Top Interior Painting Tips and Techniques

Painting is considered to be one of the most important parts of interior decoration. The paint one uses in a room explains a lot about the mood and personality of the person as well as the room and determines a lot of parameters like the amount of light that is in the room and many more. Now, painting being a long term factor, everyone wants to do it perfectly to make their walls look the best. So here are some of the tips that will help beginners to paint like a pro.

Choose a color

Choosing a colour

Choosing a colour

The hardest part is choosing a color. One should always go for the colors that suit their moods. When in confusion, it is recommended to take back home several paint chips and see how it looks against the furniture, floors and artwork. Narrow your choices down over here to two or three colors. Now take a sample pot of each color and paint a section and decide which looks best. Lo! You’ve got your color.

Paint effects

Paint effects

Paint effects

Never be afraid to be innovative about painting your home and add some fun to the walls. Effects seem to be a flawless way to do it, there are many fun yet elegant ways to use multiple colors on a single wall to create marvelous effects. Some of the effects are color blocking and stenciling. One can simple use a flat finish for a wall and then stencil a damask design onto the wall using a glossy finish, this creates a hue of creativity and colour to the wall.

Determine the Amount of Paint needed

Calculating amount of paint needed

Calculating amount of paint needed

To do this you need to add the width of all the walls in the room together and multiply it by the height of one wall. Take this number and subtract the total area of all the doors and windows. This will give you the exact area to be covered. The basic rule is, for a flat surface one gallon paint is needed for every 400 square feet.

Prepare to Paint

Interior-Painting-Preparation-Masking-Kitchen

Interior-Painting-Preparation-Masking-Kitchen

Preparation to painting is a herculean procedure. Some pointers that would help are:-

  • Remove anything that might obstruct painting and cover everything necessary.
  • Wipe down the walls first with water and soap to remove dirt and grease.
  • Fix any broken surfaces with plaster and sand it down before you paint.
  • Tape off the areas to be painted like the ceiling and trim to get a straight neat finish.

Painting Tips and Techniques

Roller Painting on a wall

Roller Painting on a wall

This features the majority part of the job. The main points to be kept in mind when painting indoors are:-

  • Always start from the highest area and come down. This will catch any drips that might have fallen off.
  • Thin repetitive coats of paint are better than a thick blotchy paint coat. It gives a more uniform look.
  • To avoid lap marks, one must roll the roller the full height of the wall.
  • Mix several cans of paint in a large container to get a consistent color.
  • Do not cut the tape before the paint dries.

Rolling of paint

Rolling of paint

Rolling of paint

Painting along edges is a delicate issue, so to get a smooth finish, one must roll the paint over a small area repeatedly rather than the full length. One must always maintain a wet edge.

Sand trimming

Sand trimming

Sand trimming

Before applying each coat of paint on the trim it is advisable to sand the surface for a smoother finish.

 

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