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7 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Color Before You Hire An Interior Painting Company

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Its been a while since you’ve painted the interior of your home. Maybe its time. Yet when you’re ready for a change, it isn’t as easy as hiring a painting company and letting them do their job. In fact, the first task may be the most difficult – deciding what color each room should be.

When you hire a painter, you expect them to professionally paint each room. But did you know they are also there to offer advice on what colors to paint? Yet before you potentially hire someone to do the job, do a few things first to have a better idea of your color choice.

Start by looking through magazines to get a good idea of what you like and what you would accept into your own home. Do you like dark colors? Light and airy rooms? Or maybe somewhere in between. Boring white is not something you should use on every wall in your home.

Don’t approach this painting job with a closed mind. Painting something off white because its always been off white won’t give you the fresh new look you’re striving for.

Don’t expect your painting contractor to pick your colors for you. All a contractor can do is make suggestions, listen to your needs and make suggestions based on what he hears. He doesn’t have to live with the color after its painted.

If you narrow down your selection to 2 to 4 choices, consider painting a small area of each color on the main wall in your room. Leave it for a few days and see which color appeals to you in all conditions – daylight, night time light, and everything in between.

Stick with colors that make you happy. Just because a certain color happens to be the “in” color doesn’t make it the right choice for you. If you love blue, gravitate towards blue hues. Its okay to choose a color perfect for you.

Likewise, don’t paint everything a bright color because your friends are doing it. Its good to get inspiration from your neighbor’s new decorating skills. But if it isn’t the right style or color combination for you, leave it at your friends.

Don’t over think the process. In some cases, people never move forward and redecorate a room because they can’t make a decision. Give yourself a time limit and stick with it. Narrow it down as much as possible, then use the professional painting consultant’s guidance to choose.

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Don’t Forget Your Ceiling When Painting a Room

Don’t Forget Your Ceiling When Painting a Room

The ceiling is often referred to as the forgotten “fifth wall” of a room.  Ceilings should never be overlooked when painting, as they can provide color and character for rooms. While you can opt for white ceilings, consider adding some bold color to attract attention and add personality to your room.

White ceilings

White is traditionally considering the “right” color for ceilings. Many people prefer a white ceiling to offset walls with bold color. This makes the ceiling feel higher and the walls’ color sharper. White ceilings also create an expansion of space when paired with pale-colored walls.  In order to avoid a hospital look, choose a cool or warm shade of white to give a definitive line from painted walls. Use a high-gloss paint to reflect light, and consider adding texture such as wainscot or popcorn styles.

Ceilings with color

Color on a ceiling enhances a room’s character and offers eye-pleasing contrasts. You should consider the following when choosing ceiling colors:

Dark ceilings feel and look lower, while lighter colored ceilings feel higher.

Paints with high-sheen should be applied to ceilings in almost perfect condition since the sheen can make surface flaws stand out.

Consider the light source in the room, as it can work with or against the ceiling color.

If your ceilings are above nine feet, choose a color that is one shade darker than the wall color to invoke a cozy feeling n the room.

Ceiling enhancements

Carpentry additions such as basecap molding on the ceiling and molding below the crown can add even more depth, create focal points and highlight accents such as a chandelier. You can change the look of a room with the addition of molding and architectural add-ons. For instance, to create a European look, choose a pale blue color for the ceiling and a glossy white molding.

Whether you opt for plain white or bold colored ceilings, give the “fifth walls” in your home character. Keep ceiling treatments simple so that you can live with your choices for years to come without growing tired of them.

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Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Paint Colors

Whether you are completely remodeling your kitchen, or just making a few changes to give it a fresh new look, a coat of paint can go a long way in making your kitchen say WOW.

While certain things can make your kitchen more functional – upgrading to a gas stove, or adding two ovens instead of one – the overall style is what will make your home inviting to all that enter. Do you prefer a modern, minimalist look? Or is a contemporary style more in line with your tastes?

Your style dictates your final selections, and it can also help you when choosing your final colors and décor. Country kitchens will lead you down one path, while a traditional kitchen path will lead you down a different one. Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Paint Colors

Country kitchens have a focus on rustic and vintage. They have a comfortable lived in look that is warm and inviting to all that enter. They have a hand made feel that showcases your style and your history. They cater to natural beauty, with touches of color throughout. Country kitchens work well with warm, soft colors throughout. Don’t be afraid to paint the cabinets or wood furniture light colors – greens, yellows and blues – to give it even more charm.

A traditional kitchen provides a sense of comfort and nostalgia. It’s a classic design that you’ll find from one generation to the next, from old homes to sophisticated renovations. Traditional often means symmetry, uniformity and a sense of tranquility. Calm colors in all shades of white and pastels work well to leave the room feeling light and airy.

