How To Paint a Room In 5 Simple Steps - Crockers Paint & Wallpaper

How To Paint a Room In 5 Simple Steps

How to paint a room in 5 simple steps!

Taking on the project of repainting your interior can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here at Crockers Paint & Wallpaper we have over 65 years of experience in all things paint and wallpaper, and today we’re going to take you through the process of how to paint a room. Watch The Video Here

Paint is an easy way to completely transform a space, whether interior or exterior, but before we show you how to paint a room, let’s explore our top three DIY painting tips:

  1. First, you need to understand what types of paint works in what areas. 

What you paint the ceiling with will be different to what you paint the walls with. We recommend Krysler Ceiling Paint or Haymes Expressions Ceiling White for the ceilings and Krysler Premium Low Sheen for the walls. 

Krysler Ceiling White

Krysler Ceiling White.

2.The quality of your tools will determine the quality of your finished product.

The tools and equipment you use can either make or break your end result. We recommend synthetic cutting in brushes for edges, microcover rollers for the ceiling and walls, and mohair rollers for trim and door painting.

Rollers & Brushes

From left to right: synthetic cutting in brush, microcover rollers, and mohair rollers.

3. Planning out your colour scheme is important. 

Resist choosing your paint colour first. Start with room elements that are less flexible such as furniture, tiles or wallpaper and then based on those choose your colour palette. The key is to choose a colour scheme which embraces you when you walk through the door. Check out our pinterest for the ultimate interior design inspiration. 


Once you’re across the basics of DIY painting, you can then get started. The first step in how to paint a room is preparation. Preparation is usually the longest part of the process, but if done right it makes the actual process of painting the room a lot easier.

Before you go ahead and start painting, it’s best to take a minute to plan which room you’re going to paint first. You’ll likely be living in the renovation zone, so we recommend painting one room at a time. 

Declutter the chosen room by removing all furniture, light fittings and other obstacles that will get in the way. If there are certain items that can’t be moved, cover them with a drop sheet to avoid getting paint on them.

The next step in preparation is to apply painters tape to all powerpoints, light switches and door handles; this will ensure you don’t get paint anywhere that it shouldn’t be. 

Next we recommend that you clean the surface area with a sugar soap. By removing all dust and grime you are giving the paint the best possible chance of a smooth finish. 

If there are any cracks, nail holes or imperfections now is the time to fill them with an interior filler such as, plaster or putty. 

The final step in preparation for how to paint a room is to spot prime to protect any exposed areas such as those you’ve just repaired. If you’re painting a previously-painted surface, a full prime is not required. Spot priming protects the bare areas prior to painting. 


The second step in how to paint a room is to paint the ceiling first with at least two coats of paint. This way, if you get any drips or roller splatter on the walls, you can easily wipe them off or paint over them.

Firstly we suggest that you use a cutting in brush to paint the cornice, ceiling edge and around all light fittings. Once these smaller areas are done you can move onto painting the ceiling with a microcover roller. 

Start rolling closest to the main light source and make your way to the room’s exit. Paint in one direction in square sections so that you can ensure that you have a wet edge at all times. This will help you to achieve a smooth finish and reduce the visibility of roller marks. 

Once completed, allow to dry for two hours. Applying the second coat prematurely will result in streaks, peeling paint, and uneven colour. When it’s time to apply the second coat, paint in the opposite direction to the first coat. 

Once the ceiling is painted it rarely needs touching up again. The great thing about using our ceiling paints is that they are are very low splatter (if any!)


Again similar to the ceiling, you first want to cut in around the edges of your wall and around any powerpoints or switches. The best painting technique for this is to paint two to three strokes at a 90 degree angle to the edge of the wall. Start about 10mm off the edge and work your way into the corner.

Once all the corners are done, you can move onto rolling paint onto the walls. Again, wait two hours before applying a second coat of paint. 

How To Paint a Room


When it comes to painting the door and trims, firstly you want to brush or roll the edges of the door and then use a small roller, such as the mohair rollers to paint the surface. Mohair rollers have a much lower pile (4mm) which makes them great for trim and door painting. 

Start with the frames of the windows first. Paint the reveal first, top to bottom and then move to the architraves, then lightly roll back over the area in one direction to achieve an even finish.


When you come in to purchase your paint and equipment in store we’re more than happy (and equipped) to provide you with a tailored approach to how to paint a room. If this is all a bit over your head, then don’t fret, we have a recommended list of tradespeople that we can put you in touch with to get the job done. 

We can’t wait to see your finished result so don’t forget to share it with us. 

Send in your before and after photos, or post them on social media with the tag @crockerspaintandwallpaper #Crockersmakeover and you’ll automatically go into our monthly draw to win a $50 Crockers voucher. 

Simply post and tag us for a chance to win. 


So there you have it, how to paint a room in 5 simple steps. For a flawless finish, colour your world with our premium selection of high-end paint brands, such as the Australian-made award winning Haymes Paint, and our very own family made Krysler. Shop online now or book a complimentary Crockers Consult with one of our friendly team members to go over options for your next paint project.


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