The power of paint

By Michelle Kelly »Michelle Kelly

October 28th, 2010


I know, you’ve heard it a bazillion times before, but I’m going to say it again just in case you weren’t really convinced: The easiest way to transform a room is by painting it. Here’s but one of many examples of just how true that old adage it, easily found on the internet at designer Bethany Hway’s charming blog, b*spoke:


bspoke_4-2-10_2Bethany and her husband gave a whole new face to the kitchen of their Cape Cod home, all with paint and all for a total cost of just $414! Very impressive.

I’ve been thinking about paint a lot lately, because we’ve recently invested a lot of time and money in to covering our whole house with a new coat of colour, walls, ceiling, trim, and all. And now we are tacking the outside. I’ve heard from a few of you looking for advice on how to select exterior paint colours, and although I’m not really an expert, I can certainly give you my opinion on how to choose shades. Colours from a natural palatte are especially suitable for the cottage, since nature is so close at hand, and it seems more eco-friendly to blend in to the landscape rather than stand out from it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun with trim. We are doing something similar for our home, using mostly a grayish-beige and a touch of red on the trim (I’ve always wanted a red door). We selected our colours by heading to the local Home Hardware and checking out the suggested combination pallettes. You can do this online as well; most paint companies will let you do a virtual mock-up of how your house will look once completed. I highly suggest it. And my fingers are crossed for the same spectacular results that Bethany had with her project!


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Oct. 29, 2010

9:14 am

Absolutely Debb, good point, and thanks for adding it here. And I believe that most paint companies are now offering it; it's not as hard to find or as pricey as it used to be. Since I'm pregnant, we only used low-VOC paint inside the house, and the painter we hired pretty much insisted on it for the health of his crew.


Oct. 28, 2010

11:23 pm

Have you considered using low or no VOC paint? It's a bit more expensive but SO worth it. Goes on smoothly and no smell or harmful chemicals.

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