The arrival of Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home. A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to brighten up your space. Paint trends come and go making this inexpensive option a simple way to stay on trend. You can change out the colors often — as seasons and trends change. The hardest part? Determining what to paint first.
We’ll share the 4 main areas of your home that can benefit from a gallon or two of paint and some of the latest trends in color to help you prep your home for Spring.
This is likely the most obvious of places to paint. Any wall, in any room can benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Bring the outdoors in by using bright greens. Everything outdoors looks beautiful next to a perfectly manicured lawn. This holds true indoors too as everything seems to pop when matched with a green. We especially like energizing Apples/Pears (Benjamin Moore color 395) in an exercise room or to make a mudroom happy and Guilford Green (Benjamin Moore color HC116) in kitchens, bedrooms and family rooms.
Spring means more hours of sunlight outdoors. Why not extend the hours even more by bringing the sunshine indoors and incorporate yellows into your home’s color palette? Just remember, a little bit of yellow goes a long way. Consider doing an accent wall as opposed to an entire room in this color. For this purpose, try Bright Yellow (Benjamin Moore color 2022-30). When an entire room is being considered, try Yellow Iris (Benjamin Moore color 373), Fun in the Sun (Benjamin Moore color 358) and the muted softness of Weston Flax (HC3).
Don’t forget about the 5th wall in the room—the ceiling. Pastel blue is one of the new neutrals. It’s not just a baby’s room color anymore. You can use it in the tray ceiling of your bedroom, a powder room or even the living room. It will open the room up as if you’re looking at the heavens above. A great one is Breath of Fresh Air (Benjamin Moore color 806)
Have fun with your walls — remember, you can always change easily if you decide you want to go in a new direction.
Are your cabinets in need of a makeover? Perhaps your once beautiful oak cabinets have now begun to oxidize. No need to pull them off the wall and deal with the expense of replacing them. A coat of paint can give them a timeless, classic look. We’re fans of Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd Paint. It offers the application and performance of a traditional oil based paint in a waterborne formula that washes up easily with soap and water. We love that it self levels making it near foolproof to apply.
Using a shade of white is sure to match whatever style your kitchen is and complement the existing color palette of your accessories. Look for a clean hue but avoid a stark white. We’re fans of Cloud White (Benjamin Moore color OC130), Simply White (Benjamin Moore color OC117) and Calm (Benjamin Moore color OC22)
Spring means warmer weather and that likely means you and your family will be spending more time outdoors. Give your outdoor furniture a little refresh with a fresh coat of paint. White was once a popular color for outdoor furniture as it was thought to repel the heat. Times have changed! There is no reason not to opt for a fun, bright color. We love the bright blue of Old Glory (Benjamin Moore color 811) and how Million Dollar Red (Benjamin Moore color 2003-10) really jazzes up a tired piece.
Don’t just stop at the furniture! How about giving your flower pots a whimsical look, too? Primary colors work best as they are bright and cheery. Matching the paint color to what you are growing inside the pot can give your space depth. Try painting your tomato pot red and the pots your herbs are in green. If you’re not the matchy-matchy type, you can do the opposite…paint that tomato pot green and put a coat of red paint on your herb pots. While you are at, don’t forget about your flying friends. Give your bird houses and feeders a fresh look, too! They’ll reward you by coming by to visit more often.
Chances are you have a piece of furniture (or three) in your home that is perfectly functional, but it either no longer matches your home’s decor or it’s simply looking “tired”. Rather than taking it to the curb, paint it! There’s no need to spend a fortune on new furniture when a coat of paint will breathe new life into it. With so many chalk and oil paint options available, the possibilities are limitless.
You may have furniture that you no longer have a purpose for. Armoires that held tube televisions were once a core piece of furniture in most homes, but with advances in technology these pieces are no longer needed. The detailing on most tv cabinets is amazing. Accent those details with paint and repurpose the piece to be used in a different manner somewhere else in your home. Without the doors, it could be the WOW factor and new focal point in your family room as a small wall unit of book shelves or serve as extra storage for sports equipment in the recreation room.
Welcome Spring with a gallon of paint and take your home from Blahhh to Ahhh!
Over the last 20 years Andrea has been involved in various forms of design. From her experiences with detailed event planning, she has transformed ordinary ballrooms and restaurant spaces into extraordinary environments. In the retail jewelry business, she has created artistic displays that invite purchases. Color and accessorizing were always her forte. Designz combines all these talents to create the homes of her clients’ dreams. She will transform your home from “blah” to “ahhh” as seen on and inspired by HGTV.