Tuesday, November 29 2011
DIY painting myths
Attempted a DIY painting job can often be overshadowed by previous advice mixed in with some old wives tales.
Myth #1: Never paint a room black
False - According to interior design expert Nate Berkus, black paint on walls can add drama to a room with ample natural light.
Myth #2: Painting a small room white will make it look bigger
False - White walls running into a white ceiling doesn't automatically result in a larger space. However, using colour instead gives the eye a place to focus on, distracting it from the size of the room.
Myth #3: Painting when temperatures are high will help the surface dry quicker
Warmer weather in Australia is often associated with humidity - when the air is full of moisture. This means water-based paint takes longer to dry. Temperatures exceeded 33 degrees will also cause paint to dry too quickly.
Myth #4: Never paint exposed brick
True and false - while exposed brick can add character to any room, it is also a unique surface to splash some paint on. However, the future use of the space must be considered, because it is very difficult to return the wall to its natural brick condition.