Wednesday, May 4, 2011


The Walls are the most important part of any structure. Selecting the right colours for the walls, windows and wood surfaces is perhaps one of the most difficult things about building a home. From arriving at a consensus on which colour would go where, to deciding on the type of finish, to finally zeroing in on the brand of paint to buy, the process can be laborious and painstaking. The color on your walls sets the ‘mood’ of the room or the entire house .Therefore colours should be chosen with care and such that they match the room, its purpose and of course, the furniture in the room.
There’s a dizzying array of paint varieties on the shelf, computer-assisted paint section facilities, precision paint mixers and the advice of specialist colour consultants to top it all, to help one take care of the painting on one’s home. If there is any difficulty today it is in making a choice from among the plethora of shades and brands at a paint shop for each room.
It is the colours that impart the final and finishing touch to a dwelling. How to make it most appealing and aesthetic is what takes some planning and consideration. The colour scheme depends upon a lot of factors like the size of the room, lighting (both artificial and natural), the functional requirement of the room and the type of furniture and furnishings being used in the room
Light colours, colours with a lot of white in them, make an area seem larger, spacious and airy. Hence, smaller rooms painted in light colours for wall and ceiling seem more spacious .This effect can be enhanced by matching the colours with furnishings.

Dark colours, being more ‘solid’, seem heavier and bring surfaces closer. They give the impression of less space.
Neutral colours like white, cream or grey create a soft and easy ambience. However, it is better if it seems like one colour dominates. A touch of flair can be added by choosing brightly accented furnishings in a room. Earthy colours like terracotta, deep reds and browns will give your room an ethnic look.

Too many colours in one room may prove distracting. A bolder approach could be using more than one colour for the background, maybe a combination of contrasting colours like red and blue.

Painting of a home consists of two main categories, namely interior and exterior paints .They are areas to be approached differently.

Before the painting work begins, make sure that all surface pores and cracks are smoothed out using filler. Aberrations like nail holes, cracks and other defects should be properly filed and smoothened. Apply a coat of primer before painting. Ensure that the thickness of the paint applied is uniform across the surface .The paint should be devoid of variations in texture and finish in areas such as edges, corners and crevices.
Exterior Paints:-
For exterior walls there are four classes of emulsion paints - economy, regular, elastomeric and textural paints. All these varieties have common features such as resistance to weather, adequate longevity, and resistance to algal growth.

The latest rage in exterior paint is the textural paint. Often very expensive, these paints can give walls pre-designed textures. Application of such paints requires a fiberglass board to be affixed to the surface before paint is applied. Special rollers are used to apply the paint.

Interior paints:-
Interior paints for walls, windows and other surfaces have evolved drastically over the years. In addition to already available distemper paints in different shades, a variety of emulsion paints are also available now .The choice is between the economy, regular, premium and luxury categories.

As with exterior varieties, paints for interior walls too come in the textural/designer variety. These paints give a special flair to the internal walls, showcasing a texture. Today the customer can actually see how a surface looks painted with the paint he wishes to buy. Furthermore, software from leading paint companies now allow customers to mix and match colors and shades, to find the perfect shade. These computer-assisted paint dispensers and mixers allow a client to order for the exact shade of paint he has in mind.

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