Last Chance to Paint Before Winter

With a chill in the air and blue sunny skies, autumn is a great time of year to undertake a painting project. Inspirations Paint & Colour has some handy hints and tips on colour selection, surface preparation and paint application to make the job easy.

Colour Selection:

To make choosing a colour a slightly less daunting task, start by getting a feel for the look you like by browsing home magazines and online photo galleries, such as

It is important to keep in mind that many factors such as aspect, lighting and the architectural style of your home will impact your colour selection. To get an idea of which colours look best in your home, hold paint colour chips up against the walls, floor and soft furnishings. For an even better indication, try experimenting with sample pots by painting large pieces of cardboard (instead of your walls) in your chosen colours and placing them on different walls in the room.

If you are really struggling, consider working with a qualified colour consultant to develop the perfect colour scheme for around $200. Check out for more information.


Before you touch the paint, it’s important to prepare the space and surface to protect furniture and to ensure you achieve a perfectly smooth finish:

1. Clear the space: move your furniture to the middle of the room and cover with drop sheets
2. Cover your floors: old linen may be too thin, opt for plastic or canvas drop sheets
3. Clean surfaces: wash down all walls, ceilings and trims with sugar soap and water
4. Protect fittings: use blue painters masking take (which removes easily) around light fittings, cupboards or any areas where you dont want to get paint.

Paint Application:

Here are some hints and tips to get you started.

Where to start?
The key to painting is working from the top down. Doing this allows you to paint over any drips and ensures you won’t scuff painted walls with your ladder. Begin with ceilings before moving onto the walls. Then paint the trims and then windows and doors before finally painting the skirting boards.

Brush vs Roller
A roller saves time and gives a smoother finish for broad walls, however always cut-in with a brush around trims, corners and edges. Don’t wait too long after cutting-in to paint the main walls, or else the cut-in areas will remain visible as an ugly border around the wall, also known as ‘picture framing’.

How to use a Roller
Starting at the top of the wall, paint in angled strokes like the letter ‘W’ so that you achieve an even coverage without lines. Be sure to overlap the wet edge of the previously completed area. When taking a break, wrap your roller in glad wrap so that it doesnt dry out between coats.

How Much Paint Will I Need?
Most interior broadwall paints will cover at a rate of 16m² per litre, which is 8m² for two coats. To work out how much paint you’ll need, simply measure the height and width of each wall then use an online paint calculator to determine the quantity of paint required. Check out Inspiration Paint's Paint Calculator which also gives you an approximate cost.

For more help and advice on colour selection, preparation and painting products and application techniques, visit

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