Zillow and its competitors have changed the way we buy and sell houses. From the photos to the satellite view, it means homeowners have had to step up their game.

From staging to refreshing rooms, even if you’re leaving them unfurnished, there’s no better way to do that than a coat of paint.

And you don’t have to be selling your home for it to benefit from a wall refresh either. Painting the walls can change the entire environment and feel of a room – taking it from chaotic to peaceful and calm.

But if only have the time or resources to repaint a few rooms – which one should you paint? Learn in this quick guide.

1. The Bedroom

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to bedroom decorating. One group believes that your bedroom should be the true reflection of your style – even if that means bright red walls and animal print bedding.

The other school believes that you should make your bedroom the most calming room in the house. That means painting the walls a subtle color, finding the best mattress, and keeping the accessories and wild patterns to a minimum.

Whichever school of thought you prescribe to – you’ll need to paint the walls to get the effect you’re after. But don’t waste the time doing it yourself! Hire a professional so that your bedroom’s color comes out issue-free.

2. The Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, in most households. We love to gather around the kitchen table (or island) and talk while someone else is cooking.

Or it’s where the kids sit down and do their homework before they’re allowed to go out and play.

Either way, it needs to reflect the energy of your family and have a tone that brings everyone together. Whether that’s lemon yellow or a subtle teal is up to you.

If you are selling your home, it’s the second most important room in the house to stage, if that’s you and your realtor’s strategy.

3. The Front Door

While it’s not technically a room, we’re seeing a big trend in accent front doors right now. That could mean a bright color like red or something that matches your exterior paint.

Having a bright front door is thought to attract people to your home – in a good way. The warmer the color is (think reds, oranges, yellows) the more welcoming the door feels.

Update your front door’s color and then find a new and creative way to display your house number. It’ll take something drab to fab, and it’s a cheap way to improve your curb appeal.

Painting Your Home

Painting is more complex than people think. If you want the perfect finish you’ll need the right prep (more than just painters tape) and materials.

Depending on the finish of the paint, the stroke pattern matters too. Don’t try to do it on your own – hiring professionals is more reasonable than you think.

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