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14th year as a Best Pick
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We approach every project with the idea that customer satisfaction is our first priority. Our goal is to provide excellent workmanship and service while making the entire process easy for our customers. We also back up our work with one of the longest warranties in the area.

Home Works Painting performs interior and exterior painting; pressure washing; wallpaper removal; drywall installation and repair; color consultations; and carpentry services, including installation of interior trim and doors and replacement of wood rot.
13th year as a Best Pick
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Our company focus is to provide the best-quality service for our clients. Our success comes down to our trade knowledge, showing up on time, and doing the work as promised. Our attention to detail has earned us a reputation for providing the most professional service for our clients.

Tech Painting Co. offers residential and commercial interior and exterior painting, wall covering installation and removal, power washing, deck staining, and historic restoration.
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The mission of All American Painting Plus is to enhance, protect, and maintain our customers' 'American Dream.' We provide excellence in service through honesty, integrity, and trust, ever mindful that providing top quality in everything we do is the foundation on which we were built.

All American Painting Plus specializes in interior and exterior painting, interior finish carpentry and mouldings, and exterior wood replacement.
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Our mission here at Innovative Inc. is to always begin our projects properly. We can assure you a beautiful finish, and we will never sacrifice the quality of our work. We are not satisfied until our clients are satisfied with the final outcome of the project.

Innovative Inc. Painters offers interior and exterior painting services, drywall repair, wallpaper removal, pressure washing, deck and fence staining, and rotten wood replacement.
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As busy homeowners, it's hard to get time to give your home a fresh new look or just replace some rotten wood. As professional, trained painters, we will provide a clean, prompt service with high-quality paints and materials. Call today and join other happy homeowners with a fresh, new-looking home.

Image Painting offers a variety of services, including interior and exterior painting, staining, drywall repair, rotten wood replacement, and pressure washing.
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As a family-owned and woman co-owned small business, we stand on the pillars of high-quality craftsmanship, friendly service, beautiful design assistance, and unwavering professionalism. We are committed to top-tier materials, attention to detail, and providing the absolute highest-quality work. You are our top priority!

Charles Graves Painting specializes in residential and commercial interior and exterior painting.

About Virginia Painting Companies

Painting is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to refresh a living space, and while it’s one of those projects that looks easy enough to accomplish on your own, it’s an involved and messy process that’s better left to the pros.

Painting jobs require quite a bit of prep work, and because the Northern Virginia weather can be unpredictable at times, professional painters have the expertise to determine whether an exterior paint job can go on as planned or whether it will need to be delayed. Use a Best Pick painting professional to ensure a top-quality painting job that lasts for years.

Planning Your Project with Painters in Northern Virginia

A painting project requires lots of planning. Most of us can’t just waltz into the home improvement store and make a final decision on a paint color after just a few minutes of browsing through samples. On top of simply choosing the right color, there are other considerations, like whether primer is a must-have and how much paint is needed for the space.

Luckily, a professional painting company can help.

How to pick paint colors

If you’re having a hard time choosing a paint color, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are all sorts of online resources and articles about picking paint colors. Ask your painting contractor if they offer color consultations.

Start by looking around at the room you’d like to paint. Is there anything—a piece of art or a rug, for instance—that contains a color you really like? Use what you already have in your home for inspiration. Or, if you’re looking for a major change, there are plenty of home decorating blogs that will show you the latest trends in painting.

Paint finishes

There are five types of interior paint finishes, and the finish you choose will be largely dependent on the area to be painted:

  • Flat. Also called matte, this type of paint finish has no shine or reflection. It’s commonly used on ceilings. If used on walls, it will show dirt, grime, and fingerprints easily, and it’s harder to clean than other finishes.
  • Eggshell. This option is slightly more reflective than flat and is a little easier to clean. It’s a common choice for living rooms and bedrooms, but consider the amount of traffic (and sticky hands) that your space receives. Eggshell is not the best choice if you have kids or pets.
  • Satin. Satin finish is a good choice for any wall. It’s fairly easy to clean and has a slight reflective quality.
  • Semigloss. Semigloss paint is a little shiny and is easy to clean. Semigloss is often used for doors, trim, cabinets, and furniture.
  • Gloss. This type of finish has a high shine, and it’s easy to clean. Like semigloss, this finish is typically used for furniture, trim, and doors.

Professional painters have years of experience guiding homeowners to the best paint choice for their needs. If you’re not sure whether you should opt for satin or semigloss (or something else entirely), ask your painter for a recommendation.

Types of paint

There are two main types of paint: oil-based and water-based.

Oil-based paint has been around for a long time, but for several reasons, it has declined in popularity over the past few decades. Oil-based paints release air-polluting VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and improvements in low- and zero-VOC latex paint technology are making this class of paint less attractive.

When it’s used, oil paint is typically used on doors, trim, and cabinets—areas that see a lot of traffic and activity—since it is very durable when it dries.

Water-based or latex paint has become much more popular in recent years, swiftly replacing oil-based paint as the standard. It has low levels of VOCs, it’s easier to clean off of brushes, and it dries faster than oil-based paint.

If you’re especially concerned about VOCs due to health issues or environmental concerns, ask your painting contractor about using low- or zero-VOC paint.

The Best Picks for Northern Virginia Painters

Best Pick Reports surveys Northern Virginia homeowners each year to pinpoint the most competent, creative, and timely professional painting companies that serve Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.

We vet all Best Pick companies on an annual basis to ensure their continued high-quality work and outstanding customer service, and we verify all state-required licenses and insurance, too. Our rigorous qualification process means that the companies we recommend truly are the best of the best. We’re proud to present our research findings in a format that is clear and easy to navigate.

Call a Best Pick painting contractor today to get your project started. You’ll be pleased with the experience from beginning to end—we guarantee it!

Northern Virginia Service Areas

Best Pick Reports serves the Northern Virginia region across several counties including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Arlington County. Best Pick contractors serve many localities within this region including Alexandria, Centerville, Chantilly, Falls Church, Gainesville, Herndon, and Leesburg. To find the best listings for your home, enter your ZIP code in the prompt above the company listings.

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