It's time to paint the kitchen, and you know you want to go with a green, but you're not sure how light or dark you should go.
You don't want to paint the kitchen too light because you want some color and vibrancy to come through, but you also don't want to paint it too dark for the fear of making the kitchen look smaller and claustrophobic.
Well, the truth is that whether you decide to paint a room lighter or darker, you run the risk of not only making the room appear smaller, but you will literally make the room smaller. That's right! Every time you put a coat of paint on your walls, you're technically decreasing the amount of space and volume in that room.
At the same time, you're also increasing your odds of running into the wall. Maybe you weren't having an off day that cloudy Tuesday morning and you were right all along -- the wall ran into you. It can take a couple weeks to recalculate your hallway trajectory with the new off brown colon breeze hue on the wall.
Now, it'll probably take a couple ten thousand coats of paint to really notice how close the couch has moved to the television, or for that cliché sunflower picture in your kitchen to hang just a foot from your face as you eat frosty fruity flakes for breakfast, but once you're done, who cares if you can't find the remote!
The thickness of a coat of paint is measured in mil. 1 mil is one thousandth of an inch or 1000 mils = 1 inch. Now, if the thickness of an average coat of paint is 4 mil, or 0.000333333 feet (thank you Google length converter), your newly painted room will still technically become smaller, but it might not appear to because you've chosen a good, light color.
Now, let's say you painted that same room -- same light color as before -- 25,000 times. Even though it's a light color, the room would not only become smaller, it would actually feel smaller because each wall would protrude inward by 8.3 feet or 100,000 mil.
But wait! How silly of us -- we forget to account for the fact that wet paint is thicker than paint that has dried. If a paint is 50% solids by volume, then your 100,000 mil wet paint wall will reduce in thickness by about 1/2 or 50,000 mil when the paint dries.
This is a great news because instead of each wall protruding inward at 8.3 feet or 100,000 mil, the walls will instead protrude inward at just 4.15 feet or 50,000 mil, leaving just enough room for that all-important second coat of paint.
- Brimo-Cox, Susan. "Paint Density: Measuring Film Thickness." PaintPro. N.p., Mar.-Apr. 2003. Web. 10 July 2017.
- Cactusgene, and ?. "How Thick Is One Coat Of An Average Interior Paint?" Yahoo! Answers. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2017.