Coated in Calm: Nationwide Survey Reveals DIYers Are Transforming Their Homes Into Peaceful Retreats

CLEVELAND, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — It’s still prime painting season, and Dutch Boy® Paints is sharing insight about how do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) plan to tackle their painting projects this fall. The brand engaged nearly 1,100 DIYers from across the country to uncover their go-to painting resources, color palettes and much more. The brand’s survey revealed that an astounding 84% of respondents plan to paint in the next six months, and most prefer “Earthy and Calm” colors for their at-home retreats.

Nearly 1,100 DIYers from across the country shared their go-to painting resources, color palettes and much more. An astounding 84% of respondents plan to paint in the next six months, and most prefer “Earthy and Calm” colors for their at-home retreats.

“With people spending more time at home, it’s no wonder they’re looking to transform their spaces with color that makes them feel relaxed and at ease,” said Michelle Bangs, senior brand manager, Dutch Boy Paints. “When given the choice for their dream home, 43% of our survey respondents preferred ‘Earthy and Calm’ hues over ‘White and Clean’ and ‘Grey and Trendy,’ which were a near-tie for second place at around 19% each. Whatever color palette they choose, the Dutch Boy brand has them covered with more than 1,300 colors and endless color-matching capabilities.”

What rooms or elements do survey respondents intend to “coat in calm” in the near future? The top five responses were:

  • Bedroom (40%)
  • Bathroom (39%)
  • Kitchen (32%)
  • Living Room or Family Room (30%)
  • The Front Door (24%)
  • Of respondents with painting plans in the next six months, 86% said they’ll tackle two or more spaces in their homes. Only 16% of respondents claimed they have no painting projects planned. When it comes to choosing color, most will defy the trends and go with their gut with 74% saying, “Forget the trends, I know what I like.”

    More home color preferences:

    • When it comes to home style, nearly 37% prefer “Traditional and Comfortable,” with “Modern and Uncluttered” taking the second-place spot at just over 27%.
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    Federal survey allows employees to voice their concerns, enable improvements | Article

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. – With three weeks left, the push is on for federal civilians to take an online survey to gauge the workforce’s views on various topics to help leadership develop better policy changes.It’s called the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.As of Sept. 25, two weeks into the open window to take the survey, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command had 7% of its employees participate. The minimum Army goal is 50%. For 2019, ASC had a participation rate of 48.8%.The 38-question survey, which is offered through Oct. 27 and takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, gives employees a high-visibility venue to voice their opinions about their workplace environment.“I genuinely ask for your participation so we gain a complete representation of how you feel ASC is doing,” stated Matt Sannito, deputy to the commanding general, ASC, in a recent organization-wide email.Although the annual survey is voluntary, employees may use official time to complete it. After completing, responses are combined to create reports that indicate what employees’ thoughts are on topics such as transparency, wages, and quality of leadership.Additionally, it measures employees’ perceptions of senior leadership, immediate supervisors, and intrinsic work experience, an Army PowerPoint slide presentation stated.All responses are kept confidential.The results provide valuable insight for ASC leaders into the strengths and challenges within the workplace to ensure their organization has an effective civilian workforce. The annual FEVS results are a major contributing factor used for the identification, development, and implementation of new command initiatives.One proof-positive example of surveys like this manifesting into results is the Strategic Human Capital Plan, pointed out ASC’s Melissa Peterson, Civilian Personnel, G-1 (Human Resources).In a letter to support the SHCP 2020 – 2025 program, Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell, ASC commanding general, wrote: “We will achieve performance expectations and

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    Travelers Survey Shows Renewed Focus on Home Improvements During Pandemic

    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced findings from its consumer pulse survey that measures perceptions about homeownership during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results indicate that consumers have been doing more projects around their homes since March, when the World Health Organization officially declared the pandemic.

    As many families have transitioned to working from home and remote learning, the study shows that 41% of respondents appreciate their homes now more than ever. The survey indicates that nearly 1 in 5 consumers are in the market for a new home, while a large majority of respondents (75%) are making improvements to their current home, including:

    • Painting rooms (44%)
    • Starting a garden (41%)
    • Updating flooring (31%)
    • Painting the exterior (27%)
    • Building an outdoor play area (19%)
    • Undertaking a major renovation/remodel (10%)

    The findings also reveal that consumers are focused on optimizing their home’s function. More than a quarter of respondents (26%) are interested in incorporating smart home technology, and 22% are interested in home security systems.

    “People are placing a higher value on their homes, and the projects, repairs and remodels they are undertaking can have implications on their insurance,” said Michael Klein, Executive Vice President and President of Personal Insurance at Travelers. “Our representatives and network of independent agents can review coverage needs with homeowners to help ensure they have the right protection for one of their biggest financial investments.”

    The following are steps consumers can take to help keep their homes safe and properly insured:

    • Contacting their agent or carrier before any major upgrades are made, to ensure the property has the appropriate insurance coverage and limits.
    • Asking about discounts that may be available for any new smart home technology or security systems that have been installed.
    • Visiting Travelers Home Central for articles and
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