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How Home Staging With Paint Boosts Property Value and Sales

When it comes to selling a home, first impressions matter. Homeowners and real estate agents understand the significance of presenting a property in its best light to attract potential buyers. One powerful and cost-effective way to elevate a home’s appeal is through strategic home staging with paint. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the secrets of how professional house painting can boost property value and expedite sales, turning houses into irresistible homes for buyers.

The Art of First Impressions: Enhancing Curb Appeal

The moment a potential buyer sets eyes on a property, they form an immediate impression. This initial judgment can influence their decision-making process throughout the home tour. A freshly painted exterior can work wonders for curb appeal, instantly enhancing the visual appeal of a house. Crisp and well-maintained paintwork suggests that the property is cared for and ready for its new occupants. Neutral and inviting color choices are particularly effective, as they allow buyers to envision their personal style within the space.

Creating a Blank Canvas: The Power of Neutral Tones

As buyers step into a home, they often seek a space they can envision as their own. Bold or personalized colors may not align with their preferences, potentially turning them away. Here’s where neutral tones come into play. Painting interior walls with soft, neutral colors provides a blank canvas that allows potential buyers to imagine how they would arrange furniture and decorate the space to their taste. Neutral colors also create a sense of spaciousness, making rooms appear larger and more welcoming.

Highlighting Architectural Features

Every home possesses unique architectural features that deserve to be accentuated. Painting can be a strategic tool in drawing attention to these distinctive elements. Consider using complementary colors to highlight crown molding, archways, or wainscoting, adding character and charm to the overall presentation. This attention to detail can significantly impact a buyer’s perception of the property’s value.

Bidding Farewell to Wear and Tear

Over time, walls may show signs of wear and tear, such as scuff marks, cracks, or stains. Refreshing the paint can work wonders in making a home appear well-maintained and cared for, erasing the traces of daily living. A flawless paint job can create a feeling of newness, giving potential buyers confidence in the property’s overall condition.

Embracing Light and Bright Spaces

Natural light is a highly sought-after feature in any home. Painting rooms in light and bright colors can amplify the effect of natural light, making spaces feel airy and inviting. Opt for soft whites, pale yellows, or light grays to maximize the luminosity of the rooms. Bright spaces exude positivity and make potential buyers feel instantly at ease.

Transforming Dated Spaces into Modern Retreats

In some cases, a home might have a unique layout or outdated features that buyers find challenging to envision fitting their contemporary lifestyle. With a touch of paint, these spaces can be transformed into modern retreats. Consider painting outdated kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of white or a trendy color to give the heart of the home a revitalized appearance. Similarly, older bathrooms can be rejuvenated with soothing, spa-like colors to appeal to potential buyers’ desire for a relaxing haven.

Harmonizing the Flow: The Magic of Color Schemes

A well-coordinated color scheme throughout the home can create a harmonious flow from one room to another. When considering a home staging project, focus on selecting colors that complement each other. Strive for continuity and cohesion, allowing potential buyers to appreciate the home as a cohesive living space rather than a disjointed collection of rooms.

Market trends in home design and decor evolve over time. To appeal to a broader range of buyers, consider integrating trendy colors into the staging process. Do research on popular color palettes and design styles that resonate with current homebuyers. By staying up-to-date with trends, the property becomes more relevant and attractive in the competitive real estate market.

A Final Flourish: Detailing and Finishing Touches

Once the main areas have been painted, don’t forget the finishing touches. Pay attention to doors, baseboards, and trim, as they contribute to the overall visual impact. Ensure these elements are in pristine condition, as they can influence a buyer’s perception of the home’s overall quality.

Professional vs. DIY Painting: The Importance of Quality

While DIY painting can be tempting to save on costs, the quality of the paint job can make a significant difference. Hiring professional painters ensures a flawless and precise finish, increasing the overall appeal of the property. Additionally, professionals can offer valuable advice on color choices and trends that align with the target audience.

Elevate Your Property’s Appeal with D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we are dedicated to transforming your property into a captivating and market-ready home. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, our expert team knows the secret to enhancing your property’s appeal through expert painting services.

Our skilled painters take pride in delivering flawless execution, highlighting your property’s unique architectural features and maximizing its curb appeal. Whether it’s an elegant vintage residence or a modern urban home, we curate tailored color palettes that resonate with potential buyers and create a lasting impression.

Understanding that every property holds its own charm, we offer personalized solutions that align with your vision for your home. Our commitment to attention to detail ensures seamless transitions from room to room, capturing the essence of your property’s distinct character.

Call us now at (847) 349-4112 to get started.

Repainting White Trim!

If you are like many homes in our area, you have white trim in your home. After several years, one thing you will start seeing is gaps, in holes and wear and tear that make that white paint look pretty bad. The question is What do I need to do before Repainting White Trim?

Good day everyone, I am David with Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper here in Huntley, IL, with todays question from a home owner in Elgin, IL where we are repainting the entire home. Someone painted the trim white in my house and it looks like crap- how do you fix it? How do you get the trim ready to repaint it white?

Clean surfaces before you paint them!

The biggest problem with repainting anything is when the surfaces are not cleaned.

