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Interior Painting Tips

Interior Painting

Tips courtesy of Angie’s List

Advice for picking a paint color:

  • Keep in mind the perceived space of the room. Dark colors tend to make a room look smaller, while light colors open up the space.
  • Consider water-based paints with low or no volatile organic compound levels. Typically the less glossy the paint, the fewer VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) it contains.
  • Certain locations in the home demand different types of paint. For example, for doors and trim work you may want a higher sheen like semi gloss. The higher the paints sheen or gloss, the more washable and durable it is.
  • Sample the color with a small quart size that many paint companies now offer.
  • Stick with neutral colors if you’re planning to sell your home. You need to keep in mind that buyers need to be able to visualize their things in your home.

The importance of prep work:

  • Paint preparation is the foundation for the entire job – if done correctly your paint will perform to its fullest potential. If done incorrectly, the best paint will crack, peel, or chip easily.
  • Remove all pictures/wall hangings and cover all items, including the floor.
  • Make any necessary repairs before you start your painting project.
  • Dirty walls should be cleaned, especially near the stove and sink. Greasy deposits and soap scum can interfere with the paints adhesion.

Hiring a Professional:

  • If you have a home built before 1978, hire a qualified lead expert to check it out before you begin any work. Some older homes still have lead paint in the original layers.
  • Removing heavy furniture is often not included in a painter’s estimates. If you can’t do it, ask if there will be an extra charge.
  • Having to paint crown molding, baseboards or walls/ceilings taller than the average of 8 feet can also add to cost, so inquire about extra costs/labor.
  • If a painter is setting up to do a single room in a home, additional rooms may cost less than the first – it’s possible to save money overall by painting everything at once.
  • You may also find a deal in the fall/winter during the painters’ off-season.
  • The contract should include what will be done and what products used. This includes the type and amount of surface preparation, priming and the type of primer, and the brand of paint. Also include how many coats of paint will be included.
  • There are also some true artists out there who you can hire to paint murals, complicated designs and unique patterns.


Angie’s List  is a consumer organization that helps homeowner’s nationwide find reliable help in more than 425 categories of service including interior painters.

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