National Home Design And Color Survey Shows Homeowners Will Liven Up Their Spaces With More Painting Projects

Sherwin-Williams Kicks Off National Painting Week On April 7 Offering Home Design Inspiration

Apr 07, 2014, 08:00 ET from Sherwin-Williams

CLEVELAND, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Colorful home improvements are planned across the country this spring as homeowners look to create dream spaces with paint. According to a new National Home Design and Color Survey from Sherwin-Williams, seven-in-10 homeowners plan to undertake a house-related project in the next six months.

Of those homeowners planning house projects, painting tops the list with 42 percent wanting to liven up their space with color, followed by landscaping (39 percent) and redecorating (30 percent).

This year, design inspiration is available during Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, held the week of April 7. Each day, features painting ideas, expert tips, product information and one-of-a-kind projects from top DIY design bloggers.

According to internationally celebrated interior designer, Jeff Andrews, adding paint color is one of the easiest ways to give a space a new look. Andrews, known for his innovative design approach and long list of clients including Ryan Seacrest, the Kardashian family and Michael C. Hall, believes great design involves imagination, inspiration and color.   

"When working with clients I like to show them how color can play a significant role in creating their dream space. National Painting Week is an opportunity for homeowners to see how paint can transform any living space, whether it's an accent wall, piece of furniture, or a complete room makeover," Andrews says.

Spring Survey Highlights: Warm Colors and Confidence Ahead

Sherwin-Williams conducted the National Home Design and Color Survey to determine homeowners' most desired projects and colors. Nearly two-in-three homeowners say they would like to add more color in their home, especially in the living/family room (25 percent), bedroom (24 percent) and bathroom (17 percent). Men are receptive to adding color, with 58 percent of them wanting to introduce more into their home.

Warm neutrals featuring a hint of red, yellow or brown are the most popular palettes for about a third of homeowners (32 percent). Twenty-five percent would like to incorporate cool neutrals, with a hint of blue or green. Homeowners 18 to 34 years old want a rich and dark color palette (23 percent), while those 65 and older prefer a soft and light palette (35 percent).

Sixty-four percent of homeowners say they are confident handling an exterior project on their own. Men are most comfortable with the following exterior projects: painting doors (45 percent), fences (38 percent) and decks (37 percent). Sixty percent of women also feel comfortable doing their own outdoor painting projects, and consider doors (38 percent) and trim/shutters (29 percent) to be the easiest tasks to manage.

National Painting Week is Adding Color in Communities Across America      

During National Painting Week, Sherwin-Williams employees across the U.S. will dedicate their time, effort and Sherwin-Williams products to upgrade nonprofits, churches, schools and other deserving community organizations. During the month of April, more than 1,400 stores will engage in projects to help make a difference in the communities where the employees work and live.

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About the Survey

On behalf of Sherwin-Williams, The Futures Company conducted online interviews of a representative sample of 1,450 homeowners age 18 and older between February 24 and March 2, 2014. Completed interviews are weighted by five variables (age, gender, geographic region, education and race) to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. adult population. 

Ask Sherwin-Williams

For nearly 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service that's focused on unique project needs. Sherwin-Williams products can only be found at its more than 3,900 neighborhood stores across North America. For more information, visit Join Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Danielle Schumann
Carmichael Lynch Spong
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