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7 Ways To Improve Your Home Office

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7 Ways To Improve Your Home Office


In 2020 many people have transitioned from working at the office to working from home. If you were one of them, check out some ideas to make your home office more productive and comfortable.


1-  Lightning :

Natural light makes space feel bigger—which is always great for any space, especially small ones.

The character and quality of lighting in your workspace can help increase your productivity. Poor lighting can reduce your energy, dampen morale, produce eyestrain and headaches, and ultimately impair your ability to work effectively.

Look for ways to diffuse the ambient light that will illuminate your office space. Lampshades soften and scatter otherwise harsh light, while an upward-shining floor lamp bounces the light off of walls and ceilings. The goal is to illuminate the entire space without creating undue glare and contrast while avoiding casting shadows.

Bright office



2- Office Chair:

You spend hours seating in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

A  good chair provides proper lumbar and pelvic support which results in your back muscles being less stressed. Unfortunately, many chairs do not offer adequate support, and that combined with long durations of sitting down at work, explains why people who sit all day have about as much lower back pain as people who spend most of their time in a standing position.

With lumbar and pelvic support comes better posture, better breathing, and less fatigue, so do yourself a favor and give your work chair a good hard look and see how it measures up.



Brown Office Chair


3- View:

Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you do love the color) when you glance up from the computer. A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.
Longer distance views, away from computer screens or written documents, allow the eyes to adjust and re-focus, which reduces fatigue, headaches, and the effects of eye strain in the long term. Views also have a positive impact on wellbeing, in part by providing a psychological connection with other groups of people while in a safe space.

Computer by window




4- Space:

Having enough space is key to being productive. Working in a clustered space causes you to be more stressed and does not allow you to think clearly.

One of the best ideas to create more space in a home office is to use the full height of your wall. Install shelving that goes high up, stack your drawers, and make use of the space below the desk. By building vertically instead of horizontally, you’re still using the same amount of floor space in your home while optimizing storage space, keeping everything you need nearby. 

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5- Wall color:

You need a color that gets your work motor humming. For some people, that’s a bright, cheery color like orange or lime green. Others need a calming shade like botanical green or sea foam blue to perform.

Here are some of the best office colors:

  • Blue: The color blue stimulates the mind, leading to more productivity. The hues of the blue color palette are ideal for staying focused in repetitive industries. Accounting offices often use blue paint colors to increase productivity and keep their employees focused.
  • Yellow: Yellow stimulates emotion, which makes it an ideal color for creative industries. It also evokes feelings of happiness and can brighten spirits.
  • Green: We may think of green as the color of money, and in a way it is. Green is all about balance, calmness, and reassurance. So if you work in the financial industry, green works well at your office color.
  • Gray: Gray falls between black and white which gives off a neutral mood. There are different hues and shades of gray which evoke different psyches.
  • Off-White: White may have a clinical appearance, but a soft off-white, like Pointing by Farrow & Ball in an eggshell finish will soften the look of true white. It’s easy to decorate and design around, given its warmth yet clean appearance.


blue wall home office




According to a study conducted at Washington State University, the presence of plants in an office environment reduced workers’ blood pressure and increases task completion speeds by 12%. Workers also reported that they felt more attentive when plants were present.

Plants help with loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Caring for, or just being in the company of another living thing gives us purpose and it can be very rewarding—especially when you see your plants growing, thriving, and blooming.

Natural greenery triggers comfort in your brain. Much like going for a walk outside clears your mind, bringing houseplants into your work area creates a space that is soothing to be in and more comfortable overall.


white wall with green plants


7- Add a couch:

Having a comfortable couch in your home office makes your office feel cozier and more relaxing.

Couches are also great for work breaks- taking a quick nap or reading a book for a few minutes can be great a way to give you more energy for when you go back to work.

home office with bookshelves and couch





Ready to transform your home office? At TruLine Painting, we have transformed many home offices all over San Diego and we are here to help!

Email us at or call us at 619.663.5878 for a free estimate!


8 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Company To Install Your Holiday Lights

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Installing Holidays Lights Might Be Harder Than You Thought!


Here are 8 reasons why you should hire a company to install your holiday’s lights:


1- Safety:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas lights cause 40% of Christmas tree fires, and overall decorations caused more than 15,000 injuries resulting in an emergency room visit with falls being the highest at 34%, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

dangerous holiday lights

2- Time:

There are many reasons someone might choose to hire a company to install their holiday lights, but usually, the biggest reason is the time.

Save yourself time and have more time to enjoy the holidays this year. When you hire us to install your lights, you get more time to spend actually enjoying the Holidays, and less time worrying about tangled lights and falling out of ladders.



3- Quality:

We use the highest quality lights for all of our holiday light displays.

This means that they are more durable and brighter Christmas lights, as well as, fuller and longer-lasting garland and wreaths. The quality of lighting and holiday decorations we offer are hands-down better than what you will find at any retail store.

bad and good quality lights


4- Customization:

Everyone has a different idea for their holiday lights. That is why you can provide early estimate/installation, so we have time to make sure your lights are exactly the way you wanted them to be.

When installing lights, it’s important to take into consideration your landscaping, architecture, existing electrical infrastructure, and more. That is why our crews are experts in finding the best design for your house.

San Diego holiday lights

5- Installation:

Our friendly Christmas light installation crews are professionally trained to install the lights with the utmost care.

They are trained to install your lights quickly, efficiently, and without any hassles. Your display is installed with property friendly clips and fasteners, all cords are safely and neatly hidden.

