If you have ever walked into the paint section at the Home Depot, you know that it can be a bit overwhelming. With hundreds of colors to choose from, multitudes of different brands, finishes, glosses, and coatings —it can be nearly impossible to make a decision.
That’s why we’ve come up with a few questions to arm yourself with before heading out to make a decision about which colors to paint your interior walls.
What room(s) are you painting in your home? Will there be kids, pets, or a great deal of activity in that room?
Painting a master bedroom and painting a kids playroom can be two different endeavors, with the need for different types of paint and finish. If there is a large amount of traffic and activity in the room that you are planning on painting, it’s important that you choose paint that will be relatively easy to clean, and stain resistant. In these areas, it is best to choose a paint with a high gloss, or semi-gloss. For rooms with less activity, say, the guest bedroom, you can feel free to use any paint from flat to high gloss finish.
How sensitive are you and your family to the smell of paint?
If you find that you are fairly sensitive to odor, then you should plan on using water-based latex paints. These types of paints exude little to no odor in comparison to oil-based paints. Additionally, they generally adhere well to interior surfaces and are easily cleaned.
Do you want the room to look bigger?
If you have smaller rooms in the house that you wish were a bit larger, choosing the right paint can help create that illusion. Lighter colors will create an airy, open feel in the room. Darker colors create a more cozy, intimate feel.
How much time do you want to spend on this particular paint project?
For most families, it is important that the paint job is completed within a few days so that they can get back to life as usual in their home. If you have limited time, or just want to finish the job fast, then you should think about using a “paint and primer” all in one product. With these products you’ll need to apply fewer coats, which cuts down the drying time and overall time spent on the job.
How often do you repaint?
If you like to freshen up the color and feel of your rooms every few years, then it doesn’t matter so much the type of paint that you use. However, if you’re hoping to have a paint that lasts, you’ll need a durable, top quality, 100% latex interior paint.
These are just a few tips to help you navigate the endless, colorful paint aisles at Sherwin Williams. However, if you live in the Salt Lake City Area and want to sidestep the whole ordeal, you can leave it to the pros. At All American Trade Work , we can consult with you to find the best paint for your project. Then WE will brave the paint aisle, complete the job, and leave you with a freshly painted interior. Give us a call at (801) 995-2513 or email us.