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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 Guaranteed Painting Co. we work with our customers in the College Station 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 College Station 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 Guaranteed Painting Co. 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 Guaranteed Painting Co. 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 College Station, Bryan, The Texas A&M University Community, Caldwell, Navasota 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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  • They painted the exterior of our entire home & it turned out amazing! It was completed on time, professional at all times, cleaned up and within projected budget! Highly recommend them!
    -Cindy D.

  • I would give more than 5 stars if I could. I contacted 3 painters in Bryan for my boss who needed her parents' former home painted 3 days later when she would be in town. I spoke with Herb first and was so impressed with his thoroughness, professionalism and courtesy that the other two guys really didn't have a chance... They were respectful, protected all surfaces and cleaned up thoroughly, and didn't fill her trashcans with paint stuff. They even took down 10 wind chimes and put them all back up in the same order... After the work was completed, he did a walk through with her to ensure everything was to her satisfaction. And then within an hour, Herb arrived on site to inspect the work as well. Can't recommend Guaranteed enough!
    -Ashley S.

  • The first time we used Herb Thorn and Guaranteed Painting Co. was for inside painting. We called him at the recommendation of our realtor when we first purchased our home. I didn't think we could have a better experience. The work was wonderful, much better quality than we had been used to getting in California. Herb's crews were the cleanest, most courteous and helpful workmen that you could ask for. The attention to detail and doing the job right was noticeable. Now, after 5 years we are selling our home and moving back to SoCal and I had Herb come and take care of some outside wood repairs and complete exterior painting, as well as some inside painting that we didn't do the first time. The house is so beautiful and the work was done so well that I just had to take a minute and write this review. If you have painting, carpentry, or other home improvement needs call these people. They are the BEST! You won't be disappointed. I wish we could take them back with us!
    -Steven R.

  • We have had Herb and his crew paint our house a few times now. He is timely, takes care to do the proper preparation and gives good advice. I will call him again next time I need painting.
    -Kyle R.

  • Guaranteed Painting did the exterior, kitchen cabinets, and many rooms for me this summer. Even replaced a door frame and did dry wall repair. They did an excellent job and my house looks better than ever. I highly recommend Herb and his crew to do a quality job, on time and on budget.
    -Dave J.

  • Herb was very helpful and accommodating to my busy schedule. I did not expect the level of detail and care they took with my house. They painted ceilings and walls for most of my house in just one day. Herb was good at making recommendations and letting his crew know exactly what we wanted.
    -Edgar D.

  • Wow and wow!!! I had 2 rooms and a hallway trim painted. They also had to do numerous repairs on the ceiling and wall drywall. They showed up on a Thursday morning and were done by Friday around 1. These are my two teenage son's rooms so they were in rough shape. Can't think of anything I'd rather have somebody else do than paint and these guys knocked it out of the park. Would highly recommend.
    -Chris D.

  • The quality and skill of these professionals is amazing. I have used them several times over the last 10 years and am always very satisfied. The owner's integrity and service-mindedness are unbeatable. I would and do recommend them to anyone.
    -Maurice M.

  • Herb and his team were very nice and helpful. This was my first time buying and repainting a home and Herb made it a great experience! I highly recommend using him for any of your projects. They were fast, friendly, and the experience was seamless from start to finish.
    -Courtenay L.

  • In January 2011, I took the plunge and had Guaranteed Painting do what I was unwilling to do - paint the interior of my house. From the first meeting, I felt Herb (owner of Guaranteed Painting) was a professional who was going to stand by his word and I am very happy with my choice. My house was built in 1999 so there were a few cosmetic issues to deal with including a wallpapered kitchen, some hairline cracks on the raised ceiling of the dining room, and a few drywall repairs. Herb assured me that none of those presented an issue - the wallpaper was in good enough shape to seal and the ceiling cracks and drywall work were not a problem. Not only did his crew do an excellent job painting everything (walls and ceilings), but the sealing, texturing and painting of the kitchen, as well as ceiling and drywall repairs look fantastic.
    -Pete H.