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How to make newly built home interiors go from white to wow!

Rohm & Haas Co : 23 March, 2005  (Company News)
'Interior painting is the number one do-it-yourself project because it allows the homeowner to inexpensively alter the look or mood of a room to enhance the space,' according to Debbie Zimmer, color and decorating consultant with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute. 'Many new homes have tall spaces and the simple application of interesting paint colors can make these open areas warmer and more welcoming.
'Interior painting is the number one do-it-yourself project because it allows the homeowner to inexpensively alter the look or mood of a room to enhance the space,' according to Debbie Zimmer, color and decorating consultant with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute. 'Many new homes have tall spaces and the simple application of interesting paint colors can make these open areas warmer and more welcoming.

Follow these Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute tips for your next interior painting project.

1. Prepare the Surface
Good preparation requires the surface be clean and sound. Check for handprints, greasy fingerprints, as well as dirt and scuff marks. Lightly sand glossy spots so the new paint will adhere properly.

2. Pick the Correct Tools
For latex paint application, purchase synthetic materials because they will hold their shape and maintain the proper stiffness when used with water-based paints. The general rules for naps are the smoother the surface, the shorter the nap; the rougher the surface, the longer the nap.

3. Decide on the Appropriate Paint Sheen and Color
If you're unsure of which color to use, purchase small quantities of a few you like and try them out in the room you will be painting. View the color in both daylight and at night because the color may appear different based on the lighting within the space.

Sheen is another factor. Higher sheen paints tend to offer a bit more durability than flat paints and are appropriate in areas that get a lot of use. Satin or low lustre finishes tend to impart more warmth and depth to a room than a flat paint. The ceiling is a great place to use higher sheen paint for additional lighting reflection.

4. Purchase Quality Paints
Always purchase top quality acrylic latex interior paint. A quality latex paint will go on smoothly and offers soap and water clean-up and long lasting beauty.
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