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Design Tip Tuesday: 5 Things I've Learned About Paint


Ever since I started doing paint at Pinnacle Interior Designs, I have learned a lot about it so I thought it would be great to share! Picking the right paint color can make or break your space. So when picking your colors, be aware of colors that you don't like and pick colors that make you feel good. Before you start looking for a paint color, here are a few tips that I think will help you.


1. Neutrals in mainspaces:

When looking for a main space color, my advice is to make it one general color. As soon as you start bringing in other colors, it makes the space feel choppy and less cohesive. Not only do I think one general color makes the space feel cohesive, but I also think picking a neutral color is beneficial for making the accents in your space pop. It is easier to change out pillows, art, and rugs than re-painting your entire main space.

Main Floor Remodel | Pinnacle Interior Designs

In this main floor remodel, you can see that the main space is one paint color. Their are four areas within this space, the entry way, living room, dining room, and kitchen. In painting all these spaces one color it makes it feel open and more cohesive.


2. Paint sheen:

Picking paint sheen is sometimes forgotten about, but very important to the feel and function of your space. For example, flat paint is the sheen that is put on ceilings, the reason for that is because flat paint can easily be marked. Especially with kids flat paint is never the way to go for your main space walls. An alternative to the flat paint look would be Duration Matte by Sherwin Williams, this is a matte paint that can clean up easily. The sheen that us used for trim and cabinetry would be semi-gloss, this is because trim and cabinetry can easily be marked so having the ability to clean your cabinets and get marks off is necessary.

Kitchen Mid-Century Modern | Pinnacle Interior Designs

This kitchen cabinetry is a semi-gloss paint and easy to clean! You can't really tell but the trim around the window is also a semi-gloss paint sheen.


3. Professionally painted cabinetry:

This point needs to be remembered and easily my favorite one. I have painted cabinetry before. Please take it from me, pay the money to get it professionally painted. Not only does the professional do a fantastic job and make it such an easy process, but they also take half the amount of time that you would've been doing it yourself. If you were to paint your cabinetry yourself, it would take you a lot more time to do it yourself, and it may not turn out the way you would like.


4. Undertones can change the space:

This tip is probably my second favorite of the thing that need to be taken into account. Undertones, undertones, they can change the feel of your space. And make sure that the undertone of the color is a color that you like is super important. The lighting in your space changes all day long, which means that the undertones of that paint color will become apparent at one point or another.

Bathroom Remodel | Pinnacle Interior Designs

In this bathroom, this is a blue paint color, but it has an undertone of green. This combination creates the perfect spa vibe!


5. Paint CAN be changed:

I have saved the best for last. Paint is way easier to change than changing out your flooring, cabinetry, countertop, or trim. It is also a WAY more cost-effective option to repaint than to replace your flooring or anything of that nature. If you start to get sick of your paint color over the years, please do a refresh! The reason we do neutral main floor colors is to prevent you from getting sick of a super bright or loud color.

Your opinions of things in your home change over time. So don't freak out when trying to pick a paint color. You could change it down the road if you would like, but keeping all of these tips in mind will help you decide the paint color for you. Don't hesitate to reach out to Pinnacle if you need assistance on picking out paint colors for your home!


Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!

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Jeanna Letzring, Owner/Interior Designer



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