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How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Interior Painting Project

How To Choose The Perfect Color For Your Interior Painting Project

When the sad state of your walls starts to wear on you, freshening up your space with a new coat of paint can not only spruce up your living space; it can also add value to your home. Before you can start your painting project, you have to choose a paint color that complements your personal style, the function of the room and the décor of the rest of your house. Though no paint job is permanent, you will save yourself a lot of time and money if you are able to pick the perfect color the first time around.

Get inspired. Grab an empty binder and start creating inspiration collages. Scan through old magazines and pull images that draw you in, even if they aren’t pictures of rooms. After you have a sizable collection, review your images to see if there are any patterns that may reveal your perfect interior paint color. Perhaps you collected images of sweeping blue skies and oceans, or images of lush green forests and rich suede boots; either of these collages might point you in the direction of a blue scheme or an earth-tone space.

Consider style and function. Even if you fall in love with bright orange, it might not be the best fit for your newborn’s nursery or your relaxing bedroom retreat. When looking for the perfect interior paint color, try to spend time in rooms of your house that make you feel comfortable; you may even investigate the rooms in your friends’ houses. Try to notice any consistencies in color in the rooms your want to spend more time in.

Take your ideas to an expert. The professionals at a painting company spend hours upon hours discussing colors and designing color pallets for customers. Once you have a general idea about what you want your room to look like, pick up some samples at a paint store, or go through the painting company’s charts and ask for input. Painting experts can tell you the colors that make rooms feel small (dark, saturated colors) or large (light neutrals), or the colors that stimulate (yellows and oranges) or subdue (blues and light greens).

Test it out.  If you finally decide on a basic color or color family, select several chips or samples in a variety of shades (darker) or tones (lighter). Don’t trust the look of the chip; see them in the light of the room you’ll be painting.  Your painting expert may even be willing to add several colors to a room in small proportions at a very minimal cost; apply a coat or two to a small part of a wall and check it out in the morning to see if it’s perfect for your wall color.

Be true to yourself. Color and style experts are up-to-date on the latest trends: monochromatic modern rooms in grays and whites, bold accent walls in jewel tones, or earth-tone rooms in browns and greens.  You don’t have to be a slave to the experts; if you are in love with the idea of a sapphire room with a bold orange accent stripe, commit and try it out. If you are feeling adventurous, go ahead and test something out. Remember, a new color is just a paint roller away.

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Interior House Painting Tips

Interior House Painting Tips

Ready for a change? Tired of walking through the same old rooms every day? With one quick change, you can make any room look brand new.  Don’t shop for furniture or new carpet – paint your walls instead.

The following house painting tips will help you make your interior paint job a success.

Use the right tools for the job. The reason a professional gives professional results is they have the right tools for the job. They don’t walk into a painting project with one brush and a roller. They have many sizes and styles, and know when to use each.

Don’t try to paint over difficult surfaces.  Just like a professional knows what tool to use in every situation, they also understand that different finishes take different types of paint. If you’re painting vinyl columns or fabric surfaces, check with a professional first for ideas.

Use high quality paint. Even the best painter in the world will have less than perfect results with a low quality paint. Spending a little more upfront can give you many more months to the life of your paint.

Choose the right paint for the job. Kitchens and bathrooms receive more wear than a closet or a spare bedroom. They also require different types of paint to ensure quality throughout your normal living routines. Use a high gloss on kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and windowsills. Use semi-gloss on  kitchen & bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim. Use eggshell in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Use flat for general use on walls & ceilings.

Be conscious of the safety of your paint. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are fumes found in paints from the solvents added to make them easier to apply. They have been linked to respiratory problems in adults and children, as well as ozone pollution. The EPA has even pegged some of the painting VOCs as being possibly carcinogenic. That’s why you need to use paints certified to contain low or no VOCs by industry-independent testing organizations such as Greenguard, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and Green Seal.

Now that you are armed with a few interior house painting tips, start the planning and have fun. Think painting is anything but fun? Hire a professional instead. We’re happy to give you a quote on any upcoming project, big or small. Just give us a call.

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Flat, Semi Gloss, Gloss – What’s The Best Paint For Your Room?

Flat Semi Gloss Gloss  Whats The Best Paint For Your Room

Ready to change the look of a room? The easiest way to do it is with a coat of paint. But choosing the color is only the start of the process. Do you know what’s the best paint for your room? Is it flat, semi-gloss or gloss?

Start by asking yourself, “how active are we in this room?” Different rooms have different needs. And different paints offer different durability levels. It’s important to match the use of the room with the type of paint that will give you the best coverage, and wear well overall over the next few years.

Let’s take a look at the qualities of flat, semi gloss, and gloss paint.

Flat paint

Going with a flat finish is an excellent selection for a room with a low amount of traffic or activity.  The finish goes on dull, but will hide most imperfections on the surface area it covers.  It adheres well to any finish, and is especially effective on rough surfaces. The disadvantage with flat paint is that it is difficult to clean, and therefore should be avoided in high traffic areas like bathrooms and kitchens where it will quickly pick up dust, dirt and grease.

Semi Gloss paint

The next option is semi gloss, which is a popular choice because of its versatility.  Semi gloss is generally used for most family rooms and living areas, as well as children’s bedrooms and kitchens.  It has a slightly shiny finish when dried and will cover some imperfections. Semi gloss is easy to wipe clean and looks good in almost any room of the house.

Gloss paint

Finally, gloss paint is recommended for high activity areas such as doors, cabinets, and kitchens. While it will not cover up surface imperfections, gloss has a tough shiny finish that will hold up to repeated cleanings.

Make your painting project one to remember by going with a color that reflects your personality, and a finish that meets your active lifestyle.

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