Color can dramatically change the mood of your space and painting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve the look of your home. However, there are a few things you need to do before diving into that paint can! So we’ve laid it all out, here’s everything you need to know before painting your wall.
1) Test the Paint Color
Be adventurous! Try paint samples of vastly different colors to see what feeling you’d like to create in your room. Paint a patch of each color on different areas of your wall and leave it for a few days. See which color you are most drawn to after a week. You might be surprised that an unexpected color captures your eye.
Dark colors add depth and are great for large rooms with high ceilings. For smaller spaces opt for a brighter, lighter color to make the room feel more open.
For tips on how to match colors and how to create a specific mood, download our free Color Fundamentals design guide.
2) Purchase the Correct Materials
First determine how much paint you need. Here is a useful paint calculator by Benjamin Moore to help you figure out the quantity you need. If you are painting over another color you may need to purchase primer which will save you money from buying more of your expensive colored paint. Approximately two coats of paint is needed if you don’t use primer.
Pay attention to the paint finish! High gloss finishes are easy to clean and extremely durable but can show imperfections on your wall. Flat finishes get dirty easily and are susceptible to damages. Eggshell finish is typically the most popular. Lying between flat and high gloss, it combines the best of both!
If you are painting trim it’s best to use a high gloss to create a contrast against the wall and it will be easier to clean off the dust that accumulates near your floor.
Finally, don’t forget to take a paint stirrer and purchase a paint tray, the correct amount of drop cloths and a paint key to open your paint cans.
Pro tip: It’s worth it to spend money on proper supplies like roller extenders and paint brushes for a clean, effortless finish.
3) Prep Your Space
Move furniture away from walls to the center of the room and drape a cloth over top. It’s much easier to paint a space if you take time to move large items ahead of time.
This might sound unnecessary but take the extra step to wipe down your walls. Dust, dirt and oils from hands build up over time, especially the baseboards. Wiping them off will help the paint adhere for a smooth finish.
Fill in the the cracks or holes with spackling, remove light switch and plug covers and tape your walls.
4) Brush Before Rolling
Use a high quality brush and rub it against your hand to loosen the bristles. Begin by painting the edges, along the tape and corners with your brush where the roller will not reach. After, use the roller, which will flatten out any raised marks left behind from the brush.
Roll the paint in a large “M” or “W” pattern working from top to bottom to fill in the paint. Then move to another section and repeat the same pattern.
Pro tip: Evenly distribute paint on your roller. Over saturating it with paint can lead to unsightly drips as the paint dries.
Get your design on.