Repaint – and Be Satisfied.

Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Remember when you last painted your living or dining room, your entrance hallway, den, kitchen, or another room in your home? It felt so great just looking at the finished work, even before the furniture was moved back into place. That new colour scheme you selected – the clean, unmarred baseboard and molding that set off that room so well? The bright white ceiling that highlighted the whole space?

But it’s been a few years. How do you know when it’s time to repaint?

CertaPro Painters in Vancouver recommends doing a walk-about in your home. If the walls or door frames are marred and a bit dirty, baseboards scuffed and dingy, or hairline “settling” cracks have appeared in ceilings, there’s no question that it’s time.

But suppose it still looks fresh and clean; is it worthwhile to once again plan a redo? Here’s a good tip.  If you walk into a room and it doesn’t stir you, give you  a little bit of a smile or warm your senses, or if it makes you feel the slightest bit sad, then repainting – with or without some new decorating touches – could be just what the doctor ordered.

A freshly painted room can definitely lift your spirits, and it’s probably the least expensive way to maintain or even add to the value of your house. CertaPro Painters offers these tips for making the most of your repainting experience.

1.Stand Tall

If you want to make your ceiling look taller and your room more spacious, paint the ceiling in a lighter version of the wall colour, or try an airy colour like pale blue or soft gray. The corners of the room will recede to reveal a soft canopy of colour.

2.Small is Beautiful, Too

Embrace your small space with a simple scheme of vibrant colour defined by white or black trim and accents.

3.Warm is Welcome

Large and busy rooms benefit from earthy, inviting colours that create a cozy, relaxing ambience and make people feel comfortable. Choose paint colours in deep ochre, rusty red, and burnt orange to make large rooms feel more livable, and busy rooms more serene.

4.Light Colours Recede

Hallways and small areas will seem less confining with pale, cool, and neutral colours because they reflect light. Paired with good light fixtures, these transitional spaces will feel more like part of the house.

5.Take Charge

Deep, bold colours can be surprisingly versatile.  Rich royal blue walls become cheerful with fresh orange or citrus yellow accents. And paired with graphic accents of black, white, or gray, almost any daring colour becomes fresh and modern.

6.Go White and Bright

To show off colourful furnishings and vibrant prints, think of your space as a gallery with clean white walls and ceilings in a flat finish. Stay away from muddy antique whites, opting instead for crisp clean tints to create the perfect canvas for bold strokes of colour.

Please contact your landlord prior to engaging in any painting project. Want to save15% on all in-suite paint services?  Contact CertaPro at 1-800-689-7271 or visit and identify yourself as a FirstService Residential client.

Contact us today to learn more about how FirstService Residential can make a difference in your strata community.

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