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Interior Painting Projects to Tackle In The Fall

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner. But just the thought of our families reuniting over festivities and holiday meals may be enough to make you look around in a bit of a panic.  Maybe it’s time to freshen up your home and tackle a few interior painting projects for the fall season.  Say hello to the crisp autumn weather and add some new colors to liven up our living space. Here are some interesting interior painting projects to tackle in the fall for your home.

 

Give a New Look to Your Basement

Holiday get togethers usually mean inviting a larger group of people into your home. It also means people overflowing into somewhat unused sections of the house. Do you have spaces that are underutilized? Now is the time to make them work for you. Transform your old and boring basement into a gaming arena for your kids and grandkids. You can paint your basement walls with greens, blues, and reds, to set up the mood. To counter a windowless basement, bright neutrals can help lighten up the space. If you are trying to set up a gaming arena in your basement, you can also paint a few interesting game characters on the walls. A fresh coat of paint may be enough to transform a boring basement into a fun spot for the whole family. 

 

A New Study Place for Your Kids

If your kids are young and they are back in school, there is going to be plenty of reading and homework to do. Why not give a quiet place in your home to ease your kids’ study routine?

If you have a spare room or even an unused nook, you can convert it into your kid’s study area. Calm, soothing colors are always a smart choice for these spaces. Blues and greens can add a tranquil feel to make homework time less hectic. Of course neutral greys are also popular.  Choosing the right color can make your room look brighter and bigger.

 

Enjoy Holiday Cooking in Your Revamped kitchen

As the busiest room in the house, how do you feel about your kitchen? Despite all of the time spent in this room, cooking, cleaning, and hanging out; the kitchen is often overlooked in terms of design. Why not re-invent your kitchen this fall to give a new life to your home? A new look to the space will make preparing holiday feasts for your family a little less of a chore. Using orange, red, and vibrant shades  as accents in the room can give your kitchen a new look. Working with the right painting partner can make sure that a kitchen project is done quickly and neatly, getting you back in the kitchen as quickly as possible. 

 

Add Unique Patterns or Colors to Your Kids’ Rooms

Change your kids’ existing room by adding a new coat of paint to the walls. As your child grows, what they loved as a child may evolve into something completely different. You can sit with your child to brainstorm different ideas for painting his/her room. They might want to paint an entire wall or introduce a new design or texture to the bedroom walls. You can ditch traditional paints and experiment with different colors and designs to make your child’s room more interesting.

 

Prepare the Dining Room for Guests

If you are expecting a lot of guests this holiday season, make sure you prepare your dining room to enjoy memorable holiday dinners. If your dining room is small, you can choose bright shades to make it look bigger. Use inviting warm colors such as oranges, yellows, and reds to set the perfect ambiance for a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast. The dining room is another place where neutral colors, contrasted with pops of color, can offer a beautiful result. 

 

Final Thoughts

There is nothing better than a coat of paint to help make your home feel bright and refreshed in time for the holiday season. There are a rainbow of  fantastic colors on the market to help make your home look more appealing and inviting. Beyond choosing the right colors, make sure that you are choosing the right painting contractor to make sure your project is expertly applied, on time and on budget. SNL Painting is here to help. Check out a gallery of our work to see how SNL painting can beautify your home. 

Give Your Front Door a New Look with these Tips

With a touch of color, you can make your front door pop and change the look of your entire house!

Keep reading for our tips and a little color inspiration … 

When is the Best Time to Paint Your Front Door?

The exterior of your home needs regular maintenance. If you’re noticing chipped or faded paint, it may be the perfect time to refresh both your trim and your front door.

The sun is your enemy when doing your front door.  The sun will heat the door and cause the paint to dry too fast, causing streaks and drags in the paint. You’ll want to do it on an overcast day or when the sun is on the other side of the house. If it’s rainy or excessively humid in your area, it will take longer for the paint to dry. Early fall is the perfect time of year to get this done because of lower temperatures and lower humidity! 

Be sure you have at least 4 hours set aside for this project, preferably all day for proper dry time.

Should You Paint Your Front Door Yourself, or Hire the Job Out? 

This depends largely on how much effort you want to put into this project. Be aware, however, that getting a good-looking paint job requires a lot more than just a brush and a gallon of your favorite color.

