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42 of the Best Home Painting Trends of 2019

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Home Painting Trends 2019

2019 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 2019 Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forecast.

This new forecast highlights 42 colors and spans six awe-inspiring palettes and perfectly describes the top interior colors for 2019. 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 2019.

Aficionado

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

Enthusiast

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

Naturalist

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.

Raconteur

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

Wanderer

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

Shapeshifter

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.

2019 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Cavern Clay – SW 7701 (290-C6)

Whats the most popular paint color of 2019? 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 2019. Click here to read more!

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

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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.

Get started today with a hassle-free painting estimate 

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TruLine Painting Gives Back

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.

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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.

Contact:

4569 Mission Gorge Place, Suite N

San Diego, CA, 92120

619-663-5878 – Office

CA Lic #872552

 

Paint Sheen

How To Choose The Right Paint Sheen – House Painting [Full Guide]

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When you decide to paint your home, often the first thing that comes to your mind is, “what color should I use?”, But the less commonly asked question is “what paint sheen should I use?”. In this article, we will break down what sheen is, the pros and cons of each type, and how to find the paint sheen that’s right for you.

What is a paint sheen?

Sheen simply means how much light the paint reflects.

This can range from no reflection (low-sheen) to an almost mirror-like reflection (high-sheen).

High-sheen or glossy surfaces are typically easier to clean. Common in bathrooms and high-traffic areas. If you intend to hide or downplay imperfections in a space, you should avoid high-sheen paint. To make architectural features pop like entryways, consider using a high-sheen.

Low-sheen paints are best for concealing imperfections and are best in lower-traffic areas. Lower sheen paints tend to show more true color and are better at reflecting light.

Let’s take a look now at the various paint sheens.

Flat Finish

flat paint truline paintingPros: Flat finishes have the lowest sheen. They are an excellent choice for low-traffic areas like closets, dining rooms, and ceilings. Flat paints are perfect for ceilings because they avoid light glare and allow you to see the true color. If you’ve ever turned the lights on in a room and gotten a bright glare, you’ll notice that you’re unable to see the true color of the wall. The anti-glare properties of flat paint allow you always to see the wall’s true color.

Another great benefit of flat paint that it hides imperfections like bumps or small cracks in the walls. It also goes on smoother over rough surfaces which makes it an excellent option for older walls, textured walls, or walls with a lot of drywall issues.

Cons: It is harder to clean and is not recommended for high-traffic areas like the kitchen, bathroom, or hallways. This is because flat paint has a porous texture, which can trap dirt and lead to burnishing when scrubbed or rubbed off. Flat colors don’t touch up quickly and can show skin oils if touched. If you have small children, flat paint might not be the best choice for you.

The one exception to this is Sherwin-Williams Duration (which is available in all sheens) and is specially formulated with patented cross-linking technology that forms a smooth and continuous paint film. This technology not only locks in the colorants, but also provides superior resistance to staining, burnishing, and water-streaking. If you desire flat paint and are afraid of any of the above cons, Duration may be a good choice for you.

A word of caution – different paint brands have different definitions of flat paint. A company may call its paint flat when in reality it is actually a matte paint. It may still look flat, but has a slight sheen to it.

Eggshell Paint Sheen

Eggshell Paint

Pros: Eggshell is the most common paint sheen for interior walls. It has a little more sheen than flat paint which means it reflects just a low amount of light. It has a slight gloss of about 10-25%. Eggshell makes a great choice for hallways, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. It has a smoother finish than flat paint and can hide some imperfections. If you want to add just a hint of sheen in your room, eggshell is the perfect option.

Cons: Eggshell has medium durability and can handle mild stains and moisture. It is not recommended to use eggshell in areas like a kitchen or bathroom or areas with heavy traffic. It is washable but not as washable as some of the paints we’ll talk about below.

A word of caution: Eggshell sheens will vary between manufacturers. One company may have an eggshell paint with as much sheen as a satin finish of another company – so always view samples before making your final decision.

