Interior Painting Tips

Every room looks better with a fresh paint job. And of course, home interior painting is one of the easiest do it yourself home decorating projects!

Choosing a color scheme that works with your room decor is the first step. And primary the key to beautiful house painting are knowing proper prepping and painting techniques. Follow these interior painting tips to ensure a paint job you’ll be proud of:

How to Select a Color Scheme

The easiest way to select a color scheme is to find an inspiration piece. Choose a painting, pillow, or textile that you love, and pull your colors from that.

You can take one of three approaches:

  1. Choose one color that you like, and paint the room in different shades of that color.
  2. Choose related colors. Related colors are next to each other on the rainbow or color wheel. Related color schemes tend to make relaxing rooms.
  3. Choose complimentary colors. These are colors located across from each other on the color wheel, and they make for very dramatic rooms.

Follow these home interior wall painting tips and your painting projects can be fun and something you can enjoy and be proud of!

When you’re choosing house painting colors, don’t rely on those teeny tiny little color swatches from the paint store. They’re just too small to give you a real idea of how the paint will look on your walls. Many paints now come in trial sizes.

Take one home, paint a board or a piece of foam core, and put it up against the wall you plan to paint. Better yet, ask your paint store for a small sample of the colors you like and paint large swatches on your walls to compare the colors and shades.

See how the wall colors you are considering will look throughout the day as the light changes; the colors will look different as the light changes.

Top 10 Interior Painting Tips

  1. Before you start, organize a paint station. You can do this on the floor, but it’s better to set up a card table or some other surface that doesn’t require you to constantly bend down to get what you need. Whatever you use, make sure to cover it with plastic to protect it from drips.
  2. Thorough prep will help your interior painting project easier and turn out better!

  3. Take one day and do nothing but prep, prep, prep. The prep job is what makes a difference between an okay wall paint job and a terrific one. Gather all the furniture in the center of the room and cover it with plastic, or better yet, remove it from the room altogether if you can. Remove switchplates and doorknobs and put them into plastic baggies with all their screws and other hardware. You can tape them to the closest window so they don’t get lost. Wash the walls with a basic household cleaner. Cover light fixtures with garbage bags and tape them in place. Tape around doors, windows, and molding.
  4. Check the condition of your walls carefully. Holes or cracks will show through your wall paint. Fill smaller holes with spackle or joint compound; you may be able to skip this step if you plan to use a texturized finish such as sponging that helps to disguise minor imperfections. Use fiberglass tape for larger holes and cracks. One easy way to help you spot problem areas is to use a flashlight. Hold the light at an angle, right against the wall, and run it slowly along the wall surface. Look for shadows that indicate holes you’ll need to deal with.
  5. Use high-quality products. Sure, premium paint and nicer brushes cost more, but they provide better coverage and a smoother finish. Lower-quality paint might look just fine when it’s wet, but you’re likely to notice imperfections when it’s dry. With better tools, you’ll be able to cover the area with fewer coats. Invest in a roller with an extension handle to paint your ceiling. This allows for smoother strokes and less climbing up and down a ladder.
  6. Take a moment to think about your colors and plan your attack. Apply lighter colors before darker ones. If you’re using a very dark shade, consider applying a tinted primer first. This will reduce the number of coats you’ll need to get full coverage.
  7. If you’re having problems getting crisp edges, make sure you’re using blue painter’s tape. Masking tape and duct tape are likely to bleed and leave sticky residue on your walls. Some paints will still bleed under painter’s tape, particularly if you’re using a dark color. Try applying the tape and then brushing the edge with a little clear varnish or latex caulk (the varnish can stay; the caulk will need to be removed with the tape).
  8. Don’t work directly from the paint can. Not only will it drip and get incredibly messy, but you also risk getting globs of coagulated paint into the can. They’ll end up on your walls, and they don’t look pretty. For the best results, use a cut bucket, a metal bucket with a separate plastic liner that’s built to control drips.
  9. To avoid stripy- or patchy-looking walls, start with zigzag or w-shaped strokes. After you’ve completed a section of wall, run the roller in long strokes over the entire wall to blend all of the layers together.
  10. Make cleanup easier by wiping drops on the floorboards with a wet cloth as soon as they happen. After you’re done, run the cloth over the floorboard one more time to catch any leftover streaks. If you get paint on the carpet, keep the stain wet and blot it. Don’t scrub; you’ll only work the paint further in and damage the carpet.
  11. Store your materials carefully for future touchups. Thoroughly wash the brushes and rollers in soap and water (for water-based paints) or white spirit and then soapy water (for oil-based paints), shake them out, and then wrap them in wax paper and seal with a rubber band. Wipe away any drips on the paint cans and seal them carefully.

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