The holiday season is upon us! If you’re planning on spending quality time with family, friends and other loved ones (and you happen to be hosting this year) it’s important that your space looks and feels its best.

Here are some great tips to quickly touch up the rooms in your home before the festivities begin.

Brighten up: Touching up a room’s trim, chair rails or crown molding can provide an instant refresh. While painting the room a new color offers a complete overhaul, using a high gloss white paint on trim is a quick way to offer a clean finish.

Decide if painting is really necessary. First, try removing marks by wiping the wall with a damp, sudsy sponge. You can also gently rubbing the spot with a paste made of baking soda and water—but be careful, because this mixture is mildly abrasive. No luck? Follow these tips for a flawless touch-up.

Prep the surface: Wipe it with a damp, soapy sponge, then rinse it with a fresh damp sponge and dry it with a clean towel.

Open the windows to get some ventilation going before you start painting.

Prime the part of the wall you intend to paint. Use high-quality latex primer, and don’t go beyond the area you’d like to touch up.

Match your touch-up paint to the wall color. It’s always a good idea to store excess paint from the original can specifically for repairs, but if you don’t have any left, visit a store with color-matching technology and ask them to mix an identical color in the same finish.

Maintain the surface texture by using the same applicator as the first time you painted the wall. If the wall was painted with a brush, use a similar brush; if the wall was painted with a roller, use a small, handheld roller.’ (Kathy Holdefehr,

Keeping your space looking its best will make for a more inviting environment. At Flying Colours your Ottawa painting professional, we can help you achieve the best look for any and every space.