Painting Interior Walls

Painting interior walls is not complicated or hard. Interior painting is time consuming but the extra preparation is worth the time. Let's take it step-by-step:

1 . Look around the room and see if there is a color you like in the items present.
2. Take the item (or a sample) to the paint store and choose some color samples that work with your item.
3. Tape the samples to the wall in the room you want to paint.
4. If you are happy with the sample you should only purchase a quart at this time. Why? It is hard to make a decision from a small paint sample. Or, ask the paint store if they can provide larger paint samples.
5. Paint a 5' x 5' square and live with it for a few days or more. Now you can place other items and fabrics near the color to see how they coordinate. Also, you can view the color during the day and at night when colors change due to the lighting.
6. If you're satisfied you can purchase the paint, pick the sheen and paint the walls!


 

 

 

 



Also, paint sheen is another decision, but easy one to make. The sheens are as follows and are usually dictated by the room's use:

Flat has no shine and it hides imperfections on the walls. But, it is harder to clean than satin or semi-gloss.
Satin or eggshell have a very soft sheen. But can be cleaned easier than flat.
Semi-gloss has a shiner finish and can be cleaned much easier. So, it is good for high traffic areas such as kitchen and bathrooms. But, also emphasizes imperfections.
Gloss is the shiniest and best to clean, but it emphasizes the imperfections the best.

 

 

 

 


OK, now that we got past that, you want to know "Do colors really reflect our personalities?" Why don't you decide for yourself? Go to our Color page and see which ones match your personality.

 

However, don't run out and buy the color that matches your personality if you already have colors in your home . These personalities are just a non-scientific way to look at colors and how and why people choose them. But, keep in mind that some colors don't work in all rooms; so be careful how you choose them.

 Don't be influenced by trendy colors .


 

 

 


Colors are also influenced by demographic (nationalities) and geographic locations. But " Design Styles " is on another page, so if that is your design preference for your home colors please see that page.


 

Faux Finishes and Decorative Painting

Faux and decorative painting can create special environments in rooms. It is important to be sure the finish you choose is one that you really like; becasue it is expensive if you use a professional and time consuming if you do it yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Most finishes are easy; but are time consuming - especially for the prepping of the room.

We have a site dedicated to faux and decorative painting . There is also a blog where you can see new ideas and post your own decorative painting stories.


 
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