Mistakes to Avoid
If you have been looking over painting blog posts and photos about bedroom remodeling, you might be thinking of working on a DIY project yourself. In order for an interior paint job to be successful, it helps to be aware of the common mistakes people make. Many mistakes are actually minor and occur due to oversights.
Whether you want to repaint a section of your bedroom or the entire room, here are some things you should avoid doing:
Not considering how colour changes throughout the day
The colour of paint is affected by natural light as well as lamp light. It might look great early in the afternoon when the sun is shining through the window, but not so great at night when the light bulbs are glowing. It’s always a good idea to test paint on a small area of the wall and keep an eye on it for a few days or even weeks to see how it changes in various conditions.
Not matching wall and ceiling colour with the rest of the bedroom
Painted walls make up just one part of the bedroom design. The paint hue(s) must match the furniture, floor, wall decorations, etc. Do NOT select a wall colour before you select other furnishings. Paint is available in every hue imaginable, but fabrics and furnishings are not. It’s a good idea to work backwards by selecting the furnishings and decorations first and then the paint later on.
Not prepping the walls first
While this may seem like a no-brainer, there are still people who make this mistake. It’s also not uncommon to overlook flaws on the surface, such as rusty nail heads or lumps of debris. Take care of repair work first. Wipe any and all debris off of the wall. Sand over rough spots to make the surface perfectly smooth. Make sure you use the appropriate kind of primer.
Trying to mix too many colours
While variety is important, you don’t want to go overboard with it. When there is a mix of too many colours in a bedroom, it won’t feel “peaceful” when you’re in it. It will not only look cluttered, it will FEEL cluttered. The idea is to aim for one or two primary colours and a few secondary, accent colours. Try to spread them around evenly to create balance.
Not mixing colours enough
Too few colours aren’t ideal either. You don’t want to play it TOO safe. Sticking entirely with neutrals isn’t a good idea. It’s okay to add a stronger colour or two. You must interject elements that add personality; otherwise the bedroom will look boring.
Not applying the paint properly
Some painting mistakes are more obvious than others. For instance, if you mess up along the edge where a bright wall meets the ceiling, it’s probably going to be apparent to everyone who sees it. Not only is prep work essential, so is the painting and finish. You must use quality paint and take your time to do the job correctly. Even if no mistakes are visible, if you don’t put paint on correctly, you will most likely experience problems in time. The walls could chip, peel, flake, etc.
Not using the right finish or sheen
So you chose the perfect colour scheme, and took plenty of time to do the prep work, but something still doesn’t look right. There’s the chance that you didn’t use the right finish. Perhaps something has a bit of sheen when it should be glossy. Or maybe a wall is too shiny when it would look better with a soft matte finish. When you test out small samples of paint in different lighting conditions, try out different finishes as well.