We are just going to use a wet rag, to wipe the surfaces down, dusting alone is not enough as there are typically other types of dirt or residue that the vacuum alone will not clean away.

You can use a cleaner, but just use something that is safe to paint. Do not leave oil residue and not leaving it wet! (Vinegar and water are the best)

Recaulking painted trim

For most homes, painted white trim will start to have gaps or crack in them as they wear. The wood trim will also expand and contract depending on the seasons which can affect the seams and appearances of gaps.

If there is caulk there already and it is bulging out or peeling, you need to clean that away, cut it out, pull it out etc. If the caulk is in good condition, not peeling etc, then you may just have an area where it was not caulked very well or it shrank.

Once the old caulk is removed, then you can start re caulking those gaps. We use elastomeric caulk, which has some adhesive properties in it but more importantly, it will expand and contract to help not bring gaps back.

painted white trim-caulked and ready for paint

Filling Nail holes in painted trim

When trim is painted white (or any other color) the nail holes either were filled. Hope fully you do not have a case where someone tried to fill the holes. I say try cause the really bad attempts result in the cracks, gaps or bumps. It is caused from filler coming out, the holes were filled but never sanded, or there will be crescent moon shape gaps in the trim .

What do you do 1st? Clean it. If you have holes to fill fill them using a spackle or wood filler. Just make sure you sand smooth, then spot-prime those areas where you filled holes. Finally, you can paint!

Type of paint to use for painting trim

This can be a loaded question, so I will just answer it as to what we use. We primarily use Sherwin Williams Proclassic semi-gloss paint. We have also used Emerald Urethane paint as well. Both are good, sheen and time is why we pick one product over the other. Each has a different sheen level when dry, and pro classic dries fast!

Should I paint my trim using a brush or spray my trim?

This will be a matter of preference. (for the most part) Sprayed trim just looks awesome. Spraying trim also means you are committed to covering everything in your home, having dust, debris and smell longer. Trim that has been sprayed looks and feels exactly as you think it should- smooth and shiny!

Painting your trim with a brush is fine. More times than not, you will see brush or roller marks, it take a long period of time to do and you typically need 2 coats.

There really is no wrong or right in this. It really comes down to how much time you have, the tools you have, what you want it to look like, and budget. (spraying will cost more)

How can we help you with your painting?

This question was from a job site in Elgin. We are working in Huntley, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, and Pingree Grove over the next few weeks. You may have a question about your Painting project. Let us know how we can help or get your question answered.

Common Problems why Paint Does not Match Swatch Colors

You are getting ready to paint your house. On the way home you went to the paint store to get paint swatches of colors you like. To make sure you like the colors, you bought sample quarts and painted your walls. When the paint dries- What the Heck! The Paint does not match the swatch Colors!

Hey Everyone- David at Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper here in Huntley, IL. Helping you with your questions on painting and wallpaper. This question was also our problem last week. As we were painting a house in Huntley, Painting in Pingree grove and Painitng in Barrington, we had 3 separate jobs where the paint and paint swatch were off. So lets look at why and what you can do to make sure it does happen to you! We are takig a peek at the 2 brand we use the most, Sherwin Willliams and Benjamin Moore.

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Reasons paint colors may be wrong- Benjamin Moore

Let’s start with Benjamin Moore. We do use this paint, but as needed or when requested. Our reasons have been cost, locations and issues with color. They have great paint and colors. We are just tired of dealing with issues that cost us time and money. So – we have found that:

  • BM colors are printed. (most are) These are printed in different areas of the country. So with different printers come different colors. There doesn’t seem to be any standard color verification process to verify color from location to location, or from different runs/years. Which means you can have color 1 from 3 different printers. They are dispursed at dozens of different stores- giving you a variation in color form store to store.
  • Paint bases and Paint tints change every 2 years or so. If the paint swatches have not been updated or you have old fand decks- the color may be different
  • proprietary colors. Each paint company has colors they pride themselves on. These paints are made by using, a base and tints that other companies do not use. For example, if BEhr uses black tints and SHerwin uses black tint the colors should match. But if one of these do not use black but use other colors to get black- the paint color will never match.
  • matching chips vs computer match. This gets to the paint swatches again- if a swatch is being used to make or have the paint matched too- at store A, but store B uses the computer formula- there will be a difference.
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Problems with wrong colors – Sherwin Williams

By and far the most common problem with paint colors being wrong is older or outdated paint chips. Next would be name or color spelled wrong. Lastly, it is trying to make a competitors color.

There are certain colors, that just cannot be made from one brand to another. Using a swatch to verify the color you want is the best method to make sure this issue does not happen to you! Paint stores with experience and good reps will just tell you that up front. These people will let you know up front- it will not match or be off by “x” percent.

We have been using Sherwin for some time now and we have had very little (zero) issues with colors being wrong due to swatch or color matches. Im not 100% sure why, but they seem to be more systematized which helps reduce these issues taking human error out of the equation. AGAIN.. best way to make sure this does not happen is to have the paint swatch in hand use it to verify color you want.

Other top reasons paint colors do not match

Some of these reasons may be the same as above. We just want to make sure you know what we know to be better informed.

