Using a room planner puts all your ducks in a row...
...so that you have an idea of how you want to design your room.
It enables you to make a logical, informed decision about color, style and design.
The plan is going to be the most important place to start. First you must decide which way you want to go...paint, paper, faux finish...you choose.
I've been a painter myself for over 50 years; of rooms, pictures, murals and more and have enjoyed every minute of it.
By far, I have found that painting a room is truly the least expensive route to follow, even if you choose the best paint on the market.
So, you can say I like paint and believe it or not its probably the easiest to learn. I much prefer it over any other mediums.
But, before I start any painting job I plan my course of action using my room planner. "I write it down!"...
For a quick example click on the "pencil & notepaper"
If you are starting a room from scratch you will have to do the same and make a plan.
If you already have some things in mind, perhaps a lovely rug you wish to use, gather those items you know you will be using and place them all together.
You can obtain samples of fabric from a fabric store at no cost. Keep these in a folder to take along with you to the paint store when exploring color choices.
This is an invaluable tool to help pick the appropriate colors. Choosing a color or colors for a room is sometimes a very daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.
Most paint stores offer small, inexpensive, sample cans of paint you can try on your walls. They're about 8oz. of paint and cost approx. $3.00.
There are different brands you can try, these are just an example. Quite worth the effort!
Even if you pick a color and don't like, you can paint right over it...Don't be afraid...with a little planning it can really be fun.
So, we've determined you need to make a plan, using a room planner...Well, how do we go about that?
Well, let's look at the possibilities...meaning, what style will you choose for your room...
Try a list something like this...
All these elements are avaliable and each has it's own level of ability.
Maybe you have a friend who paints murals or just plain likes to paint. Then you're off the hook and they may help.
Maybe you've painted rooms before, so you know the ropes and don't mind doing it yourself.
If you have no experience painting, don't be disheartened. Anyone can achieve the basics of painting a room using a room planner but if you want something more than that, a little bit of study will be needed.
lf, say, you were interested in doing a faux finish, the are boards that you can practice on that give you the confidence to continue.
You get the feel for what it takes to get that effect. Every project that appeals to you, like ragging or sponging, you will see that practice will make all the difference. What seemed to be so difficult, really isn't.
When all is decided on, then it's time to look for paint. And what a selection you will have...
You may decide on a color you found in a fabulous piece of fabric...Or maybe on a bedspread or tablecloth...who knows?
You can find the color you dream of almost anywhere if you look...And...
If you bring it to the paint store they will match it up perfectly! What a World!
If indeed you have found the right color, that's wonderful!...but wait...don't be too eager to start painting!
Why? Look around the room and inspect your walls for small holes, chips or cracks and dirt of any kind. Everything must be cleaned and spackled before any paint touches the walls.
Clear all cobwebs in the corners and any on the ceiling. As you start painting, if cobwebs are still on the ceiling or wall, they will muck up the paint and leave black streaks...what a mess!
Dirty walls do not paint very well, don't fool yourself into thinking painting it over the dirt will cover your problems.
Dust and dirt keep paint from adhering to the surface so the end result will be less than satisfactory.
If your walls have a coat of paint that is a satin finish you will have to sand lightly and wipe off the surface. Dust is the enemy of paint so keep things clear of dust, vaccuum the room well before starting any painting job.
lf you skip these important steps of preparation, you won't like the final result.
Preparation is 80% of the whole job!
If you put the same effort into using the room planner, along with plenty of preparation, you will be well rewarded for your effort.
Sometimes there will be furniture in the room, unless you are redoing every thing and have taken it all out.
If there is still furniture in the room, move it to the center away from the walls so you can maneuver around it, unobstructed.
All of the furniture will have to be covered with plastic to keep any paint from getting on it.
A good tip here is to get some cardboard boxes, open them out and place around the perimeter of the room.
Tape them down here and there to secure. Cardboard is good to work on and also keeps the paint off the floor. The rest of the area you could use a tarp or plastic taped to the floor.
Something I have learned over the years is, paint can be messy! If you follow your room planner, prepare and are careful, all will be well!
I like to set up a small work table to put all my supplies on. I can mix my paint on it and everything I need is handy and in sight.
It's a real back saver, not having to kneel on the floor! My table is a 'Lifetime' table and you can get them at the home stores. They are about 19x30 inches and are very handy for lots of things.
I can't say it enough about the right preparation and the use of a room planner! If you are well prepared before you actually start the job, you will be so grateful that everything went very smoothly and you know what?
In the end, you will thank me!