Your Interior House Painting FAQs Answered

Professional decorators often say that nothing can change the look of a space so quickly (and, better yet, so inexpensively!) as a fresh coat of paint. If you’re thinking about repainting any rooms in your North Carolina or South Carolina home and you don’t have much painting experience, though, you probably have questions about best practices to ensure that the final result is high quality. 


As you continue reading here, you’ll discover the answers to several frequently asked questions about interior painting. This guide is meant to provide you with basic information about painting your home to give it a new look. If you have special questions that pertain to your situation, such as being a historic homeowner, you’ll probably have to conduct more research. Painting an Antebellum Carolina residence is not the same as painting walls that are only five or ten years old, after all!


Is there a right way to paint a house?


The short answer to this question is “No.” Your family’s lifestyle and daily routine will largely dictate the “right” way to paint your own home. Some families, for instance, prefer to paint their homes beginning with the rooms they use most so they can enjoy them more. Others, though, would rather start with the spaces they hardly ever use so they don’t have to disrupt their everyday routines too much at first. 


Furthermore, if you’re intending to paint both the outside and the inside of your home, you’ll have to decide which project to tackle first. Some Carolina homeowners value curb appeal, so they choose to do the exterior first. Other people, however, would rather repaint interior spaces where they actually live their daily lives. 


Should interiors be painted prior to moving in? 


This question is only applicable to those who are either moving to new-to-them houses in North Carolina or South Carolina and to those who are currently in the midst of new construction projects. If either of these scenarios describe your current circumstances, though, it is absolutely a smart idea to paint the interior of your house before you move in. 


Not only will it be easier to lay drop cloths and deal with other painting supplies before your furnishings are arranged, but you won’t have to worry about navigating your house with piles of possessions laying around while the walls dry. All-in-all, it’s a win-win to paint first and move in later. 


How do I pick the perfect colors?


There are a lot of things to take into consideration when it comes to picking paint colors. First, you will need to evaluate your personal tastes. Some people, for instance, prefer bright, happy wall colors that make it feel like summer all year long. Others like warm, cozy hues that are reminiscent of fall colors and longer evenings. Still others enjoy neutral wall shades that allow them to change their decorative accessories frequently without worrying about clashing. 


If you are struggling to decide what color or colors you want for your remodeled space, get online. There are all sorts of websites where you can view home decor inspiration photos. You may also want to speak to a local Carolina interior designer who can help you hone in on your personal decor style. 


Hopefully this guide has given you some things to think about before you start your next house painting project. Remember, if there’s ever a painting job you don’t want to handle on your own, you don’t have to DIY it! There are plenty of reputable painting companies throughout the Carolinas who would love to assist you with any remodeling projects you have in mind. 

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