Expert explains the five simple steps to follow when painting your home
Are you looking to redesign your home but don’t know where to start? Painting is the easiest way to redesign a tired room. Here, Dulux color consultant Jane Witter guides us through the advantages and disadvantages of adding a touch of color to your interior.
What to think about before you start
Before deciding on a color theme, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself first to get the right color and to make sure your color and expectations are a match.
• What remains in the room or is it a blank canvas?
• What is the aspect of the room – ie what kind of lighting does the room receive, natural or artificial (both affect the color)?
• What is the purpose of the room? Is it a busy kitchen or a cozy bedroom?
• What are the architectural features, such as breaking and cladding walls? Are there any features in the room that you want to improve or maybe hide?
Receding and advancing colors
When painting a room, consider whether you want to open it up and make it larger, or whether you want to make the room cozier and more intimate. When considering color choices for color, you can go for receding colors, which are cooler colors like light blue and light gray, which make the room appear larger, or progressive colors which are warmer colors like yellow , Red, violet and terracotta. that create a cozier feeling.
The preparation you need to do and how to get a perfect finish
Preparation is one of the most important things to get right. It’s often considered to be a chore and boring, but it’s critical to the stunning reveal you want. It’s also so important that prep is done in order to achieve a permanent, great-looking finish.
First, choose the right tools. Did you know that synthetic brushes are better for water-based paints, and a short pile roller with interior emulsions will give a smoother finish on plastered walls?
Before painting your walls, wash them off with sugar soap. Remove any nails or screws. Then wash the walls thoroughly with sugar soap and rinse with clean water to remove any residue. Then fill holes and tears with Polycell Polyfilla and let it dry. To get a smooth surface, lightly sand the walls with medium or fine grain paper. This ensures that your fresh, new paint will stick properly to the surface.
Choosing the right color
The correct type of color is important in choosing the function of the color. For example, you can get washable paints that are designed to perform in high-traffic areas of the house and that are different from paints for bathrooms. Make sure you are using the right color for the room you are working on.
When looking at white for your trim color (skirting boards, architraves, etc.), using a water-based finish will keep your white, while an oil-based finish can yellow over time due to the oil in the paint.
The Biggest Mistakes People Make and How to Fix Them
Choosing colors off a screen and not trying a tester is a huge faux pas. The colors may change due to the lighting. We therefore always recommend our customers to try testers in their room first. It is helpful to draw a sample on at least an A4 card or larger and then move the sample around the room against different walls and under different lighting conditions. It’s also important to look at the color at different times of the day as well. Always test the color in your room so you can see how it performs in different areas and in different lighting conditions during the day and night.
If you need help choosing the color for your room, the Dulux Visualizer app allows you to see paint on your walls before you paint. You can pick a color from anywhere with a color picker tool. With the app you can see the colors live in your living area. Other features like the color calculator can help you figure out exactly how much color is needed. Check our Dulux.ie or get it from the App Store.
Dulux also offers a color inspiration guide for trends, ideas and color schemes. You can get it in the store or read it at
A free color consultation service, Let’s Chat color, is also available. To book your one-on-one consultation, visit the Dulux @Dulux Facebook page