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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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Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Choosing what color can be a daunting task. Couple that with having to choose another color for the trim, and for many people its enough to make them put the entire project on hold.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

There are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect color that will warm your home’s exterior and make you fall in love with your house all over again.Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

  • When painting the window and door frames, in general they will look better when painted the main color of your home.
  • Window sashes and shutters should be the darkest parts of your color scheme. This is what builds depth in your home, and will make the windows blend into the overall appeal of your home.
  • The window sash color is usually repeated for the front door and for any porch steps you may have. If your windows require painting, this color can be repeated there as well.
  • Gutters and drain spouts should be painted to be as inconspicuous as possible. Gutters may be painted the trip color to blend in with the trim, while drain spouts may be painted the color of the body of the house to blend in with the overall siding.
  • The ceilings on your porch, eaves or other areas should be painted the main color of the body of your house.
  • If you have a multi story home and want to use more than one body color, make sure the darkest shade is on the bottom, lightening as you go up. To put the darker color on top with the lighter color on the bottom will make it appear top heavy.

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Painting For Curb Appeal

Whether you are thinking about selling your home this summer, or simply want to be one of the best kept houses on the block, curb appeal will speak highly to show off a well maintained home.

While there are many things you can do, few can have as dramatic an effect as a coat of paint. Not only does paint protect your home’s materials, it can instantly give you a fresh appearance that adds value too.Painting For Curb Appeal

If the exterior is in bad shape and hasn’t been painted in a while, any home improvement project will make a drastic difference. But there is a difference between looking better and a house that looks great.

For most homes, starting with a great base is what ensures a great final look. Its not as easy as picking up a bucket of paint and painting the entire house in one color. Time and care should be put into prepping the home to make sure the paint adheres and looks good. It should also be placed on choosing the right color palate to use and make the home blend into the neighborhood.

Color is important; no one wants to have the home that everyone knows – the bright orange house up on Main Street, for instance. If you haven’t thought about home color in a while, one of the easiest ways to start is to drive or walk around your own neighborhood. What colors jump out at you? What do you like best? Look at all factors of color, including the body and the trim.

Next look at the parts of your home you can’t change. Brick or stone is a permanent part of your home that sets the tone for your overall color scheme. Gray toned brick or stone should have color choices with gray undertones. Brown toned brick or stone should stick with the natural colors such as beige and browns.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

If you have trouble selecting a color, a professional painter has experience in selecting colors for homes throughout the Denver area. He can make suggestions and show you how to choose colors that will create a pleasing visual affect on your property.

Before you paint, step back and look at the landscaping. Are there bushes or trees that encroach on your home? Cutting them back or taking them out now can allow for a wide open look and feel, and not cause problems to a fresh coat of paint. It can also help you choose what plants to take out to improve the look of your home, and give you ideas of where to buy and plant new landscaping to add more color and depth to your home.

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Remember, curb appeal is a work in progress. By starting with the largest part – a fresh coat of paint – you’ll improve your look instantaneously.

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How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

Have you ever fallen in love with a paint color at the store on a paint swatch, only to paint your room with it and feel nothing but shock? We’ve all done it.

How are you supposed to tell what an entire room will look like based on a 2×3 sample you hold in your hand?

To start, never choose a paint color from a swatch alone. Tiny swatches may look good in the store, but what you see is not always what you get. Take your time when selecting color.How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

When you have a color in mind, choose a variety of sample paint swatches within the tone and hue you are considering. Bring them home and observe them in the room you’ll be painting.

Its important to view colors at different times of the day. Morning light is different than afternoon light, is different than the artificial light from your lamps.

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Also take the sample paint swatches and compare them to things that will remain in your room. Will the hue for your wall match the tone of your furniture? Will it bring out the color in your accessories, or clash?

As you start making choices, you’ll quickly see a trend in what you are selecting. You may determine that you like whites with a green undertone, or a blue with a gray base.

Once you start honing in on a color, visit the paint samples one more time. You may have missed a selection of paint chips the first time around when you were more broad based with your selection. Now that you know you’re looking for a particular hue, pull things in the range you’ve narrowed it down to and head back home to start the testing process once again.

In many cases you’ll wind up with a selection of paints you can’t make a decision about. When you get it down to two to four, now is the time to call in your professional painter.

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He can supply you with small samples of each color. Paint a section of the wall in your room of each color and live with it for a couple of days. Make sure you focus in on the color morning, noon and night, in artificial and natural light.

Very quickly you’ll gravitate to one color. This is your final selection. This is the color that will resonate with your moods, blend with your décor. It will be the one you’ll be happy with now and well into the future.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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