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Connecting With Color: House Paint Color Trends For 2014

Think you hire a professional interior paint company just to paint the walls of your home? Think again. Before we ever roll on that first coat of paint, there is something far more important to do first: choose a color.

Connecting With Color: House Paint Color Trends For 2014Sounds easy enough, right? You probably already have a color in mind; how hard can it be? You simply let your painter know the color and they will handle the rest.

Not so fast. If you would like a yellow kitchen, you literally have dozens upon dozens of yellows you can choose from. Do you want a lemony yellow? Or one that’s more buttercream in color? Big difference.

Not only do colors change and offer you a wide spectrum of the color palette, it also varies based on season and year. For instance, did you know top design firms release their color palettes of the year every single year? That’s why you’ll see trends change when you shop at your favorite stores and see everything from clothing to home furnishings in different shades of color.

For 2014, the trends are turning back to the basics. More than ever, people are looking for ways to save, which means they are crafting their own furniture or repurposing things already in use throughout their homes. They aren’t thinking “how can I change this for this year;” instead they are thinking “how can I upgrade this and make it last.” And with that question, it comes down to choosing a more fluid color palette in basic colors that never grow tiresome.

Color trends typically stick with things you’ll find readily in nature. When you can describe it to someone in a way that makes sense, it stands the test of time.

If I say seaside, what do you think of? Surf and sand. Cool colors that soothe the senses. Typically you’ll find ocean blues, sandy beiges, seafoam grays, and mossy greens. Even with these color descriptions, you’re already starting to get a picture in your mind of what they will look like on your walls, right? That’s what makes them classic.

Urban choices are also big as people move from the suburbs back into the city. Urban living is home craftsman meets industrial décor. Think deep browns, grays, and inviting shades of red. Nothing too intense; instead, everything blends naturally to put the accent where it belongs – in most cases on the view from that 10th floor condo.

For some people, the art of formal living never goes out of style. They prefer rooms that invoke a feminine or masculine mystic, and take color to a rich jewel-tone heritage. Deep greens, blues, golds and reds will always create an elaborate feeling fit for a king (or queen as the case may be).

Still others love bringing the outside indoors. Especially here in Colorado, nature rules. And when you spend so much time outdoors, why not bring that feeling in so you can live with nature 24/7? Aspen yellows, pine greens, sky blues and mountain browns are all a welcome and soothing way to add color that will always feel like its meant to be.

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Using Color To Create A Bathroom Retreat

What is one of the easiest rooms in your home to update and give it a fresh new look? Your bathroom. With just a little bit of work (and sometimes just a little bit of expense as well), you can move your bath from ho-hum to WOW in no time. Don’t worry about doing a complete renovation from floor to ceiling; instead, focus in on changing it to a modern, sophisticated color and a fresh coat of paint.

Step 1: Choose Your Color

Using Color To Create A Bathroom RetreatStart with the color. Many people end up repainting in white over and over again because they don’t know what color to choose. While you should choose a shade that complements other rooms and décor throughout your home, remember nothing makes a bigger impact than the right color. If you’ve been afraid to use color before, the bathroom may be the place to start. Its small enough it can introduce you to color without overwhelming you on big walls and big spaces.

Light or neutral colors make things look larger while darker colors have the opposite effect. Warm shades make rooms seem intimate and inviting, while coll colors create a sense of rest and relaxation.

If you’re unsure of the color that’s right for you, visit your local home stores and browse through their bathroom accessories. This will show you today’s “in” colors, and give you a sense of the accessories you can use to complement your new wall color. You may find a new shower curtain with the perfect shade of blue – and give your painting contractor an easy time of matching colors.

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Step 2: Reduce Clutter

The bathroom is always a catch-all for all kinds of home supplies. Before you update, reduce all you can. The pictures that have been bugging you for months, the extra medicines you haven’t opened in months, the extra towels that have been shoved to the back of your linen closet – if you haven’t used it, get rid of it. This will give you more space to focus in on making it function better for you.

When you head out on your shopping spree, look at the space-saving items. You’ll be amazed at the highly functional items on the market today that can create a sense of organization, even when you have a lot of stuff you need to store.

Step 3: Prepare The Room

The day before your painter is scheduled to arrive, pull everything out of your bathroom.

Will you be replacing vanities and toilets? Make sure they are all replaced before painting. Some space saver appliances may change shape or size – the last thing you want is a mark of old paint because a new fixture changes position.

Also pull out linen closet items, medicine cabinet contents, towel bars down – make sure every inch of your bath gets a fresh coat of paint.

Step 4: Trim

Remember, trim work is just as important as your walls. Make sure the trim around your walls, doors and windows are painted as well. Work with your painter before hand to choose the perfect color to match the new color on your walls.

So you want to add new trim board? Now is the time. Many people like changing things up with chair rails, wainscoting, or crown molding. Add it before you paint, and your new addition will stand out with a coat of paint.

Step 5: Enjoy

The best part of a hiring a professional painter is you get the results without the mess. In a short period of time, your bath will be ready for final decoration. Add your finishing touches … and enjoy.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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Wet Paint, Dry Paint – Why Does Paint Change Color?

Choosing paint colors for your home varies according to your tastes and the lighting in each room. It can be a daunting task to choose colors that work beneficially in your favor and can accentuate the room in a way you prefer.

Wet Paint, Dry Paint – Why Does Paint Change Color?Nevertheless, after weeks of hard work and decision-making, you have finally found colors that you enjoy and think would look perfect within each room of your house.

