Giving your house a fresh coat of paint is no less than adding colours to life. Living with boring white walls can be exhausting while colours have therapeutic powers which can cheer you up. Right colour in your home interior can impact how you feel and perform. Painting your home might be a strenuous job as it involves moving the furniture and other household items added with the nauseating odour of paint. However, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home. The splashes of colours can dramatically change the mood of the interiors reflecting the taste and personalities of the people living there.
We have recently moved into a 3 BHK affordable apartment in Maheshtala and painted the interior ourselves. There are certain things you must take care before you jump into painting your home to avoid mess and maintain the lustre and durability of the paint for a longer period of time.
- Prepare your home:
Painting an empty home is much easier than an occupied one. If your home is already loaded with furniture, move large furniture pieces to the centre and cover them up with old sheets or drop cloths. Remove any outlet covers and if possible lighting fixtures. Inspect for cracks, dents or holes in your walls and simply fill them in with caulk or spackle. There can be build-up of dirt, dust and oils from your hands which should be removed prior to painting. This will allow the paint to adhere to the walls. Do a clean sweep and give the room a thorough dusting and cleaning so that no dust ball, dog hair, or cobweb gets stuck in freshly applied paint.
- Apply Primer:
Applying primer is an important step while painting your home. It seals the walls providing you with a base for the paint to adhere to and allows you to use less paint. Primer should be applied once the plaster is dried up completely. After primer is done, a coat of putty should be applied to close the small pores on the cemented surface followed by another coat of primer and allow it to dry well. The previous coat should be dried thoroughly before applying another coat of paint.
- Choose your paint:
Decide on whether you want a subtle and soothing look, an elegant look or a vibrant look and choose your paints according to that. You can find paint colour inspiration from magazines or social media. Get to know the colour wheel as hues opposite each other on the colour wheel are complementary. Neutral colours look elegant in bedrooms as they can make them look pleasant and calm. You can go for some bold colours to highlight a wall. Think about the mood and purpose of the room and pay attention to how much natural lighting the rooms receive before deciding on the paint. Paint the ceilings in white hue as it reflects the natural light and illuminates the rooms better. High-quality emulsion paints should be applied in the kitchen as they are easy to clean.
- Skip the mess:
Painting home is not easy. Rather, it can be messy if things are not cared for properly.
Tape your windows, door frames, and moldings with painter’s tape to prevent the mess while painting. Make sure the tape is flat and the paint does not bleed through. Spread drop cloths to prevent paint drips and splatters making a mess. Remove as many wall fixtures as possible. Protect your floors using plastic, old linens or tablecloths or cardboard and cover your carpet with canvas drop cloths.