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Exterior Painting Trends for 2014

green house-red doorIn 2014, homeowners are taking it back to the basics when it comes to the exterior design and paint scheme of their homes. Traditional colors that aren’t so bright and bold are in the forefront once again. This means that we might be seeing more traditional white or beige houses in the neighborhood. Identifying homes by their landscaping or the vehicle in the driveway might come back to life.

Keep it Simple

Other than a traditional Victorian home, multiple colors in regards to the exterior of a home is going to be a big faux pas this year. Select one base color and one trim color, that’s it. Trying to add multiple trim colors just confuses the design and makes it look overdone. Potential homebuyers also find homes that are simple to look at on the outside, as far as design is concerned, to be more attractive. Continue reading

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Top Exterior Paint Colors

enamelpaintsThe top exterior paint colors for 2014 are likely to vary depending on the region of the US that you live in. In northern New Jersey, for instance, colors of the cape are likely to be prevalent. This means that light blues with white trim and creamy yellows with white trim are likely to be common. White homes with a traditional black trim and bright red door should also be considered as a top trend. This year it’s back to the basics when it comes to exterior paint colors for the home.

Color of the Year for 2014

The color of the year is called A Breath of Fresh Air. It is a very light, pale blue. This color is pleasing to the eye and has a very calming effect. It is also quite versatile when it comes to complementing trim colors. Continue reading

How to Add Texture to an Interior Wall

Add Texture to an Interior Wall

Add Texture to an Interior Wall

You might think that adding texture to an interior wall involves a lot of hard work, meaning covering your whole wall in brick or tile or anything that isn’t so painfully smooth. However, there’s no reason to take drastic measures; adding texture to a wall is completely feasible using just paint and a few other materials. Through this method, you can create popcorn, stone, suede, or sand textures. You can even get the look of painted plaster without having to purchase an ounce of plaster! This simple painting project can bring out a new level of character and individuality in your Winnipeg home’s interior; Adding texture to an interior wall can sometimes be a daunting task, we recommend contacting a Winnipeg interior painting contractor to help you with this job. If you are interested in doing the work yourself, you can read further for some tips and ideas.

Textured Paint Method 1: Building Texture into a Surface

Not nearly as daunting as it seems, one easy way to add texture to the interior of your Winnipeg home is to add a textured layer on top of your existing drywall. This method is best on walls that are relatively clean and have not been painted previously. You will need a material called joint compound, which is easily found in home improvement stores. Joint compound is used frequently in home construction to smooth out seams between two slabs of drywall. While it is usually used to give a wall a smoother appearance, it can be used in this case to create roughness and texture. After applying a layer of joint compound to the wall, you can stamp or etch designs and textures into the soft material. After the compound has dried, you can paint it your desired color just as you would paint regular drywall. However, you should take care to work quickly in a small area as joint compound cannot be manipulated once it is dry.

Textured Paint Method 2: Mixing Texture Additives

A simpler way to add texture to an interior wall can be to add texture pre-mix to your desired paint. For this, you will need acrylic paint or other interior use formula as well as the texture mix. These are powder-like additives that can be found in a home improvement or paint store. A Winnipeg painting contractor may also be able to supply this material if you are hiring a professional painting service. These mixes can create a variety of textures for your walls, including popcorn, sand, or stone. When you are ready to begin painting, you can gradually mix the texture additive into your paint. Be sure to use a container that is large enough to hold both the paint and the additive! Additionally, you should make sure to mix the additive in slowly to prevent clumping or an uneven spread. For safety reasons, you should wear a dust mask to prevent inhaling any additives. Some stores will even sell pre-mixed paint with texture already added. This is the quickest way to achieve your desired results.

Textured Paint Method 3: Faux Plaster Finish

Faux plaster can be a great look for your home, but you may need professional help to achieve consistency over a large area. There are two ways to create the plaster look. The first is to use a Milano tool (resembling a trowel) to spread a lighter version of your wall color in sweeping, curved strokes. Then, you can sweep the tool horizontally over the new paint, blending it into a plaster-like look. Another way is to add a smooth texturing agent, thickening the paint to a plaster-like consistency. Coating the wall in this thickened paint mixture will give the illusion of painted plaster.

Summer Home Remodeling Projects

Deck

Composite deck & Vinyl Rail

The warmer months are just around the corner and NJ homeowners are beginning to plan their home remodeling projects for the summer months. For many homeowners it is about making their home more efficient, more usable or to give it more functional. Others want to maximize indoor or outdoor spaces or install a pool or backyard deck. Many are already planning exactly what type of remodeling they want to do this summer while others are still looking for some good ideas. Here are some useful summer home remodeling projects that will maximize your outdoor space. Continue reading

When to Paint your Home

Interior Painting

Painted interior

Exterior house painting needs to be done during a period of time when the weather is going to be dry enough for the wood to be dry before the project begins. After the surface is painted, it needs adequate time to dry as well.  Most people have the idea that summer is the best season to paint, but it is not always the best time to paint a home’s exterior. What time of year is the best to paint your house will depend largely on the region in which you live and the climate in the area. There are several factors to consider which can help a homeowner know what time of year is the best to complete exterior painting.

Temperatures

Most of the manufacturers of paint suggest temperature minimums and maximums which allow for the best paint job. These temperature limits have changed over the years as paints have progressed. As a general rule, the temperature needs to be no lower than about 40 degrees before paint is applied. However, there are some brands that say their paints can be applied to a surface when the temperature is as low as 35 degrees. In some regions, the temperature can be as high as 104 degrees during the afternoon and then drop down as low as 42 at night. Paint should not be applied during the seasons when the temperatures have this large of a fluctuation all in one day. Choose a season in your region that the temperature does not fluctuate too much in a day. In the New Jersey area the average low temperature in October is about 45 degrees and in November it is about 38. So in the northeast region November is probably the cut off for exterior painting. Continue reading

Exterior Siding Versus Exterior Painting

Exterior Siding

Siding on a Home

When a homeowner considers different exterior home remodeling projects there can be quite a few options to think about. Many times larger exterior remodeling projects will come down to either siding or painting. Either of these options can provide a brand new, fresh look for the NJ home’s exterior; and they both have the potential of increasing the resell value and the aesthetic value of the home. Some homeowners may find this a difficult decision to make since each method has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It is very important for homeowners to carefully consider both options and determine which one best meets their needs as well as their budget. Continue reading

How to Increase Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a very important aspect of a Phoenix home. The aesthetic appearance of the exterior of the home is the first thing a visitor will see and you only get one chance to make a good first impression. The curb appeal can have a direct influence on whether or not a home is seen as desirable for purchasing. Whether a home is being put back up on the market or a homeowner just wants to improve the look of the home’s exterior some relatively inexpensive home remodeling projects can improve the home’s curb appeal. Continue reading