Staring at the Walls

If Coronavirus Has You Craving Color, Fresh Coat Painters Can Liven Things Up

During the coronavirus pandemic, “staring at the walls” became a more realistic concept than when everyone wasn’t stuck at home. If you’re among those who discovered – while literally staring at your walls – that you didn’t like your walls very much, Angela Demmons can help.

The owner of Fresh Coat Painters of Bethesda, which she launched in 2018, Angela said, “Paint can do so much. You don't realize it until you see it. A fresh coat of paint works wonders. The space looks bright again. You can enjoy the space again.”

Angela and her husband Keith, the company's client service manager, and their team of professional painters, serve residential and commercial clients with interior and exterior painting, and other services. Founded in 2004, Fresh Coat Painters has more than100 companies across the country.

Angela’s customers appreciate her company’s professionalism. “They show up on time, in Fresh Coat apparel and are always respectful of people’s homes,” she said of her crew. “Working with contractors doesn’t have to be a stressful experience,” she added. “It’s about raising the standard.” Angela promises promptness in all aspects of her business, including answering the phone, delivering quotes and completing jobs.

Even during coronavirus, people are buying and selling homes and that often requires a lot of paint. Angela said, “When people place their home on the market, in a lot of cases, they want their entire home painted. Or they’re buying a home and want us to paint it before they move in.”

To ensure safety, Angela’s team offers contact-free estimates by using Zoom video communications to virtually assess customers’ home.

As for choosing the right color, Angela said, “Most people have an idea of what they want.” But she is happy to offer suggestions and provide color charts to help people choose. She added, “Before we do a job, we ask how they use the space and then we recommend the best paint for that area of their home.”

Color as a Design Tool

A narrow space feels wider with different colors on opposing walls.

A bold color, like purple, would be too much for a large room but works great in small areas like a mudroom.

The Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue: lighter and brighter than navy. Try it on your shutters or front door.

Wallpaper is back. Do a whole room or just the wall behind your bed’s headboard, or on a backsplash.

Add drama and interest to your ceilings: Consider a bright solid, or subtle stripes.

Sources: HGTV, Sherwin Williams, House Beautiful

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