Angie's List: Improve your home's look with paint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Painting is a great way to boost your home’s value and the color can change the look of a room.

However, Angie’s List points out the many factors that can influence how your project will turn out.

Painter Sean Eichenberg says there certain colors that are popular today.

“Seeing a lot of grays and blues, but the grays aren’t traditional grays, they are more earth-toned grays, a little softer than just a steel gray, so it’s a little warmer finish.”

Once you’ve picked the perfect color, you’ll have to decide on what type of finish you want for the space.

“If you have a bathroom that’s a high humidity area, you’d want a higher sheen paint – an eggshell or a satin – that way it would be moisture-resistant and clean up a little bit better.”

The key to a great paint job comes down to preparation. Fix any imperfection to ensure your painting job holds up well. You may want to get a professional.

“A lot of times people tackle this project themselves, but you need to understand when you’re over your head because a good paint job is dependent on the prep work,” said Angie’s List Angie Hicks. “If you have walls that need a lot of repair or resurfacing hiring a professional may be well worth the money. If you tricky have trim work, that might not be the room you want to test on.”

Consider number of coats, square footage, and prep work when interviewing a painter. Get three bids to ensure you are comparing apples to apples. A good contract will include the type of finishes and colors as well as the number of coats and the pricing for additional coats. Quality products are key so be sure your contractor is using what you want.

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