Your ultimate guide to decorating with paint
Add a splash of colour into your home without the hassle
In a world of constantly changing interior design trends, paint remains the nation’s favourite way to transform a room and inject it with colour. It might seem like a simple task, but if you want professional standard results, you’ll need to think things through carefully. Here are our top tips for decorating your home with paint.
The digital revolution makes it easier than ever before to find the exact shade you’re looking for, thanks to virtual pinboards like Pinterest. Pin photos of rooms, arrangements and colour schemes you like and let your creative juices flow. This will give you a well-researched starting point when it comes to actually choosing your colours.
Now that you’re ready to choose paints, be sure not to just choose one colour. Pick at least three completely different colours which you think might work, then choose three more shades of each colour. This will give you plenty of options to select from when actually applying the paint, as your number one choice may look completely different on the wall or surface in question.
As well as selecting colours, you’ll also need to pick finishes. There are several to choose from:
- Eggshell or satin: a softer finish with easy clean-up. Satin is a slightly shinier option.
- Semi-Gloss: durable and easy to clean. Semi-gloss is perfect for doors, windows and trims, but the surface needs to be very smooth before painting.
- Flat or matte: A non-reflective option that’s perfect for textured walls.
Your choice of finish might depend on the room you’re decorating, as flat or matte finishes work well in living rooms and bedrooms, while glossier options are more popular in the kitchen and bathroom. If in doubt, find the middle ground and choose eggshell.
Of course, if you are painting other surfaces such as wood, metals or brick you’ll need specific paint for the job. Ask at your local paint or DIY shop and most reputable establishments will have an assistant on hand to guide you through the options.
Before you commit to an entire gallon of paint, be sure to pick up a few samples first. Test out your colour choices in small sections of the room and see how they look at different times of day.
Once you’ve well and truly settled on a colour, the next hurdle is working out how much paint you’re going to need to decorate the space. Add up the total square footage of the room you’re painting before heading to the shop, as this will stop you having to blindly guess. Generally speaking, one gallon of paint will cover around 400 sq ft, but ask the staff for their advice.
Other things you’ll need to consider buying are dust sheets, painter’s tape, a range of brush sizes, a paint roller frame and tray, stir stick and a ladder.
Start by moving all furniture out of the room, then dust and mop the room to ensure all surfaces are clean and smooth. If there are any abrasions or lumps in the surface these may need to be sanded off, while holes should be filled in carefully. Lay down your dust sheets, especially if you have carpets, and apply masking tape to the wall edges to ensure a sharp finish. Be sure your paint is well mixed before applying.
Don’t neglect the prepping stage as it can make a huge difference to your final result.
Now for the fun part. Start applying your chosen paint and watch the room transform before your eyes! Start at the edges using a trim brush, creating a 3-5 inch border before moving on to a paint roller for the central chunk. Start at a level you can reach and use your roller to create ‘W’ shapes, working your way downwards. Then get your ladder out to reach up higher if necessary. In most cases, you’ll probably need to apply an extra coat or two.
Cleaning up after
Even if you haven’t finished, it’s important not to leave dirty brushes lying around. Wash them thoroughly until all the paint is gone. This will help you reuse your brushes for the longest possible time. Eggshell paints usually only require washing with clean water, while semi-gloss paints may require warm soapy water and a metal brush comb. Acrylic paints dry very quickly, so keep your brush damp to ensure easy cleaning. Other paints may benefit from cleaning with specific solvents and solutions, so be sure to follow the instructions on your paint pot.
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