Painting is one of those home decorating projects that will either make or break a room. It is all the little details and imperfections that draw the eye and those are what professionals are excellent at hiding through expert technique. Here are three of those tips to help you make your next paint project look as though you hired a professional.
Consider Painting the Ceiling
Probably the most over looked space in any room when it comes to decorating is the ceiling. This neglected area plays a large part in keeping your home dry, warm, and safe, yet it is often forgotten when the time comes to paint; which is a substantial mistake.
The first reason to always include painting the ceiling when painting a room is so that the entire room looks fresh; whether you have flat or popcorn ceilings they ultimately begin to look worn and dirty over time. When you paint the walls without painting the ceiling all of the wear and tear of the ceiling is actually highlighted creating an incomplete look to your paint job.
The second reason is that when you skip painting the ceiling you are missing out on potential decorating detailing that can change the entire feel, shape, and size appearance of a room. For example, if you have a tall room and want to bring the ceiling down to create a warmer atmosphere try painting the ceiling in a dark color. This provides the appearance of the ceiling being closer. If the room is smaller, use a light color to open the room up more.
Use the Proper Roller
Not just any roller will do. Rollers come in a variety of different nap thicknesses that are meant to work with specific wall textures, and types of paint. If you are having problems with streaking paint, or transparency the chances are that you are using the incorrect roller head for the paint and surface that you are painting.
It is also important to know what kind of finish that you are going to be painting over, since this will directly affect the way in which the paint rolls on the wall. If you don’t know which paint or roller heads to use in combination with your wall’s current finish ask the paint expert at your home center to point you in the right direction, they will know which finishes work best together.
Avoid Picture Framing
Picture framing is what professional painters call the unwanted line that appears where the roller meets the cut in line. This effect can be avoided by using two techniques. The first is really more of a rule of thumb than it is a technique; which is do not wait for the cut in paint to dry completely before you paint the rest of the area. Painting the main area while the cut paint is still moist assists the paint in blending together properly so that there are no unwanted lines.
The second technique is to be sure that your roller overlaps the still moist cut in paint by a half an inch to an inch to provide a wider blended edge. This creates a better transitional point that will hide any possible lines more thoroughly.
Using these three tips that professional painters and interior designers use when you paint your next room will assure that your new décor looks as though you hired a professional to do the work for you.