Taking the Guess Work out of Painting Your Home 9

Expert advice for a worry-free home painting experience.

Whether you’re looking to paint one room or your entire home, sometimes the hardest part of the process is simply knowing how to get started.

For advice, we turned to Jerry Prosise, owner of CertaPro Painters of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Jerry provided insight into current color trends, along with some tricks of the trade that might prove to be beneficial as you prep for your next paint project.

Color Selection

Choosing paint colors for the home is not everyone’s forte. Prosise says people should choose colors they love for both interior and exterior because, typically, they will live with that exterior color for five-to-seven years, and interior colors for 10 years or more. It is important to consider colors that provide a natural flow throughout the interior of the home.

In main living areas and hallways, homeowners are still gravitating toward neutrals such as gray and variations of gray. The trend is to brighten-up with bolder colors in bedrooms and other rooms.

Sherwin Williams’ color of the year is Poised Taupe, which celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral and also brings in the warmth of brown. PPG’s (Porter Paint) color of the year is Violet Verbena, which is considered both nostalgic as well as modern.

Tans and grays are still the most popular colors for exteriors. Variations of white, light greens and light blues are popular trim colors as they provide a classic, timeless and elegant look. The most popular color for front doors that are not natural stained wood is, by far, some sort of red variation. It makes the door pop and provides a focal point.

Paint Selection

If you’re DIY-ing your next painting project, here are some things you should be aware of before applying the first coat of paint.

First, paint technology has come a long way. In the past you could not put a water-based paint over an oil-based paint. Today there are hybrids that allow clean up with water, but provide the toughness of oil. These are used primarily for trim. The benefit to the homeowner is that most of this new technology is low to zero VOC (smell) and dries quickly as opposed to oil-based paints that have a very high VOC and take much longer to dry.

Second, there are many brands of paint with several different sheens. For interior walls, flat sheens will show fewer imperfections. Eggshell is easier to clean but it presents imperfections more easily.

For exteriors, a stain sheen works best for siding, brick or trim.

Don’t forget, preparation is the most important part of any painting project. No job will look as good as it could if it is not prepared properly. Poor prep, especially on the exterior, can cause the paint to fail prematurely. If you do not have a steady hand, invest in some painters tape for ceilings and other parts you do not wish to paint and make sure any furniture or valuables as well as the floor are covered by a quality drop cloth.