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Denver Interiors: Trends to Keep an Eye On

As summer comes to a close, we’re looking into Denver interiors and decor trends that will guide the upcoming season of painting projects. It’s always exciting to see how they day-to-day for paint contractors will change every year. New trends bring new colors and exciting new style choices. Here’s what we’re expecting to see in interior paint for this upcoming season.

Warm Earthy Interior Paint Choices

In 2020, decorating homes with natural tones became a big trend. Even in cities, people want to feel connected to nature in their homes. In 2021, we continue to see interior paint bringing in greens and warm ocean blues.

Olive greens, emerald greens, sage greens, they are everywhere right now. These colors tend to make the interior of a home feel calm, peaceful, and warm, which is a vibe everyone needed a bit more of given the tumultuous landscape of 2020 and 2021. These earthy tones are also easy to pair with natural elements like woods and metals.

Darker Choices for Denver Interiors

Dark paint colors don’t always need to feel foreboding in an interior space. Emerald and slate greys can actually elevate a space if used correctly.

Lately, we’ve been seeing Denver interiors use these colors in tandem with bright gold and florals in décor to enrich a home. Oftentimes we see these color accents in staircases or feature windows to bring an elegant definition to a space. A deep plum or black with a red undertone makes for a warmer and more sophisticated style choice.

Big Bold Red

Shockingly enough, red is making a comeback in 2021. While this shade may feel dramatic and a bit hard to decorate with, it’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance since the maroon boom in the early 2000’s. If you are wary of using primary colors in your home, test out deep dark pinks in some of your décor choices before taking the plunge. However, in our opinion, the bolder the better.

Denver Paint Contractors

Paint Denver can help you take your home from cold & bland to bright & cheery – no remodel necessary. Our team of on and off-site supervisors and will be there to help throughout the entire process. From preparing a free quote to readying your space for painting, we have you covered. Denver interiors are our specialty, be sure to book in advance for your fall and winter projects!

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What is Skim Coating?

Any long-time homeowner will know that over time, walls can develop imperfections. Maybe you have shallow gouges from everyday wear and tear, signs from ripped wallpaper, or some spots with chipped paint. If you think that you need to completely replace your drywall to make your home look brand new again – skim coating may be the solution for you.

When to Skim Coat

Skim coating can be a time consuming and tedious project. However, it’s especially desirable in areas of critical lighting. This may be a underneath a skylight or in a hallway with a light source that shines on the walls. Any walls with gloss or even semi-gloss paint are good candidates for skim coating as well because reflective paint tends to exaggerate defects.

The Technique

A skim coat, also known as a level-five drywall finish, is a thin coat of diluted joint compound that can be applied by hand, paint roller or spray rig. Skim coating is a texturing technique used to make a wall smooth. Drywallers use the technique to hide an imperfect taping job to give the wall a plaster-like appearance. This skim coating process is the only way to achieve a level 5 drywall finish, which a number of trade associations, including the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, recommend for areas of bright or critical lighting.

Skim Coating in New Construction

If you’re dealing with new construction and have drywall that isn’t going to receive any texture, you should consider a light skim coat. This will ensure a uniform surface to prime and paint. This coat will also ensure that new paint absorbs evenly and looks its best. This is especially important with paint that has a sheen.

Denver Skim Coating Services

This process is oftentimes the most affordable and time effective way to bring new life into your interior walls. Consider this process in any remodels or new construction projects. If you have an applicable situation, let us know. We’re happy to give expert advice on your project and bring in our professional team to help!

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4 Exterior Paint Trends for 2021

It’s true ­– trends come and go. However, implementing your own personal style into your home exterior color choice will never get old. If you truly understand your own personal style when it comes to decorating, you can’t go wrong. With that being said, our team at Paint Denver sees all kinds of visions come to life with a new coat of paint. Here are 4 exterior paint trends we’re seeing in 2021.

Warm Whites

White will never get old and will always be an easy choice when it comes to upgrading your curb appeal. This is our most recent large-scale paint project for a massive residential home in Denver. The client wanted to upgrade their dated, faded brick exterior to a clean, modern white. It made a world of difference. Homeowners are focusing more on dark accents and greenery in their landscaping to bring a pop of color to their exterior.

large mansion in colorado before and after photosPastels and Pales

Speaking of pops of color in exterior projects, exterior paint trends are showing pale blues and greens as accent colors. You can use these shades on your shutters or on your door. It subliminally draws the eye to the house and works to make the home more interesting. The natural shades are playful yet tame.

