Giving that room a fresh coat of paint is a cheap and easy way to an old space a breath of fresh air.
Here are some tips on choosing the perfect color:
What Type of Paint Should I Select?
Paint comes in a variety of sheens as well as in either oil or latex. Latex paint is the most commonly and preferred paint type to use because of its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint.
Another reason latex is usually preferred to oil base paints is because of the smell and Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) which off-gas during the drying period. Most major paint manufacturers have addressed this problem by providing LOW-VOC or NO-VOC Latex paints, but they have not solved this problem as readily with oil bases paints.
However, there are times when oil based paint is the right choice; for instance it’s great for priming real wood moldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint wood. Also, I often specify oil based paints if I am suggesting a client paint a hand rail or newel post as the finish is extremely durable. (It does take longer to dry than a latex paint though, so plan for more drying time.)… continue reading this article on Carrie’s blog at BailiwickInteriorDesign.com