If you are looking to renovate your home or simply paint it to make your rooms look refreshed for a new season, there are a few core factors to take into consideration. Whether it is your kitchen, dining room, living area or bedroom, ideas and color inspiration can be found just about anywhere. It is advisable to look at what type of room ambiance you are aiming to achieve, along with colors that work well with most seasons and your furniture and décor specification, to mention a few things to be aware of.
Before even looking at planning interior house painting, it is important to look and walk through the dedicated area. This inspection can also be done with your professional painter to ensure you know exactly what needs to be painted and any problem areas, such as damp spots, that need attention. Wallpapers, windows and wood trimmings should also all be checked.
Here are a few start-up tips to get you going and ensuring that you are doing all tasks efficiently and with the right materials and tools:
1. Whether you are getting a professional painter or you are painting the room yourself, it’s rather important to move things out the way as much as possible as well as make sure that they are covered with old sheets. This will not only save you time while painting, but it will also protect elements like furniture, frames, and ornaments when the painting process has begun. As careful as we are, there is always that drop of paint that may fall on something precious.
2. Know and stick to your scope of work. If you have an existing dark-colored room and wish to make it much lighter, it is important that you consult a professional to help with showing you exactly what materials you need as well as how many coats of paint is required to get the ultimate finish that you want. You may, for example, need a primer of a different amount to that of the paint. Also be sure to have corners and windows evaluated before painting.
3. If you have a pet, it is important to keep them away from the dedicated room that has to be painted due to possible allergies and falling hair becoming a problem.
4. Be sure to look at a few different options of paint color. Unfortunately, paint chips are often not justice to the actual color you may want, and as a result, this may cost you a significant sum of money for something you are not happy with at the end. Try to look for a blend and not necessarily an exact color to match to. If you do have a chip of a color you like, make sure to watch that color in all lights of the day as some colors look different at sunrise compared to midday compared to at night.
Choosing a paint color: Avoid these common mistakes
Choosing the correct paint color, whether for the interior or exterior of your home, can be more challenging than you would think. These days, when going to your local paint store, there are an infinite number of colors to choose from. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed and come back home with a range of paint swatches, only to find that these are all even more confusing when compared to when you first decided to paint. Looking at trends and seasonality as well as trying to match colors with furniture and décor can be a very complicated process. Avoid these simple mistakes when choosing a paint color to ensure the smoothest paint job:
• Selecting a color based on the paint swatch only:
The paint swatches that are available may have a large range of colors and look fantastic on a swatch. However, they aren’t very large for you to be able to see the color correctly and clearly. The true color of the paint is always seen better on a larger scale. It may be an idea to paint some poster board to test out the color before painting your walls. Take the poster board around, check the color on different walls in different lights to be triple sure before buying it.
• Having the room painted not taking into account the décor
If you have existing furniture, it is important to bear the shades of wood or metals when choosing the paint color. If you are refurnishing a place, make sure you have a few staple pieces of furniture to match your paint color to. This will ensure a smooth match when the room is painted and pulled back together with the décor. Paint colors complement furniture and décor well if they are planned out correctly. Try to choose décor accessories like cushions and lampshades last, as you may want to purchase a different color of accessories to add a burst of color to the room as the last, stunning touch.
• Thinking colors are general and easy to choose
For example, if you would like a bedroom painted blue, there are so many shades of blue that should be taken into consideration – from sea blues to navy blues the range of blue is too vast to be general about your choice. The key is to choose one general color and then look at specifics of that color in relation to the décor and lighting in that specific room.
Using the correct paint brushes for the job:
Often when painting or preparing to paint a room or home, we get so bogged down with which color to choose, that we often forget how important it is to dedicate some time as to what type of paint brushes to use. Professional painters get flawless results by using great tools.
Paint brushes should be chosen according to what you are painting in terms of surface. Here is a general breakdown of what type of brushes should be used and when to use them:
• Angle Sash – This brush has angled bristles at the end which is helpful for smooth and clean edges. This brush is mostly used for cutting along trims or ceilings.
