Spend: When it comes to painting for your home-improvement ideas, we know how long it can take to find the perfect shade of blue. Figured it out? Now look at how well your paint covers the builder’s beige. Better paint may cost more per gallon, but it requires fewer coats and less-frequent repainting. Look for paint that uses prime pigment (for long-lasting color), a high-quality binder (for better surface adhesion), and additives like dispersing agents for even coverage.
Save: Not all paints were made equally, but there is a place for economy paint. The kids’ playroom in the basement will likely see lots of fingerprints—and perhaps some crayon murals—so it can be smart to go easy on the wallet. Closets, utility rooms, and other less-visible walls need only a few coats of economy paint as well.