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 Brooks Quality Painting & Contracting we work with our customers in the Metairie 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 Metairie 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 Brooks Quality Painting & Contracting 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 Brooks Quality Painting & Contracting 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 Metairie, Old Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, River Ridge, Uptown, Mid City, St Charles Ave, Elmwood, Warehouse District 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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To David Brooks and team: I want to thank you for the quality job your team did repainting the entire interior of our new home. It truly looks like a brand new house now! The painted kitchen cabinets look amazing! Your recommendations on an accent wall, additional stair railing, etc. were excellent. Mike and the guys were the utmost professionals - very courteous and took great pride in their work. You can tell they really care about the quality of their finished product. I was almost sad to see them finish - we got used to having them in our home! I was thoroughly impressed with the craftsmanship and the extra touches that were done to really make everything look great. I will definitely contact you when we are ready to paint the exterior. I cannot be more pleased with your services and the way the entire job was handled. Thank you so much!


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From start to finish, it was a pleasure working with David Brooks and his crew. During the estimate phase, even before he secured our business, Mr. Brooks made several trips to the house in order to provide an accurate assessment. I felt very comfortable raising any concerns or questions, and Mr. Brooks was always quick to address them. Brooks Painting did an amazing job on the major work needed, and they did an amazing job on all the small details as well.


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From initial request for proposal, pre-mobilization meetings, start of the project, through completion of punch list items, Brooks Quality Painting and Contracting has always responded in a professional and timely manner. As the Facilities Manager, I found Brooks Quality Painting and Contracting, and their staff, to be very responsive when needing to meet specific requests and dealing with 162 homeowners. I have no reservations using Brooks Quality Painting and Contracting for future projects.


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David and his crew are trustworthy, capable, and extremely attentive to detail. They installed crown molding throughout the second floor of my home, including a den with 20-foot ceilings. David walked me through the entire process, proposed a solid bid where I only had to pay one person, and began the job on time. The crew took great care to protect my brand new hardwood flooring before starting the job, and they cleaned up each afternoon and after completion of the entire job. My parents came over a few days later to check out the work, and now my parents will also use Brooks Quality Painting for their needs as well.


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