If you are thinking about making a change in your house, new paint on the walls has an impressive effect. It makes your house look refreshed and does help make this change you are looking for! Below, we have collected a few tips to make this transformation easy to make. We also would like to help you avoid trouble and use your money well. And this is also important, is not it?
Tip 1: Is the wall ready for the paint?
If you need to do some repair before painting, pay special attention. If you see cracks on the wall or moisture spots, they need to be fixed first. Painting does not solve these problems.
Read also: How to understand whether cracks and leaks on the wall are dangerous? – in this article. And, How to avoid wasting time on a renovation project? – in this article.
Tip 2: Choose your colors
We are not attempting to discuss taste in this article. And it is now our intention to highlight modern trends, mention fashionable colors, or recommend colors that would be good for your house or apartment. Still, we would like to help you choose colors consciously.
Did you ever hear about a color palette? A color palette is a set of colors that looks good when they’re together in the same room, for example. Try to assemble your own color palette. Choose your main color and test other colors that match with it. Take out your main color and assemble other combinations.
Assemble your own color palette
You can use various resources on the Internet to help you assemble your own color palette. To build your color palette use dedicated sites that suggest colors from the main color to help you make combinations and create your color palette from your main chosen color. In this one, you can assemble your color palette from a base color that you choose.
For inspiration, you can even find your preferred color palette in one of the movies you like. Is not this cool? Color palettes are all around you. Just choose the right one for your own taste!
You can also search for reference in a scene or a photo you like and see what colors are there.
With your palette, you will be able to choose your main color of the walls, choose colors of the details you want to put on the wall (posters, for example). And then choose colors of other objects of room decoration, such as a cushion, flowers, bedspread and decorations in general.
Perhaps the strongest color in your palette will look better not as the main color, but rather in the details or on small painted parts. Or maybe you want to make a mix of colors on a wall. This is just a potential idea, as the taste is entirely yours and we are not designing your room for you. We just want to help you choose consciously and do quality renovation, not having to re-do it after the first attempt.
For those who would like another inspiration. There are trend-setting companies that indicate “the color of the year” and paint producing brands often cast tonalities in this color of the year. Take a look at the trend-setting websites and catalogs.
Tip 3: Test the colors
After you assemble your color palette and decide which color you would like to use on the wall, buy small test cans of paint and apply this color to the wall. Paint squares of about a meter wide and a meter long, to choose the color that is the most pleasant for you.
Apply this paint in the real places where you are planning to paint. The light can change the perception of the color. Is it far or near the window? Do you have new furniture in the room, etc.? Only buy the total amount of paint once you are sure of the color and tone you have chosen.
Read also: How to choose the right paint? – in this article. And, How to calculate needed paint? – in this article.
In this article, we explain the type of paint that is right for the type of surface you will be painting (plasterboard, wood, metal), types of finish (gloss, semi-gloss, other), and how much paint you will need for each type of surface.
Tip 4: Prepare the wall to paint
Even if the wall looks great (no dirt, no stains, no cracks, no holes, no crumbling paint), there is a basic way to prepare the wall for new paint. Wash and dry and then sand the wall (sanding paper # 36). Remove remaining dust with a broom and a damp cloth.
This is basic and needs to be done. Otherwise, the paint may peel after the painting (and this is what you do not want to happen!). If you hire a painter, make sure that you do this preparation work before the painter starts, or ask the painter to do this piece of work in preparation.
There is a separate article dedicated just to this part of the work – preparation of the wall. In this article you will find more information about what to do when you have stains, peeling paint, or even larger issues, such as cracks or molds. Make sure you check this one out as well.
Read also: Why mold appears in the house? – in this article. And, How to keep house clean and tidy? and not spend lots of time – in this article.
Tip 5: Prepare the room for painting
You need to know how to ask what a painter needs to do or be able to check the painter’s service.
Before you start painting, you will need to protect all that is located in the room. This includes the floor, windows, cabinets, door handles, plugs, boards, switches, furniture and everything else that will not be painted. Tape and cardboard will be your biggest friends at this time. For example, using plastic to protect the floor does not work. The paint does not dry on plastic and if someone steps on it, it will take paint all over the room and the house.
Try to remove the furniture from the room. If this is not possible, place all furniture in the center of the room and cover it with fabric that you do not care about if it accidentally gets painted as well.
Time to paint!
If you are painting yourself, you should start by brushing the corners of the wall and contours of doors and windows.
The center of the wall surface should be painted with a roller in zig-zag movements (as if you were drawing a “W”). This ensures more even application of the paint, without leaving areas with the accumulation of too much paint or lack of it.
Wait at least four hours between putting two different coatings.
Geometric designs can help you make your wall – and your home – even more beautiful. After you apply base wall paint, use tape to mark, where you would like to have areas of a different color. Then continue painting and apply the colors you have chosen.
Tip 6: Would you like more change?
When the main paining is ready, this is already a good part of the transformation. But you can still do more! For example, you can use decorative stickers to create some further highlights. Or even apply adhesive fabric that is very easy to use and can create a good match with the colors of your wall.
Make your decorative pattern by hand first. This would help you test the exact location of each object or decoration on the wall.
Remember the color palette you have created when you started? Time to consult this color palette to choose these decoration details.
Tip 7: Hanging objects on the wall
If you are planning to put hanging shelves or other similar decorations on the wall, most likely you will need to drill holes in the walls.
Caution: Do not try to drill holes in those parts of the wall, in which concrete columns or metal straps pass. This will not work with an ordinary drill. You will need to use a special type of drill and it is safer to ask a professional to do this part of work for you.
Pay attention not to drill through water pipes (this is a classic mistake!). Do not drill through electric wires (this is not the best idea either!).
Decrease dust when drilling. Collect dust by attaching adhesive paper right under the place where you will be making a hole. This will prevent the dust from falling on the floor and all over the room. Glue a simple post-it adhesive notepaper under the to-be hole and fold it in the middle. This simple construction “stores” most of the dust and makes cleaning much easier afterward.
Also, remember that not every decoration needs a hole. Or you can not always make holes in the walls, if you live in a rented apartment, for example.
You can hang pictures and light objects with special tape, that is specifically designed for this purpose. You can easily find this tape Do you find in construction material stores or even in large office supplies stores.
Are you now done with your new painting? Enjoy!