If you have just moved into a new house and think that the walls require a new coat of paint or if you just want a change from the old colors, there are several things that you will need to consider before you decide on a paint. These following tips should help you choose the right kind of paint to buy and apply on your walls.
1. Choose the right finish.
If you have a wall that is irregular and filled with imperfections you want to hide, then you would be better off with a flat paint. However, flat paint is easy to damage and if you are painting in an area that gets a lot of traffic and is susceptible to damage and messes then you should go with high gloss paint which is more durable and easier to clean. Eggshell paint is also an option that will offer you some of the durability of high gloss paint while hiding some minor imperfections.
2. Choose the right color.
While choosing the right color you should consider not only if it fits the aesthetics of the room or passage but also more practical issues. While it is important that the color is one that will appeal to you over a long time and it works with the lighting and look of the room, it is also important to consider durability. Darker paints often last longer and show wear and tear much less than lighter paints.
3. Use sample paints.
Many paint manufacturers offer small sample cans of colors so that you can apply a stripe on your wall and see what it looks like. Use these; they will give you a better indication of how the color will look on your walls than color cards.
4. Use a primer.
It might seem superfluous, but a primer can contribute greatly to the look of the paint on your walls and its durability. A primer will seal the surface of the wall and the paint will hold onto the primer base for years. It will prevent flashing in case your walls are spackled.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to changing the look of your house or a particular room or even just restore it to its past glory. A new paint job can work wonders on the value and desirability of a house.