Bathrooms for Busy Mornings

 

It’s another busy weekday morning – the kids are scrambling to get ready for school, you’re prepping for an important work meeting, and your spouse is trying to get everyone fed and packed up for the day. If you’d rather brave SunTrust Park traffic during Friday rush hour than endure another chaotic morning in a cramped home, consider a bathroom addition or bath remodel to speed up your family’s mornings. Here are just a few of the ways that Home ReBuilders has helped Atlanta families make their bathrooms work for them:

Add a bathroom. Plain and simple – more bathrooms means less time spent waiting around for someone else to finish up! Help squash sibling squabbles by adding a second bathroom for the kids – or gain back some privacy with a “parents-only” bathroom as part of a master suite addition. You and your family will enjoy having an extra bathroom now and for years to come – and someday down the road, you may enjoy the ROI that comes along with this savvy investment.

Reconfigure an existing layout. Having one sink for two kids doesn’t make any sense. A pedestal sink can be a nightmare for those with a lot of toiletry and cosmetic products. A stand-up shower doesn’t allow for the relaxation of a full soaking tub. If your home’s bathrooms aren’t working for you and your family, consider changing the layout! Home ReBuilders’ offers a rare turnkey solution, with architects, designers, and remodeling contractors working side-by-side under one roof.

Personalize with special touches. Your bathroom is one of the first things you probably see each morning. Start your day with a little bit of luxury and set the tone for a calm, tranquil day ahead. Upgrading to porcelain or granite countertops, high-end fixtures, a new water-efficient toilet, stylish paint choices, and flattering lighting solutions can make a big difference! You won’t just be improving your bathroom – you might even improve the outlook with which you walk out your door in the morning.

 

With so many options to consider, designing a cohesive, functional bathroom can be daunting – but Home ReBuilders’ Atlanta design build experts are ready to walk you through the process from start-to-finish. With a beautiful, thoughtful design for every budget and every home, we can help you make sure your home’s bathrooms work for you!

 

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Atlanta Investment Property

Tackling a Fixer-Upper Atlanta Investment Property

More than 90,000 people moved into Atlanta last year, making our city the ninth-most populated in the country. Atlanta’s growth is slated to keep pace in 2017 and beyond, especially with the success of new hangout spots like Ponce City Market, renowned chefs like Kevin Gillespie, booming breweries like Monday Night and Sweetwater, and local Atlanta gems like OK Café, The Varsity, and The Fox Theatre.

With so many people moving into town, and so much in Atlanta to enjoy, it’s the perfect time to invest in a rental property! While the process can be a little daunting, Home ReBuilders has walked many first-time investors through the process. Here are a few of the more popular projects that we help many of our investment property clients tackle, aside from the ever-popular bath remodels and kitchen repairs.

Constructing Decks, Patios or Screen Porches

Atlanta is a patio city, year-round, so many of our clients consider porch additions to be a worthwhile investment. Part of the appeal of our town is the occasional January day in the 60’s and 70’s – and here, “summer weather” is basically May through October! Tenants in Atlanta see value in having an outdoor space to lounge in; especially in bustling neighborhoods like VaHi, Inman Park, and Decatur.

Creating a Laundry Room

Renters love laundry rooms for the same reasons you do! It’s nice to have a designated area to do this frequent and important chore. Plus, a laundry room with built-in storage can also serve as a mudroom, as storage for off-season clothes, and as a place for a stash of household products like toilet paper and toothpaste. Plus, in a rental market filled with stackable washers and dryers jammed thoughtlessly into a hallway closet, a laundry room will help your rental property stand out.

Converting a Bonus Room into a Bathroom

Roommates, couples, and families alike will appreciate the opportunity to each have their own bathroom. If your new investment property comes with an extra bedroom or office, consider converting it into a desirable bathroom (and perhaps devoting some space to a large closet, too!). Home ReBuilders can work with you to create the overall design plan and then complete all the work, including taking measurements, ordering cabinets and fixtures, and getting everything installed and looking beautiful.

