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Painting a room the right way

At some point in our lives, we all decide we need a change in our home. And what better way than repainting a room? Perhaps you’ve gotten bored of the colour of your room or need to brighten up the room. It is a great idea to have a change – but be careful, there are a few mistakes when it comes to painting that nearly everyone will make. Here are ways that you can avoid these mistakes!

Prepping is key

From cleaning the walls to covering your furniture, it all matters! Make sure the walls are cleaned with a sponge and soapy water to ensure any dirt or oil is washed off. The wall needs to be completely dry before applying any paint. Make sure the floor and all large furniture such as sofas, tables, chairs etc. are covered with large drop sheets to protect them from any paint drops or splatters. All light switches, sockets and door handles can be covered with masking tape, which can then be easily peeled off without leaving marks. Keeping white spirit in the house is also ideal as it helps to remove paint off furniture.

Furniture or paint – which one first?

Before you start stressing about which colour paint you want, think about the surroundings of the room too. Although the colour of the room is very important, as this will set the mood, the furniture is also just as important. If you paint the walls in a bright colour and also have coloured furniture, you could end up in a situation where they don’t complement each other well. For example, a light grey wall will be nicely complemented with teal. However, if you decided you wanted to paint your room yellow and already have green sofas, it could be overwhelming. It is easier to decide on your furniture first and then pick a wall colour to match, as trying to find furniture in a specific colour can be harder!

Don’t just pick neutral colours or have a room that’s too focused on one colour. Instead pick two or three colours that complement each other well to avoid it looking bland.

Examples of colours combinations that work are:

  • Teal, mustard and light grey
  • Coral, mint and light grey
  • Navy blue and cream
  • Emerald green, navy blue and cream
  • Turquoise, pink and yellow
  • Brown, white, cream and navy blue
  • Mint cream and and white
  • Navy blue, white and black
  • Light brown, hot pink and maroon
  • Emerald green and blush pink
  • Orange, hot pink and white

Always try before you buy

Always take home a tester palette from the store that contains all the different shades of colours on it. If you like a colour, ask for a sample first and paint two coats of it on a paper/board. The colour you see on the tub or image is not always how it looks when actually painted. If you like a certain generic colour, test out different shades of it. For example, if you like grey, pick lighter and darker shades of grey to try and sample. Some places will also allow you to order swatches of the colours you like and you can then look at them in the different areas of the room or in different lights to see how they change.

Which paint roller do you need?

Paint rollers come in different sizes which cater for different types of textured walls. You can buy long, medium and short rollers. The short one is best suited for more finer and flatter surfaces. The medium sized brush is best suited for smoother surfaces. The long one is best suited for more textured surfaces. Don’t forget to buy a roller extension if you need to reach a higher wall or ceiling.


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