Ken Julian is an experienced general contractor with over 30 years of experience in all facets of home construction. We asked Ken for some tips for DIY enthusiasts on painting an interior room effectively. Here’s what Ken had to say:

1. Color Selection

Ken says: “If you are planning a large-scale painting project, it is best to start with the brightest and lightest hue in the room first. If you paint too much of your wall or ceiling color on top of those lighter hues, then there will be a noticeable color shift. That could mean throwing out all of your hard work.”

2. Avoid Time Wasting Mistakes

Ken says: “You are wasting time and money if you do not use tape! If the paint is getting on the trim or flooring during a paint job, then that means there wasn’t enough protection in place. If this happens too often, it will be hard to keep your project within budget.”

3. Reduce Paint Costs

Ken says: “It is important to choose the right paints for your painting project. The better quality of paint, the less you will spend overall. For a paint coating to provide optimum coverage and durability, it must contain high-quality pigments that are specifically designed to mix with binder resins.”

4. Reduce the Dust factor

Ken says: “Choose an oil-based paint over latex paint for your project. Latex paints produce more dust when applied, which can be harmful to the lungs.”

5. Preparation is Key

Ken says: “When you are painting a room in the house, it’s not too much extra work to do some routine cleaning while the walls are bare. You can use this time to wash down your windows, dust boards, and furniture, and then easily wipe away grime with a damp cloth or sponge.”

6. The Right Tools

Ken says: “The right tools can make a huge difference in the quality of your paint job. For example, use a roller with a firm nap to cover the largest areas, and use angled brushes when you need precision.”

7. Don’t Mix Subpar Paint with Better Paints

Ken says: “If you are getting your supply of paint from a big box store, make sure you choose a paint that has the quality pigments and binder resins needed to provide optimum coverage. Do not think that by mixing your lesser quality paints with higher-priced paints that you will achieve better results.”

8. Never Paint Directly over Drywall compound or Spackle

Ken says: “If the walls in a room need some patching before you paint, make sure to complete that step first. Newly-applied drywall compound or spackle can be quite difficult to adhere paint too.”

9. Use Paint Sprayers for Smooth Results

Ken says: “If you are painting an entire wall in your project, try using a paint sprayer instead of a roller for the smoothest finish. It will allow you to get in those nooks and crannies while providing improved durability.”

10. Last But Not Least

Ken says: “The easiest way to paint a room is by starting with the ceiling first, then walls. This will allow you to catch any drips on the trim and also prevent accidentally painting over freshly painted areas if you move outside of your work area.”