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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.

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It’s Tempting to Buy Cheap, but Should You? Here’s How to Pick the Right Paint Brush for your Painting Project.

When you start a painting project, you have so much prep work to do and so many decisions to make! Paint can hide imperfections, but the wrong paint – with the wrong brushes – can make them glaringly obvious. If you want a professional-looking paint job, it’s worth the extra cost up front. We recommend buying a quality brush that will hold more paint and help your color glide on evenly.

The Right Paint Brush Can Help You Achieve the Best Look. 

If you’re painting a room, it’s important to consider the tasks in front of you, and decide which brush to use from there. You’ll want a different tool for a large, smooth surface, for example, than you will for the trim around windows, doors, or ceilings.

You’ll also want to consider the type of paint you’re using. For instance, natural brush bristles are designed for oil-based paint. They’re simply not appropriate for latex paint.

Here’s what has worked best for our pros:

 

  • Brush material

 

When it comes to brush material, look for nylon, polyester, or a blend of both. These brushes work well with most paint on the market today. They’re also easy to clean.

 

  • Brush bristles

 

Look at the brush’s bristles before you buy. The bristles should be densely packed and a little springy, but not crimped. A quality brush won’t lose its bristles easily. The bristles should also be “chiseled” – the middle brushes longer than the outer ones – and “flagged” so they hold more paint.

 

  • Brush size

 

For the most part, you’ll want a brush from 1 to 4 inches in width. The smallest brushes, from 1 to 2 inches, are designed for windows and small trim jobs. The largest, 4 inches, works best for large, flat areas. The best use for 3-inch brushes are doors and cabinets. Remember, you’ll want glossy paint for these surfaces!

 

  • Brush end types

 

For large surfaces, the square trim brush should be your go-to. The bristles of this brush are cut square and ideal for covering a large area. If you need to paint around windows, an angled brush works well. Chisel trim brushes are also good choices for painting in corners and edges. They provide a straight line in tight spaces.

 

  • Brush Styles

 

The typical choice is between an angle sash brush and a flat sash brush. Flat sash brushes have bristles that are straight across. These brushes are primarily designed for flat areas. Angle sash brushes have slanted bristles that hold more paint. If you decide to choose only one brush to use in several different applications, an angle sash may be your best bet.

What about Rollers?

Rollers are a great choice for large, flat surfaces in your home. They help you get color on the walls smoothly and quickly. However, for the best outcome, you need to put the same considerations into a roller cover that you’d put into a quality brush.

Like regular brushes, roller cover material may be made of a nylon/polyester blend or a natural fiber like lambs wool. Natural fibers are perfect for oil-based coatings. If you’re using latex paint, however, go with synthetic fibers. These multi-purpose roller covers can be used with all paints.

The standard length for a roller cover is nine inches. You can also choose shorter lengths for jobs in tight spaces. The other measurement you’ll want to consider is nap length. A basic rule of thumb is this: the smoother the surface, the shorter nap you need. Use the shortest nap lengths for smooth surfaces like plaster, metal, or drywall. Use the longest lengths for rough surfaces like stucco or concrete block.

And, we can’t stress this enough, but just like a quality brush gives you better results and lasts a long time, rollers, too, should be chosen with care. Rollers of low quality are more likely to leave streaks or roller fibers on your freshly painted surface.

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Painting 101: Mistakes to Avoid and Tips to Try for a Professional-Looking Paint Job

If you’ve done painting projects in your home before, then you know how frustrating it can be to finish up, peel the tape off, and see that splotch of color where it doesn’t belong. It takes a lot of time and, all too often, a lot of cleanup to paint even a small bedroom! So, what’s the secret to making a complicated job like this worth the effort?

We’ve been in this business a long time, and we can help you avoid those common painting mistakes that make you want to tear your hair out. Let’s start with what NOT to do …

What to Avoid if You Want to Paint Like a Pro:  

1. Skipping the Prep Work.

Putting tape around the baseboards is annoying, isn’t it? Buying an extra drop cloth, cleaning and patching the walls, removing curtain brackets and light switchplates … isn’t it all a waste of time?  

We believe that if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Professionals spend most of their time doing prep work so that the job is completed smoothly, cleanly, and on time. Follow their lead and spend some extra time on the front end so that you don’t have to sponge off mistakes on the back end. Wash your walls ahead of time and make sure they’re free of debris before you paint. Use premium painter’s tape to avoid seepage. Finally, cover or remove anything you don’t want dripped on while you do the work.

2. Going cheap on the brushes.

There are so many kinds, and they’re all so expensive. You’ve already bought premium paint; why not save a little money on the brushes?

In reality, the quality of the brush matters. Painting professionals agree: The applicators matter just as much as the application. Better brushes and rollers mean better coverage, which can actually help you save money on paint. Not only that, but quality brushes will last longer as long as they’re cared for properly.

3. Skipping the Primer.  

If your paint is good, it should be good enough! Primer adds a step and costs more money. It’s a time-waster that just isn’t worth it.