  • To be 100% fair across the board- every paint maker will tell you color from swatch to paint can vary 1-3%.
  • old paint swatches. Paints ae updated often. New tints, new base formulas from year to year change the coloration
  • human error. Did you know that people with blue and brown eyes see color differently? With that in mind- your color may look different because of eye color!
  • lighting affects colors. Different light makes color look different. Time of day the sun will shift color appearance. Fluorescent vs LED will make a difference.
  • Reflection. As you paint, reflection will matter. If you have a lot of green trees outside your window, that green will refect in your home, affecting the color. Have you ever painted red? the red turns white paint colors pint because of reflection!
  • Sheen. the sheen of paint will change how colors appear as well. (this is a issues with swatches more than anything else)

How to make sure your paint colors are correct.

Lets list this one out…

  • give your painter a list of name and number of colors you want
  • if you have paint swatches- take them to store or give them to the painter so the color can be matched
  • make sure you have the most up to date color swatches
  • hire a designer to do the work for you!

HAve other questions about painting- let us know how we can help!

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Using Wallpaper and Paint together

Have you ever walked into a room and felt an instant sense of peace? We have been told that One of the secrets behind creating cozy space lies in using wallpaper and paint together . By pairing these two elements, you can transform any room into a space you will enjoy! . 

So lets see some ideas for effectively using wallpaper and paint together!

1st let’s talk about Color Relationships

Before we jump into pairing wallpaper and paint, let’s take a moment to understand the basics of color theory and its relevance to creating visually pleasing combinations. Color theory is the study of how colors interact with one another and the impact they have on our emotions and perceptions. By harnessing the power of color relationships, we can create a harmonious visual experience. (sounds good right- well that is because we have several great designners we work with)

Complementary colors are positioned opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange or green and red. They create a striking contrast that can infuse energy into a space. 

Analogous colors, on the other hand, are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange. These combinations offer a more soothing and unified effect. Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades and tints of a single color, creating a sense of depth and subtlety.

When pairing wallpaper and paint, it is crucial to consider the undertones of both colors. Undertones are subtle hints of color within a hue. For example, a beige wallpaper may have warm undertones of yellow or cool undertones of gray. Understanding undertones helps ensure that your wallpaper and paint colors are compatible and create a cohesive look.

Wallpaper as the Focal Point

Wallpaper can steal the show and set the tone and style for an entire room. When choosing a wallpaper pattern or design, it’s important to think about the overall look you want to achieve. Do you prefer a traditional, contemporary, or eclectic vibe? By aligning the wallpaper with your desired style, you can create a solid foundation for the room.

There are many different wallpaper styles and textures. From Floral or damask patterns to grasscloth textures each us unique and can be paired with complementary or monochromatic paint colors to really pop. If you’re into a modern and bold atmosphere, geometric or abstract designs can be combined with contrasting paint colors to make a batman BAM statement. The key is to find a balance between the wallpaper and paint, what you like and then allowing them to complement each other.

See a commercial wallpaper installed in akitchen here:https://youtu.be/KNveoAPHDNI?si=MPc6VykzdfQLSInt

When selecting wallpaper, we typically send people to JC licht stores or use one of the designer we have partnered with. They get you in the right direction!

Choosing Paint Colors

When selecting paint colors to accompany your chosen wallpaper, there are several factors to consider. Undertones play a vital role in achieving a cohesive and visually pleasing result. You want the undertones of the wallpaper and paint to harmonize rather than clash. To ensure compatibility, pay attention to the warm or cool undertones present in each color and seek a balance between them.

If your wallpaper has warm undertones, consider selecting a paint color with cool undertones from the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, a wallpaper with warm shades of red can be complemented by a paint color with cool blue undertones. This pairing creates a vibrant and balanced look.

By selecting paint colors within the same color family as the wallpaper, you create a seamless flow of hues. For instance, if your wallpaper features varying shades of blue, opt for a paint color that harmonizes with the blues, such as a soft gray or a gentle seafoam green.

If you are like me almost all of that is greek! Do they look good together- great! This is why I do not select colors. We have several designers we work with that can work with you to help select the right combinations to help you making your house a home.

Perfecting the Match: Combining Wallpaper and Paint for a Stunning Impact

Pairing wallpaper and paint is an art that can transform any room into a harmonious and visually stunning space. By understanding color relationships, considering undertones, and selecting complementary or analogous color combinations, you can create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Additionally, incorporating accent walls and achieving balance and proportion contribute to the overall success of the design. So, let your creativity flow, try different combinations, and embark on a journey to create your perfect match of wallpaper and paint for a truly enchanting space!

Experience the Difference: Trust D’Franco for Creative and Detailed Transformations

Transform your home into a harmonious and visually stunning space with our expert painting and wallpaper services. Our team understands the art of pairing wallpaper and paint, and we’re here to bring your vision to life.

With a deep understanding of color relationships and undertones, we’ll help you select the perfect combination that creates a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Whether you prefer complementary contrasts that infuse energy or analogous blends that evoke tranquility, we have the expertise to make it happen.

Trust us to bring our creativity and attention to detail to your project. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today and let the transformation begin!

Call us at (847) 349-4112 for a free estimate.

