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At The Spruce, our expert editors are committed to giving our readers all the tools they need to make their best home. That means crafting the best content possible on everything from home repair to gardening and decluttering. It also means listening closely.
We know from listening to you that one of the simplest, most cost effective ways to transform your home is through paint. We also know that the traditional process of buying paint is unnecessarily tedious.
So what did we do? We launched The Spruce Best Home paint line, a curated collection of 32 stunning interior paints, produced by KILZ, that makes the experience of selecting a hue beautifully simple and enjoyable.
Grab your paintbrush and browse our full palette below so you can get started on creating a space you'll never want to leave. And don't forget to share your photos with us!
Distilled Aqua (SPR-10)
Distilled Aqua SPR-10 is a dusty blue with a green undertone. It’s representative of the peace that comes from being around quiet lakes, babbling brooks, and gentle streams. Bring this tranquil feeling into your home by painting it in your living room, bathroom, or meditation space.
Stone Quarry (SPR-31)
Stone Quarry SPR-31 is a medium charcoal with a blue undertone, perfect for bathrooms and kids’ bedrooms. This color captures details small and large, from the stunning deep blue shades of a freshly excavated rock mine to the comforting curvature of a smooth shale stone in your hand.
What to Look for When Choosing Home Paint
If you think that buying inexpensive paint will save you money, think again. Cheap paint is harder to work with, often requiring multiple coats to achieve good coverage, and won’t last as long before it starts to chip. Look for top-quality paint that will go on smoothly, give you even coverage, and will last longer.
Choosing the right finish can have a big impact on the look of your room. If you are painting a living room with tons of natural light, a matte or velvet finish is a classic choice. Choose satin paint for a slightly more reflective finish on walls or woodwork that also can be wiped clean of fingerprints or dust. Semi or high-gloss finishes are best for doors or decorative wall treatments, since they will reflect light but also reveal every minute imperfection on the wall’s surface.
In addition to finishes, paint comes in a variety of formulations and may be water- or oil-based. Water-based paint is the easiest to work with for interiors. If you are concerned about introducing chemicals into your interior for personal health or environmental reasons, look for low or no VOC eco-friendly and natural house paints.
How do you paint interior doors?
To paint an interior door, First, remove the door from its hinges. Next, clean, sand, and prime the door. Place the door on sawhorses and paint using a paint roller and/or a paint brush. Allow to dry thoroughly before placing it back on its hinges.
Can you use interior paint outside?
Please don’t. Interior paint was made for the indoors, and won’t hold up against exposure to the elements. On the other hand, feel free to use exterior paint indoors if you are painting something like an old wood floor that will get a lot of wear to give it a more robust finish.
How do you paint interior walls?
Painting interior walls is a simple process that can be done yourself with care. First, move furniture and other objects out or into the center of the room and cover with protective plastic or drop cloths. Next, remove things like light switch plates or picture hooks. Apply painter's tape along the transition between the wall and ceiling, the top of the baseboards, and around any doors or window trim to protect against paint splatters. Start by painting the room’s edges with a paintbrush. Paint the inner surface area of the wall using a roller. Allow to dry and apply a second coat if you are using one. Once the final coat is dry, replace the light switch plates, rehang your picture hooks, and move the furniture back into place.
How do you choose paint colors for your home’s interior?
Choosing a paint color for your home’s interior can be challenging. Even if you want to keep it simple with an all-white interior, you will soon discover that there are more shades of white than you ever dreamed of, making picking the perfect shade seem impossible. Narrow it down by deciding whether a warm or a cool tone would work best in your space. This will depend on how much natural light it gets, which direction it faces, and the mood you want to create in the room. Because paint colors look very different online or on paint swatches than they do in larger areas on your walls, be sure to buy samples of your three or so top choices and to paint sample swatches as large as possible that you can try out and move around the room to see how the paint looks according to where and how the light hits, as well as during the day and evening as the light changes. While choosing a paint color might be harder than it seems, remember that it’s just paint, and it’s an easy fix if you don’t get it exactly right the first time.
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This article was written and researched by Melissa Epifano, the former associate lifestyle editor for The Spruce where she oversaw both the home decor and crafts sections. She has written for publications like MyDomaine, Byrdie, Women's World, First for Women, Everyday Health, Life&Style, and SUITCASE.