Just like any other project, choosing the perfect paint for your room can be considered an important task. Why not, when it is going to be your sacred sanctuary—your personal haven and retreat after a hard day’s work? Sometimes, we tend to get very excited that we rush into things, leading to wrong decisions.
To ensure you will not regret your choices and turn your project into money well-spent, here are questions you should ask yourself before making a run to that hardware store:
- What type of surface will be painted?
Is it wood, metal, or concrete? Different surfaces require different types of paint. It is best to know which one to use to ensure that it will last longer and provides good adhesion. New or fresh surfaces also require a system coating. Ask help from your painter or sales attendant which ones are needed.
- Am I sensitive to paint smell?
If you are, look for water-based paints or those with low VOC (volatile organic compound). VOCs are the smell that emits from the paint as it dries. Water-based are easily to clean and often environment-friendly. You would benefit more from this type of paint for your interior room.
- Is there a certain theme, ambiance, or personality I would like my room to have?
This would be your basis when picking the color combination for your paint. As they say, colors stimulate certain emotions. I suggest you do your research on-line first so you can picture how colors go side by side. Apart from the fixtures, paint color has a lot to do in achieving the total look that you want.
- Would I like to make my space look bigger or smaller than it actually is?
Light colors make the room larger. That is why it is often used in living room and dining areas. Meantime, darker or cooler shades are perfect in bedrooms because they provide the cozy, intimate surrounding that you need.
- Is it going to be a “busy” room where a lot of activity will take place?
For the children’s play room, or in areas where you often receive guests, glossy paints are recommended simply because it is easier to clean and more resistant to stains. Further, the sheen allows the light to bounce within the room, making it bright and livelier.
These are 5 quick and simple questions that will go a long way in term of savings and headache. The amount of time you will spend in answering them is minimal compared to the hassles you are bound to face if you don’t keep them in mind. With your checklist in hand, now you have every reason to be excited about your painting project.