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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

This Painting Blog tries to help provide better painting information so hopefully it will be useful for both homeowners and other painting contractors alike.

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Should I Paint My Home Before Selling It

Some people would think that it would be a waste to paint their home right before they are moving out of it. The main reason I've heard is the fact that they really wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of a new paint job and plus it could be expensive.

An important consideration should be made if that investing in this type of improvement would actually increase the value of the home. In most cases, that would be the benefit of re-painting your home prior to selling.

Some market studies in the Northern Virginia area have shown that repainting your home produces a 135% return on investment. This means that spending $3,000 on a paint job is likely to increase the selling price of your house by $4,050, which would be a profit of $1,500. Moreover, a small investment in painting not only could increase the sale price, but it could also increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly.

In housing market of Northern Virginia, selling a home may not be that difficult because there are buyers. Nevertheless, ensuring that your home is clean and freshly painted will increase its curb appeal for realtors and buyers.

My advice is to Invest the money to get the job done well. Since most people would stand to profit from this investment, it makes sense pay what it takes to hire a quality contractor who will do the job right.  Doing a paint job correctly does not translate into doing a paint job as quickly as possible. Ask your contractor if they will be using tape and plastic protection for the carpets and counter tops. Will they remove electrical outlet plates?

Use neutral white colors. In the Northern Virginia area, many homeowners prefer various shades of white, including shell white, oyster white, or cool platinum. In most cases it isn't even necessary to paint ceilings and trim. Only painting walls will definitely save a lot of money, no matter how big your home is. My recommendation is to stick with a single off-white color for the walls, which would most likely contrast with the white color of the ceilings.  Allow the prospective buyer to choose their own accent colors because the goal is to have clean-looking walls, not colorful walls.

As a professional painting company based in Arlington Virginia, the painters of Davinci's Painting have tons of experience when it comes to preparing a home for sale. Moreover, we have tons of experience for the buyers of those homes, who want to provide their own custom colors for specific living areas.

We have established an outstanding reputation for reliability, responsiveness and flawless results.

Here are some photographs of a recent interior project that we completed for an Architect in Arlington Virginia. The house was vacant and the Owner re-finished all of the hardwood floors.  He also contracted to have a new entire HVAC System installed to replace the 60 year old boiler system that was in place. As a result, there was a substantial amount of drywall repair work where previous heating pipes were removed and new HVAC ventilation pipes were installed.  There was also some drywall removal in one of the closets, which isn't always a fun job. The main living areas walls were painted in a shade of grey, and each of the bedrooms had it's own green accent color. The bathrooms were painted in a light blue. This was a wonderful project and everything turned-out great!

What is the best type of Interior Paint Finish?

Choosing the correct color for your Home is always an important factor to consider, however, there is yet another very important decision to make. With several paint finishes to choose from, it is important to be somewhat educated about the pro's and con's of each type of finish in order to determine the right finish for your Home. The four main types of finishes include: Flat, Eggshell, Matte, and Semi-Gloss Finish.

Each paint manufacturer has its own guidelines for how much sheen goes into each Paint Finish. If you buy a satin finish from one manufacturer, it will look different than the satin finish of a different manufacturer. For this reason, it is always a good idea to choose a single brand for your Painting Project in order to avoid subtle differences. Consult with a Painting Contractor for help with choosing and applying the best Paint Finish for your Interior Painting Project.

High-gloss finish paints are rarely used for Interior Painting purposes because they leave a very shiny finish. Semi-gloss paints have a mildly glossy appearance and are often the paint of choice for Kitchens and Bathrooms. Rooms that are prone to moisture and mildew should be painted with a semi-gloss finish. You can even have mildew resistant properties mixed into your paint. You can also use semi-gloss for trims, moldings, and doors.

A satin finish has a sheen which is flatter than semi-gloss. Paints with an eggshell or satin finish is formulated to hold up to cleaning and light scrubbing. It makes a great paint choice for kids’ rooms, because you can easily wipe off the fingerprints, smudges, and dirt they might get on the wall.  The only drawback with the use of Eggshell and Satin is the difficulty in touching up certain areas.