Contemporary kitchens provide a clean, linear look and feel with slight impacts from the traditional line. You may see wood cabinets with chrome vents and appliances. You’ll also find neutral paints with darker toned accents to pop color into the room to provide a rich and elegant effect. Walls may be kept whites or pastels with accents in the backsplash tiles. Or one focus wall may be painted a deep, jewel toned red with the rest of the kitchen a soft eggshell white.

Modern kitchens take clean and linear designs to the max. Its easy to find sleek, grey toned cabinets and appliances offset with a bold colored wall. Décor and “extras” may be kept at a minimum to put the accent on the brightly colored accent wall. While primary and bold color choices work well, don’t overwhelm the visual senses by going crazy with the color. Use it sparingly – like the wall behind glass cabinets, or the backsplash area – and give your room depth.

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Choosing A Bold Wall Color

Choosing A Bold Wall Color

You walk into the room and the color pops. Or maybe its calm and soothing.

The color of your walls is one of the first things noticeable to all that enter. And luckily color is also the easiest thing to change when it comes to your decorating and remodeling.

Using bold wall color can make things exciting, and give each room its own distinct personality. A deep hue is great at bringing out the small details of the room as well as creating an ambiance unique to its situation.

Maybe you’ve avoided deep colors in the past because the thought of applying something dark and bold leaves you nervous. How will you coordinate it with the décor in the room? What if it overpowers the space?

Before you make a bold selection – or resort back to reapplying the white out of frustration – take this few things into consideration.

First, consider the mood you are trying to create. A bold color in the kitchen may create an atmosphere of energy – perfect for your early morning breakfasts before you head out for your busy day. But that same color might not be the best choice for your bedroom. Instead, a bold green can evoke a soothing and calming feeling, perfect for relaxing in the evening.

Next, take into account the size of the room and the placement of windows. Is there a lot of light in the room? Does the room feel large or small, depending on the décor and the placement of the furniture? A bold color choice with a warm tone can give a room an intimate and cozy feeling. Make the shade more vibrant, and it can add dimension to the room. Choose a cooler shade and it can help to “push” the walls out and give life to a smaller room.

Thirdly, don’t decide on your paint color in a quick manner. Do a little research first. Choose a variety of paint sample swatches and place them in the room you will be painting. Look at the color in morning and evening light. Look at it in the middle of the day with sunlight streaming in, and late at night with only the lamps on for light. Which one holds your interest? Also match up with any décor you’ll be using in the room to see if it’s a complementary shade.

And when you have a question, consult with your painting professional as well. They see paint every day, and can make suggestions based on what other clients have used in their homes.

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The Perfect Color Choice For Your Room Is …

“I want it to be purple, but not too purple. You know, a great purple-purple that really shows off the room. A purple that will stand the test of time.”

How would you define your perfect color?

Color isn’t as easy as choosing the basics – red, green, yellow, blue. Within every color spectrum, within every shade of color, there are many subtleties that make the options endless. Want it lighter? Not a problem. A little more to the blue side? Sure, its possible.

Because there is an endless possibility it can also be hard to make a decision. Remember, colors represent emotion. Choose the “color emotion” perfect for your room, and you’ll love it every time you enter.

White is a traditional color that is associated with being clean and pure. Add white to a deep, vibrant color and it can make your room pop. Or use it alone to bring out the brightness of your home, allowing you to show off vibrant artwork or beautiful furniture and accessories.

Red is the color of energy, strength, power, passion and love. Hues can range from the very lightest of pinks to the darkest of reds. Add a touch of pink to your daughter’s bedroom and it can symbolize love and energy. Add a fiery red to your dining room and it can create a feeling of drama and passion.

The Perfect Color Choice For Your Room Is …

Yellow is the color of happiness, creativity and intelligence. Think of a sunny, tropical day when you view a room in yellow. Yellow is vibrant, alive. It can stimulate activity and creativity, making it the perfect choice for your work spaces. A light yellow is soft and delicate, making it the perfect choice for a nursery. Head to the dark yellows with shades of orange and it stimulate your appetite, making it the perfect choice for a kitchen or breakfast nook.

Green is always all around us in nature. Green will compliment most colors, and signifies growth, nature and harmony. Because of its connection with nature, it is associated with being a relaxing color, making it the perfect choice for every room in your home.

Blues represent the skies and the oceans. Its color represents trust, loyalty, truth, luxury and nobility. Softer blues are associated with youth and innocence. Deeper colors tend to bring out thoughts of richness and royalty.

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