Satin Paint Sheen

sherwin williams satin paintPros: One of the most popular sheens for modern design, satin has slightly more pop than an eggshell. It has a richer appearance than eggshell and just like the flat and eggshell sheens, satin is great on wall surfaces where you want to hide imperfections. Satin has about a 25-35% gloss when compared to eggshell and flat paint. This is a very washable paint and is perfect for areas with moisture and dirt like kitchens and bathrooms. It is also a great choice for kids rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and other high-traffic areas. Satin doesn’t show skin oils and offers less light-glare than your semi-gloss or gloss sheens.

Cons: While satin is a highly durable and popular paint choice, you must consider the surface you are painting on. If the surface has imperfections, satin paint will tend to highlight those imperfections. Additionally, if you are not careful in your application, inconsistencies can be evident. This makes touch-ups difficult.

A Word of Caution: Just like with the sheens mentioned above, what companies define as satin can vary. Some satins may have an almost semi-gloss finish while some may be closer to an eggshell. Always view the samples before deciding.

Semi-Gloss Paint Sheen

semi gloss paint finish

Notice the light reflection off the wall – semi-gloss can be very reflective in rooms with lots of light.

Pros: With a very shiny and smooth finish, semi-gloss is a step up from satin and has anywhere from 35-70% gloss. This is because it reflects a lot of light and will show imperfections. As you go up in sheens, more acrylic is added to the paint, which means increased durability but also increased light glare. Semi-gloss is a great choice for extremely high-traffic areas of the home and a good option for trim areas, furniture, and door areas where you want more attention. It also makes a good option for bathrooms with poor ventilation because it is highly water resistant and can be cleaned easily.

A common design trend for years has been eggshell on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim work. This creates a contrast between the two areas.

Cons: If you do not have good wall-surfaces that are level and smooth, I would avoid semi-gloss. Many painters will try to avoid semi-gloss due to the amount of light glare. If you have a room with high moisture, satin sheens can still suffice as paint technology has gotten more moisture-resistant. Be sure to talk with your painter or paint rep to get the best advice for your situation.

Gloss Paint Sheen

Notice the shiny reflection on the cabinets

Notice the ultra-shiny almost mirror-like appearance of gloss paint.

Pros: This sheen was very common several decades ago but is making a come back in certain design areas. If you’re feeling bold, this can be a good choice for windows and door trims. Gloss paint is the easiest of all sheens to clean and soap, grease, water, and stains can be wiped away with ease.

Cons: Gloss is not commonly used, and many painters will avoid this sheen due to its highly reflective properties. Gloss will show just about every imperfection so be sure your area is well prepped and ready to be painted.

Quick Painting Tip

Like with any painting job, thorough surface preparation is critical for any surface. If you plan to use a higher-gloss finish, this is even more important.

If you’re unsure on how a sheen might look, it’s always wise to test them out on pieces of scrap wallboard first. Different light levels and color temperatures can have a big influence on how colors appear. It’s recommended you always try a variety of samples to obtain the best results.

Gloss, Semi-gloss, Satin, Eggshell, and Flat… What’s The Best Paint Sheen For House Painting?

The answer is… it depends. The best factors to consider is the use of your space, amount of traffic, and the aesthetic that you desire.

High gloss paints (gloss and semi-gloss) will be easier to clean and more durable, however, imperfections and light glare will be apparent and it will be harder to touch up.

In lower gloss paints (flat and eggshell) you will be able to hide imperfections, touch-ups will be easier, and it will showcase the truest-colors because of the reduced reflection.

Satin is often a nice middle ground between high and low gloss because it provides washability and a mild light reflection.

A better place to start when deciding on the right paint sheen might be high gloss vs low gloss.

The two are near opposites in terms of reflectively with high gloss reflecting the most light and flat reflecting zero light. Low gloss paints are the hardest to clean and least durable, however, in low-traffic areas they provide a smooth sheen and are more economical than high-gloss paints. Lower gloss paints (like flat, eggshell and satin), easily hide imperfections and if you are trying to do a quick do-it-yourself painting of your home, lower gloss paints may be your best choice.

