Whether you’re redecorating your entire home, or just want to add a pop of colour to one room, a fresh coat of paint provides instant impact. Before you get started, you need to consider your space and choose the right interior paint. Read on to find out more information on picking out paint.
Matte paint is not as washable as other paints, but it’s great for hiding imperfections in surfaces, because it absorbs light. It offers a soft, smooth finish. This type of paint is best suited for low traffic areas, such as bedrooms.
This type of paint is more washable than matte paint, which makes it a popular choice. This finish is still flat, but offers a low shine and smooth finish. It’s best suited for lower traffic areas such as bedrooms.
Satin paint is more durable than matte and can be washed. It has a soft, shiny finish. Most people like the elegant look of satin paint. It’s suitable for high traffic areas, such as living rooms.
Semi-gloss paint offers a shinier finish than satin. It can withstand rigorous cleaning and is very durable. It’s a great choice for high traffic areas, such as hallways, and works well on doors, trim and mouldings.
How well a paint stands up to discolouring against exposure to sunlight, or repeated cleaning.
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are harmful chemicals that are emitted as paint is drying. Read the label on paint before you buy it to check for VOCs.
To avoid paint bleeding, apply painter’s tape and then run a putty knife over top to create a better seal.
Lap marks are those stripes caused by uneven layers of paint. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.
To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded
To ensure a consistent finish in areas next to trim or smaller parts of the room, use a 3” roller with the same pile size as the roller used for the rest of the wall. Roll as close as you can without bumping the opposite wall or slopping paint onto the trim.
For a consistent, long-lasting finish, you need to apply paint and coatings with high-quality application equipment. Better-quality brushes, rollers and applicators tend to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint than paint applied with less expensive tools. Better quality tools also speed up your working time.