Homemade By Katy: Paint Part 2, The Dark Side of Painting

Homemade By Katy: Paint Part 2, The Dark Side of Painting

By Katy Wise

Contributing Writer

Read Part 1 here.

As some of you may have noticed, the new Star Wars trailer was just released this week.

If I have never gone down this road within my writing here before, let it be made clear that our house is a Star Wars house.

I may as well just say that this is a nerd house. One conversation with our boys and you would quickly learn that this family has a deep appreciation for The Flash, Superman and Darth Vader.

Not limiting our appreciation to those three, either. Those just seem to be the top three that everyone agrees on around here.

Before anyone gets concerned, no, our boys do not watch nearly as much sci-fi as they might lead you to believe.

The conditions under which they watch any movie are heavily monitored, and most of them are kid friendly versions.

Not just ‘kid friendly,’ I mean ‘parent pre-viewed and mom-approved kid-friendly.’

Has anyone else noticed the overall lack of quality and morality in kids’ programming today? I should really say “kids,’” when speaking on this subject, because some of the things made for elementary school children these days isn’t even something that I am okay with watching.

Now that I have gotten completely off subject, although leaving you with something to think about… Let’s get back to the subject of paint.

Recently, as mentioned in the accompanying article, I painted our living room, and I painted it dark.

Personally, it was darker than I ever imagined myself painting inside of this house, as I have picked mostly bright neutrals for everything else.

It would be a great exterior color, but we knew we wanted something cozier, and a little bit more dramatic in our living room, so the dark paint sample came home with me.

It was love at first swatch.

There were a few qualifications that came into play before even considering a darker paint color for this room.

Here are a few tips if you are thinking of joining the dark side in your living room as well. I should also mention that our paint color reminds me much more of a baby Ewok, or maybe Obi-Wan’s cloak than anything pertaining to Darth Vader.

Only pick a deeper shade if your room has natural light.

There is no magical formula for number of windows to balance out the saturation or anything here, and there are just too many variables for the amount of sunlight each window might get at any given point throughout the day.

Our living room has lots of windows, but a good majority of them are within a porch. This makes a big difference from raw, unfiltered sunlight.

Still enough natural light for balance, though.

Unless you are planning an entire room makeover, take into consideration the colors already at play within your space.

All of our trim is bright white, and due to living in an older, historical house, one whole wall of ours is trim and windows.

The classic Greek Revival framing takes up 95% of the back wall in our living room, which is all painted in a glossy, classic white.

This makes the room appear much brighter, all the time, no matter what.

It’s also one of my very favorite features of our house, and one that the darker paint color accentuated greatly.

Wood trim would be an entirely different scenario.

We also have all white curtains, and while our couches aren’t exactly a bright color, they are most certainly not dark.

All of these factors together, made a perfect canvas for a darker paint color.

Again, like stated in the other article, never pass up the chance to sample a paint color first. If you are even a little uncertain about a deep color, give yourself the chance to make a fair decision first.

I included a picture of our paint test. Just the section around our main entryway to view the contrast with our dining room.

You may also notice our sweet little pup, Lucy, in one of the pictures…

View that paint at various times during the day. Try opening your blinds a little more if you need to!

If you are painting over another strong color, you may want to do a primer test as well.

Using a small amount of primer, swatch the wall in one square, allow to dry, and then paint your sample over top. Right next to this test, paint your sample color directly on top of the existing paint color.

Allow to dry for recommended drying time listed on the paint can, and then decide if you are going to need to prime or not.

Our original paint color was so light, and the new color was so saturated that it wasn’t necessary for us.

Most paints nowadays have super coverage anyways, but primer creates a blank slate that will prevent any tainting your new color.

You are ready to pick your color now. If you have a great painting project to share with us, we love before and after photos!

As always, thanks for reading, and happy painting from HBK!

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