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Wallpaper Vs Paint: Your Ultimate Guide

Planning to refresh your home’s look? The choice and /or wallpaper and paint is tricky, especially if you’re thinking of investing in professional house painting or residential wallpaper installation. This decision shapes the look and feel of your space in big ways. I hope we can shed some light on this topic for you based on our experience as painters and wallpaper installers. We will share the pros and cons of both options, and get tips on durability, budget, and even eco-friendliness. So if you’re on the fence about wallpaper versus paint, lets see if we can help! .

The Case for Wallpaper in your home or business

Why wallpaper? First off, the design options are nearly endless. Whether you’re a fan of florals, geometric shapes, or even custom artwork, there’s a wallpaper out there for you. The variety of patterns, colors, and textures can set the mood and theme of a room in an instant.

Another big plus is the depth it can add. Unlike paint, some wallpapers come with textured designs. This texture creates layers of depth that can make a room feel more spacious and luxurious. If you’re looking to add some personality and flair to your living space, wallpaper has got you covered.

High-quality wallpaper is also a durable choice. Some modern wallpapers are designed to be scratch-resistant and easy to clean. That means your stylish walls can look new for years, even in homes with kids or pets. Commercial wallpaper is meant to last for 10-20 years! (go to a doctors office and you will see what 20 year old wallpaper looks like lol)

Lastly, wallpapers can serve more than just a decorative purpose. Some come with added features like soundproofing or thermal insulation, making your home not just beautiful, but also more functional.

The Case for Paint in your home and business

So, why should you choose paint? One word: versatility. Paint offers a rainbow of color options and a variety of finishes, like flat, matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. This means you get to be the master of your space, choosing a vibe that matches your personal style. Whether you’re after a soft pastel bedroom or a vibrant living room, paint allows you the freedom to make it happen.

Paint excels in creating a clean, cohesive look. It’s ideal for minimalists who love open, uncluttered spaces. Without patterns or textures to break it up, a painted wall offers a smooth backdrop. This makes it easier to plan decor and furniture around, essentially turning your room into a blank canvas to fill as you please.

Ease of application is another big win for paint. Unlike wallpaper, which can be tricky to align and adhere, paint is pretty straightforward. All you need are some basic tools and perhaps a weekend to transform your space. And if you ever make a mistake? Just paint over it!

When it comes to your budget, paint usually wins. The upfront costs for paint and supplies are generally lower than those for wallpaper and installation. Plus, if you’re a DIY person, you can save even more by painting the walls yourself.

Comparing Durability and Maintenance

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of long-term care: durability and maintenance. Both wallpaper and paint have strong points and weak points. Knowing what to expect can help you make a choice that suits your lifestyle.


A high-quality wallpaper can be like that durable toy you had as a kid—it can last for years, or even decades! However, durability is often linked to quality, so be prepared to invest a little more for a wallpaper that goes the distance.

But what about upkeep? Wallpaper, especially the textured or patterned kinds, can be a challenge to clean. Think about it: spilled spaghetti sauce or crayon marks from a toddler can turn into a major cleaning project. You can’t simply wipe it off or touch it up with a dab of more wallpaper.

Moreover, if it gets torn or starts peeling, you’re looking at some detailed repair work or a full replacement of the damaged section. So, while it has a long life, it does require careful handling.


One of the big pros of paint is how easy it is to maintain. Got a scuff or a stain? A simple touch-up can make it look brand new. Paint is forgiving like that; you can clean it easily and even scrub it if you opted for a washable finish.

However, paint isn’t a forever solution. In high-traffic areas like hallways or kitchens, you might notice wear and tear sooner than you’d like. The color can fade, and scratches or dings can appear, which means you might be repainting every few years.

In essence, paint offers the ease of maintenance but may demand more frequent updates, especially in busy parts of your home.

By knowing what to expect in terms of durability and maintenance from wallpaper versus paint, you can make a more informed decision. Whether you prioritize longevity or easy upkeep can help tip the scales in favor of one option over the other.

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Cost Considerations

When it comes to home decor, your budget plays a big role. It’s like shopping for a car; you have to think about both the initial price and the long-term costs. Let’s break down the budget factors for wallpaper versus paint to help you decide.


Starting with wallpaper, the initial costs can be higher. Why? Well, quality wallpaper comes with a price tag. Add in the cost of professional residential wallpaper installation, and you’re looking at a more significant upfront investment. However, there’s a silver lining. Good-quality wallpaper can last a long time—years, even decades! So, when you spread the cost over its lifespan, it might not seem that pricey after all.

But don’t forget, if your wallpaper needs repairs or if you want to change the design down the road, it could add to your long-term costs.


On the flip side, paint is generally easier on the wallet initially. You can even make it a DIY project to save on labor costs. Paint, brushes, and rollers don’t usually break the bank. But here’s the catch: you might find yourself repainting more often than you’d replace wallpaper, especially in areas that get a lot of action like kitchens and hallways. That means buying new paint and spending time or money on the application. So, while it’s cheaper upfront, the long-term costs can add up if you find yourself redoing it every few years.

In summary, wallpaper might have a higher initial cost but offers durability, while paint is more budget-friendly at first but may require more upkeep and reapplications. So, think about both your short-term and long-term budget when making your choice between wallpaper versus paint. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you and your wallet.

