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The Basics of Painting and DecoratingSuccess in house decoration depends on something more than the use of good paint and a certain amount of skill in its application, essential though these two factors undoubtedly are. Another factor which may exert a substantial influence on the life and behaviour of paintwork is the weather (sunglasses or umbrella) and atmospheric conditions prevailing at the time of application.
At least as important is a thorough knowledge and understanding not only of the properties and possibilities of the materials employed, but also those of the different surfaces over which they are used.
Generally latex and emulsion paints are used on plaster, drywall or papered surfaces which are usually ceiling and walls. If you use a matt finish it will often hide defects in walls and ceilings. Use a silk(shiny) finish will have the opposite effect and show up the defects.
Undercoat and gloss finish are mostly used on doors, frames, windows, skirting and most wood and metal surfaces. You do not have to use the paint only on surfaces which are recommended on the container but unless you are an expert on how materials react to certain surfaces, it is best to stick to the guidelines.
If you are doing your own makeover, whether it is a single room or the whole house, research the right way to tackle projects you are a bit unsure of. This site covers most subjects about decorating but but if you want more in-depth information on specialist items e.g. Trompe loeil then it is better to go to a site which concentrates on a single subject.