Home Improvement: How To Paint And Decorate Home Interior?
By: John Garcia | Date Posted: December 19, 2022
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How To Paint And Decorate Home Interior?
When it comes to home improvement, painting and decorating your home interior can be one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake. Not only will your home look better, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of having done the work yourself. So, we’ll show you how to get started with both tasks – from the best tips on choosing the right paint and supplies for the job to the steps for painting a room, from preparing the surface to applying the finish coat and some basic decorating techniques that will help you achieve a polished look in any room. Let’s explore!
Hiring A Professional vs DIY
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you’ll hire a professional painter or take on the job yourself. Hiring a professional usually costs more but can save you time and ensure that the job is completed correctly. DIY painting has its advantages, such as being able to control costs and having the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Whichever route you decide to go, there are a few basic tips that apply to both scenarios. You’ll need to ask yourself how much do decorators charge as well as what supplies you will need. Additionally, you’ll want to evaluate the amount of time you can commit to the project and be realistic about your own ls.
Choosing The Right Paint And Supplies
Before you start painting or decorating, it’s important to make sure you choose the right supplies. When choosing paint, decide on a color that compliments your existing furniture and décor. Take into account how much light each room gets, as this can affect how the color looks on the wall. Choose a finish that works best for your needs – flat or matte is best for walls – semi-gloss is better for trim and cabinets – and glossy finishes are ideal for areas exposed to water such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. You’ll also need to buy the necessary painting supplies and tools. Make sure to get painting trays, brushes, rollers, a ladder if you need it, and any other items that may be needed.
Preparing The Surface
Before you start applying paint or adding decorations to your walls, make sure your surface is properly prepared. If you’re working with an existing wall that has been painted before, make sure to remove any peeling or chipped paint and sand down any glossy areas. For a brand new wall or one covered in wallpaper, fill any holes with spackling compound, then sand the area until it’s smooth. Lastly, use primer over newly patched areas as well as on unpainted surfaces for better adhesion and more even coverage. Some important pieces of equipment to consider when preparing the surface include:
- Drop cloths: These are necessary to protect furniture and floors from paint splatter. You can choose from disposable, plastic, or canvas, depending on the size of your project.
- Painter’s tape: This helps with making straight lines and keeping paint off of windows, trim, and ceiling edges.
- Sandpaper: This is used for preparing the surface before painting. Choose between fine grit (180-220) for lightly sanding walls and rough grit (50-60) for removing peeling paint or wallpaper.
Painting The Room
Now that the surface is prepped, you can start painting! Start by cutting in the edges with a brush, then use a roller to apply paint to larger areas. To prevent lap lines and ensure an even finish, make sure to keep a wet edge when applying each new stroke of paint. Allow your walls to dry completely between coats and use painter’s tape to protect any areas you don’t want to be painted – such as windows or trim. Lastly, apply a top coat for greater durability and shine. If needed, use a second coat of paint for greater opacity.
Adding Decorative Elements
Once the walls are painted, you can start adding decorative elements based on your decor style, such as wallpaper, stencils, or wall decals. Wallpaper is a great way to add personality and texture to any room, but it should be applied by an experienced professional if you’re not confident with your skills. Stenciling is more time-consuming but offers a unique design that you can customize to fit your own e. Wall decals are also easy to apply and come in a wide variety of styles and designs. If you decide to go this route, make sure the surface is clean before applying them so they stick better.
- Mirrors: Mirrors are a great way to bring light and space into a room. They also make great conversation pieces. You can choose between framed or unframed mirrors, depending on the style of your room. And, you can find the ones that stick to the wall so you can make any design you want.
- Flowers: Of course, adding natural elements is always a great choice when it comes to decorating your walls. You can choose from artificial plants or use real ones if you have a green thumb.
- Paintings and prints: Paintings and prints are also a popular way to add color and texture to your walls. Choose art that speaks to you and complements the style of your room.
Once all the larger pieces are in place, it’s time to add the finishing touches! Hang curtains, add artwork, and arrange furniture around your newly painted space. Place area rugs for additional warmth and texture, as well as lighting fixtures for extra ambiance. Lastly, accessorize with smaller items such as plants, throws, pillows, and books that complete the look of your room. Now you can enjoy your freshly painted walls.
Painting and decorating your walls can seem like a daunting task, but with enough preparation and research, you’ll be able to give any room in your home a fresh new look. Make sure to measure the area before purchasing supplies, set aside enough time for the project, prepare the surface properly, use quality paint products, and add decorative elements that complement your existing décor. With these tips in mind, you’ll be one step closer to achieving beautiful results!
Thank you for reading!