Painting Contracts: Everything You Need to Know

A painting contract includes all of the particular aspects of the painting job as well as the expectations and responsibilities of both the painter and the customer. While you can include any information you deem necessary in your painting contract some of the most important things you will want to include are:

  1. An area describing the scope of work, which will detail all of the services that will be provided.

  2. The location of the project and the estimated work schedule, which should include a completion date for the project. This time frame will also help determine the overall labor cost on the estimate. For a more specific contract, you can also break the time down into how long each painting process will take.

  3. The types of paint that will go into the completion of the job. This will help ensure that the right quality of paints will be used to ensure that the paint job will last as long as its supposed to. This section should include brand names and shade to make sure there is a clear plan and eliminate as many potential obstacles as possible.

  4. All of the painting supplies should also be listed in a section and will often account for approximately 15 to 25 percent of the total estimate for the job. Supplies that should be listed include things like brushes and rollers, scaffolding, power washer, if used, and any other supplies that will be charged for to complete the painting job. To make this section as clear as possible, make sure that it is itemized.

  5. You will want your contract to list and detail all of the paint services that will be used for the job such as how the surfaces will be prepared and how long each of these processes should take.

  6. If there are any specific painting techniques to be used you will want to have those listed as well to make sure that you will end up with the paint job that you are paying for. Different techniques can significantly change the look of a paint job so detailing this will help you get what you expected.

  7. The contract should detail all of the fees associated with the payment, any discounts, and how payment will be handled.

  8. At the end of the contract, you will want a section where both the contractor and customer can accept the scope of work, terms, and price and sign indicating they do.

  9. On the back of the contract, or on a second sheet you should list the terms and conditions where legal information discuss the particulars of how your company does business will be included. This section should list information such as the fact that the painter is an independent contractor, they have the right to outsource work as outlined, their cancellation policies and fees, how any disputes will be handled, a release from liability and damages for both the contractor and the customer, verbiage indicating that the monetary value will be limited to information described in the payments section, and a disclaimer that this contract will represent the project and no other contract will supersede it unless signed by both parties.

How to Choose a Palette for an Open Floor Plan

The open floor plan has been popular in homes for quite a while now -- and for good reason. It brings people together, melding different living spaces into one to create room for everyone to be a participant. The spacious feel of connecting kitchen to living spaces is inviting, comforting, and cheerful. But it does present a decorating problem -- how do you choose a color palette that blends from room to room when the rooms are no longer divided by walls?

Too much color in the open floor plan will overwhelm. Too little color will bore. How do you find the balance to create a beautiful, seamless space?

Three to Five Colors

One key in choosing a palette is to stick to three to five colors that you will use for your entire space. One of those colors should be white or light, one or two should be neutral, and one or two are supporting colors. Stick to color families or to colors that share the same intensity to keep this cohesive.


A neutral color palette need not be boring in an open space. Instead, it gives you room to add texture and pattern in interesting ways. Choosing a white or other neutral background for your open floor plan gives you the freedom to add a textured wall in the same color or contrasting finishes. A brick wall, colorful backsplash, or textured ceiling add interest to the space.

Add an Accent Color

Even if you choose to keep the room neutral, you can add some paint color in strategic places. Find the interesting angles and corners of the room, and go bold. These areas will have a natural stop and start point, so you won't have to wonder where the lines should be drawn. Bold colors will add interest and even comfort to the room.

Use a Three-Color Scheme

Add interest and draw attention to architectural details with three colors that work well together. One color is for the walls, one is for the trim, and the third is for the ceiling. When done well, this looks sharp and sophisticated.

Tone on Tone

If too much of one color is too much of a good thing in your space, tone on tone is one step up. Use different tones of the same color, and gradually transition from tone to tone as you move to the different areas of the open space.

Use Furniture and Architecture

The open floor plan can be tricky when it comes to color, so get a helping hand from furniture and architecture. A bookcase can break up a long wall of the same color, or if it is the same finish as your kitchen cabinets, it can be key in tying together the two rooms. Ceiling beams provide a natural transition and can allow you to slightly alter the color from room to room. Molding provides a break in color, and can help you transition.

Bring color into the space with your furniture. Whimsically-colored chairs can add the pops of colors you want in the room, but can't splash across every wall. Throw pillows can anchor your accent wall to the room.

A rug can define your living spaces so that a change in paint color may not be necessary. Be creative when using paint colors and furniture to turn your home into the beautiful oasis you want it to be.

At Greenline Painting, we love helping people in the Pittsburgh are bring beauty to their open floor plans. Give us a call at (724) 260-6074, or contact us online for a free estimate.

