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Picking Perfect Paint Pivotal to Process

April 17, 2014
By DANIEL DORSCH - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - As springtime brings higher temperatures and more opportunity to work on both interior and exterior home improvement projects, homeowners are encouraged to take a few factors into account as they set to work choosing their new color palettes.

"Now is the time to start looking for your colors," Rich Delprato, manager of Westmoreland Supply Inc. in Wheeling, said. "It's a process and sometimes it takes a while."

One of the first things to pay close attention to is the label of selected paints, according to Delprato. Indoor and outdoor paints have drastically different features such as durability which can result in a lot of wasted time and money or even permanent damage if not taken into account, he said.

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Rich Delprato stands beside the new “Voice of Color” software system at Westmoreland Supply Inc. in Wheeling. The software helps shoppers see what different paints will look like on their own walls.

Another important factor in the painting process is the climate, Delprato said. Since temperatures in the Ohio Valley can drop well below freezing and rise above 100 degrees, painters have to watch for certain windows of time when conditions are ideal.

"We like to see above 50 (degrees) as a start point," Delprato said. "The optimum temperature is in the 70s. Seventy degrees and low humidity, that's ideal. In the 90s, that's pushing it."

Color always comes down to personal choice, according to Delprato, but he said there are a few patterns to color choice in different rooms of the home. In kitchens, yellows and creams tend to be popular, he said.

"Base tones are really popular," Delprato said. "Muted colors are still pretty good. There are a lot more gray tones in bedrooms and living rooms. Warm gray, not cold machine gray."

When shopping for different paints and colors, Delprato highly recommended visiting a paint store to see samples.

While paint swatches are useful, he said to ask to see test examples where the paint itself has been used to see exactly how it turns out.

"Painting's not that difficult," Delprato said. "Buying the right type of paint is important, though."

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