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Bright Colors for Winter Painting

enamelpaintsAs the temperature begins to slide down, freezing winds flow around, leaves fall and snow blankets gardens and all things green, some people start to feel depressed. Combat the winter blues by changing the interior design of your home. It may be cold and gray outside, but in your home, color reigns supreme.

Paint the walls specifically for winter months. Go through color swatches and choose the brightest color that suits your taste. Don’t be afraid of vibrant color. It can be toned down in summer with accent pieces and will stand out boldly in winter. One tip, make sure you stick with the same color tone, like pastel or jewel tones. Mixing and matching makes a home look patchwork and unorganized. Amethyst purple, sapphire blue and ruby red can flow from one room to another beautifully. Ruby red and pastel green is too stark of a change from room to room. Continue reading

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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.

Paint Your Kitchen Yellow

Painting Kitchen

Yellow Kitchen

Choosing the perfect kitchen color can be quite overwhelming for some NJ home owners. When considering what color schemes are best for a particular kitchen, one needs to think about what type of mood they desire to set. As color trends for interior painting have changed over the years many new colors have been introduced for use in the kitchen. Yellow has long been a favorite color used in kitchens for years. But there are both pros and cons for using yellow in the kitchen area of a home. Only the homeowner can determine if it is the right color for their kitchen area. Here are some pros and cons for using yellow for kitchen painting projects. Continue reading

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

What is Modern Exterior Design?

Modern Design

Modern Exterior Design

The exterior portions of a home do not always get as much attention as the interior parts, but it is not any less important. There are many different design plans that can be used to develop the exterior of the NJ home. Modern exterior design is popular because of its space saving qualities. Modern design for the exterior of the home resembles modern interior design in that it uses geometric shapes and lines and takes the minimalist approach to developing the design. This type of home design will help bring in the right balance between aesthetic appearance and functionality. Exterior lighting and landscape designs will be complimentary of other design elements such as residential 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