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Attic Renovation – Pro Tips for Painting the Most Overlooked Room in Your Home

Nine out of ten people, when asked to think about the rooms in their home, would skip over the attic entirely.  It’s out of sight, most often just a dark and dusty place to store things while you forget about them.  But this is a shame.  It adds to the home immeasurably to have a usable attic.  Depending on your needs, it can be converted into a bedroom, home office, playroom, or even a home gym.

The challenge with most attics is that they require a bit of renovation first.  You may need to add to the insulation, slap up some extra layers of sheet rock or other paneling solutions.  It’s important to work around electrics and utilities.  If you’re pretty handy yourself, it can be a fun side-project.  Otherwise, it’s best to get clear about what you wanted then hand the reno over to the professionals.

After the room is whipped into shape, you still have the final step: the paint job.  Just like with any room, that last coat of paint and trim can bring the attic together, transforming a storage area into a comfortable, homey room.

Whether you jump into this project yourself, or get the assistance of professional Sydney painters, here are a few things to keep in mind to get the best results:

1. Don’t Skimp on the Primer!

Maybe you’ve just painted three other rooms and you’re ready for the project to be over, maybe you’ve got a hot date that night, maybe you just want to see your chosen colour on the walls right now.  For whatever reason, it can be tempting to skip the primer and get right to the paint itself.  This is a mistake.  Primer smooths the wall out and prepares the surface to accept paint evenly and without smudges.  It actually enhances the effect of the finished product.

Professional residential painters will always apply primer to the surface prior to painting.  First off, the wall will look better if you use primer first.  Secondly, and maybe more important, you’ll add a few years before the room needs repainting.

2.  Keep it Simple!

When it comes to choosing the colour for your attic space, you may be tempted to get creative and chose several colours.  While this can be fun, the attic is already a small room.  Most attics feature odd corners and uneven spaces.  You might even be tempted to use bold colour contrast or scent walls to highlight these features.  The challenge is that when you use multiple colours, you visually break the space up even further, making it feel small and confining.  On the other hand, using just one colour for walls and ceiling will open the space up.

If you just have to have a splash of colour, the best way to do this is to paint the moulding in a contrasting colour.  If you have a straight wall, it can be used as an accent wall without breaking up the space too badly.

3. Light colours are a must!

A good residential painter will use light colours to open a space up and make it feel larger.  The attic often has poor lighting and cramped conditions.  To get the most out of the room, you’ll want to keep the colours as light as possible.  This makes it feel more like a living area than storage space.  And you’re not just restricted to white.  Light blues will work as well or pale greens, yellow or peach, even a pink or faded orange.  To enhance the effect even more, make sure to use a semi-gloss paint for a bright, alive finish.

If you’d like more tips on painting right the first time, or you’d like to discuss the details of your paint job, feel free to contact us.  At J&E Kogan, we’re proud of our work, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your paint job.

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