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Interior Painting Guide: Things to Consider before Painting your Walls

When you paint your indoors, it’s like you’ve sprinkled magic dust on your walls. The new coat of paint not only makes your walls look elegant, it also gives your home a makeover. That is precisely why a lot of thought needs to be put in before you undertake this task, for firstly, you’re going to be surrounded by the colour you choose for a fairly long time, and secondly, your choice of paint and finish can either make your interiors look extremely chic or extremely tacky.

So, before you launch into this transformational act, take some time out to ponder over these factors. This will help you make decisions you won’t regret later.


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Consider the Size of your Room:

The size of your rooms is an important factor to consider when selecting paint colours for your walls. If your rooms are small, you’ll be better off with light paint colours for such colours will make your rooms look spacious and airy. However, if you have cavernous rooms, opt for darker shades for they’ll suffuse your interiors with a warm, cosy appeal.

What’s the Room going to be used for?

When choosing paint colors for your walls, it’s also important to keep in mind the function of the room. This will give you a better idea about the feel you want to create inside the room. For example, if it’s a reading room, you’ll want it to be bright and airy and so, you should opt for brighter colors. On the other hand, if it’s the living room, you might want to create a warmer, cosier ambience and darker shades will be your best bet. The kitchen should be a lively place and bold colours will be perfect in here.

Factor in your Favourites:

After all, it’s your house, so it’s only fair that you choose colours that you like. If you can’t apply the exact shade, you can still settle for a variation. But, do have a chat with your family and take into consideration their favourites. This way, everyone will be happy with the colours indoors. If you don’t want to apply any of these shades in crowd-seating rooms, like the living room, you can always use these colours in other rooms that are more private.

Select the Right Finish:

Selecting the right finish is extremely important if you want your paint to last long. For example, matte finishes are ideal for hiding imperfections and hence should be used on walls that have very uneven surfaces. Glossy finishes, on the other hand, do not hide dents and imperfections very well, but are extremely durable and easy to wipe. Hence, they are ideal for walls that might need regular cleaning or for painting furniture.

Always Paint a Sample Section:

Always test the paint on a patch of wall before you begin painting. This will give you a better idea about the colour of the paint and how it’ll look on your walls. It’ll also give you a better idea regarding the finish and whether or not it looks good on your walls. Based on your findings here, you can either stick to your choice or opt for something different.

Don’t Compromise of Quality:

When it comes to selecting paints for your home, never compromise on quality. High-quality paints may be more expensive than their counterparts, but they also last longer than those cheaper versions. So, even though you have to shell out a few extra bucks, don’t hesitate to invest in high-quality paint. British Paints has some superior interior paints and emulsions. Made up of top-quality polymers, these paints give your walls a satiny smooth finish and last for years.

Well, these were a couple of pointers you must keep in mind before you start selecting paint colors or commence painting. These pointers will help you take stock of the situation and make smart, informed decisions.

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