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Why wait for spring to spruce up your home? While winter skies are gray and overcast, paint a little color into your house.

Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, the first step is selecting a color. Use one of the tools available online to visualize how your room will look. Glidden offers a Room Visualizer that you can actually take a photo of your room, upload it, select areas to paint and then see what the finished room would look like. You also can use sample photos.

Design ColorsThis is the time of the year, Pantone Color Institute and other paint companies choose their Color of the Year for 2015. Pantone recently released “Marsala” as its 2015 Color of the Year. Marsala is, according to Pantone, “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” (PHOTO of Marsala)

Other companies will soon follow, and these “Colors of the Year” will be reflected in fashion, home décor and graphic and industrial design trends. As you stroll through your favorite stores, it’s easy to pick up current popular colors.

Popular is one thing, but be careful, though! You don’t want to select colors or patterns that are too trendy. One only has to reflect back on the flocked wallpaper and the psychedelic colors of the ‘60s and ‘70s to steer clear of popular trends like chevron. Back to the painting.

Today’s technology allows you to take a sample color to any reputable paint dealer and ask them to match the color. Where you once had to stick to one paint brand to get the exact match, now you can quickly get a match in the paint of your choice.

Once you select the color, decide what kind of paint sheen you want and for which surfaces. High gloss and semi-gloss make cleaning a wall or trim easy while you may want a matte finish for ceilings or low-traffic areas. Yes, ceilings. Treat your ceiling like another wall. Use an accent color, a contrast color or even paint it the same color. Try your online visualizer to see what looks best.

Finishing TouchesSatin works great in high-traffic areas, but know that it reveals application flaws, such as roller or brush strokes. There is also eggshell that is between the satin and flat on sheen and durability. It gets its name from being a flat, no-shine finish with little luster. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well.

A good paint job done by yourself or a professional requires wall preparation. Filling in holes, mudding and taping and then sanding and texturing should be done before any paint is applied. Avoid getting paint on any fixtures or outlet covers by removing them.

It’s amazing the transformation a little (or a lot) of paint makes. There is no limit to what your imagination can dream up.

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