Learning how to paint a room is essentially important for DIY (Do it Yourself) beginners, first-time homeowners, and seasoned home decor professionals alike. After all, it’s not too difficult, not too expensive, and if something goes wrong, it’s easy to fix. But having a strategy is crucial before you grab your roller and begin applying your first layer. So to help you get started, we have listed down a DIY tutorial. Continue reading to discover how to paint a room and to understand step-by-step what you must do to ensure the success of your project.
1. Plan your approach
Start by considering the final product as a starting point, and keep in mind that you do not need to paint a room or four walls a single hue. Think of painting an accent wall a striking color or emphasizing moldings with a contrasting color or finish. Don’t forget to check your ceiling if it needs to be repaired or refreshen.
2. Choose your color
Browsing through pinterest for inspiration can be overwhelming. Firstly, you should determine the basic attributes of color first: Which shade would you prefer, warm or cool shade? You should also think about how the color will go with any existing furniture or artwork. Once you know what you want, choose a few colors and order samples. Many direct-to-consumer companies can also send you adhesive swatches that you can stick to the wall to have a better idea of shade.
3. Pick out your tools and materials
Every project is different, and depending on the paint you choose and the state of your walls, you can require different tools, but there are a few essentials:
- Paint roller
- Paint roller extension pole
- Drop cloths
- Paint tray
- Painter’s tape
- Putty knife
4. Determine how much paint you’ll need
According to the experts, the usual rule of thumb is one gallon per 400 square feet whether you’re painting the exterior of your home or a powder room. But that’s only a general suggestion: Use a paint calculator to obtain a more accurate figure, which you will undoubtedly require for major projects.
5. Prep the walls and the room
Before starting to paint, the most important thing is to remove all of the furniture from the room since you don’t want to ruin your favorite couch or the heirloom of your family. Push everything to the center of the room if you don’t have enough room to move it elsewhere. Apply a drop cloth or thin plastic sheeting to the pieces, the floor, and any cupboards or countertops that might be at risk from excessive splatter.
6. Pick your painting techniques
Make sure to have a plan in place before you begin. Your paint is mixed, and your roller is ready. Start with the ceilings and work your way down the room. Preparing a striking focus wall? First, paint the nearby, light-colored walls. Experts advise taping off the edge once the lighter wall has dried to prevent bleeding of the dark color onto the freshly painted area. Plan on three coats if you’re painting dark walls a lighter color to make sure nothing shows through: your primer, followed by two coats of the new color.
7. Don’t forget ventilation
It’s really no fun to observe paint getting dry. Open windows and use fans to ensure that your space is properly ventilated throughout the process. The professionals advise that keeping the room warm and using a fan will hasten the drying process. “The paint will take a lot longer to dry if it’s a moist day.”
Here’s an easy tutorial video for you in case you are really up to getting your hands dirty for your room!