TruLine Painting christmas lights installation


6- Take- Down:

When the holidays are over and the in-laws have gone home, the last thing you want to do is deal with taking down your holiday lights.

When the end of the holidays comes, our crew will be back to your house to take down your lights with the same attention to detail and care as your installation. Keep your ladders, mittens, and gloves- we’ve got your take-down covered.

TruLine Painting Christmas lights removal


7- Storage:

After take-down, we safely package all your lights in an easy-to-find and organized way. Before each year’s installation, we test ALL lights before installation to confirm everything is working up to its optimum performance.

christmas lights storage


8- Weather:

San Diego has amazing weather most of the year, but when winter comes, it can get pretty cold too.

Going outdoors to install lights anytime after October can be tricky. Not to mention the longer you wait, the colder it’s going to get. Stay warm and cozy inside and let us do the hard work while you stay inside and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!

couple watching television and drinking hot chocolate




It’s just not holidays without holiday lights. They make everything more festive and fun. Don’t miss out because you’re too busy, bad weather, or for safety reasons.



Ready to install your holiday lights? At TruLine painting, we are specialized in holiday lights installation all over San Diego.

Email us with photos of your home for a free estimate!

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42 of the Best Home Painting Trends of 2020

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Home Painting Trends 2020

2020 is here, and it is full of exciting home painting trends! You may be wondering,  “what’s in style for paint colors?”, well lucky for you there are 42 home painting color trends that we are most excited for at TruLine Painting.

Look no further than the 2020 Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast.

This new forecast highlights 42 colors and spans six awe-inspiring palettes and perfectly describes the top interior colors for 2020. Drawing inspirations from the cosmos, the wild-west, nature, bohemian culture, and everything in between, these six palettes have a lot to offer. Sherwin Williams has always been a leader in home painting trends

Fair warning after reading this post, you may get the insatiable urge to paint your entire house. So, if that’s alright with you, why don’t we take a deeper look into paint colors that are trending in 2020.


painting color trends aficionado Influences: Reading nooks, British accents, tweedy menswear, ‘60s nostalgia

Talk about a nostalgia trip! This palette is ideal for an office setting or a relaxing space where you can enjoy your favorite book. “With copper and gold anchored by merlot and deep, dark gray, these tailored tones make everything impeccable, tasteful, and elegant,” says Sherwin-Williams of the Aficionado palette.

sherwin williams aficionado palette


sherwin williams enthusiast Influences: maximalism, cozy chaos, over-the-top-opulence, more is more

Talk about energetic! With so many bold, vivid pops of color, the Enthusiast palette is perfect for the passionate and eclectic person who has a calling to be unique. Sherwin Williams described this palette as made for someone who “embraces the details and creates scene-stealing worlds that burst with beauty.” If you ask me, this palette is excellent for the creative-type or world traveler who needs continuous inspiration.

sherwin williams enthusiast


Sherwin Williams NaturalistInfluences: forest mushrooms, botanical prints, butterfly collections, terrariums.

The naturalist palette is a breath of fresh air in a busy world. With tones ranging from mushroom to leafy green to bright floral pink, the naturalist palette will have you feeling like you’ve taken a trip to your personal Zen garden. “With roots in the forest, this palette’s colorful tendrils grew in hothouses and conservatives until they become these lush, sophisticated tones.” Naturalist is the perfect palette to accentuate natural light while making any room feel instantly brighter.


Sherwin Williams RaconteurInfluences: desert oases, global style, luxury safaris, spice markets

Raconteur is an atlas of colors that can place you in some of the worlds most exotic places. Each color tells its own story as you feel the worldly energy embody your space. Sherwin Williams says this palette considers everything from the ancient ages and translates it into a rich modern palette. Just one look at this palette will have you feeling like you’ve been all around the world.

Sherwin Williams Raconteur Palette


Sherwin Williams WandererInfluences: carefree bohemian, modern cowgirl, unbridled adventure, southwestern twist

Taking inspiration from the endless blue horizon and subtle earthy colors of the high plains and desert, the wanderer is your ticket to the wild-west. “Sun-washed and warm, this palette can be seen in the baked clay canyons, worn leather, and woven wool blankets,” says Sherwin Williams. This palette plays very well on subtle earth colors with vivid pops of deep blue.

Sherwin Williams Wanderer Palette


Sherwin Williams shapeshifter

Influences: rings of Saturn, artificial intelligence, spiritualism, healing energy

“Visionary and creative, this palette reaches into the cosmos and returns with a whole universe of inspiration. Atmospheric wisps of colors, grounded by deep, dark blues, capture the unique space between technology and spirituality” says Sherwin Williams. Shapeshifter is a beautiful mixture of Zen and modern and is indeed unlike anything we’ve seen before. With deep, vivid tones, you can’t help but feel sucked into this palettes simplistic beauty.

2020 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Cavern Clay – SW 7701 (290-C6)

Whats the most popular paint color of 2020? According to Sherwin Williams, it is Cavern Clay. “Ancient, yet fully alive. Bohemian, yet totally refined. Forged by the sun. Fired by the desert”, says Sherwin Williams. Cavern Clay is a captivating color that will breath new life into any living space. It is perfect for bringing out natural furnishing including open floors, wood furniture, and southwestern interior design. It can also work well when integrating greenery into your living space.

These 4 colors will compliment Cavern Clay beautifully.

Color Snap Visualizer

Sherwin-Williams Color Snap VisualizerUnsure of what color might look best in your home? We recommend using the Sherwin-Williams Color Snap Visualizer. It will let you see any paint color on the wall with just a simple click. Click here to check it out!

