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Best Paint Colors for Closets

Paint Colors for ClosetsFunny enough, when it comes to blogs like this one that are dedicated to the best paint colors for closests, the information and the content is few and far between.  But, if you look for spaces like painting kitchens and bedrooms, you find millions and millions of articles.  The ridiculous part is that closets are downplayed a lot!  Every house in the United States has some sort of a room, nook, cranny or closet that is used for storage space.  One of the biggest problems that people come up with when it comes to these storage spaces is the color to paint it.   Should you paint it the same color as your room walls or the other remaining walls in the house, should you paint it a completely different color or should you paint it the same hue, but a different color?  Honestly, it’s your house, so you can paint it whatever color you want, but if you want it to look good and you don’t want it to look like a sore thumb, follow these tips for the best paint for closets.

Color and Hue Options

Like I said above, it’s your home, your closet and your walls.  But, if you want to make everything look and feel good when it comes to the closet walls, it’s a good idea to tell your residential painter in Morristown that you want a light and neutral shade for the closet itself.  Dark shades, like with a vehicle, will end up looking dingy over time and will need to be painted sooner than a wall that is a neutral color or tone.  Consider colors like white, egg shell white, off white, gray or even tan as an option.  Painting your closet walls the same as the bedroom walls is going to create a seamless look, but it’s always going to look classier.  The great thing about choosing the base color for the walls in the closet (white, egg shell white, off white, gray or tan) and then picking another type of color from that aforementioned list is that these colors also help reflect light – this means that these colors will allow you to see into the closet better, even without an additional artificial light fixture.  This is helpful if you are storing darker things in the closet including clothes, because the lighter wall colors will make the closet POP with light and make it easier to find things.

Choosing the Right Finish

In the same way that you would use a high gloss paint for the bathroom because it helps to bead water, is great with moisture hot spaces, and helps keep mold and mildew away – finishes like Satin and semi-gloss also are great for closets.  There are a few reasons for this.  First off, Satin is one of those finishes where it’s very easy to clean, which might be a good option for people that are going to be taking things out of and putting things back in the closet such as shoes.  Shoes on walls can scuff really easily and remove paint easily.  But, Satin tends to be touched than matte finishing.  Semi-gloss even works better when it comes to markings and scuffs on the wall, as well as any dirt or dust.  It’s very easy to clean a semi-gloss wall versus a matte wall.  Matte walls don’t take lightly to being cleaned and usually you will end up rubbing away the paint before you ever remove the stain, dust, dirt or scuff.  But, with semi-gloss and satin you can rub away and actually remove the scuff and not the paint.  Beyond just having a closet for adults that might be where you store shoes, this type of finish also might be useful in a kid’s closet where they store things like toys.

Using Primer

Make sure that when you paint your closet or you hire a residential painter to paint for you, that you do use a primer and that its being put on the wall correctly.  Primer should be placed on a wall, prior to painting it and it should be done using an up and down motion.  Make sure you paint the entire wall with primer, including any cracks and nooks, as well as any corners you have in the closet.  You might need something like an edge painter to really get into the sides and trim, corners and other obstacles you might have a hard time getting around otherwise.  Once you have finished priming the walls, allow it to dry.  Primers are always different, so just check out the instructions on the back of the can/jar to make sure you leave it on fir enough time to dry.  Whenever possible, if you have leftover primer, take it from the tray before it has a chance to dry and put it back into the can, seal it well, and then you can use it for any priming in the future.

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