The prep work is essential: 

  • Remove the lockset from the door or carefully cover it with painter’s tape.
  • If you only can do the door when it’s sunny or you’re more comfortable doing the door horizontally, remove the door from its hinges and lay it out on sawhorses in your garage or other shady area.
  • Clean the door with a wet rag and lightly scuff-sand the door to dull the finish with 120 or 150 grit sandpaper to aid in adhesion of the new paint.  Wipe the door after sanding to remove any dust.
  • Finally, you’ll be ready to paint! 

If these steps – plus painting, waiting, reattaching hardware, rehanging the door, and tidying up – are too labor-intensive for you, it may be best to hire a professional. 

Tips for Painting Your Front Door

(1) Purchase a quart of high-quality, 100% acrylic latex paint.  Satin, Semi-Gloss, or Gloss sheen is best for front doors.  The shinier the paint, the more challenging it is to make it look nice, so choose wisely based on your painting experience.

(2) Next, purchase a high-quality 2-1/2” or 3” nylon bristle brush.  Nylon-Polyester blends or brushes labeled “stiff” make it harder to achieve smooth brush strokes. 

(3) Finally, purchase an “extender” such as XIM Extender, M-1 Conditioner, or Flood Floetrol.  These will help keep your paint wet for a longer period of time and level out brush strokes.

(4) If the door has been previously painted by a professional, pay attention to the way the brush strokes are laid out. Most doors installed in the last 30 or so years are made of smooth insulated steel or fiberglass. More than likely, they were intended to mimic the direction of wood grain on a traditional wood door, so you’ll want to keep brush strokes in the same direction. 

(5) If you’re changing the door color, 99.9% of the time you’ll need to apply two coats, and maybe three or more if you choose bright red or yellow. Be sure your paint is fully dry before painting subsequent coats for better coverage; you don’t want to disturb previous coats by starting your next coat too soon.

(6) If you plan to use a roller on your front door, proceed with caution, as it will leave a roller texture or “stipple” on the surface.  Be sure this is the look you desire before you start. If you do choose to roll the door, a velour or mohair roller is your best choice. Be sure to apply enough paint to get a smooth coat without having to work the roller too vigorously. Your final pass should be very light to produce an even coat and a texture free of roller lines or “ropes.” 

(7) Move quickly! Paint dries quickly these days and can be frustrating to deal with on a smooth surface such as your front door. If you move too slowly or overwork the paint, you’ll be disappointed with the results.

(8) Give the door a few hours to dry before re-hanging or closing it, especially if you painted it in place, so it doesn’t stick to the door seals.

If these steps – prep, painting, waiting, reattaching hardware, rehanging the door, and tidying up – are too labor-intensive for you, it may be best to hire a professional. 

How Should You Choose a Color? 

While a just-right paint color can add luxury and style to your exterior, a not-quite-right color can make your house look … off. No one wants their house to be the neighborhood eyesore. That’s why it’s important to take your time, consider the look you want, and choose a color that will go best with your existing exterior. 

We recommend picking up a variety of paint chips or swatches and taping them to your door. You can also pick up samples of your favorite paint and try them out. Make sure you’re considering how the color will look in morning, afternoon, and evening light. 

Is your house white? Consider a classic red door. Does your house already boast a lot of color? Choose a glossy black for the front door. Do you have a brick or stone home? The options are endless, but we love a surprising color – like deep green, sunny yellow, or even breezy turquoise – to bring a bit of style. There are plenty of combinations to try! 

 

Contact One of Our Experts for a Beautiful, Professional Job – Every Time 

Remember that our painters are experienced, knowledgeable, and thorough. If you’d like a professional paint job that will make your home the best-looking on the block, give us a call. Now is the perfect time! 

 

 

 

 

2019 Paint Color Trends to Try in Your Home

If your plans for this year include redecorating, then you’re probably spending some time choosing paint colors and envisioning layouts. While we spend most of our time in coveralls applying the paint, we like to keep up with color trends, too! Here’s what our research has uncovered about the current trendiest shades.

If You’re Looking for a New Type of Neutral, Try These Options

Shades of gray are still in style, but warmer neutrals are coming in. If you’re looking for an updated alternative to neutral beige, dove gray is a classic choice. Ready to make it more interesting with just a hint of color? There’s something moody about some of 2019’s grays; they have a lilac undertone that can look gorgeous in a master bedroom. Darker grays like pewter are becoming more popular as well.

Another inviting, more interesting shade of neutral that still provides a warm backdrop for your decor is hazelnut. This shade has a remarkable ability to brighten a space.

