Let’s cut to the chase. The most important thing to remember when choosing the right paint for your next interior project is how it’s going to look once the job is completed and everything is moved back into place. You want to consider how you’ll feel about your paint job long after the work is done and the dust has settle. By having a little basic knowledge and employing a few key strategies, this is very possible. You don’t have to be an expert in interior painting to understand what it takes to get what you want. Below are a few key tips to help you along the way.
Know Your Paint
Paint is as much about function as it is about aesthetic. This is why not all paint is the same. The final finish will be determined by a combination of how the paint is applied, the type of surface it’s applied to, the lighting in the room, and the type of paint you go with. Putting all this together correctly can give you satisfying results. The wrong combination, however, can end in disaster and regret. Here’s a snippet of the main types of paint and their applications.
- Matte Paint – This is the most common of all interior wall paints. Many homeowners like it, because it has no sheen or shiny finish. It’s extremely easy to apply with either a brush or roller and can go on most surfaces. Matt Enamel is a more durable and stain resistant version of matte paint.
- Satin – Satin paint is a middle of the road paint that has a partial sheen that is soft. Make sure you have a wall that is clean and free from blemishes. Satin has a way of exposing all imperfections in your wall.
- Gloss – There are two categories of gloss paint: full gloss and semi-gloss. The name says it all. Gloss paint offers a shiny surface with a high sheen. It’s ideal in room with low sun glare or soft lighting so that you’re not experiencing shine overkill.
Much of what makes a wall look good is the actual wall itself. You can apply primer and several coats of paint, but if you do not clean up your wall and get rid of the imperfections, you’ll be spinning your wheels and wasting a lot of money. So take some time to assess the condition of your wall. Hire a professional Vancouver painter to fill in the holes, repair the cracks, and smooth out the dents and other damage. You’ll notice a huge difference in the results.
If you want your paint project to go more efficiently with virtually zero chance of damage to your furniture or decor, then prepare your room in advance. This serves several purposes. First, it saves time and labor costs. Second, it creates a safer environment for the painters and staff. Third, it protects everything in the room. For instance, if you have valuable displays or paintings, rather than placing them aside on the floor, remove them from the room all together. Position all tables, chairs, couches, beds, etc. in the center of the room away from the walls. Ideally, it’s best to clear out the entire room, although it’s not essential. Inform your contractor of any areas of concern in the room.
There’s an entire industry dedicated to understanding and interpreting the psychological effects of color upon the brain. While this may be useless to any given person on any given day, in the world of painting it actually has a great amount of importance. Research suggests that color can great affect the mood almost instantly. An example of this would be the instant energy you feel when you see red walls as you walk through the door of a room. Assertiveness should be a key strategy as you pick your colors. In other words, the question is how do you WANT to feel (or how do you want others to feel) as soon as you enter the room?
Mixing and Matching
The main objective of paint should be to set the tone for any room. It’s so important that almost any other decision you make hinges upon the wall palette. But this is not always possible. If your flooring, windows, and decor are already in tact, then you have to choose paint that matches and enhances what you already have. It’s more than just color. You also need to consider patterns and designs. The end result should be a room that feels cohesive and streamlined from top to bottom. Interior paint is an integral part of the completion.