Decorative painting for the home has been around for a while; starting from the time of the style-savvy ancients who first began adding murals and patterns to their walls, to today’s texturized wall finishes and glossy applications. There are various techniques that one may apply nowadays, from speckling to marbling. Most of the simple techniques are even ones that may be executed by the homeowner, provided he or she is willing to exert some effort. For those who intend to paint their interiors themselves, here are a few decorative painting tips that can be used.
Paint Selection and Primer
There are actually two main categories of decorative painting for the home interior. They are the oil-based and the water-based types. Take a look at samples of both kinds to determine which one you prefer when it comes to appearance. You should perform this activity before deciding on the kind of paint you will use moving forward.
After selecting and purchasing your paint, prime the surface of each wall you intend to paint. Failing to prime (or seal) a wall or bare surface can result in the surface retaining its porous quality. This can lead to your paint job not appearing as smooth as you like. When it comes to wooden walls, a second hazard arises if you do not conduct priming before painting. The natural resins of the wood may come out over time and eventually react with the paint, resulting in a broken and uneven surface. When painting a wall with primer, you can apply the primer evenly with a roller.
Be careful when applying primers that dry quickly. Once primer starts to dry, you may end up with bunched edges if you drag the brush across the half-dried surface. The advice for working with such primers is to simply work with a small area each time. The goal is to work an area in a time period that is so short it allows you to keep the edge of each primed area wet when you blend it with the adjacent, yet-to-be-primed space.
Ventilation and Proper Planning
Make sure that there is ventilation for the rooms you are about to paint. The particles from painting can be hazardous to your health if you are kept in a confined space with constant exposure to the fumes. Also, when planning to execute decorative painting inside your house, never forget to determine if you want to paint the ceilings too. If so, remember that you should paint the ceilings before you paint any of the walls.
Decorative painting can require quite a few tools and you should be sure to ask your local hardware dealer for only the highest quality items and products for your work. While it may prove tempting to cut corners when it comes to items such as paints and brushes, the fact is that you do end up getting what you pay for with such products. Low-quality brushes, for instance, tend to leave bristles on your walls. Low-quality paint leaves uneven applications. Remember to value quality in regards to decorative painting for the best end result possible.