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How To Choose Exterior Paint Schemes

How To Choose Exterior Paint Schemes

Painting the exterior of your home can be a costly investment. As a result, it is something you want to get right the first time. So, when trial and error are out, what methods can you use to help you choose exterior paint schemes.

Consider the context:

Peruse your neighborhood – Your largest context is your neighborhood. We have all seen that one house that sticks out like a sore thumb. For peace and harmony throughout the neighborhood, you don’t want to go there. As you are considering your color options, consider what your neighbors have done. Are the colors on your block primarily toned down and understated or bold and daring?

Take a look at your lawn – Your more immediate context of course is your own lawn. How have you chosen to landscape? Do you have bright flowers in a front garden? Is your yard dominated by shade trees? The best color scheme for your home will complement the work you have already done in your yard.

Pay attention to the un-paintable – There are portions of your home that will not be painted.  Brick, stone, roofing materials and the like are colors already present in your scheme.  As you choose paint colors, be sure to harmonize with the pallet already present on your home.

Consider the desired result:

Lighter looks larger – Lighter colors tend to make objects or spaces appear larger than they are.  If you want your home to appear larger than life, you might want to consider a lighter color pallet.

Darker is dramatic – If your main concern is drama, go for the dark.  Darker shades present a greater contrast and grab the attention more.  Just be careful that your home doesn’t become a place of too much drama.

Multiples are a must – Painting with a single color will make your home look flat and uninteresting.  When you have your primary colors chosen, be sure to pick a few accent colors to highlight key areas of your home.


Before You Paint: Understanding The Color Wheel

Before you paint, you should know a few things about color chemistry. Where some people go to the store and buy one color to slather on the walls, you find the need for diversity. You have an accent color to go with your primary color, and your accent colors have accent colors.Before You Paint: Understanding The Color Wheelcolor wheel

But with all this color, it is easy to get lost in a sea of color. Before you put brush (or roller) to your canvas or wall, there is a way to minimize mess ups and cut back on clashes. A little understanding of the color wheel can go a long way to creating the perfect paint scheme.

Primary colors

There are three primary colors on the color wheel: red, blue and yellow.  All other colors are in some way derived from these colors.  True red, blue, and yellow are a bit intense and a little goes a long way.

Secondary colors

Secondary colors are created from equal parts of two primary colors.  Red and blue make purple, yellow and red make orange, yellow and blue make green.  Unfortunately, their proximity to the primary colors still make them a bit intense.

Tertiary colors

Here is where we start to see some beautiful hues emerge. Tertiary colors are created by combining a primary color with a related secondary color. For example, mixing blue and violet (a related secondary color) creates a more mellow blue-violet.

Now that we understand the members on the wheel, let’s consider how they work together.

Complementary colors are colors that are exact opposites on the wheel.  These work well to provide a contrast in a color scheme.

Analogous colors are a set of three connected colors. For example, blue, blue-violet, and violet are analogous colors. These work well to provide different hues, giving depth and interest.

The color wheel can be a great tool in helping you choose a color pallet that is harmonious and well balanced. Happy painting and good luck!


7 Things You Should Know About House Painters

Now that its summer, you’ve had a chance to look around your property. If you’ve noticed peeling paint in one area and faded colors in another, the next chore on your list may be to hire a house painter. But where do you begin? You could check out the name you found in the coupon mailer you received yesterday. Or call the number on the sign down in your neighbors yard – he had his painted last week, so they may a good resource.

But how do you know? How should you find the right house painters for the job?

1. The worst way to judge a paint company is by price. There can be a huge difference in a house painters ability, skill level, knowledge, and professionalism. If a painting company has been around for years, they know what it takes to complete a job effectively, and will quote it as such. Inexperience painters may quote low, only to come back with more corrections once you’ve started the process. Or worse, cut back on the overall quality of the job and give you a painting service that will need to be repaired and/or repainted again in a short period of time. 7 Things You Should Know About House Painters

2. Trust your instincts. How fast did a sales representative get back to you if you left a message or an email? How did they handle your initial meeting? Did you get quotes in a timely manner? Did you connect with the painter? Always go with your instincts and look for a professional that is backed by experience and expresses that in a way you are comfortable with.

3.What type of paint do they use? As a professional painter, we have access to a variety of paints, from cheap too expensive, from consumer grade to commercial grade. An inexperienced painter or one who is trying to make a buck or two over the summer will rely on buying consumer grade paints at the cheapest price possible – not necessarily the best paint for your home or the conditions.

4. How long will the job take? Painting companies vary in how they approach the job. Some come in as a single painter; some bring an entire team. Some spend a day or two on prep work before they get into the paint. Ask your questions early, especially if you have a deadline or an event that you want your house back and looking as good as new.

