Whether a weekend project is going to freshen up one room or two, painting is a relatively easy process. For anyone thinking about painting a room, one of the hardest things is to decide on the exact color. Here are some tips to make your painting project go smoothly.
How Much Paint Should You Buy?
Typically, a gallon of paint should cover up to 350 square feet. This can vary if a homeowner is attempting to paint a light color over a dark one or patterned wallpaper. Some paint jobs take two coats just to pick up the color you see in the swatches. Keep that in mind when purchasing paint.
A great way to estimate how much paint you need is to measure the rooms by taking their length, height and width. Then deduct for any door or window measurements. Online , you can find free paint calculators where all that’s needed are the measurements and this can help to confirm how much paint you need. Generally, most paint jobs will need about two coats of paint, so that means if the paint calculator indicates 1.5 gallons are needed, make it 2 gallons. That way if there’s a little extra left over, it can be used for touch-ups.
What If You’re Painting Trim a Different Color?
One of the first things to do is to get an idea of the colors in the room with accessories to decide what colors should stand out. The goal is to find similar colors in different hues. Next, look at swatches of paint that are in the same family. Check out lighter and darker shades.
The trim doesn’t need to match in every room, but it should be neutral. If someone is standing in an area where they can see trim from various angles, they want to see neutral colors, similar shades or exact, just no crazy patterns.
As it relates to doors, paint should only be on the room side of doors, so paint doesn’t have to be on both sides. Just close the door and paint everything that’s in that room. Window frames can be in a lighter or neutral color as long as they are color coordinated and help to enhance the look of the room. A key point to remember, though, is that non-white trim can be very dramatic.
The colors are the backdrop while the furniture is the main focus. The wall color and trim should not overpower the furniture in a room, but pick up subtle hues to enhance it. It is fine to deepen the trim if wall color is already dark. When using lighter colors for the trim, don’t go with bright white as this can make walls look cheap.
What About Painting the Ceiling?
Don’t paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or the room will look boxed in unless the trim will be painted lighter which can give the room a rich look, but this should be carefully considered in advance. Ideally, if the ceiling is white, that should be fine as it will give the room more depth.
Ultimately with painting, while it might take two gallons to get through that weekend project, painting can be a lot of fun. It’s trying to pick the right colors that takes time. Of course, you can always repaint if you need to. For more information, tips and pointers, check with Irish Accents and Renovations.