Residential Painting and the Homeowner’s Association: What You Need to Know

Homeowner’s Association painting, HOA painting, HOA restrictionsDepending on your neighborhood, your home may be a part of a homeowner’s association (HOA). This comes with some perks, but you also lose some freedoms regarding what you can do with your property. We’ll explain general rules regarding the homeowner’s association and residential painting.

Homeowner’s Association Explained

Some homeowners are part of an HOA and don’t even realize it. Your property is probably part of a neighborhood HOA if you own a condo, a townhouse, or have a home located within a gated community.

Benefits of an HOA typically include access to a neighborhood pool, tennis court, golf course, and organized events. The HOA may also include a neighborhood watch, a community gardener, etc.

The Drawbacks of a Homeowner’s Association

HOAs normally impose rules and restrictions regarding property modifications. While renovations like interior painting are fine, you can’t remodel the exterior without written permission. Continue Reading →

Best Gray Roof Paint Color Complements

gray roof paint color complementGray is perhaps the most commonplace color for a residential roof. This is a safe and neutral hue that fits with just about any house type, contemporary or traditional. What are some paint colors that complement a gray roof? We’ll describe some colors so you’ll be able to make a wise decision when you plan to repaint the exterior of your home.


White paint pairs well with just about every other color. A white/gray combination is a simple yet classic look. If plain white feels a bit too bland, then consider other soft neutrals, such as beige or cream. Save the white for the trim.


Sunny yellow pairs nicely with a light gray. The same yellow with a darker gray also works if you’re willing to go with an edgier look. If you find this color too unconventional, then consider limiting it to the door accent. Continue Reading →

Best Paint Colors for a Master Bedroom

master bedroom paint colorsThe main bedroom is your most private space. Whatever color you choose, it should reflect your own personality. Select a paint color for your master bedroom that puts your mind at ease or evokes inner calm. We’ll share a few ideas to help you in the selection process.

Black and white

Black and white is a trending kitchen color combination due to the popularity of tuxedo cabinets. You can use the same color scheme for the bedroom as well. This is simple and soothing at the same time.


Some homeowners find purple to be too unconventional for their taste. However, lavender is especially soothing, while a darker purple has an invigorating feel. The color is also associated with royalty, which is particularly fitting for a master bedroom.


Green creates an atmosphere that is both soothing and cool. People also naturally associate this color with nature. Our tip? Go with green if the bedroom already has elements of the outdoors, such as wooden or bamboo furniture. Continue Reading →

The Truth About Touch-up Painting

touch-up paintingIs the paint on the wall beginning to fade or show its age? Some homeowners may do touch-up painting to restore the color to its original condition. Before you decide to embark on such a project, we must point out an inherent problem with touch-up painting.

What Is Touch-up Painting?

Touch-up painting refers to applying the exact same paint color and shade that was originally applied to a wall. More often than not, though, the color (once applied and dried) does not exactly match. This may be the case even if using an identical color from the same manufacturer. This may be so even if using the same leftover paint from the previous paint job. Homeowners have reported this for both interior and exterior paint touch-ups.

How can using the exact same color result in a small but noticeable difference?

What’s Going On?

One cause stems from the paint manufacturer. Over the years, paint makers change their formulas to improve quality or follow safety standards. In addition, the paint from the exact same tub may change over the years due to water and air exposure.

Paint wicking is another issue. This refers to the rate the pre-painted surface or paint itself absorbs moisture. This can affect the final touch-up.

Our tip? If you still have your old paint, you can bring a sample to the place of purchase. An assistant may be able to find a match out of the existing inventory. If not, then the only option may be to redo all four walls for a consistent effect. Continue Reading →

What’s the Best Room Painting Sequence for Your Home?

room painting sequenceAre you painting the entire home? This will be one heck of a spring project. With a whole-home interior painting, though, the process can take a few days. You will have to determine the best room painting sequence for your home. Going about this process randomly may cause undue inconvenience.

Ideal Room Painting Sequence for Your Home

1. Bedrooms and Bathrooms

We recommend painting the bedrooms and bathrooms first. Why? Because these rooms are your private spaces. Knock these rooms out of the way first. This way, you have access to your private rooms of retreat for the rest of the remodel. Continue Reading →

How to Use Black Paint for your Home Interior

black paintThe idea of pitch black paint gracing an interior home wall doesn’t seem too appealing for a lot of homeowners. However, we like to think otherwise. Black paint for a home interior actually works quite well provided you use it in the manner we outline.

Considerations When Using Black Paint for the Home Interior

Keep in mind that black paint absorbs light, making the room feel less bright. If black is going to be the main color, limit use to rooms with ample natural lighting. This is a nonissue, though, if you only plan to use black as an accent or trim color.

Black paint also tends to make rooms feel smaller, especially if used on the ceiling. This is why you should limit the color to rooms large enough to handle this effect. Good candidates for black wall-to-wall paint includes open living spaces that integrate the living room and kitchen into a single space.

Strategies for Using Black Paint

We believe black paint is best as an accent color. It’s great for drawing eyes in its direction. For interior painting, one tip is to use black for natural focal pieces, such as a wall with a mantel. Continue Reading →

The Best House Staging Paint Colors

house staging paint colorsHouse sellers seldom sell to the first buyer. More often than not, sellers spend a while speaking with dozens of potential buyers before successfully closing the deal. To expedite the process, we recommend certain paint colors for staging your house. This makes the interior more appealing for a showing.

The Best House Staging Paint Colors

First impressions matter, and peeling paint and faded wallpaper do not create positive impressions. We recommend a thorough interior painting. Don’t just use any color, though. Our tip is to stick to a neutral color for its broad appeal. Continue Reading →

Paint A Child’s Bedroom School Colors

school colors2018 is here! For your child, this means their two-week winter vacation has come to an end. To instill some enthusiasm and commemorate the New Year, why not consider painting your child’s bedroom with school colors? This is an excellent interior painting renovation if you have a child in elementary or middle school.

School Color Options

Most schools have two or three colors. Hopefully, these are fairly modest colors so their combinations will be agreeable in your youngster’s bedroom. You can apply the color combinations a number of ways. One strategy is to use one color for the walls and another for the trim. If one color is neutral and the other bold, then consider reserving the bold color for the designated accent wall. Continue Reading →

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 →