How to Paint a Room (7 Steps)

While painting is the most common DIY task, knowing how to paint a room like a professional isn’t common knowledge. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice, we’re here to help you brush up on how to paint a room.

How To Paint Inside The House

Once you’ve decided which colour to paint your home, it’s time to prepare for your painting project. The steps below will help you know how to paint a room:

Step One: Remove furniture, artwork and objects from the room.

Step Two: Cover the floors and furniture that can’t be moved with drop cloths.

Step Three: Wearing rubber gloves and face mask, use sugar soap with a damp sponge to wash the walls.Dry off the wall with a clean, dry sponge.

Step Four: If there’s any peeling paint, holes or chips, sand them back and fill these with a putty. Wait until it dries before sanding off and cleaning with a damp sponge. Dry off with a dry cloth.

Step Five: Use painter’s tape to cover up any fittings, skirting boards or window frames.

Step Six: Apply a high-quality primer. Haymes Paint has an extensive range of high-quality primer and preparation products.

Step Seven: Once the primer has dried, apply your interior paint before allowing it dry and applying another coat.

Step Eight: If you can, it’s best to leave your furniture away from the walls for at least 24 hours to allow it to cure. Tip: Paint cures over many days and weeks - so the longer you can leave it - the more resistant it will be to scuffs and chips.

For more tips on how to paint a house interior, view our videos.

How To Paint A Room Professionally

When it comes to DIY painting projects, including how to paint a bedroom, the following tips will help:

Step One: Avoid roller marks by using a paint roller on the full height of the wall, keeping a wet edge: For a professional paint roller technique, it’s important to ensure you roll the full height of the wall, then continue in a ‘W’ motion to blend it well. Before you use the paint roller on your wall, make sure you’ve cut in your edges with a fresh coat of paint along the floor and ceiling by using a brush. This painted edge should be wide enough for the roller to fit.

Step Two: Use professional painter’s tape: Say goodbye to masking tape! Using painter’s tape is the best way to ensure crisp, clean lines, no paint smudging and a professional look. Painter’s tape is also easy to remove once the paint is dry. Tip: it’s important to remove your painter’s tape soon after you’ve finished painting as it becomes harder to remove if left on a surface for days.

Step Three: Paint the trim first: Professional painters order of painting is usually to paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls.

Step Four: Use cotton drop sheets instead of plastic drop sheets: When you use cotton drop sheets, you’ll be less likely to slip and also have minimal issues with tracking paint through your house. You’ll find a full range of drop sheets at your local Haymes store.

Unsure about which paint colours to use? Download a Haymes Colour Card or book a Colour Consult either online or at your home. To figure out how much paint do I need for a room, use our online paint calculator. This simple tool will help you estimate how much paint for a room you’ll need for your painting project.