How to Paint a Room for Beginners

How to Paint a Room for Beginners – Colors affect your mood. So if you often feel down lately, it’s probably the time to repaint your room. You don’t need to replace the furniture or any stuff inside the room. Only Repaint it. Paint the walls with your favorite colors. And see that your mood soars again.

Painting is messy business for the beginners. Yes, right. You can always ask a professional painter to paint your room. But if you’re always up to a challenge, why not paint it yourself? If you’re new in wall painting, here we outline some tips of how to paint a room for beginners. Let’s begin.

10 Steps Easy : How to Paint a Room for Beginners

How to Paint a Room for Beginners

The Preparation

The first thing to consider of how to paint a room for beginners is about the paint color. Now you have to decide which colors that suit best to your room. You need to be sure of the paint colors of your wall. It probably tedious, but it’s the most important step. To do it right, you need to find paint testers. If you like particular colors, gathers from different brands with their different color shades. 

Apply them on the wall and see the color. Let the color sits for a while. And the see them on different light conditions. See how they react to the morning or afternoon sun, for example. And don’t forget about how the colors react under artificial light. Do you feel one of them can make a certain difference mood to the room? If gives you a better mood than the other paint colors, you have found the right one.

Find the Right Finishes

And now about the finishes. You love glossy or matte paint finishes? The glossy paints make a brighter look to the room, as it reflects most of light come onto them. These paints also easy to clean, compared to the matte paints. If you prefer a calmer room, pick matte paint colors. It’s less reflective and gives cooler atmosphere to the room. They also better at hiding the imperfection on the wall. Which’s better? It’s up to your taste.

Oil-based or Water-based Paints?

You also need to consider the paint’s ingredients. In short, you can find water-based paints, latex-based paints, and oil-based paint. The bases affect the paint’s durability. Water-based paints dry quickly, they also easy to clean in case you accidentally spill them on the floor. The latex-based paints have the similar characteristic as well. Meanwhile, the oil-based paint have higher durability (tough not easy to clean when spilled).

What about the Ceiling

Now that you have find the right paint for the wall, we move to the ceiling. If you love white ceiling paint, make sure you have the right white shade with the approach outlined previously. If white too mainstream, you can always pick other colors for the ceiling. Feels free to experiment with the paint testers, and find the most suitable.

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Grab the Right Tools

Now that you have the right paints for the room, it’s time to apply them to the wall.  Will you paint with a brush or a roller? Before into the action, let’s consider the right tools.

A brush may consists of natural bristles, artificial bristles, and the composite natural-artificial bristle. If you want to use oil-based paints, a brush with natural bristles suits you well. You will have a good paint finishes. A brush with synthetic bristles is good for water based paints, as it won’t absorb water and swell (causing uneven marks).  

If you don’t really care about the paint bases, choose brush with natural-artificial bristle.  As it’s equally good for both oil-based and water-based paints.

Move to the roller, according its pile length, you have a short roller. It’s good for flat surfaces. A long roller’s good for textured surfaces. If you want a roller which have the combined capability of rolling flat and textured wall, use the medium roller.

Cover the Furniture

Before painting the room, as an ideal way of how to paint a room for beginners, you should move out all the furniture in the room. But if you have difficulty to move them out, just cover the furniture. All in the room. Find drop cloths to cover them. You can also cover them with canvas, as the material can absorb paint when sprayed or spilled accidentally. You also need to cover the wall sockets and light switches with tapes. The floor, mainly on the parts next to the wall, also needs covering.    

Preparing the Wall

Before applying paint to the wall, make sure that you have a clean and even wall surfaces. If there’re any cracks or tiny holes on it, patched them first. The previous paint should also scrape away any peeled paints. And then sand the wall to clear all the unevenness. Dust off the wall with vacuum cleaner to clear all the sandpaper residues. Lastly, wipe the wall with wet cloth (soak it in a mixture of warm water and mild detergent) to even clean it further. Wait it until dry before applying paint.  

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The Priming

It’s Ok to paint the wall with your favorite paint now. But if you want a better luster, you should consider to put a paint primer first. Apply the primer just like when you paint the wall. When finished, allow the primer to set in and 100% dry.

The Painting Processes

Open your paint bucket and stir it evenly. Take your brush and wet it with water. The paint will not drip onto the handle that way. Now you ready to paint the wall. Please don’t dip your brush too dip. A half inch or so will do. It will prevent the brush from overload and drips the paint to the floor.

Paint the room from top to bottom. It means that you need to paint the ceiling. Start from one of the corners. Once finished, you can start to paint the trims and edges. Use trim brush (the 2-3 inch size brush) for the purpose.  

If you use roller, move the roller in tight W pattern.  Move the roller continuously to fill the gaps between the W patterns until the paint run out. This way you will have smoother result, without any tide marks. To avoid the hatbanding effects, the different color effect at the edge of wall or next to the trims, roll it closely to the parts.


Once the painting finished, remove the tapes from light switches, wall sockets, or else. Remove the drop cloth from the furniture as well. And then wash all the painting tools. If you use water-based paint, clean the brush with water. Clean a brush for oil-based paints with spirit or kerosene.

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So, that’s how to paint a room for beginners. Easy? We hope so. Just follow the steps and your room will be always vibrant at all times.



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