Paint Colors That Attract Insects

paint colors that attract insectsYou don’t see as many insects in the winter. Nevertheless, some species are prevalent year-round. Of course, some of the bugs are attracted to the plants and flowers on your lawn. Did you know, though, that paint colors also attract insects? The exterior paint colors of your walls may very well be drawing pests to your home.

Insects Are Attracted to These Paint Colors

Bugs are naturally drawn to bright colors. They are drawn to colorful flowers which are a primary food source. Walls and decks with bright colors, such as orange and yellow, may also attract unwanted bugs. Luckily, bright paint colors are atypical for exterior walls, so this is a nonissue for most homeowners. If pests are a common problem in your area, then we also suggest minimizing brightly colored décor. Continue Reading →

Four Festive Holiday Color Schemes

holiday color schemesThis Christmas, why not partake in the festivities by adorning your walls with holiday paint color schemes? Naturally, people believe this will make the home look a bit “off” during the non-holiday months. However, holiday colors evoke warmth and cheeriness the rest of the year; they’re by no means exclusive to Christmas time.

Adorn Your Wall with These Christmas Colors

1. Blue, Green, and Silver

This color combination provides an airy atmosphere. Of course, using three colors in a single room may seem a bit much. Instead, use two of the three: one color for the accent wall and another for the other three walls. The third color can come from a décor item, such as the Christmas tree or curtains.

2. White and Brown

Use a mostly white backdrop with some brown for accent pieces or the crown moldings. All-white walls are great if you’re aiming for a minimalist design. Plus, it’s also terrific for creating a Winter Wonderland vibe, which you can enhance with a white Christmas tree. This scheme, by the way, is also suitable for exterior painting projects. Continue Reading →

Consider “Vacation Paint Colors” for Your Next Renovation

vacation paint colorsIf only vacations could last forever. While the fun eventually comes to an end, you can bring some of those good vibes to your home with “vacation paint colors.” We’ll explain how you can incorporate this into any interior room painting scheme.

What Are Vacation Paint Colors?

Vacation colors are simply any colors that evoke the same sensation you feel at a favorite vacation spot. This could be an actual spot you visited once, or your idea of a dream vacation. Colors, after all, have a strong physiological and psychological effect. Many restaurants, for instance, have a red interior because the color is known to stimulate appetite.

If reminiscing about a past getaway makes you feel good, then our tip is to use a vacation color or two. Continue Reading →

Promote Good Study Habits with Paint

promote good study habitsSchool is back in session. This means your kids are now spending a good portion of time in their room hitting the books. Certain paint colors promote good study habits, which is why this may be a good time to renovate your child’s room.

Paint Colors for Focused Studying

Certain hues stimulate the brain, aiding in greater mental clarity. For starters, we recommend refraining from dark colors. These colors are ungrounded, making it difficult for the mind to stay focused on a single task.

Bright colors, on the other hand, stimulate the mind and amplify creative thinking. The specific color is not important, as long as it’s a lighter tone. This helps both children and adults maintain sharp concentration. Plain white and cream colors are good choices.

Magnetic Paint

Magnetic paint is a relatively new and trending option for interior painting renovations. This is paint infused with iron dust particles. This gives it magnetic properties, much like a refrigerator. With this, your kids can hang study notes, mathematical equations and formulas, or the classroom syllabus on the wall. Continue Reading →

Updating Homes With Paint Make Them Look New

Updating homes with paintCertain interior paint colors and combinations can make a room appear “behind the times.” The same holds true for other modes of décor, which we will cover. These styles are not necessarily a no-no, but the home designs are outdated, at least according to public consensus. So updating homes with paint would be worth considering.

4 Outdated Home Designs

1. Certain Wall Colors

We don’t like to “diss” any type of color, since every type of hue has its advantages. However, certain colors just don’t stand the test of time. This includes more unconventional colors, such as peach, mauve, and hunter green just to list a few examples. Sticking to neutrals is always a good choice since they never go out of style. Plus, neutrals make a room feel more spacious. Continue Reading →

The Advantages of Dark Paint for Nurseries

Dark Paint for NurseriesNurseries don’t have to be either blue or pink. In fact, we believe a gender-neutral color is best. In this case, a dark paint color for a nursery suffices quite well. Our interior painters often recommend this for both aesthetic and practical reasons.

Why Dark Paint for Nurseries?

We prefer dark navy blue because it works for both genders. If you go with the traditional blue or pink, you’ll have to repaint the walls should you later have a second child of the opposite sex. Plus, with a gender-neutral color, you don’t have to wait until you know the baby’s gender to start the renovation. This gives you a big head start, especially if you and your spouse decide not to know the gender until the baby’s arrival. Continue Reading →

How to Avoid Paint Blisters

paint blistersOne reason we don’t recommend DIY painting is because homeowners are often unaware of the complex preparation that goes into the process. Lack of preparation can lead to all sorts of quality issues down the road. One such issue is paint blisters, which tend to appear not long after applying the final paint coat.

What Are Paint Blisters?

Paint blisters are small bubbles that appear when a portion of the paint detaches from the coating beneath it. This creates a protrusion similar in appearance to a blister that appears on your skin, hence the name. Paint blisters can occur in both interior and exterior paint jobs. However, it’s more common among the latter due to the weather exposure.

What Causes Them?

Paint blisters are caused by moisture and are common in basements and other high-humidity areas. The blisters are a sign that the surface wasn’t adequately dried before being painted. This is why timing is important. Painting in a cold morning, or immediately before or after a rain can leave behind blisters and other blemishes. Continue Reading →

How Light Affects the Perception of Paint Colors

color perceptionPeople often comment about how a paint color chosen at a hardware store appears different when it’s applied to the walls at home. The paint itself hasn’t changed. However, the color appears different due to the different lighting conditions in the hardware store and your home. We’ll explain how light alters the perception of paint color and how to use this understanding to your advantage.

Light Changes Paint Color Appearance

Different lighting affects color perception in different ways. Sunlight has a different effect than artificial light sources. The angle of the lighting comes into play as well.

Natural Sunlight

With respect to natural sunlight, our interior painters often recommend warm colors like orange-red for rooms with a north-facing window. The sunrays from this angle offset the rays’ bluish cast and make the color appear brighter and warmer. This is especially so in the morning when the sun is still below the horizon and gives off a yellowish cast. Continue Reading →

How to Deal with Nailhead Rusting

nailhead rustingBlemishes tend to appear not long after a DIY paint job. Nailhead rusting is one such common blemish that is especially prevalent in exterior painting. This often arises due to a poor paint job or to lack of knowledge regarding metal and corrosion.

What Is Nailhead Rusting?

Nailhead rusting is a corrosion stain that appears on the heads of iron nails. The rust can appear through the paint even on a primed surface. The corrosion stain may also spread to the wall. Click here for an image of what nailhead rusting looks like compared to nails that have been properly painted. Continue Reading →

Popular Colors for a Front Door

front door colorsThe front door makes up a very small part of the home, yet it’s so visible. This is the perfect area to create some contrast. We recommend a color different than the walls, or a tone-on-tone color scheme at the very least. Our exterior painters list the popular colors for a front entry door. This list is based on a combination of customer demand and 2017 national trends.

Trending Door Colors—Our Top Picks

Brown

Brown is a good choice for doors with existing decorative details. It also complements nicely with non-contemporary homes, such as those with a Victorian architecture. Continue Reading →