If you desire a higher gloss paint, you may need the help of an experienced professional.

Time to Take Action!

We hope this was able to shed some knowledge on the world of paint sheens. If you are still unsure or have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

If you’re looking to hire San Diego’s most-trusted painter, look no further than TruLine Painting. We have over 25 years of residential painting experience, are a top-rated painting contractor in San Diego, and 2-time recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award (2017 and 2018)

Also, if you’re looking for some inspiration on the top residential painting trends of 2019, check out a recent blog post on the top 42 trends of 2019.

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42 of the Best Home Painting Trends of 2019

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Home Painting Trends 2019 2019 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...
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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…

TruLine Painting Gives Back

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…

Paint Sheen

How To Choose The Right Paint Sheen – House Painting [Full Guide]

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When you decide to paint your home, often the first thing that comes to your mind is, “what color should I use?”, But the less commonly asked question is “what...

About TruLine Painting

TruLine Painting is a full-service and one-stop shop San Diego painting contractor focused on delivering a 5-star experience to every customer. In addition to providing San Diego with award-winning residential interior painting & residential exterior painting services, we also provide commercial painting, stucco repair, carpentry, cabinet staining & finishing, power washing, window cleaning, and much more. This ensures we are the only painting contractor that you will ever need to hire.  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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TruLine Painting Wins The 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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The award reflects the company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

San Diego, California, Wednesday, January 23st, 2019 

TruLine Painting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission. These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

Curtis Gabhart

 “We are beyond humbled to be recognized by our customers for the second consecutive year. Our promise is to give each customer the 5-star experience that they deserve. This distinction reaffirms that we continue to deliver on that goal of a world-class experience. Customer feedback is the greatest compliment we can receive and the backbone of our business. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to each of our all-star team members for all of their hard work and dedication to our company. We look forward to a prosperous 2019 and continuing to serve the San Diego Community.” – Curtis Gabhart, President of TruLine Painting

TruLine Painting has been listed on Angie’s List since 2012. This is the second consecutive year TruLine Painting has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


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.

Contact:

4569 Mission Gorge Place, Suite N

San Diego, CA, 92120

619-663-5878 – Office

CA Lic #872552

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Paint Colors That Can Increase Your Home Value

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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, increases your 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 the average sale price 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

Kitchen

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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

Bedroom

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

Bathroom

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 Realtor.com 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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7 Major Benefits of Exterior House Painting

By | Blake Truline, Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Exterior Home Painting Has An Endless List of Benefits

A new exterior paint job offers a whole lot more than making your home look pretty. Painting the exterior of your home can be one of the greatest investments you’ll ever make as an owner. Just like new windows offers multiple benefits like reduced energy cost, increased property value, temperature control, etc… an exterior paint job offers a homeowner a bundle of benefits. It’s time to brush up on your exterior painting knowledge!

Enhance Curb Appeal

Don’t underestimate the aesthetic value a fresh coat of paint can bring. Every time you pull into the driveway, you’ll feel a new sense of inspiration and connection to your home. Depending on your intention, you can use paints that will help you blend into your neighborhood, or you can go bold and choose to stand out, making your home the talk of the neighborhood.

Curb appeal isn’t just for you. If you’re planning on selling your home, you need to consider that the first thing a potential buyer will see is the exterior of your property. Setting the right impression from the start can lead to higher offers and more interest. If they enjoy the exterior, they’re far more likely to venture inside.

Increase Your Property Value

property value increaseRenovations are key to increasing property value, but not all of them offer the same return on investment. According to a recent US News article, a major kitchen renovation can yield as low as a 65% return on investment. An exterior paint job, on the other hand, can produce a return on investment of up to 140%.

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Protect your home from the elements

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We are fairly fortunate here in San Diego to have little to no extreme weather, however, we do still get our fair share intense sunshine and also rain during wet seasons. Intense sun rays can lead to blistering, peeling, and cracking exterior paint. Over time, as the paint begins to crack and chip away, your home becomes much more exposed to the elements. This can be a major problem when intense rain or other moisture becomes introduced to the exterior.

