How Often Should You Repaint? Our Pros Share the Facts

As a homeowner maintenance is both a blessing and a curse. A curse because … man, who loves doing chores, really? But a blessing because, done right, maintenance can save you a whole lot of time and money. And painting is some of the most important maintenance you can do. So, if you’ve typed “how often should you repaint” into a search engine before and come up with a bunch of confusing answers, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Our paint pros lay down the truth.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Interior Walls*

Paint isn’t just a cost-effective way to change a room’s appearance. Correctly and regularly repainting your home’s interior can help walls last longer and look better.

Interior spaces come with their own kryptonite, like kids, pets, humidity, light or temperature fluctuations, and cigarette smoke. Certain spaces are more likely to need maintenance more often, based on the traffic load or environment (humid bathrooms, we’re looking at you).

On average, most interior paint jobs last between five and seven years. If you’re kid- or pet-free (or your kids, fur or otherwise, are older), it’s possible that you could bump that up to 10 years.

However, if it’s time for a redesign, you’ve got an area that gets extra wear and tear, or a space with environmental fluctuations (light, temperature or humidity), you may need to repaint more often.

Since these rooms typically get less traffic and are usually not subject to environmental extremes (though light exposure and fading could be an issue) we recommend repainting every five to seven years:

Adults’ bedroomsDining roomsLiving rooms

These areas tend to get more abuse (especially trim and baseboards). Plus, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are subject to humidity – and in the case of kitchens, cooking grease and odors. So, redo these every three to four years:

Baseboards and trimBathroomKitchenLaundry room

These high-traffic areas should get a paint job every two to three years:

HallwaysKids’ bedrooms

And finally, ceilings can go as much as 10 years between paint jobs, though if you or someone in your house is a smoker, you may want to redo them more often to combat yellowing.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Exterior Walls?*

Woman painting exterior vinyl home

Painting your home exterior is both time consuming and expensive, so it’s natural to want to put it off as long as you can. But paint is your first line of defense from the elements and is an important part of curb appeal. So, knowing how often you should repaint your exterior is as important as knowing when to redo your interior.

Your exterior paint is subject to a whole host of challenges. It gets wear and tear from the weather, sunlight and moisture in the form of rain and snow.

What’s the bottom line for how often you should repaint your exterior? A good rule of thumb is every five to 10 years, depending on the paint quality and whether it was correctly painted. There are different guidelines for different surfaces, though, for how often you should paint certain materials:

Paint aluminum siding every five yearsStucco should be repainted every five to six yearsRepaint wood every three to seven years

If you see wear and tear, cracked caulk or faded paint – or you’re putting your house on the market – that’s a sign it’s time to repaint.

Still have questions about how often you should repaint? Our interior painting and exterior painting services can help you take the mystery – and the work – out of repainting your house.

*Recommendations only

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4 Simple Ways to Create a Timeless Look in the Bathroom

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When you purchased your home, you weren’t in love with the bathroom. Something about it just feels outdated. You want to give it new life and style, but renovations are expensive with about a 70 percent return on your investment. Although you don’t intend to sell your house in the near future, you’re also concerned about making your bathroom look updated for buyers down the road.

In many cases, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune and completely rebuild your bathroom to give it a fresh, new look. Here are some simple tips for sprucing up your bathroom on a budget!

Keep the Space Clean

Nothing turns off buyers more than seeing a dirty bathroom. Not only can it look (and be) unsanitary, it can make the space look much older than it does when it’s clean. Be sure you dedicate some time on a regular basis to simple maintenance to keep the bathroom clean, fresh, and in good shape. Every once in a while, perform a deep cleaning. Even if you keep your old tub or slightly dated countertop, buyers can feel confident that you’ve properly kept the home in excellent condition and have a more favorable impression of the house.

dd Greenery

In enclosed areas, particularly small rooms like most bathrooms, the air can feel stuffy or stagnant. Bringing plants into the room can help lighten the feeling as well as add a fun element of style. In fact, if you get a massage, chances are the spa has included natural elements to create a more soothing atmosphere. You can do the same at home!

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, make sure you choose your plants wisely. Succulents work great in this kind of environment and require very little maintenance.

void Yellow in Paint

In the bathroom particularly, the color yellow can conjure up unpleasant feelings and thoughts. Even if the room has been thoroughly cleaned, this color makes the walls seem dirty and aged, creating an uncomfortable environment.

For the same reason, unfortunately, you may want to stay away from other colors that have yellow or brown undertones in them, such as beige, orange, or yellowy gray.

