The easiest way to give your home a brand-new look is by painting your walls. This, however, requires some preparation and decision-making about ensuring a good base, choosing the colours and finish, and more. While you may wish to try it yourself, the availability of Express Painting services by paint companies has made the entire process simple and efficient. Take a look at what you need to consider before painting the walls of your home or office.
Inspect the Interior and Exterior Walls
Since you are embarking on a project to enhance the beauty and elegance of your home, it is essential to inspect every corner and check for any kind of damage, cracks, dents, or surface imperfections. Additionally, some walls may have cracks due to the presence of moisture or seepage. So, inspect all the walls to identify what all needs to be corrected before painting.
The identified imperfections in the walls and other areas have to be fixed to prevent their reoccurrence and ensure the perfect finish when you paint. Depending on the nature of the defect this can be done by using a good crack-filler paste or putty product to fill and repair any gaps. The process of applying the crack-filler or putty is followed by letting it dry and using fine sandpaper to smoothen the areas. Finally, clean the walls with a damp towel. Also, do not forget to get any leaking pipes repaired to prevent seepage in the future. The use of good waterproofing material is also recommended to prevent seepage of moisture due to rain and other reasons. If the damage caused by seepage is extensive, it may even require repairs at the brick level which will call for re-plastering. However, it is worthwhile making this investment to protect your home, your valuable asset.
Choose the Painting Time
Paint generally takes some time to dry and so it is better to consider painting your walls when it is not raining and there is adequate sunshine with low humidity. Although modern techniques and tools help in ensuring quick drying of the walls, it is better to consider the weather conditions and then go ahead.
Tape the Trims
This step is essential to ensure that the painting is neat with clean lines and no messy edges. Taping the trims can not only cut down the painting time, since the painter does not have to be extra careful with the edges, but also ensure that no paint gets on surfaces you don’t want them to.
Use a Primer
The use of a good primer is a must for the proper adhesion of the paint to the wall surface. It also enhances the durability of the paint, besides protecting the walls. Primer is also useful in covering the existing paint colour on your walls. Using one of the products from the Berger range of interior paint primers will provide a solid base for the paint. These primers are suitably pigmented with micro-fine pigments and extenders that make them highly suitable for plaster surfaces. A primer can even be used in wooden and ferrous-metallic substrates. The use of good-quality primers that do not contain any metals and do not give off an odour is recommended for preparing your walls for painting.
Choose the Colours
Another aspect of painting your home is to choose the colours for the different walls. You need to choose between dark and light colours, bright or muted combinations, details like stripes or stencils, or specific designs and textures. The choice will depend on a lot of factors including the size and type of the room. You can check the colour catalogue of Berger Paints for interior walls or use a virtual painter tool to make an informed decision.
Choose the colour carefully keeping in mind the kind of energy you want in that space. You can go for shades of light blue if you are looking for a calm and serene environment or choose bright colours like yellow and orange to add a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm. White coloured walls are best for soaking in the sunshine and providing a tranquil environment.
Decide the Type of Finish You Want
Finalising the colour is not enough. You will need to decide what type of finish you want. You can choose from high-sheen, low-sheen, or matt finish. While hi-sheen finish paints look richer , they often highlight the imperfections in the walls. Flat paint finish can hide the imperfections but gets damaged quickly. You can choose from any of the best Berger paints for interior walls or Asian paints’ interior paints to get the best results and shine on your home walls.
Cover the Floor and Furniture to Prevent Stains
The painting will certainly involve some paint droplets falling on the floor and other items in the room. To avoid ruining your furniture and fixtures, ensure that you either remove them when the painting is going on or cover them well. Again, cover your floor surfaces with a large drop cloth or newspapers and seal the electrical points and switches with masking tape to avoid stains. This prep process is important for saving any extra effort required to clean them and remove the paint stains later on.
Preparing your walls for painting is a must to get the desired sheen and look. For the best results, choose professional services like Express Painting from Berger Paints. The entire process will be taken care of for you, from preparing the walls to cleaning up after the job is completed. All you have to do is sit back and relax till your home or office gets a fresh and exciting look.