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Tom Hodgson on the Founding of Color World Housepainting

February 14, 2018

Tom Hodgson speaks about his start with Color World Housepainting and his excitement to sell franchises…

“Color World Housepainting got started back when I was at Ohio State. I just wanted to figure out a way to pay for school. I worked with another painting company, realizing I was basically running a painting business and not really getting compensated all that well for it. So I took that idea of being a professional and decided to start Color World Housepainting.

Color World is a one stop shop for our homeowners. We can go in, paint the house, do the repairs, tear off the gutters, paint behind them, and install a new set of gutters if it’s an exterior full paint job. Not only did we just fix the problem so the homeowner doesn’t have to paint the house in 3-4 years down the road, we can go in and fix the problem so that the customer sees that not only can we paint their house, but we can do the repairs, install the gutters and maybe even dry out their basement.

I think our customers think – why would I hire 3 different contractors when I can just hire color world? Franchisees love this concept as well.

We also wanted to make sure if we sold a franchise in a colder market with snow, that our franchisees would still be able to generate revenue, so we looked at holiday lighting. Ten years ago, no one really did holiday lighting. Now, we’ve developed a really nice atmosphere where franchisees can come in and buy a franchise and be able to do interior, exterior, gutter installation, gutter repair and on top of all that, holiday lighting.

This business is only going to continue to grow. That’s why we’re so excited to sell a franchise.

Choosing the Best Bedroom Paint Colors for Relaxation

January 15, 2018

Needing some R&R after getting back into the daily routine after the holidays? Turn your bedroom into a comforting personal retreat. The colors you use throughout your house should reflect the mood you want to promote in each room. In your bedroom, it’s particularly important to maintain a sense of restfulness, especially if you have difficulty relaxing or sleeping.

Promoting Peacefulness
Certain colors promote greater relaxation, leading to a more restful night’s sleep. There are a few elements of interior paint that can help calm your mind…
• Milder colors help promote tranquility. Bright colors can trigger the same mental sensations as a cluttered room.
• Limiting the color pallet keeps things uniform and doesn’t create excess stimulation of the brain.
• Using satin or eggshell finishes create a softer, warmer feel in your bedroom, and are easier on the eyes than glossy alternatives.

Picking a Pallet
Curious about the color pallet that has been known to create the most relaxing environment? The winner is blue-gray which is a cool and soothing natural choice for your bedroom. Other colors that work are lavenders, light greys, and greens. See below for a few reasons these colors work so well…
• These shades absorb light, rather than reflect it – making them easier on the eyes, helping you to unwind.
• These are light shades of a dark color family. This keeps the room feeling cozy without causing any reaction in the brain, like reds (associated with warning or danger) and yellows (associated with action and awareness).
• Green is also a great choice because it has elements of both warm and cool and a large variety of tints to choose from. It also pairs well with a lot of different design styles.

If you’re thinking about painting any interior spaces of your home this year, Color World Housepainting is well-equipped to do the job right. Our color experts are committed to bringing you a beautiful Color World quality paint job or other service that is clean, on time, and on budget. Contact us today for a free quote!

Color World Holiday Lighting

December 18, 2017

With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, there is not much time left to start decorating! If you are behind on hanging your lights, call Santa’s helpers at Color World Holiday Lighting to help you prep for your upcoming holiday and New Year’s parties!

It is not too late to call Color World for your free 2017 holiday lighting consultation consultation! Our lighting packages start at just $200 to create a custom look unique to your home or business to ensure that yours is the brightest house on the block. We provide our own lighting, supplies, and labor to insure a hassle free experience from installation, removal, and storage. Our team can handle any commercial, residential, or neighborhood exterior display. The Color World team will also maintain your lighting to ensure that there are no burnt out or broken bulbs and can even add wreaths and other Christmas decorations to your package.

If you have already hung your Christmas lighting, have no fear because Color World can help you decorate any time of year! The Color World  holiday lighting team can set up decorations for any holiday in any season so you can stay festive all year round. Some of our customers even ask us to return a few times a year to update the decorations for the upcoming season.

