Painting in the time of COVID

Painting in the time of COVID

By Indi Rooney


According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, home centers, hardware stores, garden centers and building materials suppliers realized a year-over-year sales increase of 22.6 percent, leading all retail categories except for online purchases.


That means, people are putting in the time to update their homes (aka now their home OFFICE) as well as their businesses during COVID. A lack of vacation options and in-person connection is causing a lot of people to spiff up the space where they spend most of their hours. People are reassessing their living and working spaces and requesting contractor cost estimates.


The Internet remains the preferred improvement project resource and people are turning to online tools at a 12 percent greater rate now than in 2019. You can prepare for painting projects, large or small, by selecting your colors using Sherwin-Williams online tools. Before you even hear back from the contractor, you can start your home office and business improvements right from the room itself. Here are a few excellent online tools to help you tackle your next painting project.


1. Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2021 site is an amazing tool for picking the colors that make a room sing. As the name implies, Sherwin-Williams is already forecasting for 2021. Check out 40 trend colors, presented in four palettes and then order some samples. You can also read about past Sherwin-Williams paint colors for inspiration.


2. The Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® app can also help you visualize your paint choices in your own space! Pretty cool, huh? Visit your app store or text STUDIO to 27579 to download the app via text message.


3. We recommend that painters, or other NPP members that enjoy special pricing from Sherwin-Williams, create a Professional or Preferred Customer profile at You can save your favorite colors, reference your purchasing history and even see how much you save with NPP special pricing. Your contractor price schedule will assist with the cost of the job.


4. Sherwin-Williams offers a library of Continuing Education Units certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), if you want to expand your professional paint education.


I didn’t take the classes, but I used to choose paints and order them for a personal project. I chose 2020 Color of the Year Naval for a ceiling and a boatload of other beautiful colors that inspire me now every day. Everything I ordered was waiting for me at my local store and they even loaded them into my car, quick and easy.


I have to shout out that the team at my store was exceptional and incredibly friendly. I cannot tell you how supportive they have been with my projects. I’ve recommended them to several homeowners and business owners who were very impressed by Sherwin-Williams – both the people and the products.


If you find yourself looking around your home office or business and have the time to paint, I assure you it makes a big difference in your environment. Use Sherwin-Williams online tools to help you get the job done and enjoy your NPP discounts on supplies.


Did we mention that businesses of all sizes can join NPP for free and save on a portfolio of national brands? More than 300,000 members nationwide save with NPP.


Contact NPP customer service if you have any questions about NPP or our catalog of brands. NPP membership is free and you’ll love your Sherwin-William discount as much as you love the new color in your office!

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