Painting your walls, ceilings, and cabinets with a fresh coat of color is one of the most practical ways to spruce up your property. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it boosts your property’s value and aesthetics.
But before you go on choosing a random color and painting the walls yourself, you need to know the basics of painting first.
Choosing the Colors
There are so many colors and shades and hues out there which makes it incredibly difficult to settle on that one perfect color that will grace your walls for a long time. To help you out, here are some basic colors and the emotions they convey:
White is very modern and timeless, so it’s great to incorporate white in every room. You can never go wrong with choosing white or super light colors on huge expanses of wall.
Black can make a room look heavy and small, so use black or really dark colors sparingly. They’re great for highlighting certain areas or as accent colors.
Red and Yellow are very warm, vibrant, energetic colors, so they’re great for spicing up a boring room! If you want to unleash passion and creativity in a specific area of your house, pick a red hue.
Blue is quite calming so it’s a great color for quieter areas like bedrooms. On the other hand, bright shades of blue can also be used on feature walls.
Green and Blue are very easy on the eyes, so shades of green and blue are great for rooms where your eyes often get strained such as home offices or entertainment rooms. They can stimulate thought too.
Brown is a more mellow alternative to red and yellow if you want a warm, earthy, and cozy vibe.
Picking Out Paint
It’s not just about the colors. There are different types of paint for various purposes, so make sure you’ve got the right one for the job.
Most paints are categorized depending on the surface they were made for. There are paints suitable only for wood, paints for wood and metal, paints for stone or cement, and so on and so forth.
There are also specialty paints with specific properties that were made to suit specific types of rooms. For instance, specialty paints made for bathrooms and other rooms that tend to get wet or steamy will have anti-mold properties. Paints for high-traffic areas will be easier to clean or wipe down.
Another thing that you need to know about types of paint is that there are odor-free paints, eco-friendly paints, low-VOC paints and so on. These classifications will tell you what materials are present in the paint you’re buying and how good they are for the environment.
Doing the Painting Yourself
For many people, it all stops with choosing a color. But if you’re feeling adventurous or if you want to save a couple of bucks on labor, you might want to try your hand at doing the painting yourself!
Painting is one of most DIY-ed remodelling jobs at home, because it’s not as dangerous or difficult as other tasks. In fact, it can be a lot of fun! However, you shouldn’t just wing it. There are still a couple of things that could go wrong with DIY painting, and you might end up paying more for a professional repainting if you mess up.
If you want your painting job to last and look good though, you need to be aware of a few painting pointers first. Here’s what you need to know about painting your own property.
Choose quality materials.
Think all paint brushes and paint rollers are made equal? Think again. Poor quality paint brushes don’t hold their shape well, so you’ll end up with a streaky paint job when you use them. Cheap rollers made with bad fabric don’t pick up paint easily, plus pieces of the fuzz tend to fall off and stick to your paint leaving you with a lumpy wall. Invest in quality materials for a quality paint job.
Prep, prep, prep.
Any professional painter will tell you that a big part of a good paint job relies on the prep work. You need to fill in the gaps, sand the surface smooth, clean it all up, and prime your surface sufficiently to ensure that the paint sticks nicely and that the painted surface is evenly coated.
Do your research.
If you’ve never painted before, it’s important to do your due diligence and research as much as you can. Watch painting videos, read tips from the pros, ask for tips or help from people you know, and so on.