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House Painting Color Trends for 2018

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Ultra Violet, the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Every year The Pantone Color Institute, which helps designers and other industry professionals select color for designs, chooses a color that represents current trends in the world of design and serves as an expression of what’s needed in our world today. So, what’s the color of the year for 2018 you ask? That would be Ultra Violet, an eye-catching purple-highlighter shade. 

With 2018 right around the corner, we take a look at ways this color might be applied in decorating and painting interior or exterior spaces of your house. 

Choosing the Right Paint Color

Choosing the right color can accomplish a lot. It can give a living room a sophisticated look, energize a kitchen space like a ray of sunshine, or make a small room feel more spacious. But the task of finding that perfect shade can be anything but simple. This description of the use of Ultra Violet in home décor might be a good starting point to determine if this year’s special shade belongs in your next home design project.

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. […] In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take center stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

House Painting Ideas Using 2018’s Hottest Color

Pantone has created eight different color palettes to showcase Ultra Violet each with its own distinctive feeling and mood. Check them out below along with a few thoughts on what spaces in the home these color combinations might be used in and other house painting design ideas.

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Purple Haze Color Palette

Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time-honored.

Stressed? Can’t sleep? Experiment with adding these shades to the bedroom or living room to set a more relaxing and calming mood. Shades of blue, green, and purple have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Painting a wall with these colors can help a room seem more expansive, so they make a great choice for small bedrooms too.

 

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Kindred Spirits Color Palette

Sitting side by side on the color wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging color mixes.

Purple has a long reputation of portraying royalty and power. Recolor your walls or accent your bathroom with these purples for a more luxurious touch. 

 

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Drama Queen Color Palette

An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated color with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.

Great for the living room or social areas, use these energetic colors to evoke enthusiasm and stimulate conversation. The green and brown shades could also be used in the home office to motivate concentration and focus. 

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Intrigue Color Palette

Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.

This color scheme is reminiscent of peacock feathers and might be used to connect the living room to kitchen for a seamless look. 

 

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Quietude Color Palette

Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.

The living room is a popular place to use these soft earthy tones to compliment natural colors of the floor or wood furniture. 

 

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Attitude Color Palette

Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.

You might use these oranges, yellows and pinks to punch up cabinetry in a kitchen that gets plenty of sunlight. 

 

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Desert Sunset Palette

Emulating a desert sunset, this is a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.

While yellow is typically the happiest color in the spectrum and often used to stimulate excitement, these soft yellows are soothing and relaxing, making them a good fit for the bedroom or other spaces where you want to relax.

 

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Floral Fantasies Color Palette

Inspired by the colors we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.

These pastels might make for a great exterior paint color scheme to achieve a beach house look.

 

Happy House Painting and Home Design in 2018

We encourage you to explore other ways to incorporate 2018’s color of the year into your color schemes and design choices. And if you are in the area and looking for the best house painting in Denver for your next project, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

 

 

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Choosing the Right Color

Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to breathe new life into your space at a fraction of the cost of a remodel. Take those dated, wood stain cabinets and turn your kitchen into the beautiful modern space you know it can be. You probably spend a good portion of each day in the kitchen anyways, why not make it a more aesthetically pleasing experience?

Selecting a paint color for your cabinets can be tough though. You want to make a statement while not picking something that will look dated in a few short years. Here are some helpful tips to picking the right color for your kitchen.

White Cabinets

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Move over wood grains – white has become the most popular kitchen cabinet look in recent years. This is great news for those who want to give their kitchen a facelift without completely remodeling. Getting your existing kitchen cabinets painted white is much easier than gutting your entire kitchen, and will give you a modern look for a fraction of the cost. Even dark colored cabinets can go white; your painting professional will sand down and apply as much primer as needed to achieve your desired look!

The great thing about white cabinets is that they can go with the color scheme of just about any house. Light colored floors or dark, brightly painted walls or neutral, painting your kitchen cabinets white will look great with any style.

A Pop of Color

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Bright colors in the kitchen are back! Give your space a retro vibe, minus the shag carpets and cheap appliances. There is a modern, clean way to bring the bright cabinet colors of the ‘70’s back in to the kitchen. A pop of color will give your kitchen energy and make it a statement room of your home.

Colorful cabinet paint is a good choice for you if the flooring and walls in your kitchen are not too loud, and if you have a bold enough sense of style to feel comfortable with a unique kitchen. If you are one to change your aesthetic tastes frequently though, brightly painted kitchen cabinets may not be for you.

Go Pale

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A little afraid of color, but want to do something other than white? Try a pale gray, tan, or blue. Painting your kitchen cabinets a pale hue can turn your kitchen into a focal point while still staying in the realm of “classic.” A pale paint color will help you balance between modern white and a bold retro color.

A muted paint color on your kitchen cabinets might be right for you if you like to be different, but not too different. With pale paint you can be a little braver than plain white, but not do something you might regret later!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets are still in good shape, but just have a dated look, get them re-painted rather than replaced. You can still achieve a fresh modern, look without breaking the bank. With the wood look on the outs, painting kitchen cabinets makes a lot more financial sense than replacing them.

