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Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Q: I want to change the color of my home this year when I have it painted. What mistakes should I know about as I make my final selection?

A: Start by looking at your home at different times of the day. Is your home in broad sunlight all day long, or is it primarily in the shade due to large trees? Sunlight and shade will give you different color hues – shade will make your color appear darker.Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Also take a look at other homes in your community. While you probably don’t want to look like a row of cookie cutter houses, you don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb either. If your neighborhood is filled with earth toned homes, you won’t go wrong by following with an earth toned theme.

You should also watch what elements of your home you will be accenting with color, and what color you choose. If your home has unattractive elements, such as large downspouts or unevenly spaced windows, making them light and airy and stand out from the more subdued paint choice of the rest of the home will always put the focus where you don’t want it to be.

Q: Is there anything you can do to eliminate the surprise of choosing the wrong color? How can you gain confidence before its painted?

A: Always begin with the items of your home that won’t change. Brick or stone are difficult to change. Likewise your roof may still have a decade or more of life to it. Use these as your base and grow your color scheme from there. If they have brown hues, stick with the browns. If its gray; stick with the grays.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Also concentrate on the yearly affects of weather on your home. Does your home take in a large amount of sunshine, which means fading is a strong possibility? Then a lighter color would hold its color better, and wouldn’t show that worn and washed out look quite as quickly.

Q: Are there any rules of thumb about color?

A: Typically whites and light colors will make your home look larger. Darker colors will make a home look smaller but more substantial.

If you have a porch, a white or light color will make your front area more approachable.

If you’re worried about color, safe is always a sound decision. Two tints from the same color strip a few shades apart will always work well together. Then paint your home in one shade, the trim in the other. You can work in either direction and still have a clean, crisp look and feel.

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What Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Looking for a change in the color to liven things up a bit? Making that final selection can be a tough choice. You want something new; something that pops and says “modern”. Yet you don’t want the neighbors to all stare and point either. How do you find the perfect color?

Start with the stone or brickWhat Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

The stone or brick on your home is static; it can’t be changed without a lot of work. So it’s the perfect place to start. Build your exterior paint scheme around the base colors that are already in existence. If your stone is gray, build everything around gray undertones. If its brown, stick with the browns and beiges.

Stay safe

In some cases, the thought of too much color may leave you stressed and concerned. If that’s the case, stick with the basics. A light shade of a neutral color is always a great choice, and will never tire over time. Then accent it as a part of your color scheme. White around the window trim and other details will keep things fresh and clean and help reflect light indoors. Shutters and other add ons can be painted a dark color to blend with the roof or stone to give it just a bit of offset.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Use the color wheel

The color wheel is designed to show you what colors match. Opposites always work well – for instance red and green are opposites and always work together. However, a bright red and green home would definitely have the neighbors talking. If you’re matching it gray brick or stone, adding gray to both colors will also bring down the tone and give you a soothing look and feel.

Earth colors

The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements every day. So why not let it blend in with the elements as well. Choosing earth tones – paint colors that resemble what you’ll find in nature – can help your home look more natural tool. Think greens – the shades of the pine trees. Think blues – a slate blue from a late evening sky. Then trip it with white for a crisp and calm finish.

Stay with tradition

Do you live in an old house? Why not stick with tradition and play up the Victorian feel? Paint schemes with several colors that can play up the detail in the architectural features will add to the overall beauty of your home.

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Exterior Painting Safety Tips

Painting the exterior of your home can be fun and exciting. Change can be a good thing, especially if you’re completely changing the color and the looks of your home. Yet painting can also be a very dangerous task if you don’t follow general safety rules.

1. Know your spaceExterior Painting Safety Tips

Many people love to jump right into a project without thinking about what’s down the road. But with just a bit of planning ahead of time, you can avoid many situations. Are there power lines close by? Is the landscaping going to be in the way? Will loose gravel or dirt impact your movement?

2. Your ladder should always have a 3 to 1 ratio

When you place a ladder against the side of your home, it should be placed 1 foot away from your home for every 3 feet it rises. It doesn’t need to be an exact science, but the closer you are to this ratio, the safer you will be.

3. Stick with the 3 point rule

If you’re on the ladder, keep 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times – both feet and one hand. If you straddle between the house and ladder, for instance, you put yourself at far greater risk for slipping and falling.

Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

4. Fiberglass ladders for safety

If you still live in an area with external power wires, it may be wise to invest in a fiberglass ladder instead of a metal one. This will prevent electrocution in case you accidentally touch it while on the ladder.

