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Easy tips to touch up old walls

Do you use wallpaper or do you paint? Should you try painting something freehanded and artsy or rely on a stencil? Changing the paint on your walls can be a daunting task, but it's easy to turn a monotonous project into something you can be proud of with a few simple tips. 

Painting over vivid colors
Repainting a room can be tough when the old color is a heavy blue or red and you're trying to change it to something lighter. Don't cover the room with multiple layers to hide that old color. Use a latex primer - two coats can be applied to hide richer shades - and finish with two coats of your new color. It will save you a lot of time and trouble compared to waiting for numerous layers of the new paint to dry just to redo the process because the old color seeps through. Using a paint that is already combined with a primer may be a good option for homeowners covering those bright colors as well.

Use painter's tape
Never leave the hardware store with a bucket of paint but no painter's tape. It's an absolutely necessary item when you're changing the color of a room. Nothing looks sloppier than paint splotches on all of your decorative plug outlet covers or smears on your windowsills or switch plates. Painter's tape is cheap and it takes a lot of the unnecessary detail work out of painting a room, which can save a lot of time. Additionally, that painter's tape comes in handy if you ever want to do some neat stenciling. 

Use stencils 
One of the craftiest and most creative ways to change a bland wall is to do some cheap stencil work. You can make a stencil and paint an exciting pattern on your walls in no time using a easy step-by-step guide from HGTV. Remember not to go overboard on the stenciling. It can look elegant and make a space stand out, but stenciling every wall of a room will just make it into an eyesore. For decorating experts, try matching the design to a classic patterned switch plate for the perfect complement. Making the elements on your wall match is a sure way to show off your attention to detail.

Avoid Conflicting colors
If you're painting over several rooms at a time, it can be hard to pick colors that work well together. Picking contrasting colors for the kitchen, living room and foyer can be unsightly. At the same time, painting the house in one shade can be boring and drab. Bring paint swatches home and test what works well together or use a premade palette designed by an interior designer. Don't be afraid to look for color combination advice online, too.

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