We're often asked about how to select the right paint, so today we're sharing answers to some of the most common questions along with everything you need to consider before you begin!
PHOTO: LD Shoppe, Leclair Decor | ON THE WALLS: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore
HOW TO PICK A PAINT COLOUR
When selecting the right paint colour, we recommend that you take the following three key considerations into account:
Think about the layout of your space and where you will be able to see the new paint colour from. For example, in open concept homes, consider using more subdued colours as they will cover large areas with high-visibility.
Draw inspiration from magazines and photos online as the colours are often listed and can be a great jumping-off point for selecting a colour for your home.
Consider how much light the room gets during the day as sunlight will influence the way a colour is perceived. If a space only gets a bit of sun in the late afternoon-evening, chances are most colours will read cooler, which should be considered.
PHOTO: Hudson Project, Leclair Decor | ON THE WALLS: Fatigue Green, Benjamin Moore
THE SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED
Once you've decided that painting is in your future, begin gathering all of the supplies you will need to make the process as smooth as possible. Be sure you pick up the following items before opening any paint cans:
Roller Sleeve (10mm)
Painters Tape (don't skip this one!)
PHOTO: Sunroom Project, Leclair Decor | ON THE WALLS: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore
WHEN TO USE A PRIMER
When painting over fresh drywall or covering dark walls, we suggest using a primer to ensure the most crisp coverage can be achieved. Having seen how much of a difference it can make in the final product, we know that purchasing and applying primer is well worth it.
Designer Tip: For touch-ups, be sure to use the same application as the original one; if you used primer for the original application, use it again here. This will help blend and hide areas with marks and scuffs, but nothing will beat a fresh coat on the whole wall!
PHOTO: Richmond Project, Leclair Decor | ON THE WALLS: First Star #7646, Sherwin Williams
SELECTING THE RIGHT FINISH
The finish of the paint is as important as the colour because each finish stands up to moisture, wear, and interacts with light in different ways. For example, eggshell finish stands up better to wear and can be cleaned more easily than a flat paint, which is easily scuffed. These are our finish recommendations:
Eggshell Finish: Interior walls and high traffic areas, including well-ventilated washrooms.
Satin Finish: This finish is ideal for interior trim.
Flat Finish: Best used for ceilings or dark colours as it reflects minimal light when applied.
Designer Tip: In older homes that have plaster walls, use paint with a flat finish to help hide any visible texture or surface imperfections!
HOW TO PAINT CABINETS
Did you decide it's your cabinetry in need of a refresh and not your walls? If so, start by removing all doors so you can sand and clean them thoroughly. Prior to painting, we recommend also using a primer to avoid any headaches with the colour not adhering properly.
Designer Tip: When painting cabinets, use a brush in the corners, a roller in larger areas, and remember not to apply too much paint!
PHOTO: Pinefield Project, Leclair Decor | ON THE CABINETS: Black Forest Green, Benjamin Moore
PAINTING IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Sun can make painting challenging, especially in exterior paint applications. When painting areas that will be in full sun, we recommend a proper exterior paint with a built-in primer and low lustre or satin finish. This will provide the right amount of coverage and shine without coming off as overly bright.
PHOTO: Leclair Home, Leclair Decor | ON THE DOOR: Blackjack, Benjamin Moore
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