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Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For Trim

One of the biggest changes you can make to a room in your home is to change the colors of the walls. But adding color to the walls isn’t the only way to make big changes; look at your room’s trim as well.

Interior trim gives a room balance, definition and proportion. It can highlight points of interest. It can set the tone and character of your room.

Finish Your Paint Job With Trim: Choosing The Right Color For TrimTrim includes many different features of your room: door and window casings, baseboards, wainscoting and paneling, pillars and mantles, crown moudling, picture moulding and chair rails all can be impacted with color. Think of your trim as you would a picture frame – it simply defines, outlines and highlights the beauty of what is inside.

Trim can be purely definitional and act as a way to define where one room ends and another begins. Trim provides strong lines around the baseboards, door or window casings, breaking up a room to clearly define the wall space. These lines announce the transition between wall and feature, merely blending together to define the space.

Trim can also enhance the beauty of the room, standing out in its own right. Today you’ll find things like wainscoting and crown moulding, doing as much for the aesthetic appeal as the color of the walls and the décor you place in the room itself.

With trim, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting its final look. In many cases it depends on the style and period of the the home itself, as much as it has to do with a clients personality and tastes. Typically you wouldn’t use a heavy Victorian stained trim in a modern ranch home, just like you wouldn’t use minimalist techniques in a turn of the century historic two story.

Trims typically come in one of three forms:

Wood – pine, poplar and basswood are all common types, each made from single layers perfect for accepting stain or paint.

Medium density fiberboard (MDF) – moulding that is paint grade and less expensive than wood. Its smooth and easy to work with, having more resistance to dings and dents, the perfect choice in high traffic areas.

High density polyurethane – a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to wood, comes in many patterns and provides great resistance to severe chances in temperature or humidity.

Once installed, let your imagination run free.

For a classic look, keep your trim lighter in color, usually off white or white in color. A beautiful white will truly accent a dark jewel toned wall, giving a crisp clean look in any room in your home.

Or for a new trend, select a darker color for your trim. Dark trim gives a room more depth and can effectively frame views when used around window casings. While dark paints may be the perfect choice, you can also choose dark stains, increasing the hue even into the black shades. Black provides perfect color coordination especially in historic or period homes.

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Five Painting Strategies To Help Sell Your Home Quickly

Want to know one of the best secrets that will help sell your home quickly? It’s a fresh coat of paint. It’s one of the most inexpensive “fixes” you can make that will help make a good first impression no matter where they walk in your home.

Five Painting Strategies To Help Sell Your Home QuicklyThe average buyer enters your home and spends minutes going through things and making decisions. They are looking at potential. They are looking at cleanliness. They won’t have time to get down on their hands and needs and dig into every nook and cranny. Instead, they’ll watch for big WOWs and things that can leave a lasting impression.

Start by painting your front door.

Its one of the easiest things to do to add curb appeal. But don’t jump right into bright colors. What colors match well with your existing house colors? What color are your trim, brick, and siding? You can also look to your neighbors to see what their doors’ look like. Check in with your homeowners association as well – you never want to start a “war” with the HOA as you are leaving and a new family is moving into your home.

Touch up the trim.

You know the house in the neighborhood that everyone talks about. The paint is peeling. There are chips and cracks shining through. Chances are when things start deteriorating, it starts with the trim. Walk around your home and take a look at the color. Do you see things that aren’t in top shape? A quick touch up of paint can make all the difference.

Go neutral.

Remember, vivid colors aren’t always best when trying to sell your home. Color is a personal choice, one your potential buyer may not agree with. Its better for them to see neutral with plans for changing it into something they know they will love after they move in.

Fix the problems.

You know that patch work you always planned on working on, yet you’ve lived with for years? The hole you fixed with just a glob of paint? Before you put your home on the market, make sure you fix those overdue projects in a professional manner first. While you may have lived with them for years, it’s the first thing a potential home buyer will see as they enter your home and walk from room to room.

Focus on the green.

In today’s marketplace, people look for things that improve living. If you paint your house before you list it, make sure you use low or non VOC paints and stress it in your marketing. VOCs contribute to ozone and smog formation, and can lead to respiratory illness. The smells can give people headaches. By using eco-friendly paints, you can stress it to people that may have chemical sensitivities or have young children or are planning on starting a family.

