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  • Geoff Dove

Holiday Decorating Time : ))

Updated: Feb 15

Painting and decorating through the holidays can be a stressful process. Trying to coordinate timing, organizing all your belongings, choosing colours, and that’s all before you even open a can of paint!

Start by calling a professional painting contractor. We can help smooth out the process and work with you to achieve the best results.

Here are a few helpful tips to make it an enjoyable process, and something that adds joy to the holidays, rather than more stress.

Colour selection is usually the most frustrating part of the process, but it is what will create the biggest change in your home. Ignore what’s “popular” and lean towards colours you like. Good indicators can be found all around you. What colours do you like to wear? When you buy new art for your home, are you attracted to natural elements with earthy colours? Or do you prefer bright and loud. Try to select colours that will compliment where you have made investments in your home such as furniture, flooring, and as mentioned, art. The goal of a new colour on your walls should be to compliment and draw the eye towards these items rather than become a dominant feature itself.

The cheapest insurance policy available is a colour tester. Every paint store now has some type of colour tester sample. Some have small 2- or 4-ounce pots, others have a full one liter can, but you can buy these for a minimal investment and try the colour in different areas of your home to make sure you are selecting a colour you can live with.

When it comes to timing and scheduling, rely on the experience of a hired professional. Let us know your timeline, and deadline (if one exists), and let us guide scheduling accordingly. Being flexible on timing is your best route to a stress-free result.

The best way to keep things on schedule is to be proactive. Have furniture and belongings moved 2 to 3 feet away from surfaces to be painted. Any breakables or valuables can be packed safely away or moved to a safe location. Your painting contractor should have dropcloths and plastic they can use to cover your furniture, and the crew will even help to move large items if necessary.

Painting contractors all offer a free in-home estimate. Use that meeting as an opportunity to ask questions. How long do you expect the job to take? What type of products do you use? Talk me through your preparation process. These are all questions that painting contractors are used to hearing at estimate appointments, and it will all help you get some answers to take the guesswork out of the process.

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