5. Where do you spend your time? For some house painters, they immediately put brush to your walls and finish as quickly as possible. Others power-wash, scrape, tape, cover and only dip the brush into the paint can when your home is in top shape. If they don’t understand the importance of creating the perfect canvas before they start painting, you might want to talk with another painter.

6. What about clean up? I’m sure you can remember the paint job of your neighbor down the street. You found blue tape and paper in your yard night after night. And when they finished up for the night, they simply left, with trash and equipment strewn from one side to the other. And on the final day, bags of trash and cans of empty paint were left on the sidewalk waiting for the homeowner to dispose. Anything is possible – make sure you ask so you aren’t surprised along the way.

7. What about problems? Get an inexperienced painter and you may end up with more problems than when you began? Mold. Mildew. Glossy surfaces. New wallboards. Stains. Discolored areas. Previously painted areas. Wallpapered surfaces. Lead. In many cases its not as easy as putting roller or paintbrush to the wall. In some cases you have to correct problem areas first.

Will your paint job be handled in the right manner?


Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Paint Colors

Whether you are completely remodeling your kitchen, or just making a few changes to give it a fresh new look, a coat of paint can go a long way in making your kitchen say WOW. Painting a kitchen can do that.

While certain things can make your kitchen more functional – upgrading to a gas stove, or adding two ovens instead of one – the overall style is what will make your home inviting to all that enter. Do you prefer a modern, minimalist look? Or is a contemporary style more in line with your tastes?

Your style dictates your final selections, and it can also help you when choosing your final colors and décor. Country kitchens will lead you down one path, while a traditional kitchen path will lead you down a different one. Painting A Kitchen – Choosing The Perfect Kitchen Paint Colors

Country kitchens have a focus on rustic and vintage. They have a comfortable lived in look that is warm and inviting to all that enter. They have a hand made feel that showcases your style and your history. They cater to natural beauty, with touches of color throughout. Country kitchens work well with warm, soft colors throughout. Don’t be afraid to paint the cabinets or wood furniture light colors – greens, yellows and blues – to give it even more charm.

A traditional kitchen provides a sense of comfort and nostalgia. It’s a classic design that you’ll find from one generation to the next, from old homes to sophisticated renovations. Traditional often means symmetry, uniformity and a sense of tranquility. Calm colors in all shades of white and pastels work well to leave the room feeling light and airy.

Contemporary kitchens provide a clean, linear look and feel with slight impacts from the traditional line. You may see wood cabinets with chrome vents and appliances. You’ll also find neutral paints with darker toned accents to pop color into the room to provide a rich and elegant effect. Walls may be kept whites or pastels with accents in the backsplash tiles. Or one focus wall may be painted a deep, jewel toned red with the rest of the kitchen a soft eggshell white.

Modern kitchens take clean and linear designs to the max. It’s easy to find sleek, grey toned cabinets and appliances offset with a bold colored wall. Décor and “extras” may be kept at a minimum to put the accent on the brightly colored accent wall. While primary and bold color choices work well, don’t overwhelm the visual senses by going crazy with the color. Use it sparingly – like the wall behind glass cabinets, or the backsplash area – and give your room depth.


House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

Ready to put your house on the market? Want to impress future buyers?

Before you tap the sign into your front yard, make sure it is ready for potential buyers. This means looking at it through the eyes of a potential buyer – from the top of your home to the bottom – and making any changes you deem necessary. This may include repairs, staging, cleaning and even painting.

While the inside is what creates a home, it’s the outside they’ll remember most. The last thing you want people to remember your home buy is:

“The house with the terrible color,” or “The house that needed paint.”

Giving your home a brand new look with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to impress future buyers. When buyers drive up to your home, you want them to like what they see – your home. A beautiful, new paint job is an easy way to accomplish this. Here are a few tips to help you dress – or in this case, paint – your home for success.

Choose the right type of paint. Pay attention to the paint and make sure you use paint that is designed for home exteriors. Try not to cut corners – you want your home’s paint job to stand up under all types of weather conditions, so it always looks its best.

Choose a neutral color for your home. You will put buyers off if you use a custom color because they may not have similar tastes. Instead of buying a home they will have to repaint, they will simply move on to another home.

Prepare the surface for painting. This includes sanding and cleaning the surface before ever picking up a brush. Prepping your home to be painted will ensure that the paint job looks professional and beautiful.

Make sure you finish painting your home as soon as possible. This includes taking care of all touch-ups and finishing touches. You want buyers to see a home that is complete and ready to move in – not one that has an incomplete paint job.

And in today’s market, if you desire to move fast to take advantage of this crazy buyers market, the ideal choice may be to hire a professional to paint the exterior of your home for you. You’ll get a professional job in a fraction of the time … and have the ability to move on to your new home – and new lifestyle – even faster.


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