New House Interior Painting
"Your home home should be a reflection of how you want to live now and for the next phase of your life" says Martha Stewart! Of course picking the right paint is crucial for that!!
What's great about painting the inside of your new Reality home is that you can do it before the trim and carpet and other finishes go in. Of course this is job you can hire out, however they might just spray one color and also not use the best quality paint.
What kind of paint for your new house?
Giving consideration to this early in the process of building your home can save you time later. Each room will need different types of paint. Here are some things you may consider.
Kitchen and bathrooms - you would use semi-gloss for durability as well as easy clean up
Family rooms and bedrooms - Satin would be the finish of choice because of its elegant look as well as being easy to clean
Hallways and dining rooms - you use eggshell or flat.
When you purchase the paint be sure you ask questions. You want paint that has good coverage (which means fewer coats) and good consistency so there are no streaks. Saving time and hassle is worth paying for a better brand!
What color paint should you use?
The paint store can be overwhelming! There are hundreds of hues, many shades of gray and not all whites are white! Yet you want to think about mood and a cohesive palette! How do you do it?
Sample: Consider bringing home a few paint samples to see what they look like on your wall and over the course of a few days you can check out different lighting and see what your favorite is! Look to companies like Pottery Barn - they have a partnership with Sherwin Williams. Restoration Hardware or Crate and Barrel catalogs may have ideas for you. Their own designers focus on a few tried and tested neutral colors that appeal to just about every taste!
Accent wall: This is where you can really make a statement! Pick a color that appeals to your lifestyle! Want to evoke a certain emotion? Try a shade of orange for a fun, easy going room or a shade of blue for a calming, positive energy! Check this page out to see what "mood" you are setting!! Don't forget an accent wall can be your ceiling also!
Ready to Paint
Gather what you need: Tools of the trade are roller brushes, paint trays, drop clothes or old sheets, poles or step ladder and finally, painters tape or try a straight edge. And don't forget the best of all, a few pizzas and good friends!
Now this is where you should spend a little - get a good quality brush. This will ensure the walls are streak free and no bristles will be stuck in your paint! Angled and about 2 inches wide will just about do everything you need a brush for painting!
The experts recommend you start with about 3 feet of wall at a time. Rolling the letters N, W or X... Then filling in gaps as you go along, being aware of not spreading the paint so thin that there is uneven coverage or so thick that there are drips.
Now you edge in corners and around the Windows! There are many YouTube videos with helpful tips! Make sure you allow the recommended dry time before the second coat. Then you go around the room to do your touch ups! In between paintings you can cover paint brushes and rollers with plastic bags! They will be fresh and moist ready to paint with the same color when your ready to get at it again, and this eliminates unnecessary clean up. Make sure you clean your brushes thoroughly when you are done! Storing them in the fridge in a plastic bag will ensure their flexibility!