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SELECTING PAINT

How to Select Paint - House Painting

Selecting paint is a very personal choice for most people. Many factors need to be considered when it comes to house painting. And with so many colors of paint available, choosing a color can feel like an impossible task.

At Carlson's Proficient Painting we work with our customers in the area to help them find the best paint for the job. Usually it starts with a number of questions, including:

  • What area do you want to be painted?
  • How visible is the area you want to be painted? Or, how frequently will it be seen by others?
  • How is the area used?
  • Do you have small children or pets?

We've not yet gotten to color, but these questions can help us determine the needed quality and sheen for your area home. Homeowners will often want to have a higher quality paint used in a room more frequently visited by others, like the living room, than they will want to use in a child's bedroom. We'll take that into account.

Sheen

Sheen is important when you are thinking through how to select paint. You'll want to consider how the room is used and how much you like, or don't like, shiny walls. A gloss or semi-gloss paint can work well in kitchens and play rooms as they'll be easier to wipe clean and will stand up to some "abuse." But, if you don't like shiny walls you won't like gloss or semi-gloss paint.

You may love the effect a flat or matte paint can give a room, but it's important to know that they won't be quite as easy to clean.

Most customers will settle on satin or eggshell when house painting. Some people love, and always use, one or the other. Other customers will choose one or the other depending on the room, using satins for kitchens, bathrooms and children's rooms, and eggshell for living rooms, dining rooms and adult bedrooms.

Color

That brings us to what is most often the challenging part when selecting paint for a home - choosing the color. Again, we'll ask some questions:

  • What type of style is your house, or do you want it to be? Traditional, contemporary, modern, farmhouse?
  • What is your overall preference for paint - warm, cool, other?
  • How will the area to be painted tie in to the rest of your home?
  • Do you have a focal point for the room that you want to complement?
  • Do you want to stay on trend? Would you prefer your home to look timeless, or to match up to a specific style?

These are just some of the many questions that you'll want to ask yourself when you are considering color for house painting projects. We can say that most customers end up being most happy when they factor in the feeling they are trying to create throughout the house instead of just picking a color they like for one room.

It can be easy for homeowners to fall into the current trend. This can be fine if the trend is likely to hold up or if the homeowner doesn't mind painting their home every couple of years. Other customers will be focused on keeping within the style of their home or creating a timeless look that will hold up over many years.

Ultimately, you'll want to pick a color that works for you. Unless, of course, your purpose for painting is to sell the home or rent out the space. There are many, many resources for you to look at when considering how to select paint - here are a few good ones:

Ceilings

Many people choose to paint their ceilings white or off-white, and that's certainly fine. But, if you are considering a renovation, or just a different look for a room, don't forget about the ceiling. Painting the ceiling can help a room look bigger, or smaller. It can add a swanky feel or a touch of formality. Either way, homeowners usually find that painting a ceiling is much more difficult than painting a wall. So, give Carlson's Proficient Painting a call and we'll save you the time, as well as the aches and pains.

Other Surfaces

Selecting paint or stain for the other surfaces inside or outside your home, office building or rental property can be just as challenging. While the designers on television can make creating a unified look seem easy, at Carlson's Proficient Painting we know it can be much harder in reality. When you work with us, we'll rely on our knowledge, expertise and experience to help you select the paint, stain or other finish that will work best for you.

If you live in and are looking for professional help for a house painting project, give us a call today. We'll be happy to give you a free quote for the services you are requesting.

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Testimonials

  • Mr. Carlson WAS ON TIME EVERY TIME!!! On our first meeting everything was explained, the time line the painting process the quality of the paint he would use and the equipment he would be using. Mr. Carlson also took the time to explain to my neighbors what he was going to do and any impact it would have on there property (there was none). The painting of my house meet all my expectations and more. No over spray on my plaints or grass, the cleanup process was undetectable! Mr. Carlson also painted my Aunts house with the same professional results. Job Well Done!
    -Steve Y.

