Painting walls and ceilings is one of the last home finishing steps which has a great impact on the final atmosphere. We have to be well prepared before we start painting the walls and ceilings.
If we want to put paint on bare plaster, drywall, or concrete we must remember to use primer first. All surfaces should be even and dry without any gaps. Thanks to primer, our paint will gain better adhesion to a surface and painting will be more efficient. We can cover more surface area compared to areas not covered with primer.
It is always a good idea to vacuum and clean walls and ceilings using water and dish soap before we start painting. If there are any fatty spots left on the surface, just use grinder or sandpaper to remove them. When all surfaces are ready to be painted, we can finally buy the paint. It is good to know what color we want to use, whether needs to be glossy or matte, and what wear-resistance it should have. You should keep in mind that you will probably need multiple layers of paint to achieve desired effect.
There are few tips you should know before you choose the right paint.
You should remember that bright and cold colors optically enrage rooms and dark and warm make rooms seems to be a bit smaller.
The most preferred choice for interior walls and ceilings is emulsion paints. They are almost odour-less, water based, quick drying and have very low level of VOC – volatile organic compounds. Of course, in this group of paints we can distinguish following:
- Acrylic paints
They are suitable for painting almost all rooms, except of kitchens and bathrooms. They are elastic, quick drying, odour-less, eco-friendly and are very efficient.
- Latex paints
They are recommended for bathrooms and for spaces that are exposed to fouling like for example kitchen and hall. Big advantage of this paints is a fact that you can freely wash them. It is a great feature if you have pets or children in your house.
- Vinyl paints
They are recommended for high humidity spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms as they do not pass much steam. They are also very durable but despite of this fact they should not be excessively scrubbed.
- Acrylic Vinyl paints
These paints combine characteristics of both acrylic and vinyl paint.
When choosing a paint you should also keep in mind that it is much easier to use matte vs. glossy paints. They better cover imperfections and give a warm and cozy character to your spaces. Glossy paints on the other hand are easier to clean and are more resistant to dirt.
There is still a wide range of decorative, structural, or specialty paints but they are typically not used as often. Please refer to paint manufacturer information to find out more about specialty paints and their application.
Do not forget to get all necessary tools, materials and accessories for your project. You will probably need brushes, rollers, roller trays, painter’s tape, drop cloth for protecting floors and things that should stay paint-free. You may also need a scraper and paintable silicone for covering cracks and gaps.
Painting of walls always has a great impact on an overall appearance of any room. I hope that using our tips you can achieve the results you have always dreamed of!
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