Apartment Painting: Sprucing Up Your Rental Space
Apartment painting is the quickest and least expensive solution to spruce up your rental space. Choosing the right colors and shades can add a lot of personality to a space in which you cannot make any big design decisions. Many times, the rental units in an apartment building are all the same, and a simple paint job can make a plain and simple apartment more personal.
Although painting seems simple, there are a few basics that you should remember before going into a big apartment painting project. The rooms you are painting should be clean and dust free before painting. This is because dirt and dust make it difficult for the paint to stick to the walls, and if the walls are too dirty, the paint will eventually peel. Additionally, it is best to use a primer on the walls before painting with the desired colors. Primer paint serves a number of purposes. It can be used to cover a darker paint, especially if you are using a lighter shade. It also ensures that the top coat of paint will stick to the walls better. Without the use of a primer, the finished product can look unprofessional, and might not last long.
Not giving much thought into your choices for the right colors, shades and finishes can be just as disastrous. Apartment painting introduces a new set of challenges, especially if you want to bring more personality to plain white walls. There are several things to consider, including space, to create the illusion you want. Light shaded colors are better-suited for a small apartment space. These colors help create the illusion of a larger space by making the ceiling and walls appear much farther away. A light color choice is not limited to just neutral colors. In fact, adding accents with brighter colors such as yellow or red, can add an extra design to make the room stand out even more. Bright colors can both bring more vitality to any room and reflect light much better. Light reflection is one of the many elements that will have an important role in having a more spacious appearance to a small apartment. In addition to brighter color choices, you can also add mirrors, and other furnishings, especially if they are made of a reflective material, to add to a more spacious appearance.
You should also consider paint finishes when doing some apartment painting. Using a paint with an added gloss can also create a more appealing look to a plain room. Unlike general home painting, a sheen or glossy finish can offer a better solution to the issues with space in an apartment. This is because the finish has some reflective elements that can amplify both the colors and light in the room. This way, it will not always be necessary to add other furnishings or mirrors to the room to give the effect of a larger room. However, a glossy finish does not hide imperfections well, and it is best to use a no-gloss finish if the walls are not in a good condition.
Apartment painting can be a do-it-yourself project. Painting is typically very easy, however, there are some elements to painting that might require consultation with a professional. If you do not have an eye for design, a professional can help you decide what color schemes will best compliment the space you have.