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When was the last time your home was painted? Are you happy with your interior colors? Do your walls look bright and cheery, or dull and lifeless?
If you’re like many homeowners, your interior walls take a daily beating. Scuffs. Fingerprints. Minor dings and dents. And those water stains in the front hall where the dog shakes off when he comes in from the rain. If it’s been more than 10-15 years since your home was painted, it’s time to think about a fresh coat of color on your walls.
Interior painting does more than just beautify. Here are other reasons to have your home painted now.
If even one of these benefits caught your attention, talk with the friendly, knowledgeable professionals at Hetrick Painting for advice and an estimate.
When you deal with Hetrick Painting Inc., you’re working with a fully licensed and insured, family-owned local business that’s served Richmond, Virginia, for more than three decades. We are a full-service, family owned and operated painting company, and we’re proud of our reputation for quality and affordability. We use the best product lines available including Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and Zero VOC odorless green products. And, we treat every property with the respect we give our own homes and business.
When it comes to painting, most people focus on color. But other decisions need to be made first: What type of paint, and what finish. At Hetrick, we always help customers choose the best paint for their project.
Paint type: For interior wall surfaces, latex is usually the preferred paint type. It’s durable, easy to clean, and resists fading. It also breathes, making it less likely to blister. Oil-based paint is often preferred to prime real wood moldings and trim as the oil seals the wood better than latex. At Hetrick Painting, we like to use an oil-based shellac primer on trim and then a latex paint as the top coat.
Paint finish: The shiny high gloss is easiest to clean and best for trim, high-traffic rooms like a playroom, or in rooms where grease can be splattered, like a kitchen. Semi gloss has less shine than high gloss and still cleans up well. It also tends to be slightly cheaper than high gloss. Many people prefer semi gloss for its satiny, smooth finish. Flat or matte finishes tend to be best for imperfect walls – for example, in older homes. Often, one coat of flat is all that’s needed. A disadvantage of flat paint is that it does not stand up to cleaning and can show dirt more easily than high gloss or semi gloss. Finally, eggshell is a great all-purpose finish – it hides imperfections as well as flat but is more durable and smoother to the touch. At Hetrick, we recommend eggshell for most rooms as it seems to offer the best of both flat and glossy finishes.
After choosing paint type and finish, then it’s time to consider color. Compared with picking a paint type and a paint finish, choosing a color is more complicated. There are so many options: bright, light, dark, neutral, and everything in between. At Hetrick Painting, our experienced, knowledgeable interior designers are always glad to help our customers choose the perfect paint color. With that said, here are some of our general guidelines on color: