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What to Know Before Your Next Interior Painting Project

Steps to Properly Plan Your Project

There’s nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint to change the look and feel of a room. Interior painting is often the most effective way to refresh and redecorate your home decor. However, before you run out and buy a brush and a can of paint, plan accordingly following these tips:

Choose Your Colours

Choosing your paint colours can be the best part of interior painting. However, it can also be quite overwhelming. The right paint colour makes all the difference and choosing the right one the first time, means you won’t have to do the job twice.

You will also want to consider the following:

• Latex or oil based?

• Is low or free of volatile organic compound (VOC), and is that important?

• Do you need the paint to be scrubbable and durable?

• What about coverage?

• What surface are you painting?

• What finish do you need? From flat to gloss, different finishes offer different features and benefits.

Of course these are just the logistics. You’re likely more interested in the actual color of paint. For this decision there are a variety of tools to take advantage of. Paint chips, color matching, and visualization tools are great, but many painting companies in Ottawa offer additional consultations and guidance if you need it.

Choosing Your Tools

Once you have your paint picked out, you’ll want to investigate the tools you will need to get the job done. Also consider comparing the time, cost, and effort it takes to tackle an interior painting project versus hiring professional painters. If you choose to do it yourself, consider additional costs for brushes, rollers, or sprayers. You’ll also want to look at ladders, supplies to protect your home, and the right tools to edge, trim, and prepare your walls.

Time, Expertise, Energy, and Budget

There are a number of things you’ll need to quantify for your interior painting project. For example, how much paint do you need to achieve complete coverage of your walls? You don’t want to cut it too close – if you run out early, your next gallon of paint may not be an exact match. How much time will you need for each phase? At the end of the day when you tally time and expenses, you may find that it’s worth looking into hiring a professional and that’s where painting companies in Ottawa can help.

Choosing a Company

When you’re choosing a company to work with, start by looking at reviews, portfolios and whether they specialize in your type of painting needs. Call and speak to the company. Once you have your questions answered, you’ll be ready to make a decision. Remember that a fresh coat of paint applied with skill can last for decades and completely change how you feel about your home, making it a worthwhile investment.

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