Paint comes in a variety of sheens as well as in either oil or latex. Latex paint is the most common and preferred paint type because of its ease of clean up and long-lasting durability. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint.
It is recommended to use latex paint for most of your walls and household uses. However, oil-based paint is excellent for priming authentic wood mouldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than latex paint wood. It does take longer to dry than latex paint, though, so plan for more drying time. Use an oil-based shellac primer on my trim and then opt for latex paint as the topcoat.
The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean up. If you have small children and the room you are painting has high traffic, like in a playroom, or tends to get grease on the wall, such as in a kitchen, opt for high gloss sheen as you can easily wipe the partition down with a damp sponge. This will, however, make blemishes and imperfections in your wall more apparent and, in rooms such as living rooms, could give off an unpleasant shine. High gloss is also excellent for trim and will give the trim a nice finished look, complementing the flatter sheen of your walls.
Semi-gloss would also be a good choice for kitchens and baths and trim, providing you with ease of washability and less shine than the gloss. It is also slightly cheaper than the gloss finish and is a very common alternative. Satin sheens have a satiny smooth finish to them and could also be used in kitchens, baths and hallways. This may be a good choice if you want some gloss and paint that can clean easily without the shine of a mask.
If you have walls with lots of imperfections, select flat or matte paint. You can usually get away with one coat of colour with a flat. The downside to this paint is that it does not stand up well to a good cleaning and does tend to show dirt more, so choose this for rooms that will not get lots of fingerprints and dirt on them. The most popular sheen is eggshell, which hides imperfections like a flat does but is easier to wash, so more durable and smoother to the touch. It is recommended for most rooms as it seems to have the best of both the flat and glossy worlds.
5 Tips for Picking an Interior Colour
Warm neutral colours, secondary colours, accent colours—when decorating with colour, many factors go into interior design colour schemes. Before you break out the brushes and rollers for your bedroom walls, here are a few tips for helping you find the perfect colour combo for your space:
Look in Your Closet.
Take a look at your closet for colour inspiration: Do you have a clear favourite colour? Do you have primarily warm colours or cool colours? Earth tones or vibrant colours? Neutrals with a pop of colour? Light blue, teal, or soft blues? If you have a closet with a mix of lots of different colours, take a few of the articles of clothing and put them in the room. Try draping clothes over a chair, for example, to see how the colour feels in there.
Think About How You Want to Change the Space.
House colour is a potent tool that not only affects a space’s mood but can completely change a space’s size and shape. For instance, if you use a richer colour on two opposite walls, the room will feel narrower and more intimate. But if the opposite-facing walls are lighter and you use a dark colour or darker shade at the far end as an accent wall, it makes even a tiny room feel more expansive. Off-white and white walls bring in the lightest; darker walls make things seem cozy and closed. Look at your own home and interior design photos and see what lighter and darker colours on different walls will do to space—especially a small area.
Keep it Simple
Choosing wall paint doesn’t mean that every room in your house will be a different colour—in fact, quite the opposite. Many interior designers and decorators will limit themselves to a slight interior paint colour that evokes their desired vibe. Then they use those room colours throughout the house design. Not only does this help you avoid clashing colours, but it also gives the entire project a cohesive feel from room to room to make it feel like one unified whole. Cohesion also makes a small space feel larger.
Don’t Forget the Finish.
Not only does paint come in many different colours, it also comes in a number of finishes, and you’ll need to know which finish is the best paint for your project before you head to the paint store. There are five main types of paint finishes, categorized by their shininess—flat/matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Each finish will affect how the paint looks in the specific colours you’re considering, so make sure to test out your colour in the appropriate finish to be sure what the final product will look like.
Before you commit to a specific colour trend and buy several cans of paint, try out a colour or two in the space to figure out what you like best. Hold paint swatches or paint chips up to the wall to see how they react with different lighting in your room (whether it’s artificial light or natural light) at specific times of the day. Better yet, get a few paint samples and paint squares on your wall to get the best feel for what the finished product will look like. Try a few bold colours, then a few light colours. Experiment with everything you can—blue walls, green paint colours, taupe, mauve—to see what speaks to you.
Things You Should Know Before Painting A Room
Are you living with boring white walls but hate the thought of painting? Painting is often a task that homeowners dread. However, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home without too much effort.
Paint colours can dramatically change the mood and interior design of your home. Paint can make a statement with splashes of bold colour, or it can be a soft backdrop to a more muted interior. Either way, painting is one of the easiest and least expensive tools in the interior design world. However, there are a few things you should know before you paint—something that will make your job much easier. You never know; you may actually enjoy painting after reading this.
Prepping a Room Does Make a Difference
It is a known fact that painting is much easier when there is nothing in your way. This means to empty the room, or at least as much as possible. If you are painting your living room, move large furniture pieces to the centre and cover them up with old sheets or drop cloths.
