How To Paint A Room

How to paint a room step by step to make painting more fun.

without all the hassle!

And if you want to know a little more about my Norwich Painter services... are just some ways I can help you with your project:

  • You do the work yourself and I can help with some suggestions. See further down the page. [No charge - of course]
  • You do the bits you like and let me quote for the rest. [A good way to keep down the cost]
  • Let me quote for the whole job and I can get back to you the next day. [See what my customers say about my rates. --> ]

Of course one of the most important and fun decisions you will have to make is what colours to use in each of your rooms. A customer of mine in Norwich was overwhelmed by the choices. One thing she was certain about - she didn't want magnolia.

She asked several friends to come around and help her choose. They came up with some interesting home painting ideas and decided on Guess what? You've guessed it...

It certainly improved the look of the house. She was looking for tenants and I think this colour really brightened up her rooms and dark stairwell.

How much does house paint cost in Norwich? I am always happy to shop around and there is no extra cost. In fact sometimes I can get it cheaper for you.

I use B&Q and Homebase in Norwich and often give the local "Ironmongers" a look in too. They can be very flexible -they sell paint in smaller quantities - and are often cheaper than the big stores. For the more specialised Farrow And Ball Eco paints I use "Paint and Paper" near Asda.

How To Paint A Room

1.) ... First Select The Right Type Of Paint

Use emulsion for walls and ceilings. There’s a special paint for each type of room. Using the right paint means that you won't have to do your interior painting too often.


Will give you a matt or non-shiny surface. I find this perfect for rooms that (hopefully) won't get finger marks – living rooms and bedrooms.


Gives you a hint of shine. This surface you can wipe finger marks off - but not too often. Good for hallways and children’s bedrooms.

Silk or Satin

Gives a high sheen and a must for bathrooms, kitchen, and utility room.

Look at these paint job prices to get a guide price for one room.

2.) Now Choose What To Paint With.

For interior painting chose a paint brush or roller. You have plenty of scope for choice with many different sizes.

Paint Brushes

Take your pick. Use bristle, animal hair or synthetic fibre. Using a thick hair brush will mean you work less. You can chose from .5 inch width for detail painting up to 6 inch width for wall painting.

How to paint a room quickly? Try Rollers

They are my heroes because they cover quickly and evenly. For someone who has little selling aptitude, I know I could make a living selling paint rollers.

Over large areas of wall, rollers win hands down. Ideal for interior painting. They are so fast. Choose the short piles for smooth walls and long pile for textured walls. The manufacturers make helpful suggestions about use on their packaging.

Having looked at the tools for the job you now have to…

How To Paint A Wall And Ceiling

Think like a house painter. If you are really serious about how to paint a room...

...It’s all in the preparation. And I can’t argue with that because I’ve proved it time after time. With all house painting jobs , the secret of a good finish is a good beginning. So:

Get those dustsheets down. You need to collect any loose plaster and dust.

Dust the ceiling and the walls and clean with detergent if you have to.

Paste back ceiling/wall paper and fill any holes with filler and sand down to a smooth finish.

4.) Prime The Bare Plaster Walls and Ceiling.

If you are painting on pre painted surfaces you may be able to apply the emulsion straight away.

Bare plaster on the other hand can be very absorbent, so use a very dilute PVA solution as a first coat. This will seal the pores in the plaster.

If you have not got PVA to hand use diluted emulsion. Look for details on the paint tin.

5.) How Many Coats Do You Need?

You will probably need two coats of emulsion. If a customer wants a quick job I give one coat as long as the previous colour is a light tone. If you're painting over a dark colour then you may need three coats.

6.) Paint The Ceilings Before You Paint The Walls.

Try to give the ceiling two coats first. If the ceiling is not ready for a second coat then put one coat on the walls next. By the time you’ve done this the ceiling will be dry enough for the second coat.

I'm a house painter, decorator and carpenter with 20 years working in and around Norwich.

I hope you learnt a little about how to paint a room and if you would like more home painting ideas dont go away.

For all house painting ideas and enquiries please speak to Hardwin on 01508 481957. You can also reach me on 07930 355 926.

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