Painting Tips for the Interior of a Home

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Painting the interior of a home always requires you to keep a few very important things in mind. Get painting tips for the interior of a home with help from an interior designer, home staging expert, and Allied member of ASID in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Meg Tawes, and I'm an interior designer. If you've been to a paint store recently, you're probably overwhelmed by the number of colors, finishes, and brands out there. It can definitely be confusing, but the next time you're selecting interior paint for your home, remember these tips and tricks. First, consider the existing conditions. Latex-based paint is a common choice for interior paint, but it can never be used over an oil-based finish. Second, you want to think about your time frame. Latex paint is water-based, so it dries quickly. An oil-based paint, of course, dries a lot more slowly and has a strong odor. Third, you want to think about the room that you're painting. Kitchens and bathrooms are exposed to a lot of water and steam, and this makes them the ideal choice for a semi-gloss finish. This kind of finish is extremely durable easily wipe-able. Hallways and children's rooms can benefit from that same level of durability, so semi-gloss is perfect for those rooms as well. Now guest rooms and powder rooms are perfect for eggshell or satin finish. These can be dinged up a little bit more easily, but they're great for rooms that aren't used all that often. High gloss is usually reserved for trim and doors, and that's because it's extremely durable finish, and it's perfect for accent areas like this. Finally, a flat-based paint is perfect for a ceiling, where you can hide imperfections and where light isn't reflected. Now don't forget about all of the green alternatives out there. Most paint contains some level of volatile organic compounds, but most brands are now offering some low, and even no VOC, options, so no matter your project, you can find a green alternative. So the next time you're selecting paint for the interior of your home, don't forget these tips and tricks.


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