Configuring an Open Floorplan

Many renters would love a home in which they can entertain! Home ReBuilders can help knock down walls so that multiple chefs can fit in the kitchen, guests can chat and mingle in the kitchen while renters put the finishing touches on dinner, and parents can watch their children playing in the living room while cooking. The end result is a floorplan that’s easier and more desirable for renters, and likely to be more profitable for you!

Go ahead and take the leap into the world of income property. With Home ReBuilders’ team of design build experts by your side, you’ll be a landlord in no time!

 

 

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Atlanta Design Trend Update!

Tile Trend: Oversized Porcelain Sheets

10 years ago, granite was all the rage. Now, home buyers and renovators have moved beyond basic granite! The newest Atlanta design trend? Oversized porcelain tile sheets. Only ¼ thick, this tile can be used as a wall cover for your bathroom remodel or kitchen renovation. Here are just a few reasons why this big product is making an equally big impact in many Home Rebuilders homes!

 

Goodbye, Grout! Are you sick of scrubbing your grimy grout – or watching it get discolored over time? Flat-sheet porcelain tile removes the problem entirely. It’s a lifesaver in any area that’s susceptible to moisture and dirt – especially bathtubs and kitchen backsplashes! Plus, one flat sheet of material means there are no unsightly seams.

Natural Beauty: Man-made porcelain tiles that are designed to look like natural materials give you the best of both worlds: the durability of a modern product, with the calming aesthetic of nature. Neutral stone hues, as well as funkier gemstone-inspired options, allow you to take the best of the outdoors right inside your home. Try pairing porcelain tile sheets with other nature-inspired materials, like bamboo accessories or live houseplants, for a tranquil, Zen vibe indoors.

Modern Mood: In the days of magical tidying and minimalism, more and more people are discovering the joys of a modern home design. Porcelain sheets impart a clean, clutter-free appearance – while still looking enough like traditional granite for those who aren’t total minimalist converts.

 

No Stains, No Pains. Marble has become a stylish choice for kitchens and bathrooms, but it’s porous – which means it can get stained and discolored easily. Just a few spilled drops of wine can sink into the surface and stubbornly refuse to come out. That’s why many people choose veined or darker-colored marble in an attempt to hide these inevitable stains! For a cheaper price than marble (and about the same price as granite), porcelain is easy to care for and a lot more stain-resistant. Save yourself a whole lot of hassle and a little bit of money, too!

Oversized porcelain tile is quickly becoming a top trend among our home repair projects, and for good reason! If you decide to take the plunge, you’ll need to use a certified installer. Home Builders’ team of design build experts can help with that, and more! We’ll work with you to plan your design; take measurements to make sure your oversized piece will fit through your doors; handle ordering, transport, and installation; and help with any other renovation needs you might have.

Buying a Fixer-Upper

New Home, New Projects

Welcome home! You’ve signed the papers, gotten the keys, and now the home you’ve been dreaming of is all yours. As lovely as your new abode may be, most homeowners can think of a few projects that they’d like to tackle in their new space. If you’re like many homebuyers, you might have intentionally purchased a fixer-upper that needs a lot of work in hopes of taking on a cost-saving, dramatic whole house renovation. Whether your “to-fix” list is big or small, Home ReBuilders’ Atlanta design build team is here to help. Here are a few of the most common requests we hear from new homebuyers:

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Transform the Bath

Peeling wallpaper, old grout, and 80’s-chic fixtures…is your new home’s bathroom a little less glamorous than you’d hoped for? A bath remodel can be a great way to pack a lot of impact into a small space and start life in your new home with a fresh slate. Today’s bathrooms are open and airy, with modern touches and thoughtfully designed storage that turn getting ready for the day into a relaxing experience. We can help you choose durable, high-quality materials that won’t break the bank and work with you to find custom solutions for your home’s layout.