While we’re talking brown shades, mushroom is a color that’s on trend again. In fact any warm, earthy color — like hazelnut, mushroom, or clay — are becoming more popular. Think: a sun-washed desert drive.

Get a Little Moody with These Darker Colors

There’s something about darker, moody shades that can feel so mysterious — and so luxurious. If you’ve never tried it in your own home, consider shaking things up a bit.

One of Pantone’s top 2019 paint colors is a richer, darker green they call “night watch.”

This color goes with with the botanical trend we’re seeing everywhere, and the deeper jewel tones that are becoming more popular. Designers recommend using colors like these for large, well-lit rooms. We like them for studies or offices, too.

Blues haven’t gone out of style, and there seem to be more shades than ever. Today, they’re often mixed with gray tones to create charcoal blue, ice blue, or a pale powder blue. These shades are a little more subtle, so they won’t overpower your room.

Other richer colors are coming into style as well, like merlot or dusky gold. Think about curling up in an armchair with a ponderous tome. Add a glass of barrel-aged whiskey and you’ve got the look.

Pastels are Back!

If you prefer pastels over the bold colors described above, than this is for you: Pastels are back in all their soothing, muted glory. While Millennial pink may be on its way out, shades of blue, green, and lavender are all coming to the forefront.

One shade we like is called “mist.” This hard-to-pinpoint color nevertheless brings a bright airiness to any room in the house.

For an earthier look, think about terra cotta, caramel, or burnt orange. These colors are gaining popularity, and they can bring a lot of personality to your home.

Are You Ready to Transform Your Home? SNL Painting Inc. can Help!

Wall colors can act as a blank canvas for decor of any style. They can also bring new life into a room that’s become dull or stale. If you’re ready to change things up in your home, give our painters a call. Now is the perfect time to refresh your home for spring.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen Cabinets with a New Stain or Paint Color

You’ve probably heard the advice that renovating your kitchen is the number one thing you can do to increase the value of your home. At SNL Painting Inc., we often advise customers who’d like to take small steps to revitalize their kitchen without breaking the bank on a granite countertop or new tiled floor. We recommend a comparatively simple fix: refinishing their kitchen cabinets.

With something as simple as a new stain or trendy paint color, your kitchen cabinets can look brand new. In fact, the entire feel of your kitchen can change for the better.

Below, we describe a few trends and tell you how to get started!

Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends in 2019

Colored cabinetry is a trend you’ll see more and more of in the next couple of years. Painted cabinets in a dusky blue or jewel-tone green – even a deep black – are all options coming into style.

To get the look, choose a color that’s sleek and bold, or a color that’s muted and earthy, and paint it cleanly. The “antique” or “shabby chic” look isn’t as trendy this year as it’s been in the past. Instead, you’ll want to go for smooth, all-over color. Some people are even going for a two-toned color: one color for their lower cabinets and another color for their upper cabinets.

White and gray have been popular cabinet colors for years, and they can still give your kitchen a clean, airy look. If you choose white, carefully select colorful accessories to add some spark to your kitchen design.

Never be afraid to choose the colors that you love and use them. Remember, the kitchen is a gathering place. It can express your personality and set the tone for the entire house.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

With the right primer and paint, and enough prep time to do the job right, you can spruce up your kitchen with cabinets that look brand new.

  • At SNL, we always encourage you to collect all the materials you’ll need before you begin.
  • Start by removing your cabinet doors and cleaning doors, drawers, and frames with a degreaser spray. Clean your cabinets thoroughly to make sure there’s no lingering oil or grime.
  • Next, use a sander fitted with 100-grit sandpaper to remove the finish. After you sand the doors and drawers, go over the molding contours with sandpaper by hand. You’ll know the job is complete when the sheen is gone.
  • Use a dry paintbrush, vacuum or cloth to remove all the dust from your cabinets. Once your surfaces are clean, sanded down, and dust-free, you can prime them.
  • Use a wide-angled brush to evenly apply the primer. Be sure to use a multi-surface primer! A primer designed for a wall may not hold paint on cabinets as well as a specialty brand will. Look for “bonding primer” on the label or ask a paint professional.
  • Finally, the paint. You may want to consider adding some extra oomph to your paint job with a hard coat additive. This will make your paint job more durable and help your cabinets resist dings and scratches. Typically, homeowners also choose a high-gloss paint rather than satin or eggshell. Look for a high level of sheen or a paint marked “enamel.”

Again, if you have questions about whether or not a particular paint is appropriate for your cabinets, contact a professional.

