Painting Do’s and Don’ts

December 18, 2012

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Painting is a great way to spruce up your home, but there are some common mistakes that many people make. We’ve put together this list of painting do’s and don’ts to help you avoid making any costly painting errors.

Painting Do #1:Choose Colors from Nature

If your son wants his room painted his favorite color: green, tell that to the paint store assistant and he’ll give you a few shades to choose from. Readers Digest suggests, “When in doubt, opt for colors that Mother Nature created. Natural colors call less attention to themselves and generally better compliment other elements of the décor — furnishings, artwork, etc.—than manufactured colors.” If you’re still not sure about the color, buy a quart first instead of a large quantity in case you’re not committed to the color. Paint a piece of foam board and move it around the room to see how the light affects the color at different times of the day.

Painting Don’t #1: Don’t Be Afraid of Bold Colors

Choosing a natural color doesn’t have to mean choosing one that’s boring. Using rich, saturated colors can transform a room and create a dramatic backdrop for your décor. Just make sure the room gets enough light for the bright color. A room that gets ample sunlight and is decorated with light colored items won’t feel overly dark with bold paint.

Painting Do #2: Get Other Opinions About Your Colors

Family Fun Shop recommends getting a second opinion before painting a large area. Let the people you live with or trusted friends tell you what they think of your color selection. A second (or third) opinion can help you realize when you’ve made a poor color decision and will likely spare you from long-term harassment about poor color selection.

Painting Don’t #2: Don’t Skimp on the Prep Work

A professional looking paint job takes diligent preparation. Gather artwork and accessories in one box and place them out of the way. Move furniture to the center of the space (or into another room altogether), wipe down walls and tape off molding. Cover the floor with a drop cloth, because plastic sheets can be slippery and messy. Finally, you should remove all of the hardware — switchplates, doorknobs, drapery hardware, etc. — and place the parts in a plastic bag.

Painting a room is a time consuming and, sometimes, costly decision. When it comes to planning for your home painting project, it is important to remember these do’s and don’ts of color selection and prep work. If you have a great home renovation vision, contact us today for your free in-home consultation.


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