Choose a Timeless Paint Color

Although your child may want dramatic bathroom colors, future buyers may not appreciate it. Instead, consider painting the bathroom walls a classic color that doesn’t go out of style. These timeless colors include clean blues (both light and dark), pale aquamarine, and grayish off-whites. Not only are these colors calming, but they also have lasted through the passing fads, meaning you can trust them to be around for a long time.

Ultimately, if you think your bathroom could use a complete overhaul, go ahead and do it. However, perhaps all it needs is some minor adjustments to feel more updated. Before you grab a sledgehammer and spend a ton of money, consider these tips!

About Platinum Painting

For well over a decade, Platinum Painting has helped homeowners create beautiful spaces. We handle projects as expansive as a three-story home or as small as one room. Whether you’re painting a large master bathroom or a little half bathroom, our team makes sure every detail is to your liking. In fact, we’re not finished until we’ve passed your final inspection. If you are interested in scheduling a free in-home estimate, you can contact our Customer Care team online.

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Pull Off a Beautiful Home Remodel on a Budget

 

Who says you need to have a massive budget to transform your home? It’s completely possible to achieve a beautiful home remodel with a modest budget and a creative eye. Whether you want to focus all of your attention on one room or you’re hoping to spread your budget across several areas, there are methods to do so with limited funds. All it takes is the right know-how. 

 

So what is the key to a beautiful home remodel on a budget? Transform your abode for a small price tag by following these tips and tricks. 

Where Should I Start? 

It can be difficult to get the ball rolling when you decide to take on a home remodel project. Follow these steps to get started and set yourself up for success throughout the entire process.  

Square Away Your Budget

Before you do anything else, get realistic about how much you can actually spend. This will inform the rest of your remodel planning. Set a budget and account for a cushion of 15-20% for the inevitable bumps and setbacks you’ll run into along the way. Most home projects will come with some unexpected problems at some point in the process. 

Plan the Remodel 

Now that you have a figure, start brainstorming the projects you want to complete. What area of your home needs the most sprucing up? Which room would you like to make your own? When you’re working with a slim budget it can be hard to narrow down what areas to focus on. Be sure to take your time deciding where to direct your time and money. 

Which Rooms to Focus on

Depending on your budget, you’ll likely only get to remodel a room or two. Be sure to be discerning when you settle on an area. Ask yourself which rooms could most benefit from a refresh. Let’s take a look at some popular rooms you might want to consider focusing on.

 

The kitchen is often the heart and soul of a home. It makes sense to focus a limited budget on such a central space. There are plenty of quick, easy redesign projects you can take on to transform this area. Painting cabinets can be an affordable, fairly easy way to breathe new life into a kitchen. Changing out the hardware can also drastically change the feel of a kitchen. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, replace the backsplash. If you’re hoping to replace your sink, faucet, or other appliances on a budget, check out Habitat for Humanity or other similar establishments for deals on lightly used appliances. 

 

The bathroom can serve as a sanctuary and a tranquil space to start and end your day right. One easy way to customize this space is to replace the vanity mirror with one that better captures your unique taste. If you want to refresh your bathtub but don’t necessarily want to put down the cash for a new one, you can refinish it instead. Painting and changing out the lighting fixture among other simple aesthetic changes can also update the look and feel of your bathroom for a small price tag. 

 

The living room is another important meeting ground of any home. If you want to expand this space and you’re up for a more involved project, you can remove a non-loadbearing wall. While it may take some effort, this project isn’t as much of a cost commitment as it may seem. Another great way to update a living room is to replace the flooring with new carpet or manufactured wood. You can also invest in lightly used, new-to-you furniture. And, of course, you can paint your living room to give it a completely new feel.  

 

Need assistance with the paint job? Get in touch with Horner Painting!

More Quick Tips 

As you solidify a plan for your remodel project, try to get creative with how to stretch your dollar. There are countless small but meaningful changes you can make to infuse more “you” into your home. Here are a few more tips to get you started.  

 

Try doing renovations in the winter months. Manufacturers may offer discounted prices during the winter. You can find deals like close-out prices on appliances. 

 

We already mentioned this in some of the points above but it’s hugely helpful to shop second hand when you’re doing a home remodel on a budget. Reach for recycled or lightly used fixtures and building materials to save money and achieve a unique, stylish remodel. 

 

Focus on smaller, more manageable projects. Don’t get bogged down by the scale of every project you hope to complete down the road. Break it down into bite-sized mini-projects you can achieve with a modest budget. Think painting, changing out hardware, and mixing up the decor. 

