There are many things to consider when painting the interior
of your home or business. If you are looking for a professionally
painted residential or commercial interior contact A Burst Of Colour
for a free consultation & interior painting tips.
Interior Painting Tips
Generally, we recommend that a home has the interior painted or repainted every 5-10 years. If you are prepared to give your house a new appearance and update the look of your walls contact A Burst Of Colour, and follow these 10 interior painting tips and tricks.
Choosing The Right Paint Sheen Is Essential
The sheen or surface finish of your paint is separate from colour the paint sheen determines how easy the walls are to clean, maintain and repair. The sheen of the paint has a significant effect on the walls and how long the paint lasts. There are many options a homeowner can choose for paint sheen such as high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, flat or matte finish. All the options available for paint sheen have varying benefits and are best used in certain rooms. Areas that are prone to high traffic and use generally use a satin or gloss finish because they can withstand excessive touch and can be cleaned rather easily and without much difficulty. However, they make wall defects (crimped drywall, fixed areas) a lot more noticeable. Matte- like wall finishes are not so easy to clean and cannot withstand excessive human touch but the wall defects are substantially less noticeable.
Kitchen Painting: Use high-gloss or semi-gloss paint finish because it is durable and easy to clean paint.
Family Room Painting: Use satin finish paint because it is easily cleaned and can withstand high volumes of traffic.
Dining Room Painting: Use an eggshell finish paint because it provides clean and smooth looking walls and is best for low traffic areas.
Bedroom Painting: Use a flat or matte finish paint because it is a low-cost high pigment wall covering paint that is great for a low traffic area.
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Learn To Love Paint Colours
You don’t have to dread vibrant or bold paint colours! Go for paint colours that bring texture and depth to a room while accentuating the design. When selecting colours it is important to have a good understanding of colour psychology and utilize it to your benefit. A soothing color, like blue, is perfect for a bedroom.
Experiment With Paint Samples
You don’t need to imagine how great (or terrible) a color will be on your wall and in your home. A great way to save time and money is painting samples, just for a fraction of the cost of a bucket of paint, you can buy trial pints; bring them to your house and experiment with them to see how a particular paint or colour will look. This will assist you to evaluate how a color will appear on a bigger area much better than what is obtainable with a paint swatch. It’s preferable to shell out a couple of bucks on a sample than a lot of money on buckets just to realize the color won’t give you the desired results.
Do Your Calculations
Definitely, you have to know the entire area you will be painting (add all your walls square footage, together with dormers and alcoves, plus a little more for extra or unforeseeable), however, you will also have to take into consideration several coats (usually 2 to 3), primer as well as perviousness of the walls and previous paint. It’s advisable to have some paint remaining for repair work in the future, therefore it is recommended to buy a little more than you really need or plan to need.
Prepare Your Home Ahead Of Time
Preparation work will take the greater part of the time you spent in painting your home’s interior. Before you begin painting your home, you will have to tape off areas in order to get sharp lines, move furnishings and furniture, mend and fix any defects, guard the floor covering, and take away stuff like doorknobs and switch plates to ensure a quality paint job. Not less than three-quarters of your time will be used in carrying out these activities and preparing your walls and your home for painting.
Primer Is Vital
There are a number of primer products a homeowner can use, paint and primer mixes are popular but generally we recommend using a non-mix primer product before painting the walls. Unless you’re purchasing a primer together with a paint multi-function mixture, you will have to prime your walls before painting begins. Primer is almost always a necessity but is even more so when drastically changing the wall colours. Primer not only hides colors and blemishes; additionally, it provides a coating to enable the top layer of paint to adhere better, providing you with a far greater result and finish.
It’s Acceptable to Cut In At The Beggining
Cutting in (which is painting at the edges and corners of the walls/ceilings) makes it easier for you to work and paint your walls if you are making use of rollers or bigger/larger brushes. Any attempt to do this after painting bigger areas will bring about irregular lines and drips. It might seem like loads of work; however, you will be much more satisfied with the turnout if you do your edges and cutting in before you apply paint to the walls.
Paint Rollers Save You Time
A roller might need additional tools (poles, rollers, handles) than brushes; however, you can achieve significantly more in lesser time frame by using them. A paint roller can make a painting project more efficient allowing a painter or homeowner to cover a greater surface area in less time. Paint rollers also ensure an even paint coat with each layer of paint applied. Ensure that when you are using a paint roller you paint in an intersecting “W” formation to get better range and sharp roller lines. The “W” pattern is the most effective way to apply paint using a roller.
Make Use Of An Extension Pole
Though you will likely require ladders or stepping stools for cutting and edging or to carry out and reach high walls or ceiling, an extension pole joined to a paint roller will save you a whole lot more time and make the interior painting project more efficient. Using an extension poll you’ll have the capacity to reach further, especially on ceilings, without having to move a lot.
Intermix Gallons To Achieve Uniformity
This is known as boxing, and it will assist you to prevent any irregularities in the coverage of your colour of your paint. Just pour several gallons into a bigger, resealable bucket, and mix thoroughly and comprehensively. Yes, today’s mixing processes are considerably more consistent compared to the past; however, this step is a failure –proof in case you made a minor error while mixing the paint at home or the store made an error in mixing the gallons.