Visit us at and fill out your details for your free holiday lighting cost estimation today! Whether you need our help this Christmas or next Halloween, we are happy to help with your holiday decorations!

Happy holidays from Color World!


Home Improvements That Save Money

December 8, 2017

Your home improvements are dependent upon saving money down the road, and a quality job done right the first time. Painting your homes’ exterior coupled with replacing gutters, take care of old rotting problems that cause paint to peel, and replace leaky gutters that cause the wood to rot.

Knowing how to recognize when you need both services at once and how both are installed will help you save hundreds of dollars later if you take care of the root of the problem in one fell swoop.

At Color World Housepainting, we first inspect exterior paint quality. Before we paint, we conduct an examination of your homes’ gutter system. Chances are, if you’re in need of a new paint job, the gutters could be in need of replacement also; if you notice peeling paint, there is a good possibility your gutter are leaking.

Examining your gutters and taking them down before we paint could also reveal whether or not the wood behind the gutters is rotting from water damage. Our carpenters are always on-site for the next step of the examination.

By determining the condition of your house, we can provide an all-encompassing, quality solution to keep your house in top-notch condition, longer

If you do discover that your gutters need replacement as well, it will be important to keep your preferred color scheme in mind.  The reason being, while paint color options are endless, gutters only offer a limited number of color choices.  This will play a crucial part in aligning with your exterior color scheme. Once you choose gutter color, getting that gutter color matched in paint will be your roof line trim color. When these major factors have been taken care of, the exterior paint color decision should be simple and exciting.

In conclusion, it’s easy and exciting to vamp up your curb appeal in one swift sweep. You can cover painting, carpentry, gutters, topper on your gutters in a one stop shop. Save yourself time and money. Why wait?

How to Incorporate Greenery Before the New Year

November 7, 2017

There are just under two months left until 2018, which means there is still plenty of time to include the 2017 Pantone color of the year before January 1. Pantone describes the shade, Greenery as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade” like a Granny Smith apple. Greenery is a hue found in nature and thus easy to pair with many other colors. Though this fresh color evokes thoughts of spring, here at Color World Columbus, we love green year round!

Plants are a great way to liven up your home and quite literally embrace Greenery. Bring the outdoors in with a low maintenance succulent, cactus, air plant, or even a floral painting!

Coloring the Community

August 4, 2017

Charity is an important value for all Color World employees. Color World loves to provide all of your decorating needs, but we also love helping out in the community.

Color World recently supported the Dublin community by donating to the Dot Money Bowl-a-Rama at AMF Sawmill Lanes. The event served to raise money for The Matthew Dotson Scholarship Fund, awarded to graduating Senior leaders at Dublin Coffman High School. This included a night of family fun and fond memories.

Color Wold partnered with Calico Corners and Studio M Home to curate a unique package of painting and design discounts, along with design consultation offered at the evening’s silent auction. The package was valued at over $500!

The winning bid went to Anita and Tony Mollica who have big plans for their next home renovation. As a past Color World customer, Anita tells us “We have used Color World in the past for our house exterior and deck. When I saw the bid available I decided to try and get them again. They just painted our deck and had some great ideas for colors. We plan on using our auction bid to repaint the house. Color World representatives are always very helpful and always reliable.” Congratulations Anita and Tony, we can’t wait to see your home makeover!

Anita Mollica showing off her winnings

As a family friendly business, Color World is always looking for ways to assist children and teens in the community. Our owner, Tom Hodgson also loves sports and coaching. As a result, Color World serves as a booster for Dublin Coffman Athletics and a frequent donor to the Ohio State Football endowment scholarship.

Color World also recently donated to the athletic nonprofit, Chuck’s Kids. The local organization aims to help Columbus kids to succeed by providing supplies, monetary support, academic motivation, and sports training. Chuck’s Kids hopes to continue growing their mission in order to reach more kids, and Color World is happy to help with this goal! Please join us in supporting these great local causes!

Why is “Amazing Gray” so amazing?