Although it seems like an unnecessary step to wipe the walls down, it is a very important step. Whether you can see it or not, the buildup on the walls of dirt, dust, and oils from your hands, removing this debris before painting will allow the paint to adhere to the walls.
You should also fill in any nail holes or cracks with spackling, as well as tape off adjacent walls, window trim, and light switch or outlet covers. Use drop cloths, newspapers, or a roll of paper to cover the floor.
It’s very important to prepare a room before you paint. This includes movie all the furniture/covering it, and filling in nail holes.
Test the Paint Colour
It is very difficult to determine how a particular colour will look on your walls and with your lighting. If you have a colour in mind, it is a good idea to buy a sample.
Allow the paint to dry, observing its colour in both daytime and night. This will give you a true idea of what the color will look like on your walls. If you are unsure of the colour, purchase a few samples and do the same. You might be surprised at what colours you like and even more surprised at how what you thought was your favourite colour on the swatch looks terrible in your home.
Painting a Room – Allow Color Into Your Life
Colour can be overwhelming for some. However, do not let a fear of colour make you choose white, off white, or beige. Trying a few different colours will allow you to create a specific feeling in the room. For instance, dark colours add texture and depth to space. This is particularly true if the room is enormous with high ceilings. On the other hand, if you have a small room, such as a guest bath with no natural light, brighter, lighter colours can open up space and make it feel much larger. Essentially, don’t be afraid of colour—experiment to see what works—you may be surprised!
Colour can be fun, so don’t be scared to add some to your home. Even if you only paint one accent wall in a bold hue.
Pay Attention to the Finish You Choose
Surprisingly, not only does the colour matter, but the finish, or sheen, does as well. High gloss paint finishes are very durable and easier to clean, but the downside is they often highlight imperfections in your walls.
On the other hand, a flat paint finish will hide these imperfections. However, matte paint is more susceptible to damage. In most instances, an eggshell finish is the best option.
It provides some gloss, is still easy to clean, does not highlight imperfections, and is not as quickly prone to damage as flat paint.
Be careful to choose the correct sheen of the paint. Bathrooms and hallways tend to need a more scrubbable, glossier sheen.
Paint Can Be Changed
After painting a square on the wall and observing it differently, you choose a colour. However, you may discover that what looked great in a small section is too overwhelming once the walls are finished.
Fortunately, paint is an inexpensive option for making over a room, and it can be easily changed. If you find that you do not like a colour, you can easily paint it.
In addition, if the colour seems too overwhelming for all four of your walls, consider leaving one wall painted that color as an accent. You may find that a ‘pop’ of colour is all you needed.
Determining How Much Paint You Need
There is nothing more frustrating during a painting project than running out of paint halfway through the project. Likewise, you don’t want to have too much colour either. Here is a handy paint calculator that may help. There are a few things that will help you determine the right amount of paint. First, you need to know the square footage of your room.
Secondly, think about how many coats of paint you want to do. If you are priming the walls first, one coat might be enough, whereas two coats are often needed if walls are not primed.
Priming Saves on Paint
Speaking of priming, this is an essential step in the preparation process. Primer seals the walls providing you with a base for the paint to adhere to.
After you fill in all the holes and cracks, primer becomes even more critical. The primer will prevent flashing or a shiny spot on the wall, which occurs when the paint is placed directly on spackling.
Primer does not, however, help you skip the step of cleaning the walls. Cleaning the walls is still a very important step, primer or not.
Brush Before Rolling
For many, the concept of brushing the corners before or after rolling the walls can be confusing. However, you must remember to brush before rolling.
Carefully use a high-quality brush to paint about an inch out from corners, the ceiling, and the baseboard. These are areas that a roller cannot reach.
Use the roller after brushing to flatten out any brush marks that have gone further out than the depths of the corner. This will leave you with a smooth flat surface.
Prep Your Roller and Paint Brushes
Rollers are made from fuzzy material that puts more than paint on your walls. It is important that you remove any debris, such as loose fibres, from the roller.
You can use painters tape wrapped backward around your hand to do this. Press your taped arrow onto the roller, and it will work similarly as a lint roller.
You should also rub the dry paintbrushes up against your hand and gently tug on the fibres. This will ensure that no loose fibres end up in your paint from the brush.
Spend Money on Proper Supplies
Aside from a good quality paintbrush, you want to make sure you have all the supplies you need prior to getting started.
This will include roller extenders and a sturdy step ladder. Roller extenders will help you reach higher walls without stretching your arms too high or standing on your tiptoes.
A sturdy step ladder will help you easily reach the top corners of your walls when brushing. Both of these items will keep you from overextending your body, causing injury.