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It is entirely up to you. However, if you want to keep your walls looking as fresh as the day they were first painted, then follow these guidelines for the different rooms in your home:
- Living Room & Dining Room
- If durable, high-quality paint is used, and you consider wear and tear on your walls, then it is best to repaint these rooms every 5 to 7 years.
- Kitchen, Bathroom & Laundry Room
- o Food splatters and messy fingers on kitchen walls, along with moisture in the bathroom and laundry room cause these rooms to need to be repainted more often than the living room and dining room. Using durable gloss paint on trim and satin paint on walls will help you get the most out of your paint job. Still, it’s best to repaint these rooms every 3 to 5 years.
- Adult bedrooms usually see the least amount of wear on their walls so you probably won’t need to repaint until you decide to change up the colour. Kids’ bedrooms are a different story, since they use their rooms for both sleep and play and the walls can take a beating in the process. Use an eggshell or satin sheen paint in kids’ bedrooms to get the most out of your paintjob. Still, these rooms generally need to be repainted every 2 to 3 years.
- Hallways and corridors are walked through more than any other space in your home. You will most likely find more dents, scuff marks and other wear and tear on your walls here than in any other space in your home. Use durable paint to protect your walls as best you can, but still consider repainting your hallways every 2 to 3 years.
Winter is the best time to paint your house interior for a few reasons:
- Time off during the holidays gives you plenty of free time to do the job.
- If you have the free time at home, you might as well put it to good use!
- Professional help can be cheaper and more flexible.
- Winter time is typically an off season for professional painters. Some contractors may even charge less for their services during this downtime. Not only that, but since contractors are less busy during the winter months, they may be more willing to work around your schedule rather than you working around theirs.
- Paint dries faster in the winter time.
- The warmer temperatures from late spring to early fall usually bring extra humidity in the air. This moisture causes wet paint to dry more slowly. Winter air is cold, crisp and dry. If you paint your interior and crack a window for ventilation, you’ll find your paint dries very quickly.
- It can save you time.
- If you are planning any other home improvement projects for the coming year, you can get your interior painting out of the way early giving you more time to focus on other projects when the weather warms up!
It is best to wash your walls with at least a mild detergent and water before painting. Most high-quality paints are made to bond well to almost any surface, but they work best when the surface is perfectly clean and smooth.
Yes, you should use primer when painting or repainting your walls. If you don’t use a primer, you risk your paint job looking blotchy, cracking and peeling. Primer will ensure your paint adheres evenly and stays put. Use one coat of primer when:
- Painting any colour over a white wall
- Using a tinted primer that matches the shade of your new paint
- Painting unfinished drywall or plaster
- Painting unfinished wood walls
- Painting over a dark colour with a lighter one
Use two coats of primer when:
You can skip using a primer if you decide to use a self-priming paint.
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.