How to Paint a Room: Expert Tips for a Professional Finish

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When it comes to how to paint a room properly, there's some things you need to know. While painting might be the DIY job that the most people are willing to give a go, getting a good finish and ensuring that you don't cause a mess in the process will require care and attention, especially if you're a beginner to painting a room. 

In this guide, we'll look at the order in which you need to paint a room, what tools you need to ensure a professional finish and the best practice techniques for applying your paint. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.