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Satin finishes are also used for trim, moldings, and doors because it gives a nice decorative effect to them. Surfaces painted with an eggshell finish can also be wiped off, although not as easily as the higher-gloss and satin finish paints can. An eggshell finish has the smooth look of flat paint, but flat finishes collect dirt. A flat finish is the dullest finish of all the paint choices and does not reflect light. This makes flat paint ideal for ceiling surfaces usually.

It can be a bit mind boggling navigating through all the paint choices that are on the market, but ask an Davinci's Home Painter for help! Our interior Painters are experienced with the application of the various types of Paint Finishes. We also know how to accent your furniture and other accessories with Paint Colors. Our Painters will help you bring the color palette you are envisioning to life. Contact Davinci's Painting for all of your painting needs. Call us at (571) 314-7288 today!

Ideas for Painting a Bathroom

Sometimes the powder room in our Home is the area that receives the least attention when it comes to painting.  In reality, the bathroom should be given some consideration especially given the fact that most guests will more than likely enter the area.  Unlike other rooms of our home, careful planning should be undertaken most notably when it comes to selecting the right color. Determining color options should include variables like, the accessories and components that already exist in the bathroom. For example, designer sinks, marble handcrafted basins, granite countertops, and Jacuzzi tubs. On the other hand, the bathroom fixtures could be standard faucets and towel racks. The features of the Bathroom should determine the color schema whether it is a dramatic color or just something clean and functional.

If you would like to have an atmosphere that is warm and cozy, then most dark-toned color paints would be a favorable option. On the other hand, darker colors will usually make a space seem smaller. Lighter colors tend to provide the impression of a larger space than what it actually is. These days, paint manufacturers prepare palettes that can illustrate how lighter or darker shades can appear together. Davinci’s offers an interactive Color Selector Tool whereby you can test any variation of color with a given space or room background. Nevertheless, It's generally a good idea to buy a sample of the paint color that you like. That way you will be able to check out how the color will look compared with the room’s accessories.

Careful thought should also be given when deciding the sheen level of the paint. Since bathrooms are generally damp and humid, this sheen level should be a factor when determining what you will use to paint the walls. The accumulation of moisture on walls can cause mold or even damage to the drywall. Flat Sheen Paint is most appropriate for areas that are low-traffic, or areas where the walls are rarely touched. Flat paint absorbs moisture, which would generally not be a good idea for bathrooms. On the other hand, eggshell or semi-gloss finish type paints do a good job at repelling moisture, and this is the sheen level that we usually recommend for bathrooms and powder rooms.

To plan a room with a light color together with a dark color, one unique concept would be to install chair rail molding. Albeit, for a small space such as a powder room, it is important to contemplate whether there is enough wall space to justify the installation of chair rail molding. Basically, the molding can allow a horizontal separation for the wall. The top of the chair rail can be one color, and the color below can be a different color.  We offer a vast range of carpentry services including the installation of specialized trim.

In the past, most of our Customers have chosen to have the light color applied above the chair rail because it brightens the room.  The darker shade below the chair rail will normally cause those components, such as, the toilet and tub, to stand out more aesthetically. Sometimes people would consider this option if they strive to have those fixtures in the bathroom the focal point of the room. On the contrary, a darker color above the chair rail will give rise to a smaller feel in the room. This could be a good idea if your purpose would be to make those low-level accessories less conspicuous.

Another great idea to enrich the color combination for the bathroom walls would be to enhance the walls with a stencil design or unique faux finish.  Not only do faux finishes provide an opportunity to add your own personal touch to a room, but they can also contribute to the overall style and presentation of the area.  One such faux enhancement for the powder room could to simulate other surface finishes, such as stone or brick. If you are considering complementing the look to your bathroom even further, consider using a faux marble painting technique on one or more of the walls. Furthermore, if your bathroom has some minor wall imperfections, faux finishing is a great way to conceal those imperfections.