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House Paint Encyclopedia

Everything You Need to Know About Painting Your House

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Need a new look? Your Guides on the Home & Garden Channel at About.com teamed up to create this house paint encyclopedia to help you with all types of interior and exterior painting projects. Save money, save time, and avoid costly mistakes with these tips, techniques, and tools. Also get help choosing colors and finishes and find solutions to common house paint problems.

Pick Exterior Paint Colors

Colorful Houses in Eyeries Village, Ireland. Photo © Glen Allison / Getty Images
Photo © Glen Allison / Getty Images

The colors and finishes you choose can transform your house. But, how do you find harmonious color combinations for your siding and trim? Check out these resources for advice, color charts, free online paint color tools, and more.

See Pictures

Queen Anne home in Saratoga, New York
Photo © Jackie Craven

Not sure what colors? Look at at photos of similar homes. Browse these photo galleries for Colonial, Victorian, and early 20th century house styles.

Pick Interior Paint Colors

Coral Colored Room
Photo © Paul Conrath/Getty Images

The right colors and finishes will bring out the beauty of any room. Some color combinations can make a small room seem larger, or a large space cozier. The choice between flat, semi-gloss, and glossy finishes can also make a dramatic difference. Find tips here.

Watch Videos

Photo © Lisa F. Young / iStockphoto.com
Photo © Lisa F. Young / iStockphoto.com

Your house painting project will seem easier after you've seen painters in action. Watch these short online videos for ideas and instruction.

Paint Like a Pro

Barack Obama paints at the Sasha Bruce House. Photo © Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images
Photo © Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images

Professional painters have mastered strategies to make projects easier. Find out how pros minimize mess and create professional, long-lasting paint finishes.

Paint to Fool the Eye

Bookcases With Decorative Painting
Photo (cc) Flickr Member Danielle Blue

Sponging, crackling, color washing, and other decorative paint techniques add excitement and an air of fantasy. Even if you are a beginner, you can learn simple decorative painting techniques that will transform your rooms. Start here.

Paint Any Surface

Porcelain tiles painted with ceramic paint. Photo (cc) Flickr Member Patti Haskins
Photo (cc) Flickr Member Patti Haskins

Paint isn't just for walls! Even smooth, shiny surfaces can be painted if you choose the right products and follow simple guidelines.These articles reveal the secrets for painting unusual surfaces.

Solve Paint Problems

Cracked Blue Paint. Photo © Background Abstracts / Getty Images
Photo © Background Abstracts / Getty Images

Paint isn't prefect and problems will mount if the surface hasn't been prepared properly. Here's how to prevent common problems that lead to paint failure, and how to fix them.

Shop For Paint

So many paint color choices to choose from.  Photo © Digital Vision / Getty Images
Photo © Digital Vision / Getty Images

Before & After

Paint Color Wheel. Photo © Digital Vision / Gettty Images
Photo © Digital Vision / Gettty Images

Still stumped? Here's help.

  • House Paint Color Workshop
    Join us as we choose colors for houses submitted by our readers. See color solutions and ask questions.
  • Show us your colors
    Tell us about your house color scheme, share photos, and see pictures from other homeowners.
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