  • If I could give Eric and Carlson's Proficient Painting SIX stars, I would. Reasonable prices, super efficient. My wife and I couldn't be happier with the results! Also, initially there was a little miscommunication about the color paint we wanted and he had already ordered the paint. However, he was super understanding and ate the costs of the other paint and ordered the paint we actually wanted without hesitation! He and his crew came back several times to do touch-ups to make it looks absolutely perfect. If you want a HIGH PROFESSIONAL QUALITY paint job at budget prices, Eric at Carlson's is your man!!
    -John S.

  • Eric and the rest of his team are amazing! They painted the entire exterior of my four story home and did an excellent job! They were always on time and very professional. The team was so nice to work with and now my house looks amazing!
    -Melissa H.

  • Carlson's Proficient Paint did an excellent job on painting my house inside and out and installing my windows. The price was great and I couldn't have asked for any better customer service. They were on time, courteous and very professional. I would recommend Carlson's Proficient Painting to anyone looking for a great job done and one done right the first time.
    -Rene B.

  • We recently had Eric and his crew into our Florida Condo to paint for us. Eric was timely from his first meeting with us to his crew's finish. He was very conscientious regarding our comfort during the job; helpful in keeping us informed about progress as they worked around us. He used high quality paints and went the second mile to be certain we were pleased with the finished product. His crew was pleasant, helpful and extremely neat. We have already recommended them twice in social circumstances and would highly recommend them to anyone. It is good to know there are honest people who want to do the job right.
    -Brent D.

  • From the initial consultation, I knew that Carlson's Proficient Painting would be a good choice! It was clear that Eric appreciates the opportunity to go above and beyond to meet the customer's needs. He and his crew did a great job painting the interior of my home and I will definitely recommend him to family and friends!
    -Chase M.

  • When I found Eric I didn't know his quality of work with painting but am happy as ever to say I'll be calling him and his crew to paint my house when time comes. He did an excellent job on my sisters house from painting to ceiling repair and then the eves. Everything was done well. I love getting everything done with one person. Thanks, Eric.
    -Deena F.

  • Eric and his crew were awesome! I had multiple estimates before making my choice, but after meeting Eric and seeing his reviews, I knew he was who I wanted to paint my house. They came on the day they said they would, and primed and painted the house in two days. They even replaced some rotted fascia for me. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a professional job.
    -Shawn C.

  • Eric was recommended by the gentleman who did my landscaping. So glad i had them perform the job. They were awesome to work with, on time and truly proficient. They repaired many of the issues i was having along with a beautiful paint job, they even went over and beyond by replacing all the light fixtures on the exterior of the house. Love the work they did and would highly recommend them to any of my friends. Even my neighbors are happy with the results.
    -Yvette S.

  • Excellent work, on time, cleaned up afterward. This old pool cage looks like new. This was a custom color to match the house.
    -Martha S.

  • We found Carlsons through a referral from our screened enclosure company, Sr Screen, and are very glad we did. Rescreening and painting are 2 totally separate jobs, and these 2 coordinated quite well given the fact we were trying to have this done during rainy season...fine for screening, but dicey at best for outdoor painting! The 3 of us were in constant communication about the weather delays and once they had a window of time, they executed quite well. The quality of the work is great, and when I requested a few other minor things that came up, they were taken care of without hesitation. Again, very professional and clean...would certainly refer and use them again.
    -Ken H.

  • Carlson's Proficient Painting did an awesome job painting a large room in our home. Eric, the owner, is friendly, a great communicator, and very easy to reach. He was eager to go the extra mile to make sure we were completely satisfied with his company's work. I definitely recommend them.
    -Jessica S.

  • Eric and team did a fantastic job making my Florida pool screen look like new. They completely stripped it down and re-sprayed it with a high quality finish. They were a very professional group and exceeded my expectations.
    -Mike

  • On time, friendly, professional, and very talented... Highly recommend Eric!
    -Ross H.

  • Eric was so great. Responsive, fair pricing, great communication and his team showed up promptly on the dot when the job started. They did a great quality paint job for my 2 story vinyl exterior and made sure to do final touch ups and cleaned everything up before leaving. They were friendly and hard working. He is also licensed and insured and was super willing to prove it! Highly recommended.
    -Sandra W.