Exposed wood is highly susceptible to issues like mold and mildew which can begin to break down the structure of your home.

A new coat of exterior paint can help seal off your home from the elements!

 

Keep the bugs out!

 

Termite Damage Exterior Home

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Termites can be a major problem for wood-based homes. Being proactive in identifying a potential problem can save you thousands of dollars in structural damage. Assessing the condition of the siding of your home prior to painting can help spot any potential threats. In addition, adding a new coat of exterior paint has the additional benefit of sealing off any areas, which can stop an infestation in its tracks.

Bring Out Other Features

Exterior Home Painting

A fresh coat of paint that compliments your landscape, siding, roof, etc, can create a harmonious balance with the exterior of your home.

Extend the life of your siding

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A new coat of paint can help to increase the life of your siding, regardless of the type (wood, vinyl, etc…). Even if the new paint only adds a few years of life to the siding, that could be potentially thousands of dollars saved. A fresh coat of exterior paint can also cover up any minor blemishes or minor wear on the siding. Note: house painting is not a suitable alternative to siding that has major damage or is in poor condition.

Finally, you will protect what is arguably your biggest investment- your home!

truline painting residential paintingFrom keeping out the elements to insects to extending the life of the exterior, painting your house is one of the smartest investments you can make. The inherent value of exterior house painting will have you enjoying its many benefits for years to come!

 

So you understand the benefits but what do you do next?

Well, there’s more to an exterior paint job than just deciding on the right color and applying it to your home. There are many things to consider to make sure the job is done right, but arguably the most important is making sure you have the right people for the job. Hiring a skilled painting contractor can save you time and ensure that your new exterior paint job will be consistent and long-lasting. When hiring a painting contractor, always look for someone who is licensed, insured, and has been in the business long enough to have a dependable reputation.

 

Interested in learning more about TruLine and how we can meet all of your painting needs?

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TruLine Painting has over 25 years of experience in residential exterior painting and strives to deliver a 5-star experience every time. You can rest assured knowing you will get only the highest quality exterior paint job. We proudly use only the highest quality paints from industry leaders like Sherwin-Williams, Dunn-Edwards and Benjamin Moore.

We understand that your home is a special place and that’s why we treat every job with the same level of care and compassion that we’ve become known for. We work directly with our customers to ensure 100% satisfaction every time. Give us a call at 619-663-5878 or click below to get your free estimate and let us help you transform your home!

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Looking for some inspiration on the top residential painting trends of 2018? Click here to read our insightful post! 

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How To Hire The Right Painting Contractor

By | Blake Truline, Uncategorized | 3 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 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.

Credentials

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 hiring 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!

Looking for a licensed, insured, and reputable painter in the San Diego area?

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We we would be honored if we were given the opportunity to earn your business and be one of the painting companies to deliver you an estimate.

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 to Choose the Right Paint Color For Your Multi-Family Property

By | Blake Truline | 2 Comments

Make Your Multi-Family Building Stand Out!

Looking for some advice on how to pick the right paint color for your multi-family or apartment building?

Did you know choosing the right color can:

  • Increase curb appeal
  • Keep current residents longer
  • Drive prospective tenants to your leasing office, filling vacancies quicker
  • Increase your properties value and ultimately the return on investment (ROI)
  • Make your property stand out amongst competitors

With a myriad of color choices out there, trying to find the right choice can be difficult. A recent poll on Houzz showed that more than 30% of property owners decided not to paint their building because they felt overwhelmed by the color choices.

There must be a more straightforward solution.

I believe you should start with some primary considerations that will make this process simple and straightforward. Multi-family exterior painting doesn’t need to be difficult!

Let’s take a more in-depth look.

Define Your "Color Goals"

goal setting I recommend that you take out a piece of paper and write down your top 3 goals in painting your multi-family building. You’ll learn a lot from this brief exercise.

