Top 5 Painting Myths Debunked

Top Painting Myths Debunked

Painting myths have been around as long as paint itself. Often intimidating and confusing the world of home improvement and Do-It-Yourselfers. Many of us work hard (and spend a pretty penny) to personalize our spaces in our homes – but whose advice should we take? Do we use primer? Does it need two coats of paint? I can’t use dark colors – the room will feel small! Right? These questions come up all the time when we’re talking to clients, friends, and family. So – we decided to put together a list of the most common painting myths to help educate consumers with your next DIY painting adventure!


MYTH #1 – You Don’t Need To Use Primer

Some may argue that this is true. You don’t NEED to use primer. You can apply two coats of paint to your living room and just maybe you’ll be content with the finished product. However, if you’re looking for a professional look and feel, you will always want to use a coat of primer before painting. Here are four reason you should use primer before painting:

  1. Primer seals pores in surfaces such as drywall and wood allowing for a smooth finish.
  2. It can help cover imperfections such as patched walls.
  3. It allows for the paint to adhere to the surface MUCH better, most of the time making it necessary for only one coat of paint.
  4. It provides a fresh surface to paint on allowing your new paint to be the true color it is. 

Moral of the story. Use primer before painting for a more professional look and feel – or don’t and risk wasting a lot of time and energy for an unfinished product.


MYTH #2 – Dark Colors Make The Room Look Small

There are so many beautiful dark colors out there that can make your home look amazing. However, there is this misconception that dark colors will make your room feel small. It’s not the color of the room that does this, but the way the room is styled. Everything from lighting, furniture, floors, and windows can effect the feel of the room. 

Here are some myths from the all-time best DIY Influencer… HGTV – painting with strong colors.

  1. Deep red walls do more than just add color — they create a mood that brings down the brightness of the surroundings, providing a feeling of being encompassed by the room. They also set neutral furniture off.
  2. Not all strong colors are stimulating. Forest-green walls can blend beautifully with mahogany furniture, and the contrasting colors are comfortable because they’re found in nature.
  3. Dark colors recede. When a room is painted a dark to medium color, the color will actually make the room look larger rather than bringing the walls in, which is a common concern.
  4. You don’t need to commit to painting the walls intense shades to have a room all about color. Painting the various colors found in furniture behind a wall of bookshelves can create a theatrical backdrop for favorite pieces, for example.
  5. When in doubt about a color, don’t limit yourself to small color chips. Paint big sheets of cardboard and prop them up in the room in question. This gives you a better idea of what it’s going to look like.

I hope this helps debunk the myth of dark colors and room size. If you’re thinking about a dark color for your home, think about the rest of the room as well! 


MYTH #3 – You Always Need to Apply Two Coats of Paint

Back in the day if you didn’t put two coats of paint on your project it could look spotty or uneven. Fast forward to today and we are spoiled with the advancement in paint. When using more quality paints for your project you can absolutely get away with one coat – especially if you listened to me above and used primer. There are some situations where more than one coat is needed and can vary depending on:

  • Surface
  • Primer
  • Technique
  • Color
  • Thickness

A good rule of thumb to stand by is if you don’t think it looks finished, it probably isn’t. Applying a second coat of paint won’t ruin the project by any means, and if it makes the project look more complete, than why not?


MYTH #4 – I’m Using Primer… I Don’t Need to Clean or Sand

This one really grinds my gears! Using primer… great! Not cleaning the surface before priming… bad! Painting on dirty, dusty, greasy walls will make it very difficult for the paint to adhere to the surface – even primer. Dust and debris can become that friction between the surface and your paint, and when they don’t adhere properly it allows for flaking, ruining your new paint job. it can also help you provide a more professional, finished look to your project. Here are some hotspots that you should think about cleaning before painting:

  • High traffic areas
  • Next to stairs
  • Doors
  • Popular appliances like your fridge, computer, or TV
  • Next to a fireplace
  • Pet & Child areas

If you’re starting your new paint job please take a look at DIY’s – “How to Prep Walls Before Painting”.


MYTH #5 – You Can Find the Exact Color From Your Phone

This is more of a modern day myth that I’ve been hearing a lot lately. Phones, computers, and televisions are all different devices, with different brands, and different systems, that then have different resolutions and color characteristics. This makes it nearly impossible to get a given color to look the same on every device. 

However, if you are talking to an industry expert they should have no problem finding a color that is ALMOST exactly what you’re looking for. 

Top Painting Myths Debunked!

I hope this article helps Do-It-Yourselfers feel more confident when creating their dream home. Now that the above painting myths have been debunked, you can worry about what dark color is going to make your room look huge! ; ) 

If you’re about to start a new home project and are still feeling concerned about whats right or wrong, talk to a paint specialist in your area.



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