The ‘How to’ for Perfect Paint!

Painting a wall is the easiest, cheapest way to reinvigorate a space, brighten it up or dramatically alter its appearance. However, beyond deciding to paint your walls, the rest can seem a bit daunting. Use this step-by-step guide for painting interior space with latex paint (we’re leaving the latex vs. oil-based debacle out of this one!) to help guide you through your painting process. And before you know it, Voila! Gorgeous walls surround you!


1. Now the first step should always be: figure out what type of paint are you looking for, whether that be interior or exterior paint. Today we’re going to talk about interior paints, (exterior paint is another story for another day)! Below are some great interior paint ideas you may want to try and incorporate into your space:
*Eco-friendly paint: look for acrylic-latex paints containing low- or zero-VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), also look for low odors, and two other options are clay- or milk-based paints.
*Whiteboard paint, one source for this: www.ideapaint.com
*Chalkboard paint, two sources for this: http://bit.ly/I2V9E, http://bit.ly/2nO4Se
*Wireless signal protecting paint (Anti-Wi-Fi-paint), stay tuned on this!


2. Next up, selecting a paint color. This seems like it would be easy, but going into a store and looking at paint colors can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. The large amount of options, and shades and tints of colors can seem endless. When picking a color for a space, it is easier to use furnishings to help dictate where to start. Take the sofa for example. In a space, the sofa is a large piece of furniture that you will want to stand out rather than blend in with the background. Picking a paint color to emphasize your larger furniture pieces will help to give your space depth and form.
**Insider’s Tip!!**If you’re using Benjamin Moore paint, first look at the Historical Colors or America’s Colors (HC and AC). These paints tend to be a little bit grayed out and will in turn look a little bit more elegant on walls. I like to think of these generally as the “no surprises” paints.


3. After you’ve got your paint color selected and to avoid disappointment, I’m a big believer in “taking the car for a spin before you drive it out of the lot.” My suggestion would be to order a small sample of the paint so you can test it out on a couple of walls and see how it interacts with the interior and exterior light coming into your home. You may decide that you need to go a shade darker or lighter or that the color is not right at all. Although this may be time consuming or ANNOYING, this extra step will erase any future headaches and ensure satisfaction.


4. Once you have the final paint color nailed down, you have a few more decisions to make. One is what you’d like the finish on the paint to be. Here are some basic guidelines for selecting a finish:
*Flat: This finish produces a matte finish, with no reflective qualities! This is great for ceilings and low-traffic area spaces, and has a calming feel compared to the other finishes. So use this finish in areas like dining rooms, and bedrooms. Never use this in bathrooms, water stains will show!
*Eggshell (aka Satin): This finish produces a small amount of reflection, similar to that of an actual eggshell : ). This is more durable and stain resistant than flat finish so is better for the high traffic areas (hallways, living rooms, children’s rooms).
*Semi-gloss: As we move in sequential order, you can probably guess that this finish is even more durable than Eggshell, it’s easier to clean, has slightly more sheen, and is more stain resistant. Great for kitchens, bathrooms, wood trim and kitchen cabinets.
*Glossy: And guess what? Glossy finish is the hardest, most durable, most stain resistant, easiest to clean, and has the most sheen of all of the paint finishes. Ahhh, breathe. Again, this paint is great for kitchens, bathrooms, wood trim and cabinets, as well as doors, floors, stairs, handrails, etc, etc.


5. Before you get too far, don’t forget to pick up some primer. It’s cheap and will help you use less of your pricey stuff, and will of course give you the “cleanest” of color, with no funny red or blue undertones depending on what your current wall color is.

Now that we’re all educated, get painting! If you think painting the entire room seems like a bit much for right now, try out an accent wall, like the photo above. Stay tuned for more great tips!