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The paint sheen you select for interior painting depends on a number of factors. Paint sheens run a range from high gloss to matte. A safe or neutral choice is often eggshell or satin sheen for interior spaces. Paint sheen can vary from room to room and other spaces within your home. High gloss or similar semi-glossy sheens are generally fine for doors, trim, cabinetry, etc. For high traffic areas that could get touched or get dirty/greasy more easily, eggshell sheens make more sense. Matte is fine for the ceiling, since it’s easier to paint on and won’t be susceptible to dirt & stains up there (except for smokers & kitchen grease, etc.). Your Bonds Décor Ottawa paint specialist will be happy to work with you to select paint sheens.
This is perhaps the most difficult decision you’ll make with regards to your interior painting & remodeling projects. The colour you paint your walls is something that you’ll be looking at for a long time, many years! Paint colour sets the mood and the tone for your home. Not only do you have to be satisfied with the paint colour in the years to come, it’s worth at least thinking about resale – you may love a bold paint colour, for example, but a potential buyer could be turned off. The paint colour should go with your furniture, the overall design of your home, and with your tastes in general of course. If you really love a colour, hey, it’s your home and you should enjoy it. Many people choose a bold colour for an accent wall or for a smaller room. Your Bonds Décor Ottawa paint specialist will be happy to work with you to select paint colours.
Without going too complicated with the math, there are formulas to use to determine the amount of paint needed. This will also depend on the number of coats of paint you’ll be applying. Feel free to ask your Bonds Décor Ottawa paint specialist about how much paint you’ll need. A general rule of thumb is to divide the number of square feet of wall or ceiling space by the number of square feet a gallon of paint can cover. This second number can and does vary by paints. The paint company’s website should have this data available. We’d be happy to find out for you!
Before putting paint brush to surface, you’ll want to spend some time prepping the room(s) / area(s) that will be painted. This time is well invested so that you don’t get paint on furniture, linens, drapes or other items that are in the room. That doesn’t mean that you’ll have to remove every single item from the room or area before beginning to paint. Start by taking out the furniture; some items may be able to be placed in the middle of the room with drop cloths placed properly over the entirety to prevent paint stains, etc. The walls should have ample clearance from any appliances, accessories, etc. Got framed photos or art on the walls? You’ll want to remove those and fill in the holes before painting. Your Bonds Décor Ottawa paint specialist will be happy to work with you to go over essentials on prepping before painting.