Two Tone Trending

You heard it here first, two-toned exteriors are back. We thought we’d seen the last of that in the 80’s and 90’s but the two-toned look is experiencing a renaissance. This 2021 paint trend incorporates more modern colors like slate and beige to add dimension and intrigue to the home. It works as a great accent to abnormal architecture as well.

Back in Black

This trend is something we never thought we’d see, to be honest. Black is in and looks incredibly chic if done correctly. Going dark on your home’s exterior will give you that edge over the neighbors and works as a fantastic compliment to natural materials on the exterior. Consider a darker shade if you have wooden or metal accents on the exterior of your home.

2021 Paint Trends

Whether you’re looking for something bold, or just a bit of a facelift for your home, these choices are hot and popular right now. If you’re interested in taking on a home improvement project this year, give Paint Denver a call. We’re happy to provide a comprehensive quote, free!

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How Much Does It Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling?

Thinking of doing a few home renovations to make your home feel more modern? Flipping an outdated property? There are plenty of reasons people decide to upgrade their space and remove popcorn ceilings, but when planning a budget, make sure you know what is worth a DIY and what isn’t. So, how much does it cost to remove a popcorn ceiling?

Time Required

A lot of these project cost estimates are highly dependent on the size of the space. Typically, the process of removing the popcorn ceiling in a room can take anywhere from four hours to ten hours. This doesn’t include prep or clean up.

If your popcorn ceiling is covered in paint, it may be more difficult to remove. In this case, your renovation team will need to apply a chemical stripper to break down the barrier created by the paint.

The process of removing popcorn ceilings can be relatively straightforward usually. However, things become more complicated when there is asbestos present within the popcorn ceiling material. In this case, you’ll definitely want to consult with a professional to ensure your project is completed safely and successfully.

Average Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

For an average project, removing popcorn ceilings costs around $1 to $2 per square foot. This number could change for a number of reasons, but most clients fall within this threshold.

Supplies like scrapers, ladders, and protective materials cost anywhere from $148 – $168 on average per 500 square feet. Basic labor (which includes scraping and disposing of debris, planning, preparation, and cleanup) generally costs between $15 and $40 per hour when hiring a professional.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Do you have the time, experience, patience, and materials it will take to complete a popcorn ceiling removal? If not, you may want to rely on a professional team to get it done. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about a free quote, please reach out to the Paint Denver team.

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Skim Coating: When and How to Use It

Skim coating is used to improve the look of damaged and ugly walls and ceilings. A skim coat, or a “level-five drywall finish”, is a thin coat of diluted joint compound. Depending on your experience level, skim coating can be applied by hand, paint roller, or even with a spray rig, then it’s smoothed with a drywall knife or trowel.

You’ll want to use skim coating for any uneven surfaces before you paint or re-texture them. Here are a few situations where applying a skim coat is a good idea.

Wallpaper Removal

As we all know, most homes are moving away from wallpaper application. If you’re remodeling an old home or removing some temporary stylish wallpaper, you may want to consider a skim coat to even out the surface before repainting.  If wallpaper removal damages the drywall behind it with gouges or when the drywall outer paper gets torn off exposing the brown paper underneath, you’ll want to apply at least two coats to perfect the surface.

Resurfacing

Skim coating can be used on both walls and ceilings and is a great option if you’re dealing with outdated or poorly applied texture. Skim coating will provide a brand-new surface to the drywall without having to completely remove the wall and start anew. This fresh texture provides the perfect blank canvas for new paint.

New Construction

If you’re dealing with new construction and have drywall that isn’t going to receive any texture, you should consider a light skim coat. This will ensure a uniform surface to prime and paint. This coat will also ensure that new paint absorbs evenly and looks its best.. This is especially important with paint that has a sheen.

Skim Coating for You

This process is oftentimes the most affordable and time effective way to bring new life into your interior walls. Consider this process in any remodels or new construction projects. If you have an applicable situation, let us know. We’re happy to give expert advice on your project and bring in our professional team to help!

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