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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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How to Find a Quality House Painting Contractor

When it comes to painting your home, it’s best to hire a professional rather than try to do it yourself. While it may seem like a lot of work to vet each potential company, it will be completely worth it in the end when your house looks beautiful with a fresh coat of paint. There are many painting contractors in Denver, so we’ve listed a few key points that you should keep in mind when deciding which one to give your business to.

Shop Around

When looking for a house painting contractor, it’s best to shop around and talk to a few companies before making a decision. There are multiple things to look for in a house painting contractor, so make sure you inquire about each of the following to get a proper understanding of their work.

Inquire About Experience

No one wants their home to be the trial run for a contractor’s first job. When deciding on a house painting company, make sure to inquire about their previous experience and get some references, if possible. Check out their previous work for yourself and ensure it is up to your standards before moving forward.

Check out the Reviews

Any good house painting contractor that has been in the business a while will have at least some reviews online from previous clients. If they don’t, that’s not a good sign and you should probably avoid pursuing that company further. When it comes to the actual reviews, be sure to read them and not just look at the number of stars. The reviews themselves contain valuable information and insights from real customers that you may not have been able to gather from simply researching the company yourself.

Keep Cost in Mind

While cost is naturally a concern, getting the lowest possible price should not be your main priority. Sure, it should be a large consideration, but getting someone with skill and expertise is much more important than going with the contractor with the lowest bid. Keep in mind that better and more qualified house painting contractors will probably charge more for their services, but it is always recommended to go with someone who is properly insured and experienced rather than an individual looking to make some extra cash on the side.

By keeping these things in mind while searching for a Denver house painting contractor, you can easily find someone that will do a quality job. Contact us to get a free estimate today and see why we’re a trusted contractor for house painting in Denver.

Denver house painting contractors get a majority of their business through recommendations and word of mouth, so if you were satisfied with your experience, letting people know is always greatly appreciated.

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Low VOC Paint and Why You Should Use It

Painting your home with low VOC paints is absolutely crucial these days. Not only are they durable and long-lasting, but they are much less harmful to both you and the environment than normal, VOC containing paints. In this post we will explain what these mysterious VOCs are and the benefits of using zero or low VOC paint.

What are VOCs?

VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. More simply put, they are carbon compounds that can easily vaporize and lead to air pollution and cause serious health concerns when inhaled. Some common health problems linked to the inhalation of VOCs are asthma, headaches, respiratory diseases and cancer. Although VOC levels are highest during painting and as the paint is drying, some paints with high VOC levels can continue to give of toxins for up to several years afterwards.

Benefits of Using Low VOC Paints

Besides the obvious benefit of limiting you and your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals, low VOC paints have many other benefits. Since they have less added chemicals, they have much less of a strong “paint” odor which can hinder when you are able to safely move back into your home after a big paint job. Also, due to their lack of harmful chemicals, they are easier to dispose of and effectively minimize harmful waste going into the environment. They are just as, if not more, durable than their high VOC counterparts, so the choice when it comes to paints is really a no-brainer.

Choose a Painting Contractor that Uses Low and Zero VOC Paints

Here at Paint Denver, we choose to use only zero and low VOC paint because we care about the health and safety of your families and our employees. Learn more about our philosophy to provide the highest quality work with the least amount of impact to you and the environment,

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