2019 Cabinet Stain Trends

Some people are hesitant to choose all-over solid color for their kitchen cabinets, preferring instead the warmer, more natural look of stain – a look that lets the wood grain shine through. Luckily, homeowners today have a dizzying array of cabinet stains and finishes to choose from! A gray driftwood finish is trendy this season, as are lighter-color wood stains that give the room a clean, restful appearance.

If you’re more interested in the dramatic, consider going dark with a black stain or a dark cherry. These stains add a richness and depth to your kitchen that neutral stains just can’t match.

Tips for Staining Your Kitchen Cabinets

You have a couple of options when it comes to staining your kitchen cabinets: traditional stain and gel stain.

Traditional staining: The process is similar to the process for painting your cabinets, with some key differences.

  • Remove the doors and hardware first, and then get ready to sand. You’ll want to sand all of the old finish off of your cabinets before staining. In the case of stain, use a 100 or 120-grit sandpaper and always sand in the direction of the wood grain. After that first pass, use a finer-grit sandpaper to go over your cabinets once more.
  • Apply a wood conditioner. This will help prepare your cabinets for a new stain.
  • Once the wood conditioner is absorbed, apply your stain. Use a rag to work your stain into the wood.
  • Next, put on two coats of polyurethane to make your cabinets look as good as new. Note: Use an oil-based polyurethane with an oil-based stain.
  • Some people choose a stain/polyurethane combination. That’s fine, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for dry time and staining a second or third coat.

Gel staining: Gel stain is “painted” on to the surface of the wood, but not rubbed-in. The stain itself is thick, not liquid. Although it sits on the surface of the wood like paint does, you can still see the natural wood grain beneath.

A few notes to remember: You don’t have to sand the cabinets as much with gel stain as you do with traditional stain. Gel stain is also a bit more forgiving than traditional stain. This makes it a popular choice with do-it-yourself folks.

If You’re Interested in Giving Your Home a New Look, Call the Pros at SNL Painting Inc.

We always recommend doing your research and consulting the pros before you begin a home improvement project. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact an SNL representative. We’re happy to help with any of your interior paint projects.  

 

Why Wallpaper? Here are 3 Reasons and 8 Trends that will Convince You

Maybe you haven’t considered wallpaper since the early 80s. Maybe the idea of lining up wallpaper patterns just right makes you sweat with anxiety. Whatever the reason, it seems that many of us shy away from this particular wall covering.

Here’s the thing … with easy-to-install modern wallpaper in trendy patterns, you shouldn’t worry! Wallpaper has changed since the last time you tried to do it yourself with sticky glue, a bucket of water, and a lot of cursing. Today’s hottest patterns aren’t about paisley or farm animals. They’re actually well-designed and stylish!

Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider wallpaper, and what the hottest wallpaper trends are this year …

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Paint can only do so much. While it can provide smooth, all-over color, it can’t hide all wall imperfections or reveal your personality in quite the same way wallpaper can. More than any other wall covering, wallpaper can add character and make a space feel elegant and put-together. If a room is dull with no interesting architectural features, wallpaper can make it shine. And if you want something unique for your home, a bold-patterned wallpaper is the best way to go.

Here are three more reasons to give wallpaper a fresh look:

1. Wallpaper is Economical

When you consider the long-term care of your wall covering, wallpaper starts to make a lot of sense. Not only is most wallpaper today easy to clean, it lasts up to 10 years.

2. Wallpaper Adds Interest to Your Home

Let’s face it. Most interiors today are boxy and bland. Without molding, arches, or trim to add architectural detail, it’s sometimes hard to spruce up a modern home. Enter wallpaper. With the right pattern, you can add a paneled affect, highlight a focal point, or create architectural interest where there was none.

3. Wallpaper Provides a Design Theme for Your Home  

With an endless variety of colors and patterns, wallpaper can help you set a theme for your home and carry that theme through every room of your house.

8 Wallpaper Trends for 2018

If you are decorationally challenged and aren’t sure where to start with wallpaper, let us help! There are plenty of trendy options that can make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 8 to explore …

  1. A traditional pattern, but in a fresh color. Think: paisley in turquoise or pink!
  2. Stripes: Timeless and versatile, stripes can make any room a little classier.
  3. Metallics … Give floral wallpaper a chic look by adding a little metallic sheen in rose gold or silver.
  4. Large-scale florals – Blow up a peony pattern on a dark background. You won’t believe how lush and stylish your space will feel.
  5. Art Deco: Trust us, it’s just as stylish now as it was a hundred years ago.
  6. Faux textured wallpapers to add interest to a boring room.
  7. Geometric patterns in a neutral color can add a little personality without overpowering a room.
  8. Botanical prints are super trendy, and easy to do if you want your home to pop with style.