There is even an app for Android and iOS for when you’re on the go. The app allows you to use features like color card scanning or the color matching tool. This tool will enable you to pinpoint colors in your photos to match with Sherwin-Williams products.

Feeling Inspired?

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We hope you found these palettes as inspiring as we did. If you’re looking for an experienced painting contractor in the San Diego County area to help transform your home, we hope you’ll consider TruLine Painting. Our 5-star customer experience guarantee backs our award-winning residential and commercial painting services. Whether it’s just a single bedroom or an entire home, we’d be thrilled to be a part of your next painting project.

To schedule your free estimate today, please fill out our online form here or give us a call at 619-663-5878.


Want further information on Color Trends? Our friends at TheMostChic curated the latest statistics on what paint colors are trending in 2020. Click here to read more!

Information and inspiration for this article was provided by Sherwin-Williams

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Hanging Christmas Lights Will Make You Happier According to Science!

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Science gives us another reason for hanging Christmas Lights earlier this year!

According to psychologists, it’ll actually make you happier!

Renowned Psychologist Deborah Serani, confirmed on TODAY Home that decorating can absolutely lift your mood.

“It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” she said. “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out… signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.”

“Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone,” Serani added.

How is this true you might ask?

It all has to do with your senses.

Christmas lights are full of bright colors which actually have a direct impact on your brain chemistry! This is known as Chromotherapy (color therapy), which is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony.

Christmas lights and decorations are a huge component in setting an ambiance of the holiday “spirit” . There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your home light up for the first time during the holiday season. It’s hard not to find yourself in a festive and happy mood when you are around Christmas Lights.

Then there is also the added benefit of nostalgia.

“For a lot of us, Christmas is a magical time, it’s a time of innocence, it’s a time of joy,” Serani said.

If you’re like us and couldn’t wait until Christmas came around every year, then you’re more likely to want to re-create that Holiday feeling, which you can do by hanging Christmas Lights up. Imagine that joyful feeling you will get as you drive home each day to see your home beautifully lit up with Christmas Joy.

In a recent interview with UniLad, Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown, also added: “In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood. Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!”

BONUS Benefit!

Your neighbors may also perceive you as friendlier. Researchers have shown that people interpret Christmas decorations on a home as a cue that people inside are sociable. Think of the added joy you will bring to your neighborhood during this holiday season. If you have children or grandchildren, it will also be a memorable experience from them!

So are you now ready bring in the happiness and start hanging Christmas Lights today?

Why not let the professionals at TruLine Painting handle it for you! We are San Diego’s premiere Christmas Light Installer. Contact us today to receive a no-hassle estimate and to learn about our 30% off installation special! All we require is a photo!

Learn more about our services by calling us at 619-663-5878 or clicking the button below!

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Multi-Family Painting Trends of 2019

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Make Your Multi-Family Building the Talk of the Neighborhood!

Repainting a multi-family property is more than a maintenance decision. It is a once a century marketing opportunity. While giving it a fresh coat of paint can clean up the appearance, color can bring new life and purpose to an apartment building.

Are you trying to stay competitive in a crowded multi-family market? Maybe you want to seamlessly blend into a historic neighborhood, or stand out in a busy urban area where attention is hard to come by?

Or maybe you want to increase your property’s income potential and overall value.

With the right colors, you could accomplish all of these goals. The Sherwin-Williams color pallets discussed in this blog will do just that for you. Let’s look into some of the most exciting multi-family painting interior and exterior options of 2019!

Continue reading to find out how you can make your multi-family building truly stand out from the rest!

Sherwin-Williams Multi-Family Collection

Easy Eclectic

Inspired by the “less is more” lifestyle, your property will ooze with exceptional taste. This pallet blends bold clean colors that allow the room to highlight what matters most.

This pallet was designed for all age ranges but may cater to a millenial age group that desires simplicity in modern design. SW 70004 Snowbound is a perfect off-white to allow each color in this pallet to pop.

The exterior pallet will make your building pop too with the contrast of Software SW 7074 and Misty SW 6232. A clean and elegant design that is sure to stand the test of time.

Global Adventure

Inspired by culture and craft, this collection is made of saturated hues and earthy neutrals. This pallet speaks to the nomadic lifestyle and the notion that home is where you make it.

This pallet was designed for all age ranges. It works well with oak cabinets and beige carpets, which are very common in many units today. Heartthrob SW 6866 makes a perfect accent wall choice.

The exterior pallet will make your building pop with the contrast of earthy neutrals like Tamarind SW 7538 and saturated hues like In the Navy SW 9178.

Soft Minimalism

The Soft Minimalism collection is comprised of tinted neutrals and is influenced by stillness. This pallet will add relaxation to any room with its calming colors designed to help residents unwind. It is perfect for high-end apartments with an open floor plan. Sashay Sand SW 6051 pairs nicely with warm gray and beige tones.

The exterior pallet is simple yet classy and will give your building an added element of prestige. Soft Minimalism is a more sophisticated pallet, perfect for an older demographic and would pair nicely with dark cabinetry.

Don’t have dark cabinets but love this pallet? No problem! Did you know Truline does cabinet refinishing? Click here for more info

Good Vibes

There truly are “good vibes” all around with this color palette. The light and airy-hues of the good vibes color palette are sure to produce feelings of zen, peace, and inner-calmness.

Give your residents a place where they can truly unwind and let go of the stress of the day.

Origami White SW7636 is a perfect white to accentuate the expressive pops of zen color provided by Cloudburst SW6487 and Roycroft Rose SW0034.

