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Seven Tips for the Perfect Paint Job

Pantone, the self-described “world-renowned authority on color”, has declared “Greenery” 2017’s Color of the Year.  Paint companies, however, are not so sure, touting everything from sedate taupe to mysterious charcoal black this year. For more about the paint companies’ recommended colors, and which paints provide the best value, check out Consumer Reports.

Once you have your colors chosen, follow these tips from HomeWise to ensure that your painting project turns out its best:

Choosing paint colors and finishes and achieving a professional-looking result doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are seven tips to make sure you do it right:

  • Know Your Purpose: If you are painting your home in anticipation of living there for several years, go crazy with orange, purple, or fuschia. However, if you’re intending to sell anytime soon, keep the walls neutral (white, off-white, soft beiges or grays) so buyers won’t be overwhelmed by your color choices but, instead, can imagine putting their own stamp on the place.
  • Know Your Finishes: From lowest to highest sheen, you have flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The shinier, the more scrubbable, so a little sheen is good for kitchens, bathrooms and kids’ rooms. Reserve semi- and high-gloss for moldings, windows and doors. Satin can be good on trim, too, or in high-traffic or high-moisture areas like hallways, kitchens and baths. Eggshell is the most popular finish for walls in other rooms.
  • Prep is Key: Remember, the higher the sheen, the more it will show imperfections. Take time to spackle and sand for a smooth finish before painting.
  • Tape, Tape, Tape: This is the only way to guarantee clean edges. The time you spend taping is nothing compared to the time you’ll spend cleaning up/touching up if you try to freehand it.
  • Choose Room Contents Before Choosing Paint Color: It’s a lot easier to match paint to a few key pieces or accessories than it is to purchase a room full of furnishings to match your paint. Paint comes in such a vast array of colors and shades, and can be customized to coordinate with almost anything, so pick your paint color based on the other pieces you’ve already chosen.
  • Set the Mood: If you’re going for serenity (in the bedroom, for example), choose cool shades like blue and green. Warmer colors like orange and red evoke energy and excitement (hmmm . . . could be good for the bedroom too; your choice).
  • Transition Color Room to Room: You don’t need all the walls in your home to be the same, but be aware of how colors will blend (or clash) among rooms that adjoin one another. Consider, for example, furnishings, window treatments or accessories in one room that contain colors on the adjoining rooms’ walls, especially in the “public” areas (kitchen, living, dining, family, other non-bedroom spaces.)

Most licensed painters are happy to provide free color consultation. Remember, they’ve seen lots more walls, and considered how colors and finishes work together a lot more often, than you have. We’re happy to refer you to the right professional for your painting project if you decide not to DIY.

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