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Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

The outside of your home is looking a little shabby. You know it probably needed a coat of paint last year, or even the year before. Who has time?

This year you know you can’t put it off any longer. A few buckets of paint. A couple of weekends worth of work. You should be able to get the job done as quickly as possible and move on. Should be easy, right?

Think again.Exterior Painting – The Consequences Of Inadequate Prep Work

A successful exterior paint job isn’t in the paint itself. Rather, it’s the prep work of the house before the paint is applied that will determine ultimate success.

Chipping and Peeling Paint

Paint adheres to a smooth, clean surface. If paint is applied to chipping and peeling paint, or a surface covered in dirt and grime, the paint won’t be able to properly adhere to the surface. The result will be a paint job that begins to chip and peel almost immediately. Which means all of your time and energy will be in vain.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Dirt and Oil

If your exterior is dirty and oily from years exposed to the harsh elements, covering it with a coat of paint won’t make it go away. In fact, instead of leaving your home looking fresh and vibrant, it will continue looking old and rundown. And if you use a light color, the dirt and grime can actually show through the paint. To get a good clean look, you have to have a good clean base.

Uneven Paint

Ever see a home where the paint looks bumpy and uneven? In order to create a smooth appearance, you have to start with a smooth base. If the exterior of your home has deep cracks or holes, spend time sanding down the flaws and filling the holes with caulk.

To avoid the problems and have your home painted the right way the first time, give us a call today. We never start a paint job without thoroughly prepping your home completely.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

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Professional Painter Can Remodel Your Kitchen On A Budget

What room is the biggest eyesore in your home? If you said your kitchen, this may be the year you do something about it.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to update it and give it a fresh, new look. In fact, if you talk with your professional painter first, you may be amazed at how modern and clean your kitchen can be without taking out another loan for a complete remodel.

Paint The WallsProfessional Painter Can Remodel Your Kitchen On A Budget

Start with a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant, modern color. People stay neutral because they are afraid of color. Yet color can be a great thing when modernizing the look and feel of your kitchen. Head online and look at kitchen remodeling sites to get a good idea of what look you are going for. Browse through magazines and create a folder with your favorites. This will help your painter understand what colors to suggest and to help you choose from.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

Paint The Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets are still in good shape, just looking a little tired and worn, or perhaps a color or stain right out of the 1980s, a fresh coat of paint can bring them into the current century. Today’s kitchens incorporate color and woods for a design unique to your home. Again, turn to home magazines or online resources for inspiration. Then let your professional painter do their magic.

Painting cabinets is not the same as painting a wall. You need deglossing primers to maintain the paint application. Use proper paints to make sure your cabinets are easy to clean and maintain, taking the abuse of daily use. Make sure you paint the entire cabinet, inside and out for a professional look.

Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

You can also do little things to add a modern look. If you have recessed panel doors, remove the center panel and insert glass to open the cabinets up. Install new hardware to compliment your theme. Then have fun with other details to bring out the color – how about a glass backsplash to complement the look?

Paint The Countertops

If you’re tired of the old laminate countertops, give them a fresh coat of paint as well. Again, you won’t use regular wall paint for the process, countertops require special paints and sealers to ensure you will be able to use the countertops for normal kitchen functions. By working with a professional, you can choose a variety of color combinations, even have the final look resemble the granite you’ve long desired.

For a fraction of the cost, a little bit of paint and a professional painter is all you’ll need to update your kitchen, and have the room you’ve long desired.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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Planning For A Professional Painting Job At Your Commercial Location

Whether your facility is a school, a church, an office building, an apartment building, or a retail location, every maintenance project you face presents its own unique challenges.

If you are planning for a professional paint job in the near future, whether exterior or interior, the more you plan out the logistics before the job, the smoother the project will operate along the way.

Start by working with the occupantsPlanning For A Professional Painting Job At Your Commercial Location

While everyone loves a fresh, clean look, if it inconveniences someone during their busiest time, they may be anything but happy with the results. Start by talking to the occupants first about upcoming events. If it’s a retail location, do they have a large sale in the works? If its an office building, do the tenants have special needs in the coming weeks or months? By asking and getting a consensus first, you will be better able to plan for a time that will provide the least amount of disturbances.

Schedule during quiet hours

If your goal is to paint the interior, scheduling the paint job after working hours and on weekends will cause the least amount of disturbances to the tenants of the building. Likewise with the exterior, if you coordinate starting and stopping times to vary from peak arrival hours of the tenants, the job can run smoother and with fewer disturbances. Above all, keep your tenants informed of the process so they will be more forgiving of the process, knowing the outcome will benefit them as well.

Pick neutral colors

Usually a commercial facility comes pre-established with colors in place. Because most tenants select their furnishings based around the color combination – grays or browns for instance – its wise to stick with the same color pallet overall. That doesn’t mean you can’t go a shade or two lighter or darker, making the look and feel more modern. Yet remember commercial locations are usually meant to blend in and sooth, rather than make a bold statement. Unless you are working directly with the occupant who has a special request, neutral will stand the test of time every time.

Need a professional painting company for your next commercial job? Give us a call today and find out why clients all over the Denver South area love what we do.

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