Whether it’s a remodel of an older home or decorating a brand new house, interior painting is an important part of the construction. It can be a pain to do it alone, so most people hire others. Here are some basic pointers to keep in mind when it comes to making your home a colorful, peaceful retreat.
Have Colors in Mind
This may sound obvious, but many people start interior painting without really having a full vision for their decor. Think about what each room’s decor and style will be like. Keep in mind smaller rooms-darker colors tend to make the room feel even smaller. In this case, light and bright colors will make the area feel open. Decide what sort of ambiance the room should have; for instance, bedrooms should be calm and relaxing. Light blues, grays, and neutral colors may work here. Figure out ahead of time what kind of colors to have in each room, and it will make the job much easier.
It’s important to check for lead in homes built before the late seventies. Old layers of paint may still have traces of lead, which can be detrimental to one’s health and the environment. Make sure your painters check all layers previously painted for any traces of lead.
Think of Extra Costs
Sometimes, one is not just paying for paint and labor. Depending on the wall texture, it may require extra preparation and priming before the project is started. As well, ceilings that need to be painted will become an added cost. Painting baseboards and crown molding may cost more due to extra labor and additional colors. Even covering large walls in a house with high ceilings can cost more.
Decide on Finishes
This is definitely an aspect of interior painting that many overlook. Depending on the room, the walls may require a specific finish, such as a flat finish versus a high sheen finish. Flat does not have much of a shine, and it may be harder to clean because of its dry texture. Higher sheen or eggshell finishes have a higher gloss and hold up better to washing. In general, high gloss finishes are easier to clean. They do especially well in areas of high humidity or dampness, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Eggshell finishes in kitchens also make grease and grime cleanup easier.
Prep for the Job
Instead of hiring the painters to do the prep work for the home, it may be beneficial to do it yourself. This is important in any house, but especially for older homes with wallpaper that needs to be removed. This can save both time and money when the hired interior painters do not have to do this themselves. This also isn’t a step that should be avoided; paint can peel, crack, or chip if there is not a proper base.
If hiring a professional is required, it’s best to follow these tips and try to make the job easier. It will lead to a gorgeous home and beautiful results.