How to Paint a Room with Dark Colors

Saad Iqbal | 🗓️Modified: June 19, 2024 | ⏳Read Time: 5 min | 👁Post Views: 51

Today, I’m going to talk to you about how to paint a room. I’ll explain the normal sequence for painting a bedroom.

What’s most important in painting anything is the sequence.

    Preparation and Sequence

    In any room, start with the ceiling. If you’re going to paint the door frames, do them next. Then, paint the walls and finish with the baseboards. When painting the ceilings, come down on the wall a little bit. This ensures you get all the paint in the edge of the ceiling. This approach makes cutting in faster. You don’t have to straight-edge it. When painting the walls, it’s easier to make a straight line. You won’t have paint from the ceiling going up into the walls. Always edge down like that.

    Choosing the Right Tools

    Some of the tools I like are roller front covers. You can get them at Sherwin-Williams. They’re called Colossus rollers, and they clean out really easily. Another good roller cover is White Dove. Always use a good roller cover. Don’t go cheap on that. The frame is also important. I use a booster frame, which you can get at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

    For brushes, I prefer Purdy brushes. This one’s a little stiff, medium-stiff, and it’s a three-inch brush. I like the angled sash brush because it’s easier to get into corners.

    Painting Dark Colors

    The color we’re using today is called Navel, a Sherwin-Williams color. Dark colors next to trim can show every crooked or curved line. It’s important to have straight lines. Use tape if you’re not skilled at cutting in. I recommend Frog Tape, which comes in green or yellow. This tape prevents paint from bleeding through. Tape off all the edges to ensure straight, crisp lines.

    Dealing with Hat Banding

    Dark colors can cause a hat band effect, where you see a difference between your cut-in and roller areas. To avoid this, use the best paint available. I recommend Sherwin-Williams Emerald Matte for dark colors. It’s more expensive but worth it. Flat paint can scar easily, but this paint doesn’t.

    Painting Process

    We’ll start by painting the room. When painting, someone should be cutting in while another person rolls. This ensures the paint dries evenly. We also have a primer to use. I had some leftover paint from another job, so we’ll use that for the first coat. This saves paint and prepares the wall for the final coat.

    Taping Off Edges

    When taping off edges, use one long strip to ensure a straight line. Put the tape up against the edge and go all the way down. Roll it down and continue until the edge is covered. Use a five-in-one tool to remove the tape, ensuring a straight line.

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    Sanding the Walls

    Before painting, the first step is preparation. Tape off the trim and baseboards. Sand the walls with a sanding pole and 100-grit sandpaper. This removes any bumps from previous paint jobs. Sanding is crucial before making any drywall repairs.

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    Rolling the Walls

    When rolling a wall, I prefer using pans over buckets. Pans reduce drips and are easier to manage. Load the roller with paint and offload it in the middle of the wall. Roll out two roller widths and then back-roll to smooth out the paint. This ensures an even coat without pressing too hard.

    Final Touches

    After rolling the walls, you’ll see the paint job completed. I highly recommend Sherwin-Williams Emerald Matte for dark colors. It prevents hat banding and touches up well. Even after drying, you can touch up spots without issues. This paint stands out for its quality and finish.

    When taking on the task of painting a room with dark colors, choosing the right home painters is crucial for achieving a flawless finish. Experienced home painters understand the importance of following a specific sequence: starting with the ceiling, moving to the door frames, then the walls, and finishing with the baseboards. Their expertise ensures that each step is executed with precision, from selecting high-quality tools and paints like Sherwin-Williams Emerald Matte to meticulously taping off edges with Frog Tape for crisp, clean lines. By relying on skilled home painters, you can avoid common pitfalls such as hat banding and uneven coverage, resulting in a beautifully painted room that meets your expectations.


    Finally, we’re done! You can see how well the paint job turned out. There’s no hat banding, and the lines are straight.

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