In our last blog, we talked about the planning and work which has to be done before a painting job begins. The next step is where the fun really begins. Paint color, textures, and patterns all add to the finished decor.
Choosing the paint
Choosing interior paint colors can be tough. Colors to match fixtures in the room like flooring, tile or cabinetry that will be around long-term are an ideal choice. Beyond that, a painting project can mean a long list of possibilities that can be fun to choose.
The most popular paints are acrylic latex. Oil paints remain a top choice but require more time to dry and are less practical for high-traffic spaces or rooms with lingering moisture, like bathrooms. Latex paints dry faster, and have multiple options that homeowners can choose from for shine:
Flat latex paints have no shine and are best to hide seams in drywall and avoid the glare of light sources.
Satin latex paints have a distinct shine and are ideal for camouflaging scuffs.
Gloss latex paints are the most durable and have an attractive sheen that many homeowners love.
Latex paint options also include finishes like anti-mold or a new plaster latex, which is designed to be more permeable for never painted walls.
As popular as latex paint is, switching from oil to latex (or vice versa) requires a primer first for the new paint to stick. Staining is also an attractive option for wood trim, however as wood ages stain is less efficient at giving surfaces a uniform look.
Options to add character when painting a room
Glazes layered over a solid color can offer a beautiful sheen that changes from different points in the room, and in a variety of lighting.
Texturing one color over another can be done with sponges, special rollers, or even cloth and plastic bags.
Stamps and stencils can open a world of possibilities with color play and designs around a room.
A painting company can add additional insights about texturing and pattern techniques. Most textures are painted onto smooth drywall surfaces; however, an expert can look at a surface and discuss possibilities unique to that space.
Coming with an idea already outlined of what techniques a homeowner might want will allow the painting company to give the most accurate quote from the start. Prices for interior painting will depend first on the square footage, and then on any techniques for a custom look.
After the job is finished
There will always be left-over paint, and so storage space should be predetermined for paint to be stored safely in case of touch-up needed over time. And although the initial drying period is usually twenty-four hours, paint can take up to 20 or 30 days to cure and be ready for regular washing.
Once a room has already been cleared out for a paint job, it's natural to see other rooms would benefit from painting. Working with the painting company to plan accordingly can make the painting project an even better improvement to the home.
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