At Home with CAA: Ring in the Spring with Fresh Paint

Ready for a change this spring? Consider colour therapy – for your home!
by Mary Wimmer

There’s nothing like sprucing up your home to help you feel organized, energized and ready to take on a new season. So this spring, take a cue from Mother Nature: while she’s rejuvenating the great outdoors, David Barron, General Manager of CertaPro Painters in Ottawa, is letting CAA Members know how they can do the same with their home interiors.

First things first, Barron says it’s essential that homeowners do their due diligence by starting any project with a thorough property inspection. “Savvy homeowners who take a 20-minute, close-up inspection tour of their home can quickly spot problems that may have surfaced over the winter,” he says. Like the professional painters that work for CertaPro, be on the look-out for hairline splits, cracked and peeling areas, washed-out and faded paint, and dry, chalking painted surfaces. “These are early warning signals of paint aging and pending failure,” says Barron.

Next, consider a fresh coat of colourful paint to reinvigorate the senses. Many homeowners often use the same exterior paint colours, such as neutral shades of white, gray, tan, blue and brown, sometimes with accents of blue, red or black for doors and shutters. “But if your home is in an area of strong sunlight, you may want to consider brighter colours,” says Barron. After all, brighter colours reflect the sun better and can save you up to 30% in energy use.

Not sure which colour to try? Visit MyPaintColors, CertaPro Painters’ new online colour visualizer, to see how your home’s appearance can change with new colours. You’ll be able to view sample projects as well as create your own just by uploading a photo of your own home. It’s all the fun of playing around, with zero responsibility, for those that may be commitment-phobic about colour. You can try a few different shades until you find the one you love.

Barron also reminds readers that first impressions count: make your front door and entranceway welcoming to visitors by choosing a new paint or stain color. In addition to your colour selection there are countless accents that can be considered to lay down the welcome mat for guests when entering your home.

After that, it’s just a matter of lining up professional painters to do the job. What better time than the present to book CertaPro for your next paint job, since CAA Members can now SAVE 5% and EARN 5% back in CAA Dollars®. These can then be used to renew your CAA Membership, or toward merchandise at any CAA Travel Store, even on entertainment tickets, attractions passes and vacations.  

So, get ready for spring and have a fling with colour – ‘tis the season.