Last updated on March 9th, 2022
Isn’t it true that we Indians adore our colors? Our homes bear witness to this, and with good reason! Nothing has the power to transform a space like color. New hues and a new coat of paint don’t just liven up our favorite rooms but also impact our mental well-being.
What if you could paint your own walls as per your taste, bypassing the hassle of securing the costly services of professional painters? A tempting thought, no doubt. But, it’s quite important that you educate yourself on the intricacies involved in painting before you take that step.
We’ve broken down the world of painting to give you the right information to turn you into a pro! Read on!
1. Pick the colors and finishes
Most people do not consider the different types of colors and finishes available in the market. You have to be careful about picking the right shade, as it would make a difference to the atmosphere and vibe of your favorite space.
2. Look for inspiration
You’ll get many ideas for color schemes if you look at pictures of houses online or in magazines. You can also play around with colors online – on paint visualization software – before making a purchase. If you’re about to paint your home, take a look at some trending decor for inspiration. Keep in mind – that it’s quite easy to find a color that matches your decor. It’s only getting curtains, chairs, and furnishings that match your paint that’s difficult.
3. Test out the colors
Once you’ve decided on a color, request samples from your local store and paint some parts of your wall. Try to understand how the shades look at various times of the day and under different lighting conditions.
4. Choose the right tools and products
From paint rollers to brushes, and sandpaper to putty knives, there are many tools that are used while painting walls. Finding the right tool depending on the condition of your wall is very essential.
5. Work out the area that needs to be painted
This space, evaluated in square feet, is calculated keeping in mind a wall’s width and height. Be sure to deduct from the area of the wall surface, windows, and doors that don’t need to be painted.
6. Choose the right painting technique
Thinking about a strategy before you start is a good approach. Work your way from the top of the room to the bottom. If you want to use light and dark colors together, then paint the light walls first, as you can cover up any flaws with the darker shade. Always handle one wall at a time.
7. Paint-proof the rest of the space
Cover your floor with an old bed sheet or newspapers to protect it from dripping paint. Cover areas that you don’t want to color, such as door frames, handles, windows, with painter’s tape.
8. Check walls for cracks and roughness
Fill cracks with putty, expel any surplus compound as you go, and let it dry. Once the putty has hardened, soften the area with sandpaper before cleaning the walls with a sponge or cloth.
9. Use a primer
Primer gives a smooth, clean surface and a good finish to your final paint. It helps you cover up any filling you have done. For a challenging surface, you can use a bonding primer.
10. Don’t underestimate post-painting cleanup
It is important to clean up the tools if you want to use them again. Use spirits for oil-based paints and soap water for latex-based paints. Painters’ brushes can be used for cleaning and shaping the bristles.
Allow some time for walls to dry!
These are a few things to keep in mind before painting your walls. With varied hues and textures available, you have a lot of range to experiment with. From labor to tools, make sure you invest rightly.
If you follow these easy steps, you can have a beautiful new space that adds a pop to your life. Feel like you need more help? You can get more tips on Homebliss and get started!
Happy coloring, folks!