How to Find and Use the Perfect Indoor Paint
Updated: Sep 8
Whether it is your first or fifth home, making decisions about which paint to use where or which color coordinates best with your furniture can get overwhelming.
That is why we are here to help! We are sharing some insightful details on the types of paint available along with helpful tips and tricks when it comes to the general process of interior painting!
Types of Indoor paint:
Matte: Matte paint will generally be low luster and smooth, which is desirable in certain areas of the home. It’s durable, easy to touch up with additional paint, hides minor surface imperfections and doesn’t reflect as much light as other paints.
Matte paint works really well in areas like bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, hallways, ceilings and interior walls. Matte is more difficult to clean than other paints, so don’t use a matte finish in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry or mudroom if possible.
Gloss: Gloss paint is very shiny, and takes much longer to dry than matte paint. It is often used on woodwork because of it’s high shine.
Gloss shows imperfections easily, so be sure your surface is perfectly even. Multiple coats are definitely needed with gloss paint.
Eggshell: Eggshell paint has a soft, velvety appearance which reflects more light, making a room brighter. It offers better resistance to moisture and grime than other paints.
Eggshell works really well when painting kitchens and bathrooms. Eggshell paint shows more imperfections than others, so you need to make sure to sand and smooth your wall surface before painting.
Satin: Satin paint as a softness to it like eggshell, but even smoother, making it brighter and more resistant to dirt and moisture.
Satin works well in bathrooms and kitchens as well, and shows imperfections just like eggshell so be sure the wall is perfectly flat.
Techniques and general process:
1. What & How Much
The first step in any painting project is determining what is being painted and how much paint is needed. Figure out how many rooms there are, the square footage being covered and what the rooms are used for so the right paint can be chosen(above).
2. Prepare The Rooms
The rooms need to be prepared by removing any moveable furniture and furnishings as well as putting down canvas coverings to protect the floor from paint spatter. The trim, walls and ceiling need to be cleaned so the paint can adhere correctly to the surface.
3. Make It Even
Once paint types and colors have been determined, all the paint of the same color needed for a section is combined into a larger bucket and mixed to ensure an even color.
4. Order Of Painting
The first section painted should be the ceiling. Next comes the trim which should be sanded in between coats to provide a smoother finish. Lastly, paint the walls.
5. Painting The Walls
The walls should also be painted with rollers, and should be painted last, as it’s easier and faster to tape off the trim than the walls. At the corner of the wall, use a brush to apply paint and a roller to spread it, to achieve the same texture as the rest of the wall.
Advantages to choosing Colorful Concepts Painting:
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