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Painting a room in the correct order will save time and cost. Begin with the ceilings (1), walls (2) (1 & 2 usually being water-based paints only), doors.
Always work from top down, but fill in doors and trim after the walls.
For walls & ceilings, water based paints called Emulsions ( usually referred to as Latex or Plastic Paints by painters) are recommended. You can choose the type of paint depending on the final finish ( matt, mid-sheen, high sheen) and other functional benefits ( washability, fungus resistance, high reflectance )desired.
For metal surfaces, solvent based paints called enamels ( usually referred to as gloss) are recommended. Within enamels, there are choice of paints with varying sheen level & functional benefits.
For wood surfaces, you have a choice of 'transparent' finish and 'opaque finish'. The former is recommended, if you are keen on retaining the natural look of wood.
A great way to begin is to see different combinations of paint colors of your choice.
When choosing interior color schemes you will need to take into account all aspects of your current and future decorating styles. From the flooring materials to your furnishings all colors and textures will affect the possible choices and the final outcome of your interior design.
For exteriors the good time to paint is when the weather is pleasant, without risk of high humidity and rain on the horizon. It is best to avoid painting, in extreme temperatures & humid conditions.
For interiors, although there are no such restrictions – an ambient temperature in-home and outside is preferable. It is best to have some ventilation during and immediately after painting in order to dissipate fumes and it also helps with drying.