People choose to repaint their bedroom, living room, or any other interior room in their home for many reasons. Besides improving the appearance of a room, painting provides a way to hide hard-to-remove stains or other permanent marks on the walls or ceilings. Repainting a room even helps to increase the value of the home.
If you want to repaint a room in your home for any of these reasons, there are some important tips to keep in mind. Following these tips will ensure that the painting project in your room goes as smoothly as possible and has the result that you desire.
Here are four important tips for painting an interior room.
1. Take Time to Prepare
One of the first things you’ll need to determine is how you are going to paint the room. Are all the walls going to be the same color, or are you going to paint an accent wall in a different shade? Once you’ve determined this, you can move on to paint colors.
Since you have so many colors from which to choose, you may want to first decide what kind of colors you want. Are the colors going to be more bold or subtle? Do you want warm shades or cool ones? After you know how you’re going to paint the room and what colors to use, you’ll need to figure out how much paint you’ll need.
According to the experts, you’ll need about one gallon of paint per 400 square feet. Another part of the painting preparation process is to make sure you have all the right tools for the job. Are you painting the ceiling, too? If so, you’ll need a ladder or scaffolding. Other tools include rollers, brushes, paint trays, rags, tape, and a putty knife.
After you have bought and mixed your paint and gathered your tools, you should either remove the furniture or push it all to the center. Since paint has a tendency to splatter, cover the furniture and the floor with lightweight plastic. You should also clean the walls before you paint them.
2. Paint the Room in the Right Order
Professionals paint the room in a certain order, which means you should, too. Painting the room in a certain order reduces the chances of mishaps and mistakes.
You should paint your room in the following order:
- Skirting boards
- Window frames and door frames
When you paint the ceiling and walls, you should apply at least two coats. You should also note that you don’t necessarily have to paint certain parts of the room. Maybe the window frames and door frames are fine the way they are. Painting the door is optional as well. Some people might even decide to paint their floor, which should be done last.
3. Make Sure the Room Is Properly Ventilated
At one time, paint was filled with different toxins. Nowadays, many paints on the market contain low amounts or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, just because paint is safer than it used to be, it still means you need to properly ventilate the room.
The best way to ventilate the room is to open the windows. If it’s cold or raining outside, use fans to push air out of the room. As you paint, you should take short breaks and leave the room. If you start to feel dizzy or nauseous, you should leave the room right away and get some fresh air.
4. Contact the Professionals
Painting an interior room is a big job. If you don’t feel like you have enough time, or the right tools for the job, you should contact Fagan Painting LLC. Our professionals provide both interior and exterior house painting services to clients in Pittsburgh, PA.