WE KEEP READING that painting a room is the cheapest way to update it.
True enough, but no one said it was the easiest. Consider all the stuff you’ll have to box up, the books and bibelots that have to be put away, the furniture that has to be moved or, at a minimum, draped. Ugh, the only thing worse than painting is . . . moving! For all the same reasons.
All that aside, it does remain true that a fresh paint job—in a lighter, fresher color, or a deeper, more sophisticated one—can change a room utterly, without having to change anything else.
There are many, many tricks to checking out paint colors before committing to the act itself. Our friends at Houzz.com recently compiled this report.