Choose a Color & Get To Painting!

Best of 2012

This was the year that I went paint crazy. Having lived in short-term rentals for most of my adult life, I'd never had the chance before. I can now tell you that there's nothing more satisfying or dramatic than seeing that new color go up. If you've got the painting bug like I do, here are some of our best tips and tricks to walk you through the whole process, from choosing a color to completing the final strokes.

Choose a Color:
Choosing Wisely: Tips for Getting the Perfect Paint Color Every Time
Color Theory 101: Making Complementary Colors Work for You
Help Me Choose the Right White Paint
Add a Splash of Color: 6 Home Color Apps

Choose a Finish and a Brand:
Decor Definitions: Paint Finishes
Paint Finishes: The Pros and Cons of Flat, Low Luster, and Gloss
Why Some Paint Is More Expensive Than Others (and Worth It)
How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint

Gather Your Supplies:
Supply Checklist: Everything You Need to Paint a Room
5 Essential Tools for Your Next Room Painting Project
10 Essential Tools for Painting a Room
10 Online Sources for Spray Paint

Get to Painting!:
Real-Life Lessons from a First-Time Painter
Paint Outside the Box: 10 Unconventional Ways to Paint Your Room
10 No-Mess Painting Tips
Painting a Rental: Tips & Tricks

Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

(Images: The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home)

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Carolyn is a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.