Update your home with a lick of paint

One of the cheapest and simplest ways to improve your home is by painting it.

One of the cheapest and simplest ways to improve your home is by painting it.

A lick of paint can instantly transform the look and feel of your property, both inside and out, and can be as subtle or as showy as you like. And the best thing is, you can do it yourself - so there are no costly decorator fees to pay.

Remember this simple rule of thumb - light shades make a room appear bigger, while darker shades make a room feel smaller and warmer.

And you don’t have to stick to one uniform colour throughout. In fact, painting one wall or area of a room, a chimney breast for example, in a contrasting shade can add depth and character to your rooms too.

Preparation is key

Make sure that you prepare properly before launching into a painting project. Not only will the proper tools and preparation ensure an excellent finish, it will also cut the time you have to spend cleaning up afterwards down to an absolute minimum!

Before you start measure the space you will be painting and ensure you have enough paint to finish the project. If you are painting a lighter colour over a darker wall remember it may take a few coats of paint so ensure you plan well ahead as not all batches of paint match perfectly and you don’t want to run out half way through.

Have the proper brushes, a paint kettle, paint/roller trays and tape off the skirting boards, wall switches etc before you begin. Ensure you have drop sheets to protect furnishings and flooring from paint splashes and wear old clothing as you will get messy. To save your hands use disposable latex gloves.