For Bang-For-Your-Buck Magic, You Can't Beat A Splash of Color

When it comes to “bang for your buck” value, few home improvements match the quick results of painting. Whether personalizing your new home or refreshing the look of your living space, paint is a great do-it-yourself project.

A few gallons of paint can change the whole feeling of a space in just a weekend’s worth of work. Think about the master bedroom that looks worn and tired. Repainting the walls in a soothing gray green will transform it into a comforting calm space. What if your walls are in great shape, but are a bit boring? A well-placed accent color can help bring focus and life to an all-too-boxy space. An accent wall can also help bring order and focus to a busy space, by drawing attention to one part of the space. Think about applying a simple chair rail and a bolder tone color on the lower walls in the dining room. This will lend an air of formality and interest to a casual room.

Remember to look up when you are thinking of painting the walls, as ceilings are often overlooked. Ceilings often are painted infrequently compared to other areas of a room, and can look dingy after a fresh coat on the walls. An interesting possibility is to make the ceiling a color other than white. A ceiling with color can help tie together a room with bold color on the walls, or can make a room with a tall ceiling seem less rectangular.

Don’t forget the furniture! Paint can update older pieces at a much lower cost than replacement. Simple off white can make a large piece look smaller, or bold color can be used as an accent. Painting furniture is a simple project for the do-it-yourselfer. A more involved project, but not out of reach for homeowners, is painting kitchen cabinets. For a fraction of the cost of replacement, paint will provide a durable, long lasting surface that will transform your kitchen. Practice first by painting a furniture piece or bathroom vanity before tackling the entire kitchen. Using the correct tools and products is essential to making this endeavor a success.

Home exteriors are usually a large expanse of single color broken up by an alternate trim color. A new bold door color can really create interest in the front of the home. A strong yellow or blue can be a great alternative to traditional black, red, or brown. This project can be completed in a matter of hours and the results are dramatic. If you have the space think about some potted plants for the front porch. The pots can be painted to match the door or in a bold contrasting color. These are simple, low cost projects to add visual interest to your home.

Painting is an affordable option for updating and refreshing your home. Doing it yourself can be easier than you think. Visit an expert at your local paint store who can guide you to the right tools and offer the necessary advice to complete your project.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stacey and Jay Adams are the owners of Blue Jay Paint and Blinds in Lake Zurich, an independent Benjamin Moore dealer. For more information on the wide range of products and services offered, including Hunter Douglas and Graber window fashions, visit or call 224.677.5334.