Your bedroom is your personal retreat, a haven in your own home. This is the one area of the house that you will see every single day. It’s the first thing you will see in the morning and the last thing you see at night before retiring. No matter what type of interior design is used, painting is going to be important. Interior painting can be one of the least expensive home remodeling projects, especially if you do it yourself.
What Color to Paint?
Perhaps the most important decision will be the color choice used in the bedroom. This can be tricky in this room since it serves dual purposes. It’s important that you create a place to relax, however you will also want something that will help you get moving in the mornings. Color schemes should be kind of mid stream as you do not want something that is too dark and oppressive. Remember when you are considering the interior design, that you can be creative. Give yourself some leeway; look at lots of colors without discarding any up front. Once you narrow it down to a few colors that will work well with the décor, get a few samples to see what works best with the available lighting. Relax and enjoy the process, the very worst that can happen would be if you didn’t like the color once you’ve finished. In that case you could simply repaint it.
Types of Finish
For the bedroom it is very likely that any type of finish will be acceptable. However, different finishes can offer various effects. If you want the bedroom to look elegant such as for a master suite or a guest room, choose a flat or matte finish. This type of finish conceals blemishes so it can be an excellent choice. A satin or eggshell finish is a great choice for bedrooms with lots of traffic such as a kid’s room since they are easily cleaned. For bedrooms which have lots of woodwork or wainscoting, use a semi-gloss finish.
The Planning Stages
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of any home remodeling project – give yourself plenty of time to complete the project. Allow at least one day for prepping the area and getting it ready; and another to do the painting. If you try to do it all in one day, it is likely that you will want to cut corners which can end up being costly in the long run.
Preparing to Paint
If it is possible, remove all furnishings and other items from the room before painting begins. If they cannot be removed, you will certainly need to cover them with drop cloths. The same is true for the floor. Try to place the drop cloths as close as is possible to baseboards and depending on the type of flooring you may want to tape it off. Remove all electrical outlet covers, light switch plates, hardware and removable fixtures.
Prep the Walls
Before painting begins it is imperative to properly prepare the walls. Remove any flaky paint with a scraper and clean any debris away from cracks or holes by using a vacuum cleaner or a dry paintbrush. Depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, you will usually want to wash the walls before painting begins. Just be sure to allow them to dry thoroughly before you start painting. Inspect the walls to see if there are any areas that are in need of repair. Small surface cracks and holes can be filled in with putty using a putty knife. Make sure to use the edge of the putty knife to smooth out the surface once it is filled in. Once the putty has dried and everything is taped off let the painting begin.