Tips for Painting Your Home

Woman is painting home

A fresh coat of paint can make your home feel brand new. Changing the wall colour can bring new life into your environment, but painting your home can be a big undertaking. Here are some  tips on painting a room that will help you turn your house into a dream home.

Indoors or Outdoors?

One of the most important tips for painting your home is to use the right type of paint. If you try to paint the outside of your home with paint created for indoor use, your paint job will warp, crack, and fade in the sun. 

Start High

Man is painting home ceiling

Another of our most important painting tips and tricks: If you plan on painting the ceiling, paint that first. That way, you don’t get blobs of colour all over your freshly painted walls. Be sure to have a dropcloth down over your floors to protect them, too. 

Check the Finish

Not all paint has the same finish, which refers to the sheen or shine of the paint when it is dry. There are several different levels of finish, including flat, matte, eggshell, pearl, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. The finish can affect the way your home’s color is perceived and how it looks in the light, so make sure you have the finish you want before you start painting. 

Use The Right Tools

Brush and tools for painting your home

The brushes and tools you use to paint your walls are important for making sure that the paint goes on smoothly and dries without streaks or brush strokes. If you are taping off any areas, make sure to use painter’s tape– and make sure that it isn’t too old and that the adhesive is fresh. Old tape can peel away too soon, ruining your straight lines.

Alternatives to Paint

If you want to dress up your home but don’t want to paint, you have other options! Here are some decorating tips and tricks for changing the way your home looks without paint.

Wall art can add new colors and change the environment of your home. Wall art is easy to change in and out, so you can make a new selection whenever the mood takes you.

Woman is choosing the wall art

Wallpaper is another way to change the way your walls look. A botanical-inspired wallpaper can bring a natural element to your home, while a textured wallpaper can add a fun, fresh touch of modern inspiration. 

For more painting and decorating tips and inspiration, check out the Homeloft blog!

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