CHOOSING THE BEST PAINT FOR YOU HOME!
When trying to decide on paint colors there are so many options out there that it can be overwhelming. The goal is to get the perfect color for your home. However, there are so many choices leaving you feeling like maybe you will never find that perfect color. It can take several trips to the store for paint chips and samples. This can lead to hours or days of decisions and paint swatches on your walls.
WHO IS BEST TO HELP ME DECIDE ON THE BEST PAINT?
There are many options to help you with these decisions. Some of them are paint stores that offer help with this or interior designer or decorators that offer paint consultations. I would discourage from the paint store helping with paint color choices as they are not interior designer or decorators, so they are focusing more on how the shades will appear on your walls and light-reflecting value versus how it will look with everything in your home to achieve your design goals and the desired look for your home and the light reflection value. Choosing a paint store to help you with paint choices over an interior designer or decorator may be like having a fry cook at a fast-food chain with no training or experience cook you a gourmet meal that a chef would prepare, they know about food, but they just do not have the training and it probably won’t come out as expected.
BUT HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
You might think an interior designer or decorator is too expensive, but a paint consultation is worth it when it prevents you from spending thousands to repaint your home because the first color choice was a bad decision. Some paint consultations start at $199.00 that is a value that will again save you thousands in paint errors.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE MY PAINT?
There are many brick and mortar and online stores offering paint for your home. I have tried several paints from hardware stores and I have learned my lesson. The most likely choice for paints will be hardware stores as the pricing can seem budget-friendly. A lot of hardware store stock paint is thin or watered down. These paints will not save you money in the long run. Instead, they will leave you adding multiple coats for good coverage causing you to buy more and work harder.
I recommend going directly to paint manufacturers to purchase the paint after your interior designer or decorator has helped you select the color. There are several really good ones out there that I can speak for myself only required one coat lasting years and therefore saving me money and time.
One of my favorites is Clare paint. They are online and they do not have an overwhelming amount of choices, only the prettiest hues of each color. They also offer 8”x 8” stick-on paint swatches so you can see the color selected by your interior designer or decorator on your wall before purchasing. This will save you so much time and a paint swatch wall mess.
(This picture of the wall to the left was done with Clare Paint color “Headspace”.)
I have personally used their paint and I was very impressed that my walls only needed one coat. Clare does recommend 2 coats, but it really was not needed in this application. It was a nice thick consistent and smooth paint. When my package of paint arrived in the mail it was wrapped and secured very well. The added benefits of their paint are that it is ZERO VOC and is Greenguard certified, win-win, great paint, and a healthier choice.
Always make sure if you are doing the painting yourself that no matter what paint you use that you properly prepare the walls with repairs, sanding, and cleaning. This will ensure proper adhesion and a beautiful looking wall or space every time.
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