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A Professional Interior Painters Guide to picking colors:

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Interior Painters agree that interior painting is mainly used for beautifying the home and picking the right color scheme for spaces requires a certain amount of imagination and creativity. Simply thinking about what color would look best on a wall isn’t enough to ensure a positive paint job. Virtually any color will look good on a surface as long as it is applied correctly, but choosing the right color involves looking at an interior space with a critical eye in regards to your own unique taste.

The easiest way to choose a color scheme is to look through color catalogues or at paint samples. Most hardware stores and paint depots keep catalogs handy for customers to take home. Homeowners and those of you that call yourselves Interior Painters should take their time looking at the spaces in these catalogs and comparing colors to their existing floors, carpets, curtains, blinds, furniture and decorations. It’s important to look at fabric and upholstery first and then look at the other aspects to see if they coordinate with your color choices. Consider the prominent color in this coordination for the walls.

Once you have narrowed it down to a couple of shades you like it is best if you go to the paint store and by the little samples of the colors you are considering. Bring these home and apply 2 foot by 2 foot areas to the walls in several areas of the room or house to get a great feel for the color. You always want to do this before you hire professional interior painters because the last thing you want to do not be happy with the shade of color you pick after you pay someone or even if you do it yourself. This little bit of homework upfront guarantees success!

A Professional Interior Painters Guide to Interior Paint Products:

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Once you’ve picked the perfect color, you still have to decide on what type of paint you want for the space. Whether you’re looking for an elegant, refined finish or a material that will wipe clean after an impromptu mural from your little one, there are paint types to suite every situation. When it comes to selecting interior paints, several popular options include:

Primer:  While technically not paint or a finish, the use of primer is crucial in interior painting. Failing to use primer on a porous surface, such as wood or concrete, can lead to imperfect paint coatings that could end up peeling away from the walls. Primer is also a must if covering up a darker color, as it will take fewer layers to cover the old paint.

Matte:  This is a flat paint that has a calming, non-reflective effect on color. It is generally washable by may not be best for high traffic areas or in kitchen and bathrooms. Flat enamel is a similar finish and some say it is more washable then flat but this may be debatable.

Eggshell:  This is a more attractive version of matte. It can be cleaned and has just a tiny bit of shine.

Satin:  This is a favorite of doors, playrooms, trim decorations, kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces that get a lot of traffic and usage. If applied correctly, satin finish paint can withstand washing.

Glossy:  This finish is highly reflective and dramatic. It is preferred for modern-looking décor, and it requires careful preparations, as it does little to hide imperfections.

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Use the following tips to hire the right professional interior painters:

Ask Around

The best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have had good experiences with painting contractors in your area. You can also get referrals from your local paint stores.

Get Estimates from at Least Three Contractors

When you receive contractor estimates, they should fall roughly within the same price range. If estimates differ widely from one another, ask what is not being done or where corners are being cut.

Interview Each Candidate

Always ask contractors the following questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have the proper/required licenses? (This varies by state, and some states may not require licensing.)
  • Do you have insurance and bonding? (This helps determine whether your contractor and any hired workers are insured for injury and liability.)
  • Are you a member of any national or local painting contractors’ associations?
  • Do you subcontract your work or perform it yourself?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Do you offer written guarantees of your work?
  • What products do you use?

Be Specific About the Project

It’s a good idea to walk each potential contractor around the areas (indoor or outdoor) to be painted while discussing your needs, and particularly any aspects of the project that could affect the price. Be specific about which surfaces you want to have painted (walls, trims, moldings, ceilings, etc.) and the paint color and finishes you want used.

Pay Attention to Behavior

As you meet with each contractor, pay attention to the following signs and behaviors:

  • Does the contractor project a sense of professionalism and experience?
  • Is the contractor courteous and business-like?
  • Is the contractor busy? (Good ones usually are.)
  • Does the contractor return phone calls and provide estimates in a timely manner?
  • Is the contractor on time for appointments?

Check References

Be sure to get at least three references from past customers and speak to them directly. If possible, visit references to evaluate the painter’s work in person and to see how well it has held up over time.

Review the Contract

Once you’ve settled on a contractor, ask for a written contract and review it carefully. As a consumer, you have the right to ask detailed questions about any issues you need clarified. In particular, be sure to verify the following:

  • What exactly is being painted (house, trim, walls, molding, etc.)
  • Details on preparation and cleanup
  • Paint colors for each area to be painted
  • How the contractor will protect plants, patios, furniture, or other items
  • How much time the project will take, from start to finish
  • When and how the contractor will be paid

 

 

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