Call Us if You’d Like to Give Wallpaper a Try

If you’d like to hand off a wallpapering job to a professional, contact us! We don’t just paint, we can refresh your home with wallpaper or faux finishes. We stand behind our work and we’re happy to give you a free estimate.

Refresh Your Home With 2018 Color Trends

It’s a new year, and if you’ve been considering a fresh start, think about how beneficial a redesigned interior can be to the feel of your home or business.

In addition to providing professional paint jobs for homes and businesses, we try to keep up with designer color trends each new year. Gray, violet, and taupe were the go-to colors in 2017, but designers will be going deeper, bolder, and earthier in 2018. Take a look at these predictions and edgy color choices!

Searching for Serenity with Grounding Interior Paint Colors

Life is always stressful, but the last couple of years have felt particularly strained. Maybe that’s why so many designers are looking for serenity in the colors they choose. Behr’s color of the year, for instance, is a tranquil spruce blue. Inspired by nature, this combination of blue, gray, and green tones evokes a feeling of calm. Appropriately named “In The Moment,” this color is versatile enough to use in the home or office, both interior and exterior. We predict it will be requested often in the new year.

The experts at Elle Decor and Sherwin-Williams agree that colors promoting harmony and sincerity will be key in 2018. Sherwin-Williams director Sue Wadden says that soft, washed neutrals, greens, and pinks help create “an environment to disconnect and recharge.” If you’ve been craving a tech or media-free zone, consider immersing yourself in one of these earthy tones.

Going Deeper and Darker with Bold Colors

Going bold means reveling in purple and black shades this year. The PPG color of the year is a deep slate color that they’re calling “Black Flame.” Dee Schlotter, PPG’s marketing manager for Olympic paint, says consumers “crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life.” That’s why she’s gone away from a more open, breezy look toward a combination of indigo and black that seems to embrace you in luxurious depth. Glidden has followed this trend with a color of the year they call “Deep Onyx.” According to Trendir, black is a powerful statement that will be a huge design element in 2018.

If purple is more your style, consider Pantone’s “Ultra Violet.” This rich shade will make your space feel energetic, even magical! Or consider a lively red with Benjamin Moore’s choice, “Caliente.” If you’ve wanted to add drama to your environment, now’s the time. As an accent color, or combined with neutral furniture, these choices can really spice up your home or workplace.

Finding your Power Color in 2018

Pink stands for power in 2018. Pantone predicts that the millennial pink color that’s dominated color lists for the last couple of years will shift into more complex shades this year. Graham & Brown have picked a dusty rose shade they call “Penelope” for their color of the year. This shade is simple and neutral enough to use at home or at the workplace for a chic, sophisticated look. It’s much more grown up than the bubble gum pink you may remember from childhood.

What’s your opinion? Will you unplug and relax in a calming sanctuary? Wrap yourself in a deep dark blanket of color? Or shine a glowing, positive pink in the new year? Whichever you choose, we can help give your home or business a smooth, professional look you’re sure to love. Let us know how we can refresh your space!

Paint Finishes: The Right Paint for Each Room in Your Home

When the weather gets cold many of us turn our attention to making the interior of our home as cozy and warm as possible. For some, that means a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a kitchen or bedroom.

How Do You Decide Which Paint Finish is Best?

When you go to the hardware store, you face several decisions: Color, first of all, but also finish. What do the different paint finishes really mean? How important are they to the final look of your room? Which should you use for a kitchen, living room, bathroom, or bedroom?

We recommend that you first consider the needs of each particular room. Ask yourself how much traffic the room will get, and how durable the paint needs to be. We generally advise customers to consider both shine and durability when they make their choice. The descriptions below will help, too: 

Flat or Matte  

Flat or Matte paint is the cheapest, but it’s tough to clean. Because the sheen on this paint is so low, it soaks up light rather than reflecting it. It provides a lot of coverage, and it’s a money-saver, but we don’t recommend it for high-traffic areas. Save this paint finish for adult bedrooms or other interior rooms that won’t be smudged up by kids or pets.

Eggshell

One step up on the shine scale is the popular eggshell finish. This paint provides a low sheen with just a little velvety luster. It covers imperfections well and it’s pretty durable, so it’s a great choice for dining rooms or other gathering spaces.  