Primer actually gives you a smoother finish while also covering other flaws on your painting surface. Don’t skip this vital step, especially if you’re painting on a less-than-perfect surface! If you’re concerned about time or money, pick up a two-in-one paint and primer.

4. Paying No Attention to the Type of Paint Needed for the Job.

Matte, Semi-gloss, Gloss … they’re just words. Surely they don’t make the difference interior designers say they do.

As you can probably guess, these labels do make a difference. For instance, you wouldn’t want to use flat paint in a high-traffic area. Soon, that lovely color would be smudged, scuffed, and scraped. It’s better to use washable satin or semi-gloss paint. There are other paint recommendations out there, depending on the look you want your room to have. Also, be sure to apply your paint the way the manufacturer suggests.  

5. Dunking the Brush with Every Dip.  

That’s right. Dunk it. The more brush on the paint, the better it will cover the walls! That makes sense, doesn’t it?

No. You don’t want or need globs of paint deep in your brush bristles. Dip your brush in just a third of the way. This will help you avoid wasting paint and making a huge mess.

Here are the Real Tips from the Real Painting Pros.

Now that we’ve covered what not to do, let’s cover a few of the extra tips and tricks that can help you paint like a pro.

  • Timing is important. Once the primer dries, you’ll want to add your top coat within 24 hours. That’s when the surface is the stickiest. But don’t rush ahead! If you don’t allow a first coat to dry completely before brushing on more paint, you can ruin a good paint job. When in doubt, check the instructions on the can of paint. Also, be sure to remove painter’s tape two or three hours after you’ve completed your final coat. If you leave tape on for too long, it can remove some fresh paint with it.
  • Are you left with an inch of paint at the bottom of the gallon? Although it’s tempting to simply pop the top on and put it on an upper shelf in your garage (where it will dry out), do this instead:  Put clear plastic wrap directly on the leftover paint, and then reseal the can. This will keep that leftover paint from drying out.
  • Put paintbrushes in a plastic sandwich bag when you take a break! If you wrap them up and pop them in the fridge, they won’t dry out overnight. You can even freeze them for longer storage. When your job is completely finished, take the time to clean your brushes thoroughly. They can last for years if you care for them correctly.

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If you’d like a partner in the painting process, you can always call SNL Painting Inc. We offer courteous, professional services and we love making a client’s home feel like new. Let us know if you have questions or if you need a quote!  

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.

How To Pair Paint Finishes With The Right Surfaces

Paint color is everything, right? It has the power to determine the mood of a room. It will help guide the styles of furniture you bring into your home. It can even impact a person’s appetite.

However, as you pour through the swatches of color after color, how often do you consider the second most important component of paint — its texture?

Choosing the right paint finishes for your projects is an inevitable piece of the painting process. So how do you know which finishes are available and which ones go best with the rooms and surfaces found throughout your home? SNL Painting Inc. has you covered…

 

Matching Paint Finishes With Your Surfaces

Flat and Matte Paints

Flat and matte paint finishes contain little to no reflective materials. Because of this particular quality, these options are great for covering up minor imperfections in painted surfaces, making them one of the best options for recoloring aged objects. Since flat and matte paints don’t perform well in high-traffic areas, these finishes are great for ceilings and crown molding.

Low-Luster, Satin and Eggshell Paints

These three finish options contain medium to medium/high levels of reflective material. With their mild sheen, this particular category is known for its resistance to dirt and grime, making them the optimal option for high-traffic areas, such as bedrooms, playrooms and hallways.

Semi-Gloss and Gloss Paints

Known for their ultimately reflective qualities, semi-gloss and gloss paints are coveted for their durability and easy-to-clean qualities. As a result, this category of paint is typically used in kitchens, on stair banisters and for other surfaces that are commonly touched by grimy hands. Unlike flat and matte paints, however, keep in mind that glossy paint will accentuate any scratches, nicks or dings embedded in your painted surfaces.

 

Which Paint Finishes Are Best For Your Needs?

Still overwhelmed by which paint finishes work best with the surfaces in your home? That’s okay; we can help! SNL Painting Inc. offers a complimentary, no obligation price quote for whatever painting services that will fit your needs and your budget. Simply click here to get started.

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.

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.

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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!

Choosing The Right Paint Color By Room

One of the most difficult parts of updating a room is choosing the right paint color. Can you be sure that you will  love it? Will it look okay with your furniture? Color can have more psychological influence than you realize. It can set help to pull a room together, set the mood and even influence your feelings of hot and cold. With a rainbow of color options, do you know how your favorite color can affect your perception of your room?

This infographic can help you understand the psychology behind your favorite color. Understanding how colors affect the mood may influence the way you choose your paint color for every room in the house? For example, did you know that orange and red rooms are not recommended for nurseries? These bright and vibrant colors can be overstimulating to a young baby’s senses. If you like the idea of  using vibrant colors for your child’s room but don’t want to overwhelm the room accent walls may be a better option. A slightly muted color on the walls with brightly colored accents can create the same effect without disrupting nap time. Read on for help on choosing the right paint colors for your home.

Check Out Our Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Color by Room:

 

 

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