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Clear out furniture and fixtures to the extent feasible. Those which cannot be removed must be covered with used newspaper.
Masking tape is recommended on other surfaces i.e. electrical fixtures etc.
Floor area should also be covered with used newspaper.
Sequence of Painting
When it comes to decorating, choosing paint color can really be a challenge. While you may feel that there are so many choices you’re bound to find the right one, you may end up feeling that there are so many choices you don’t know where to start!
The tips here will really help you if you feel stumped by this important choice. After all, the paint color will set the tone for the room.
It’s great to collect paint chips when planning a room, but hold off making final choices until you’ve developed an overall room scheme.
Coordinate Decorating Samples
When you go shopping, you’ll need to refer to your fabric, carpet, tile, wallpaper, and trim samples constantly. Be sure to take everything with you wherever you go. No telling where you might see something wonderful.
Really Study the Colors closely from the whole array of tones
Tried and True Formula for Colors
If you’re working with a print fabric, you’ll probably be happier if you select the coordinating wall paint color from the background of the print. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
Trim it Out
More often than not, you’ll select a shade of white or off-white for the moldings, doors, and windows. If you’re feeling brave, consider the palest shade of color to coordinate with the walls. For a really striking look, try lighter walls and dark tones or bright color .
Warm or Cool?
Colors are often referred to as "warm" and "cool." Orange, red, and pink are considered "warm" colors, while blues, greens, and violet are thought to be "cool." Knowing the theory behind color can help you select the right tone for the feel you’re trying to achieve.
White is Not Always White
Trying to find the perfect white can be a challenge! Beiges and off-whites have subtle color, so compare paint chips to your fabrics and flooring to determine if a warmer pinkish or yellow-toned white — or a cooler, bluer white — is best for your room.
Keep Notes as You Shop
It’s a good idea to make a note on the back of the paint color cards, telling yourself the name of the store where you picked it up, and the paint brand whenever this information isn’t printed there already. Since most home centers and hardware stores carry more than one brand of paint, you may discover the perfect color, and then find you can’t remember where you got the sample! Then you’ll have to start over. Ugh!
Shed a Little Light
The best way to get a true view of a paint color is to look at it in many lights. Take the paint chip outside to see it in natural light. Look at in under an incandescent and fluorescent light. Best yet, take the paint chip, fabrics, and accessories to the room in which they’ll live. Check out the colors there.
Light colors are usualy most pleasing for a ceiling, because ceilings are seen in shadow. If you’d like the ceiling to match the wall color, buy ceiling paint one or two shades lighter than the wall color (on its color chip). Or, dilute your wall color with white paint in a ratio of 25% color to 75% white.
For the most accurate color representation, view paint samples vertically (up against the wall) and view carpet samples set flat on the floor. If you do this, you’ll see how the colors will look when they’re applied to your space.
Having some extra white paint, carefully sealed in a container, can never hurt. Use it to lighten some paint that’s too dark. Or use it to dilute your wall color by 3/4 for use on the ceiling. Just make sure to use the same kind of paint (flat latex for example), mix thoroughly, and make enough of the new color to finish the project. It will be impossible to mix up more later.
Color is always more intense on the wall than it is on a tiny paint chip. When you find a chip you love, go a shade lighter, or a bit murkier, to keep the color from overwhelming your room.
No matter how much you love a paint color in the store, you must see it in your home. Your lighting is likely different from the store’s lighting, and your lighting will vary at different times of the day. Look at the color in your room at various times of the day to make sure you still like the color.
British paints stores have color matching machines. For example, if you’ve found a piece of fabric or a photo with the perfect color, they can match it. The sample must usually be at least the size of a quarter.
If you fall for a paint color used in an internet or magazine photo, don’t rush out and buy the color listed in the credits or source pages. Your lighting could be different, and the photos have probably been digitally enhanced. Take the magazine or printed photo to the British paint store and have them match it. That way, you’ll get the actual color you love.
If you’ve found a great color and it isn’t portable, like the wall of a friend’s house, ask the paint store if you can borrow a paint deck. Some stores call it a fan deck. Try to match the color to one of the chips in the deck.
Remember that cool colors recede and warm colors advance. Decide which makes you the most comfortable, and which works best for your room, before choosing.
Ignore conventional advice that says you should always paint small rooms with light colors. If you like light colors, that’s fine. If you prefer deep or bright, go ahead and indulge. A light color isn’t going to fool anyone into thinking the room has grown that much, so why not have a small room full of a color you love?