Painting your home can be a great way to breathe new life into it. You may have just moved in and want to make it your own, or you may have lived there for many years and just want a change of scene.

Whatever your reason for wanting to paint your home, you should not let anything stop you. One thing that you should watch out for is that there are many wrong ways to paint a room. If you are not very experienced in this regard you may want to look for some help to get the job done right. After all, you’re only going to want to do this once.

So where do you get started, well, the first thing that you’re going to want to do is to separate all of the good advice from bad advice. To help you with that, we’ve made a list of the top myths that exist around painting in your home.

1. I don’t need a team of professional painters

So anyone can put paint on the walls. It’s easy, take a brush and start painting. The challenge comes with making the paint even and avoiding getting paint on the floor, the windows, the curtain rails and pretty much everywhere else that you don’t want the paint to be. All it takes is one careless flick of the wrist and you have marked your sealing forever. Now you have to paint the ceiling.

If you want to avoid this extra work, it is best to get a team of professional interior painters in to paint your home. Not only do they have the right equipment and experience, they also know how to get the job done quickly and without any mess.

2. I don’t need a primer

There are some paints on the market that have one of their selling points as not needing a primer. This can mean that you are able to save some money by only purchasing one tin of paint. You can save money this way, but it is not ideal. A primer is the best way to ensure that the paint sticks to the wall and will not chip off easily and that you will have an even coat of paint. It also looks a lot better when all is said and done.

3. I will need to take the edges and the light switches

If you hire a team of professionals, you don’t need to do anything. They will take care of any taping if the need is required. They will also have some tools at their disposal that are specifically designed to paint the edges of a room or navigate tight corners.

4. I don’t need to strip the wallpaper

You can paint on top of wallpaper if you really want to, but we don’t recommend it. In the long term, you are asking for trouble if you do this. It is better to have the professionals come in and strip the wallpaper from the walls so that you can start to paint on a fresh canvas.

5. You should never paint the ceiling

When it comes to painting your ceiling you should know that this is not always going to be in fashion. As it stands accent walls are not nearly as popular as they once were. If you do decide to paint your ceiling, you have to bear in mind that you will have to live with this decision for a long time. As fashions change you may feel differently than you do now.

  • Gretchen is a spiritual guide and life coach. She uses the MANDALA HEALS blog to dispense advice, tutorials & guides on various topics.

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