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How To Maintain Your Exterior Paint Job To Keep It Looking New

What’s one of the biggest jobs you’ll have done this summer? Having the exterior of your home painted. Between picking out colors, making minor repairs, powerwashing, and having every inch of your home painted with new color, you can sit back and enjoy the new look of your home.

How To Maintain Your Exterior Paint Job To Keep It Looking NewWhether you’ve done the work yourself, or hired a contractor to complete it for you, painting the exterior is a big investment both in time and in money. Its not something you want to repeat in the near future. Which is why its important to maintain your new paint job and keep it looking like new for as long as possible.

Frequency

Paint isn’t meant to last forever. And when it comes to your exterior, the frequency of your paint job depends on a variety of things. What type of siding is your home made of? Stucco in general holds paint longer than wood. Which means homeowners with wood siding should expect to repaint their homes more than neighbors with homes made out of stucco. The environment can also play a crucial role in the life of your pain job. Harsher climates mean more exposure to elements – a house in the foothills may require more paint than a home in a Denver community. In general, expect to repaint on a frequency of every six to ten years.

Cleaning and Pressure Washing

Dust storms. Wind. Sleet. Snow. Pollen. There are many things that impact the condition of your paint job. Are you located near an empty lot, with dust blowing in your direction regularly? Did we have an unusually windy spring? Weather and elements change all the time. And occasionally your home will have areas that take the brunt of it all. Don’t ignore your home until the next paint cycle; watch the condition of your home throughout the year. With a simple garden hose, you can spray off shutters and under eaves after a heavy storm. Don’t allow mud and debris to build up in corners. They can seal in salts and other harsh chemicals, which eat at the paint.

Mold, Mildew and Rot

Mold and mildew in Colorado? While many people think we simply don’t have the water or humidity for mold and mildew problems, it is possible. If the north side of your home is shaded with large trees, and its not uncommon to have piles of snow against your home for months on end, mold, mildew and rot can set it quicker than you think. When water sits for extended periods of time, your siding can be impacted quickly if not painted properly, or you don’t have the right amount of protection. During the summer months, check these places thoroughly for any damage and repair right away to avoid further potential problems.

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House Painting For Seniors – Avoid The Scams

When it comes to big purchases, senior citizens are often leery about service businesses. With so many reports in the news today about “trusting” seniors spending way too much money on services they aren’t actually receiving, its no wonder trust has become a factor.

House Painting For Seniors – Avoid The ScamsSeniors are most often the target of scams and fraud. In many cases, they have substantial assets, and where there is money, the scammers aren’t far behind. They attempt to gain trust in a variety of ways – from phone conversations to knocking on the front door. And in most cases, with just a little bit of extra attention, there are easy ways to work with legitimate companies within our community, get the services you want and need, and get a great deal too.

In the house painting industry, there are three things you can do that will put the odds in your favor.

1. Know how scam artists will target you

In some cases seniors fall into traps because they simply don’t know the trap even exists. If you have a senior in your life, explain how scrupulous scam artists work and what to look out for. Then teach them to do due diligence before signing on the dotted line. Ask around their neighborhood or with family and friends to see if anyone has heard of this company and can recommend it. Do a little research online if you’re Internet savvy. Never trust anyone that calls or shows up at your door and pushes for an instant decision – it’s a sure sign they aren’t reputable.

2. Get the price in advance

Before you agree to an exterior or interior painting project, make sure you have a proposal stating the full price of the job plus any incidentals that may add up after the project begins. The closer you can come to a “full” price before signing on the dotted line, the less surprises will show up later. If you feel a company is being unreasonable in their pricing with no justification for the charges, move on to a company you feel more comfortable with.

3. Deal with reputable companies

Your safety is always top concern. Do you feel comfortable with the person that will be painting your home? Whether interior or exterior projects are needed, the painting crew may be around your home for several days at a time. Are you comfortable with them being there 8, 10, 12 hours a day? Make sure you understand who will be working on your home before you sign the contract – will the owner be there and provide full responsibility for his crew? If you’re not comfortable with the situation, move on.

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