Some homeowners find painting rooms to be a boring chore that’s better left to professionals, while others actually enjoy painting their homes by themselves. But irrespective of which category of homeowner you fall into, you just can’t avoid a paint job when it’s time if you even remotely care about your décor! To make the most of your time, effort, and money, go through the following points as we get into the details of how to paint better.
How Do You Choose Your Colors?
Most people choose colors that they think would best suit their current or future décor in the concerned room, but they make the mistake of just going through a brochure from one company and deciding on the shade. That is a mistake because you would be surprised at how big a difference even the seemingly slight variances in shades make, especially when they are from different manufacturers. Check out some of the Restoration Hardware paint colors on Construction2Style to know the kind of difference we are talking about. The page provides a good comparison with other paints from popular manufacturers, along with helpful guidance regarding which shade would be more suited for which room. We would suggest that you buy samples and put them on the walls in small patches and wait for the patches to dry. This will give you a clear idea of what to expect with the lighting in the room and, therefore, you will be able to make a more informed choice.
Do You Clean Your Walls Before the Paintjob?
Before you put on the first coat of paint on the wall after selecting the right color through the processes described above, it is very important to clean your wall thoroughly first. Wipe them down with a wall cleaner to remove the dirt and oil buildup, so that the paint job looks uniform and the color sticks properly to the surface.
Should You Remove the Previous Paint From Your Walls First?
In case you are wondering if you need to remove the previous paint (if any) from your walls first, know that it may not be necessary, but the following factors should be considered first before reaching the final decision regarding this.
- If the previous paint was lead-based, you need to have it removed professionally
- Unless the current paint is badly peeling or cracked all over, removal is not required
Choose Your Finish After Understanding Them
The finish is quite important to preserve the color and to make your walls look better, but before you just choose whichever one appeals to you the most, go through the following to understand what each type of finish brings to your walls.
High Gloss Finishes provide maximum protection and are a breeze to clean, but unfortunately, they highlight any imperfection that the wall may have, quite prominently. Semi-gloss finishes are better in that regard, but not by much and will end up highlighting imperfections to a degree as well.
Matt finish, also known as flat finish, is better at hiding imperfections on the wall, but its not durable enough to last for a long time, and each cleaning session will further shorten the finish’s lifetime.
Opting for an eggshell finish is a midway option because it can be washed quite easily, provides decent protection to the paint, and hides imperfections at the same time.
These are more or less all one needs to know to improve the results of their next paint job, but an experienced painter should be able to give you a few more tips towards attaining that perfect look you want your walls to sport.