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When it comes to fashion and color, I like being on trend, without being trendy. Are you wondering what I mean? Well, when it comes to selecting stylish items for my home, or wardrobe, I pick things that are new for the season and that I will also continue loving for years to come. An easy way to do this is by playing with color.

I shared ideas for updating your look by adding inexpensive pieces to your wardrobe. Today’s feature, however, focuses on an easy way to update your home with the newest line from BEHR –  BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint & Primer. Update your home with a fresh coat of paint. Follow these simple painting tips for beginners, and enter to win 3 gallons of BEHR MARQUEE Interior, an American made paint and primer in one.

The easiest way to update a room is by adding a bright or bold colored accent wall to a neutral painted room. In case you’ve never painted before, I like to equate painting walls to painting your nails. Here are my simple painting tips for your walls to look they were painted professionally.

  1. It’s shape up time, first! Spackle any holes from previously hanging photos. Fill the holes with spackle.  You might have to do this twice. Sand down the area so it’s flush with the wall. This is KEY because if you don’t do this well, it will look sloppy even after the final coat is done.
  2. Don’t skip the base coat. Don’t even think about skipping the priming step. You must prime your wall, even if there aren’t any holes to spackle. It affects the final finish, so don’t take any short cuts.
  3. Take care around the edges and be methodical with the roller. Don’t drench your brush or roller in paint. You want to get even amounts of paint in all areas.
  4. Make sure to put a top coat on. You’ll want to paint two coats of the wall color, especially if the color is dark. If you go over the first coat, you’ll notice areas where paint didn’t reach, so the second coat is quite crucial.

There’s one exception to tip number four: BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint & Primer guarantees one-coat coverage when tinted to more than 1,000 available colors, making it quicker and easier than ever to update your room with a new paint color.