These tips for painting with dark colors will make your redecorating project a success. The actual painting can be difficult with a dark color. And you don’t want to overwhelm the room with your choice of paint.
Paint is an inexpensive and easy way to introduce a new look to a room. Using dark colors on two opposing walls and complementary lighter colors on the opposite walls can make a long narrow room look wider. Or try painting one wall in a rich accent color. However, with dark colors you may need to apply several coats of high quality paint to achieve the desired look.
Try applying a tinted primer after sanding your walls. That way, streaks of white primer won’t show beneath your coats of dark paint. You’ll still need three or four coats of the dark paint, but this will avert the need to apply extra layers. It’s also important to repair any cracks or dings in the wall before applying dark paint, which can easily show these imperfections in a well-lit room.
Shake the paint well before starting to make sure the pigments are well blended. Stir well, working the pigments up from the bottom of the can. Do not panic if the first coat appears streaky, later coats will take care of this. Buy the best paint you can afford. You will assuredly get what you’re paying for with darker colors. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a second or third coat.
It is always difficult to envision how paint will look beforehand. So consider buying a small amount of your desired color and painting a test swatch before committing to an entire wall or room. Look at the paint in daylight and artificial light. Then buy all your paint at once, enough for the entire room, to ensure that the batch is made the same way. Prepare the walls, paint several layers and enjoy the fruits of your labors.