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Utilizing Accent Colors In Your Home

Finding the best blend of color within any given room is like picking out the right outfit: you wouldn’t wear denim jeans with a denim shirt and a denim jacket — you just wouldn’t! Same goes for your home.

You can’t paint your living room walls beige, throw in some creme-colored furniture and expect to feel invigorated by the decor. You need to add some spice! Today, we’re talking about the power of accent colors in your home.

 

Establishing and Designing With Your Accent Color

Every nicely themed room requires a strong accent color that ties all of the design elements together. This color will also govern the other shades of your home decor color schemes, so make sure it’s a color you enjoy.

Choosing Your Accent Color

If you’re not sure which color is worthy enough to accent your room, ask yourself these questions: Which colors do I like the most? What mood would I like my room to give off? Am I designing this room for myself or to entertain guests; if the latter, make sure your accent color is unobtrusive?

For further guidance, note that some of the most common accent colors used in interior design are those found on the standard color wheel: red, yellow, green, blue, etc.

Itemizing Your Accent Color

The objects your accent color adorns is equally as important as the color you choose. Once you have decided on the perfect shade, select several of your favorite decor items; items such as decorative pillows, rugs, side table lamps or even a piece of art.

The key of utilizing accent colors is to not overdo it; you want these items to be sprinkled throughout your home.

If you’re uncertain which items look best in your accent color, take a trip to your favorite home decor store! Find anything and everything that contains your chosen shade and narrow down which items are your favorite.

 

Going Big With Accent Colors

If you want the presence of your accent color to emanate a little bit stronger throughout your room, bathing one entire wall of your space in your accent color has become a popular technique utilized by modern interior design enthusiasts. When employing an accent wall, however, it is important to keep your other accent-colored items on the three remaining neutral-painted walls, thus creating the best complimentary effect.

 

Share Your Accent Colors With Us!

Have you already incorporated accent colors into your home? Take a picture of your design and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. We’re excited to see what you’ve come up with!

Understanding the Psychology of Paint Color Moods

When you chose the color of your living room, your car or even the shirt you have on right now, chances are you selected this color out of some sort of necessity. Maybe you just happen to be wearing the newest fall trend. Possibly your car was the last model like it on the lot. Maybe you wanted to further differentiate your living room walls from the not-so-unique carpet.

Regardless of the way color has entered into your life, how many times did you stop to think about how these shades make you feel?

The various visual tones located throughout your home have a significant impact on how you experience these very personal spaces, whether you consciously realize it or not. This perception is what we refer to as “paint color moods.”

In this piece, we will dive into the psychology surrounding paint color moods and how you can optimize these shades to fit your needs on a room-to-room basis.

 

Warm Paint Color Moods

The warm side of the color spectrum consists of shades resembling the essence of fire, such as reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Often associated with energy, warmth (heat) and strength, warm tones can help make a large room feel full and intimate. Depending on your needs, pops of red, orange and yellow can go great in the living room or your kitchen.

Cool Paint Color Moods

The cool side of the color spectrum is comprised of purples, blues, greens and grays — tones that are evocative of the open sky, a body of water or a chilly night. Commonly associated with mindfulness, trust and peace, cool tones make spaces feel larger and more tranquil. Reliant on your needs, the best areas to drench in blues, greens and grays include your bedroom or your bathroom.

Blend Paint Color Moods Together

Feeling adventurous? There is no rule stating that you have to choose warm or cool paint color moods for any specific room. In fact, you can mix and match these options to create a unique color experience. Check out these inspirational examples.

Paint Color Moods vs. Your Personality

Now that you’ve read this article, take a look around your living space. Which colors have been placed in which rooms? Did you put these colors there, or were they already present when you moved into your home? If there is anything you would like to change about your home’s current color scheme, what would it be?

Whether you know exactly what shades should belong in your home or you’re uncertain where or how to begin, SNL Painting can bring clarity to your needs. Reach out to us for a free painting estimate, and let our specialists’ careful attention to detail handle the rest.

Curb Appeal Ideas That Make Your Home Stand Out

Whether you are putting your home on the market or just want to liven it up, here are a few curb appeal ideas to enhance your home’s exterior and make it stand out from the pack. Some of these you can do yourself, and others we can handle for you.

 

6 Curb Appeal Ideas to Refresh Your Home:

  1. Paint the Front Door

Simply painting the front door of your home can drastically change the exterior look and feel. This is a fantastic guide on how to choose the right color.  A brightly colored door will draw attention to your house and make it feel inviting. Our current favorites are apple green, cherry red, and canary yellow. There is also an app that helps you discover which color would look best on your door. Awesome, right? Download it here. If you need help with the painting, call us and book an appointment. Our expert painters have years of experience and will make your door look brand new.

  1. Update Your Hardware

If your door’s knocker, bell, and knobs are out of date or dingy, a little renewal may be in order. Clean and paint your knobs and hardware, or just replace them with something your style.

  1. Redo Your House Numbers

Replacing your house numbers with a new font can really up your curb appeal game. We love these sans-serif numbers you can find here. You can also find great decals or stencils at most hardware stores.

  1. Add Proper Porch Lighting

Good porch lighting is necessary not only for looks but safety and security as well. Path lights leading to your front door add a welcoming warmth to your home while providing a safe walkway. For a complete guide to porch light safety, click here.

  1. Add plants

Greenery will breathe new life into any space. Mix and match landscaping with pots and hanging plants. See how to mix and match at House and Home, and make these hanging plants from A Beautiful Mess.

