What You Need To Know When Painting Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Shea Homes on May 10, 2016


From paint types to color tips, here are things you should know before you start painting your home.

Are you tired of staring at the same old walls? Looking for a fun pop of color to freshen things up in your living space? It just may be time to repaint a few rooms in your home. While it can be exciting to hunt for that perfect wall color, we know it can be tricky determining the right kind of paint to get the job done.

To help you through the process, we here at Shea Homes have put together the infographic below outlining some simple tips for when you decide to repaint. Whether you’re looking to repaint your living room, master bedroom or home office, read through the infographic and save all your decisions in the free downloadable document below – it will help you remember what paint you used years from now.

Tips to know when updating your walls' paint color.
Be sure to Pin the infographic above for future reference, and check out our Pinterest account for more design tips and considerations.

Once you’ve completed your home painting projects, download the document below to keep track of your home’s paint colors and finishes so you can reference it in future years (touchups are often needed!).

Use this free editable & printable document as an easy reference guide to your home's paint colors.Do you have any other helpful hints to rely on when painting? Leave them in a comment below to help your fellow homeowners!

If your room needs more than new paint, you might want to explore some of the new homes available from Shea Homes in following areas:


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Seattle, WA
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Phoenix, AZ
Houston TX
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  1. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/10-things-you-must-know-when-painting-a-house-exterior-pictures
  2. http://www.windowsandsiding.net/siding/faq/what-are-different-types-of-exterior-house-paint/
  3. http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/color/10-tips-for-picking-paint-colors
  4. http://blog.homedepot.com/painting-a-room-how-to-choose-the-right-sheen/
  5. http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/how-to-properly-paint-your-homes-exterior
  6. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/interior-painting-tips

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kenneth Gladman May 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

I like that you mentioned color psychology. I really believe that paint color has a huge effect on the feel and mood of a room. I think people should consult a professional if they are unsure what to do. I know I am not very creative so it was the best option for me.


Faylinn July 28, 2016 at 7:39 am

I am planning on having painters come and paint my home next month and so I really like what you have to say about color psychology. My home is near a pond and so I want people to be able to look at the house and think of it as being peaceful. Because of what you said about soft and neutral colors, I think that blue would be a great color. However, which shade of blue would you say is neutral enough not to be too bold or bright?


Kendall Ryder September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

Knowing the moods of each room can help you to pick the colors better. My kitchen is usually bright from all of the windows, so I would go with white, or some other bright color. The same goes for my living room, and bedroom! But, you may like a darker color for your room if you like it to be kept dark.


Johnny McCarron December 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

I really like that you put a list of supplies before you begin your project. I think that it is important to know what you need before you begin exterior painting. That being said, I know that I struggle with remodeling jobs like this. Do you have any tips about finding someone to help you out with exterior painting?


House Painting Auckland December 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

The more shine, the more imperfections show. For baseboards, manufacturers again recommend Semi-Gloss because the sheen allows you to be able to wipe stains off. However, older homes may have more imperfections and Semi-Gloss Paints gloss will highlight those imperfections. Again, you might want to use Satin Sheen.


FM Painters March 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

Most importantly DON’T RUSH, haha! Painting takes patience. We’ve seen some pretty bad walls where people have gotten frustrated trying to do it themselves. Their lines are splotchy, they’ve gotten paint on the ceiling, they only apply one coat and think its good enough, etc… You know where you made your mistakes, and they’re likely to stick out like a sore thumb to you more than other people. Hiring a painting company can be more costly than DIY, but how much is your time and peace of mind worth?

Thanks for the article as well, there’s some good suggestions here.


Painting Service in Tyler, TX April 13, 2017 at 10:15 am

This is really a great infographic! thanks for the valuable information.


Braden Bills May 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

I’m trying to decide what color I should have my home painted. It makes sense that I would want to base it on color psychology! I would like a calming aesthetic, so I’ll look for some cooler colors.


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