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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 what 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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Wall Retexturing for Your Home’s Interior

Here at Paint Denver, we tackle all kinds of interior renovations for our clients. Oftentimes, we come across clients who have removed some wallpaper or wainscoting, or recently relocated a door or a window, and need wall retexturing services.

If you don’t know exactly how you’re going to get that flat, unadorned piece of drywall to blend in with the texture on the rest of your home’s interior, you’ll need a retexturing treatment.

Tools You’ll Need for Wall Retexturing

If you’re considering tackling this project on your own, there are a number of tools you’ll need to get the job done.

In order to properly retexture your wall, you’ll need drywall mud – and lots of it. You’ll mix this compound up until you reach the right consistency, it should feel like cake batter. If there are any puncture marks, holes, dips, or other imperfections in the wall, you’ll want to even those out with the compound and a putty knife.

In total, you’ll need about 8 tools:

  • Drywall mud
  • Work cloths
  • Drill and mixing attachment
  • Trowel
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint roller
  • Texture brush

DIY Wall Retexture or Hire a Pro

If you’re a DIY fan and want to tackle this project yourself, more power to you! However, depending on the size of your home, this project could take a long time, not to mention the cost of the supplies to get the job done. Depending on whether you’re creating a smooth, flat finish, or adding texture to a wall for design aesthetic. It definitely requires finesse and patience to master the technique it takes to create a perfectly smooth wall.

Drywall work can get really messy. Professionals know to cover the floors, mask everything off and contain the dust. The pros will also have all the equipment for taping and mudding. Balancing time against money is always a factor when deciding whether to do something yourself or hire a professional. This is a time that we strongly suggest hiring a professional, as this is not an easy job to take on on your own.

Paint Denver Wall Retexturing

If you do decide to hand this project over to the pros, the team at Paint Denver is happy to help. If you’d like to get a free quote, give us a call or contact us online!

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Wrapping up Your Project? Here’s Where to Recycle Paint

Oftentimes home renovation projects leave people with a lot of leftover supplies. If you don’t plan on using the paint for any other projects or simply just don’t want it taking up room in your shed, here’s how and where to recycle paint.

Latex Paint Disposal

If you just have an inch or so of paint left at the bottom of the can, you can simply leave the open can outside to dry out. Be sure to keep it out of reach of children or pets. Small amounts of latex paint will dry relatively quickly and you can throw away the can.

However, if you are left with larger quantities and don’t know where to dispose of leftover paint, you might want to consider investing in a box and some cat litter or shredded paper. Pour the paint into the box of litter or paper and wait for the concoction to dry. Then dispose of the box and the empty paint can.

Get Creative

If you want to get more creative or are interested in recycling leftover paint, try blending several different cans of leftover paint for a base coat on your next DIY paint job. This can be used to bring new life to cabinets, outdoor wooden items, or even a bed frame or hutch. While this new shade might not be the one you plan on sticking with, it will be an inexpensive way to substitute for a base coat.

Paint Recycling Locations

Recycling paint is more convenient than ever in Colorado. There are many locations that will recycle or take back old paint. Different rules apply for latex and oil-based paints, so make sure they’re kept separate. Contact your local government office for a recycling center near you.

Dispose of oil-based paint the same way you would hazardous waste. Check with your local waste management company for hazardous waste instructions.

Free Paint Recycling

Residents and businesses in Colorado can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling to participating paint retailers that have volunteered to take back paint. However, if you choose to dispose of leftover paint, ensure it is safe for the community and for the environment.

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