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How to Make Your Commercial Interior Painting Project a Success

Taking on a commercial painting project can be a daunting task. Not only are there are more hoops to jump through than with residential interior painting, but there are more people and contacts to consider. While it may seem overwhelming at first, we’re here to give you a few tips to help make your commercial interior painting project, a success.

Prepare

Preparation is key with any interior painting task, and commercial interiors are no exception. Make sure you have a clear goal in mind that you can easily communicate to your Denver paint contractor, so they can deliver the best results. Also, make sure you’re informed of any restrictions or code specifications prior to starting the commercial interior painting project. This will ensure you stay in compliance and can save a lot of time and headaches down the road. For more tips on preparing for your commercial painting project, check out this blog post.

Stay Informed

One of the best things you can do to help your commercial interior painting project go as smoothly as possible is to know what is going on at all times. Communicating with your commercial painting contractor is key to project success and will ensure that the job is done in an efficient and timely manner. There are many tips to guarantee a successful commercial interior painting project, but staying informed and communicating effectively are by far the most important.

Hire the Experts

By hiring a professional commercial painting contractor, you can rest assured your project will be completed expertly and efficiently. Selecting the right Denver commercial painting contractor can be difficult, but by focusing on experience, reliability, and other important factors, you should be able to find the right one for the job. We recommend getting quotes from about three companies before making a decision, to ensure you’re getting the best commercial painters who can get the job done right.

Reading through paint contractor reviews can also help in the decision-making process. Look for contractors that have a high number of 5-star reviews providing in-depth first-hand accounts of the customer experience and results. Look for reviews indicating the crews are professional and courteous and that the contractor delivers an exceptional level of quality and service from scheduling until completion.

Be sure to always research each company thoroughly before making a final decision. Here at Paint Denver, we take pride in our premier Denver painting services and always keep our clients best interest in mind. Contact us today at 303-800-7575 to receive a quote and see how we can make your commercial interior painting project a success.

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Exterior Painting Tips to Boost Curb Appeal for Your Home

What do you think when you hear “curb appeal”? Is it a meticulously manicured front lawn? Or a home that looks like it’s straight out of a Homes and Gardens magazine? While these are both great factors in your home’s curb appeal, an often-overlooked aspect is the home’s exterior paint. A fresh coat of paint can take your home from looking good to great almost instantly. Don’t want to go all out and paint your whole house? There are simple solutions to give your home a facelift without the whole home exterior painting commitment as well.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Many people like to keep their home’s exterior paint a neutral color. While this method is tried and true, it shouldn’t stop you from exploring other, bolder color options. For example, the navy-blue exterior on this home plays nicely with the grey accent bricks, giving the home a classic coastal feel.

The bright marigold stucco of this home livens up the front yard and practically invites you in. Whichever exterior paint color you decide on, make sure you hire a professional to get the job done right!

 

We Can Paint it All

 

Painting exterior siding is a common way to boost curb appeal, but even if your home has brick instead of siding, it can still be painted! For example, you wouldn’t even know this home’s exterior used to be red brick before this crisp white paint job. Painting brick is one of the trickier exterior painting jobs, so hiring an exterior painting contractor is important to get it done correctly. For an extra touch to compliment painting the brick or siding of your home, you can show off the architectural lines of your home with contrasting colors by painting exterior trim as well.

Focus on Accents

If you don’t want to paint your home’s whole exterior but still want a fresh look, opt for focusing on the accents. By painting your front door, garage door, shutters and trim, you can achieve a brand-new look with far less work and exterior paint. For example, the yellow and teal trim and garage door on this home brighten up the exterior and give it a more modern and fresh look while the red door acts as a bold accent.

Whichever exterior home makeover you decide on, contact us to schedule an estimate. We take pride in our exterior painting and would love to help take your home’s curb appeal to the next level.

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Choosing the Right Paint Colors for Your Victorian Style House

You probably don’t light your home with candles, and you likely aren’t grinding pigments in a paint mill or boiling linseed oil in a copper kettle to make paints either. As you might imagine, a lot has changed since the Victorian era and that includes when it comes to painting your Victorian style home. This includes areas such as paint selection, paint analysis, paint trends and more. Luckily, today this means there is more knowledge available to help educate, inspire and assist you in the planning of your exterior painting project for your Victorian home.

Let’s talk about a few things to know when it comes to choosing an exterior paint color scheme to bring out the timeless beauty of your Victorian style house.

Queen Anne Victorian Style House Painted Yellow

Keeping it Original

If you’re a historically conscious homeowner or your house has an important architectural pedigree, you may be interested in learning about your home’s original color scheme and possibly restoring it to those established colors. You could go so far as to commission a paint analysis, but you’ll also be make some deductions based on clues you’ve found, such as old paint surfaces located atop moldings, in rarely repainted closets, or that emerged with the removal of old wallpaper.

You may even wish to undertake a sand-and-scrape analysis.

After all, this was the standard method of determining a paint chronology (the sequence of colors applied to a surface) just a generation ago closer to the time many Victorian homes were built. The process is pretty simple and consists of simply scraping, sanding, or otherwise exposing the various layers of paint. Keep in mind the colors will appear faded and some will likely have lost their original tones due to sun exposure, oxidation, and the passage of time.

