Surely, bedrooms hold a special place in everyone’s heart. For a room that does such an important job of rejuvenating your energy, you’d want to make sure that your paint job does it justice. Here are some things you should keep in mind before you go ahead and paint your relaxation haven:
It’s Always Better to Sample First
By sampling the paint color in just a small square section of your bedroom wall, you’ll definitely be saving yourself a headache of repainting the entire bedroom in case you don’t like it. Your favorite color on paper can look different on your wall, or it just might not go well with the furniture or match your room aesthetic requirements. Make sure to leave the sample on for at least a day, so that you can observe how the light looks like during day and night. Also try to observe the color under natural lighting as it will reflect the true color instead of incandescent lighting, which can give your paint a blue hue.
The Type of Finish Can Make a Difference
A proper finish is absolutely necessary if you want your paint performance to be optimal. For adult bedrooms, flat or eggshell finish is the best way to go. These types of finishes hide surface imperfections, provide a smooth finish and are best suited with rich colors. It is ideal for the ‘low-traffic’ areas like the bedroom, where lots of activities aren’t done during the day. However, as a flat/eggshell finish is hard to clean, it might be best to use a more washable/ durable sheen like ‘satin’ for children’s bedrooms.
Preparing the Correct Way
When it comes to painting, the prepping time is not just limited to emptying up the room. Prepping also means cleaning your walls, putting up tape to sharpen your lines and using a cloth to cover up the floor and the furniture. As dirt and dust can interfere with the paint properly adhering to the wall, it’s best to clean your wall with warm, soapy water or a degreaser before you start painting. Then, you should use spackling to fill any holes or cracks in the wall. The primer comes next, as it prevents shiny spots on the wall, freshens it up and increases the adherence of the paint. Make sure to have the necessary accessories such as different sizes of brushes, a drop cloth, roller extenders, step-ladder, paint etc. in standby before you start painting.
Your Color Can Affect Your Mood
Your bedroom walls will be the first thing you see in the morning, so it might be best to give them a calming or motivating effect for you to jump start your day. Colors like blue and green will make your bedroom feel more relaxing and serene – perfect after a long day at work. Green is also known to reduce tension and muscle stress. On the other hand, if you want a mood-elevating color that could increase your energy level in the morning, opt for yellow or orange.
The Amount of Paint You’ll Require
Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that you don’t have enough paint in the middle of your painting project. While having too much paint won’t result in a similar response–why be wasteful when you can calculate the approximate amount beforehand? It will be easier for you to calculate the amount of paint required by measuring the square footage of your bedroom beforehand. Also keep in mind the number of coats you’ll be applying. Two coats are usually required when a primer is not used, but if it is used then one coat should suffice. Hate Maths? You can use this paint calculator to simplify the process! ( http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/paint-calculator)
The Time You’ll Spend Painting
Painting is a long process, and it might take more time than you think it will. Prepping can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the process. To reduce a bit of this part, remove all hardware such as hinges, cover plates, door knobs and light fixtures so that you don’t have to tape them. If you want to be as time-efficient as possible, use rollers instead of brushes. Or, you can even consider hiring a professional to save you time and frustration.