Virtual Pop

This collection is sure to make a statement in any multi-family unit.  A perfect backdrop for positivity and new thoughts, this pallet blends high-energy pops of colors like green and yellow with whites and blacks. This would work well for a trendy or urban apartment community close to nightlife and retail and is perfect for student housing or millennials.

Looking to balance out neutrals with a pop? Try using Organic Green SW 6732 and Grape Harvest SW 6285 with a clean neutral color. The exterior can modernize a building with bold pops of color like Drizzle SW 6479.

Go the Extra Mile

Color has the ability to dress up a tired space and bring life into a room. A common misconception is that everything has to be white in a multi-family unit. One trend that many apartment owners are observing is that residents are willing to pay more for a unit that feels customized. By simply painting the interior of your units a color like soft gray, you can create a homey atmosphere that will draw-in tenants. This will convey the message that you’re willing to go the extra mile.

Beyond the Units 

Painting doesn’t stop just at the exterior or interior the units. Investing in the common areas is a great way to add a sense of community and purpose to your building. By using warm and inviting colors, you can create focal points where residents will want to spend time. This can be a great selling feature to prospective tenants. Another trend becoming more common in urban areas is many residents are spending less time inside their units and are valuing common areas in their decision on where to live. Creating a social gathering hub can all be started with the right paint colors. Sherwin-Williams has plenty of great color options that can maximize your common area’s potential.

multi family common area

The warm gray wall color brings together this cozy common area

Quick FAQ’s

Look at this stunning multi-family building

How can I make a small multi-family unit feel bigger?

Light colors can liven up a room and make it feel larger. Try using an off-white, green, or blue. Adding a lighter-colored trim can also create an elusion of space. As the trend of living in smaller spaces continues and the demand for apartments keeps growing in places like San Diego, smaller units (micro-units) will become much more common. Adding color can help maximize space.

How can I make my space feel warm and inviting?

Using a light “griege” (gray and beige combined) can add warmth and coziness to any room. Warm colors tend to close in large spaces which can create cozy spaces in any room. According to Zillow, griege was one of the most popular paint shades in a living room for 2017 and the trend seems to be continuing.

What is the go-to “classic” color for an interior?

White doesn’t have to be boring. Trying using off-whites and warm, light grays. These can play well to just about any prospective tenants taste. Thankfully, Sherwin-Williams provides an array of warm, neutral colors that will be perfect for any project. An apartment with a warm or neutral color tends to be much more inviting than something that is white. Orgamic White Sw 7636 and Snowbound SW7004 (mentioned above) are great examples of off-whites that are anything but boring.

What about the exterior of a multi-family building?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to painting the exterior of a multfamily building. It is important to consider factors like your neighborhood, demographics, and surrounding properties. After considering those factors, look for a color that will help your property stand out from the rest. Utilizing the right trim colors is a perfect way to dress up a tired building.

Our team of expert color-design consultants can help take the guessing out of the equation. Learn more about it by clicking here to visit our “services” tab!

The Verdict

The San Diego multi-family market is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, and as a result, tenants will start to desire more out of their living spaces. Investing in a major capital improvement like a new paint job can increase your bottom line by allowing you to charge higher rents, attract more tenants, and stay competitive in a growing market. It also has the added benefit of reducing long-term maintenance costs.

They say first impressions are everything, so why not hit a home-run by giving your multi-family building a new interior and exterior paint job!

Schedule your free estimate today and let us transform your multi-family property!

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts below. Our painting contractor blog is designed to give you the latest and best painting tips.

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Increase Your Home Value in 2019 With These Paint Colors

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Residential Paint Colors That Increase Property Value

Conventional wisdom says to paint your home a neutral color like white or off-white so you can appeal to a wide margin of potential buyers. It’s the safe choice that will increase home value, and is what a home buyer wants, right? Not so fast.

A recent Zillow study analyzed 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors influenced increasing home value when compared to white walls. Their results were surprising.

According to Zillow, homes with walls painted blue or light grey added as much as $5,400 per room in overall value. Which room adds the most value? The bathroom. That’s right, the bathroom…

How did homes with white walls perform?

Zillow found that homes with white bathrooms sold for an average of $4,035 less than homes with colored bathrooms.

That’s great to know, but we’re just scratching the surface. Continuing reading to find out which colors payoff the most and learn which rooms you should be investing your hard earned money in. Also, stay tuned to the end to find out which color you should paint your front door to increase your home value by up to $6,000!

Let's take a look at Zillow's best and worst paint colors by room


colors that increase home value

Breezy – SW 7616

The kitchen can often be one of the most expensive renovations in any home. Many experts argue painting the kitchen is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your homes value. If your budget doesn’t allow for a full remodel, a fresh coat of paint might be a good start.

Best Color: Light blue to soft gray-blue. The average home sold for $1,800 more

Worst Color: Straw yellow to marigold. The average home sold for $800 less


Atmospheric SW6505

Sherwin Williams Atmospheric SW6505

Walls painted in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray can not only make the bedroom feel bigger, but it also allows the buyer to envision themselves living inside the space. Think of it almost like a “blank canvas” that gives the buyer an opportunity to envision their own decor in the room. Adding a light blue or gray can dress up any tired bedroom and add an element of sophistication.

Best Color: Light blue. The average home sold for $1,856 more

Worst Color: Light pink. The average home sold for $208 less


Sherwin Williams Blue Cruise SW 7606

Blue Cruise SW 7606

Bathroom renovations can often be costly and don’t always recoup the full investment. A quick way to cut the costs and increase property value is through the painting of your bathroom.

