6 Practical Interior Painting Tips
Clean Your Walls
For professional painting results, you might want to start by cleaning the walls. If not done, paint will not stick well to the wall. That’s why it is best to remove all grease and dust from the surface before work commences. Dampen a cloth in a soapy solution and rub it against the wall. Rinse well using a clean sponge and water. Use tri-sodium phosphate for greasy or heavily soiled areas.
Tip: Make sure to remove all wall hangings before you begin. It goes without saying that you need to empty the room before you begin painting to protect your belongings.
Whereas you can put away some furniture pieces, rugs, carpets, curtains, cabinets, plants and other items, certain things cannot be removed, such as light fixtures, doors, windows, etc. In that case you will need to mask them. Use blue painter’s tape to do the trick. For floors, just lay down newspapers or cover with an old sheet. Make sure baseboards are covered, too. The same goes for those furniture pieces you can’t move away.
Make a Decision Before You Head for the Store
What is the design and color of your furniture? What is your interior design style? Keep in mind that the color scheme you pick should match the overall style of the room. You might want to go with light, soft colors. Remember that you have to match the color scheme with your furnishings, not the other way around.
You might also want to compare colors. Don’t go for the first color scheme you like. Think about whether it is a good pick, whether your whole family likes it and whether it will blend well with the existing décor.
When choosing a color, here are a few things you want to consider:
- Do you want to feel good in that room? Do you want to feel peaceful, happy or excited? (you might want to add a few bold colors)
- Are you going to sleep in that room? (soothing and mild colors will be best)
- What colors do you find soothing/calming/nerve-racking? (if red makes you feel okay, go for it, but if it makes you overexcited, you want to steer clear of it)
Different emotions arise with different colors. That’s why you need to think about how a color makes you feel and then take your pick.
Plan in Advance
Planning goes a long way. You can’t just paint your walls a random color without considering the points mentioned above or without a plan. It might be a good idea to check out examples of similar rooms on the Internet. It will help you determine what you want. With hundreds of interior design ideas in mind you can create something that is just so you. Feel free to combine different patterns and styles if that’s what you want. After all, this is your home and you can style it how you want it, as long as it makes you feel good.
Ask the Pros
If you have no idea what your home should look like, there are many qualified experts that can give you helpful advice and guidelines. Consult with a specialist on the color scheme that will best suit your interior.
- Always work on a small area
- If you want to paint the walls fast, apply a generous layer of paint every time, then go back and remove excess paint with a paint roller
- Go back and forth with the paint brush
- Be careful when you are working around door frames; use a small brush.
We hope you find these painting tips practical. Is there anything you can add?
The tips are contributed by CarpetCleaners Putney