Secrets to the best paint job

hen it comes to picking the perfect palette for your home, though it may sound obvious: start with what you like.

When it comes to picking the perfect palette for your home, though it may sound obvious: start with what you like.

“There are as many colors as the people who pick them. I show customers what people are buying, but it’s always better to go according to your taste because color is so individual,” said Donna Volpe, color consultant at Harrison Paints.

What’s trending now? “We just went through a warmer trend—golds, yellows, reds and oranges. Now the trends are skewing cooler, from blues and grays to very pale purples.

Another key: Make sure to consider adjacent rooms in your color decisions. It’s the first place Volpe looks when she does inhome color consultation. Coordinating among your rooms makes the overall aesthetic more you and more polished.

And if you can’t bring the color consultant to your home, bring your home to her.

“People bring bedspreads, cushions and shams, kitchen counter samples and rugs from the room in question,” Volpe explained.

You also can bring photos on your smartphone, but keep in mind that colors aren’t always accurate for matching. But the photos will definitely offer your consultant a feeling for your style.

A trip to the paint or hardware store can result in an overabundance of tools for the job at hand. But Volpe makes things simple.

“I usually just point people to a very good brush, with an angled end and a longer handle for a better counterbalance.”

Volpe’s choice is a 2-1/2-inch Corona or Wooster brand brush ($16) but consider a smaller one if you’re new to trim work.

What about that blue painter’s tape? Skip it and go freehand. Buy the right brush and you’ll get a nice, straight line. But Volpe cautions not to get too close on the first coat, wait until the second.

You can use the tape to mark off the floor or baseboards. The easiest way to apply it and make sure your paint doesn’t bleed through is with a putty knife.

Is paint plus primer just a marketing gimmick? Not according to Volpe—it saves coats, which means you can roll twice instead of thrice to get it right.

What about the finish? Volpe prefers the classic look of less sheen—flat, matte or eggshell—but admits to going glossier for kitchens. The good news is that whichever you pick, they’re all equally washable and scrubbable.

Armed with these tips, you’re ready to go forth and paint. But if you get stuck, stop in at Harrison Paint Co. (4926 Portage St. NW, Jackson Twp., for a one-on-one consultation.

Locally owned and operated since 1911, Harrison offers paints, coatings, finishes and more, and manufactures paint right here in Stark County.