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How To Paint A Room - Learn Steps to Paint a Room Like a Pro

How To Paint A Room - Learn Steps to Paint a Room Like a Pro


How To Paint A Room - Learn Steps to Paint a Room Like a Pro

Whether you just want a simple remodel or you plan on refreshing your room’s personality, a paint project is the perfect idea to spruce up your living space. And if you have decided to take things in your own hands, the DIY way, then it is imperative for you to learn a few basic tips, tricks and steps on how to paint a room. As you read on, we want to equip you with all the details and guidelines on how to paint a room like a professional.

Painting a room on your own is a cost-effective way to transform your space. Although for some homeowners a DIY painting project may seem like a tedious task, we promise you that the step-by-step process outlined below will simplify the project for you.

Introduction to painting like a pro - How to paint a room for beginners

Painting like a professional requires not just the tools but also the technique to ensure good results. How to paint a room for beginners? How to paint a room like a pro? We’re sure most homeowners come across these questions in the DIY phase. We’re here to give you tips and guidelines on how to keep it professional and transform your space seamlessly. Let us look at a few pro tips that will help you along the painting process.

  • Always paint in natural light or under good lighting to understand the effect of paints, pigments and finishes
  • Keep all your tools like brushes, rollers, trays, extension poles, painter’s tape handy before you begin your project
  • Keep your references and inspiration pictures handy
  • Take a day each to prep your space and clean up your space to keep it professional
  • If you have multiple paint cans, use one entire gallon to store it and mix it
  • Keep your paint strokes linear and limited to 10-11 inches only
  1. Research and Plan

    Research and Plan for  Painting the Room

    If you would not have researched or stumbled across this article, you would have begun painting your walls without knowing what a primer is, or what colour schemes are. Research and planning are key to any home improvement project, especially if you want to get it done like a professional. In your research stage, collect all inspirations and references of painted rooms. Along with that, research and purchase all the tools needed, all the paints, primer and finishes needed. Once you begin to plan, be sure to note down the following:

    • Your floor plan and your wall design layout
    • Your signature/accent wall colour
    • Your colour combination style
    • Your paint choice and your finish choice
    • Your budget and the duration of your project
  2. Choose your paint

    Choose your Wall Paint Design for the Room

    A small step to keep in mind before choosing your colour scheme or combination is studying your room, its natural lighting, the space and the decor. Then go ahead and choose your colours, test those colours as swatches to see how they look and then shortlist the final colour combinations. You can choose from our wide array of premium interior paints here. For interior paint projects. Always go for oil-based or water-based paints. Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing your paint:

    • Choose warm tones or cool tones according to your room’s personality, lighting and decor
    • Go for colour combinations that are trendy and can accentuate the features of your space and decor
    • Use premium paints with high durability, coverage and sustainability since paints become a part of your home and walls for decades
  3. Choose a finish or a sheen

    Choose a Finish or a Sheen to the Paint of your Wall

    Finishes and sheens are very important when it comes to the paint of your wall. Whether you want high-gloss finishes or a particular texture, it is important to decide beforehand. There are many options a homeowner can choose from. Eggshell and satin finishes are commonly chosen but nowadays for accent walls, designers are choosing lacquer finish or texture paints to create a stylish contrast in the room. You can also elevate a simple paint colour by either choosing a premium texture paint or a finish that augments its sheen. Here are a few options for you as a DIY painter, in order to paint like a professional:

    • Choose from the basic finishes: Eggshell, satin, matte, super matte, lacquer, semi glossy and glossy
    • Choose textured finishes and paints: Texture paints either give the illusion of visual texture or offer texture-like paints like faux wood or faux marble

    It is important to choose your finish because some finishes absorb light whereas some reflect light. Some finishes are also perfect for concealing wall imperfections.

