If you don’t get it just right, it’s a sure bet those around you will notice all those tiny imperfections (you know, the ones you’re trying to avoid). Here are five top tips to give you a professional-looking painting project you’ll be proud of.
1. Get creative: Before we get into the nitty-gritty of painting those interior walls, take note – a blank canvas is the perfect time to get creative in your space. Transform your space with colour and texture with Dulux Design Concrete Effect in either Pale Elements or Onyx Edge. Enjoy the refined modern industrial textural effect of polished concrete by rolling on paint and trowelling off with steel trowel to achieve the look. Work in small sections to keep paint wet when trowelling, and apply three coats, which will enhance the depth and appearance of the finish.
2. Always prime your walls: All new walls should be sealed with a primer. If old paint has gone “chalky”, using a sealer will bind the existing coat and maximise paint coverage and sheen.
3. Use the W technique: The “W” pattern is used to spread the paint (without lifting your roller). Apply your “W” in the unpainted area, before reworking your freshly-coated wall. Repeat until all sections are complete.
4. Work with your floor colour: One of the most common errors people make in choosing a paint colour, is not taking into account the way wall colours will look against the colour of the floor. Also, take colour cues from accents in furniture fabric before selecting a hue for the space.
5. Ceilings come first: It’s probably common knowledge that you should paint your ceiling first, however, experts say many people forget to complete all coats when in a rush. It’s best to let the ceiling undercoat dry first, before taking on all of the other elements such as windows.