Paint Quickest, Easiest, & Least Expensive way to change a wall covering. Most popular treatment Wide variety of colors
Selecting Paint Ceilings painted darker color than wall makes room appear top-heavy. Primer – a layer of primer before paint helps the paint to stay long term.
Selecting Paint When selecting paint, choose a color that is slightly lighter than the color desired. Remember that Dark colors make a room feel smaller.
Paint Categories –Latex Water based Available in many colors Easy to apply & clean up Quick-Drying –Oil Based “Alkyd” Stands up to heavy scrubbing (produces a washable surface) Brushes used to apply oil based paint can not be cleaned with warm water.
Wallpaper Originally only for the rich Can be produced in a wide variety of prints and textures Good for disguising odd architectural details
Things to Remember w/Wallpaper Wall paper with vertical stripes make a wall appear taller. Large Patterns make a room appear smaller.
Purchasing Wallpaper Wallpaper comes Washable, Strippable, Scrubbable, or Pre-pasted. Strippable – easy to remove Scrubbable – design remains when scrubbed Pre-pasted – glue already applied to back Packaged and sold by the ROLL (not foot/yard). Run Number printed on wallpaper indicates which dye lot it came from.
Fabric Provides texture (heavy textures make a room appear smaller) Wide range of colors & patterns Could be total wall coverage Could be wall hanging Provides insulation
Vinyl-coated Wallpaper Recommended for Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Playrooms. WHY?
Wood paneling Available in a wide range of colors, grains & species Hides architectural flaws Provides insulation Chair Rail – Decorative molding that divides a wall.
Ceramic tile Attractive Durable Easily cleaned Glazed tile is best for high use areas
Mirrors Used for one wall or accent Makes room appear larger