Kerrie Kelly, a home design expert at Zillow says, “Both kitchens and bathrooms are big focal points for home buyers. However, bathrooms are a bit more standardized than kitchens, so certain wall colors can really change the look and feel of the space. While wall colors are important in the kitchen, so are the kitchen appliances, countertop materials, and layout”. Kerrie brings up a great point because a kitchen renovation doesn’t stop just at the wall colors.

Best Color: Light powder blue to periwinkle. The average home sold for $5,440 more

Worst Color: Off-white or eggshell. The average home sold for $4,035 less

Living Room 

Sherwin Williams Bona Fide Beige SW6065

Bona Fide Beige SW6065

The right color can make any living room feel larger, cozier, or more put together. Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue, beige, or gray can send signals the home is well cared for. Choosing an inviting neutral tone can help buyers picture themselves inside the living room.

Best Color: Light beige. The average home sold for $1,800 more

Worst Color: Pastel gray to light blue. The average home sold for $820 less

Front Door

Sherwin Williams Black Magic Front Door

Black Magic SW 6911

I bet you didn’t think of this one! A well-painted front door can add an extra pop and invite buyers into your home. To make a memorable pop, try a dark and sophisticated color like black or navy blue. A dark front door can give a buyer the impression that your home is stately and a safe choice.

Best Color: Black or navy blue. The average home sold for up to $6,000 more

Home Exterior

Sherwin Williams Stone Lion SW 7507

Stone Lion SW 7507

Curb appeal is the name of the game here. There is a fine line between tasteful and personal taste. The current trend according to Zillow is greige (a blend of gray and beige). The exterior color of your home will not make or break your property value, but it is something to consider. Looking for some tips on the benefits of exterior home painting? Check out our blog post on exterior painting benefits to learn more!

Best Color: Greige. The average home sold for $1,526 more

Worst Color: Medium brown or taupe. The average home sold for $1,970 less

The Verdict

Choosing the right paint colors can add substantial value to your home at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. Of course, a remodel has potential to increase your home’s value significantly, however, when deciding between a new backyard patio and painting your entire home, the choice seems pretty easy. According to a recent study, they found a backyard patio renovation only recoups roughly 48% of its investment.

Experts agree that painting that just even a few rooms in your house is one of the most sure-fire ways to increase your property value. It doesn’t take too much time and can be done with or without the help of licensed painting contractors. Aside from the initial investment of paint and tools, you’ll only need a few days of your time and some determination.

Don’t have the time? No problem, we’re here to help. With over 25 years of painting experience, we are San Diego’s premier painting contractor. Our team of expert residential painters has the necessary skills to transform your home.

Unsure of what colors to paint your home? Our master color design consultants will work directly with you to pick the perfect paint colors for your home.

Schedule a FREE estimate with us today and let us show you why we’re a “cut above the rest”. In the meantime, we invite you to take a look at our gallery of past projects and online reviews.

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The Most Common Interior Painting Problems

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The Most Common Interior Painting Problems & Solutions

Here is a short list of the most common interior painting problems that we come into contact with on residential interior painting jobs.

Nail Holes

Apply caulk or putty and then paint them. Sometimes a light sand if needed to make it as even as possible. Paint will usually make this a lot better but if there was a nail hole there if you stand in front of it and look at it you will probably be able to find where it was.

Previous Patchwork

Usually specific to houses 10 years or older, homeowners or handyman may have attempted to patch a hole or crack and now there is flat but not textured putty or other substance. There are two options we can do: We can do a light sand to give appearance of texture and we can also use spray cans of texture. Keep in mind, it is impossible for a 100% accurate texture match, but we will absolutely try our best.

Dents and Cracks

Kids, dogs, and a million other things put small dents in walls, and when pictures and other things are taken off, often cracks are revealed. We run a line of caulk down the seam of the crack and spread a small dab of putty on the dents (unless homeowner prefers to just paint over small dents), smooth over, light sand, and texture if possible.

Items on wall and in House

Clients must have everything they can possibly move without straining themselves moved to center of room, If there are things firmly bolted into the wall such as large heavy murals, portraits, or Bolted TV’s, we cannot guarantee that they can be taken down, painted around, and re hung. Additionally, we are unable to move any electronics.


We can’t always guarantee that walls will look brand new. Two coats of paint will always make it look better, but if there are holes, cracks, patchwork, dents etc… it may be in the client’s best interest to call a drywall company first. We DO NOT MAKE ANY GUARANTEES AROUND THESE ITEMS EXCEPT THAT WE CAN LIKELY MAKE IT LOOK BETTER.


What we don’t do:

Wall paper removal

Popcorn ceiling removal

Artistic painting

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How To Hire The Right Painting Contractor

By | Blake Truline, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

How to Hire The Right Painting Contractor

One of the most commonly asked questions when deciding to start a painting project is, “How do I hire the right painting contractor?”.

One trip to any popular search engine or directory for queries like “San Diego painters” or “San Diego house painter” will populate your screen with dozens of local results. While this is a great place to start, you often will want to dig a little deeper to understand exactly who it is that will be hiring. This post will hopefully help you make the right decision next time you need to hire a professional.

