How To Choose The Paint For An Interior Design Project

When your home or a certain room starts to look old, unappealing and boring it usually means that it’s time for a change. Makeover projects can be quite simple. Of course, they can also be complex if you choose to make many changes. But sometimes something as simple as changing the color of the walls can completely change the atmosphere in the room. But buying paint is not exactly a walk in the park. There are lots of things to take into consideration before actually making the purchase.

Choose the right type.

There are all sorts of paints to choose from but, first of all, you have to take into consideration the type that you need. For example, you have to choose interior paint if you want to paint an interior surface and exterior paint for the exterior.

Choose the type of finish.

Interior paint comes in five types of finish. There’s the gloss paint which is great for kitchens and bathrooms, semi-gloss paint which is durable but less shiny, satin paint which has a low shine and is easy to clean, eggshell paint that has a barely discernable gloss and flat paint which has almost no reflective quality.

Look at it in a different light.

Lighting is very important when choosing the color and the type of paint. It’s important to look at the color swatches during the day and during the night and to take into consideration the lighting that you have in your home.

Know how much to buy.

Let’s say that you’ve already chosen the type and finish and the color that you want. Now all you have to do is go to the store and buy the paint. But you also have to know how much you’re going to need. All paint cans offer information on the coverage so measure the room and don’t forget to take into consideration the windows and the doors. Make sure you buy a little extra because you’ll need it for small touch-ups.

Choose the right applicator.

Depending on what you’re painting, there are several different types of applicators to choose from. Walls and ceilings can either be sprayed, brushed or rolled. For trim paint you should use a brush. For flat surfaces and smooth walls you can use foam rollers or pad painters.

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Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on February 18th, 2013

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