the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts
of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as
quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a
breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and
they start with picking the right color and paint
avoid becoming overwhelmed by the thousands of color
options, follow advice that highly rated decorators and
painters gave our team and start by considering the mood
you want to create. For example, bold, bright colors
work well in high-activity rooms, such as a kitchen,
while softer colors are best for rooms where you relax,
such as a bedroom.
a cozy mood, such as for a family room, choose deep
colors. For an airy, open mood, select lighter colors.
In a dining room, achieve a formal mood with warm
neutrals, deep tones and dark shades. For a spirited
feel in a playroom, combine bright, high-energy colors.
next step is to match the paint finish to the room’s
purpose. Here are expert guidelines:
Often used by painting pros because it doesn’t reflect
light and hides imperfections well. However, it doesn’t
wash easily; cleaning reduces paint saturation.
Features an understated shine and is somewhat easier to
clean than flat, while hiding imperfections less well.
Has a medium gloss and smooth finish that can work well
in bathrooms and kitchens. Won’t hide imperfections
but is washable and withstands humidity.
and high-gloss: Good for kitchens, bathrooms,
high-traffic areas, baseboards and other trim because
they can handle high humidity and frequent washing. Won’t
hide wall imperfections.
get an idea of what painting will cost, consider that an
average bedroom will require two or three gallons of
paint, which can cost $30 or more each. A full set of
materials — including paint, brushes and wall-prep
materials — can cost around $200.
you’d rather hire a pro to more quickly, and probably
more expertly, transform a room, plan to pay around $100
to $300 an hour for labor, in addition to supplies.
for painters who’ve been in business five or more
years, who have good online reputations or
recommendations from people you know, who offer a
warranty on labor and materials and are insured.
if the company uses subcontractors, as that could mean
work done by inexperienced or uninsured laborers.
photos of past jobs, and ask for and check references.
Confirm whether the crew cleaned up properly.
important details in the contract, such as how much wall
preparation is included, how many coats will be applied,
what brand of paint will be used, how much extra wall
repairs and coats of paint will cost and when the job
will be done.
aware of tactics used by disreputable painters, which
include using cheap paint while charging for such
premium brands, watering down paint, using old paint and
low-balling estimates in order to charge more later.