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Finish the Basement

Finishing your new basement is a great way to add value to your house while also creating more useable space for your family to enjoy. Let Home ReBuilders help you determine the right layout, flooring, paint colors, fixtures, lighting, and finishing touches for your dream basement. You could also consider an attic conversion to make the most of your home’s square footage and vertical space. If you’ve been debating about going up vs. going out when it comes to your home design, let our team show you how fun and economical it can be to finish out an existing attic or basement space!

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Tear Down that Wall!

Older homes are notoriously closed-off. If your new home feels a little claustrophobic, consider opening up some walls to create a more natural flow. Imagine watching your little ones play in the living room while you cook dinner, or hosting a dozen guests for a dinner party in your expansive kitchen that spills over into the living room. Taking down walls is a major project that requires a trained professional, and Home ReBuilders’ team of remodeling contractors can handle the whole process – from permit approval to drywall disposal, and everything in between.

The best part about renovating your new home soon after you move into it is that you’ll have years – perhaps even decades – to enjoy and show off your customized space!

 

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Remodeling to Improve Daily Chaos

Parenthood: noun | par·ent·hood | \ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d\: An exhausting state of life when escaping for a few minutes of peace and quiet is a luxury.

 While it’s typically the smallest room in your home, your humble bathroom is responsible for some of the most critical parts for your day. The bathroom is where you get ready for work and prepare for a big presentation. It’s where you can enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet in the shower after a long day of wrangling the kids for errands and activities. It’s where we prepare the best versions of ourselves for the world to see – and it’s also where we shed our outer personas, cleaning off our makeup and hair products and spending some time with our natural selves. If you live in a busy, chaotic household with little ones leaving their toys and sticky fingers on every surface, a master bath might very well be the only place where you and your partner can truly retreat from the world. In that case, why not make your bathroom as relaxing, beautiful, and comfortable as possible?

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A bath remodel – or a master suite addition – is a great way to create your very own oasis at home. If you’re already spending money on relaxation techniques like massages, spa visits, or yoga classes, a bath remodel could very well be a cost-saving measure over the long term! And if you’re not engaging in any of those relaxation techniques, then you might need a spa-like bathroom even more. Home ReBuilders’ team of design build experts can remodel your existing space or work on additions if needed. Because we guide clients through the entire process and use our own in-house designers, architects, and remodeling contractors, your home design will be completed without the miscommunications and delays that are unfortunately common in many renovation projects.

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Here are just a few of the luxurious, indulgent, and totally worth-it projects that your bath remodel could include:

-Create a dual-sink vanity so you and your partner don’t have to fight for mirror or cabinet space

-Build a separate space (with a closing door!) for the toilet, keeping it away from from your bath and shower areas

-Install a huge soaker tub, perfect for relaxing in after a long day – or build a beautiful quartz bench in your shower for a moment of rest while you suds up

-Add a linen closet to create more storage and keep household essentials on-hand

-Incorporate luxurious touches – including beautiful floors, tile work, new fixtures, and even a steam shower, or additional shower nozzles!

Whether you’re envisioning your bathroom as an airy, open spa or a quirky retreat with charm and style, Home ReBuilders can help make the lowly bathroom your new favorite room!

From Toilets to Tile: Bathroom Renovations

The humble bathroom is perhaps one of the most underrated rooms in your home. A well-thought-out bathroom can punch a lot of style and comfort into one of the smallest rooms in your house! It’s also a savvy place to invest your renovation dollars – if you’re ever in the market to sell, Atlanta bathroom remodels are known to provide a fantastic return on investment. 

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As with any renovation, it can be difficult to know where to start with your bathroom. There are so many options and materials to work with, and so many different areas of a bathroom that can be customized. You want to make sure that your renovation will be worth the time and funds, and that you’re not just flushing money down the toilet.

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Your Atlanta bathroom renovation could include:

• Layout reconfiguration or expanding the size of your bathroom

• Flooring

• Vanities, including drawers and doors, sinks, hardware, faucets, and countertops

• Toilets

•  Mirrors and lighting

• Tub and shower work, including tile, shower fixtures, and glass

• Paint or wallpaper

• Extra touches, such as a steam shower, built-in shelving, custom storage space, crown molding, window treatments, and more. 