You may have included things like

  • Increase my property value
  • Stay updated with current color trends
  • Better match my properties external features (roof, parking lot, landscape, etc…)
  • Attract new demographics
  • Stand out amongst my competitors

Each of these goals is an excellent jumping off point in your color exploration.

Building Type

multi family exterior painting san diegoYou’ll want to make sure you stay realistic with your property-type. If you have a traditional low-rise apartment building, you can go for a more urban pallet. If you own a modern high-rise, it may require a more sophisticated pallet. Remember that it’s ok to take inspiration from other buildings in your area.

Your buildings architecture is also a significant element to start with. Start with your existing roof color and building trim and try to build a pallet around it. Often this is a great way to save time and money.

Consider the Surface that Will be Painted

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Are the buildings surface wood? Brick? Masonite? Vinyl? Aluminum? This should be one of the first things you consider. You will need to choose the proper color to enhance that surface and avoid deterioration of the paint over time.

Remember, the same paint color will not look the same on different surfaces.

Consider External Elements

Multi-Family Exterior Painting Landscape–  Factor in things like landscaping when choosing the right color pallet. You want to make sure that the colors complement your landscape rather than clash. Your goal should be to create a harmonious appearance.

–  If you have bright colored flowers, you may want to go for a more neutral exterior paint pallet. This will give your landscape an added pop and draw attention to your building.

–  If your landscape is more neutral, you could have the opportunity to get bolder with your exterior paint pallet.

–  The roof, parking areas, and all other areas not painted should be considered. Your goal is to create harmony amongst the areas.

–  If you have a building exterior that is partial stone, try to find a color that will enhance this feature.

–  For brick exteriors, I recommend either painting the brick (depending on its condition) or choosing a scheme that will complement the existing brick color.

Consider Your Neighborhood and Demographic

Urban Apartment Neighborhood–  Are you in a historic area that is predominantly brick? Or maybe in a trendier urban area with concrete? You want to make sure you pick colors that will compliment your surrounding buildings.

–  If your goal is to stand out in the neighborhood, be sure to consider your intentions. A tasteful color pop can prove to be very useful, but remember that if it’s too out of context, your building might be talked about for the wrong reasons. Remember to consider the people that are living in this building. It’s essential to choose a color that an average resident would find aesthetically pleasing.

–  Identify who your target resident would be. This can be a great starter for where you should take your color search. A more neutral and sophisticated color pallet would be ideal for an upscale building that is oriented towards an older or more affluent resident, while a bright pallet may be suitable for millennials.

Now that you’ve considered several factors, it’s time to look at color. If you haven’t already, check out our last blog post on the top Multi-Family Color Trends of 2018. This is an excellent jumping off point for gathering ideas.

Sherwin-Williams Color Snap Visualizer

Sherwin-Williams Color Snap VisualizerAfter you’ve weighed several factors and looked at different pallets, it’s time to see it in action. If you’ve ever been to a paint store before, you know it can be overwhelming looking at dozens of paint cards and trying to visualize what it would look like on your property.

Did you know Sherwin-Williams offers a free tool that lets you see what each color and pallet would look like?

All you need to do is upload an exterior photo of your property, and then you can mix and match with different combinations. This is a risk-free way to see multiple options quickly and easily.

Click here to check it out!

Contact Us For Color Expertise

Did you know TruLine offers color consulting services? As San Diego’s premier painting company with over 25 years of industry experience, our team of professionals will guide you through every step of the way. We have extensive experience in both commercial and residential projects and will help you find the perfect color for your property.

Included in every paint job is a free one-hour color consultation. 

Give us a call today and let us show you why we’re a “cut above the rest”.

If you have any other tips or thoughts on choosing the right color, or multi-family exterior painting in general, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

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Multi-Family Painting Trends of 2018

By | Blake Truline | 3 Comments

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 interior and exterior paint options of 2018!

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

Sherwin-Williams Multi-Family Collection

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

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.

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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 space 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, smaller 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.

What about the exterior?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to painting the exterior of a 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!

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