What is the Correct Order to Paint a Room?


Painting a room might seem straightforward, but achieving a professional finish requires a systematic approach. Following the correct order can save time, effort, and ensure a flawless result. Here at Flight Decorating, we’ve perfected the process to deliver outstanding outcomes. Here’s our step-by-step guide on the correct order to paint a room.

Step 1: Plan and Prepare

Before you start painting, it’s essential to prepare your room and plan the project:

  1. Choose Your Colours: Decide on your colour scheme, considering the room’s lighting and overall aesthetic.
  2. Gather Supplies: Ensure you have all necessary tools, including paint, brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths, and primers.
  3. Clear the Room: Remove furniture or cover it with drop cloths. Protect your flooring and any fixtures with plastic sheeting or additional drop cloths.

Step 2: Clean and Repair Surfaces

Proper surface preparation is crucial for paint adhesion and longevity:

  1. Clean Walls: Wash the walls to remove dirt, dust, and grease. This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms.
  2. Repair Imperfections: Fill any holes or cracks with filler, sand smooth once dry, and clean off the dust.
  3. Tape Off Areas: Use painter’s tape to protect trim, windows, and other areas you don’t want to paint.

Step 3: Prime the Surfaces

Priming is essential, especially on new drywall or when making significant colour changes:

  1. Apply Primer: Use a high-quality primer suitable for your wall type. This step helps the paint adhere better and enhances durability.
  2. Let Primer Dry: Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Start with the Ceiling

Painting the ceiling first prevents drips and splatters from marring freshly painted walls:

  1. Cut In: Use a brush to paint along the edges where the ceiling meets the walls.
  2. Roll the Ceiling: Use a roller to apply paint to the rest of the ceiling, working in small sections and using a consistent rolling technique.

Step 5: Move to the Walls

After the ceiling is dry, focus on the walls:

  1. Cut In the Edges: Using a brush, paint the edges where the wall meets the ceiling, corners, and around trim.
  2. Roll the Walls: Use a roller to paint the large areas of the wall. Apply paint in a ‘W’ or ‘M’ pattern for even coverage.

Step 6: Paint the Trim and Woodwork

Finally, paint the trim and woodwork for a polished finish:

  1. Use Painter’s Tape: Ensure the walls are dry, then tape them off to protect against trim paint.
  2. Paint Trim: Use a high-quality brush to paint the trim, doors, and windowsills. Apply thin, even coats for the best results.

Why Choose Flight Decorating?

Painting a room can be a daunting task, but with the correct order and professional techniques, you can achieve a stunning finish. At Flight Decorating, we offer expert painting services that ensure every detail is perfect. Our experienced team follows this systematic approach to deliver high-quality results that transform your space.

Whether you’re looking to refresh a single room or your entire home, Flight Decorating is here to help. Trust us to handle your painting project with precision and care, leaving you with beautifully painted interiors that stand the test of time.