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A Guide To Painting Your Home: Paint Types, Prices & Painters’ Charges

how-much-paint-costIf you’re refurbishing your home, or simply fancy giving the living room or bedroom a small makeover, then why not look into painting?  Nowadays there are hundreds of different colours to choose from, not to mention an array of finishes designed to suit various styles of home décor; plus you could even some more fancy patchwork patterns and effects.  Paint gives you more creative control and is often an exciting alternative to wallpaper too, which can take longer to apply and prove more messy and troublesome in the long run.

What is the cost of paints

Beyond the notion of a basic colour or scheme, homeowners don’t often think about the cost of painting or what to look out for before they arrive at the checkout. You might be surprised to discover, then, that actually there are a number of different factors that will affect your final painting cost. Check out the tips outlined below to help you save money at the till and be better prepared for your project:

Colour: it may sound a little silly, but the type of colour you choose can affect the price of paint, especially in local outlets or home-ware stores. The cost of wall-paint depends on the quality, basic paints range from £8-£38 pounds depending and specialist paints  £15.74- £58.00 for a 2.5 litre tub.

Coats & Primers: Older and more uneven walls often require a primer coat, before you begin painting properly. This simply helps even out any bumps or cracks in the surface and allows for a smoother finish when you apply the final colour – just remember to account for the additional layer when budgeting for your paint. Look out for latex primers for plaster or drywall surfaces, and alkyd primers for wooden walls. Primers and undercoats cost on average between £10- £15 per litre.

Quality: With brighter colours it’s always good to look out for shades with more resin and pigment (which should be noted on tin labels). They might be a tad pricier, but they require fewer coats and stay bolder for longer, which could reduce costs in the long run.

Finish: Most people already have a preference between a gloss or flat/matte paint finish, as you usually find that one style will better suit your home before repainting a new room, depending on how much light you like and what your eyes are accustomed to. That said, you should take note that glossier sheens are usually a little more expensive around £20 to £36 compared to £14 to £27 for a 2.5 litre matte tin.

Amount: The cost of your painting project will also vary depending on the amount of paint you need to buy.

Style / Extras: Finally, any styles or ‘effects’ or extra work you might want to try will end up costing more, whether in additional paint or other materials; rag-rolling and colour-washing both require different brush sizes and a lot of patience, so make sure you’re ready to commit before getting started.

EmulsionLight & SpaceBathroom or KitchenEnduranceExterior
Dulux£13.99£19.59£23.99£26.99£29.99
Crown£13.49£25.49
Hammerite£15.99£30.99
Leyland£8.00£14.00£15.74
Johnstone’s£18.99
Farrow & Ball£38.00£50.00£54.00£58.00

How Much Do Painters Charge?

Tins of paint can of course be found at relatively cheap prices from a number of different stores across the UK, but if you lack DIY confidence or simply don’t have the time to get things done yourself, you might want to hire a professional painter too. The cost of a painter and decorator will vary considerably from area to area, but which.co.uk suggests the following as a recommended outline for hiring a professional:Painters-and-decorators-prices

Remember, this article only offers tips and advice, and to get the cheapest, high-quality paint possible always shop around for the best deal and compare a number of different products and prices. Once you’ve found the perfect paint it can be up in your home in a matter of days.

How To Choose Colours

When it comes to redecorating, there are so many colours of paint and wallpaper available, that it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Speaking at the National Home Improvement Show, interior designer Julia Kendell explains: “Now that we have synthetic dyes in every colour, we’re too scared to use them.” Not only that, in recent years we’ve become used to decorating our homes in neutral colours so as not to put off potential buyers, however, as designer Linda Barker points out: “The recession has put paid to people moving so often but this does have a silver lining because now people are experimenting with decorating and using colour more.”

So if you’ve chosen to improve your home rather than move, be brave and personalise your interior design by splashing around some colour. Here are some top tips on how to choose the right colour scheme for your property:

Match colour to your mood

Colours represent feelings, so make sure you choose one that makes you feel good.

  • Red – is often associated with danger but varying shades of red can also represent warmth, love, energy or passion.
  • Blue – can be calming and soothing and was traditionally thought to encourage intellectual thought. Some people may find blue quite cold, so choose shades with this in mind.
  • Green – represents nature and health and is very easy for the eye to adjust to – meaning it can be used in any room.
  • Yellow – provided you don’t choose too sickly a shade, yellow has happy, positive and stimulating connotations.
  • Purple – this colour is traditionally associated with wealth, luxury and royalty – it used to be very expensive to produce. Purple can be a very powerful colour so use sparingly/carefully.
  • White – represents purity and is fresh so it goes with anything. To make sure white decor doesn’t become too clinical, combine with wood or other warming natural textures.
  • Black – absorbs heat and energy and can be very imposing, however if combined with other colours, fabrics and textures, black can work well.
Be aware of how light changes colour

The same colour can look different depending on what kind of lighting is shone on it. “You may have had the experience of buying fabric or a rug on holiday abroad that just doesn’t look the same when you get it home because the lights different,” says Julia.

Use colour to balance a room

Colour is a powerful design tool; the right choice of colour alone can alter the size and feel of a room. For example, a dark colour on a high ceiling will make it appear lower, while light colours can make a room appear larger, in short: “Dark colours bring a surface towards you and pale colours recede,” explains Julia.

Experiment with colour on a mood board

Rather than test paint on random sections of a wall, why not create a mood board for your room? That way: “You can make all your mistakes on paper before you waste money and time decorating in the wrong shades,” says Julia. Create a scale drawing of the room and put in pictures of any existing furniture you want to keep before experimenting with different colours and fabrics. Leave the mood board in the room for a few days so you can consider whether you like the design or not.

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