Is it time to shake things up in your home? Maybe your decor just isn’t sparking joy for you any longer. Painting your home is an easy way to change the look and feel of a room without adding too much cost. 

Here at Select Painting, we can get the job done for you. We can paint your whole house or just a few rooms. Get a free estimate today for all of your painting needs. 

You have decided to paint the inside of your house, and you are standing in the paint aisle trying to pick the right paint. Not only are there thousands of colors on the wall, but there are different finishes as well. How do you make the right choice? Check out our tips for painting a room, any room, in your home.

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What Paint Should You Pick?

Paint comes in several different finishes and is either oil or latex base. Latex is most commonly chosen because of its durability and easy to clean. Latex paint tends to be less likely to fade over time and is less likely to crack over time. 

Oil-based paint can be used to prime real wood moldings and trim because it seals any stains or knots in the wood. Oil-based paint does take a longer time to dry than latex paint does, so plan accordingly. 

Which Finish?

There are several different paint finishes that you can select. There are flat, eggshell, satin semi-gloss, and high gloss. It is essential when selecting a finish to keep in mind the purpose of the room. What room are you choosing it for, and how much traffic does the room get? 

For example, the more of a sheen the paint has, the easier it is to clean. High gloss paint is suitable for high traffic areas or maybe areas with children (i.e., a playroom). You will be able to clean the painted walls with a damp sponge easily. 

However, it does make any blemishes or imperfections on the walls more apparent, and in places like the living room, it could be an unpleasant choice because of the shine. 

Semi-gloss could be a better choice for your kitchen and bathrooms because it still provides excellent washability but has less of a sheen than high-gloss, so it is easier on the eyes. 

A satin finish is an alternative that has a satiny smooth finish. Satin is the right choice if you are looking for something that still has a little bit of a shine, so it will be relatively easy to clean but does not have the sheen of a gloss. 

If you are painting a wall with a lot of imperfections that you want to try to hide, you might want to select a matte or flat paint. The downsides to these finishes are that they are easily dirtied and do not stand well to being cleaned. Most of the time, a flat finish is picked to paint the ceiling because it is not commonly subjected to dirty hands. 

Eggshell is a finish that is picked for bedrooms most commonly because it hides imperfections like a flat finish but still has a small tiny sheen so it is more durable and can stand up to washing. 

Once you have selected the paint that you want for each of your rooms, it’s time to get home and come up with a plan on how you are going to tackle painting the whole interior of the house.

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Preparation

After removing all the furniture from the room, it is time to start prepping the walls for the paint. Preparation is the most important step if your looking for the easiest way to paint a room. 

It is also imperative to make sure that you are preparing each of the rooms for painting. First, you want to remove everything from the walls, including any outlet covers and HVAC registers. Then you will inspect the walls for any holes, cracks, dents, or imperfections.

Then you will want to spackle any holes or cracks, let them dry thoroughly, and sand any excess spackling smooth and ensure that any repaired surface is flush with the entire wall. 

Lastly, you will clean the walls with a damp sponge and allow them to dry completely before applying painters tape around the moldings, windows, door, and ceiling.  

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The Process 

Bedroom and Bathroom

The bedroom and the bathroom are the first places in the house that you will want to start. You will be able to get these two rooms done and over with early on. It will be slightly inconvenient to work around not having a bathroom to take a shower in for about a day or two while you wait for the paint to dry.

It will also be a little annoying to sleep elsewhere while you are working on painting the bedroom. The plus side of getting these two rooms done early on is that once they are finished, you will have a haven where you can shut the bedroom door to ignore the mess in the rest of the house and any of the odor from the paint. 

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The Kitchen

The next room you will want to tackle is the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the house and is one of the more used rooms in the house. You also won’t want to wait too long to get the kitchen painted because you will want to eat out instead of cooking if your kitchen is non-accessible.

The Living Room

The living room will more than likely be the largest area in your house and will be the most time-consuming room in the home to paint. Once you move everything out of the room, you can take your time completing the living room because you have already completed most of the other spaces. 

 Once you’re finished, you can move your furniture back into the room and enjoy your freshly painted room.

Laundry Room and Mud Room

Before starting your laundry room, you will want to wash your clothes and get them out of the laundry room, so they don’t end up smelling like paint. You will also want to keep from doing laundry for a day or two while you finish painting the room. 

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For any of your interior painting needs, you can trust Select Painting. We will work closely with you to create a space that inspires you and minimize your stress and frustration.