Interior Decorating Preparation Guidelines

Interior decorating is not difficult and most people will soon become a dab hand with a brush or get the hang of wallpapering quite quickly and be able to produce first-class results. It will help enormously if you assemble a good kit of decorating equipment, choose the right paint and paper, and settle on an appropriate and attractive colour scheme.

Not everyone has a flair for interior design so choosing a colour scheme can be difficult and the results sometimes disappointing. However, there are a few ground rules which, if borne in mind, will help you avoid many of the most common pitfalls.

Unless a room is being refurnished from scratch, including carpets and curtains, it is best to use the colours in existing furnishings as the basis for a colour scheme.

Then the size and shape of the room, its aspect and use, should be considered.

Light colours will make a room seem more spacious, whereas darker colours will make it seem smaller. You can also change the shape of a room by combining light and dark colours. A long, narrow room, for example, looks more square if dark colours are used on the end walls and light colours on the side walls.

Features in a room, such as a chimney breast, can be brought forward by painting them a dark colour with the recess walls painted in a light colour. The opposite effect will be achieved by reversing the colours.

Cold rooms which get very little sun need rich, warm colours to bring them to life. Bright rooms, on the other hand, can be decorated with cool, pale colours.

Patterns should also be matched to a room. A wallpaper with a large motif is best in a big room — in a small room it can be overbearing.

Jazzy, multi-coloured patterns are hardly conducive to relaxation so they are not a good choice for a lounge or bedroom.

These basic guidelines might have to be compromised somewhere along the way but, by and large, they will help greatly in achieving satisfying results.

The right choice of pattern and quality of paper and paint will help on the practical side. The easiest wallpaper designs to use are simple, random designs. These present far fewer problems when pattern matching, papering uneven corners and so on.

Anyone tackling their first wallpapering job would be well advised to cut their teeth on a vinyl or medium thick paper. These will withstand a reasonable amount of pulling around without damage. Thin papers can tear easily after pasting and when being positioned on the wall — more especially if there is some intricate cutting involved.

Paint, both gloss and emulsion, can be bought in non-drip and liquid forms. Non-drip paints have a jelly-like consistency and they will not run or splash about so they are especially useful when developing a good painting technique. Solid emulsion is ideal when decorating the ceiling of a furnished room, for example, as it makes no mess at all.

Lastly, remember that good decorating equipment will last a lifetime of use and help you to achieve good results every time.

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