For an easy way to update a room, you can’t beat a pinch of paint. Whether you’re putting your stamp on your new home, or renovating a room that needs some TLC, interior painting can transform any space in the house in a few hours.
There are many paints available for different surfaces and it can be a bit daunting if you are not sure what all the different types, finishes and features mean. We will talk to you through the ins and outs of interior paint so you can buy the right paint with confidence.
WHICH ROOM IN THE HOUSE ARE YOU PAINTING?
What’s going on in the room you plan to paint? Maybe you are painting a kitchen or bathroom that would benefit from a moisture resistant paint. Some rooms may need a stronger paint that can be cleaned and cleaned, such as hallways, landings, or children’s bedrooms. Finding the right paint isn’t just the color you choose. We have different types of paint designed for use in different rooms. By choosing the paint that is specially designed for the type of room you are painting, you will get the best end result.
WHAT KIND OF SURFACE ARE YOU PAINTING?
There are different types of paint for different surface materials. In addition to a wide selection of emulsion paints for walls and ceilings, we have a wide range of specialized paints, including those designed for wooden furniture, brick walls and tiles. Choosing the right paint for the right material will ensure a more durable result and the best coverage.
WHAT KIND OF LOOK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Perhaps your house has a rather traditional look and would suit a subtle matte effect paint. Or maybe you have a more contemporary style that would look great with a satin or metallic finish paint. When selecting the paint, think about what you want the final look to be, so you can choose the right finish as well as the right color.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO COMPLETE YOUR DECORATION PROJECT?
If you need to get your paint job done quickly, we have a wide range of quick-drying options that will help you decorate an entire room in just a few hours. We have quick dry wall paint, primers, and wood and metal paint to help you make the most of your time whatever it is you’re painting.
WHAT STATE IS THE SURFACE IN?
Some of our interior paints can be applied directly to the surface. Others may require some preparation before you can start painting. You may be painting a freshly plastered surface or untreated wood, or you may need to fill in some holes or sand an uneven surface. We have paints and primers for all types of surfaces that will help you achieve a pleasant and uniform finish.
Consider its shape and size. A lighter color can make a small room feel more spacious, while a darker color can help make a huge room look more cozy.
Consider Architectural Details
Think mouldings, mouldings, columns and brackets. What’s attractive and what’s not? Varied intensities and tones can complement architecture, furniture and art. Remember, painting can accentuate the features of a room or hide them.
Factor in function
Will the main purpose of the room be to eat, sleep, work, entertain or something completely different? A warm tone in the living room or family room creates a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for guests than a fresher color.
Have confidence in Color
Don’t be afraid to paint bold and bright. If your room is unfurnished, a vibrant color can fill it until it can.
The color of the painting should reflect your mood and personality. What are your favorite colors? If you’re having trouble selecting a color, try searching your closet. The colors you like to use are the ones that make you feel good. You’re the one who has to live with color, so live with the shades you love.
Work With What’s Already There
If you have already chosen an interior decoration or if you are working with a room that is already furnished, focus on a favorite fabric color, a work of art, a piece of furniture or another object.
Lowe color match
Do you have something really unique but can’t match the color? There’s no problem. Lowe’s offers free computerized paint matching and custom color mixing.
Selecting a paint finish
Before choosing your painting, think about where your room fits into the scheme of things. Where is it located in relation to other rooms? Is it a high or low traffic area? What do you want to emphasize? The right finish makes a big difference at the end.
Flat paint is best suited for ceilings, areas where surface imperfections may be visible and anywhere a dull, low-reflection surface is desired. Because it takes more effort to clean, a flat finish is ideal for low-traffic areas of your home.
Low gloss, satin or eggshell
Use low gloss, satin, or eggshell paint on areas where you want a shine. Easier to clean than flat paint, they are ideal for high traffic areas such as hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms, and game rooms.
Semi-gloss or gloss
Opt for semi-gloss for kitchens and bathrooms; choose gloss for railings, railings, shelves, door jambs and window sills. Also, keep in mind that the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes surface imperfections.
Selection of a primer
Now that you have selected your paint, you will need to choose the best primer for the job. Priming is an important step in the painting process because it helps prepare the wall by providing a uniform foundation on which the paint will adhere.
The best primer to use depends on the surface of the wall as well as the paint you are going to use. For more information on choosing the right primer, read our primer buying guide.
Water vs Oil
When selecting an interior finish, try choosing a water-based glaze instead of a glossy oil-based paint. Water-based gloss glazes have less odor than conventional oil-based paints, are much easier to clean and wear out better over time.
Do not reduce paint quality
High quality paint works best over a longer period of time. It is less prone to yellow as it ages, becomes softer and leaves no brush marks. It is also easier to clean and resistant to dirt.
Buy sample sizes
Paint a piece of waste material, such as cardboard or even a part of your wall, to see the effects of various light conditions.
Low VOC or no VOC paint
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are harmful chemicals that are released as paint dries. Be sure to read the label to make sure you are getting a low-VOC or no-VOC paint.
When it comes to buying paint for your home, there are many options, from eggshell paint to enamel, glitter and more. Each area of your home will require a different type of paint and the color you choose will have a great effect on the mood and feel of the room. Find out which type of paint is right for you in this handy paint buying guide from Homebase experts.
Acrylic enamel or?
Gloss and semi-gloss paints are generally enamel based, while paints with a lower gloss are generally acrylic based. Enamel paints are considered tougher, but take longer to dry, are difficult to clean, and have a pretty strong smell, so you’ll need to keep your room well ventilated while painting. Water-based acrylic paint dries in a few hours and does not have a strong odor.
Surface preparation is particularly important when using glossy paint, as it will emphasize any imperfections that are present.
Before you start…
When it comes to choosing paint for your home, start with the question of which room you are painting. This will help you decide what kind of paint you need.
Before you consider which paint color to choose, you’ll want to think about the size of the room and what you use it for. This is important because the color of a room can have a great effect on how it feels. For example, a lighter color will make a small room look more spacious, while a darker color will make a large room feel more homey.
We have everything you need for your next painting project at Homebase, from a wide selection of paint colors and finishes to brushes, rollers, paint pads and more.
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