The Paint Spot owner Grace Webb loves helping customers find that perfect paint color. She and her staff have color matched everything from a cup of coffee to a family pet. Photo by Noel Stack

The Paint Spot owner Grace Webb loves helping customers find that perfect paint color. She and her staff have color matched everything from a cup of coffee to a family pet. Photo by Noel Stack

FHI 2013

A splash of color and shades of gray dominate inside and out

By From page FHI2 | September 27, 2013

Warning: Shopping for a paint color might make you hungry.

Benjamin Moore colors like Lemon Sorbet (the declared 2013 paint color of the year) paired with Black Bean Soup and Butternut Squash create a feast for your eyes but could lead to a grumble in your stomach. Grab a sandwich and then head over to The Paint Spot in Placerville or Shingle Springs to select your colors.

“Painting (interior or exterior) is a small expense that makes a big difference,” said Grace Webb, who owns the business with her brother Glenn.

One color change can transform a room. Since the 1950s, The Paint Spot employees have helped customers choose the perfect Benjamin Moore and/or Pittsburgh Paints colors that brighten their homes and stay within their budgets. They’ve color matched everything — a dog, coffee with cream, a formal gown, a napkin and a rock.

“Look around your house and find your color,” Webb said. “It can be a piece of clothing … bring it in and we can match it.”

The paint showroom also has dozens of brochures displaying the hottest color trends and classic color collections. Have you ever though of pairing Caribbean Teal with Deep Taupe or Dusty Road with Mozart Blue?

It’s hard to pick a color that’s not popular with at least a few customers, Webb said, but trends this year (inside and out) revolve around gray — not that boring sidewalk gray … vibrant grays with hints of brown, blue and green.

On the outside
Benjamin Moore’s Storm Cloud Gray, Dry Sage, Stone Hearth and other natural colors have won this year’s popularity contest. To make the home standout, Webb said, people select dark accent colors and creme-colored trim.

The do-it-yourself revolution continues and for those who feel up to the challenge of climbing ladders and painting around windowsills, Pittsburgh Paints offers the following prep advice:

  • Arrange drop cloths to shield plants and other landscaped areas or surfaces that won’t be painted.
  • Scrape or sand chipped or peeling paint with a wire brush or scraper. Remove or replace loose or dry putty with a high quality paintable caulking compound.
  • Use a mild detergent to clean the surfaces and to wipe down all metal and aluminum surfaces.
  • Be sure to prime any new or bare (exposed) surfaces.

Selecting a high quality paint will ensure your handy-work lasts for years to come. Buyers also need to take the weather into account when selecting an exterior paint.

“This area has pretty hard elements,” Webb said. “We have the heat and then the snow and rain.”

Both Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh Paints stand behind their products, she continued. If something goes wrong they’ll work to correct it.

Interior design
Gray hues make an appearance in the home as well. Cool color enthusiasts have embraced pure gray, according to Webb. It goes well with the Lemon Sorbet, as well as other delicious greens, blues and rusts.

Other cool color trends focus on making a statement without hurting your eyes. “People want basically white with a light hint of color,” Webb said. “These colors are just a little more mellow.”

Painting the ceiling the same color has also caught on … no more white/off-white on the top.

Mixing this light and airy paint with bright furniture and accent colors adds the “pop” people want.

For those who lean toward the warmer side, get ready to go back a few decades. Avocado greens and golds are making a comeback, Webb said. Adding gray to the mix puts a modern twist on the colors that have become popular accents.

Paint finishes range from flat to gloss. Webb recommends eggshell for most jobs; the paint won’t appear shiny and is easy to clean. It’s also the preferred finish for painters going for the trendy “imperfect smooth” look.

Ready to paint your room? Pittsburgh Paints offers the following prep advice:

  • Remove draperies, pictures, and switch and outlet cover plates.
  • Arrange drop cloths to protect carpeting, furniture and any areas not to be painted.
  • Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle.
  • Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. For high-use areas you may need to use a mild detergent to remove contaminants such as grease or problem stains.
  • Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.
  • Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter you may also need to prime.

Tools of the trade
If you choose to paint your home, don’t short yourself, Webb advises.

“The proper tools make the job much easier,” she said.

This means using high-quality rollers and brushes that hold more paint and cover the area better. If you’re using a power roller or airless sprayer, Pittsburgh Paints recommends you read instructions completely before use.

It’s also important to know how much paint you’ll need before that brush or roller hits the wall. Handy Pittsburgh Paints Tip: Determine the square footage of the interior of a room by multiplying the width of the walls by the height of the room. Divide this number by 400 and this will give you the number of gallons you need. FYI: Darker colors generally require more than one coat of paint.

The Paint Spot also has one more tool in its belt — a complete paint library for all its customers. Since 1996, staff has documented customers’ paint purchases so they don’t have to remember what color they used in the bathroom during that 2004 makeover.

Want to know more?
Check out the Paint Spot at 1303 Broadway in Placerville or 3965, Suite A, in Shingle Springs. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and the Placerville location is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 530-622-4744 (Placerville) or 530-676-2651 (Shingle Springs) or visit

Noel Stack

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