Add colour to your home

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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:

Be­fore paint­ing

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.

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