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Interior paints 101: an overview

Learn the basics with interior paints 101, from pairing paint colors and rooms to problems that could arise.

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Interior paints 101: What color will you choose? Photo by ooh_food on Flickr.If you've decided to paint the interior of your home, but you don't know where to start, consider this your invitation to interior paints 101.

There are many steps to consider when painting the interior of your home or business, including:

    • Choosing paint colors.
    • Identifying appropriate types of paint.
    • Interior design considerations.
    • Choosing the right contractors.
    • Getting accurate estimates.

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Paint colors

Choosing the right interior paint color can seem like an overwhelming task. In some instances, people select their preferred choices of color for their rooms using interior design standards. Others may choose via a color wheel or another method. Here are some combinations you may wish to consider when choosing interior paint colors:

    • Calming colors for bedrooms: blues, greens or purples.
    • Bright colors for living and dining rooms: reds, oranges or yellows.
    • Neutral colors for a kitchen or bathroom: eggshell, white and off-white tones.

You might like to take a tour of your home and note the dominant colors in each room. This method can assist you with choosing the color that is the most appropriate for each room of your home.

If you are still unsure, contact your local hardware store to obtain a color wheel of your own. 

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Types of paint

Once you've decided on your preferred colors, you need to choose which type of paint to use. Interior paints come in several versions:

    • Flat: no shine, but covers well.
    • Satin: offers a smooth, slightly glossy finish.
    • Semigloss: provides a medium sheen.
    • Gloss: offers high shine.

In addition, each of these types of paints offers certain benefits for different types of rooms. High-gloss paint is best suited for bathrooms and kitchens because of its washable finish. Satin, semigloss or gloss enamel paints are recommended for doors, windows and wood trim. While flat paint is generally used for both ceiling and wall painting.

Painting issues

Next, consider any painting problems that might foil your project. Such issues might include:

    • Old paint cracking and flaking.
    • Paint peeling.
    • Difficult marks and stains.
    • Damp areas and mildew.

If you foresee encountering any of these problems, immediately tell your painting contractor so you can troubleshoot options together. You can use Reply! to obtain details of a local contractor who can give you an estimate for your interior painting project.

While this interior paints 101 guide covers the basics, discuss your questions and concerns with your painter. Your painter can greatly help you with decision-making process. 

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