  4. Get your supplies and tools

    Get your supplies and tools for Room Surface

    Before applying the primer or prepping the surface, it is important to gather all your supplies and tools. It is best to have all tools at your disposal like a professional. In case you don’t know about the basic tools needed to paint a room, here’s a checklist for you:

    • Paint and primers
    • Texture paint and finishes
    • Buckets and gallons
    • Brushes and rollers
    • Trays
    • Extension poles
    • Gloves and aprons
    • Drop cloth
    • Sponge and detergent
    • Sandpaper
    • Ladders
    • Painter’s tape and putty knife
  5. Prep your room and your walls

    Prep your Wall Rooms for Painting Session

    The preparation phase is divided into two steps. Step 1 is to prepare your room i.e move the furniture and electronics, cover the rest and clean the walls. Step 2 is to prepare your walls for the painting session. Use masking paper or normal paper on your floor to cover the base and protect it against splatters and stains. You can either choose a fabric drop cloth or a plastic drop cloth to cover the furniture or other items in your room. Once this is done, move on to prepping walls. It is important to wash your walls before getting into the primer phase as it may smoothen the surface and provide a clean slate for paint. You can clean it with detergent, soap or TSP (Trisodium Phosphate), Sand all imperfections and patches on the wall and fill the holes with cement or compound. Use painter’s tape to mask outlets, switches, edges, trims, window edges etc.

  6. Apply the primer

    Apply the primer Paint of the Room Area

    Applying a primer is of utmost importance. Whether you’re opting for a darker colour or repainting a wall, a primer provides an even wall to paint on. Don’t forget to prime the fifth wall, that is the ceiling as well. There is a technique known as cutting in. Cutting in is when you paint the primer on the edges and corners of the wall. We recommend using a 2 to 2 and a half inch brush to cut in. Use the small brush across the edges of the wall, doorways, windows and other edges like the ceiling. For larger expanses, use the roller. Allow the primer to dry. Sometimes, you may even need 2 coats of primers based on the colour transition from light to dark or dark to light.

    Pro-tip: While using a roller, paint in a W or M pattern to avoid roller imprints.

  7. Paint the walls

    Paint the Walls of the Room

    Firstly, mix your paint with an electric mixer or a wooden spatula. If you’re painting your ceiling then begin with that to avoid paint splatters later and then move downwards. Just like the primer step, use an angled 2 and a half inch paint brush to cut in along the edges of the walls to achieve precision. Then move on to brush rollers for large expanses. Make sure that there are no uneven patches after the paint dries.

    Pro-tip: A ½ - ¾ inch nap is best for interior painting projects.

    Also, use an extendable paint pole with the roller to reach inaccessible places. Do not be afraid to use more coats of paints if the colour seems faint. Wait for the paint to dry to see results clearly, before you decide on another coat of paint.

  8. Remove the tapes and clean up

    Clean Up After Painting a Room

    Once you’re done with the paint job, it is important to clean up the space, like professionals do. Remove the tapes from the walls carefully, clean your brushes and soak them overnight in brush cleansers, clean surfaces that have a bit of paint splatter and take off all the drop cloths. You can use razor blades to scrape off extra paint from other surfaces like glass, window panes or sills, wood etc. Cleaning up is the final stage of the painting process before you can enjoy your beautiful, newly painted home.

    Painting a room like a pro requires dedication and effort. If you’re worried about the task getting messy, then leave it to the best of professionals. Our expert painters ensure that all your painting needs will be taken care of, always. For homeowners looking for professional painting services that are cost-effective, time-effective and holistic, click here.

Nerolac Paints, a leading paint company in India offers a wide range of wall paint colours & painting services & solutions for homes & offices.

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Do we need mechanised tools to paint a room?

You can always purchase mechanised tools like pressure washers, paint mixers and more, but it is not a necessity. You can always complete your DIY project with basic tools like rollers, brushes, paints and cleaning material.

What is a primer?

A primer is a coat of paint that lays the foundation of the paint that's yet to come. It creates strong adhesion, a clean surface and hides imperfections of the wall. It is a clear base of paint needed to begin any painting project on a clean slate.

What paints are needed to paint a room?

Basic paints like a primer, an oil-based or water-based paint and a wall finish is needed. Sometimes you can even purchase a 2-in-1 primer and texture paint.

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