Avoid mistakes that consume time and money
Don’t know what is the best painting for your project? Be sure to search. The type of paint you choose is just as important as the color and can have an important effect on the character of your room, the quality of your painting work and the vibration you want to achieve. Where the room is located, how it will be used, how big or small it is, and the overall appearance you are trying to achieve are the main factors to consider. These factors can subtly influence things like your paint’s brightness or saturation, so you need to consider them closely.
Get as many samples as you can and order a color palette. Play with these samples – check the ink’s performance proposed on the packaging and if the ink accepts cleaning or post-painting washing. When browsing photos or reading information online, you will have a conceptual idea of how the finishes are different. Only by applying paint in the desired space is it possible to have a real sense of how it will work. You can test with a piece of cardboard instead of the wall because you can move it around the room to see it with your furniture in different lights and at different times of the day. That way, you can feel good about your choice because you are eliminating the fundamental assumption.
Most of the wall paintings sold today are water-based, mainly due to their ease of use. If your surface has previously been coated with an oil-based product, be careful when changing to water-based paint, as there may be problems with adhesion. In this situation, Sherwin-Williams recommends washing the surface and then roughening it with medium to smooth sandpaper – leaving it clean, dry, and dull to avoid flaking the new coat.
For cases where an oil-based paint would traditionally be preferable, but you want a water-based product, several companies have introduced “water-based enamels” or “water-based alkyds.” These paints look and behave like oil-based options because they have good leveling qualities for a smooth finish.
Advantages of water-based paints:
- does not require pre-treatment
- no mold growth
- low levels of toxic VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds)
- easy cleaning with water
- fast drying
- a crack-resistant elastic and flexible finish
- can be used on almost any surface
- color stable over time, no yellow or faded sunlight
Disadvantages of water-based paints:
- don’t tend to be as vivid or rich
- they are not as resistant as oil-based or urethane paints
- can detach from the walls if moistened
- attractive shine
- good for rooms with high humidity (for example, bathroom or kitchen)
- longer drying time (good for making corrections)
- good “leveling” (brush strokes are filled to create a smooth finish)
- hard and durable finish
Disadvantages of oil-based paints:
- VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can be harmful by inhaling
- confused process
- hard to wash
Brightness options vary by manufacturer but share some standard features. As durability improves at all gloss levels with newer paints, many people are finding creative ways to mix and match them. We realized that customers are becoming more experimental in using paint finishes to create real impact and texture within a scheme. Try painting a full brightness strip on a matte wall of the same color to create an impressive, textured look.
- is the least reflective brightness available
- has a velvety texture
- helps hide imperfections in walls and ceilings
- offers a great color depth
- is generally considered the standard brightness for walls
- it can sometimes be challenging to clean
Velvety finish and satin paint (satin is a little brighter than velvety finish):
- have some reflectivity
- offer greater durability
- they are often used in demanding environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms, where easy cleaning is required without a highly shiny finish
Semi-gloss and glossy ink:
- great for kitchens, doors, window trims, accent walls and bathrooms
- are the most pronounced reflexes
- are highly durable and withstand multiple cleanings
- are traditionally used in baseboards, frames and doors
- it can stand out for good when applied to a “smooth” wall, but also for bad, on imperfect surfaces.
Some experts recommend experimenting with a detail wall with a gloss finish, while the rest of a room is matte. A matte shine provides a calm and serene feeling, because of this textural element. At the other end of the spectrum, the glow adds energy and emotion. Remember that darker and richer colors have a naturally higher shine (due to increased dye); therefore, you can consider a lower brightness when using a darker ink color.
As for the velvety finish and satin, a tip is to use them in smaller spaces with little natural light. Reflects light to enhance color. It is also great for covering imperfections on the walls and is scratch resistant.
The 4 most common mistakes in the living room and tips to correct them
Nowadays, the living room is one of the most important rooms in the house – and also the breeding ground for some of the most serious interior design mistakes.
Fortunately, whether the issue is sofas lining the walls or ignoring aesthetics in favor of restricted functionality, most of these problems also have a fairly easy solution.
If you think you may be guilty of one or two mistakes in the room, read on. We’ll show you how to identify the problem at hand, explain why it doesn’t work, and teach you how to make the necessary changes to take your design to the next level.
Sometimes, small adjustments make all the difference.
1) Proportion of incomprehension
Proportion is one of the main elements of interior design. Essentially, this concept comes down to the way the items in the room relate.
Ideally, each component of the room varies in shape and size to keep things visually interesting, but still come together to make the space appear properly unified.
To do this, most designers use the golden ratio.
This equation says that furniture arrangements are more aesthetically pleasing when kept at a 2: 3 ratio. Take the photo above as an example.
You will notice that you have a coffee table two thirds the length of the sofa and a sofa two thirds the width of the area rug.
Try to reflect these proportions in your own design.
You probably won’t need to break any rules to achieve this look. Use your perception to find the right proportions.
When organizing your space, pay close attention to how these settings make you feel. If something seems “wrong”, play around with the arrangement until you feel more comfortable.
At this point, your proportions are likely to be in order.
2) Calling in the layout
We all saw a room or two where all the furniture is pushed against the walls, leaving a cavernous space in the middle of the room.
Although this may initially seem like a great way to make the room look bigger, it ends up leaving the space unbalanced. It also greatly limits the amount of usable space.
In that case, instead of using the walls as a guide, your goal should be to create distinct groupings with your furniture.
Start by choosing a focal point for the room – such as a fireplace, some built-in or even a sizable TV screen – and build your arrangement around that point.
Most living room designs will focus on this main grouping. However, this does not mean that you should be the only one.
If you have enough space to create an area that has a secondary function – such as a reading nook or work table – organize these items into their own grouping.
The important thing is that each piece of furniture appears to have been purposely put to work with the rest of the items in the room.
3) Neglect your layers
Currently, living rooms are some of the most used spaces in our homes. They are where we will relax and unwind after a long day.
However, as these rooms become progressively more “inhabited”, they are also victims of prioritizing function over form, as the space seems incomplete.
When your space lacks that aesthetic touch, effective layers are the key to bringing it back to life. A complete design is made up of a combination of the following elements:
- Wallpaper: Ink, wallpaper.
- Flooring: Wood, carpet, vinyl.
- Furniture : Beds, chairs, tables.
- Textiles : Pillows, blankets, rugs, bedding.
- Lighting : ceiling lights, table lamps, environmental features.
- Wall tapestries: photos, works of art, mirrors.
- Home furnishings: Flowers, coffee table books, photos.
Your best bet is to look around the room and take stock of all the missing layers in your design. Then, over time, make an effort to include them.
As you add items, choose items that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures, so that you also see the benefit of additional visual interest.
4) Forgetting the unit
Sometimes, our living rooms can become collections of the design elements we have collected over the years, instead of a single, definitive style statement.
Whether it is the result of a combination of families or multiple changes, a touch of unity is often required to bring together even the most eclectic design.
In that case, color is your secret weapon. Take a second to look at the photo above and notice how the vast majority of items fit the same color palette.
Even if you don’t really like to combine so much, adding some coordinating shades can help bring the room together. With the exception of color, you can also use a pattern or texture to create a common line.
Now that we are spending increasing amounts on our rooms, their design has taken on a greater level of importance.
With that in mind, we believe it is time to move beyond some of the tricks that have plagued these spaces for years.
We describe some of the most common mistakes in the living room and how to fix them. Read them and look inside.
Sometimes, only a few minor changes are needed to completely update your appearance.