 

Don’t throw out that “junk” – about 85 percent of a house is reusable. You can receive a tax deduction by donating old building materials and appliances from your remodel to Habitat for Humanity.  

 

Prep your walls for painting with a filament such as Texturglas for a smoother application. 

 

Don’t mess with the plumbing or wiring in your home. If possible, plan your remodel around these elements. Adjusting these can be a costly, time-consuming undertaking. Plus you can cause damage to your home if you DIY plumbing or electrical incorrectly. 

Happy Remodeling

Don’t underestimate what a small budget and an industrious spirit can achieve when taking on a home remodel. There are plenty of ways to make your space feel more like you without breaking the bank. All you need to do is use a bit of creativity and plan carefully. 

Need help with a painting project? Horner Paint is happy to assist you in improving your home interior. Together, we’ll determine the best way to achieve your remodeling goals. Learn more about our residential painting services here!

How to Paint Your Home in Compliance with HOA

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Are you tired of your home’s exterior paint? You may be interested in adding a fresh coat of paint to improve the look of your property. However, if you live in a neighborhood with a community homeowner’s association, you’ll have to get HOA board approval before starting your project. Unfortunately, getting the green light may not be as easy as you think. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips on painting your home while remaining HOA compliant – just keep reading to learn more!

Why Is Compliance Important?

If you paint the exterior of your home without HOA compliance, they’ll be unhappy and issue you a fine. Some HOA’s may even take it a step further and pursue heftier fines if changes aren’t made after being approached the first time. The good news is you can easily avoid these problems by correctly appealing to the HOA. In most cases, you’ll have to fill out a form and supply the HOA with an exact color swatch matching the hue. Although it can take weeks before you get an official answer, it’s the only way to avoid a fine and unnecessary hassle.

Tips for HOA-Compliant Exterior Painting

Before you start an exterior painting project, you’ll want to make sure that you remain HOA compliant. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Look Up the Restrictions

Find your HOA’s restrictions on home exterior paint colors. In most cases, they won’t allow you to paint your home any bright, loud, or unusual colors. That’s usually because they want to maintain a consistent look throughout the neighborhood. Before looking at color samples, make sure you know which ones are permitted so you can avoid choosing one that won’t be approved.

Look At Your Neighbors

Although general uniformity is desired, duplication is not. That said, many HOA’s won’t allow you to use the exact same color scheme as one of your neighbors. If that’s true of your HOA, take a look at the houses in your neighborhood and mark their color schemes off your list. You’ll want to avoid duplicating the exact colors of any house close to yours.

sk for Permission

Ask your HOA for permission to paint your home’s exterior. They’ll review your color choices and make sure they meet the HOA’s guidelines. If you’ve done your research and followed the tips listed in this post, you should have no trouble getting their approval!

The HOA’s job is to make sure your neighborhood looks nice, which means your paint job needs to be well-done. The best way to ensure quality results is to hire a professional painting crew – they’ll make sure you have a crisp, clean paint job that the HOA will have no reason to complain about!

About Platinum Painting

At Platinum Painting, we are committed to the satisfaction of every homeowner, which is why our home painting projects are always successful. Our highly skilled and qualified team will always go the extra step to ensure your paint job is done well and in compliance with the HOA. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call us.

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Here’s How to Repair Wall Damage for a Smooth, Paintable Surface

You can’t get a great paint job without a smooth surface. That’s why prepping is so important – it gives you the chance to repair wall damage, including cracks and holes, before you roll on that first coat of paint. Here are the wall-repair tips you need to know to help you get the most out of your paint job.

Repairing Wall Damage, Big and Small

Unless you’ve patched big holes in drywall before, we recommend leaving anything bigger than the size of a hammer head to the pros. With that caveat out of the way, here are our tips for repairing wall damage, big(gish) and small.

Dents and Dings

Damage like small holes and divots is the easiest to repair. You’ll need:

Fast-drying spacklingSandpaper or drywall sanding spongeDrywall knife

Clear away any debris from the imperfection. Smooth on fast-drying spackling with your putty knife. Wait 24 hours and then sand*.

