One of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your home’s appearance is to apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls. However, if you do not know what you are doing, it can easily go from a great home improvement project to a disaster that you are paying a lot of money to fix. From buying the wrong brushes to not applying the paint correctly can all lead to disaster. The good news is, you can paint like a professional as long as you take your time and follow some of these interior painting designs.

Choosing Colors

When choosing colors for a room it is important to consider the function of the room. Warm colors such as orange, beige, red, and yellow are vivid and spark the imagination. These are good colors for dining and living rooms and kitchens. Any room that sees a lot of action will benefit from one of these shades

Cool colors such as browns, greys, greens, and blues can be quite soothing. They are perfect for a home office, nursery, or bedroom.

Lighting

Bright LED bulbs and sunlight can alter the appearance of your paint and is something that you should consider when you are shopping for colors and supplies. In order to eliminate lighting surprises take a piece of foam board and paint it in the color that you have chosen. Move the board throughout the room to see how the paint is going to look throughout the day and the night.

Space


It is important to consider the size of the room when you are choosing paint colors. Lighter colors make a room seem bigger and darker colors will make a room feel smaller. In addition, it is important to know the size of the room so that you know how much paint you should buy. Typically, it is recommended that you should buy a gallon of paint for every 400 square feet.

Mixing your Paint


One mistake that many people make when they are painting is they mix their paint one gallon at a time. This provides a color that can be inconsistent. The best thing to do is to make sure that you pour all of the paint into a large bucket and then mix it all together. Make sure that you keep the bucket tightly sealed when you are not using it.

Preparation is Key

One of the most important things that you can do before you start painting your walls is to prep them. Many people skip this step and that is the reason their painted walls do not look professionally painted, and possibly even look a bit haphazard.

To prepare your walls for painting you need to lightly scrape and sand all the areas that might be peeling or flaking. Fill in any of the cracks or holes that are found in the walls. Sanding the entire area will ensure that you are painting on a smooth surface. In addition, sanding the wall will help the paint adhere to the surface better. The smoother finish that you will get by doing this is definitely worth the effort.

Pretreating


Primer is not necessary in many cases. However, if you are using a lighter color to cover up a darker color, priming is going to help cover up the old paint much easier. If you are painting over red or other dark colors, a grey primer is often recommended over white as this will help cover the darker color more easily. Once you have primed the walls, you can put your paint color of choice on the wall.

If the room has any woodwork, it is important to make sure that you pretreat these areas as well. Sandpaper can be used to remove old varnish and to smooth out any old nail holes. If there are any holes or dents, use a wood filler or caulk to fill them. Once you have made the area smooth, make sure that you use a cloth to wipe everything down. It is also important to make sure that the area is very dry before you start painting.

Overall, if you are planning to paint a room in your home and you want it to look like a professional job, the most important thing that you can remember is to take your time. You will want to make sure that you are not rushing through the job. This is the biggest mistake that most homeowners make as they often only have a short amount of time to complete a project. However, taking the time to properly prepare the walls and the area before you start painting will go a long way when it comes to a professional looking finish.