As 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
Pink can be bold and sassy or soft and sweet. It can add a punch of color to almost any space, indoor or outdoor. The challenge with pink is to make sure the theme remains classy and not cartoony.
As an exterior accent color, pink is easy. Flowers come in all shades of pink, from deep magenta to soft rose. Simply choose a focal point, such as a stone bench or bird feeder, and plant a few pink flowers around it. Your rose garden can bloom with shades of pink, and give a sweet sent to the air. You can also keep pink outdoors by having your patio furniture upholstered in a shade of pink. Paler shades work best, since the furniture will be exposed to the elements and may fade. Pink-veined granite, quartz, and other natural stones can be subtle touches of pink without seeming deliberate. Continue reading
One of the essential steps when preparing for house painting in NJ is preparing the surface to be painted. Many painting projects are quietly sabotaged by failing to properly prepare the surface. When the surface is not made ready to receive paint it can cause peeling, cracking or bubbling. This is because the unprepared surface does not allow for proper adhesion and when the paint does not stick well enough it can trap air beneath it or simply not stick well enough to properly cover the surface being painted. It is essential to use the right type of primer and the right amounts of paint. Finished wood, bare wood and varnished wood all need to be prepared differently in order to complete a painting project which will last. Continue reading
High Quality Paint
When looking for an interior painting contractor in Somerset, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. It is important that Somerset, NJ homeowners find a reputable painter who can do the job right and be fair about their price. Finding an interior painting contractor who is going to do the job professionally in the first place is very important, since it can be extremely costly to hire a second contractor to fix what the first one failed to do or did incorrectly. It’s important to remember that your home is an investment, and very likely your largest investment. For this reason you want to find a professional contractor who can perform high quality interior painting. There are several things to consider when choosing a contractor. Continue reading
Modern Bathroom Vanity
Many of today’s baths, especially in newly built homes in New Jersey, are plain white. This neutral hue is a safe choice for mass-produced places. (And is it any coincidence that the majority of today’s tubs and toilets are that same noncolor?). But let’s face it, these all-white baths run the risk of becoming boring. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Whether you’re looking to stretch a small budget or blow it out completely, there’s a multitude of ways to add a splash of color and a stamp of personal style, at the same time. Consider adding an accent wall to your bathroom.
Trends in accent colors
Adding an accent wall is a trend that has been around for a while. It’s a fashion statement that can come into style quickly and leave quietly. Right now, they are very stylish and here to stay. Accent colors truly give a room personality. These colors are often used to draw attention to specific architecture within a home. Sure, flat surfaces can be accented but anything in the room that adds dimension (edges, indentations, right angles) to an area will offer the best options and yield the most aesthetic results. The combination of colors will become a magnet for our eyes so take your time when choosing colors. When guests come into a room with two colors, their attention is immediately drawn to the color coordination of the room. It’s the first impression that burns an image into the mind of visitors entering your home. An accent color is truly a personal preference by the homeowner and can be influenced by television shows and fashion magazines. An easy way to decorate at a low cost is achieved by simple house painting. Painting is a “budget conscience” dream. A gallon of paint can change the tone of a room in an afternoon. If you have narrowed your choice to a few colors, pick up the small sample containers that a paint store offers and paint square samples next to each other to give comparisons. So instead of spending a day at the New Jersey shore, pick up a paint brush. It will be work and not pleasure but the results will be pleasing!
As the popularity of unique single colors became stylish, so does the popularity of color combinations. Color combinations can be compared to picking new clothes along with accessory colors to match. Every year there are “hot” colors that are vogue. How many times have you heard someone say “that’s what is in style now”? To stay current with fashion, it’s necessary to work in that “hot” color(s) into your life.
House painting is no different. To be current and trendy, change is eminent unless you want to look dated. There will always be classic color combos that will not go out of style but they tend to get boring as time passes. A lot of reds and burgundies are being used currently. People tend to play it safe in the rest of the house, but they’re willing to do something bolder in a smaller space like the bathroom. You can throw out the old decorating encyclopedia that states dark colors shouldn’t be used in small spaces. Breaking the rule often makes things more interesting and if you use paint with a slight sheen, it will reflect the room’s light and won’t appear as dark as it really is. You can add color and texture to walls at the same time.
Paint Sheen and Bathroom Moisture
Regardless of what accent color(s) you choose, the paint sheen can affect the final color. This list starts with the flattest, lowest sheen finish and works up to high-gloss. The higher the gloss, the better the paint sheen does in bathrooms.
- Flat – Nice matte coating, but best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched. Absorbs moisture, so it is bad for bathrooms.
- Eggshell – Slightly “sheeny” and more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like flat, eggshell is good for places without moisture.
- Satin – Satin has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as powder or guest bathrooms.
- Semi-Gloss – Best sheen for any kind of bathroom. Repels moisture well.
- High-gloss – Best for bathroom walls because high-gloss repels moisture almost as well as if your walls were coated in plastic. Downside is that high-gloss (in the opinion of some people) does not look good when spread out over large surfaces such as walls. Best for smaller surfaces like trim and cabinetry.
If you want to remodel your kitchen and do it on the cheap side, consider painting your kitchen cabinets as opposed to refacing them. First do a visual inspection to make sure the cabinets are worthy of giving a second life. If they are chipped, scratched, and falling off the wall, you may want to re-think the process. These steps are all part of the analysis phase.
We are going to go ahead and describe the painting process since it is such a good idea for the budget minded home owner.