Popped Nail Heads

Have you noticed circular bulges (or even visible nail heads) in your drywall? Those are nail pops, and they happen when drywall shifts and works a nail loose. These are purely cosmetic and simple to repair. You’ll need:

HammerScrewdriver or drillWall screws (sized to penetrate the stud by at least three quarters of an inch to insure they don’t come out)Joint compoundDrywall knifeSandpaper or drywall sanding sponge

Screw one screw into the stud about an inch above the nail and one about an inch below. Then, you can either hammer the nail back in or remove it. Wall screws are made to sink below the wall level, so you can cover them with joint compound (do the same for nail or nail hole). Wait 24 hours and sand*. If you can still see the wall damage, reapply the compound, wait 24 hours and sand* again.

Small Holes

Small holes (up to two inches) can be repaired with a patch kit. You’ll need:

Mesh patch kitDrywall knifeSpackling compound or joint compoundSandpaper or drywall sanding sponge

Follow the instructions on the kit for sticking the mesh patch over the hole. Use the drywall knife to apply the compound smoothly. Wait 24 hours and sand*.

Repaint

Once the wall is prepped, you’re ready to paint. If you’re repainting the whole room, note that high-gloss paints and certain textures and faux finishes can emphasize wall damage. So, when choosing your wall finish, steer toward matte, eggshell or satin for the smoothest finish.

If you want to paint high-gloss paint over a repaired wall (or add texture), prime the wall first. This will help conceal any wall repairs and will help the wall finish stick better and cover more smoothly.

Our paint pros always wall prep before they paint. Learn about our interior painting services or get free 8″ x 8″ paint swatches from our color consultants today.

*WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD, or log on to www.epa.gov/lead

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What Are the Five Types of Paint Finishes and Why Are They Important?

Choosing a paint color is the first thing most people think of when they think of painting. But did you know the paint finish is just as important – maybe more so – than the color? Here are the five finishes and why it’s important to pick the right one.

What’s a Paint Finish?

Before we jump into the finishes, themselves, let’s talk about what a finish is. A finish is the paint’s texture after it dries, and how much light it reflects off the wall. These can both impact the way you perceive the color (and can accentuate or hide imperfections in the finish).

The Five Paint Finishes

If you’re in the process choosing a paint finish, knowing the full menu of options can help. Here are the five paint finishes:

Flat (or Matte)EggshellSatinSemiglossGloss

Flat paint gives your walls a uniformly smooth appearance. This paint finish is perfect for areas where you want to minimize reflection of the paint’s surface, like living rooms and dining rooms. Flat paint helps mask any less-than-smooth areas in the walls, like nail holes, patches or nail pops. It’s also a natural for ceilings. Low-sheen paints require fewer coats than higher-sheen paints, because there’s less contrast between the touch-up and the rest of the paint job.

Eggshell is a great option for almost any room because it has a soft look of an eggshell. While the finish is low gloss, it’s more reflective than flat paint. Because of its slightly higher sheen, it’s also easier to clean and more durable than flat.

Satin finishes are the most commonly used finish. They reflect more light than eggshell and flat and are good for high-traffic areas like halls and kids’ rooms. They’re even easier to clean than their less shiny counterparts.

Semigloss is more reflective than satin, giving rooms a slightly shiny look. This can make darker rooms brighter, especially when used in light tones like white, cream and other neutrals. While the glossy surface shows more imperfections, it’s good for high-humidity rooms like bathrooms because it resists moisture. Easy to clean, semigloss makes a good option for trim and doors.

Gloss finish is the diva of the group with the highest level of reflectivity. Most commonly used on cabinets, molding and doors, gloss requires more coats than its more matte cousins, but it also cleans up easiest.

Where To Use Each Finish

Flat paint is best used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms or offices – any place you want minimal light reflected in the room.Eggshell can be used in any room in the house, though because it’s more susceptible to humidity, steer clear of eggshell in kitchens and bathrooms.Satin is the most commonly used finish and can be used in any room.Semigloss is great in high-humidity areas like kitchens and baths. It also works on doors and trim.Gloss is used primarily on doors and trim, but some designers use it to achieve a high impact, mirrorlike appearance on walls.

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A Simple Guide to Picking the Right Interior Gloss

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Painting your home can be an overwhelming task. With so many colors and finishes to choose from, deciding on the right one can be headache-inducing. Since each paint sheen has its own practical and decorative job, selecting the best one for each room in your home will require some thought. Luckily, we’ve created a handy dandy guide to help you find the perfect interior paint gloss – after you select a color, of course. Continue reading as we discuss the different types of paint gloss and share tips to help you choose the right one.

Types of Paint Gloss

Paints come in a number of sheens, or “gloss levels”. It determines how reflective the dried paint surface will be. Let’s take a closer look at a few common paint sheen options.

