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Tips for a great paint job, every time

Painting is one of the best ways to give your home a new, fresh look. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is enough to make your home seem as though it has undergone extensive renovations!

With Christmas just around the corner, no doubt many people are factoring in painting into their Christmas home cleaning plans.

But painting is about much more than just making a building look nice.

The type of paint you use can offer additional protection from dirt and grime or stand up well against the elements, an important feature in Trinidad's tropical climate.

So it is wise to give it some thought before starting your paint job to avoid expensive regrets later on.

TriniHelper will guide you on choosing the right paint types and colours and provide you with professional painters at affordable prices once you're ready to start your painting project.

Choosing the type of paint

One of the most common mistakes people make is choosing the wrong type of paint.

Yes, it isn't as simple as choosing a colour and go. There are different types of paint for different surfaces and conditions. Some paints are best for interior painting while others are best for outdoor house painting.

But before any new paint job, a paint primer must be used. Primer is an undercoat that is painted onto a wall before it is painted with coloured paint.

Primer serves to seal the surface so the paint does not soak into the wall when applied. Primer must be used when painting a surface that has never been painted before.

Once this is done and you're ready to choose a paint finish, you will have to decide between a flat paint, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss or gloss paint. Selection of the right paint finish is important to achieve the look, feel and durability that you expect from your paint job.

Each type has a different purpose.

A flat paint is best for surfaces that do not require frequent cleaning or washing. This is great for indoor surfaces such as living rooms or bedrooms.

Flat paints hide markings and imperfections on a surface quite well but has a dry, chalky appearance and is difficult to clean if it gets dirty.

On the other hand, satin and eggshell paints are advisable for areas that are prone to getting dirty. They are is commonly used on wood surfaces but can also be used on concrete. They are much easier to clean as spots such as fingerprints and other imperfections can be wiped away with a damp cloth.

Semi-gloss paint provides even more durability.

This type of paint is ideal for woodwork and cabinets and areas that are prone to moisture, though a mildew-resistant version should be used in this case. Semi-gloss paint cleans quite easily.

Gloss finishes however provide maximum durability and an attractive sheen.

Like semi-gloss, gloss paint is durable and scrubbable and is highly resistant to moisture. This type of paint is especially suitable for outdoor surfaces as well as kitchens and bathrooms.

Gloss paints however do not hide stains or imperfections well. Stains under the surface may still show through even after multiple coats.

Gloss paints are also more costly than flat or matte paints so you will want to ensure you are getting the most from your choice.

Selecting colours

Once you've made your decision on a type of paint, you can now decide on an appropriate color.

This all depends on your individual taste and preference but there are a few tips you can utilize to get the best possible outcome.

Colours can be calming or stimulating or even affect a person's mood. You want to be sure to select as colour that represents the feeling you want for each room.

For instance, in a bedroom, you want to choose a restful, mild colour and not something too bold and bright. Neutral colours would work well here.

As a rule of thumb, bright colours can make small spaces appear larger so these colours would work well in small bathrooms or closets. Darker colours will make your room look and feel cozy.

You can get creative with your painting and use different colours in one room. But be sure the colours you use complement each other.

One popular technique is the "accent wall".

Accent Wall

An accent wall is simply one wall in a room that is painted in a different colour from the remaining walls. This technique can be used in any room and can be a single bold colour, or a pattern like stripes, stars or any other design you choose. Your ceiling can be used as an accent wall, too!

Accent wall painting is one area you can let your personality shine through!

If you want to be sure your selected paints go well with your furniture or carpeting, don't be afraid to take a long a colour sample to the hardware for comparisons.

Once you've decided on your colour scheme for one room, you will have to decide on the other rooms in your home.

Choose a "colour palette" to work with throughout your home. This doesn't mean that you have to use the same colour in each room.

You can however use different shades of the same colour to create a "flow" through your home.

Or you can use several colours, making sure there is an aspect of each colour in each room.

For example, let's say you decide on green, blue and yellow. You can paint each room in one of the three colours but make sure there is an element of the other colours such as an accent wall or bordering, to create a cohesive look.

Another popular technique is using a "thread" of colour that moves throughout the home.

This could be a floor or ceiling border that is the same colour in all rooms or even window frames. This gives a feeling of continuity and personality in the home.

If you decide to paint each room in vastly different colours, you can still connect them by using carpeting that has an element of each colour throughout the house.

You must take lighting into consideration as colour can brighten or darken in each room depending on the light source. For instance, the same yellow paint will look bright in a room that receives a lot of sunlight through large windows but duller in a room that receives little natural light.

Now that you're ready to paint, TriniHelper is ready to help bring your artistic vision to life! Choose from our list of professional painters in Trinidad to meet your painting needs.

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