Living With Style: A Paint Job You Can Be Proud Of

By Sasha Witte
Gazette Columnist
Aug 4th, 2018 

For the individual or family looking to transform their interior on a smaller budget, many consider do-it-yourself painting. 

Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years that will help the job to turn out beautifully. 



Ceilings often get ignored by the do-it-yourselfer painter.  This is often a mistake that keeps the room from looking complete.  Consider painting your ceilings a tint of the stronger color being applied to your walls. 

Living With Style: Ceiling Paint

Ceilings in a contrasting color can also be an effective choice.

Ask your paint supplier to mix you paint for the ceiling that is 25% strength of the color on your walls (75% lighter).  This will keep your ceilings from looking too heavy, but also let the ceilings be in harmony with the walls. 

The Finish

Living WithStyle: Eggshell paint

Typically I prefer a flat paint finish at the walls, but consider eggshell if you have children or pets for ease of cleaning.

The finish you select for your paint must be considered.  I generally prefer painted walls finished in a flat paint.  But this isn’t always a good choice for young families.

Living with style: paint finish

Consider painting ceilings a lighter version of the wall color for a more finished look.

Living With Style: Bathroom Paint

Bathrooms should always be finished in a semi-gloss paint due to the damp environment.

Living With Style: White Paint

Whites vary dramatically.  Make sure the one you choose for trim plays great with all your homes wall colors.

Eggshell finishes have a small amount of sheen to them, but can be scrubbed up when food stains (or crayola) end up on the wall.  Benjamin Moore has created a paint finish called “Matte” which has a nearly flat appearance, but claims to be as easily cleaned as an eggshell finish. 

Of course, in bathrooms semi-gloss is the way to go to protect the walls against dampness.


Transitioning between paint colors in different rooms of an older home is generally easier than in many of the new homes being created today. 

Older homes have molding framing out the openings between rooms that will be finished in a trim color and make the transition simple. 

Many new homes have drywall with curved corners in the openings between rooms making for a challenge in where and how to make as clean of a line as possible between the two colors. Think about this as you plan your color palette.


Picking The Trim

Not just any white for trim will do.  A gray white that looks perfect with soft blue tones, will likely fight a warm pallet.  

Make sure to pay as much attention to your white trim choice as to your wall color choices.  There are dozens of “whites” to select from.

Accent Walls

Single accent walls work better in very modern interiors – but typically feel harsh and out of place in a historic home. 

It’s alright to use bold colors in a historic home, but consider doing the entire room in that bold color, or leaving the bold colors for the artwork and accessories. 

Congratulations on embarking on one of the least costly and most impact full ways of improving the look and feel of your home.  And don’t forget, there are professionals available to help you along the way too, should you desire it.

Happy coloring!

Sasha Witte can be reached at or (562) 434-8824.


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