The Complete Guide to Interior Wall Coatings

Painting your walls can give your home a complete makeover, rendering it the vibe you desire and setting just the mood you want. It’s probably the best way to modernise your home, add to its charm and also increase the property value. With this ultimate guide to painting your interior walls, you can cherry-pick the paint colours, decide on the finish and even know what to do to prep for the home paint job. 

Zoom In on the Best Colours

Here are a few things to keep in mind to choose the most appropriate colours for your home.

1. The Interiors

The walls should go well with the other elements in the room - the furniture, fabrics, and décor. Choose light or pastel colours if you have exquisite furniture and want them to be the centre of attention. To draw attention to the walls, choose vibrant colours. If your décor has a modern theme, you can select trendier shades. On the other hand, if a room has prized antique furniture, go for more sober shades like light brown or cream. You can check the shades in the colour catalogue for Asian paints or Nippon paints. The colour catalogue for Berger interior paints also includes recommendations for contrasting and complementary colours. 

2. Research the Colour Wheel

Colour combinations can look amazing, provided you know which shades to use together. For instance, one would think that two bright shades wouldn’t go well together. However, if a wall has designs like grooves or raised panels, such a colour combination may look fabulous. You can also paint a geometrical pattern on a wall combining two dark colours and paint the rest with a neutral shade. 

To make such choices, the first step may involve checking the colour wheel. It has colours arranged in a circle and shows how different shades relate to each other. For a vibrant look, choose colours that lie opposite to each other in the colour wheel. For instance, purple and yellow. Shades of these colours complement each other beautifully and infuse life into the space we call our own.

3. Choose the Mood

Different colours trigger different emotions. Choose vibrant colours for a cheerful or ecstatic appeal, which may be the perfect look for the kids’ room or the guest bedroom. You can pair a bold colour with a subtle one for the master bedroom. Else, choose a shade of light blue, which triggers feelings of calmness and serenity. How about going monochromatic in the kitchen or bathrooms? You could use gradients of a neutral colour for these spaces. For your workspace, where you’ve spent months working from home, you may choose a shade of green, as it resonates with feelings of joy, harmony, and energy.

4. Use an Online Preview Facility Tool

The preview facility tool allows you to upload images of different areas of your home and experiment with different colours to see the overall look even before beginning the painting job. Such a simulation software makes it easier to zero in on colour schemes and create the look you desire for different areas of your home.

Choose Acrylic Paints

Paints are more than just colours on the walls. They can protect the walls from dampness, dirt, and damage for years to come, provided you’ve chosen superior quality ones like Berger paints for interior walls

Water-based paints are also called acrylic paints and use water as the solvent. This makes them more eco-friendly as well as better for your health as they release low VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are vapours and gases released into the air during the drying process. On the other hand, oil-based paints release a strong smell (which is uncomfortable), are flammable (which is dangerous) and are harmful for the environment and the health of your loved ones (can cause headaches, irritation to the skin and eyes, and even nausea).

Superior quality water-based paints can dry quickly and are durable. They expand and contract with weather conditions, which makes them less susceptible to fading and cracking. You can choose between shiny and matte. Do your bit for the environment and check whether the paint you choose has a Green Pro Certification by CII-IGBC (Confederation of Indian Industry - Indian Green Building Council).

Create a Signature Look

You can use the popular matte or gloss finish for most areas in your home. Create a unique look for certain spaces, like your study, the drawing room or a guest bedroom. For that exclusive appeal, consider these effects: 

1. Metallic

Give a mirror like gloss finish to your doors, windows, and grills. Spice up your study or your balcony with a glittering metallic look. Choose Silk Illusions Metallica, a multi-surface paint that can be applied to your walls, wooden furniture, or metal window frames.

2. Vintage

Friends and family stay over often? Put them up in a guest bedroom with a vintage look. This is excellent for covering heavy coats of POP (plaster of paris) on your walls as well as for wooden surfaces. Silk Illusions Vintage Finish is the perfect choice for creating special effects on your walls.

3. Marble

Give your home a luxurious look with a marble finish that provides very high sheen. You can choose from a glossy, matte, or satin-like look. 

Be sure to use washable paints that will retain their gloss even after being cleaned. 

Prepare Your Rooms for Painting

Ready with your choice of colours and textures? Now it’s time to prepare your home for the painting job.

1. Protect Surrounding Areas

Move aside large furniture from the room to be painted. Cover your floor with a huge cloth that won't soak paint drops. Paint manufacturers like Berger Paints also have a range of Furniture Covers and Floor Covers to help protect your fixtures during painting. You can fix these covers to the wall edges with masking tape. Use the tape to protect other areas like mouldings, handles, and door or window frames.

2. Clean and Prime the Surface

Smoothen the walls with sandpaper and then use a clean cloth to wipe off the dust. Before starting the putty job, make sure to prime the wall surface to make it uniform enough to receive paints well, so that the coatings last long and prevent stains from seeping through.

3. Prime the Edges

Use a primer to outline the edges where your walls meet window and door frames, other walls, and ceilings. Then, gradually cover up the remaining wall. After the primer dries, sand away irregularities.

Now it’s time to remove the masking tape and paint the walls. Try painting samples on different walls just to be sure you’ve made the right decision. Seek professional help to choose the colours and get a quality paint job done. For instance,  Berger express painting is a comprehensive service that includes at-home consultancy, estimations, trained painters to ensure that perfect look you desire and clean-up and disinfection after the paint job.

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