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Painting: Room Makeover Advice for the Holidays

By Jeffrey Anderson
House Painting is the fastest and least expensive way to make a room look new. You can usually paint an average sized room in several days, and what better way to spruce up your room for the holidays? There is no limit to what you can achieve with new paint colors.


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  • Make a large room look smaller and more cozy with darker paint colors
  • A small room can instantly look larger with lighter bright paint colors
  • Give your room an international flair by painting with warm, bright, south-of-the-border colors
  • Make a wall in the room a focal point with an accent color that is painted differently from the rest of the room

Paint manufacturers have a tremendous number of standard colors and are usually happy to mix custom colors. Use house painting color charts that are available at most paint stores to narrow down your choices, and then try some small sample areas. Remember that room lighting will vary the color from the paint chip so always try a small amount first before committing to a color.

Seek Contractor Advice for a Good Paint Job

Most people think they can paint a room, and while that is true, there is a difference between a painted room and a professionally painted room. A professional painting contractor is likely to have the proper brushes and rollers, the equipment to prevent your furniture and floors from being damaged, and the knowledge of special techniques that some colors require. Ask painting contractors for estimates, and you might be surprised by the reasonable prices. A professional contractor can often do the job quickly and properly and his estimates will reflect it.

Painting Contractor Estimates Should Include:

  • Prep work for house painting
  • First paint coat
  • Touch up the walls between coats with Spackle, as needed
  • Second paint coat and trim


About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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