Types of Paints
Faux and Decorative Paint
Latex / Alkyd Hybrid
Architectural Details - Pearl, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Gloss and High Gloss
Features of Paints
Low / No VOC Emissions
Low / No Odor
Washable / Scrubbable
No matter what the latest trendy colors may be, if you don’t like them you won’t enjoy living with them. Remember that even neutrals can incorporate your favorite colors: for instance, grays can have blue, beige, green, or rose tones; ivories can incorporate varying degrees of yellow or tan.
Look to your upholstery patterns, window treatments, artwork, carpets, or tableware for color ideas. You might discover fresh color palettes that will complement the contents of the room.
Formal or informal? Stimulating or relaxing? Generally speaking, soft, cool colors and neutrals create a quieter feeling while strong, intense, warm colors create a sense of drama.
Natural daylight brings out color intensity. Incandescent lighting highlights warm tones and yellows, while fluorescent lighting casts a blue tone. It’s best to test the paint in the room where it will be used, noting how it changes according to light conditions, before committing to a complete paint job.
It’s particularly important to have a harmonious flow of color when rooms are open to each other. That doesn’t mean that adjacent spaces must be painted the same color: use a color wheel to find pleasing, complementary color combinations, or try using different values and saturations of a single color.
If some furniture cannot be removed, cover it with drop cloths. Don’t forget to take off electrical and light switch plates and to cover light fixtures.
Use a light detergent to wash soiled wall areas or those that may have an oily residue. Remove pen, crayon, and water stains with a heavier detergent and wipe dry. Wash doors and trim, particularly where they are handled. Make sure all surfaces are dry before you paint.
Use spackle to fill nail holes and cracks. Use caulk to fill trim work gaps. Remove loose or scaling paint with a putty knife. Sand all the repaired areas as well as glossy surfaces; remove the sand dust with a vacuum attachment and wipe with a tack cloth. Whenever sanding, always use a dust mask and safety goggles.
Cover the floors with drop cloths; assemble your paint and painting tools in a convenient place. Don’t forget painter’s tape, rags and paper towels, and a sturdy stepladder. Adequate lighting is a must, and you might need a bottle of water and some music as well. Keep your cell phone handy but away from the paint. Have fun!