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Where do you start?

With so many fixtures and features to consider, designing a cohesive, functional bathroom can be daunting – but have no fear! Our Atlanta design and build experts are ready to walk you through the process from start-to-finish. Your designated Account Manager will keep your renovation on budget and help prevent any stalls, while our team of in-house designers, architects, and construction staff will collaboratively transform your wishes into work. With durable and beautiful materials for every budget, Home ReBuilders can transform any bathroom into a relaxing retreat. 

How do you budget?

We make budgeting easy. After visiting your home, hearing your needs, and consulting with you on your tastes and wishes, we’ll put together a proposal outlining a general scope of work and ballpark budget. If you have a price limit in mind, we’ll be sure to work within your parameters and give you a realistic idea of which finishes and products will work best for you. We’ll also choose long-lasting, durable materials to make sure that your investment lasts for decades to come. Need some additional help? Your Account Manager can refer you to trusted remodeling mortgage specialists that have worked with many of our customers in the past. We’ll also help outline the different financing options that might be available to you. 

Ready to take the plunge?

When you’re ready, we’re here to provide you with the easiest and most elegant bathroom renovations Atlanta has to offer. Your bathroom bliss awaits!

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Design Trends

Our friends at Houzz have compiled some ideas about trends in  residential home design. Take a look. We are fully behind some of them and have seen several hit our market place. The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today.

1. Two-tone kitchen cabinets. Keep upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions.
2. Outdoor fabric used indoors. Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly hard to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many Houzzers are bringing them inside, where their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic dining room and living room furniture, as shown here.
3. Colored stainless steel appliances. Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz. In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.  Not into the darkness? Head to the light with Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

4. Extra-large-format tile. Large-format tiles (such as 12 by 24 inches) have been making an appearance in kitchens and bathrooms for some time now, but be on the lookout for extra-large-format ones. Just how extra? Try 31 by 71 inches, like the ceramic Ann Sacks tiles shown  on a fireplace surround project by Pangaea. That’s almost 3 by 6 feet!

5. Bidets. The separate bidet unit in bathrooms never really took off in America. But since manufacturers began creating combination bidet and toilet units, like the Toto version shown here, they’ve been catching on. According to Houzz data, 5 percent of renovated master bathrooms now include bidets.

6. Deep kitchen drawers. Houzz data shows that ease of storage is the top kitchen priority during a remodel. And while deep drawers have been creeping up to replace lower kitchen cabinets for a while now, they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil under the sun, and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks.

7. Formal dining rooms. Not everyone takes the leap to turn the dining room into an office or media room. For homeowners who entertain frequently, a designated space for gathering for special meals isn’t negotiable, and they’re pouring attention into these rooms.
8. Niche appliances. Looking for a little added luxury in the kitchen? Steam ovens promise to cook food more thoroughly and healthily than microwaves; warming drawers give cooks a little wiggle room to deliver hot meals to family and guests; induction cooktops save space and are safer for homes with young kids; and kimchi refrigerators offer fans of the popular Korean condiment a chance to make their own at home.

9. Workhorse islands. Kitchen islands provide additional workspace, but they’ve taken on so much more than that. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating and more, workhorse islands are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens.
10. Statement mirrors in bathrooms. So long, medicine cabinets. Hello, statement mirrors. Think large wood-framed beauties, backlit modern marvels and ornate vintage gems that boost style in a bathroom.

11. Barely there kitchens. As kitchen layouts become more open, spatial identifiers like walls of cabinetry and full-size appliances fade away, leaving behind airy, fluid spaces that serve multiple functions while looking barely there.

 

 

12. Living rooms that ditch the tech for family. With so much screen time throughout the day and night, homeowners are looking for a calm respite where they can read a book, chat with friends and family or just sit quietly. Thus, the rise of living rooms devoid of digital distraction.
13. Kitchens that embrace openness and raw materials. The inherent simplicity in open shelves and raw materials plays a big part in the barely there kitchen we mentioned earlier. Embrace these, and the rest will follow.

