What is the Best Order to Paint a Room

When it comes to painting, many people assume knowing what paint colour to use and having the proper materials is pretty much all you need to know, but that’s not all. There are many variables to consider when painting your house. Do you paint the ceiling first? What type of paint do you use? What’s the difference between satin and semi-gloss paint? Do I need to use painter’s tape? There are many more questions, but I think you get the point. Whether this is a DIY project for you or you are receiving help from professional painters, it’s important to know what is the best order to paint a room. That way, if you want to paint your entire house, you will be knowledgeable in every aspect of painting.

Best Order to Paint a Room

When it comes to painting a room, you should do it following this order:


  1. Prep: clean the entire surface and repair any defections you find
  2. Prime: anywhere where it’s needed and prime the walls and trim
  3. Caulk: Fill the gaps or cracks
  4. Ceiling: paint ceiling (optional) to prevent drips on walls
  5. Walls: apply paint using a roller
  6. Trim: paint trim last to avoid roller drips
  7. Cleanup: (the fun part) clean all your painting tools, remove drop cloths and replace furnishings

Supplies You’ll Need

  • • Paint
  • • Paint roller
  • • Paint roller extension pole
  • • Drop cloths
  • • Paintbrushes
  • • Paint tray
  • • Sandpaper
  • • Painter’s tape
  • • Rags
  • • Putty knife

Prep the Room Before Painting

When it comes to interior walls, you should usually paint with latex and it can be painted without priming, unless the existing walls are:

  • Painted a dark color
  • Stains, grease, or other imperfections
  • Defects in the drywall that have been patched
  • Painted with oil-based paint before

In situations like these, prime first with a stain-blocking primer. If you want to cover any imperfections, you can spot prime without having to prime the entire room. Before painting, if there is sunlight, use it to help you detect any defects along the surface. Fill them using a putty knife and spackling compound. When the spackling is dry, sand the surface smoothly. If the surface is rough, dab the patched area with paint on a rag or sponge to copy the texture of the wall.

Interior Trim Around the Room

With older homes, interior trim is probably painted with oil-based enamel, but there have been major improvements with latex enamel and its durability. So, latex enamel is now a more popular choice. To make sure the new paint adheres properly, prime the surface so that the latex works well over the oil-based paint. How do you figure out if the surface used an oil-based or latex paint? Simply take a rag dabbed with denatured alcohol and rub it on the surface. If the paint comes off, it’s latex. If it doesn’t, it’s oil-based.

Paint a Second Coat

Painting a second coat on your walls is almost always a must. This step is usually fairly easy and quick. Cutting in is easy because you don’t need to get right up to the ceiling or trim. Then, slowly roll the second coat on and you will observe the little pockets that were showing the original colour. This will be covered up nicely, so don’t you worry. Now, you will notice just how beautiful your newly painted home is! The difference a new coat of paint can make on your house is extremely valuable. The transformation is effortless and visually appealing! Good job! Not to mention you officially know the best order to paint a room in the process.

Incorporating Calm Colours

Colors have an instant impact on our mood. After a long day at work when you are feeling exhausted, you want to be in a space surrounded by calming colors. When in a room filled with light blue paint, you instantly feel as if you’re outside, feeling the breeze while relaxing. In a yellow room, it radiates and you feel as if you’re sitting at the beach, with the sun beaming in your face. Even though the colour can bring you stress, it is still a bright colour that could give you much needed energy! Whichever route you decide to take, the possibilities are endless.

If you reside in Toronto and the GTA and need some help figuring out the interior painting costs per square foot, don’t hesitate to call us! We will help you pick the colours you want and show you the latest painting and home renovation trends. Our home painting services with the best pro painters have been around now for over 30 years. Call 416.494.9095 or email [email protected] for a FREE quote for your home painting needs. And don’t forget to check us out on our social media channels below! 

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