Whether you rent or own your home, there will inevitably come a time where the interior of part, or most of the house, needs to be painted. It could be as a result of kids’ proclivity for destruction, accidental damage, or just from wear and tear. Eventually the paint inside will be too dinged, marked up, or faded, for your home to maintain the charm it was designed to have.Below are 5 tips that will help you paint an interior the correct way.
One thing to remember is that people seldom keep in mind what opportunities there are when it comes to painting the interior of a room for absolute transformation. The color of the walls alone can give a completely different impression affecting your mood, and even creating the illusion that a room is bigger or smaller than its actual size. Each color has specific associations to it and each shade will have varying degrees of impact. Read how Interior Design colors can affect your mood to understand more.
Another factor to keep in mind is the effect of bright versus dark colors. For example, a room that doesn’t get a great deal of sunlight can be painted a very bright color to get a feeling of more light. As brighter colors reflect more light the added brightness to a room with a brighter shade is not just an illusion. On the other hand, darker colors absorb more light and can actually make a room darker as a result. Darker colors can also make a room feel smaller than it actually is. It’s pretty clear that choosing the right shade is something that shouldn’t be taken too lightly.
Once you’ve chosen your color, there a variety of steps that you should take to ensure that the painting goes smoothly. Here are the 5 easiest, and possibly the most important.
1. Start out by purchasing just a small quantity of the paint you’ve chosen. You don’t want to make the full investment until you are sure that the color is right for the room. Sometimes a color can seem a great deal better in the imagination than it will when the work is done and the paint is dried. You certainly don’t want to end up regretting the choice after you’ve spent all of the time and money. Bring home the small portion of paint, a quart should do, and paint a piece of foam or cardboard. Take the painted foam or cardboard around the room to get an idea of how it interacts with the light and how it would change the feel of the room in general.
2. Measure the room or area prior to buying paint. When buying the full quantity of paint for the room, it’s critical that you take accurate measurements of the room before going to the paint store. The general rule of thumb is a gallon per 400 square feet, although you could end up needing more if the wall is textured or unprimed. It’s always a good idea to buy a little more paint than you think you’ll need. This is especially true if the color you’ve chosen is being mixed specifically for you. Keep in mind that eventually you will want to patch up scratches or damage to the wall and it’s unlikely that you’ll be successful if you try to match up the color later on.
3. Make sure to prepare the walls before painting them. If the walls are dirty, dusty or grimy, the paint will not stick well. The best course of action is to clean the walls with soap and water and allow a full day and night for the walls to dry. Using fans in the room can help to expedite the drying process, however, it’s better not to risk painting over residual moisture on the walls.
4. Mix all paint together to avoid any changes in color. When having your color mixed, it’s not uncommon for the colors to be slightly off from can to can. Sometimes the variations will be next to impossible to notice until after the paint dries. If this is the case, you will be quite frustrated to find streaks of different shades throughout the newly painted room. Thankfully there is a very simple solution available to you. To avoid this problem altogether, simply mix all the cans of paint together one by one before getting started.
5. Any dents or holes in the walls should be repaired. Sand and spackle all imperfections in the walls. After the spackling is dry, make sure to texture it or sand it down as needed to match the rest of the walls. You want the walls to be as close to perfect as possible. This will make things a whole lot easier for you.
Written by Jenny Richards. Jenny an avid design enthusiast and has written many articles on various aspects of design.