High Gloss

Since high-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting, it’s the most durable and easiest to clean. This type of paint gloss is an excellent choice for high-touch areas, like cabinets, trim, and doors. However, because they’re extremely shiny, they will show far more textures and imperfections on a painted surface – so don’t skimp on prep work.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss paints are fairly reflective of light sources. They’re a good option for walls that encounter moisture, drips, and grease stains. Like high gloss, this type of paint is quite easy to clean and maintain!

Satin

This type of gloss is often described to have a velvety appearance. Satin paint is another excellent choice for high-traffic areas because it’s easy to clean. The only downsides are that it’s less resistant to staining than glossier paints and can be a bit tricky to apply.

Low-Sheen

Low-sheen paints have an essentially flat finish with little luster. It works well at covering wall imperfections, making it a great option for spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs.

Flat or Matte

This type of paint gloss soaks up light rather than reflects it. All light sources that hit flat or matte paints will diffuse, creating an even, soft-looking surface. Because it has the most pigment and provides the most coverage, it’s an excellent choice for people wanting to save time and money. However, it can be difficult to clean without taking paint off with the grime.

How to Choose Your Paint Gloss

When choosing your paint gloss, here are a few factors you should take into consideration:

Aesthetic – Alongside its sheen, you’ll want to consider how your paint color will look. To get a real feel for the sheen and color after the paint dries, get sample paints and apply them onto your surface.Use – The utility of a room may also affect your decision. For example, you’ll probably want to use high-gloss paint for walls that will require more cleaning (i.e., kitchen, bathroom, doors).Light – Consider the light sources of your room and opt for a paint that works well with the lighting.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a better understanding of the different types of paint gloss and when to use them. Now you can make the right decision for your home and bring your vision to life!

About Platinum Painting

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PPG Paints 2022 Color of the Year Combines Sanctuary With Sophistication

Introducing the PPG Paints 2022 Color of the Year: Olive Sprig. This relaxed, enticing green emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant. It brightens any space with organic liveliness. A versatile color that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment.

Olive Sprig, the 2022 Color of the Year, can turn a room into a sanctuary. Pair it with brass accents and wood tones for a sophisticated look you’ll love.

Get a Natural Feel

Sanctuary with Sophistication

Elegant, grounded and versatile, this highly adaptable gray green represents growth and resilience.

Global Color Trends Forecast

As part of the choosing the 2022 Color of the Year, the PPG Paints team also creates a Global forecast. This forecast provides direction and inspiration to architects, designers and homeowners across the hotel, retail and residential markets. PPG customers in all business sectors also rely on the forecast for new products and color specifications.

Watch the Global Forecast Video

See All Three of Our 2022 Paint Color Palettes

We brought our 2022 colors to life through three trend stories, each nestled within the overarching theme of Horizon. Here are the three palettes:

Introspective — This color story is for those who prioritize self-care and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. These serene hues impart a warm, lived-in quality, giving any home a sense of simplicity and peace.

Inspired — Are you looking for a mood-boosting shade that’s sure to turn up the volume in any space? This Inspired palette will add an optimistic jolt of energy to your home. It’s perfect for anywhere you want a fresh pop of color, from a front door to a playroom.

Invaluable — Grounded in tradition, Invaluable uses refined darks to create glamorous, artistic interiors. Draw inspiration from the past and pull from a rich library of cultural references for a look of depth and warmth.

Go Introspective

Simplicity and Peace

Add a hint of color to an otherwise neutral-toned kitchen. Or, create an ethereal bedroom retreat with this soulful color palette.

Serene Spaces

Pair these calming, restorative colors with off-whites and neutrals for a warm, lived-in quality.

Get Inspired

Energize

Energize your home with these vibrant, joyful hues. (Hey, isn’t that the 2022 Color of the Year on the walls?)

Motivate

Turn heads with a blue so vibrant it motivates everyone who sees it.

Feel Invaluable

Rich Hues

Draw inspiration from the past to create the palette of the present.

Depth and Warmth

Pair these rich, dark hues with brass and natural wood to turn up the drama.

If you love color as much as we do, you’ll love learning more about the 2022 Color of the Year from PPG Paints.

Want to bring the latest colors into your home? Let our color consultants help you find the hues that are right for you.

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5 Ways to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger

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Painting a home can do a lot more to it than give it a face lift. Today, many young homeowners are working with smaller budgets, so they can’t invest in renovations like removing walls and heightening ceilings to make rooms look bigger. One cost-effective way to make rooms feel and appear larger than they actually are is to paint the walls. Read on to learn how you can use paint and décor to take a room from feeling cramped to looking expansive.

