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Top Things to Know About Interior Painting

Story Highlights
  • 1 - Preparation is Key
  • 2 - How Much Paint Do You Need For Your Project?
  • 3 - Get a Sign
  • 4 - Start Working From The Top
  • 5 - Clean Dirty Surfaces so The Paint Sticks to Them

Painting the interior of any home is a great challenge, especially if you have some great designs in mind and fascinating ideas.

But most of the time it all comes down to figuring out the right approach, using the best tools and strategies!

With that in mind, we created a quick list to include some of the main things you have to know about interior painting:

1 – Preparation is Key

You have to understand that every task, especially interior painting, requires a lot of preparation.

You can’t just go ahead and put some paint on the wall. You need to check the wall materials, see the type of primer and paint you need before you can begin. Plus, you need to make sure that everything will blend correctly with your chosen paint colour.

A simple way to make sure you are happy with your chosen paint colour before you cover the entire wall is to test it in a small area. This will allow you to see how the paint colour naturally compliments your furniture, and how it looks in different lighting throughout the day.

That way you can be certain that the colour of paint you choose is the right one. With a little preparation, you can prevent the need to back-track later on.

2 – How Much Paint Do You Need For Your Project?

This is a bit tricky and it’s important to calculate your supplies correctly. Otherwise, you could find yourself running out of paint just when you’re all set to wrap up your interior painting project. So, while you’re preparing, be sure to calculate how much paint you will need and then purchase this accordingly.

You should keep in mind that a liter of paint will cover up to 8-10 square meter. To find out how much paint you need, measure that room and see how many square meters it has. Then from this, you can determine approximately how many liters of paint you will need.

Don’t forget to purchase an extra can of paint though. It can be handy to have a bit extra in case you need to fix up or refresh an area later on.

3 – Get a Sign

Using a sign is a great way to protect your newly painted wall and any who might be passing by from brushing up against the paint. Even if you know exactly where the paint is wet, someone else might not.

This will not only get their clothing wet with paint and potentially ruin it, but it can also damage your new paint job!

After all, if someone bumps into it or brushes against it, it will smear the wet paint ruining the smooth even coat that you applied. So, to prevent this situation from occurring get a sign that says “Wet Paint” clearly.

That way you and everyone else around you know to avoid the area until the paint has completely set.

4 – Start Working From The Top

You want to paint the ceiling first, and then you need to go on to the walls. Then, finish with the trim.

The idea here is that painting from the top down eliminates any potential problems, like paint drips and is also particularly helpful if you need to paint a large room.

Painting from the top, or ceiling first, also ensures that the process is as convenient and efficient as possible.

5 – Clean Dirty Surfaces so The Paint Sticks to Them

Whenever you want to paint your home’s interior, it’s a good idea to clean all the dirty surfaces. 

It might seem like a good idea at first, or even less work to just put paint over the dirty surfaces. However, without the right approach to cleaning those surfaces, your paint is actually more likely to chip and less likely to stick.

This will reduce the lifespan of your painting project, costing you more money in the long run as you will have to repaint again sooner. Not to mention that if there is any dirt or debris trapped underneath the paint that you won’t be able to get the smooth look you want for your walls.


On a closing note, the interior painting process doesn’t have to be extremely complicated.

You just have to follow these rules and tips, adapt them to your project, take your time and do it properly for the best results. Soon, your vibrant feature wall or classical neutrals will transform your rooms into a place you look forward to being.

If you’re short on time and won’t be able to complete a full painting project yourself, why not just hire an interior painter?! They’ll have the skills and expertise to get the job done right and produce stunning results for your painting project!


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