home.
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