Selling Your Pittsburgh Home? Learn the Paint Colors You Should Use

When someone is thinking of buying your Pittsburgh home, they have to be able to envision themselves (and their furniture) in the space. Your home will have a better chance of selling if you get YOU out of the way. That means painting over your fuchsia kitchen walls with something a bit more universal. Find out what you should be thinking of when painting your Pittsburgh home for resale.


A home with signs of wear on the exterior isn't going to sell as quickly or for as much as you'd hope. Remember that the exterior gives a preview to what someone will be met with on the interior. Your potential home buyers will make a judgment on your home before they even step inside, and that will color their feelings about what they find on the interior.

Look to the rest of the neighborhood when choosing your paint color. You want your home to stand out as a desirable home, but you don't want it to stand out because it's so different from everything around it.

White goes with all neighborhoods. Greige is a beautiful neutral that suits most houses. Gray and blue (in the right shade) can also look stunning, yet neutral for any home buyer, on an exterior.


Think neutral inside. Colors that are specific to certain styles or tastes will not have a universal appeal, and your home will likely sit on the market for a long time if you veer from neutral. Remember: you want your home to be a blank canvas for potential home buyers to picture themselves there.

When you hear neutral, you might think beige. And beige colors are, indeed, neutral. But they aren't always the best color for your home because people are leaning more towards cool colors lately. Instead, gray does a great job of highlighting the beautiful features of your home, opening up the space and making it feel appealing.

Taupe works well in the interior, too, because you can add different undertones to add to its richness.

White is always a safe neutral, but make sure you don't go too stark. Choose a white with cool undertones, avoiding yellow undertones, to make the space modern and welcoming.

How to Make the Most of Your Paint

No matter what paint palette you choose, you need to apply it properly if it's going to make the right impression.

  • Always choose quality paint. It will cost more, but its coverage will be more thorough and you won't need as many coats. Plus, it will look beautiful and professional.

  • Use samples instead of paint chips. Paint chips give you a good start, but they aren't big enough to give you the best effect, and the paint may end up looking slightly different once on the wall. Testing by painting samples directly on the wall will help you be sure you're making the right decision.

  • Use professional techniques. Your potential home buyers are going to be turned off by shoddy work. Drips, uneven coverage, and mistakes look like your home is uncared for. If you're a painting novice, it might be worth it to invest in a professional paint company who will leave your home looking move-in ready.

Greenling Painting in Pittsburgh can help you select the right color palette for your house style and neighborhood, and leave your home looking beautiful and professionally handled. Give us a call at (724) 260-6074, or contact us online for an estimate.

Guide to Paint Finishes

Choosing the wrong type type of paint could end up costing you twice as much.

Picking the right sheen is important not only for look but also for durability. Choosing the right sheen can help walls that have something to hide or draw your eye to beautiful accents.

The higher the sheen, the higher the shine, and the higher the shine the more durable the finish.

High-gloss is all shine, and flat paint has no shine at all. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each has its own job to do.

High Gloss

The most durable and easiest to clean of all the sheens.

It looks hard, super-shiny, and light bounces off it.

High Gloss is great for areas that get lots of abuse, think kitchen cabinets and doors or areas you want to highlight like crown molding. Wow it is a highly durable paint it does come with some drawbacks, It will highlight any mistakes on the surface it is on. It is important to makes sure the surface is perfectly prepped before applying or bumps will stick out like a sore thumb.


A very durable and easy to clean paint sheen.

It looks shiny but is not as in your face as a High Gloss.

Semi-Gloss is a great for rooms that take a lot of abuse. Like rooms that might get a lot of moisture, drips and grease stains, think kitchens and bathrooms. It is also a go-to choice for trim work in common areas that get alot of traffic, or chair rails.


A (perfect) balance of shine and durability and the most common sheen we use.

It is often described as velvety.

Satin is great for all rooms. It is durable, cleanable, and has a just enough shine. Think kitchens, family rooms, hallways, kids rooms. The biggest drawback is the way it show application flaws, like brush strokes and roller marks.


Can be described as between satin and flat on the sheen and durability.

Named eggshell for its flat but some shine like an chickens egg shell.

This can be a great choice for areas that don’t get alot of bumps. Eggshell helps hide the marks a more novice panter may make and still holds a little more durability then Flat or Matte.

Flat or Matte

Ideal for rooms with something to hide and ceilings.

Flat colors soak up light, so it's a great choice for walls that have something to hide. It has the most pigment too and will provide the most coverage. The drawback is this sheen does not clean well. When wiping smudges from the wall it is not uncommon to see your paint come with it.