• Thin Angle Sash – This is very similar to the angle sash however it is smaller to assist with fitting into narrow areas that may be too tight or small for the regular angle sash.
• Flat Sash – This is best used on flat surfaces.
• Trim Brush – This flat brush is designed for painting much larger areas and is often used on exterior surfaces.
• Wall Brush – This is the largest of all the above brushes. Being very similar to the trim brush above, the wall brush is simpler larger so that it can hold more paint and is designed for very large and flat surfaces.
Once you have the correct paint brushes for your dedicated project, you can look at the type of bristle material to choose. Natural bristles are used for oil-based paint as well as varnish, polyurethane or shellac. Nylon or polyester brushes are an excellent choice for when you wish to use latex paints.
Is it necessary to use a primer when painting interior walls?
If you are looking to paint your interior walls, you may be a little confused as to if you need a primer on your walls or not. Sometimes people tend to opt for the primer and paint in one product just to be safe and get the job done quicker.
In a nutshell, if you have a professional painter, they will always put a layer of primer on your wall. As a homeowner, this step is often skipped and understandably so. The primer can be time-consuming, messy and seems like an unnecessary extra step. However, if you are looking for your paint to last you a long time with a great finish, it is probably better to put a primer on.
Paint is a material that is designed to add sheen, color, and resistance to external elements, whereas primer is meant to seal the surface and create and even one, block stains and provide adhesion. So, the primer is designed to create an ideal surface on your wall and bring out the best color of your paint.
When to use paint and primer in one?
If you have a drywall that has never been painted before, it is strongly recommended to use a separate primer to ensure that the wall is evened out before being painted. Apply a primer that is high quality and avoid having to use many additional coats of paint to drywall that is brand new.
If you have a drywall that has been painted before, you may be able to use a primer and paint in one, depending on the condition of the wall. It works best if you want to keep a similar color and sheen that is already on the wall. It is advisable to use a separate primer if you would like to change the color drastically as the previous color can show through after time rather quickly.
If your wall has stains caused by markers, smoke or water, it is advisable to purchase and use a special primer for stain blocking. This will ensure the walls are protected and as good as new to paint on without any stains showing.
Does painting happen last in a home renovation?
If you are planning to renovate your home, there are some things to ensure. Painting forms a huge part of it and can be one of the most exciting parts of renovating. However, it is important to time your home makeover correctly so that each step flows accurately and as smoothly as possible.
Some people believe that painting should always come first so that the “mess” of the project is done and dusted. This often happens if you are looking to carpet floors, as you would not want paint falling on new carpets, no matter how careful you or a professional painter is.
In other cases, it isn’t preferable to paint first. Here are a few instances where painting after your project will be applicable:
• After installing new floors
Installing new floors or refurnishing new floors can raise a lot of dust and is quite a messy task. The dust and any bits of flooring can stick to the new paint which will cause damage to your walls.
• After remodeling
A remodel of rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom can often involve installing new appliances, ripping off tiles, replumbing and the likes. All of these jobs can often do damage to the paint on your walls, and as a result, it is best to paint after remodeling.
• After a room has been redecorated
When redecorating a room, there are often drastic color or furnishing changes. This results in a new look and feels, and you need to make sure that the new paint color blends in well with the room décor. The room look should be planned out first, and then a paint color match should be chosen. Professional painters will also be more than happy to have all your furniture, décor and accessories properly covered before painting.
Painting your home can be a very exciting and refreshing exercise. It will bring a new look, ambiance, and feel of your home, no matter what room. It is important to plan your painting project with a professional to choose the right colors, processes, brushes and materials. This ensures a good and smooth sailing project, but more importantly, if painting in your home, whether interior or exterior, is done correctly, you are sure to have paint that is sheen and long lasting with very little maintenance and hassle in the next few years to come.
So before stopping off at your local paint store to grab a few tins of a color, you may like, make sure you have planned and prepped accordingly. Then simply sit back and enjoy the actual therapeutic process of having your home revamped, bursting with new color and shine.