Victorian Style Homes in a Row Highlighting Exterior Paint Colors

Exploring Your Paint Options

The original paint color schemes from the mid-1800s, when Victorian style houses began to show up in America, were muted and earthy given they were derived from natural pigments. By the late 1800s the exuberant Queen Anne style grew more popular, which also marked the first use of synthetic pigments that allowed for vivid greens, blues, purples and yellows.

Due to the findings from some of the great work done restoring many historic sites and houses, most paint manufacturers have established collections of hues that replicate popular colors from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century. This means owners can honor the historic character of their homes while also using modern water-based paints that offer easy clean-up and shorter drying times. Many of these products are also more environmentally friendly, as low- or no-VOC paints emit fewer volatile organic compounds. Today, modern paint technology also allows for the option of using a much broader array of colors, including saturated shades that, until recently, were prone to fading.

Once you’ve determined to what extent you’d like to stick with traditional palettes or branch out into something bold, you’ll likely want to check out some tried-and-true color schemes used on Victorian homes as well as some rules for paint color schemes to guide you on choosing your color palette.

Paint Color Schemes for Victorian Homes Choosing Your Paint Colors

Just like Thomas Jefferson did in his day, you get to exercise your taste when choosing paint colors for your home. But you’ll likely need some help narrowing down your choices to find that perfect color scheme and choosing the right combination of colors for the subtle architectural details and styles unique to your Victorian home.

View examples of color schemes and get exterior color tips by visiting the Valspar guide to Victorian exterior styles.

Get inspiration from examples of authentic color schemes used on historic homes by browsing Sherwin-Williams’ historic paint color collections.

Looking for guidance on creating a cohesive color scheme for your Victorian home? This post on 12 Rules for Victorian Polychrome Paint Schemes may be helpful.

Choosing an Exterior Paint Contractor for Your Victorian Home

Paint Denver has extensive experience painting historic homes and buildings. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality service and communication and the job is only complete when you are 100% satisfied with our work! Please contact us today to request a quote and consultation on your Victorian style home.

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How to Choose the Best Wall Color to Display Artwork

Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you want to display, but don’t know how to give it the backdrop it deserves? Take into account the following tips on how to paint a feature wall that is as beautiful as your art.

Add an Accent Wall 

When deciding on wall paint colors for rooms, you must take the artwork and furniture into account. Decide on a color palette for your room and determine how you will integrate accent colors into various features. Take this bedroom for example. The bold black wall immediately draws attention but is then softened by the white, grey and gold of the large pieces of art and bed in front of it.

Consider the Art

Is the artwork a bold and bright abstract piece, or a soft and airy watercolor? The tone and mood of the artwork should guide your choice of paint for the wall behind it. For example, the simple monochromatic scheme of these wall hangings is upheld perfectly by the crisp white wall. Imagine if these same images were hanging on a blue or even gray background. The simplicity and cleanliness of the style would be lost.

Consider the Room 

Darker colored walls can help a room appear more “warm and cozy”. This is especially common in dining rooms and bedrooms. If you decide to use a darker colored wall, it is suggested that you put similarly colored artwork on it, as demonstrated I this image. This not only adds personality to a room that can otherwise be quite boring, but also introduces more colors to add in various accents throughout the room. This goes back to creating a cohesive color palate as previously discussed.

Choose Flat Paint

When given the option for paint sheen on a wall behind artwork, it is almost always best to opt for a plat faint that only reflects color, not light. This will allow the art to be the star of the show instead of a shiny background wall. Flat paint also masks dings, scratches and fingerprints better than its sheen counterparts, so you’ll be cleaning and fixing bumps and bruises less often.

Remember, it is possible to go overboard with wall colors so everything in moderation. Think of the wall as more of the supporting actor to the real star, the artwork.

For more insights and expert opinions into wall colors, visit our website or contact us at 303.800.7575.

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Is Spring the Best Time for Exterior House Painting?

So, you’ve decided your house needs a bit of an exterior paint revamp – now the question is when to do it. While you may think certain seasons are better than others to get your home’s exterior painted, we’re going to give you some facts about why springtime exterior house painting is the best option.

Temperatures Matter

While it may seem obvious to some, drastic temperatures are not ideal conditions for exterior house painting. The paint used on the exterior of homes performs best when applied in mild temperatures that don’t fluctuate much. If the paint is applied when it is too hot outside (usually above 85 degrees) it will dry too quickly and may cause brush strokes and paint clumps to be visible. Extreme high temperatures may also cause the paint to have a lower quality seal, resulting in a less long-lasting paint job.

On the other hand, winter temperatures can hinder the painting of your home’s exterior due to the latex paint’s water-based quality, which will freeze at the same temperature water does. Even if it’s not quite freezing, the paint can develop a strange consistency and become stringy and clumpy. Additionally, wintertime moisture from snow can damage the structure of your home’s exterior paint, so it’s best to wait until the season passes to fix the damage that has been done.

All Eyes on You

No one will be able to admire your house’s beautiful new exterior paint job when it’s covered in snow, so waiting until friends and family will be able to appreciate it is usually best. If you time everything right, getting your home painted early in the season will allow you to plant shrubs and a garden around your home without the worry of ruining your new paint job.

Spring is also a popular time for home sales, and by getting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior, you can increase your home’s value and selling price! And in Denver’s hot housing market, any leg up on the competition is a win.

Is your home ready for a refresh? Schedule your exterior house painting job early and enjoy your great looking exterior all year long! For more information, visit our website or call us at (303) 800-7575.

 

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