20 Jan 4 Room Painting Tips From A Professional
We love the DIY crowd. Sure, we’re in the business…but we specialize in larger projects and whole-home painting, often times just before or after a house is purchased (or is about to be sold). During the spring and summer, we’re usually busy slaving away on exterior house painting projects anyways – it pays to be the top-rated painting contractor in the KC Metro (literally!) So, we don’t mind sharing our expertise. With that said, here’s some important tips to consider before you paint a room in your home…hopefully you haven’t already chosen your color and the finish (and if you have, returns are always an option if the paint hasn’t been tinted!)
1. Know the correct Sheen: Sheen throws people for a loop sometimes. And it’s different for every room. The higher the paint sheen (Gloss), the more moisture resistant it is. High sheens allow you to scrub the walls easier and more often – great for a toddler or kids room – but it also shows the most surface imperfections and you lose the ability to touch-up your work. High sheen paint tends to Flash easier also. Conversely, the lower the sheen, the more surface imperfections are hidden. Simple. But a lot of people seem to get this wrong. Don’t be that guy/gal!
2. As a rule of thumb, go with Eggshell: for most walls in common areas of your home, this is a go-to selection. Eggshell gives you some moisture resistance and can be touched up. The best of both worlds. It goes with everything. If you don’t want to think too much and you want to reserve the right to re-paint again a year later, you won’t go wrong with eggshell. Leave Satin Finishes for Kitchens or Bathrooms. Use a semi-gloss for Cabinets, Doors, and Trim. You’ll thank us later.
3. Pick a favorite object in the room: This is a great starting place for selecting a paint color. A family picture for example, a decorative statue, drapes, pillows etc…they all work. Your paint can draw colors from that object. Try and find a base and an accent color from the object you love, and use it as a centerpiece for the room. It doesn’t have to be something big, just something you love.
3. Dark colors make rooms small: Dark colors make tight spaces tighter. Let them breathe with a lighter pallet! Not only that, they show imperfections easier. Something to avoid in smaller, high-light areas (like an undersized kitchen for example).
4. Color Trends come and go: Don’t fall for the ol’ “this is the Pantone color of the year!” trick. The goal is to pick colors that reflect your personality, a thing you love and the spirit you want to capture for your room. Don’t let someone else choose for you, especially if that someone is a conglomo paint company trying to sell more paint. (Psst! They don’t care what your house looks like, just that you buy their brand of paint.)
Good luck with your project, and if you decide it’s too much to bite off (or that you’d like the outside of your home to look just as fabulous as the inside), then give us a call. We serve the entire Kansas City metro area, including Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee and Lenexa. Browse the rest of our site to learn more about how Neighborhood Painting can turn your home into your castle…
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