Start by reading online reviews, asking your friends and family, and then compiling a shortlist of 3-4 contractors. Look into the contractor’s experience, check if they are licensed, bonded, and insured, and if they have any affiliations with local commerce groups or professional organizations. Obtain estimates from your shortlist and be clear of your needs. Never hire solely on price and beware of subcontracting. The contractor should always provide you with a clear and complete contract and provide guarantees/warranties that last at least two years which guarantee the quality of their work. Now that we’ve hit on the high-level concepts, let’s look at each of these points in greater detail below so you can add them to your hiring a painter checklist.

 What is A Painting Contractor?

Before we delve in, you might be asking yourself, “what is a painting contractor and how is it different from a painter?”. Good question. To put it simply, hiring a painting contractor can help to removes all the risks and responsibilities from a potential client. They carry with them general liability and workers compensation insurance which will protect you from any liability should an accident occur. A well-reviewed painting contractor will remove any concerns over the quality of their work as they possess a higher quality of craftsmanship. Their reputation is on the line with each painting job, and if anything goes wrong, they will be much more likely to fix it to preserve their reputation. Lastly, a painting contractor will always supply all of their own supplies. This means all paint and equipment. You will not need to purchase your own paint directly from the store which can remove any issues such as defective paint or a wrong color. Now, the checklist!

Due Diligence

how to hire the right paintnig contractorThis step is the most important and therefore we’ve listed it first. The first thing you can do is start with a search for painters in your area. Your goal is to compile a short-list of 3-4 companies that you will contact. We recommend you visit at least 2 different search engines, for example, Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, etc… Before you look at the company’s description of their services, look at past-customer reviews. These are far more honest and cut through a lot of the “fluff” companies can place in their service descriptions.

When reading past reviews, try to look for potential red-flags that recur in several reviews. If you notice a lot of the same problems, that’s an immediate red flag. Another red flag can be if the company doesn’t seem to respond to negative reviews or attempt to make things right. It is human to make mistakes, but you can learn a lot about a company by how they respond to negative reviews. When you are conducting your initial due diligence, check if the company mentions that they are licensed and insured. If the company does not openly disclose this, that could be a potential red flag.

Another great way to compile your list is to ask your friends and family if they can refer any good painters in your area. This can often be more effective and efficient than an online search.


Check to see if the company is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). See if they are affiliated with painting organizations like the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) or are involved with a local chamber of commerce or business group. While this doesn’t 100% guarantee their work, it conveys the message that they are committed and reliable.

We are a proud member of the PDCA here at TruLine Painting. Unsure of why it is important to hire a PDCA member painting contractor? Learn more about the strict code of ethics here

Also, check sites like Yelp, Home Advisor, and Angie’s List to see if they’ve won any awards. This typically means they are highly reviewed and recommended.

Verify their state license and credentials by checking your state’s Contractors State License Board. Here in California, you can use the Department of Consumer Affairs License Verification System. To find your states, simply google “[insert state] contractor license verification”.

Are they lead-based paint certified? Lead-based paint has been outlawed since 1978, however, there are painting contractors that are not properly-certified or do not abide by the rules laid out by the EPA. Failure to comply with the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) can result in daily fines of up to $30,000 per day. This can be for this such as not obtaining certification, not supplying pamphlets to customers, not properly containing or cleaning up an area, and withholding information. Always check with the painting contractor beforehand. 

Some cities like San Diego may have different rules, so make sure your San Diego Painting Contractor understands this.

Also, check with the Better Business Bureau or your local consumer affairs agency to see if there is a history of any unresolved complaints.

Obtain Estimates

Once you’ve compiled your shortlist, schedule estimates with each company. A good painting contractor will always want to see a project before giving you an estimate. If the company tries to supply you with an estimate over the phone, that’s a potential red flag. No two painting projects are alike and the estimate they give you will likely be inaccurate. It also conveys the message that the company is either too busy or doesn’t value your needs.

What to Expect From A Painting Contractor Estimate

The estimate should contain at the very minimum the following information:

  • Labor
  • Materials
  • A detailed explanation of prep work
  • Total number of coats that will be applied
  • The time frame of the project
  • Brand and model of material to be used

A sign of an experienced estimator is one that takes the time to talk to you about your needs, walks the entire area to be painted, and makes thoughtful suggestions.

Be Clear Of Your Needs

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The old cliché “communication is key” stands up here. It’s very important to be upfront with the painting contractor if you have a tight deadline, want a certain “look”, or have issues like an uneven surface that needs to be painted a specific way. A good painting contractor will always listen to your needs and try to find a solution to those issues. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have, there truly isn’t a stupid question when you’re paying money for a service. During the initial phone call or estimate, be sure to address any and all concerns with the estimator.

Never Hire Solely On Price

Always dig deeper than comparing painters solely by price. You may find a painter that advertises an enticingly cheap special, but if you read the fine print you may notice it doesn’t include the price of paint, prep work, additional rooms, etc… So, what once seemed like a good deal is now more expensive. Additionally, the cheapest company may not offer guarantees or may not be properly licensed and insured. Conversely, going with the most expensive company does not always guarantee the best results.

What matters is the quality of work, past reviews, communication, and the thoroughness of the painting company. Additionally, be aware of painters that subcontract out work. You always want to work directly with the company that will be painting your home.

BE AWARE OF UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS: Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damages done to your home by an unlicensed contractor. Want to learn more about the dangers of hiring an unlicensed painting contractor? Read our article here to find out how they can cost you up to $750,000!

Just a side note, we are not saying the cheapest painter may not be the best option. You just need to make sure you do your due diligence before hiring them (like you would with any other option).

