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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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Color In The Nursery

When you are decorating your baby’s nursery, you want it to be absolutely perfect. Before you start choosing cribs, changing tables, and other nursery accessories, you need to choose the right colors. There is much debate on what, if any, effect color has on babies. However, it is a proven fact that color affects adults in lots of ways, including influencing moods and enhancing emotions. Color In The NurserySo, even if colors have no effect on your infant right now, they will someday. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect colors for your nursery.

  • Green is a natural, calming color that promotes a serene learning environment. This is one of the most perfect colors for a nursery because of its soothing properties. You can use green on all the walls and in various shades to create the ideal peaceful environment.
  • Orange is a warm, welcoming color. It is a color designed for comfort, making it a great choice for nurseries. Try not to overwhelm the room with orange; instead, opt for a vivid accent wall.
  • Yellow is a bright color that inspires energy. This is a color that is great when used in a subtle manner; too much bright yellow can actually stimulate a baby to the point of agitation. Use soothing, subdued shades to create a soothing, subdued room.
  • Red is a passionate, energy-rich color. Rather than using red on the walls, use it as an accent color because it is such a bold, vibrant color. Red is much better suited for playrooms where energy levels are naturally high.
  • Blue is a calm, cool, and collected color. Avoid dark, rich shades of blues, which can invoke feelings of sadness. Instead, opt for bright, warm shades of blue that will surround your baby with comfort and calmness.
  • White is the color of innocence, but avoid creating a nursery entirely in white – it is too stark and too sterile. Add splashes of color to a white nursery to create the perfect ambiance.
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Looking For An Affordable Way To Remodel? Start With Color

You’ve been dreaming of the day you can add that gourmet kitchen to your home, or break down a wall or two and add in a new master bathroom suite.

However, now isn’t the time.

If your remodel project has been delayed once again, there may be a way you can love your existing home a little bit more. Without it costing an arm and leg in the process.

Where do you start? With color.Looking For An Affordable Way To Remodel? Start With Color

Painting is one of the easiest ways to add color to your space, freshen up a space that’s feeling old, and changing your perspective anywhere from “ahh” to “wow” and in between. A professional paint job can give you a clean look, or completely transform the space you are living in. Its all up to you.

Dig Deeper – What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

If you stick with the existing color, you’ll provide your room with a fresh look. When paint sits on the walls for months and years, it begins to dull and fade, especially in areas where sunlight hits it. The darker the color, the more fading will occur. But even a basic white can show drastic improvements. Plus it will cover up all those marks you’ve been meaning to cover, yet haven’t had the time.

If you change colors, it’s a whole new adventure in how your room will look.

Change it a shade or two, and while you won’t have a drastic change, it can put your room in an entirely new perspective. A shade or two can bring out the color in your couch, or make the shades in your carpeting appear more vibrant. And it won’t be an extreme change that will keep you up at nights, worrying if you made the right choice.

Or live on the wild side and go for a bright, dramatic color change. Making drastic changes may seem difficult, but if you talk with your professional painting contractor first, he can make suggestions to help you choose a paint you can live with. He can point you to trends, show you finished projects, and make suggestions based on your current tastes and décor.

Color is one of the easiest ways to make a bold, new statement. Plus its easily changed; if you want something new or tire of a color, simply paint it again. Let us show you how color can change your home with a Paint Denver Proposal.

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