The energy industry in Campbell County is coming back, and the housing market locally is picking up as well.  Whether you are trying to get a home ready to sell, or just bought a home and are ready to paint, choosing the right paint colors can be overwhelming and a bit tricky.  The right shade creates a feel to the home that can either attract buyers or turn them away.  We all want our homes to look attractive and feel welcoming to our guests, so let’s take a closer look at how to achieve that feeling with paint and discover a fun new wallpaper idea to also use in our homes.

Why is White So Difficult?

White paint is by far the hardest color to work with.  Why you may ask?  In the furniture painting world, we know that covering furniture with white takes at least two-to-three more coats than any other color to achieve full coverage.  It is tricky if you are painting over a dark piece of furniture or a wall because the dark tends to show through.  Bleeding is an issue I come across when working with white paint projects all the time.  Bleed-through happens when the original stain of the piece creeps through the paint, leaving unsightly blemishes on the finished surface.

Choosing the wrong undertone can make the white appear yellow or gray.  This can make your curtains, floor tile, and other décor clash or look dirty, when in fact, they are not.  It is almost an optical illusion in a way.

The sheen of the paint can also affect how the color looks, especially white, so make sure to ask for sample cards that show it in satin, semi-gloss, and flat. Looking at the paint samples during different times of the day is especially helpful.  I always look in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening to make sure I still like the way the color looks in the room I am painting.

Greige is On Point

The answer to choosing a great shade is picking a neutral color.  In every paint deck or home improvement store is a paint section of colors under the title Neutral.  I especially recommend this when trying to choose a shade of white, gray, or beige.  Neutrals such as beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray and shades of white appear to be without color, but in many applications these hues often have undertones.  Be aware of these underlying tones as you match colors or choose paint.


Rule of thumb is: if you have cool tones in your house, stick with cool shades such as grays, blues, bright whites.  If you have warm tones such as yellows, tans, reds, etc. stick with warm tones.  That said, there is a world where you can get away with blending both.

Greige is a term used to define a paint color that is both gray and beige, hence, greige.  Greige is a neutral gray/beige, that when combined, creates a richer color, and can work in a cool or warm color scheme.  Greige is so multi-dimensional it is a go-to when preparing a house for selling because it warms a house, but also gives it a fresh trendy gray look as well.  Most accent colors pair well with it, too, so don’t be shy about adding lots of color in with throws and accent pillows.

If painting a smaller room, choosing a lighter neutral or shade of greige will help make it feel larger and lighter.  A large room can handle a slightly darker shade, but if painting for resale, I advise to stick with the top three shades in the color sample you are going with.  In other words, now is not the time to try lime green in the bathroom or a bright red in the kitchen.  A neutral palette allows us to get a real feel for the space and imagine the possibility of our own style and tastes that accompany it, so the fewer distractions the better.

Painting different shades within the same color sample is a great way to create an appealing flow from one room of the house to the next.  For example, if choosing neutral grays, stick to varying shades within the color sample card you chose.  The darker shade would be better for, say the larger spaces like the dining room or living room. Leave the lighter colors for smaller spaces such as the bathroom and bedrooms.  Remember: adding color with accessories is best when the goal is to create a relaxing space that flows.

New Way to Wallpaper

Have you heard?  There is a new way to apply wallpaper to those boring walls in your home or camper!  Decals are a big deal and are available in every pattern imaginable, from oversized florals, to tribal patterns, and even cacti.

But, peel and stick wallpaper is the new kid in town.  Found at your local retailer or online, the sky is the limit to bringing your home from drab to fab.

Here’s how it works.

Follow the directions that come with your peel and stick decal or wallpaper.  Then after measuring and cutting your panels, start from the ceiling and slowly peel away the paper backing, carefully, to smooth across the width of the panel as you work your way down the wall.

I bought what looks like a squeegee and use it to apply pressure to the smoothed paper and really make sure it sticks. (A note of caution: Wear long sleeves! I got a nasty papercut on my wrist while wrestling with getting the backing off.)

Once you get to the bottom of the panel, use a butter knife or your nail to mark where you need to cut, so the wallpaper meets the trim.  Then, just keep working until you have stuck all the panels in place, and voila!  A whole new feel to your room.

Then when the pattern gets old or tired, just peel the panels off and start over fresh.  How easy is that?!  I plan on doing the walls in my camper next.

They suggest not using on textured walls, but I did it anyway.  I can’t say it will last and I can somewhat see the texture of my wall through it, only because of the pattern of paper I chose (white ship lap).  However, I was happy enough with the results, so I decided to keep it for a while anyway.

It is also suggested that you paint and prime walls first before applying the decal or stick and peel wallpaper to ensure best results.

There are a million video tutorials online, and I’m sure if I looked, I could find one on how to do this. Sometimes seeing someone else doing it can be a great help.  Having a second pair of hands to help hold the panels in place would have made it a lot easier for me, so ask a friend for help.

Lastly, if you mess up and take a panel completely off after having put it in place, it will not stick the second time to a textured wall (wallpaper fail, right here, folks).

Color of the Year

Spring is an exciting time to spruce up your home.  Adding a wallpapered accent wall or applying a fresh coat of paint to a dingy room is refreshing to the eye as well as the soul.  Contact your local paint suppliers for more information on paint and wallpaper options available locally. Have fun with the accessories.  Coral is the new Pantene color of the year.  I love it with navy, gray, tan, burgundy, gold, or jade green. It is almost….dare I say…..a neutral that goes with it all!

By: Megan K. Huber

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