Painting your home can a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience, if you do it right. If you don’t follow the correct processes you may end up regretting it. Redecorating a room doesn’t have to be overly technical, but there are a couple of processes which can make your job easier and will make the finished product look that much better.
Here are a couple of things to remember about painting your home before you break out the brushes.
- Consider the Finish
Each type of paint has its own merits when it comes to the finish. What you need to do is consider which paint will work best for you. Take a look at the wall that you are going to paint and consider all of the imperfections. Gloss paint can be extremely durable and is very easy to clean, however, if you’re wall is marred by imperfections then a high gloss paint can accentuate these chips and scrapes more than any other paint. If you want to cover these imperfections then a flat paint is a great idea, the only problem being that it is easily damaged. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, which most of us are, then an eggshell paint is a fantastic compromise.
- Don’t be Scared to Experiment
Paint swatches are great for narrowing down your options but if you really want to hit the nail on the head then you are going to have to test the colour on the walls. Paint testers are great for this. You get a small amount of paint for an affordable price. Using paint testers will help you see what the paint actually looks like on the wall and it will give you a better idea of which colour to choose. Don’t take shortcuts, you may just end up with a big surprise which could have been easily avoided had you used some small samples.
- Buy the Right Amount
Sure, this may sound obvious but this is where lots of people trip up. Engage your maths brain and measure the square footage of the room. You’ll also need to determine how many coats you will need and whether or not you need a primer. Think about it logically and save yourself some money.
- Preparation is Key
Make sure you spend enough time preparing the walls. Around 80 percent of the time that your spend decorating your walls should be dedicated to preparation. Don’t rely on the paint to hide the imperfections. Rather take the necessary steps to prepare the walls and make sure that they are as flat as possible. Doing this will make the overall job look that much better. Be sure to clean the walls before you apply the first coat of paint. If you paint directly onto dirty walls then any remaining debris may cause your brand new paint job to peel.
That’s it? Not quite. Check out our second instalment of the “Things to Remember When Painting Your Home” series to ensure that you make the most of painting your home.