If you are repainting a wall, what do you need to do before you start painting?
A wall that has already been painted needs to be primed before you start a make-over. Usually a white primer is used, but if you are using a highly pigmented color you may be better off using a tinted primer. A primer helps you obtain even paint coverage and brings out the color of the new paint.
What may change the way the paint appears on the wall compared to how it looked on the swatch?
Lighting, paint sheen and the texture of the wall can make the end product appear different to how it appeared on the swatch.
How can you avoid being disappointed with the color outcome?
Get a test board and paint it with the primer you will use on the wall and then the color you want to test. Place it against the wall at different times of the day and see how you like the color. A board will give you a much better indication than a swatch as to what the final outcome will be.
What is a good way to test if the various colors in the room will match?
Try to get swatches to represent all the colors that will be in the room, including furniture materials, and place them together to see if you like the way they look. If possible, cut the swatches to represent the relative presence they will have in the room to give a better idea of how it will be.
What color gives a sense of space?
White gives a sense of space, which is why it is often used on the ceiling. However, it may add to your room to consider the ceiling as a fifth wall and give it some color and texture as well.
What can you use to help create the right light at any time of day?
Dimmer lights allow you to adjust the light so that you can get the most out of your wall color at any time of day and create the right atmosphere.
What colors are recommended for a room that receives lots of sunlight?
Use cool colors, such as blue and violet, in a bright room to soften the glare. In a darker room use warmer colors, like red and yellow, to brighten it up.
If you have a plain-colored fireplace in the room, how might you emphasize it?
Paint a contrast color around a plain item, like a fireplace. Use neutral colors around colorful items in order to emphasize them.
Why should you avoid striped wallpaper?
Striped wallpaper emphasizes crooked ceilings and corners so it is recommended to avoid it.
If you want to make the room look bigger with your wallpaper design, what sort of pattern should you choose?
Choose a smaller pattern if you want your room to look larger. A bigger pattern may have a powerful effect but it makes the room look smaller.
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