Then the unthinkable happens. The paint dries … and its not the shade you expected. It looks too dark in the night, and is simply the wrong shade when the sun pops into your room.

Why Interior Wall Color Is Important

What could have caused your once lovely paint color to morph into a less-than-flattering shade of ugly?

Lighting

A determining factor many homeowners forget to consider before choosing paint colors is the lighting in the home. Both natural and artificial light must be taken into consideration since they both can alter the shade of the color you have chosen in your home.

  • Natural Light – North-facing natural light adds hues of blue to the room, causing paint color to look darker and warmer than its natural state. South-facing light adds white to the room, causing the room to look lighter and can make light-colored rooms look washed-out and faded. West-facing light adds orange hues to the room, causing paint colors to look warmer. Oranges, reds and yellows look completely saturated. East-facing light adds hues of green to the wall and can make the room look dull unless you use soft colors.
  • Artificial Light – Artificial lighting can also affect the way your wall color looks. Incandescent lighting adds hues of yellow and amber to the room and can make bright and warm colors appear more intense. Blues and greens tend to be saturated and duller. Fluorescent lighting gives off blue hues and complement blue and green shaded walls. Halogen lighting is similar to that of natural lighting and has a natural cooling effect on colors.

Finishes

When painting, applying the right finish to keep the color intact on the wall is necessary. It makes wiping stains off a synch without rubbing the paint from the wall. However, the finish also effects the way your wall color looks and can alter the overall shade of color.

Gloss finishes add a certain depth to the color on the wall, but varying on the light source within the room; it can also be very reflective and change the perception of the color. The glossier the finish, the more likely the color perception will alter and can leave you completely unsatisfied.

Getting the Room Color You Want

Talk with your painter before the project begins. He will give you samples of the paint, which you can easily try on your walls at home. Paint a small section of each wall and allow an hour to dry. Upon drying, analyze how the color appears on your walls and determine if it will work in your best interest. You might realize certain colors did not appear as you thought they would on the wall and choose a completely new look.

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Classic Color Combinations When Painting Your Rooms

Looking for a project to improve the look and feel of one of your rooms? Look no further than the color on your walls.

Classic Color Combinations When Painting Your RoomsOne of the easiest ways to change a rooms look and feel is also one of easiest to do. Choose a paint color for your walls. Add a few new accessories that make the color pop, and you’ll fall in love with your home all over again.

Sounds easy enough. But have you ever looked at the number of color options available to you? Where do you start? What do you choose?

As a professional painter, my job is more than handling a roller and a brush. One of the things I enjoy most is helping a homeowner select the right color for the room … then seeing the final results and enjoying the reactions.

For some people, they change paint on the walls almost as frequently as they do the wardrobe in their closets. For others, painting is a big job and not one they want to repeat for a long, long time. For those people, I always recommend sticking with classic color combinations that will truly stand the test of time.

Black and White

What can be more sophisticated that the classic look of black and white? Keep the walls a simple yet elegant shade of white. Add furniture in shades of white. Then let the black come in to play with curtains, flooring and accessories. You can even change out “pops” of color – such as red pillows – for a very quick change according to seasons or even moods.

Red and Gold

Have you ever visited a true Renaissance or Victorian home that has kept with the time period? You’ll find red and gold throughout. Red has always been a favorite for rooms like the dining room where guests gather and relax for hours at a time. In the past, red could evoke the feeling of warmth – something necessary when central heating didn’t exist. But the look has held and carried on to today.

Robins Egg Blue, Yellow and Cream

Think French countryside. You’ll find these colors if you visit historic sites throughout France, which dates back to the times of Louis XI and Louis XIV. You’ll even find these colors as a staple in many top brands today – Tiffany’s and Martha Stewart have always graced these colors over the years. It’s a classic look that will bring peace and tranquility to your bedrooms.

Green and Yellow

What could be better than bringing the outdoors in to your home? That’s why greens and yellows continue to work together and will always provide a classic look. Try yellow walls and accents in green … a green plant, green furniture, or green draperies are the perfect complement. And if nature tells us these colors work well together, who are we to argue? Use them and feel a sense of harmony whenever you enter your room.

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Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

The exterior color of your home is just as important as the interior. You want to choose a color scheme that reflects your home’s style and your individual tastes. While choosing a color palette for the exterior of your house can be a little intimidating, the following tips can help you to choose the prefect exterior paint color that will complement your home.

Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint ColorsBe a little daring. Many people will tell you that you should paint the exterior a color that does not clash with the surrounding neighboring houses. That advice is not for those who want their homes to make an exciting statement. By making the bold move with contemporary colors, you can have fun. Of course, being daring applies to those who are staying in their home for a while and not selling it.

What Your Paint Color Choice Says About You

Don’t overdo it. While little pops of color on places such as the door can be creative and modern, be sure not to overdo splashes of random color that can be distracting. Opt for a base shade, a color for the trim, and a door accent color.

Tour the neighborhood. To get ideas for color palettes, walk around the neighborhood and take note of architectural styles and colors that strike your eye.

Consider the landscaping and climate. Natural earth tones will look best on homes surrounded by many trees and shrubs, while bright colors look best on Sun Belt houses. The paint color that you choose should look great in the green and colorful spring as well as the snowy winter.

Look at samples outside in different lighting. This will help you to see what the paint color will look like in the bright sunshine as well as in the shade.

Color sets the mood and gives your home personality and style. Carefully choosing the right color of your home’s exterior paint will give it a charming look for years to come.

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