PAINTING CAN BE a simple way to add drama and excitement to your home. It’s also one of the cheapest and easiest home improvements you can make. But before you spread out your drop cloth and break out your rollers, heed a few simple tips from the pros.
» Clear Your Schedule: Don’t start painting a room unless you have time to devote to the project. “It’s important not to stop halfway,” says Catherine Hailey, principal of Arlington-based Hailey Design. “If you’re rolling paint on and you don’t keep that wet edge, then you’ll see where it stopped and started.”
» Keep It Neat: Precision matters, even if you’ve taped off baseboards and other trim. “Don’t rely on painter’s tape too much,” Hailey says. “People think, ‘If I tape the edges, I can be as sloppy as I want and it won’t bleed.’ But you usually can’t get the tape tight enough, so you still have to be careful of the edges.”
» Function Trumps Flair: Consider your lifestyle when choosing finishes. Homes with kids or pets benefit from paints that are easy to wipe clean. “Function ends up being just as important as the actual color,” says Bethesda-based designer Carol Freedman.
Written by Express contributor Beth Luberecki