January offers us a fresh start. With the help of New Year’s resolutions, we chart a course through the coming months designed to improve our appearance, effectiveness, and quality of life. The promise of a new beginning can also apply to our homes, however. Just like us, a home will eventually show its age. But instead of wrinkles, spots, and graying hair, a house’s maturity is reflected in cracks, stains, and peeling paint. Fortunately, there is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home that all-important facelift, and it starts with a fresh coat of paint. Here are three reasons why right now is the perfect time for interior painting.
It Improves Health
We spend a lot of time indoors. According to the EPA, it’s as much as 90% of our lives. And with concentrations of pollutants being significantly higher indoors than out, it makes sense to do whatever we can to improve our interior air quality. Most homes already struggle with dirt and dust, and if water damage has occurred, mildew and mold growth could lead to a number of health concerns. These problems only increase in winter, when windows are kept closed and homes are assaulted by rain and snow. Interior painting is a great way to reduce allergens and cover stains, helping you and your family to breathe cleaner air.
It’s a Pick-Me-Up
Giving your home a fresh look is a great way to beat the winter blahs. You can’t get bored of staring at the same old walls every day if they aren’t the same old walls. An interior paint job is an easy way to transform your living space into what feels like a new home. Simply changing the color can help you see things in a new light. If there’s a lot of anxiety in your life, switching to a soothing gray or light blue shade might create a calmer environment. If it’s a warmer home you wish for, brighter sun tones can really help a house shine. Whatever color scheme you prefer, the new look will inspire and reinvigorate you, just in time to help you keep up with those New Year’s resolutions.
It’s the Right Time
When it comes to interior painting, there’s no better time than winter. The weather limits our abilities to get out and about, and the extra time indoors is a great opportunity to embark on home improvement projects. Completing painting and other interior tasks this time of year also provides more time to focus on exterior work once the warm weather returns.
The cool, dry air also aids the painting process. The absence of humidity helps the paint go on better and dry more quickly, but your home still needs to be warm, so turn up the thermostat. Avoid painting during periods of extreme cold, as you will need to keep windows open to properly ventilate the room. Winter’s early sunrise also gives a helping hand. The room is filled with light earlier, so painting projects can be finished well before dinner. And if there’s a layer of snow on the ground, that will help to reflect the sun’s rays into the home to give you the best possible lighting.
The best thing about an interior painting project is that D&L Enterprises can do it for you. From prep work to clean up, our professional painters will take care of every aspect of the project. We can even help recommend application techniques and paint brands.