Painting the walls in your home is a big project and It’s tempting to approach a painting job with an 'easy as pie' attitude.
There are many things that can go badly with your interior redecoration, especially if hastily put together.
Your walls are the largest surface to be decorated within your rooms, so it's vital to get them right. Read on to discover how easy it is and why preparation is key!
PLAN YOUR SCHEME
Pull out images from magazines that you like or start a Pinterest board.
Imagine your room with 5 walls and consider using a colour on the ceiling for and unexpected feature. Think about how the rooms natural elements work and how you want the finished project to look.
WHAT COLOURS DO I CHOOSE?
Seek inspiration from your art collection and existing furniture pieces.
Are you drawn to a warm, cool or neutral tone wall paint colours?
You will also want to consider how the shade will compliment your existing items.
If you have a space, such as a bedroom, that has light furniture, pairing it with a deep blue-greens on the walls and adding an accent colour such as soft pink or grey will create a dramatic and striking interior.
Create a mood board for your space.
Pick two main colours and then have an accent colour that compliments.
Interior Designers will often buy a few testers from the same colour tone but in different shades to help them make the right choice.
The light will be different from what you see in the shop and it's always a good idea to try the paint out on your walls as it will have a different texture to examples in colour charts.
Stick on samples are another great and inexpensive option for testing colours.
DETERMINE HOW MUCH PAINT YOU WILL NEED
On the side of paint tins they will give you an approximate coverage per litre per coat.
Usually you will need to do at least two coats. If you want to double check the quantity most paint suppliers will have a paint calculator on their website or will be able to assist you in store.
Keep in mind when going from from dark to light you will need additional paint to ensure your new colour shines through.
On the other end of the spectrum, a deep colour tends to require more coats of paint than a lighter colour.
If you’re painting a highly textured surface rather than a smooth one, or if you have any complicated woodwork to paint purchase about 10% more than calculated.
PREPARATION IS KEY
Perfectly smooth sanded walls will result in perfectly painted walls and woodwork.
Sand the entire surface of the walls with a fine-grit sanding paper.
Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices.
This is a good time to fill in any cracks or holes with filler.
Remove all hardware such as doorknobs, light switch panels and cabinet hinges.
I have used Earthborn before and I know that there is virtually no smell with their paints, which makes it even better to work with. It will still be worth while to give the newly painted room a good airing and allow the paint to dry properly.
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Now is a perfect time to freshen up your rooms with a new lick of paint.
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