I hear them all the time.
Someone decides to change the color of a room, and to save a little money, starts a do it yourself project. Then things go horribly wrong.
They don’t by the right amount of paint, so the old color bleeds through.
They don’t have the right equipment, so they end up with paint splotches on walls and ceilings that shouldn’t have paint on them.
Theme? What does that mean? Why not paint every wall and every room whatever color you choose? It isn’t supposed to flow from room to room, is it?
Yes, people may start out with good intentions. But very quickly their painting project turns into a painting disaster. And while there will always be a never ending supply of painting mistakes, there are always ways to avoid them long before they happen as well.
Do not buy your paint on an impulse. Choose your colors with care and use samples to ensure you have the right color in the right place. You want to see what the paint looks like with your current design theme.
Remember that all walls are not the same. If you want to create an accent wall, choose one that does not have a doorway or a window.
Do not forget about the ceiling. You will want to paint your ceiling a different shade of the same color or a white color. Your choice of white or color depends on your personal style preference and how you want the final results to look.
Remember to connect the colors between rooms to keep the continuity flowing. Choose different shades of the same or similar color to complement each other.
Know the difference between the types of paint available, from latex to oil and gloss to semi-gloss. Ask questions before you start your project. What are the differences in paint? What would you recommend for this area of my home? The more questions you ask, the better feel your painting contractor will have of how you want your final project to be.
Remember, painting is only a portion of the overall job. Prepping the walls and preparing your area should take considerable amount of time as well. If your walls aren’t in great shape, they won’t accept the paint and it will be an inferior paint job – something a paint professional knows. Its why he spends just as much time on prep as the overall paint project.
Keep a record of the paint colors that you use, in case you ever have to touch-up the paint job in the future.
Remember, ask for help if you need it. Many, many painting mistakes could be avoided if people would not be afraid to ask for help and advice.