Add colour to your home
Paints have the ability to reflect one’s personality and play a vital role in healing therapy. Who doesn’t want to have a home all colourful and shiny during the festival season? There are guests coming over, celebrations... painting a home is the right way to go. Today, the selection of paints is definitely not the sole responsibility of a painter/contractor as more and more buyers are taking the onus of picking the right brand for their homes. As end-consumers are becoming more sensitive to their needs, paint companies are also now focusing on providing paints that are ‘healthy’.
A good painting job can add a new dimension to your home. Undertaking simple precautions and procedures can ensure that your walls look like new for a longer time:
One must check for areas that need to be fixed before painting. Any sort of plastering, waterproofing and repairing must be completed before you get the paint on the walls. You can also ask your contractor to use a moisture meter to scan wall surfaces and detect dampness left over after the rains.
It is imperative to check wall surfaces for water seepage/leakage and the same should be rectified at source by repairing leaking pipes or cracks in the exterior walls. All structural cracks must be opened in V shape and filled with crack fill before painting.
All loose plaster must be removed from the wall. This can be done by tapping on the walls. A hollow sound is an indicator of loose plaster. One should ensure proper curing time after repairs to ensure that when re-plastering is done the cracks are bridged and the surface is smooth for painting.
Remove loose particles and paint flakes. Scrape with sandpaper to ensure that the surface is dry and free from dust, dirt or grease.
Fungus-affected areas need a separate treatment. Make a 5% to 10% solution of bleach powder in water and apply on affected areas with brush or sponge. Wash the walls with clean water after an interval of eight to 10 hours. Allow the surface to dry sufficiently.
It is extremely essential to use paints that are lead free or low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds), which would help maintain indoor air quality and keep your family away from the harmful effects of VOC. can be the busiest spot in a house. It can be painted in shades of blue, green, red, yellow, and every imaginable colour. Soothing neutrals and whites can work there too. Blue is a cool and refreshing colour while green relaxes the mind. White creates the feeling of openness and cleanliness and a greyed-down version also works without requiring too much maintenance.
Natural and neutral shades with an undertone of grey create the perfect look of sophistication.