Smart Design With Suzette: The Power Of Paint

Adirondack chairs go pow with a new coat of paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Curb appeal! Color it up with paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Los Alamos

Recently, I decided to tackle some home projects that I have meaning to do for a while. I have to say the projects that make the biggest transformation have to do with paint.

The power of paint is undeniable. For about $30 a gallon, paint can do wonders.

Here are some before and after photos of my very own projects, at my house, that say just that.

The right color adds depth and texture to a room. Photo by Suzette Fox

Things to consider before painting:

Sheen is important

The finish of your paint, or sheen, will have a major impact. Semi -gloss, satin, eggshell and flat – with these options comes many considerations. High-traffic areas or furniture do well with semi-gloss or satin as they hold up better to touching and can be cleaned more easily. But, they can make wall imperfections (wavy drywall, patched areas) much more pronounced. A more matte-like finish, such as flat, will not clean as well or endure touches as well, but you won’t see imperfections as much.

Embrace Color

Don’t fear the bold colors! Select colors that add depth and texture to a room. Understand the psychology of color and use it to your advantage. A calming color, such as one in the blue family, is great for a bedroom.

Do the Math

Of course, you’ll need to know the total area you’re going to paint (add up all the square footage plus a little extra), but you’ll also need to account for multiple coats, primer and the porosity. It’s best to have some paint left over for repair work later on, so get more than you need.

Be a Prepper

Prep work will be the important. Take the time to tape off areas for sharp lines, move furniture and furnishings, repair and patch any imperfections, protect the floors, clean and sand if necessary and remove things like switch plates, doorknobs and hardware.

Buy high-quality brushes and roller covers

If you’re splurging on great paint, you definitely don’t want to pinch pennies on the application. Good brushes and roller covers give excellent coverage so that you don’t waste time and paint on re-application.

Protect anything you don’t want painted

You will never regret the time you spend covering floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop cloths are a must, and small plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs.

Be bold with color! Photo by Suzette Fox

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh

A bathroom transformed. What will you paint today? Photo by Suzette Fox

Feel free to contact Los Alamos Interior Designer Suzette Fox to suggest specific design topics or for help with your home. For more information, find her on Facebook at and at