Perk Up Your Home With Paint

paint2Nothing makes you look at your home more critically than having holiday visitors on the horizon. Not to worry, says Paint Quality Institute expert Debbie Zimmer, for less than $100 a room, you can dramatically upgrade your d?cor in a weekend or even a day with interior paint.
What’s especially nice about painting just prior to the holidays is that you can choose colors that are just right for the seaso

n, as long as you’ll still love them when the day is done, she says.

At Thanksgiving, go with fall colors like harvest gold, ochre, brown, beige or rust, Zimmer suggests. Or, create a cozy and inviting Christmas or New Year’s dinner by decking your dining room out in a deep shade of red or green paint.

Assuming that your pre-holiday painting is focused on rooms that will be filled with people, keep in mind that paints with higher levels of sheen will be more stain-resistant and easier to clean.

Certainly the woodwork, but even the walls, in gathering spots like the kitchen, kids’ playroom, and rec room should be done with semi-gloss paint, she says.

To make cleaning even easier, be sure to use 100 percent acrylic latex interior paint.

Opting for a low-VOC (VOCs are volatile organic compounds) is an excellent environmental choice.