If you are thinking of doing some decorating, here are some hints and tips that you may find useful

  1. Choose your tools with care

Not all brushes are made equal. For trim painting, use a smaller brush that has an angle cut to the hairs. This will allow you to get into those difficult corners. If you are using a roller choose one that is appropriate to your wall surface. If your walls are less than smooth use a large-nap roller. A flat or smooth wall requires a low-nap roller.

  1. Create a ‘paint station’

Paint has a nasty habit of getting everywhere. Spills can be costly. So, create a ‘paint station,’ where you store all your paint cans and refill your paint trays.

  1. Take care of your paint

Don’t forget to cover your paint can between refills to keep the air out and your paint fresh.

Add a few drops of vanilla or lavender essence to your paint – this neutralizes the smell of paint fumes and makes painting more pleasant.
4. Clean as you go

Clean as you go – have paper towels and damp rags handy to grab any drips or spills as you paint. Paint comes off slick surfaces like tile and glass windows when dry if you use straight razor blades.

  1. Care for your brushes

Instead of washing your brush out each time you take a break, try wrapping your paintbrush in some plastic wrap or a plastic bag and set it aside. You can even store it overnight if you keep the brush wrapped in plastic and put it in the refrigerator.

  1. Plan ahead

Once you finish your painting project, don’t throw out the leftover paint. A few weeks or months down the road, you may notice a couple of scratches on the wall and want to touch them out. Paint can be stored in plastic containers or small glass jars. Label the container with the label from the paint can, that way if you need to get more of the same colour, you have the information at your fingertips.

3 tricks of the interior decorating TRADE

All interior designers have their tricks of the trade – usually they’re kept closely secret – but in this issue we let you in on three very clever tricks indeed.

  1. Use a carpet with two different heights of pile – smooth and long.
  2. Use different shades of the same colour: When you have decided on the colour scheme you want for your room, aim for two different shades of the same colour. This will add depth and enhanced style to your finish.
  3. Don’t be afraid to use dark colours: Using darker colours in moderation in a lighter room can create a dramatic effect. For instance, if you have a pale cream room, you could paint the window frame black to create contrast.
  4. Choose your tools with care

Not all brushes are made equal. For trim painting, use a smaller brush that has an angle cut to the hairs. This will allow you to get into those difficult corners. If you are using a roller choose one that is appropriate to your wall surface. If your walls are less than smooth use a large-nap roller. A flat or smooth wall requires a low-nap roller.

  1. Create a ‘paint station’

Paint has a nasty habit of getting everywhere. Spills can be costly. So, create a ‘paint station,’ where you store all your paint cans and refill your paint trays.

  1. Take care of your paint

Don’t forget to cover your paint can between refills to keep the air out and your paint fresh.

Add a few drops of vanilla or lavender essence to your paint – this neutralizes the smell of paint fumes and makes painting more pleasant.
4. Clean as you go

Clean as you go – have paper towels and damp rags handy to grab any drips or spills as you paint. Paint comes off slick surfaces like tile and glass windows when dry if you use straight razor blades.

  1. Care for your brushes

Instead of washing your brush out each time you take a break, try wrapping your paintbrush in some plastic wrap or a plastic bag and set it aside. You can even store it overnight if you keep the brush wrapped in plastic and put it in the refrigerator.

  1. Plan ahead

Once you finish your painting project, don’t throw out the leftover paint. A few weeks or months down the road, you may notice a couple of scratches on the wall and want to touch them out. Paint can be stored in plastic containers or small glass jars. Label the container with the label from the paint can, that way if you need to get more of the same colour, you have the information at your fingertips.

3 tricks of the interior decorating TRADE

All interior designers have their tricks of the trade – usually they’re kept closely secret – but in this issue we let you in on three very clever tricks indeed.

  1. Use a carpet with two different heights of pile – smooth and long.
  2. Use different shades of the same colour: When you have decided on the colour scheme you want for your room, aim for two different shades of the same colour. This will add depth and enhanced style to your finish.
  3. Don’t be afraid to use dark colours: Using darker colours in moderation in a lighter room can create a dramatic effect. For instance, if you have a pale cream room, you could paint the window frame black to create contrast.

Article by Jane Barsby