Painting a room is a huge undertaking, whether youâ€™re doing it to renovate an old one or youâ€™ve just moved into a new house somewhere like Vale. But before starting, there are several factors you have to keep in mind to ensure your project runs smoothly and the end result is something you can be proud of.
Choose the right paint
Choosing the right kind of paint for your walls is important. When deciding, you should consider the type of surface youâ€™re painting on, whether or not the walls are going to face any specific condition (i.e. children are likely to draw on it, it’s in the bathroom, etc.), and which paint was used previously.
The most popular type of paint to use is water-based latex paint. The advantages of using this type of paint are:
- It dries relatively quick
- It doesnâ€™t have much odor
- It has excellent color and sheen retention
- It can be used on pretty much any surface
- Itâ€™s generally cheaper
So, definitely look into getting a water-based paint for the job. Alternately, you could go down to your local hardware store and ask store attendants for advice as they are usually full of DIY wisdom and are more than happy to help out.
Pick the right colors
Choosing a color (or colors) to paint your room can be difficult, and even afterÂ you’veÂ made that decision there are still dozens upon dozens of shades to choose from. The Internet is a good resource for color schemes, particularly if you want to paint the trim, or if you’re thinking of using different colors. For something a little different, you could paint three walls with one color and use a contrasting one on the fourth. It will surely make the room pop and be a talking point for guests.
However, if youâ€™re more traditional, paint websites such as Dulux are a lot of help for your pick-out-the-right-color dilemma. They even have a MyColour tool which allows you to take a picture of the room you want to paint and digitally paint it with Dulux colors to see which shade and color combinations would suit the room best.
But, as to choosing which type of paint to buy, a trip down to the hardware store wouldnâ€™t go amiss if youâ€™re looking to achieve a professional-finish DIY job. Hardware store employees are there to help so be sure to ask for their opinion and advice if youâ€™re unsure about something.
About the Author
Sarah Paige is an interior design expert currently living in Vale, in Western Australia.