Frank Leigh Painting & Company, Inc.
2809 Three Lakes RoadNorth Charleston, SC, 29418
Succeeding in business without a blemish is an extraordinary feat, whatever your profession. But that’s exactly what Charleston-born painting contractor Frank Leigh has done for nearly three decades.
Cultivation of this spotless reputation began in 1983, when, after several years of working with various area contractors, Frank saw a need for high-end, quality painting—a niche he knew his meticulous eye and exacting work ethic could fill quite nicely. Today, Frank and company vice president Patrick Hogan manage almost 50 employees, which include some of the area’s finest tradesmen, and deliver custom painting and distinctive customer service. “We hand-pick every member of our team and invest in each of our clients. It’s not enough to get the job done; we want to ensure complete satisfaction on every project,” says Frank.
With a portfolio that reads like a Who’s Who of luxury properties, from the peninsula to Kiawah, and with appearances in national magazines like Architectural Digest, clients range from homeowners to commercial businesses, and historic restoration is a specialty. In fact, some of downtown’s most revered landmarks sport a signature Frank Leigh finish, including the Aiken Rhett house, whose exterior required nearly four miles of free-hand limewash.
Q and A Section
Q: Are there any particular painting trends in the Lowcountry right now?
A: Across the board, some newer ideas are emerging. People are getting bolder with their color choices; there’s a bit of a transition from neutrals. Unique finishes in both interiors and exteriors are gaining popularity, which is great if it’s done well—there’s an art to creating a patina on new construction and giving new life to old structures. Because there’s more interest in the way ceilings read, instead of using “ceiling white” we mix subtle tints to pick up the trim or wall color. Also, consumers are much more aware these days, so we’re seeing a demand for eco-conscious products.
Q: What are the first steps in finding the right painting company?
A: Find several in your area and look closely at their histories. Word of mouth is a valuable tool in finding out what people’s experience has been with a company. Always ask for references and follow up on them; it’s worth doing the homework to find someone skilled and trustworthy.
Q: Are there some common mistakes you see homeowners making?
A: Being exclusively price-driven can be a mistake. You want to save money, but lower-cost companies often don’t follow through with details or aren’t adept at problem-solving in order to meet deadlines.
Q: What can clients do to help ensure projects stay on time and budget?
A: A qualified contractor will do that for you; that’s their job. If you choose a true professional, those become non-issues.
Q: When choosing paint color, what’s your best advice?
A: Decide on colors that work in harmony with your hardscapes and décor. To really know if you like certain colors, paint large mock-up areas and look at them in all lights throughout the day and in artificial light at night.