A new lick of paint can be exactly what your home needs to look fresh, modern and appealing. But painting isn't as easy as just opening a can and getting started. If you're thinking about painting the inside of your house, then here are ten crucial tips that you just can't ignore. Before you paint, read this, and be assured that you'll have the perfect home interior!
1. Choose Your Paint Colours Carefully!
Choosing paint colours can be problematic. The problem is that different colours have different effects on different spaces. In general, dark colours make rooms look smaller, whilst lighter colours make spaces look more open and airy. Grab a Plascon colour chart, or one from Dulux for example, and take a look at some of the shades in the natural light of your room before making a decision.
2. Choose Good Quality Paint!
Yes, paint can get pretty expensive, but you’ll need the best quality paint that you can afford. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, pricier paint tends to be thicker, which gives you better coverage and means you can put fewer coats on the wall (leading to savings overall). Secondly, many brand name paints come with a guarantee. Plascon colours, for example, come with a 15 year guarantee on internal paint, meaning you're covered if something goes wrong.
3. Always Test Your Paint Colours
You’ve chosen your paint already, but you’ll need to test it before proceeding. Put a small patch of paint on (preferably on a wall that’s hit by direct sunlight) and see how it looks. This isn’t just about colour, different paints react differently with different surfaces, so you’ll want to know that you’re getting a nice finish.
4. Get The Right Equipment First
Using the right tools for the job will mean that you get a better finish, it’s that simple. That means that you’ll need rollers and paint trays to cover large areas, as well as smaller brushes to deal with corners. You’ll need sheets to cover the floor and tape to cover things such as skirting boards and door frames. Prepare first and you won’t waste time later.
Falling in the home is one of the leading causes of accidental injury, so make sure that you have a good ladder that will reach all the areas you need to paint. Don’t even think about improvising with chairs or tables. A good ladder will mean that you’re safe, and that’s important.
6. Prep the Surface
Depending on the current state of your walls, preparation can be time consuming or easy. If you choose to strip wallpaper or old paint you may also need to plaster over irregularities in the wall. Even if you don’t do this, you’ll still need to wash walls down with soap and water, since dirt and dust will stop paint from sticking properly.
7. Tape Everything First
Now that your surface is ready to paint you need to protect everything else in the room. Taping over door frames, skirting boards and window frames will save you a lot of messy mistakes. It’s a little time consuming, but worth it. Pro tip: some decorators swear that if you dot caulk over the tape seam and then spread it the tape will be easy to remove and you won’t have any leaks.
8. To Prime or Not to Prime?
Primer paint gives you a first coat that your chosen colour can then be put on top of. If you have uneven walls, or walls that are painted in a dark colour you’ll probably need primer (yes, even if your chosen colour says that it includes primer). Painting a darker colour on top of a lighter colour? You can probably get away without primer. Got water stains? Use an oil based primer before painting.
9. Patience is Key
Painting always takes longer than you think it will, so allow plenty of time. Not only that, but if you're putting on multiple coats you need to leave a good 24 hours for the first coat to dry before attempting another. Rushing things is going to mean a lumpy or streaky finish.
10. Check Your Home Insurance
Why check your insurance? Because many home contents insurance policies cover events such as accidental breakage, or even accidents that occur in the home. It’s best to know what kind of coverage you’ve got before there’s an incident!
Follow these ten crucial tips before painting your home and you’re sure to have a great looking new paint job!
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