Congratulations, you just moved into a new home!
Seeing all those different properties, going to all those different showings, wondering whether you’ll be able to match up the timing between leaving your old house and taking possession of your new one… that’s all behind you.
But of course, your new home is different than your old one.
Of course you’ll be bringing some of your favorite pieces with you to your new home, but you may consider redecorating and accessorizing.
After all, you’ve had that couch since college, and you’ve been meaning to get rid of it for a while.
Your spouse has been bugging you to get rid of it, so why not indulge them?
But of course, your new home doesn’t have the nicest paint job either, does it?
The color was in style 10 years ago, and since then it’s gathered its share of scuffs and chips.
So that begs the question, what should you do first?
If you’ve been thinking “where can I find interior or exterior house painters near me?” you’ve found us.
We’re PurcellPro Painting, and when we’re not doing professional residential house painting services or professional office & commercial painting services, we write about painting.
This week, let’s talk about the pros and cons of painting your house first versus furnishing and accessorizing it first.
Furnishing & Accessorizing Before Painting
There are definitely advantages to furnishing first.
And whether or not it’s a good idea depends on the nature of your house as well as the nature of your walls.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
The Benefits Of Furnishing & Accessorizing Before Painting
One of the biggest benefits to furnishing and accessorizing before you paint is that there is much less risk of clumsy furniture movers messing up your new paint job.
We’ve all been there once before, where a moving company, or perhaps one of your buddies that you roped into helping you for the weekend, wasn’t looking where they were going and ended up gouging a hole in your wall.
That’s a drag at the best of times, but when you have a brand new paint job it really sucks.
If you furnish the room first, however, that’s no big deal.
Sure, you’ll have to get out the drywall putty, but in most cases you’ll have to do that anyway.
As well, it can help if you have some particularly bold pieces of furniture or artwork.
After all, it’s a good idea to either have a bold wall color, or bold accessories, but not both.
Going bold in both directions can sometimes make the room feel chaotic.
So if you have bold furniture and artwork, You already know they are going to draw the most attention.
That means it’s a good idea to get them in the room first, so you can have a better understanding of what sort of color would compliment them well.
The Drawbacks Of Furnishing & Accessorizing Before Painting
On the other hand, painting around your furniture increases the risk that it will get damaged.
Put down as much drop cloth as you like, the reality is that painting a house can be messy.
If you’re particularly protective of your pieces, you may want to consider leaving them in another room while you finish the paint job.
But even if you don’t damage the furniture, they can still get in the way.
Having to move your furniture around to accommodate your ladders can be frustrating.
Painting Before Furnishing & Accessorizing
On the other hand, painting a completely empty room can sometimes feel exciting.
It has its benefits and drawbacks too.
Let’s take a look at what they are
The Benefits Of Painting Before Furnishing & Accessorizing
It’s easier to swap a piece of wall art for another then it is to repaint a room.
The same goes for your furniture.
So If you don’t like the way one of your pieces of furniture looks against your new wall color, you can always swap it for another piece in another room of your house.
On the other hand, if you don’t like the way your painted wall looks, it’s a lot more involved and more expensive to fix.
On top of that, it can sometimes be overwhelming to decide what colors you want to go with in your house.
Going to the furniture store can sometimes be overwhelming as you have to pick through every color imaginable.
So it can sometimes be easier to enter the furnishing and accessorizing phase having already chosen a color palette.
The Drawbacks Of Painting Before Furnishing & Accessorizing
It can sometimes be hard to understand how colors mix with each other in a room.
It can be even more difficult to understand how different patterns and materials will clash with each other.
But while paint can be pretty versatile, you might also have some furniture pieces that you really love and are unique.
So It’s not always great to paint before you furnish.
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Regardless of whether you want to furnish or paint first, we can help.
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