 

14. Surprising backsplash and countertop pairings. You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is so boring. Instead, consider a different combination, such as a brick backsplash with concrete countertops or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block.
15. Fully decorated living rooms that don’t go overboard. How do you know when you haven’t decorated enough, or decorated too much? Designers pay attention to scale, light, function and more to strike the right balance.
16. Special kitchen features. Sometimes a kitchen needs that one special element that takes it from a useful space to a vital one. Here, a dining table on casters allows various seating arrangements for casual family meals and large parties with friends.
17.  A sunroom is a top dream space for many homeowners. Even those who don’t have the luxury of having — or adding — one are finding ways to carve out a special sun-drenched corner in their homes.
18. Punched-up white kitchens. White kitchen walls and cabinets — and even countertops in many cases — is a trend that will continue for years to come. To avoid a too-sterile look, however, many designers and homeowners are learning to punch up an all-white space with smart, colorful details through tile, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, raw materials and more.
20. Mixing modern materials in the kitchen. Looking for something a little more lively than white cabinets and granite countertops in your kitchen? Consider mixing several modern materials, finishes and colors. Here, butcher block countertops get broken up with soapstone near the stove and Carrara marble on a nearby baking station. These mix with olive-green cabinets and stainless steel appliances for an eclectic, sophisticated look.
21. Attention-seeking bedrooms. A can of paint will certainly transform the look and feel of a bedroom, but to take the sanctuary to the next level, you’re going to need bolder ideas. Here, a rustic wood wall and ceiling feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room.
22. Bathrooms that feel more like living spaces. Graphic wallpaper, ornate chandeliers and furniture-like pieces turn sterile spaces into ones that feel a lot more like home.
23. Fireplaces and fire features. New advances mean you can have all the ambiance without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen.
24. Farmhouse entryways. Stripping away the need for fancy flourishes or decor for decor’s sake, farmhouse style gets at the root of function. That’s why the style makes sense for mudrooms, where simplicity in storage and durability in materials are paramount.

Design Trends

The paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore selects a Color of the Year.  This year’s choice of Simply White OC 177 may have surprised some, but if you follow design trends you may have noticed white is having a major turn in the spotlight. Any magazine, blog or Pinterest page seems to have several projects, exclaiming the virtues of “painting it white”.

In the words of Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill, white is “timeless and transcendent. More than that, it is ubiquitous. “From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form-that’s why we chose it as our Color of the Year.”

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Now, coupled with this trend toward white, is the accompaniment of grey. It’s the palette most requested these days when our clients are looking for clean, updated and fresh. Don’t let a drab battleship grey come to mind. The choices are many and grey can be a moody green or earthy warm. Imagine coastal fogs or river stones. Coupled with white trim, you have a classic combination.

The trend toward greys is showing up heavily in our kitchen and bath department and the custom cabinet lines we carry have taken notice. The white cabinet and marble countertop will forever be timeless but for those looking to try something different, we have an incredible selection of soft greys from driftwood to pewter or moodier graphites or black. If an entire kitchen of grey cabinets feels to risky, try just an island or maybe just base cabinetry. Our staff is ready to help pull samples and provide guidance in creating a space that balances trends and timeless style for your home.

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Bath Renovation

Bathrooms are big business in the renovation world. They pack a large return on your investment and when renovated, can improve your life on a daily basis. With busy lives and the current schedule of frantic running, a peaceful space to greet the day in the morning or quietly regroup at the end of the day can be priceless. Now priceless is a relative term as bath renovations are the most expensive spaces per square foot.

Tile installation is a messy job and a trade that requires true craftsmanship. The material itself can be costly and the quantities can be large, floor to shower or tub walls and sometime wall waincotting. Tile material can be a basic and classic mosaic sheet of ceramic or 6″ x 6″ tile and run $5.00 a square foot. Or tile can be handmade and imported with pattern and texture and cost $50.00 a square foot. The greater the detail in pattern and multiple trim pieces and edges can increase your tile labor.

