Interior Painting in McLean

Interior Painting in Mclean VA
Interior painting in McLean and all throughout Northern VA.
Interior Painting contractor Klappenberger & Son painted this amazing living room
Detailed work such as this interior painting job is right in our wheelhouse!


Hello, there is so much to do at Fairfax!  I just searched the “what’s happening”  this weekend and it didn’t mention painting your home!

Klappenberger & Son has been providing interior painting in McLean for over 30 years!  We have painted for Generals, Chief Justices, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian, and even the White House.  

In addition to painting for these interesting people and places, we have also painted over 20,000 homes for normal people like me and you.  So, whether you are looking to have the entire interior of your home painted, a single room, or the kitchen cabinets, we would be honored to take that off your to-do list.  

Price Is Important, but It’s not everything.

Suppose you are new to Klappenberger & Son; then welcome!  I am sure you will collect a few estimates from other painting contractors.  But how do you find and separate the professional painting contractors from the amateurs?

Check the Reviews

Absolutely!  Take a look at the reviews before you start calling, but on average, only three of the five people you call will answer the phone.  Furthermore,  only one or two of those will likely give you a proposal.  And the prices will be all over the map.

Why?   Many reasons.  Here are the most common:  

Why Is the Interior Painting Price So Low?

  1. Unskilled at estimating.
  2. They are neither licensed nor insured, and are moonlighting.
  3. They just want collect a deposit.
  4. The price will increase after they get started.

Why Is the Interior Painting Price  So High?

  1. The contractor does not need the work and is unethical.
  2. They don’t know how to estimate.

Our Pricing

As an interior painting contractor in Northern VA for over 30 years, we have cataloged the time and costs for jobs we have done. 

Our pricing system is based on square foot pricing, not wild guesses.

What Makes Us a Different Interior Painting Company in McLean?

We apply samples of the colors on the walls to make sure everything is right.  Before opening up a can of paint, we protect the floors and contents of your home. 

Also, if we are going to be working in your home for more than a day, we will discuss  where would you like us to leave our tools and drop cloths, or whether you would prefer we take everything with us at the end of the day.

prep work (2)
Covering doesn't take long - so fewer things can go wrong.

We Are Different

We answer the phone, and we show up promptly for the estimate.

In addition, we promise that in most cases, we can have an estimate in your hands in 24-48 hours.

Interior painting contractor Klappenberger & Son protects contents with plastic
We cover from dust, so you won't cuss!

Do You Like Painting Warranties?

5 year warranty by Klappenberger & Son

Of course, you do.  Peace of mind is a good thing.  We offer interior and exterior painting warranties for almost everything we do.   

  • Kitchen cabinets come with a 5-year warranty.
  • Painting over wallpaper comes with a 10-year warranty. 
  • Interior painting comes with a 10-year warranty. 
  • Exterior painting comes with a 5- or 7-year warranty.
  • All warranties cover chipping, blistering, peeling, and any adhesion problem.  Our warranties also include all labor and materials when two coats of premium paint are applied.
Klappenberger & Son 10 Year Warranty

Interior Painting in McLean: The Difference Is in the Details

There is more to being a premier interior painting contractor in McLean than painting straight lines.  Our process starts when we arrive at your home – promptly.   

From the moment we arrive, we listen and then advise the best path to take for your specific interior painting project in McLean.

How long will you be living here?  Is washability important?  Do you need our assistance with colors? 

To best serve you for your interior painting project – we need to listen.


Communication Is Everything

On all of our jobs, the estimator, likely the owner, will also be the project manager on the job.  Having the same person who gave you the estimate and understood the nuances of the job leads to fewer delays, mistakes, and frustration. 

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All of our interior painting jobs in McLean have clearly written details for both the customer and the head painter.
Interior painting contractor sand ceiling with a vacuum attachment
Problems like excessive spackle dust can be avoided by using a vacuum attachment.

Interior Painting in McLean:  the Prep Work

Prep work is vitally important to have a beautiful interior paint job, and spackling is part of the process.  Unfortunately, when sanding the spackle, if it is done without a vacuum attachment, the spackle dust carries. 

It is astonishing how few interior painting contractors sand spackle areas with vacuum attachments.  Spackle dust is very light and can carry all throughout a house, even making its way into closets.

We avoid this problem by sanding with vacuum attachments on our sanders, and it collects 95% of the dust before it has a chance to land where no one wants it. 

Our interior painting best practices not only include using a vacuum attachment when sanding, but also using the most flexible spackles, so those cracks don’t come back.

What's the Best Paint for Your Home?

Picking the right paint for your project can be tricky.  However, we have an advantage over other interior painting companies.  We have taken the time to test over 60 different interior paints!  

We test and compare the following:

  • Coverage
  • Workability
  • Washability
  • Durability
  • Self-priming
  • Ability to touch-up

2022 Interior Painting Color Trends

For about 6 years or so, we were stuck in the light gray spectrum for the most popular interior painting colors.  Fortunately, we are stretching our palettes.

PPG Color Trends 2021
"Be Well" By PPG.
Interior Painting new ben Moore color 2021
Aegean Teal 2136-40 by Ben Moore.
trending colors by SW
Urbane Bronze SW7048 by Sherwin Williams.

Tips for Picking the Right Colors for Interior Painting

Interior painters in Fairfax VA can also help with color consultation

Color adds interest to a room.  Even going a shade or two darker can have a significant effect on your walls.  

When we come to give you an estimate, we bring large 8.5 x 11 samples 2022 trending colors.  These large samples take the guesswork that typical small pieces can create.  

Inspiration colors – what colors do you have in the room that you like?  Take your living room, for example.  Is there a color in any art piece or throw pillow that inspires you?  

I’ve painted my walls trim, and ceiling colors from a single piece of art, and the room looked terrific. 

Tip: if you paint your walls a deep color, paint the trim an off-white instead of pure white.  The transition between the trim and the walls looks less stark.