Painting is the fastest, cheapest way to give your home a new, fresh look. But if you're looking for a fast, affordable way to give your interior a reboot, you probably aren't looking to hire someone to do it. A do-it-yourself painting project can definitely save you time and money, but if you don't know the right techniques, your home might end up looking worse than when you started. If you're moving into a new home or even renovating your current home, follow these interior painting tips before you start your DIY project.
1. Don't be afraid of color. Bold colors might seem too daring at first, but they can really help add depth, texture, and style to a room. If you're uncomfortable using a bold color for an entire room, you can paint one wall with a bold color and make it the focal point of the room. Using the psychology of color can also help you choose the right color for a room. For example, any color in the blue family invokes feelings of calmness, so it's a great color for a bedroom.
2. Spend time planning. The majority of your DIY painting project should be spent planning so that you avoid problems when it comes to actually painting. Planning involves putting up painting tape for corners and edges, covering floors and furniture, removing doorknobs and light switch covers, and repairing any holes or defects.
3. Don't forget the primer. It's always a good idea to put a coat of primer on the wall before you paint, but it's especially important if the old color is drastically different from the new color. Primer is so important because it ensures your new coat of paint will look smooth and even and won't chip off prematurely.
4. Use rollers as well as paint brushes. Paint brushes are good for small areas, but using rollers will help you cover more space in less time. When using a roller, be sure to paint in the shape of a W; this method will allow you to cover a lot of space while also smoothing out roller lines. You can use an extension pole for the roller in order to reach high spots.
5. Mix multiple gallons. If you're painting a large room, mix multiple gallons of paint into a large, resealable pail to ensure color consistency. Every can of paint has a slight color variation, so if you don't mix them all together you could have a room that looks like it's been painted with slightly different colors.
Painting your home by yourself doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the look of it. By following these 5 tips, your walls will look professionally painted without the professional cost of interior painting services.