22 top painting blunders
biggest threat to a good paint job? The clock.
choosing a great color that somehow turns hideously wrong to completing a paint
job that looks gorgeous, then starts peeling, most painting mistakes trace back
to a lack of prep work.
If you want to make sure your next
paint job looks like something out of a home decorating show, here are the biggest
mistakes pros see -- and how you can prevent them:
|Avoid these top 22 painting mistakes|
Jumping the gun. Deciding you've got to buy the paint and paint this weekend.
"Do not go shopping for paint intending to bring home paint that day,"
says Christopher Lowell, the Emmy award-winning lifestyle expert and author of
"Seven Layers of Design." Instead, he says "grab swatches -- as
many as you like." Put them in a high traffic area of your house, and see
which ones you gravitate toward, he says.
Dreaming up colors. Pulling your color selections out of thin air. "The
best way to choose a color for your space is to start with an inspiration that
is visual," says Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of "Apartment Therapy"
and a frequent makeover expert on HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style." It
can be a rug or a photo from a magazine. In either case, you aren't left trying
to describe your idea of a color. You can simply point to it. Best of all, since
your example has already been created by professionals well-versed in color, it's
an almost fool-proof way to come up with other complementary colors to use in
your room design.
Pursuing trends. Never mind what the
"hot" colors are this year. You're
living with your choices. Choose hues that
make you happy. One good clue for you is to
consider what solid colors you wear most often
-- besides black and white. "If it feels
good on you, chances are it will feel good
around you in the home," says Lowell.