Among the countless uses of paint in your home, it is difficult to make out how you can use it to declutter a seemingly crammed and untidy room. Paint can improve the mood of a room and dramatically change your perception of its size. It can breathe life into ignored details of your house and make features to stand out.

Painting can, however, be an overwhelming process and something you can easily go wrong about. Right from choosing the color to preparing your home for the facelift through to gathering the necessary tools and going about the exercise – you will need a little know-how in virtually every step of the entire project. While it’s recommended that you find a professional to help put your ideas into practice, it is essential to have a little familiarity with the exercise in question. Here are a few tips on how to ‘declutter’ your house using paint.

Choose the right color

The color you choose should not just be picked randomly. It should complement another dominant color in the room so that you don’t ruin the original aesthetics of your home while trying to declutter it. Try to align the walls with the shade of the sofa or any other large furniture in the room.

Spotlight photographs and art

If the pictures and pieces of art hanging on your wall are not noticeable enough, it is probably because the wall is too dull or brightly colored. A darker paint will increase the color contrast and make the objects on the wall pop up.

‘Raise’ the ceiling

A lowly hovering ceiling can make a large room look cluttered and jammed. You don’t necessarily have to move out or reposition it to increase space in your home. Instead, paint it a few shades lighter than the walls and let the magic happen. The room will not only sport a new illumination but also appear more spacious with the ceiling ‘moving’ a few inches up.

Let the furniture stand out

While working to achieve closely matching hues between the walls and the largest furniture in the room, you should make sure that the other pieces of furniture remain in character. The color you paint on the walls should be able to highlight the curvy sofa in front of it. Robin’s egg blue, powder pink, and lavender are a few examples of colors that make dark woods stand out.

Choose the right paint

Two options should come to mind when choosing paint for your home – oil paint and latex paint. Oil-based paint takes relatively longer to dry and is finer than latex paint. It may, however, develop cracks quicker, and its fumes can be quite overwhelming.

Latex-based paint is made up mainly of water, meaning it dries faster and doesn’t turn yellow over time. Additionally, it is more environment-friendly and can be washed off easily when repainting the surface. It is flexible as well and works perfectly on a variety of surfaces.

Consider using latex paint on surfaces with prolonged sun exposures as it has superior color retention. Oil paints can be perfect on wooden surfaces, door trims and other surfaces susceptible to wear and tear.