When the walls of your home are in desperate need of a new colour, you might be tempted to just pick up a brush and go. But before you do, you should be aware of a few painting fundamentals that can save you valuable time and effort. Here we give our favourite wall painting ideas for the home that will help you create exactly the look you want.
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How to paint a wall: initial considerations
There are a few things worth thinking about before you start. Consider the following things and, if you’re ever in doubt, consult expert advice. Our expert tips on how to prepare a wall for painting can also help!
- Spend a bit of time choosing a paint colour for your home. If you’re looking for interior paint ideas, there are many inspirational resources online that you can use but think about what colours you like and how different shades make you feel. Yellows and reds, for example, are often associated with activity while blues and greens are more connected with tranquility.
- Get some samples and paint patches on your wall. This will allow you to compare how they each look in different lights. Live with the paint patches for a few days or weeks to really see how you feel about the different shades.
- Purchase enough to cover the required space. This can be more than you think so if in doubt, ask the experts at your local DIY store. You'll need to measure your walls and work out the total square footage for this. Remember you'll often need 2 coats of paint per wall.
- Sand down any rough edges. This applies both on the wall and any places where holes have been filled in. This will give your paint job a much smoother finish.
- Wash and sand the whole wall. This will remove dirt and dust from the surface before you paint it which helps ensure a professional and even finish.
- Make sure you have all the equipment you need before you start. This includes different sized paint brushes and rollers, a tray to put the paint in, cloth covers, overalls and masking tape.
Steps to paint a wall and tips
Want to do some DIY wall painting? Here’s our step-by-step guide:
- Clear the room - you don't want to drip paint on your furniture!
- Lay down a sheet to protect your carpet or floorboards. You may want to attach it with a little tape.
- Clean your walls - you can use soap and water or sugar soap for this.
- Allow to dry and then sand the surface slightly. For new or relatively smooth walls, you may be able to skip this.
- Use masking tape to cover the edges to ensure a straight line.
- Dip the brush into the paint, remove the excess, and paint away! Paint the edges first (known as cutting in) then paint the main wall one section at a time. It will be quicker to use a roller than a paint brush for large sections.
- Clean your tools and home surfaces with a multipurpose cleaner like Handy Andy when finished for the day.
A few handy painting wall tips:
- Use a small brush to paint any detailed areas and around edges - this gives a more professional finish.
- If the room has a trim or skirting board, always paint that first.
- Cover light switches with tape before you start to prevent any splashes here.
Paint can produce nasty fumes, so be sure to keep the windows and doors open while you do it and don’t sleep in freshly painted rooms.
Wall painting ideas
If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, these out-of-the-box ideas are exactly what you need:
- Stamped wall: if you enjoy stamping, take it to a larger scale by stamping a design on your wall. Geometric designs with stamps made from crafts foam are just one option you can try.
- Accent wall: bring attention to your wall by crafting patterns, such as a herringbone pattern with a whitewashed finish.
- Wall mural: introduce a touch of whimsy and an up-to-date look with a mural. How about a two-colour forest design or even a verbal motif that contains a motivational message?
It’s so satisfying to paint the rooms in your house. Now sit and admire your good job!