Whether you're a novice painter looking to spruce up your home or a professional seeking to brush up your skills, you've come to the right place. At Horner Painting, we've painted our fair share of homes, both inside and out! We’ll break down the basics of interior painting, from selecting the right colors and types of paint, to the correct way to prep your space and apply your chosen shades. Our goal is to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to transform your living spaces with confidence and creativity.
Painting can be a fun and rewarding DIY project if you're up to the task. It allows you to have complete control over every detail including the timeline, color choices, and finishes. DIY painting is also cheaper than hiring a professional, however, the tradeoff is usually quality. That's because in order to achieve that crisp, clean finish, you have to have years of experience and professional training. Lack of proper technique can lead to visible brush strokes, drips, and inconsistency in sheen or color.
Although doing your own painting can be a challenge, with the right preparation, patience, and a willingness to learn, you can achieve great results. It also helps to have a little guidance from the pros! Keep reading for some useful tips and tricks from the interior painting professionals at Horner Painting.
Perfectly painted walls not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but they also act as the backdrop to your furniture, decor, and personal style. The right paint type for your particular project will depend on the material being painted, the expected wear and tear, and your desired finish.
Color selection can feel overwhelming with endless options available. Start by considering the mood or atmosphere you want to create in the space. If you want to create a calm, peaceful ambiance, opt for cool colors like blues and greens. For a warm and welcoming vibe, go for shades of red, orange, or yellow. Neutral colors such as white, grey, or beige are flexible options that easily match with various decor styles. Use color swatches or try a paint visualizer tool to see how a color will look in the overall room before making your final decision.
If you choose to work with a professional painter, don’t hesitate to reach out for their help and guidance in choosing colors. At Horner Painting in Fort Collins, Colorado, we provide free color consultations that involve reviewing color swatches and even applying paint samples so you can see what a particular color will look like in your home.
Properly preparing your home’s interior for painting is arguably as important as the actual painting itself. A well-primed canvas lays the foundation for a fantastic artwork; similarly, a well-prepared wall surface can make a considerable difference to the final results of your interior house painting.
Brushes come in various sizes and types, each designed for specific areas and finishes. Choose a smaller, angled brush for detailed work like cutting in around trim and larger brushes for wide surface areas. Brushes are made of either natural or synthetic materials. Choose brushes with natural bristles for oil-based paints and brushes with synthetic bristles for water-based latex paints.
For fast, even painting, make sure to choose the right paint roller. First, although tollers can be made out of natural or synthetic materials, synthetic is the better choice for most interior painting projects. Among the options available for synthetic rollers, consider knit rollers for flat and eggshell finishes and woven rollers for satin and semi-gloss. It’s also essential to get the correct nap length. In general, the shinier the paint and smoother the surface, the shorter the nap length should be.
A crucial part of the painting preparation process includes fixing cracks, scuffs, and holes in the walls because they compromise both the aesthetics and longevity of your paint job. Deep cracks and holes need to be scraped out and filled with patching compound. Once the compound has dried, it should be sanded down so that it is flush with the wall surface. By devoting time to these repairs, you ensure a smooth canvas for the paint to adhere to that will enhance its durability and appearance.
It's essential to clear the room of furniture or, at the very least, move it to the room’s center away from the walls. This precaution helps prevent paint from accidentally staining your furniture. Also, cover the floors and any remaining furniture with drop cloths, plastic, or old sheets. This protective measure is imperative to safeguard your flooring and furnishings against drips or spills of paint. Granting yourself the freedom to work without the fear of causing stains can make the painting process much smoother.
Next, you’ll want to remove any hardware attached to the walls. Light switches, outlet covers, and vent covers are just a few examples. This step ensures you won't accidentally paint over them, resulting in a messy and unprofessional look. Use screwdrivers to loosen and remove these items, then tape over the openings for safety. Be sure to store the removed hardware in a safe place so they can be easily found when it's time to put them back.
The final step in preparing for interior house painting is applying painter's tape. Painter's tape provides clean lines and prevents the paint from bleeding onto your trim, ceiling, or other areas that will remain unpainted. Carefully apply the tape along the edges of the area you intend to paint, ensuring it is straight and firmly pressed down to avoid any seepage. Make sure the edges of the tape align with the edges of the trim to achieve that professional, crisp finish.
Perfectly painted walls not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but they also act as the backdrop to your furniture, decor, and personal style.
Choosing the right time to paint is a critical aspect of the paint preparation process as the timing can influence the quality and efficiency of your painting job.
Begin painting your room from the top and work your way down. This allows you to catch any drips or spatters on the still unpainted areas below. Use a roller paintbrush for larger surface areas and a small brush or roller to fill in the edges along the molding.
Start painting the walls from one corner and move horizontally across the wall. Use a roller brush for the majority of the wall, and a smaller brush or edger for tight spots around doors, windows, and moldings.
The trim includes door and window frames, baseboards, crown molding, and other decorative elements. Use a smaller, angled brush for more precise application. Once the trim is completely dry, carefully remove the tape.
If necessary, apply a second coat of paint (after the first has fully dried), ensuring you follow the same order - ceiling first, then walls, and finally the trim.
Clean your brushes, rollers, and paint trays immediately after painting each section. Keep windows open during and after painting to help speed up the drying process and ventilate the room.
Have additional questions? Prefer to leave the painting to the experts? Give us a call! Horner Painting has been painting homes and businesses all accross Northern Colorado for over 20 years. Call today for a free estimate!