5. If you are in risky situations, have a second person nearby

A second set of eyes can help watch out for what you’re doing and for what’s happening around you.

6. Be extremely careful on the roof

The roof of your home can be an extremely dangerous place, especially when wet. If there is any water, stay off until completely dry. And if you’ll be spending any time on the roof, it may be worth investing in a fall arrest system that will slow you down if you fall.

7. Traction is everything.

Never try work outside your home in anything but good, sturdy shoes. Flip flops can be dangerous anywhere except the beach. Ladder can easily break your toes if one falls on them. And sturdy support can keep you well balanced as you climb around.

8. Never paint in a storm

Colorado is famous for afternoon storms. When you see the clouds build and hear the first boom in the sky, its time to take cover. Ladders conduct electricity, which means you increase your chances of being struck if you are near one during a storm. If you see lightening, take cover.

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Paint Color Trends for 2014

Love to keep up with the trends and showcase the latest styles and fashion in and around your home?

This spring you’ll find color everywhere. The hottest trends in color – and paint – are right in line with the feeling of spring: bright, colorful, fresh and full of life.

Every year, the color authorities at Pantone release what’s hot for the season in color. Its what you’ll see when you head to the stores, and its what you’ll see making a splash throughout the fashion magazines. And while color first impacts what you wear, invariably it trickles down to the fashions you’ll see for your home as well. When the hottest color of the year is Radiant Orchid, I guarantee you’ll find that in bedding, pillows, kitchen décor, accessories, and more in all of your favorite stores.

Paint Color Trends for 2014

This years trends include:

  • Placid Blue – a peaceful and calm blue reminiscent of a tranquil sky
  • Violet Tulip – a vintage purple that evokes nostalgia
  • Hemlock – an ornamental green that provides a decorative touch
  • Sand – a lightly toasted neutral color that brings out carefree days at the beach
  • Cayenne – a high pitched red with a hint of spiciness
  • Freesia – a blazing yellow that matches the summer sun
  • Celosia Orange – warmth and energy, wonderfully paired with Freesia to remind you of warm summer days
  • Radiant Orchid – a bold purple that makes its way to the top of color choices
  • Dazzling blue – a polar opposite of placid blue, dark and vibrant

Looking at each of them automatically warms you up after a wild Colorado winter.

If the thought of this much color in your home leaves you anything but excited, don’t worry. Color doesn’t have to cover all four walls in your room.

  • Use it on one wall to coordinate and add a pop to the room’s décor
  • Use it in small areas – above a panel of windows, or below a chair rail
  • Use it on trim
  • Use it on the ceiling
  • Use it on cabinets and furniture
  • Use it in your accessories

There is no right or wrong way to use color. Color can be used to create anything you choose.

If you’re still having trouble envisioning color on your walls, give us a call. We can show you how brilliant color can be in your life. And we’ll help you choose the right color for you, whether its one of 2014’s latest trends, or a tried and true shade that will last for years.

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What Causes Paint Color Fading?

Painting the walls of a room is perhaps one of the most economical and easiest home improvement tasks that even most homeowners can do themselves.

But what’s worse than choosing a vibrant shade, only to have it look worn out and faded in a matter of months. What went wrong? What could you have done differently?What Causes Paint Color Fading?

Being aware of what causes paint color fading is the first step  to making wall paint last.

Here are the most common causes of fading paint and what you can do to prevent them:

Choosing the wrong type of paint- Weather conditions affect brilliance and vibrancy of wall paints. Choosing the right type of paint for a wall can help prevent fading. Aside for variants for indoor and outdoor paints, wall paints also vary in terms of finish. There are many types of paint, including glossy, semi-glossy, matte, and other variants, all of which can be used  depending on the effect that needs to be achieved, the area that needs to be covered by paint, and the type of surface that needs to be painted. A matte used in the bathroom, for instance, can begin to fade as it subjected to moisture and humidity day in and day out.

Failing to prep the surface- Preparing the surface prior to applying the paint will also help prolong color vibrancy. Allowing paint to dry before second application also creates a lasting effect on color. These steps will also help prevent cracking and bubbling hence ensuring quality and durability of painted surfaces.

Not taking sunlight into account- One of the primary causes of fading is sunlight. You should take into consideration the amount of sunlight a particular room gets, and how the color will fade and change over time.

You can prevent paint color fading by understanding what causes it in the first place. Before you begin painting, take some time to think about what the paint may look like in years to come so that you can have the best results.

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