Like any other room you paint, you are going to have to clear the area of obstacles. This means removing all the dishes and pots and pans and finding a new home for them temporarily since you will be painting the insides of the cabinets.
Cabinet painting is a multi-coat process that usually requires about 24 hours between coat times. This means the entire painting process will take several days so alot your time accordingly. If you live in New Jersey and plan of painting your cabinets during the summer, it’s going to cut into your beach time.
What Type of Cabinets can be painted?
Wood cabinets made of solid wood and those made of plywood with a veneer on top. The surface needs to be able to be sanded. If your cabinets have a vinyl veneer or a wall paper like surface, you won’t be able to do this and the paint will not stick.
Follow the steps below:
- Remove the doors and drawers and all the hardware attached to them.
- Wash each surface to be painted with TSP or a heavy duty cleaner (Spic and Span or Simple Green) to remove any dirt and grease. Grease from cooking must be cleaned off or sanding the cabinet will be a mess. Your sand paper will continually get gummed up.
- Sand all areas with 100 grit (medium) sandpaper. Don’t totally remove the old finish unless it is peeling. If it is, blend it in to the surrounding areas. All the surfaces must be dulled in order for paint to adhere to the surface. Be careful on the corners. It’s easy to round off square edges when using a medium grit paper.
- Clean up the residue dust with a shop vac or other vacuum.
- Use a tack cloth and run it over your sanded cabinets to pick up any residue that the vac didn’t get.
- Apply a primer coat.
Make sure you sand the cabinets between each coat of paint applied (starting with the primer) with a light grit 220 sandpaper. Focus on the imperfections in the paint such as dust or paint lines.
Type of Painting
Many folks will at least entertain the thought of “do you think I can use spray paint”. That’s the first thing that comes to mind with most people simply because it is the easiest with little clean up. Sorry guys, but the good old brush method will work best. Painting with a brush allows you to get in corners and regulate the amount of paint applied with much better control than a spraying can. Make sure the brush you are going to use is of high quality. Oil based paint is what we suggest to use. A good brush will spread the paint evenly.
Type of Paint to Use
Your first coat will be a primer and should be an oil based enamel paint. The second coat is called a “split coat”. The term “split coat” is titled as such because you will be cutting the paint with a 50/50 mixture of the primer and the final finish you plan on using. The third coat is the finish color. Use an oil-based enamel as it will have a glossy finish that will allow you to clean the cabinets. Remember, patience, diligence, and care will provide you the best results.
It’s really tough to be scientific about “color”. Most people will look at a color and say “it is what it is” and think no more about the effects that colors can have to make you change the way you perceive a space or an object. In New Jersey, blue (the color of the ocean) may provide the calming effect the ocean brings. Each person that looks at the same color is going to see something different within that color family. A blue may give someone a fuzzy feeling when someone else may think it plain boring. That’s what makes decorating a personalized subject. Not everyone is going to like the color schematic you choose….but who cares as long as you like it.
To use color wisely, you must learn 3 things about color:
- How color affects the way you perceive the size of a room.
- How color affects the way you feel.
- Color harmony, combinations, and aesthetics.
Colors Impact on Size
How would you like to move walls in or out or change the height of the ceilings without doing any construction? Color can help achieve this (to a certain point). To make the ceiling seem higher, paint it the same color as the walls. To make a small room appear larger, paint it a light color. Light colors make objects (furnishings) seem larger; dark colors weigh them down. Bright colors make them stand out and pop; softened colors make them blend in with the back ground.
Color Impacts on your Feelings
Everyone has an emotional response to colors. This response carries through to the color of clothes we buy to the color of cars that we favor. Below are some generalized feelings about colors taken from a survey of people:
- Blue- Feels distanced and reserved.
- Red- Feels stimulated.
- Yellow- Feels energizing.
- Orange- Feels stimulating and inviting.
- Green- Feels soothing and relaxing.
- White- Feels calming and uncluttered
This is just a survey of what people think and how they feel about each color. By no means, paint your rooms based on the feelings each color brings as described above. Your views may differ widely and your feelings are the only ones that count. If you are unsure about colors and don’t want to paint a room quite yet, try some easy –to-change accessories like pillows instead of taking on the laborious task of painting only to have to redo it again.
To understand how to put colors together, you need to understand the effects of color combinations. Below are the most often used color combinations:
- Complimentary harmony- Sharp contrasting colors.
- Triadic harmony- Three different colors but with the same depth or intensity. The key is to get a balanced look.
- Analogous harmony- Two or three different colors from the same color family.
- Monochromatic harmony- One single color used in different intensities.
Don’t let the fancy wording scare you! They are only titles of the process. The concept is simple.
Applying texture to your walls can significantly separate the feelings each room portrays. If you run your hand across a textured wall, you immediately know it is different than ordinary wall finishes and it makes you think. These thoughts take place in a nano-second and can’t be measured on a scale…only in your mind. Look around the entire textured room. The colors and accessories may compliment the vibes you get from the walls. A great example of where texture can play a huge factor is when it is used in a family room. The family room is used for relaxation and down time. It shouldn’t be colored in over-bearing tones and the wall texture doesn’t have to be formal. Many plasterers can give you a great sense of where to apply a textured finish. Be prepared when painting the walls. You will need an extra thick nap roller and plan on using much more paint than your regular finished walls.
Paint trim, doors, and ceilings the same colors as the walls. Make window coverings the same color as the walls. Your larger furnishings can then be in the same color family only in different shades. There are other things to consider than paint colors to give your room personality but the paint color will be the dominant decision factor on how to decorate the rest of the room.