 6. Paint the Exterior

Have professional painters renew your siding and trim for a brand new look. A new coat of paint can also double as a protective finish. Contact us for your free exterior painting estimate. Our expert painters can update your porch, siding, trim, deck, garage, and more!

Best Painting Tips for Sellers

Are you preparing your home for the market? While there are numerous fixes on your to-do list, we may be able to help you narrow down your most valuable items. We know it’s important to stay on budget and save as much time as possible when selling you home while still being able to ask for the right price. Large scale updates and remodels will dramatically increase the value of your home, but you don’t always have to go to the greatest lengths. You may be surprised what some strategic painting and beautifying can do for your home’s value. Below we have a few of our favorite painting tips for sellers that will get your house off the market fast!

Our Favorite Painting Tips for Sellers

Boost Your Curb Appeal

You know first impressions are everything. If you want to sell your home in a short amount of time and with minimum hassle, it’s critical that the first impression is the best impression.

  • Get your exterior pressured washed to refresh siding, patios, decks, and porches.  A clean wash will remove dirt, mold, and any stains.
  • Paint a fresh coat of exterior paint in a modern color. A nicely painted home on the outside is a huge selling point and may even draw people in that were not planning on buying. When choosing a color for the outside, keep in mind the rest of the neighborhood. If all the houses on the street are beige and tan, don’t paint your house bright green.
  • Make your door pop. Choose a bold and stylish color to make your home’s entrance inviting and stand out.  For a few examples and inspiration, take a look at these doors on Houzz.com. Who doesn’t love a fun door?
  • Repair issues on the outside including broken front steps, cracked sidewalks, wood rot, etc.

Refresh the Interior

Interior paint is so necessary to make the sale. Every realtor will advise you to paint, at least in the front and main rooms.

  • Pick a Neutral color. Think bright, light, and stylish. Beige is very popular, renters white is a good clean tone, but gray is also a fantastic and trendy choice. Check out our blog on how to pick the right gray. A neutral tone lends to a clean slate for those walking through your home. Buyers are turned off by bad paint jobs, bright colors, or anything too creative that may clash with their style.
  • Don’t ignore the kitchen and bathroom. You will never regret painting those cabinets and walls. A dark color will make those rooms feel small and crowded, which is also a turn off for buyers. Freshen up the area in something bright and inviting such as a light blue for the bathroom or a bright white or light yellow for the kitchen.

Are You Looking for a St. Louis Painting Company?

We are a St. Louis painting company, and help can get your home ready to sell. In addition to painting we also offer carpentry, drywall work, wallpapering, faux finishing, power washing, deck and fence staining, wood finishing…and more! Just contact us and let us know what you need.

Shades of Gray Paint | How to Pick the Perfect One

No longer is gray only associated with dreary days or dull, drab paint. Gray has undergone a transformation over the years and now is a top color in paint trends. Gray has not only replaced beige as the go-to neutral color, but grays are now synonymous with style, class, and minimalism.

With so many shades of gray paint these days, it can be a challenge to pick the right one. We know the story far too well. You choose that perfect shade of gray after an hour of looking at paint samples at the store and just know you chose the right one.

You start painting the walls, or have your painter start and don’t notice till the color is swept across half of one wall when you know the shade is all wrong. Believe us; it’s not your fault, gray is tricky. Maybe it came out more periwinkle than that light, calm gray you thought or more muddy brown than bright and clean. Each room will change a shade of gray dramatically, and the light whether it’s natural or from bulbs will also convert the color. So how can you be sure you have chosen that perfect shade of gray and can confidently dive into the bucket?

Shades of Gray Paint – Which One is Right for Me?

The first thing to ask yourself is what undertone do you want? All grays have a little bit of color to them. Do you want a light gray, medium gray, charcoal gray? A blueish gray, purple gray, blackish gray? We will sum up some of the most popular shades of gray paint types to help you narrow down just what you are looking for.

Subtle Gray

A subtle gray tint is the new white and a standard choice for sellers or renters. A nice subtle gray will make a small room feel more bright and open and in short, bigger.

Silver Gray.

A lighter gray paint color can appear silver and luminous in a well-lit space. When paired with white, this is a very glamorous and clean look, far from boring.

Medium Gray

A soft mid-tone gray is very gender neutral and lovely with colors like vivid yellow accents. This is fantastic for the indecisive decorator since it pretty much matches everything,

Greige (Beige and Gray)

A warm gray with brown undertones is incredible neutral. This is a fantastic color for a home office or living room.  This color is warm and cozy.

Blue Gray

Grays with blue undertones are very fresh and serene. When going for a blue-gray, it’s imperative you test the color in a small area you will be painting in as sometimes it can be more gray or blue than on the swatch. Bluish grays are an excellent color for a bedroom or bathroom.

Charcoal/smokey gray. This sophisticated and calming color is ideal for the master bedroom. The deepest shades create a contract against clean white bedding and relaxing space.

And to make it more complicated, these aren’t the only shades of gray paint! Our best tip for you is to get one or two that you love (or more if you like) at the store and take them samples to try on the wall of the room you will be painting. Put a small sample on each wall and see how it looks with the light and space. This is the ideal way to know if you have picked that perfect color.

Have you embraced gray as a color for your home? Are you considering it for your next painting project? We’d love to hear which shades you have used and if you are enjoying them. If you need help getting the job done, contact us to paint your home today!
 

 

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