Which Looks Better for Your Space?

The way a room looks and feels can really affect your mood. That’s why the visual impact of wallpaper versus paint is super important. Let’s dig a little deeper into how each one shapes the atmosphere of a room.


Wallpaper has the power to take you places—whether it’s a cozy country cottage or a sleek, modern loft. With the variety of patterns, textures, and colors available, wallpaper creates a distinct mood right away. Want to make a room feel bigger? Choose a wallpaper with vertical stripes. Want to add a sense of luxury? Go for a textured wallpaper, like one with velvet or silk elements.

Wallpaper allows for bold, unique design choices. You can pick a detailed mural for an accent wall, or opt for a subtle pattern that adds depth and texture without overpowering the room. So, if you’re all about making a strong design statement, wallpaper is your friend.


If wallpaper is like a bold fashion statement, then paint is the classic little black dress—elegant, timeless, and always in style. Paint offers a more subdued beauty that complements other design elements in the room. You have a wide array of color options, from muted pastels to vibrant shades. You also get to pick the finish, whether you like it matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss.

One of the best things about paint is its ability to create a cohesive, harmonious look. You can easily match the wall color with your furniture, curtains, and other decor. Plus, paint allows you to experiment with techniques like color blocking or faux finishes for added visual interest.

At the end of the day, your choice between wallpaper versus paint boils down to your personal design style. Either way, both options offer their own unique aesthetic perks. It’s all about what speaks to you!

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Practicality and Room Usage

It’s not just about looks; you also have to think about where and how you’ll be using either wallpaper or paint. Every room in your home serves a purpose and has its own set of challenges. Here’s what to consider:


Wallpaper brings a lot of style to a room, but it’s not ideal for every space. Take bathrooms, for example. They get steamy and damp, which isn’t great for wallpaper. It can start to peel over time in humid conditions. Similarly, you might want to think twice about using wallpaper in a kitchen where it could be exposed to grease and food splatters.

However, wallpaper shines in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining areas—basically, spaces where you want to create a unique atmosphere. It’s also a good fit for low-traffic areas like a guest room or study, where it won’t suffer much wear and tear.


On the other hand, paint is pretty versatile. It can go just about anywhere, from your living room to your bathroom. Paint is especially useful in high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases. Why? Because it’s easy to clean and touch up. You can simply wipe down scuffs or marks. If you need to, you can even do a quick repaint of a section without much hassle.

In places prone to moisture like bathrooms or basements, you can choose specialized paints that resist mold and mildew. And let’s not forget kitchens; a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint finish is easy to clean, making it a smart choice for walls that might get a bit greasy or splattered.

So, when you’re picking between wallpaper versus paint, think about the room’s purpose and what you’ll be doing there. Is it a busy area? Is it damp? Answering these questions will help you make a choice that’s not just pretty, but also practical.

Sustainability and Environmental Factors

Going green is more than just a trend; it’s a responsibility we all share. When you’re deciding between wallpaper versus paint, you can also consider their impact on the environment. Let’s break it down:


Many brands offer wallpaper made from recycled or renewable resources. You can even find options that use water-based inks and adhesives. But, remember to do your homework. Check out the brand’s practices and how they source their materials.

Disposal is another thing to think about. Some wallpapers can be recycled, but others can’t. Again, this depends on the materials used and whether they include any non-recyclable components like certain adhesives or finishes.


As for paint, there are eco-friendly choices too. Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero-VOC paints are better for both your health and the planet. VOCs are chemicals that can pollute the air inside your home. They’re also not great for the environment. So, look for paints labeled as low-VOC or zero-VOC for a greener choice.

When it’s time to get rid of leftover paint, don’t just toss it in the trash. Many local recycling programs accept paint. Some even take it for free and recycle it into new paint or use it for waste energy. If you live in Elgin, IL, you can easily dispose of leftover paint through the At Your Door service.

So, whether you’re leaning towards wallpaper or paint, you have green options. Just be sure to read labels, ask questions, and think about the long-term effects. Making an eco-friendly choice doesn’t just help you; it helps our planet too.


In the end, choosing between wallpaper versus paint is all about what fits you best. No matter your choice, it will shape the look and feel of your space for years to come. Consider what you like, weigh the costs, and think about how the room will be used. Taking these factors into account will help you make a decision that suits both your style and practical needs.

Need more help? Reach out to D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper for a free consultation. Call us at (847) 349-4112 today and we’ll help you explore your options to find the perfect match for your space.

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Different Interior Paint Types: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to transforming the look and feel of your living space, few things have as much impact as the paint on your walls. The choice of interior house paint can define the ambiance, set the mood, and even affect your daily well-being. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the different interior paint types available so you can make an informed and confident choice. From the subtle elegance of matte finishes to the high sheen of gloss paints, we’ll help you navigate the vast spectrum of options.

Understanding Interior Paint Types

Before we dive into specific paint types, let’s take a moment to appreciate the significance of choosing the right one. The type of paint you select can have a profound impact on the final appearance and durability of your walls. Whether you’re embarking on a DIY project or consulting a professional, understanding these paint types is key to achieving your desired results.

