With autumn fast approaching, most people are doing their best to optimize their time outdoors while the weather is still warm. While you’re busy squeezing in the last summer BBQs and outdoor evening parties of the season, it is also a good idea to assess your indoor environment. After all, you’ll likely spend a lot more time inside your home than outside of it in the upcoming months. If you’re like most people, the fall and winter seasons usher in large gatherings of family and friends to your home for all types of celebrations. Making your home better reflect your personal style and tastes can start with a simple do-it-yourself (DIY) project like interior painting. Here are some things to consider when you want to transform your interior spaces with paint.
Choosing Interior Wall Paint Colors
A favorite piece of seasonal art or other decorative accessory that reflects the warm hues of autumn or the vivid contrasts of winter can be the inspiration for your choice of paint color in any room. Bright colors can inspire social settings, and you can experiment with these hues for living rooms and dining rooms. Lighting is always a consideration when choosing an interior paint color. Some colors appropriately enhance the appearance of rooms when they are applied to accent walls that get indirect light and not on every wall in a room.
Interior Wall Paint Finishes
The choice of paint finish also impacts the look of a room. Basic paint finishes range from glossy to matte. Although high-gloss paint is easier to clean, the extreme shine of the finish is often too overwhelming as a full wall paint for most rooms. Most professional painters use flat or satin paint for living or dining rooms. Higher gloss paints are reserved for crown molding, wainscoting or other wood trim.
Consider Indoor Air Quality
According to Environmental Protection Agency reports, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. Traditionally, paints have heavily contributed to the problem of poor indoor air quality because they release toxins for many years after the first application. Happily, today’s homeowners have more environmentally-friendly paint choices than ever before. When selecting eco-friendly paints, look for those that are free of volatile organic compounds, biocides and chemical-based pigments.
Painting Tools and Supplies
Besides paint, there are a few items that you will need to produce professional results. Since most walls must be specially prepared for that first coat of paint, you will minimally need a paint scraper, spackle, mild cleansing solution, sand paper and painter’s tape. When painting over strong colors, primer is also required. Paint tools that you should have on hand for your project include paint roller frames, roller covers, protective drop cloths, a paint tray, an angled paint brush and a flat paint brush. The choice of paint roller covers must be appropriate for your project’s wall finish and surface.
Applying paint is an inexpensive way to create dramatic interiors for any season or occasion. In addition to interior walls, paint can also freshen the look of cabinets, furniture and other fixtures. Finishes for these surfaces include gleaming whites, high-gloss jewel tones and even dramatic metallic coatings.
Plan for a Beautiful Clean-up
Cleaning up after painting is probably the least fun aspect of your DIY paint project. Latex-based paints can be cleaned from most surfaces by using mild soap and water before the paint dries, but oil-based paints must be removed with paint thinner. While you cannot avoid cleaning your paint brushes and rollers if you plan to use them again, there are ways to make paint clean up easier. For example, painters can apply aluminum foil to door knobs and paint trays to shield them from paint. Instead of taking time to wash either of those surfaces, you can simply throw away the used foil and admire your work.
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