One of the truest adages in the world of home decorating is that a simple fresh coat of paint can work wonders. New paint can lighten up a dark room, bring color and life to a dull boring one and can even be used to cover up a multitude of decor sins.
To lots of people who have never done it before painting the interior of their home can sound like it is going to be the easiest thing in the world to do. That is before they actually give it a try.
What usually happens is that these people discover, after a few hours and a lot of grief that it is not quite as simple as they thought it might be! However, if you keep the following tips in mind you should be able to do a great job and end up with a room that looks professionally painted and not with one that looks like an army of toddlers got their hands on a set of paintbrushes!
Choose the Right Day to Paint
Believe it or not, the weather can make a big difference to the success of your paint job even if you are painting indoors. If the weather outside is wet or humid the moisture will prevent the paint from drying properly so wait for a nice dry day to begin your painting project if at all possible. This often means that spring or fall may be the best times to tackle big painting jobs to get the best results.
Test Those Colors
You fell in love with that shade of blue the first time you saw it on Pinterest. You still loved it when you saw the paint chip in the store. However, now that it’s on the walls in your bedroom its less robin’s egg blue and more Cookie Monster blue, not the look you were going for at all.
What happened? Paint colors can look very different in different lights, and what looks great in a photo or on paint chip can end up looking awful in the light of your room at home. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to test the paint color you are considering in the space it will be used. Those little sample pots are there for a good reason!
Cover Things Up
Before you even take the lid off the paint can take the time to cover up and protect all the things that you do not want to paint – like your furniture and the floor! Large sheets of plastic are often the best choice, especially as they can be purchased fairly inexpensively in bulk and you can simply throw them away when you are done.
Primer Comes First
Too many people skip primer because they want to save time, but that can be a big mistake. Not only does a primer coat create a better surface to paint on in general but it also helps the true color of the paint show through.
Take Your Time
Rome was not built in a day and your bedroom probably cannot be painted in an hour, not if you want to do a half decent job anyway. Take your time and work your way across the room slowly and steadily. If you want to save time use a roller not a paintbrush but other than that prepare yourself for the fact that you are probably going to be painting all day. And if things get too much there’s no shame in enlisting the help of a professional home decorator to help you finish the project the right way.