If you are looking to paint any interior room or area within your home then you will need to put some thought into the types of paint you should be using and how you apply the paint. For most of us the first choice we need to make is which paint to use. In general terms you will use one or all of the following depending on what you are painting:
- Emulsion - emulsion paints are used to paint ceilings and walls. They come in a full range of colours ready mixed or you can have a DIY store mix up a special colour for you if you want something unusual.
- Gloss paints - these paints give a glossy look rather than emulsions which tend to have a more matt look. People use these paints on skirting boards, window frames, door frames and sometimes on doors.
- Specialist paints - if you are looking to paint a room such as a kitchen or bathroom where there will be a high degree of moisture and/or heat then a specialist kitchen or bathroom paint is your best bet here.
The next thing to consider is how to apply your paint. Your options here include:
- Brushes - you can use a paint brush to apply paint but this solution may not work so well for larger areas. Bear in mind that you should buy a brush that is the right size for your job.
- Rollers - rollers are a great way of painting larger areas such as walls and ceilings. You'll also need a paint tray to hold the paint for the roller here.
- Paint pads - paint pads work a little like rollers and they are also good for large areas. Again, you'll need a tray here as well.
- Paint systems - these systems feed paint into painting solutions such as rollers and paint pads so you don't have to keep refilling them/loading them with paint.
In addition you will also need to make sure that you have all the right accessories to help you out in case you make a mess when painting. So, remember to cover your furniture before you make a start and to wash down all relevant areas and/or prepare them for painting. You should also have some wet cloths and/or turps available to wipe up any spills.