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How To Paint A Living Room In 4 Easy Steps

Q: How do I paint my living room?

A: Redoing a living room can be as simple as putting a new coat of paint on the walls. All you need to do is pick a color, grab some supplies, prepare your space and then start painting.   

Follow these four living room painting tips to make the job easier.

Step 1: Choose your perfect paint color

Painting a room begins with choosing the perfect paint color. Your living room should reflect how you and your family live. Consider the following questions as you select your paint color: Are you more formal or casual? What types of furniture, draperies and decor accent your room? Does your living room connect with other areas of your home? If it does, use the color you select as an accent in adjoining areas.

Bright paint colors on your wall, like yellow, can be paired with more neutral colored shades such as gray, to energize your space without being too overwhelming. White and blue paints can foster a beachy feeling in your living room, while different shades of white promote a classic feel.

After you've picked your ideal color, you'll need to select the proper sheen. Flat paints are ideal for touch-ups and hiding problem areas. Satins are easy to clean and perfect if you have children or pets.

Step 2: Gather your paint supplies

After you've chosen your paint color, it’s time to gather the supplies you'll need for the job. In addition to your paint, you'll need paint brushes, a roller and roller tray, masking tape, drop cloths and rags.

Depending on your space, you may also need a step ladder, caulk and a caulking gun, sand paper as well as putty and a putty knife.

Step 3: Getting ready to paint

Take down all of your drapes, remove rugs, pictures, furniture, and light switch plates before you begin painting. Use drop cloths and painters tape to protect any surfaces you don't want to accidentally get paint on. Make sure walls are clean and any holes or imperfections are filled.

Step 4: Paint

Paint from the top of your walls to the floor. Go over the surface a few times to ensure that you've got an even coat of paint on the wall. Keep in mind that oil-based paints take longer to dry than latex paint, giving you the opportunity to put several coats on your wall.

Start in a corner of the wall by cutting in (painting the edge of the wall next to the ceiling) by painting a two to three inch wide area completely around the room where the ceiling meets the top of the walls.
Using a nine inch roller, roll the remainder of the walls by painting smaller segments. Work in square areas approximately three to four feet in size. That way you can always be painting back in to wet paint which will minimize a splotchy, inconsistent finish on the wall.
Hint: Do not cut-in an entire room and then try to roll all the walls. You will have problems with a phenomenon called “hat banding” or “picture framing” which means your cut lines will be visible. Do one wall at a time.
By following this room painting advice and room painting tips, you are increasing and the value of your home and modernizing its look by giving your living room a fresh, clean look by simply putting a coat of paint on your walls.

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