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- Points of Hue. There are numerous choices available in paint. Choose a flat finish for most walls and ceilings in living spaces, such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Semi gloss, which is easier to clean and less shine than gloss, is great for bathrooms, kitchen mudrooms, doors, windows and trim. Eggshell is smooth low-sheen finish is great for family rooms, hallways and staircases And buy latex (water based) paint for virtually any room as it dries fast and cleans easily.
- Coats of Many Colors. To figure out how much you will need, multiply the length of the walls by the height. Then add the square footage of the ceiling (length times width), if you are painting the ceiling. Exclude windows and doors. Add 25 percent. Each paint can will tell you how much a gallon will cover. If this is a new surface, all for three coats: the primer and two coats of paint. Do not underbuy because you will want a little leftover for touch-ups.
- Color Ways. If you want to change colors, think about buying a small quantity of your new color choice. Paint a small area and wait a few days. Paints cab react to each other and cast reflections that may change the appearance of a room. Colors also look different under various types of lighting or in sunshine.
- Color Vision. Never visit the paint store without your color scheme, fabrics in hand. Select paint chips that look like they will coordinate with what you have in mind. But do not buy now! Bring the paint swatches home and look at your choices in all lights of night and day. They will look different than when you saw them in the paint store.
- Brushing Ahead. Never buy paint in a rush. You need time to get used the new color. Also allow yourself enough time to find the color you are looking for. Plan to give yourself at least two weeks. You want the paint to have time to dry and air out the room, and then decorate accordingly.
- Price Check You will find a wide price range of paint. Generally you will get what you pay for with the lower priced paint offering fewer color choices and less durable materials. If you are repainting, you will probably select another similar color. Changing to another color may mean second coat of paint to cover the old paint thoroughly.