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Choosing The Right Paint Color

Picking out paint colors can be a confusing experience, leaving
you racked with indecision as you peruse swatches from paint
companies intent on re-creating all of the 7 million colors
distinguishable to the human eye. Trying to figure out which of
those colors will mix harmoniously on your living room wall is
enough to make you turn straight to the ecru- and eggshell-white
family and never leave.

One way to go, however, is to use a complementary color
scheme. Proving the rule that opposites attract, these pairings
can always be found at opposite ends from each other on a paint
color wheel. When put together, they bring out the best in each
other, making both colors look cleaner and brighter than if either
were mixed with, say, a neutral gray or a different shade of the
same hue.
These are then combined to make the three secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Finally, the remaining six
colors on the wheel are known as tertiary colors and are mixes of the secondary colors, including such hues as
red-orange and blue-green.

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can help you understand how to best mix and match a cool color with a warm
one, for a naturally balanced room. Here are some examples of how to use these color pairings effectively.
Are You Planning to Sell Your Home in the Next Few Years?

When choosing what color to paint your walls, a good question to
ask yourself is how long you are planning to stay in your present
home. If you're totally in love with the house and hope to live there
for the rest of your days, fine. Paint it whatever hues will please
you and your family. If, on the other hand, you envision a For Sale
sign in your home's not-too-distant future, keep the curb appeal
factor in mind and be a bit more restrained in selecting your wall
colors.

The Danger of Too Much White

Beware when choosing supposedly safe shades, however. White
walls, for example, can look crisp and clean, particularly in a
kitchen or bathroom, but without a little contrast, they'll be sterile
and boring (read "unappealing"). In a north-facing room, white
can simply be too cold. In love with white anyway? Liven it up
using a few imaginative touches -- such as flowering container
plants or brightly colored accessories like towels or mirror frames.
An alternative way to add interest is by varying the texture,
perhaps by covering part of the wall surface with wainscoting.

Be Careful With Beige

Beige is frequently considered the epitome of neutral. But once
again, it can be problematic, for one simple reason: most people,
in their heart of hearts, don't really like this muddy non-color. How
many folks have you heard claiming, "Beige is my favorite"?
Thought so! To illustrate: a day or so ago I  clicked on a picture of
a recently remodeled kitchen, which had just about everything --
quartz countertops, lots of cabinets, efficient new appliances, and
an eat-in breakfast nook. It was quite a large space, too, but its
walls were a deep, dark shade of slightly olive-tinted beige. The
overall effect was not modern and inviting but dingy and
depressing … two adjectives you don't want to have applied to
your kitchen, ever.
Painting it yourself?

Painting the interior of a house: such a basic home
improvement, such a perilous pit of tough choices,
expensive mistakes, and strained necks. But with a few
basic tips, painting your home can be a breeze.
Remove Faceplates & Fixtures
Take off outlet face plates, unscrew light fixtures, etc. Tape over the outlets and switches. Bag the light fixtures.

Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Painting
The key to getting a good finish is preparation.
Make sure that the surface you are painting is clean and dry, free from any loose flakes of old paint.
Fill any cracks with a suitable filler and prime this before applying the colour.
Sand the surface first, then wash, and finally brush.

Protect Brushes
Don't wash brushes out between coats, and don't leave them sitting in thinner. Wrap them in a plastic ziploc bag. If they'll
fit in the bag, then great. If not just bunch the bag around the handle and tighten a cable-tie around it.

Keep a Rag
Keep a damp rag in your pocket for the odd drop here and there. Damp it with the right solvent for the type of paint you
are using.

Keep Corners Wet
Whenever possible, try to work into a wet edge. Don't cut in edges too far ahead before rolling. Painting over a dried
area produces overlap stripes!

Use/Learn The Right Stuff
Use quality materials and professional grade brushes and roller covers. Use the right brush or cover for the job and type
of paint you are using. Add in a knowledge of proper techniques, and you will get a good paint job.
Get a Sash Brush

Base Coat After Taping
For crisp lines when taping, paint one base coat once you lay your tape. Only then do you paint the top coat. The base
coat will leak under the tape (which is the same color) and seal the tape for the contrasting color. Freakishly crisp lines
every time.

Find a Friend
Enlist the help of a friend.
Article compiled by Mr Bhai Angullia
Managing Director of LaminateFlooring.sg

Start with the right product to get
the best results. Premium paint
– which has a higher volume of
solid material, binders and
pigments – offers a longer-
lasting, higher-quality finish than
ordinary paint. Water-based
paint formulas like latex are
preferable to oil-based paints
for interior projects. They’re
quick-drying, easy to touch up,
can be cleaned with soap and
water and have a low odour.
An essential tool for paint pros everywhere, the
color wheel is constructed to help you see the
are three primary colors: red, blue and yellow.
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