July 21, 2017

Amazing Gray (shade SW 7044) is one of the most popular shades at Sherwin Williams and has been making waves throughout central Ohio recently. Even our owner, Tom Hodgson has the shade inside his house and says, “my wife and I felt like it was the most perfect warm gray tone that complimented our home décor.”

I recently had the chance to tour and admire the M/I Homes model home located at Regency at Riviera in Dublin, Ohio This model showcase a a Slate Grey Hardiplank exterior with black and white trim and carries the grey indoors with Amazing Grey featured throughout. Aside from some of the bedrooms, Amazing Grey can be seen on most of the walls in the house, laying the perfect foundation for sleek furniture and daring decorations.

Amazing Grey is not a true grey, but it is the perfect neutral greige (grey+beige) hue. This paint seems to change based on the lighting, sometimes transforming from a cool grey to a warm taupe with greenish undertones.

Amazing Grey is amazing because while it may appear to change tones depending on the lighting, it is also easy to match with any other color combination. Amazing Grey is a true neutral- not too warm and not too cold- so it is no wonder that homeowners across the country are loving this shade from Sherwin Williams!

Tempted to try Amazing Grey in your home? Visit us at for a free Color Consult with Sherwin Williams!

New Brick, New Paint

August 2, 2016

Does your already new-ish brick home need a beauty lift? We give outdated brick homes new paint jobs all the time. But in the instance you need to re-modify a modern look, we’re pleased to tell you – we do those all the time!

Check out this NEW brick home’s NEW paint job!

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How do you know when your house needs to be painted?

May 3, 2016

Very few of us enjoy the project of painting our home’s exterior (we are one of the few who LOVE it!), but it is an important part of home ownership to protect your investment. Home exteriors should be painted every 5-10 years depending on the surface, quality of paint used, the preparation work before the last paint job (properly prepped surfaces result in more lasting paint jobs), and your home’s climate.

Wood surfaces typically need to be painted every 3-7 years, or stained every 4 years. Aluminum siding needs to be painted approximately every 5 years, and stucco lasts between 5-6 years. Painted cement fiberboard siding and painted brick will both last 12-13 years, depending on the quality of paint job, and unpainted brick simply needs regular pressure washing (just be sure to paint the trim on a regular basis!).

Not sure how long it’s been since your house last had its exterior painted? Here are 6 things to look for to know when your house needs a new coat of paint:

  1. Peeling paint. Paint begins peeling when moisture make its way under the surface of the paint, releasing the bond between paint and surface. It is also a sign that is far past time for a new paint job, as your home’s structure is now at risk to moisture. Keep in mind that paint doesn’t just make a house look pretty, it also protects it from the elements.
  2. Gaps or shrinks. If the boards on your home’s exterior look like they’re shrinking or if there are gaps beginning to form between boards, that could be a sign of dry rot. If it’s been too long between paint jobs, moisture may be getting into the wood and causing serious damage. It’s not your eyes playing tricks on you — have a professional come out and look at the boards right away.
  3. Cracking stucco. Some people choose stucco because its coating has a longer longevity than wood siding. While that’s true, stucco still needs maintenance paintings to protect the surface. If your stucco is beginning to show hairline cracks, it is time to paint. Remember, any blemish in your home’s exterior surface allows moisture to get in and cause damage.
  4. Caulk is cracking. Take a look at the caulk between your boards. If it is dry, brittle, or cracking, it is time for an exterior paint job.
  5. The color is fading. We’ve discussed that exterior paint isn’t just for aesthetics, and the same holds true with fading color. If your paint color is fading, it is a sign of sun damage that is weakening the integrity of your paint as a protective surface.
  6. Your home is a 5-year-old. If your home was built over 5 years ago and has not been painted since, it’s time for a paint job. During new constructions, a single coat of paint is typically sprayed on to the house. Don’t wait longer than 5 years to have your home painted a second time by a professional exterior house painting contractor.

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They've painted my house about a year ago and I wanted to wait and see how it held up. I couldn't be happier with the results. It looks like it was painted yesterday Paint crew was friendly and very professional and made sure they did a great job.

- Michael H.

April 28, 2016