The colour of your walls is the foundation of your makeover so you want it to be perfect, but choosing the right colours can be a daunting task. Follow these handy hints to achieve a colour scheme that’s right for you and your home:
• Start by sourcing inspiration from decorator magazines and online photo galleries.
• Acknowledge both existing and new furnishings and items that you want to incorporate into your home after the makeover
• Once you have an idea of the look you like, experiment using colour chips and sample pots at home to see what it looks like with your lighting, aspect and décor
• When choosing between whites, get a true reading of the underlying tone by holding a grey paint swatch next to it
Inspirations Colour Consultant Lisa Christie says, “How you use colour is personal and will vary depending on light levels in your home, the placement of doors and windows, floor coverings, existing objects and personal preferences. Your budget can affect your decisions if you’re unable to replace flooring or other expensive items, so get your priorities right before you get started”.
Specifying the Job:
Now that you have the perfect colour scheme, it’s time to specify the job so you know how much paint you’ll need before you get started:
• Decide how much of the house you’ll eventually paint, even if you’re not completing the project all at once, as paint gets cheaper per litre when you purchase bigger cans
• To work out how much paint you’ll need you have to find out how many square metres you need to cover. For the ceiling, just measure the room length and multiply that by the width. For the walls, measure the length around the room (perimeter) and multiply that by the height of the walls
Inspirations Paint & Colour store owner John Watkins says, “As a general guide it takes 2 litres for an average ceiling and 4 litres for the walls in an average sized bedroom if applying two coats”.
Getting the Job Done:
This is the last step in the painting process and where your planning comes to fruition. Breeze through this stage with the following tips:
• Painting is disruptive around the house as it can take a full day to complete one room, so it’s a good idea to complete one area of the house at a time
• Remove as much furniture from the room as possible and cover anything that can’t be removed with plastic drop sheets to protect from dust and paint splatters
• Wash down walls using a sugar soap, it will remove any dust and grime, allowing the paint to adhere to walls most effectively.
• Patch all holes and dints with appropriate filler and give all areas a sand before painting. Your local Inspirations store can help you choose the right filler and grade of sandpaper for your project
• When purchasing supplies, discuss your project in detail so your local Inspirations Paint & Colour store can help with the right products for the job from preparation to clean-up.
The biggest secret in painting is understanding that it takes time to do a good job. It might take a day, a weekend or weeks depending on the size of your job, but it’s important to take your time and do it right first time, otherwise you may end up being unhappy with the end result.