1. Latex Paint

Latex paint is a popular choice for interior walls, and for good reason. It’s easy to work with, dries quickly, and emits minimal odor. These qualities make it an ideal choice for spaces like living rooms, bedrooms, and even ceilings. Latex paint comes in a variety of finishes, from flat to high-gloss, allowing you to achieve different looks within your space.

2. Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint is known for its durability and excellent adhesion. It’s particularly well-suited for surfaces that require extra protection, such as woodwork or areas prone to high moisture. However, it’s worth noting that oil-based paints have a longer drying time and a stronger odor during application. This type of paint demands adequate ventilation and careful handling.

3. Matte Paint

Matte finish paint is one of the favorite interior paint types of those looking to have a non-reflective, smooth appearance on their walls. It excels at hiding imperfections and is often used in low-traffic areas. If your walls have slight texture variations or if you prefer a subdued look, matte paint is an excellent choice.

4. Satin Paint

Satin finish paint strikes a balance between matte and gloss. It offers a slight sheen while remaining easy to clean, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. The subtle shine of satin paint can elevate the elegance of any space, and its durability ensures long-lasting beauty.

5. Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss paint is prized for its reflective surface and washability. It’s often chosen for doors, trim, and cabinets where frequent cleaning is necessary. This type of paint adds a touch of sophistication to any room, making it a popular choice for both residential and commercial spaces.

6. Eggshell Paint

Eggshell finish paint offers a subtle sheen that strikes a balance between matte and satin. It’s known for its ease of cleaning, making it one of the preferred interior paint types for living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. The slight gloss adds a touch of sophistication without overwhelming the room.

7. Gloss Paint

Gloss finish paint takes shine to the next level. It offers a high sheen that’s resistant to moisture, making it a top choice for woodwork and furniture. Gloss paint can breathe new life into tired surfaces, making them stand out with a brilliant luster.

8. Specialty Paints

In addition to the standard interior paint types, there’s a world of specialty interior paints waiting to be explored. These paints cater to unique preferences and creative endeavors:

  • Textured paint adds depth and dimension to your walls, creating visually stunning surfaces.
  • Chalk paint offers a rustic, matte finish perfect for shabby chic or vintage-inspired designs.
  • Metallic paint brings a touch of glamour and shimmer to your walls, ceilings, or furniture.

Each of these specialty paint interior paint types has its own applications and can bring a touch of artistic flair to your space.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing the perfect interior paint type goes beyond aesthetics. It involves considering several factors:

  1. Room purpose: Think about the function of the space. A home office might benefit from a soothing matte finish, while a kitchen could shine with easy-to-clean satin paint.
  2. Lighting: Natural and artificial light can significantly affect how paint colors appear. Test paint samples in different lighting conditions to ensure the desired look.
  3. Personal preferences: Don’t be afraid to experiment with color and finish, but also stay within your comfort zone. Your home should reflect your style and personality.

Final Thoughts

In interior design, the choice of paint is a powerful tool for transformation. From the understated elegance of matte paint to the dazzling brilliance of gloss, each one of these interior paint types offers a unique way to express your style and create the ambiance you desire. When selecting the perfect paint, consider the room’s purpose, lighting conditions, and, most importantly, your personal preferences. With the right paint on your walls, your space can truly become a canvas for creativity and comfort.

Revitalize Your Interiors with D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper

When it comes to rejuvenating the heart of your home – your interiors – D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper stands as your premier choice. With over two decades of experience, we have honed our craft to perfection, specializing in interior painting services that breathe new life into your living spaces.

Our team of skilled professionals understands that your home is a canvas of self-expression, and our interior painting services are designed to enhance every brushstroke of your imagination. 

Whether you envision the calming elegance of matte finish or the radiant allure of gloss, we are well-versed in the artistry of various paint types. We carefully select paints that not only resonate with your style but also withstand the test of time.

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we know that every home is unique, and so are its needs. We take the time to listen to your aspirations and create personalized interior painting plans that suit your preferences and budget.

Don’t wait to experience the magic of our interior painting expertise. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today!

Call us now at (847) 349-4112 for a free consultation.

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Kids’ Room Makeover: Creative Ideas for a Fun and Inspiring Space

The bedrooms of our children are more than just spaces where they sleep. These rooms serve as their playgrounds, study corners, and personal sanctuaries. As such, undertaking a kids’ room makeover should be a delightful blend of creativity, practicality, and expression.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for a fun and inspiring children’s room, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of imaginative ideas to help you transform these spaces into vibrant, functional, and personal retreats for your little ones.

Fun with Colors

Colors play a pivotal role in a child’s environment. They can be used to stimulate, calm, or even foster creativity. When planning your kids’ room makeover, consider the psychology of colors.

For younger children, pastel shades like peach, baby blue, or light yellow can create a peaceful atmosphere. For older kids, vibrant hues like red, orange, or royal blue can invigorate the space and reflect their energetic nature.

Remember, it’s their space – encourage your children to participate in color selection. This not only makes the process fun but also gives them a sense of ownership.

