A new study commissioned by GLIDDEN paint sets out to better understand why U.S. adults tend to procrastinate on home projects like painting.
Roughly 84 million Americans intend to paint a room in their homes in the next year, per the survey.
A majority of those surveyed agree that painting is easy, yet a quarter of respondents admit they’ll procrastinate anyway. In fact, the survey found Americans are more likely to procrastinate on home maintenance than any other aspect of their lives.
“The thing holding people back from giving their home a fresh, new look is the ability to get started,” said Luke Klein, senior brand marketing manager, Glidden paint. “We created useful tools to help people get rolling and stop procrastipainting.”
Millennials are unique in how they procrastipaint:
In the next year, 41 percent of millennials plan to do a home paint project. That’s approximately 30 million Americans born between 1981-1996;
Millennials are 13 percent more likely than other generations to procrastinate on smaller tasks like painting a room or fixing things around the house. However, they are less likely than other generations to procrastinate on larger, more expensive home improvement projects;
When they have free time, only three percent of millennials will prioritize home improvement, favoring time with friends and acts of self-care;
Nearly a quarter of millennials would rather get a tattoo than start a paint project.
“Nearly 60 million U.S. adults will likely procrastinate on a home paint project in the next year, but the same survey sheds light on what motivates them to get started,” said Klein. “There are so many tools do-it-youselfers (DIYers) can use to get started on their projects. We really want to make it easier to get rolling. After all, the sooner you start your painting project, the sooner you can get back to enjoying your home.”
Try these tips to get rolling:
Get help with the prep work. Prepping the walls and room is much harder than painting. If less prep were required, 76 million Americans would be more likely to start a paint project. That’s why the Glidden Prep Squad was created;
Enjoy the color selection process. According to the survey, the most enjoyable part of preparing a paint project is selecting the paint color. That’s why the brand offers the Match My Color tool to help identify a selection of paint colors that match what you see in your own photos or from the world around you;
Visualize the color in your room. The top-ranked motivator to stop procrastinating is visualizing the end result, according to the survey. Look into the future with Glidden paint’s Room Visualizer tool to digitally paint a room. Pick from a selection of rooms, or upload your own room photo to see it in a Glidden paint color.