Examine the contract

Make sure you obtain a complete contract from the painting contractor. The contract should always include all of the contractor’s basic information including:

  • name
  • address
  • all phone numbers
  • contractor’s license number
  • all the details included in the estimate

The contract should also always clearly state what is and isn’t included in the contract. Be sure to ask for a copy of their insurance and license. If the contractor doesn’t have insurance, you will be held liable for an accident. For example, if one of the painters need to use a ladder and accidentally fall, you would be on the hook. That’s something nobody wants to deal with.

The contractor should also always provide a guarantee and warranty on their work for at least two years.

Gut Feeling

This one does not require much explanation. Always trust your gut feeling and always go with the painting contractor that makes you feel 100% satisfied. Painting your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a homeowner. You will be seeing it every day as you come home for years. So think to yourself, do you really want to be reminded of a negative experience? Consider what that’s worth next time you make your decision.

Bottom Line

Conducting a little due diligence can go a long way when looking to hire the right painting contractor. With these tips, we hope you will hire the right painting contractor. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to help!

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With over 25 years of industry experience and hundreds of 5-star reviews online, we deliver results that perform a “cut above the rest”. We are your one-stop-shop painting contractor and offer interior and exterior painting, general contractor services, cabinet refinishing and staining, power washing, window cleaning, and much more. To learn about all our services and to schedule your free estimate, please click here.


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How Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor Can Cost You $750,000

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A recent rain storm caused a leak which damaged several interior walls inside your home and now needs repair. The deductible on your policy is $5,000, which you decide is too expensive, so you reach out to your neighbor, Andy, who is an unlicensed contractor. Andy agrees to repair the walls for $1,000, and everything appears to be ok. Six months later, when you decide to sell your home, an inspection finds that there is $750,000 in structural damages caused by the leak. You call your insurance company to make a claim, but they deny you coverage because an unlicensed contractor did the initial repairs, thus voiding your homeowner’s policy.

You are now on the hook for $750,000 repair all because you decided to hire an unlicensed contractor.

Why You Should Not Hire An Unlicensed Contractor 

  • Hiring an unlicensed/insured contractor can place you at fault for any injuries caused on the job site (even in your own home).
  • Unlicensed contractors cannot get permits, so their work is not inspected and may not be up to local code.
  • An unlicensed contractor is not liable for any damages caused to your home or for any incomplete work.
  • Hiring an unlicensed contractor could void your home insurance policy
  • Hiring an unlicensed contractor may diminish your home value should you ever decide to sell it
  • It is against the law to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform any service above $500
  • Unlicensed contractors advertise a “too good to be true price” but often cut corners to give you that price.

Now that you know the dangers of hiring an unlicensed contractor let’s take a more in-depth look into what each of the benefits a licensed/insured painting contractor like TruLine Painting can provide.

Is Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor in California Illegal? 

Yes, hiring an unlicensed contractor in the state of California is illegal if the work performed is above $500. All contracting jobs in the state of California above $500 require that the acting contractor have a valid license from the Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB)

The California Contractor’s State License Law protects homeowners against unlicensed contractors. It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs.

Furthermore, according to Business and Professions Code section 7028: “Contractors caught performing work of $500 or more without a license are likely to appear before a Superior Court judge to answer to misdemeanor charges that can carry a potential sentence of six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, as well as administrative fines of $200 to $15,000.” – while these fines may not be passed along to you, it is still against the law and something to strongly consider.

Workers Compensation

The most significant risk when hiring an unlicensed or uninsured contractor is liability. Unlicensed contractors do not carry workers compensation or liability insurance.

Unlicensed contractors put their clients at risk if someone’s injured on the job.

California state law, under Insurance Code §2750.5, states that “an unlicensed worker performing services for which a license is required is not an independent contractor.”

As a result, an unlicensed contractor is legally considered to be the employee of the homeowner, as well as any subcontractors hired for the project.

It is then the homeowner’s responsibility to comply with California OSHA safety regulations (which trust us, are quite a lot and something you don’t want to deal with). If the contractor or subcontractor is injured, they can file a lawsuit against the homeowner for breaking the law by hiring an unlicensed contractor, and for providing an unsafe workplace. Your homeowner’s insurance will likely not cover you and the injured worker’s medical bills, plus coverage for their lost wages can be financially devastating to a homeowner.

Take this example

In June of 2016, Dave Jorgensen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, hired Mike Polaski an unlicensed painting contractor, to paint the exterior of his home. In the middle of the project, Mike was 12 feet up on a ladder when suddenly the ladder collapsed, causing Mike to fall to the ground, breaking his arm. Because Mike was unlicensed and uninsured, he was technically an employee of Mr. Jergensen, and therefore Mike was able to sue him for damages. Furthermore, because he was uninsured, there was no workers compensation policy and Mike was able to go after Mr. Jergensen for lost wages while recovering and for pain and suffering costs.

 They’re Not Liable for ANY Damages

An unlicensed contractor will not carry liability insurance nor are they bonded. You could end up paying twice to have someone come and fix their shoddy work – which ultimately negates any price savings you may have recognized by hiring an unlicensed contractor. Failure to be bonded also does not protect you in the case that the contractor does not finish the work or fails to pay subcontractors and suppliers.

Imagine this: You want to save some money on your house remodel, so you decide to hire an uninsured San Diego painting company to remove the popcorn ceiling in your living room. He ends up dropping a massive tool off his ladder and onto your coffee table, causing a massive chip in the wood. Unfortunately, there would be no recourse for the damage in this situation. (liability insurance will protect you if a contractor causes damage to your home).

Void Your Insurance Policy

Most home insurance policies have strict guidelines that all repairs and maintenance must be carried out by a licensed contractor. Should you hire an unlicensed contractor, and something goes wrong causing you to make a claim, you could lose coverage.

