6. DON’T ignore flaws
The odd imperfection on an exterior wall can be overlooked, yet not when it comes to your interiors. Thus, take the proper time to smooth out all rough surfaces and fill out any holes on your walls before approaching it with a paintbrush.
7. DO know when primer is needed
The main aim of primer is to make the surface more paint-friendly, yet it’s not always necessary.
Use primer when:
• The surface is porous like newly installed drywall, bare wood, and certain masonry (i.e. bricks)
• The surface is heavily stained
• The surface’s glossiness can’t hold any paint
• You are painting a lighter colour over a darker one.
Don’t use primer when:
• Your walls are clean, have no stains, and are still in good condition
• You’re repainting your walls a similar colour
• Painting a darker colour over a lighter one.
8. DON’T let colour choices stress you out
Create a mood board. Add the colours of your existing furniture and décor and narrow your choices down to two colours, depending on if you want your walls to pop, provide a soft and subtle background, make the room look bigger, etc.
9. DO know the purpose of each paint finish
Aside from personal preference, paint finish is also chosen based on a room’s purpose. For ceilings and hiding wall imperfections, flat finishes like eggshell and matte are recommended. Flat finishes are also advised for regular cleaning and areas not commonly used.
In contrast, glossier finishes, which clean easily, are the best for high-use areas (like living rooms and kitchens). They’re also perfect for emphasising certain features like mouldings, mantels, etc.
10. DON’T be shy to ask for help
If that painting job just seems too overwhelming or you’re confused about what finish / colour / drop cloth to use, relax. homify is full of professionals operating in the architectural/design industries, and that certainly includes expert Painters. Thus, don’t be shy to contact a few to ask about experience, prices, and how they can possibly help you paint the style back onto your walls.
Courtesy of Homify Johannes Van Graan