For Your Home Accent Wall Living Room

Paint Living Room with Accent Wall

Project Scenario

Walma wants to paint her living room walls a calming butter with one dramatic accent wall. What are her choices?

Preparation

  • Clean soiled areas with soap and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Patch holes with spackle. Match the texture.
  • Degloss any shiny areas.
  • Inspect for water stains, lipstick, or crayon markers or shoe scuffs. Spot prime with appropriate primer.

Primer Coat (for bare gypsum wall board)

Choose Horizon primer/sealer for a zero VOC, low odor, "green paint" coating option or if you have sensitivity to paint smell.

Best: 507801 Scotseal
Good: 507701 Roseal

Top Coat

Choose Horizon interior for a zero VOC, low odor, "green paint" coating option or if you have sensitivity to paint smell.

Best: 51200xx Unique II Flat
Better: 533001x Lasyn Eggshell
Good: 523101x Master Painter Satin
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Caution! Things to consider

  • For a primary color accent wall, choose Color Base Enamels for true, rich colors with fewer coats of paint.
  • If your ceiling is over 8 feet high, use ladders or extension poles for safe application of coating.
  • If you'd like a residential painter referral, contact a Rodda Paint store near you.
  • Horizon Interior paints will dry odor free for those who are sensitive to paint smell.
  • Dark colors show marks and are hard to clean. The higher the gloss or sheen, the easier it is to clean, but
    more substrate imperfections are visible. The flatter the gloss or sheen, the better the wall looks, but will
    be much more difficult to clean.
  • For a uniform look, the wall may require two coats.
  • For spot priming difficult areas, consider Shellac or Z-Prime.

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