A World of Wallpapers

Wallpapers can instantly add personality and a fun element to any room. Choose a wallpaper design that resonates with your child’s interests. From sports and princesses to animals and space exploration, there are countless themes to choose from. Opt for easy-to-clean, vinyl wallpapers – they are durable and can withstand the test of adventurous little ones.

Creative Storage Solutions

To keep a child’s room tidy and organized, storage is essential. Think outside the box – storage can be fun and decorative. Use painted crates for toys, install floating shelves for books, or utilize storage bins under the bed. Customizable pegboards can also be a great way to store craft supplies.

Versatile Furniture

When choosing furniture, look for items that will grow with your child. Convertible furniture, such as a crib-to-toddler bed or a changing table that transforms into a dresser, are smart, long-term choices. Also, invest in a comfortable, age-appropriate study table and chair, as this will encourage good study habits.

Theming and Zoning

Create different zones in the room for various activities – a quiet corner for reading, a play area, and a study space. This makes the room multifunctional and teaches kids about the importance of organizing their activities.

To make the room even more personal, consider a theme for your kids’ room makeover. Themes can be based on your child’s favorite book, game, or even a dream destination. This can be reflected in the wall decor, bedding, or furniture.

Art and Creativity

Encourage your children to express themselves by dedicating a wall to their artwork. You can install a corkboard or use magnetic paint to create a changing gallery of their creations. Not only will this foster their creativity, but it will also make them feel proud and valued.


Lighting is an essential element of a kids’ room makeover. Besides the main overhead light, consider adding task lighting for the study area, a bedside lamp, or even string lights for a whimsical touch. Remember, a well-lit room is key to maintaining a cheerful atmosphere and is crucial for activities like reading and studying.

Don’t Forget the Ceiling

The ceiling is often the most overlooked part of a room. Since children spend a lot of time lying in bed, make the ceiling interesting. You could paint it a soothing color, add stick-on stars, or even use wallpaper to create a magical sky.

Crafting Wonderful Spaces for Your Kids

Remember, the best kids’ room makeover is one that reflects your child’s personality and interests while being functional and comfortable. It’s about creating a space where they can grow, learn, play, and dream.

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we understand how important this process is. Our experienced team is always ready to help you create a wonderful space for your kids. From choosing the perfect color scheme to picking the most durable wallpaper, we’re here to make your vision a reality.

Take the first step towards creating a magical space for your child today. Contact us today at (847) 349-4112 for a free estimate.

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Creating Illusions: Using Paint to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Picture this: you step into a room, only to feel instantly cramped and claustrophobic. It’s a common experience, especially when dealing with small spaces. But what if we told you that with some interior painting techniques, you could make small spaces look bigger? 

That’s right – paint has the power to create illusions of space and make even the tiniest of rooms feel larger than life. In this article, we’ll explore effective techniques and color choices that can help you achieve this magic trick.

Understanding Color Psychology

Colors have a profound impact on our perception and emotions. When it comes to small spaces, the right choice of colors can work wonders. Warm colors, such as shades of red, orange, and yellow, tend to advance visually, making objects and walls seem closer. On the other hand, cool colors like blues and greens recede, creating a sense of depth and spaciousness. Keep this in mind as we delve deeper into the art of using paint to make small spaces look bigger.

Choosing the Right Colors

Light and Neutral Tones

When aiming to create the illusion of a bigger space, light and neutral colors should be your go-to choices. These hues have a natural ability to reflect light, making a room feel open and airy. Opt for shades like soft whites, creams, pale grays, and light pastels. By using these colors on your walls, you’ll instantly brighten up the space and enhance its overall sense of expansiveness.

Monochromatic Schemes

Another effective technique is to embrace monochromatic color schemes. By sticking to different shades of the same color, you can add depth and dimension to the room. For instance, painting the walls in a light shade of blue and incorporating darker blue accents in the furnishings and decor can create a harmonious, visually appealing space.

Accent Wall Techniques

If you’re looking to add some visual interest while expanding the room, an accent wall is your ticket to design transformation. By strategically placing an accent wall, you can instantly create a sense of depth and dimension within the room, making it feel more spacious and inviting. 

Choose one wall and paint it in a contrasting color or pattern. This draws attention to the focal point and creates the perception of depth, ultimately making the room feel larger. Experiment with bold colors or eye-catching wallpapers to make a statement and amplify the illusion of spaciousness.

Strategic Painting Techniques to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

Horizontal Stripes

Horizontal stripes are a fantastic way to make a room appear wider. They trick the eye into perceiving more width than there actually is. To achieve this effect, consider painting one or two walls with horizontal stripes. Opt for contrasting colors that complement the rest of the room’s palette. Keep in mind that wider stripes create a bolder effect, while thinner stripes offer a more subtle expansion.

Vertical Stripes

If you want to make a room seem taller, vertical stripes are your allies. By drawing the eye upwards, they create an illusion of height. Vertical stripes work particularly well in rooms with low ceilings. Consider painting a feature wall with vertical stripes or incorporating striped wallpaper. Just like with horizontal stripes, choose colors that harmonize with the overall color scheme and maintain balance in the space.