Plumbing, toilets, faucets, tubs, etc. are also costly investments. Again, the range in product is almost infinite and finishes and availability can impact cost. Are you interested in a large soaking tub or maybe a spacious shower with multiple shower heads or a hand held sprayer? Do you like the easy of a single lever faucet or do you like the style of a classic hot and cold lever?

A bathroom also is asked to work hard and smart in its storage capacity. Towels, bathrobes, paper products, and all manner of lotion, soap and beauty supply need to be accommodated. Often a laundry hamper is housed in a bath. Sometimes televisions are wall mounted and hairdryers or curling irons need a hidden outlet, within reach but out of sight. One of the best design tricks is to install an electrical outlet in a medicine cabinet, easy with some preplanning. Now you have a spot, out of the way, to charge and store electric razors or toothbrushes.

Our kitchen and bath specialist is on duty at the office. She knows her way around space planning and can guide in material selection.

Choosing Paint Colors

When you are undertaking a renovation, whether large or small, there are so many decisions and details to attend to. One of the design selections clients often defer until the very end of a renovation is paint colors. Choosing just the right color for your home can make all the difference in your final result. A misstep on paint can make a terrific renovation and space look less than its best. Here are some tips on paint selection. Our designers are always available for consultation.

It’s difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall from a small paint chip, so many manufacturers offer sample containers of their colors. Depending on the manufacturer, you can buy sample containers in quarts, pints or even smaller sizes, and they range in price from $3 to $8. They’re a wise investment that will prevent you from wasting money on a color that isn’t right. And because colors can change dramatically under different lighting conditions, instead of rolling the sample onto the wall, roll it onto white bristol or tagboard. You’ll be able to move the sample around and view it under all the different lighting conditions in your home.

Paint companies have gone to a lot of trouble grouping colors into “families” and “collections” and “concepts” and “schemes.” Basically, these are combinations of complementary colors that may not occur to you until you see how well they work together. Take advantage of all the research already done for you by color experts. Find brochures at paint stores and go online to paint manufacturer websites, houzz.com and Pinterest, where you’ll find hundreds of examples of interior and exterior paint color combinations.

Base your color choice on the permanent furnishings in the room or the features on the exterior of your home. Inside, the flooring, rugs, artwork, blinds and upholstery will suggest a color direction. Outside, factory-finished materials like the roof, gutters, fascia, soffits and brickwork are existing elements whose colors rarely change but should play a role in determining your paint colors. The landscaping is another important factor. Select colors that fit in with the surrounding palette. If you have brilliant-colored spring-blooming trees or a sea of green foundation plantings, choose colors that will complement them.

Because ceilings are seen in shadow, the color often appears darker than the same paint on walls. If you want the ceiling to match the wall color, buy ceiling paint one or two shades lighter than the wall color. Or instead of buying another gallon of a lighter shade, save money by diluting the wall color you have with 50 percent white paint.

When you choose a color, you have to choose its sheen, too. Most paint companies offer flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss as options. Glossier finishes offer greater durability and are easier to clean, but they emphasize any wall imperfections. Flat paint will do a much better job of hiding imperfections, but it’s easier to damage than high-gloss. Flat finishes are generally best for ceilings and low-traffic areas like living and dining rooms. Glossier finishes can withstand moisture and grease so they’re good for trim and cabinets and high-traffic rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. If you love the way flat wall paint looks but you wish it were more durable, try mixing it 50/50 with eggshell paint. The paint will still offer a non-reflective look, but the eggshell will add some durability to the finish.

For the best results, spend at least $40 to $50 per gallon of paint. Paint is made of solvents, pigments and resins. Better-quality paint will be more concentrated with finer pigments and higher-grade resins, so the final product will have a more even color and durable finish. It’s tempting to try to save money up front, but better coverage ultimately means fewer coats and less paint to buy. Even reputable brands have a range of paint qualities within their product lines, so do your homework and buy the best you can afford.