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Banke Ajagunna: 7 Tips For Taking Your DIY Painting to Pro Level

Banke Ajagunna

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Each painter has a unique style and method of painting but the skillful know how to do it best.
Here are 7 smart tips to take your painting from amateur to pro level:

Choose the right colour
If there is one question that all aesthetic lovers ask, it is “How do I choose the perfect colour for my home?”

A good way to way to make any space look good without much risk is to use darker colours for the floor, medium colour for the walls and light colours for the ceiling. Any interior space should replicate the outside world. The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet, medium coloured as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.

Sophisticated colours are the way to go
A proper advisable paint to achieve a sophisticated look to your space would be the application of neutrals. This include colours such as gray, navy, buttermilk, black, and when using wood, maple or oak should suffice. These colours are subtle and have wide appeal.

Painting your stairs is more affordable than a renovation
Does your staircase look off after years of use? Consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. You could throw in sets of different colours to give an ascension uniformed feel to it or you could go the alternative route of picking one pastel or neutral colour. What happens is the stairs look new and your space would be the better for it.

Colours will affect your mood
Always choose colours that accentuate your space and instantly liven up the mood. Great colours to try for that cool effect would be blue, green and white; for a warm feel try out red, magenta or orange. Warm colours tend to excite and stimulate while cool colours give calm and rest.

Pro Tip:Remember every colour had a gazillion shades and schemes so ask your vendor for a colour catalogue before deciding on your preferred shade.

Pick the right finish
With flat paint, imperfections on ceiling and walls are less noticeable to provide a very simple and smooth finish. This works in low traffic areas like the master bedroom or study. It is also important to be careful when using flat paint as it’s quite hard to rid stains off it.

On the other hand, high gloss brings glam to your space. Bright and shiny, these finishes are chic and pleasing to the eyes. It’s important to hire the services of a professional painter when using this type of paint as with this, errors or flaws in the wall are very much noticeable. These flaws could come from walls that weren’t properly screeded, roller or brush marks.

Paint the ceiling.
If your home has ceilings that are relatively low and you are looking to make it feel higher, you can achieve this by painting the ceiling with a lighter colour. When you paint your ceiling a lighter shade, it can make the walls of the room feel higher and your space larger.

Use paint to alter the shape of the room
Have a long narrow space? Paint both shorter areas of the wall a shade or two darker than the other walls so the shorter wall seems closer to you. As a result, the room appears to be more of a square shape and opens it up.

There are much more tips to try out but these are just a few to get the ball rolling on that next DIY project. Make sure to follow more of our articles to stay updated on the latest design tricks.

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Banke Ajagunna is the Lead Interior Designer at Decor.ng with a previous work background in the Nigerian technology ecosystem. Banke's design style is Modern and Contemporary with Scandanavian fusion and executes project with a keen eye for detail. View more details about her work at www.decor.ng

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