Trompe-l’oeil Effects

For those feeling adventurous, trompe-l’oeil techniques can take your paint illusions to the next level. Trompe-l’oeil, meaning “deceive the eye” in French, involves creating optical illusions that make objects appear three-dimensional or create depth where there is none. Faux windows, archways, or doorways painted on a wall can fool the eye into perceiving additional space, adding a touch of whimsy and expansiveness to the room.

Additional Tips for Enhancing Space Perception

While paint plays a vital role in making small spaces look bigger, there are other tricks you can use:

  • Decluttering and maximizing storage solutions: Keep your space tidy and organized to maximize the perception of space. Utilize clever storage solutions to minimize visual clutter.
  • Mirrors and reflective surfaces: Hang mirrors strategically to reflect light and create the illusion of depth. Reflective surfaces, such as glass tabletops or shiny metallic accents, can also amplify the sense of space.
  • Lighting techniques: Optimize natural light by using sheer curtains or blinds that allow maximum sunlight to enter the room. Supplement with artificial lighting to enhance the overall ambiance and openness of the space.

Enhancing Space Perception

Creating the illusion of spaciousness in small rooms is no longer a pipe dream. By understanding the principles of color psychology, choosing the right colors, using strategic painting techniques, and incorporating additional tips, you can make even the smallest areas look much more spacious. So, let your creativity soar as you make small spaces look bigger and unlock the hidden potential of your small spaces.

D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper’s Transformative Touch

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we believe that every space, no matter how tiny, holds hidden potential waiting to be unleashed. With our expert team of painters and wallpaper specialists, we can help you create the illusion of spaciousness in your rooms.

Drawing inspiration from the principles of color psychology, we understand how colors influence space perception. Our skilled professionals will guide you in choosing the right colors, focusing on light and neutral tones that reflect light and create an open, airy feel. Whether you want a soothing monochromatic scheme or an eye-catching accent wall, we have the expertise to bring your vision to life.

Don’t let limited space hold you back. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today and let us unlock the hidden potential of your small spaces. We’ll create visually expansive havens that will leave you amazed and be proud to call your own.

Call us today at (847) 349-4112 for a free estimate.

How much will it cost to paint my house?

The number 1 question we receive is, “How much does it cost to paint my house?” You can also add that same question to all the rest of our services.

We are putting as much information as possible here so you have an idea of our costs, fees, pricing, etc, so when it is time to call us for an estimate, you are as well informed as possible. You will see videos from our YouTube Channel as well as links to past articles that will go into more depth as far as estimates or pricing for our painting, wallpaper, and cabinet Finishes. So Here we go!

How much …

Fill in the blank. We can help you with almost all of your painting needs, such as:

  • painting walls
  • repainting ceilings
  • having your existing painted trim re-painted
  • Getting a new coat of paint on the interior doors
  • Having 1 room in your house painted
  • Re-painting your entire home
  • (Cabinet painting – keep scrolling down the page)
  • New construction painting
  • Painting wood stained trim white

Within each of these types of painting services, we need several things from you to get an accurate estimate. For example, painting one wall vs a whole house, painting a white wall that used to be black. Read on so we can help you with your question in the best way possible.

How do I get an estimate to paint my house?

So, as you just read, that is quite a list of painting services we can offer you, and that list does not even cover everything. So we need to clearly understand what services you are looking for. When we are painting a home, we have several ways we can get an estimate to you:

  • On-site consultation
  • Estimate from prints or online listings such as Red Fin
  • texts or emails with room size and dimensions

What we need from you to give you a painting estimate

When you call us to get an estimate for painting your home, we will get some basic information;

  • Your contact information: We use this so we know who you are, so we can call you, and so we can send email confirmations of appointments and the estimate itself.
  • How you found us: if you came from a referral, we want to thank that person for referring us!
  • What are you looking to have painted? One room vs. a whole house is quite a difference in our prep work and on-site time to prepare that cost for you.
  • If you have special paint requests, such as no VOC.
  • Are there drywall repairs that need to be made?
  • Wallpaper removal?
  • When are you looking to have the work done?

What can I expect to pay for painting

Painting walls can cost from $1.10 per square foot to $5.00 per square foot (or more). If we are painting walls the same color where we can just apply one coat of paint, it will be the lower cost, whereas if we are painting ceilings, crown molding, window trim, windows, door frames, doors, repairing holes, caulking trim, filling nail holes, taking wood stained trim to white will be much higher.

An average 10×10 bedroom is about $589 with a gallon of paint for walls. This would include the following:

  • pole sanding walls
  • masking trim
  • covering floors and furniture
  • minor wall repairs
  • removing outlet and switch covers
  • 1 gallon of paint
  • Two coats of paint

With all of the variables…

It can be hard to just write up a blog to get you a number, I hope some of this help get you prepared to call your paint contractor to get a estimate, so you will have an idea of what to expect when you want to know How much will it cost to paint my house.

Painters Coupons

Have you received any coupons in the mail from another painting company? You have most likely seen them in mailers, coupon value packs, or local value ads.

If you have and want another estimate, give us a call with the coupon and we will match it. There are companies that offer whole house painting for $2499.00. But if you read the coupon, as our last customer showed us, you will read that it is only for 8 rooms, (not a 2 story foyer) nor does it include paint! Make sure that you read the ads closely. We do our best to match our competitions ads.

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