How to Make Home Painting Less Stressful and What are the Trends?
Painting a home can be rewarding, and it can even be fun. However, it can also be stressful. Everything from the prep work to the color choices to the application process itself must be tackled thoroughly and with confidence. It’s no wonder that so many homeowners struggle to get started on their home painting projects.
Fortunately, with today’s technology and tools, you don’t have to go it alone anymore. Websites, forums, blogs, and social media pages can serve as fountains of information and advice for those with various levels of painting experience. Even a little guidance can go a long way in reducing paint-related stress, which is why it helps to keep an eye on local and national painting trends. Seeing what others are doing provides a portal into what might work for your home painting project.
Easing the Pain of Picking Paint Colors
Color tends to be the first concern for most homeowners regarding both interior and exterior home painting. It’s helpful to have a coherent vision for your residential update before committing to the rest of your project. Choosing colors is often one of the most challenging aspects of any paint job. There are simply so many options, and the more you narrow your search, the more granular the decision becomes. But there are ways to streamline color selection.
Use Virtual Color Tools
In the not-so-distant past, the only way to really know what a room would look like with a new coat of interior house paint was to actually go through with it, cross your fingers, and hope that you end up happy with the outcome. Through the power of augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), you can now find the exact color you’re looking for and see how different colors might look in a given space with different lighting by simply uploading images and clicking or tapping different options. You might try Sherwin-Williams’ ColorSnap® Visualizer, PPG’s Visualizer app, Home Depot’s ProjectColor, and more.
Don’t Skimp on Samples
The virtual tools outlined above can certainly help you get started with color selection, but even the best visualizers can’t replicate the real thing. Ultimately, you’ll want to see how different paints look in your physical space. For this, you’ll need some samples. Swatches can help you see what a particular color looks like when it’s completely dried -- you can then take these swatches around your house and see how they appear in different types of lighting. Additionally, small paint samples allow you to test various colors on your actual surfaces for the most accurate idea of what a room might end up looking like when completely painted.
Use Current Color Trends as a Springboard for Your Project
All the apps, samples, and swatches won’t do you much good if you don’t have a general idea of what you want. Some homeowners will come to a painting project with some sort of vision, which helps them sort through a smaller array of color options. If you’re not married to any particular vision, you’re faced with a nearly infinite range of colors and combinations. To avoid being too overwhelmed, take a look at color trends in your area and at large. You don’t have to follow the pack by any means, but color schemes come into vogue for a reason, and it’s beneficial to keep your home up to date inside and out.
In and around Nashville, TN, lighter and more neutral tones currently dominate exterior color trends. White, cream, grey, and beige are popular exterior options. Similar trends apply to interiors as well -- white, in particular, has become a prevalent choice for modern, minimalistic spaces, serving as a backdrop for darker and/or more colorful accented decor. Many homeowners have adopted earthier tones for their interiors, such as clay. Additionally, various shades of blue have become popular interior choices, especially for kitchens and bathrooms. Following these trends can help you get started if you’re truly lost when it comes to choosing colors.
There’s More Than One Way to Paint a Surface
Color selection is fundamental to any painting project, but it’s far from the only source of stress. Actually applying the paint (and preparing to do so) can yield a headache or two as well. Mistakes can be fixed, but doing so takes additional time and resources, so getting it done right the first time is paramount. Before you begin the painting portion, keep in mind that there are multiple methods for painting a surface, both in terms of the tools you use and the techniques you incorporate. Many homeowners will stick with a standard brush and roll approach, providing a smooth and even coat. But if you’re looking to add some flair and texture to your surfaces, you might employ different painting techniques. These techniques yield what are often called “faux finishes,” offering unique designs and resembling different types of materials, like fabric, wood, marble, etc.
Painting Technique Trends
Some experts argue that the faux finish trend will fade in the coming years. It’s hard to say whether or not this is true. However, these techniques are worth mentioning. In recent years, the strié/dragging technique has been fairly popular, allowing you to replicate the look of fabric by dragging a long-bristled brush along a coat of glaze over a base coat. Sponging is another trending technique that allows you to create cloudy, spotty, and/or aged-looking surfaces. While not as popular as the previous two for its level of difficulty, marbelizing mimics the variable beauty and sheen of marble surfaces using clever brushstrokes, glazes, and strategic color choices.
Properly painting a surface can be challenging so incorporating these techniques is often beyond the expertise of most amateurs. Just about anyone can learn how to paint faux finishes through online tutorials, but experienced residential painting services will deliver the best outcomes and have access to the proper tools.
De-Stressing Home Painting
Trends come and go, but they often indicate something worthwhile. When it comes to painting your home, paying attention to these trends can simplify and improve your project from start to finish. Even if you decide to go your own way and buck every current painting trend out there, it’s worth seeing what local painters and other experienced individuals have to say -- you might learn something about how to properly prepare your spaces and surfaces, how to save money on paint and tools, where to look for design and decor inspiration, and more.
If you’re looking for painting advice and the latest trends in Nashville, Brentwood, and/or Franklin, TN, the painting pros at Nash Painting are here to help. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!