Charlie Glahe WIN Broomfield

Homeowners look to revitalize their homes by painting


It appears that many homeowners are tired of how the interior of their homes look and are looking to revive it with some added color, new polling data suggests.

According to independent research firm The Futures Company, which conducted the survey for Sherwin-Williams, approximately two in every three homeowners - 62 percent - are looking to revitalize their living space within the next several months with a fresh coat of paint.

The National Home Color Survey, which was commissioned by painting supplies company Sherwin-Williams, revealed that homeowners take the interior color of their residences quite seriously. In fact, three in every four respondents to the poll said that they think at least one of the rooms of their house could use more color than is in there currently - pointing to the living room, bedroom and kitchen as the most in need of a new hue.

David Bromstad, who hosts a renovation program on cable television network HGTV, indicated that the color of a room homeowners decide to use helps establish a certain mood and personality to a home.

"I love to see people get out of their neutral groove and add a splash of color to rejuvenate a room," said Bromstad.

Don't be afraid to get creative
Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing, noted that homeowners don't need to be professional painters in order to really jazz up what a room looks like. For example, instead of painting all of the walls, consider focusing the paint job on one wall or one focal point of the room. This can call greater attention to a particular part of the room that deserves to be showcased.

But even neutral colors can have their intended effect. Instead of painting the walls, consider applying a beige or egg-shell color to window and door frames to establish a contrast.

Depending on what color homeowners decide to use and what the current color of their rooms are, some people will simply paint over what's there instead of using a scraper. But for people who live in a home that was built before 1978, they may want to have a professional home inspection company determine if the paint that was used was lead-based.

According to the National Association for Home Inspectors, 1.7 million children have blood-lead levels beyond what's considered to be safe, primarily due to lead that's in the home that parents aren't aware of.