Painting Tips

home interior painting1) Picking the right colors:

Color is about mood, the emotional feel you want a room to have. That emotion is going to be affected by your furnishing, lighting (both electrical and natural), and your own perception. KDP suggests sampling colors on the walls and looking at them in different light throughout the day/night before committing to them.

2) Preparing to paint:

Clear out rooms as much as possible, removing clothes from the closets, taking down pictures and curtains/blinds, and moving furniture away from walls and doorways. Remove any breakables and valuables from work areas and entryways to avoid accidents.

3) Working with a painter:

Choosing the right painter for your project shouldn’t be difficult or time consuming.

Make sure to ask the following questions:

  • How do they represent themselves? Painters who present themselves in a professional manner will likely approach their craft with the same effort and attention to detail.
  • How do they protect trim, outlets, fixtures, windows, floors, and furniture from paint splatters?
  • How do they prepare the walls for painting?
  • Who specifically will be doing the work? How have they been trained? How long have they been with the company? Will the salesperson/manager monitor the job as it progresses?
  • Are they licensed and insured? How much insurance do they carry?
  • Are they members of the PDCA “Painting, Decorating Contractors of America”? If they are involved with the industry association there is a good chance they are the professionals you’re looking for.
  • Do they provide a written contract/estimate specifying price, terms, and detailed description of the work to be done and the time-line for the project?
  • Will they reserve enough time in their schedule to complete your project before taking on their next job? Overbooking projects leads to no-shows and half-completed jobs.