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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    20% of US homes use 45% of cooling consumption nationwide

    Twenty percent of Americans have HVAC systems that cost the homeowner an extra $882 annually on average to keep their homes cool — almost four times as much as the most efficient similar homes. This is according to a new study conducted by smart home energy company Sense who make smart home energy monitors.

    But here’s the surprising finding: The 20% of homes with the highest cooling account for 45% of all cooling consumption nationwide.

    Updating these inefficient homes could save 8% of US residential electricity usage overall and eliminate nearly 52 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

    During the first US presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden promised to upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over four years, creating 1 million new jobs and re-energizing the economy (see Biden’s plan here). Sense’s analysis of home energy data supports the potential impact of the plan on the US’s energy picture and climate change goals, and it goes a step further by identifying the homes that will have the biggest impact overall. 

    It’s already being done in other countries. As of this week, homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to £10,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient through the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme. Improvements could include home insulation or installing low-carbon heating.

    Updating and weatherizing the least efficient homes could save US consumers $15.3 billion annually while moving the US closer to climate change goals. Incentive programs that updated the 20% of homes with the highest cooling usage would eliminate 115 billion kWh of electricity usage annually. By comparison, in 2019, the US generated 107 billion kWh from solar and 300 billion kWh from wind.

    Sense CEO Mike Phillips said:

    Focusing on home upgrades and weatherization is a smart move because it can

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