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Home Painting Techniques

Changing the colour of your walls and ceilings is one of the easiest ways to renovate your house interiors and provide it with a rejuvenating and beautiful look. However, it is not that easy to choose colours, collect material, prepare the house for the project and actually paint the entire house. There are many professionals, who will take up the task of painting your entire house, but it might be heavy on your pocket. Therefore, if you wish to save yourself this amount and are looking to enjoy an adventure, you can learn some basic painting techniques and accomplish the project yourself. Panting is all about choosing the right combination of colours, using the appropriate tools and making use of the right technique for the right place. A wide range of options are available when it comes to interior paint colours. All it takes is a little research and some practice to master home painting techniques.
  • Decide upon the colour scheme and effect you wish to create in your house, before starting to paint the interiors you can afford to select different colour schemes for different rooms. The living room, bedroom, kitchen and kid's room need not be in a similar colour scheme. Choose a colour scheme that suits the mood of the room, and the taste and lifestyle of the person living in the room.
  • Once you have decided on the colour scheme to be used it is time to ponder over the wall painting technique to be used. You need to decide whether only a flat coat will do or only if you are looking to paint over the wallpaper. The technique to be used also depends upon the condition of your wall and the preparation a particular technique calls for.
  • You can order for samples of the colour scheme you selected and test it before placing the final order. Trying out samples will help you experience the effect each colour will create.
  • Order for the amount of paint required to paint the entire room and also other painting equipment, once you are satisfied with the colour of your choice. Drop-cloths, small brushes, masking tapes, roller, primer, etc. are some other supplies you might have to order. You might also have to purchase supplies for any surface preparation if needed.
  • There is ideally a procedure to be followed while painting a room. You need to start painting the ceiling trim followed by the ceiling then the wall trim, walls and finally all the woodwork in the room. It is advisable to cover the windows and other exposed surfaces in the room with the help of a newspaper and masking tape, in case you are painting using a sprayer.
  • However, if you are planning to paint using a roller, you need to start painting the strip around six inches across the perimeter of the ceiling and around any of the ceiling fixtures with a paint brush. This will help you to not stain these areas with the roller. In case you are using a flat or satin paint you might not need a roller, however, if you are planning to come up with a more glossy finish then you must roll out the area after each coat of paint.
  • Remember not to load the roller with excess paint, since it will cause dripping and may also make the roller harder to manipulate. You need to execute smooth even strokes with the roller in the same direction in order to get a fine finish. You can make use of a clean dry cloth to wipe out any dripping marks caused by the roller.
  • Once the ceiling is finely coated, you can move on to the walls by working on the wall trims first. You can use the same procedure of working with a brush and then creating a smooth finish with the help of a roller. You can then move to work on the woodwork if any. It is advisable to make use of flat wall paint like primer for the woodwork before using paint. Work with a paint brush to avoid the formation of uneven paint texture.
  • You can also use a sprayer to spray primer over the woodwork. Remember to move the brush in the direction of the wood grain. This will ensure that the paint looks even.
  • It is advisable to invest in different sizes of paint brushes instead of using the same brush for all areas. Do not attempt to jam the bristles into places the brush cannot reach. Make use of smaller brushes for such places in order to ensure that work is neat and even.
  • Dark colour shades should be used to highlight details of a room. Dark colour shades however require more maintenance and they also tend to fade sooner than light colour shades.
  • It is advisable to make use of light colour tones for the ceiling. Light colours will keep the room cool by reflecting heat; which will again make the room look spacious and peaceful.