Home painting tips for sunny L.A.

Los Angeles' abundant sunshine and little rain is great for the human condition, but not so for the condition of interior walls. The sun’s rays cause fading, cracking or chipping of a wall's paint. For Angelenos, it's essential to use the proper paint and primer on interior walls to ensure long-lasting work.

If you're looking to refresh your Los Angeles home's interior with a new coat of paint, consider this advice:

Get the right paint finish. Buy a good grade of paint and primer. You will pay a little more, but it’s worth it in the end. The paint will cover walls better with fewer coats and last longer.

Pick a color. There are thousands of colors to choose from in a full spectrum from black to white. Paint is an inexpensive, easy way to change the interior of a room quickly. Lighter colors will give the space a light and airy feeling while visually enlarging the room. Darker colors will add depth and drama, but will visually enclose the room making it seem smaller. Here are some guidelines for light and dark colors:

Light colors provide a softer interior and a neutral backdrop for color in furniture, fabrics, art and accessories. This makes light-colored rooms easier to change decor in since you have a more open palette with room furnishings. Plus, paint that has a light color will not fade over time or loose as much pigment from the sun.

Dark colors give a more dramatic effect in a room. However, due to the deep color saturations, you're more limited with furnishing choices as these items will have to work around the wall color. Finally, direct sun and heat fade dark colored walls more easily.

When is the best time to paint? The best time to paint is when the temperature is moderately warm, so in Los Angeles anytime is good to paint. Painting in colder temperatures hinders the drying time for paint, which is usually about two hours for most waterbase or latex interior house paints.

Looking to sell? If you plan to sell your house, it’s best to show it with lighter, more neutral interior paint. Prospective buyers will have an easier time visualizing their things in a neutral space. Remember, just because you like the burnt orange walls in the dining room, the prospective buyer may not.


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