Satin

This paint finish has a rich luster, and it’s easy to clean! So, it’s an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like family rooms, hallways, or kids’ bedrooms. The only thing to watch out for is the application. Unfortunately, this paint tends to show brush strokes, so paint with caution.  Once applied, it’s a nice, durable choice.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss is highly durable, which makes it perfect for rooms exposed to moisture or grease. Many people use it for kitchens or bathrooms because it’s so easy to clean. This paint can handle just about anything you throw at it.

High Gloss

High Gloss paint is the most durable of all paint sheens. It’s also the easiest to clean. For this reason, we recommend it for cabinets, trim, and doors – any area that will be frequently touched. It may be a little too shiny for interior walls, though. And be careful! Paint this shiny requires a lot of prep work so blemishes don’t show.

Count on SNL Painting Inc. to Provide Expertise

Still confused? Give our experts a call! We can give you advice or even do the work for you! Our professionals treat your home as if it were our own, taking time and care to do the job right.

Use Fresh Color Combinations To Make Your Home Feel Brand New

Have you ever walked into a home and felt immediately at ease? Or, on the other hand, walked into a space that felt garish, cramped or uncomfortable? Psychologists, designers, and artists have long mused that color can affect a person’s mood. The paint in a room can make you feel calm, energized – or frazzled. So, how do some people instinctively get it right, even with bold colors? And how can you use color combinations to refresh your own home?

 

Where do You Look for Inspirational Color Combinations?

 

You might want to have a well-designed home, but have no idea where or how to start. Before we get into the science of color, here are a few brainstorming ideas to get you past that creative block …

 

  • How do you Want to Feel?

 

Come up with an adjective that describes the way you want a particular room in your home to feel — cozy, vibrant or fresh, for example. Then, choose your color accordingly. Are you looking a relaxing beige tone, or a vibrant coral? Let your feelings guide your choice.  

 

  • Go to Nature for Inspiration

 

Think about the colors found in nature … Do you feel restful among green leaves, or along the shore? Do you wait all year for those bright fall colors? Or are the subtler tones of winter more your style? You can bring these earthy colors into your home to create an environment you’re sure to love all year round.

 

  • Use your Favorite Pattern as a Guide

 

Another option is to use fabric as a cue … do you have a favorite bedspread, rug, or piece of furniture? Pick out a shade from that pattern and bring a color you already love onto the walls. You’ll feel embraced by the fresh new style.

 

  • Get Artsy!

 

Do you have a favorite piece of art, or a collection unique to you? Take a second look at the things you love. How gorgeous would a collection of sea glass vases look against a seafoam green wall? Could the matting of your favorite painting be an inspiration for a warm new living room color? Use a base color drawn from art or collectibles throughout the whole room to wow your guests and make your home an inspiring place to be.

 

  • Don’t be Afraid of the Dark

 

Don’t be afraid to go with a favorite color, even if it’s a little darker. Darker colors can add richness to a space. Consider painting a bedroom deep navy, or painting a den rich brown or forest green! You’d be amazed at how these darker shades can give your home’s style a major boost.  

 

Use Color Theory to Make Your Home Beautiful

 

People who design fabulous interiors for a living use the rule of three: three complementary colors – a dominant color, a secondary color, and an accent color – that can be used throughout the room. This tip, drawn from color theory, can make any room look better. We’ve written before about utilizing accent colors. Turns out, the science of color theory can help even the novice home decorator.

 

  • Complementary Color Schemes

 

Why do orange and blue pair so well together? Complementary colors are directly across from one another on the color wheel. As long as you vary the shades so they’re not too intense, these pairings can really pop. Think about using three together. For example, yellow paired with blue-violet and red-violet can create a lovely look.

 

  • Triad Color Scheme

 

Try this design idea for classic looks: three colors equally spaced from one another, like red, yellow, and blue. For a more exotic look? Try combining green with violet and orange accents.  

 

  • Monochromatic Color Scheme

 

This design scheme is in the title. Use the same color family, but incorporate different shades. For example, combine dark and light blues, or purple and lavender.

You can’t go wrong when you choose your favorite shades and then stick to classic combos.

 

Summer is the Perfect Time to Start a New Project; We Can Help!

 

It’s summer, and you may have projects going in the garden and the garage. Let us help you make your interior fresh and cozy with colors you’ll love. You’ll never believe just how good your new room can make you feel.

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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