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Paint Like a Pro 

Yes, you can paint your house yourself. Learn trade secrets and easy steps to painting. Plus, get inspired by easy paint makeovers.

Easy Paint Makeovers

Paint Colors That Boost Your Mood
From blues to greens, find the shade that's guaranteed to improve your attitude.

How to Pick Paint Colors
Tricks to finding the right paint type and paint color.

Shanta’s living room after the makeover

6 Amazing Room Makeovers

These decorating projects were stopped in their tracks...until Real Simple stepped in and turned a space from incomplete to incomparable.
Photo: Jonny Valiant

Cheerful Paint Color Combos for Kids’ Rooms

Think beyond pink and blue for a space that's fresh and fun.
Photo: Mark Lund

What Does Your Paint Color Say About You?

If your walls could talk, here’s what they’d reveal.
Photo: Dominic Blackmore/Ideal Home

Quiz: Find Your Color Personality

A fun quiz helps you determine what your color choices say about you.
Shanta’s living room after the makeover
Child's bedroom
Blue room with yellow, white, and black decor
Egg carton used as paint palette

Painting Tips and Tricks

White paint being brushed onto trim

6 Simple Steps to Painting a Room
Once you've prepped the walls, the actual painting is easy.

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Paint samples

Painting Supplies Checklist

Everything you need for a problem-free paint job: Get ready to roll. 

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