Interior design sounds a lot more intimidating than it really is. The professional definition is filled with technical terminology and buzzwords, but for laypeople this just means arranging and decorating the interior of your home so that it looks good. That’s really all. People will argue about what looks good, but that’s more a matter of opinion than a fact. If you like it, that’s all that matters.
If you have decided that your house will no longer do it for you and it needs to be freshened up, there are many ways you can do it and it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. Painting a room – or the whole house – is the cheapest, easiest, and fastest way to change the look of your home, both inside and out.
Help is available
DIY projects can be done by almost anyone. You can find online help for any project you have in mind, in as much or as little detail as you want. Every company in the home decorating industry has its own creative and tailor-made solutions for every conceivable problem. If you look through them, you are bound to find one that suits you and your tastes.
For example, if you are thinking about remodeling or repainting your bathroom, there are some ideas for decorating your bathroom that you can try out without having to look around. The same goes for updating the kitchen, changing the color palette in the living room, or just looking to work on the windows on site. All the help is out there for you.
Spray painting help
The good people at www.SprayerGuide.com can give you all kinds of help and ideas when you decide it is time to repaint your house, from a room to the whole thing. You can start with the basics – how to paint. They will walk you through it step by step.
Safety labels are affixed to paint cans with various signal words indicating the level of hazardous vapors associated with that particular paint. Any color can be dangerous indoors. So read the label carefully.
On the same label you will find information about how flammable the paint is, how to counter it, and what precautions you should take. Number one is of course the old standby, no smoking. Seriously. Some paint fumes can be extremely volatile. Smoking isn’t good for you, but it is better to smoke outside than stay inside and take the chance to blow yourself up.
Before painting anything, you need to cover the areas where you don’t want the paint to run off. If you want the baseboards to be a different color than the walls, use some of this blue tape to cover the baseboards while painting the wall, and tape to cover the bottom of the wall while painting the baseboards.
Painting with a brush or roller gives you good control over where the paint flows, so half an inch wide of tape will do. If you’re using a sprayer, you’ll need to use wider tape. You may even need to overlap several strips of tape to create a wide masking tape.
With a spray gun
Spray guns require special care to ensure that you spread the paint evenly. When you swing the sprayer back and forth in an arc, you have a thicker coating in the center of the arc and a thinner coating on each end. Instead, you need to move the gun from side to side in a smooth motion, keeping the nozzle the same distance from the surface to be painted.
Choosing the right color
You need to get the right color for your home, whether you are painting it inside or outside. You have plenty of solid advice on how to choose the right color. Remember, if you live in an area with a neighborhood association, there may be some rules that limit your color choices.
You’re not alone
No matter what project you start, whether it’s a small budget project in one room or a major renovation of the entire home, you are not alone. There is always a lot of help to be found. All you have to do is look around and you are sure to find the right advice.