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When it comes to renovating an environment, painting is one of the first items that comes to mind. After all, nothing like a touch of color to give novelty and joy to the home! But what seems like an easy task can become a complication if some care is not taken, especially in the case of apartments, where the space factor is determinant for the success of the work.


You need to be very careful and follow the steps necessary to achieve a positive result and not need to redo the service later. It may seem simple task to paint the wall of the house. A lot of people, to save money, end up doing the work on their own without the help of a painter. However, it is necessary to be very careful and follow the necessary steps to achieve a positive result and not need to redo the service later – generating more expenses and losses. 

Why preparation is so important?

Painting walls is not as easy and quick a task as you think, especially when looking for a lasting and quality result. It's not just grab a brush and go around painting. In fact, the painting itself is the final touch of this whole process.

It is necessary, first of all, to prepare the walls ,even if they are new or in good condition, to obtain the desired result.

See below, 5 key steps in the preparation of walls.



Protect places and objects that should not be exposed

It is essential that all the furniture and large objects be removed from the place that will be painted, so that they do not run the risk of being damage during the process, and even so that they do not get in the way of the displacement of whoever is painting. Also very important to make sure the floor is protected to avoid unwanted drips of paint. All furniture or objects that can not be removed will be protected with clear plastic or clean drop cloths.


 The walls, trims, floors and surroundings should be cleaned, with a broom, vacuum and cloth, to remove

excess dust, spider webs etc.



Repair imperfections (peeling walls, holes, cracks, mold)

If the wall is peeling, we use a spatula to remove all loose parts.

In the case of holes and cracks, the good old plaster solves it by applying it in the places it deems necessary.

In the case of mold, it is recommended to apply bleach (chlorine) to the affected walls, leaving the product to act for about 1 hour, cleaning it after the estimated period.

When using plaster or bleach, we allow the walls to dry completely before performing the next steps.

 Sand and clean (again)

After performing the above steps, all the walls should be sanded in order to leave them on the same level, and after that, clean the walls again with a damp cloth and wait for drying.


 - Primer & Caulking 

The primer is essential to prepare the walls before receiving the paint. It provides the filling of the pores of the walls, making the application of the paint easier and smooth. There is no waste of the product, since the wall will not "suck" more paint than it should. 

Caulking is also an essential process before painting. It seal all cracks and gaps between two surfaces.

It should be left to dry, so that the preparation is done and ready for paint.

Ready for Painting

Walls ready for final step: Painting

After following these procedures to prepare the walls, they will be ready to receive the painting. It is important to follow  the waiting time between one hand and the other, so that the result is a success.


And Now The Most Exciting Part!

  Picking The Right               


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Colors are present in all moments of our lives, in memories, sensations, objects and in the environments of the houses we pass over time. The right colors have the power to refer to various situations, being intention or not, contributing with everything around us.


If we look around us, we see a world full of color, these transmit us a world full of life, animation, warmth and feeling. Within the four walls in our house we want to enjoy these sensations, with the same at ease with which we open the door of our home and breathe fresh air!

The vast options of colors and shades that are offered to us by the advanced techniques of mixing paints, allow us, nowadays, to paint with a good dose of fantasy, joy and imagination.



Evaluate the chosen color using the most frequently used light. Notice the color, in the light you normally use in a particular room (daylight, blooming light, noon  light). Do not forget that there may be differences in the effect of the color you have chosen depending on the season (spring, summer, autumn and winter), if the windows are facing north or south and also according to the time of day.



The fact that it is a hot or cold color is very important. Before choosing, decide whether you prefer a warm, cold or, for example, classic, relaxing, contemporary or country feel in this room.
Choosing a color from a small paper rectangle may not be enough to get the final look you want for the

Do not base your choice on a small rectangle of color paper. The best option will be to request a color sample, applied it on the surface, and you can judge the actual effect that this specific color will create.
Be bold and creative at the same time. Take advantage of the result as changing a color in a room gives a lot of pleasure and satisfaction.


  • To highlight specific objects: Paint the background wall with a color that contrasts with them.

  • To hide specific objects: Paint the back wall in a tone that is similar to that of the object to be hidden.

  • To lower the ceiling: Just paint the ceiling in shades darker than the walls.

  • To raise the ceiling: Apply lighter colors to the ceiling than those used on the walls.

  • To widen corridors: The ends of the corridors and the ceiling should be painted with darker color than those of the walls.

  • To stretch walls: Apply light tone to the top of the wall and paint the bottom with a darker tone.

  • To shorten environments: In a rectangular environment apply a darker color on the smaller walls.

If you love strong colors, you can use a white for finishes, doors, cabinets, cabinet interiors and furniture. However, take note that just like all other colors, whites have shades that you will want to choose from.  

This is perfect for walls that connect environments as open spaces. You can try a lovely beige, beige, gray, white, cream or light brown.

Bring your home walls to life by choosing a saturated or bold color. Since we're talking about colors for the whole house, this will be a main color. Saturated colors usually resemble gems, both in appearance and name, such as sapphire blue, emerald green, or ruby red.

If you love one of these strong colors, it probably won't be hard to choose one. If you are more conservative, do not be distressed, when we say choosing a saturated color is not mandatory, you can also choose a lighter color tone too!


This will be the highlight/contrast color in some spaces of your home. The uniformity of the highlight/contrast colors in the rooms will provide a flow. Keep in case that the main highlight/contrast color in a room should appear at least three times in different areas of the room to make it look intentional.

If you still have any doubts, talk to us!

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