Here’s an example

A recent rain storm caused a leak which damaged several interior walls inside your home and now needs repair. The deductible on your policy is $5,000, which you decide is too expensive, so you reach out to your neighbor, Andy, who is an unlicensed contractor. Andy agrees to repair the walls for $1,000, and everything appears to be ok. Six months later, when you decide to sell your home, an inspection finds that there is $750,000 in structural damages caused by the leak. You call your insurance company to make a claim, but they deny you coverage because an unlicensed contractor did the initial repairs, thus voiding your homeowner’s policy. You are now on the hook for $750,000 repair all because you decided to hire an unlicensed contractor.

It could diminish your home value should you ever decide to sell it

Because an unlicensed painting contractor cannot obtain the necessary permits needed for specific jobs, it could impact you should you choose ever to sell your home. You will have to disclose this information to the potential buyers, which can ultimately diminish the value of your home. Failure to disclose this information can leave you liable if the work in question is later found not to be up to code.  This would likely reduce the dollar amount you would receive on any offer if the new buyer knows they will have to spend money on repairs to bring their house up to code.

 But what about the cost savings you might ask?

You may notice some unlicensed painting contractors advertising prices that seem to be far less than any competitor. Often this comes at the cost of “cutting corners,” not to mention all the reasons listed above. A telltale sign is a “too good to be true” price. This is also a result of the fact that these unlicensed contractors are not paying for the costs of proper insurance and licensing – which is an investment that every reputable painting contractor must invest in.

So How Do You Protect Yourself?

Property owners should always request proof of a license and Certificate of Insurance (COI) with Blanket AI (Additionally Insured) and workers compensation. You have the right to call their insurance company and verify their insurance is valid. You can also check their contractor’s license with the California Contractors State Licensing Board and additionally it will show if they are in good standing. It will also explain the contractor’s workers compensation insurance policy.

Check if they are bonded too. Bonding is also necessary because it protects the homeowners if the contractor performs poor work, doesn’t complete the project or decides not to pay subcontractors and suppliers.

If any painting contractor or house painter tries to brush off the subject or does not willingly comply, walk away, a failure to show proof of insurance and license conveys that they do not care about you as a customer.

Looking for a Licensed Painting Contractor?

Look no further than TruLine Painting. As a top San Diego Painting Contractor, we are licensed, insured, and bonded, providing you with 100% peace of mind. We specialize in both residential painting and commercial painting. All of our award-winning work is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We offer warranties on our work and never leave a project until our customer is 100% satisfied with the results. We believe every customer is entitled to a 5-Star Customer Experience, as you can see from all of our outstanding Google, Yelp, and Angie’s List Reviews, and we invite you to take a look at our past reviews and gallery of projects.

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TruLine Painting Pays It Forward by Donating a Car

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TruLine Painting – Paying It Forward In Times Of Need

Please visit Steve’s GoFundMe Page Here

March 1st, 2019

It’s always been my belief that the world would be a much better place if we all could “pay it forward” at some point. Well, when I heard the news about my friend Steve Jepson’s recent hardships, I knew it was my time to “pay it forward.”

In December 2017, Steve was diagnosed with severe kidney failure and has been undergoing multiple treatments of dialysis each week. Because of his rigorous treatment regimen, Steve, a local real estate professional, has been unable to work. He is a devoted father to his 9-year old son, Steven, who is mid-spectrum autistic. Raising a child who has autism certainly comes with its challenges. Steven is not yet potty trained and requires special care throughout the day. To further complicate the situation, Steve’s car recently stopped working which has required him to rely upon medical transportation to get to and from his dialysis treatments.

Steve Jepson and his son, Steven

Steve (left) and his son Steven (right)

When I reached out to see how I could help Steve, I approached him with the idea of setting up a GoFundMe page. The idea was to help raise some funds to get him a new car and get him back on his feet. What he didn’t know was that I was planning to give him a car in addition to setting up the GoFundMe page.

My only request from Steve was that once he got back on his feet, that he too would “pay it forward” by helping TruLine Painting in our efforts to raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) and our homeless outreach campaign. ATPF is a local organization dedicated to improving communities in San Diego County by assisting with education, advocacy, research and mentoring for families impacted by autism. ATPF has helped thousands of family’s including Steve’s which makes this situation that much more special.

Needless to say, Steve was 100% on board with our idea. His reaction when he received the car was priceless – he immediately was thinking about how he too could “pay it forward.” That’s the beauty of paying it forward. One small act of kindness can create a snowball effect that will continue to improve the community. I hope that we can help Steve get back on his feet and back to doing what he loves.


Want to learn more about how you can help?

Visit Steve Jepson's GoFundMe PageIf you’re unable to help but would still like to help, even just clicking the share button on this post goes a long way.

Lastly, we encourage you to think about ways you too can “pay it forward.” Even the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference.

Curtis Gabhart

President, TruLine Painting

President, Gabhart Investments


About TruLine Painting 

TruLine Painting is a full-service and one-stop shop painting contractor focused on delivering a 5-star experience to every customer. In addition to providing award-winning interior & exterior painting services, we also provide stucco repair, carpentry, cabinet staining & finishing, power washing, window cleaning, and much more. This ensures we are the only contractor that you will ever need to hire. With over 25 years of industry experience, we have become San Diego’s premier painting contractor. We believe the proof is in the painting and that’s why we invite you to look at our gallery of past projects and dozens of five-star star reviews from satisfied customers.


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