Utilize Paint

Something as simple as painting the room a lighter color can make it appear brighter and larger. It’s a good idea to avoid a pure white color, because it can create dramatic shadows with the furniture and décor that actually makes the area look smaller instead of larger. Instead, try light and pale blues, greens, purples, tans, and grays. These are all airy, modern-feeling colors that can go with a wide array of room themes and furniture.

Incorporate Mirrors

Mirrors are a more obvious technique to take a small room and make it appear larger. That’s why you see many apartments with built-in mirrors along the length of walls. While this specific way of utilizing mirrors may be a little overwhelming, a more reasonable way to utilize this method of expansion would be to place large mirrors in areas of the house that don’t receive much light. This will keep the light bouncing around the room, making it look as though it’s more spacious than it actually is.

Invest in Houseplants

Houseplants won’t just make your home feel happier and boost your mood, they’ll also make a space appear more open and airy. If you’re confident in your ability to keep them alive, try investing in some great plants to hang from the ceiling or display on bookshelves. Some excellent, easy-to-care-for houseplants include pothos, succulents, ivy, and snake plants!

Stage the Room with Lighting

A dark space appears cramped, so installing some much-needed lighting to illuminate corners of rooms can help it appear bigger. You can try utilizing lamps, track lighting along ceilings, or just getting around to replacing that lightbulb that went out on the ceiling fan in a room months ago!

Marie Kondo the Room

Finally, the most dreaded way to make a room appear larger is cutting the clutter. Explore your room and open up boxes that have been taking up space in your living room, hallways or closets, and in the famous words of Marie Kondo, ask yourself if what you pull out “brings you joy.” If not, it might be time to donate it!

You don’t always have to put your money into a costly home remodeling project to make it appear larger than it does now. Sometimes, all it takes is a little ingenuity and a small budget!

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Our team at Platinum Painting has been helping homeowners transform their spaces for years, and we’re sure to never cut corners. We always take the time to understand each of our clients’ visions, so we can achieve the best possible results. This dedication is reinforced by our satisfaction guarantee. If you would like to learn how to expand your living space with a simple coat of paint, we welcome you to visit our website or call 817-380-4404 to schedule a free in-home estimate today!

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More Than Color: 5 Paint Finishes and When to Use Them

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After looking at the walls of color swatches and trying out a few options on your wall, you’ve found the perfect paint color for your living room. You’re all set to get painting, right? Wait! You still have an important decision ahead of you—picking the finish. But how does the finish really affect the quality of the paint job? Read on to find out about the different finishes you can choose and in what situations you might want to use them.

High-Gloss

This is the glossiest option available. This finish is significantly shiny, so it is most suitable for door frames, window sills and other similar accents. High-gloss paints also work best in rooms where messes are likely to happen because they are easy to scrub and clean. Kitchens and bathrooms, namely, are rooms where you may want to consider getting a high-gloss finish, especially if you have young kids. Just keep in mind that because of its shininess, imperfections in the wall are more visible than with other finishes.

Semi-Gloss

Not quite as shiny as high-gloss, semi-gloss still reflects plenty of light, making a space look brighter and more airy. It’s predominantly used for trim and other accents but also comes in handy for bathrooms, kitchens, and kids rooms too. This gloss makes cleaning a breeze as well!

Satin

Satin is the perfect middle ground between high-gloss and flat finishes. It reflects some light but also hides flaws much better than semi-gloss or high-gloss paints. Depending on the texture quality of your walls, this could be a good option for a bedroom, living room, or dining room. This finish is still easier to keep clean than less glossy options, making it a good compromise.

Eggshell

Don’t expect many messes in a specific room? Do you have flaws in the walls that you’d like to go unnoticed? Eggshell finish may be the right fit for the room. Although not as easy to clean as other glosses, this finish makes the walls look smooth. In guest bedrooms, especially if you aren’t anticipating much activity in the room or little impact on the walls, this finish is a good option.

Flat

Compared to the rest of the finishes, flat hides imperfections the best, but it is also more difficult to keep clean. This finish often works best in guest bedrooms or living rooms.

In the end, it’s important to take the finish into consideration. The gloss can impact how well your walls weather the normal daily wear and tear or appear in the light, so you need to choose carefully. Understanding more about the various glosses can help you make the right decision in your home improvement projects and create the look you want in your rooms.

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