Choosing Paint for Your Closet

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A fresh coat of paint can easily transform the outlook of your home. This applies to even the smaller and more private area such as closets. But closets are incredibly forgotten spaces when we talk about interior painting.  Paint color for this smaller private space would have the  same color as with rest of the room or one that was painted it was first built.

For some of us, closets are a storage space to keep our clothes and other items hidden away from rest of the room, whether organized or messy. Nobody ever sees them and emptying the closets just for painting can be quite a hustle, so why spend money to paint them? For a smaller condo with relatively limited space and no other space to store the contents, it would be nice to paint them but is it really worth the trouble?

Want to paint the closets, what’s next? Here’s a question: have you ever considered what kind of paint might be best to use in your closet?

Besides enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a space, the kind and color you choose can enhance the functionality of the space. This applies even to closet where space and light is limited.


Tips for Painting Closets

Being a small space, you may not have to spend as money and time as with painting a room. But it still can get tricky without proper preparation. Right tools and materials are the key and also need careful consideration when it comes to paint hue and finish to create a functional and attractive closet.

If the closet has been paneled or previously painted a dark color, you will need to prime the walls before proceeding with painting.


What Color Should I Paint My Closet?

Light and neutral

Choosing a shade for your closet can be a tricky. Go with same shade as the rest of the room, you will create a simple, elegant look for the space, but you’ll have to repaint the closet every time that you paint the room. Opt for dark wall shade and you will find it difficult to see the items stored since dark shades don’t reflect light very well. They also tend to show wear and tear more easily and look worn out quickly since you’ll be taking things in and out constantly.

Neutral colors, such as white, gray, tan or beige, are a good choice for most closets. It will work virtually with any color scheme and also provide a good backdrop for brightly colored clothing. These shades reflect light and brighten the space, so you can see better inside the closet when you’re hunting for a specific item and make it easier to see the textures, colors and patterns of clothes. White or light colored closets will also help you find what you are looking for and eliminate the need for a light fixture. This is especially true in laundry rooms and kitchen pantries.


Darker colors

If you are looking to obscure items when your closet is in a public space where you don’t want contents to stand out, darker colors are a great option. Darker colors give a large walk-in closet a cozier while making dust less noticeable. You will however need to add more lights as darker colors don’t reflect light very well.


Matching the surrounding color

For a large walk-in closet, matching it to the bedroom’s wall color, it can help the space to blend in. and offer visual continuity. Remember to use same type of paint if you are painting your closet that match with the rest of the room. If the room is painted white, use the exact same white paint for the closet. If the wall color is very dark the closet will look dark and not very inviting to you. One solution is to paint it a lighter shade (monochromatic) version of the wall. The paint store can add a smaller percentage of the tint formula, 50% or 25% is best.

Keep in mind that while painting a closet to match the color of the rest of the room, you’ll have to repaint the closet every time that you paint the room.


Vibrant paint colors

With hinged doors or sliders, closets become a distinct space. This gives homeowners a choice to paint a completely different color other than one in bedroom or hallway where they are located. So why not paint a vibrant rich color? This not only gives the space the illusion being larger, brighter colors allows you to see the closet’s contents better.


Choose Your Sheen

Half the work is done once you choose the right color. Next half is choosing the right finish.  Satin or flat finishes are tempting for they are forgiving and cover wall blemishes. But they are quick to show their age. Closets are spaces where things are constantly moved in and out and reorganized, items are sure to bump against the walls. Better option would be a tough, higher-gloss paint. As an added bonus, it’s more reflective too, maximizing the light in your closet.

Also sheen you select for your paint should correspond with the closet’s purpose. For example, on a kitchen pantry or bathroom closet, semi-gloss makes it easier to clean up sticky spills. For your wardrobe closet, semi-gloss helps reflect light and allows you to see your clothing better. For the junk or catch-all closet, satin or flat paint suffices.


Save Time On Ceiling

Closet ceiling isn’t normally visible unless you have a large walk-in closet, so save money by either painting it white as in larger room (but you’ll need to be carefully cut in along the edges wasting time) or carry over the paint shade from for the closet walls to the ceiling.


Painting Closet Shelves

Most closets have one or more set of shelves and other areas that you may need to cut in. if you’re painting closet, consider using a mini roller with a fabric-covered end. Four-inch rollers should provide the precision you need. Also consider using an extension pole for higher and harder to reach places instead of climbing on a ladder or step stool.


It may not occur to most homeowners to paint their closets after purchasing a residence or finishing a remodeling project. Carefully pick interior paint colors for your closet that will best highlight your style.

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