By Blake Herzog
Paint color may be the most crucial decision you make when it comes to decorating your home, but after a while you begin to not really notice it the way you used to.
Most people chalk that up to overfamiliarity, but if the room you’re stepping into just doesn’t feel the same way it used to, the paint may have faded into a faint echo of what you chose a few years earlier.
This is just one sign your paint job isn’t aging well, and you need to take some action. Here’s a few more signs you should be looking out for.
Larger holes, cracks, stains
These are all things you may think you can just paint over once they’ve been patched up, but it can be hard to come up with an exact match if the product you used has been discontinued.
If you aren’t having much luck coming up with a good-enough match, it could be easier to start fresh with something else. You can turn it into an accent wall to avoid the possibility of painting the entire room.
Peeling, bubbling paint
This is usually a sign the paint was not applied correctly or not suited to the conditions of the room. Paint is prone to both peeling and bubbling in humid areas or anywhere moisture gets trapped in the wall or ceiling, which is usually tied to some sort of leak.
You’ll need to fix any underlying factors before you even think about repainting.
You just don’t like the color anymore
Maybe the paint hasn’t faded, but you wish it would. Or the gray walls you and everyone else loved a couple years ago look dingy and depressing (which means it wasn’t right for you in the first place).
If it’s not working for you anymore, you don’t need to wait for an overhaul or renovation to change it out.
If you’re going to sell
Repainting a home’s interior typically brings a 107% return on investment, better than most other improvements.