This Year’s Top Paint Colors

Paint Trends 2018 Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to freshen up the inside and outside of your home or business. From cleaning out the basement to planting new shrubs, there are so many ways to give your home or business a fresh look this year. But one of the best ways to do it is by putting new paint on your walls on either the interior or exterior of your residential or commercial property. Here are some of 2018’s top paint colors.

Top Paint Color 1: Berry

People are eating strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries like never before, and now they’re using them as inspiration for their paint colors, too. If you want to add a touch of cheer to any room, you can do it with one of the many paints inspired by berries. They can add warmth to a room while also making a strong statement.

Top Paint Color 2: Blue-Green

Whether you want to create a safe haven in your home to relax or you want to make customers feel welcome in your business, one of the best colors to use is blue-green. It’s a more sophisticated option than some of the similar pastel colors that have been popular as of late, and it will enhance a room while also creating a feeling of calm in it.

Top Paint Color 3: Gray

Far too often, home and business owners choose a simple beige paint color when they want their walls to remain neutral. And while you really can’t go wrong with beige, you also aren’t going to wow anyone with it. Gray is the new beige as it’s perfect for adding a neutral color to your home or business, but it’s also a fresh take on neutral and will allow you dress it up or down depending on how you accessorize the rest of a room.

Top Paint Color 4: Black

As recently as just a few years ago, the idea of painting an entire room black would have sounded preposterous. But these days, people are adding bold black touches to bathrooms, kitchens, and more. Painting an entire room black might not be ideal for you, but you can use it to add an accent wall to a space for maximum impact.

Are you interested in having paint added to the inside or outside of your home or business? Richard Stewart Painting can provide you with interior and exterior painting on your residential or commercial property and make it look like new again. Call us at 818-951-1181 to learn more about our painting services!

Reconstruction & Repainting After the Devastating Wildfires

Reconstruction & Repainting After the Devastating Wildfires Thousands of people in the state of California have been displaced over the last few months and thousands of home, businesses, and other structures have been affected by the major wildfires that have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of land. One of those fires, the Thomas fire, was the largest wildfire ever in California, according to CNN. It has been absolutely devastating for many of the state’s residents, and there are people who are going to need to spend the next few months, and potentially even the next few years, recovering from the fires.

At Richard Stewart Painting, we know all too well how truly destructive the fires have been for Californians. We were centrally located in between the five major fires that took place this fall, and we have seen first-hand how much damage the fires caused. They have torn through certain segments of California and made them unrecognizable to us, and we cannot wait to see the state get back to some semblance of normalcy.

One of the things many home and business owners are going to need to do in the near future is obtain painting services for the structures they own.

The fire and smoke from the wildfires has left behind so much damage to buildings, even those that may not have been directly affected by the fires. They will need to be repaired and repainted, and we are more than capable of handling painting for those in need of it. We can offer our expertise and skills to those who are looking to start the recovery process sooner rather than later. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do during reconstruction, and we want to be there to help the home and business owners who need it most.

Did your home or business sustain heavy damage due to the devastating fires in California? Call Richard Stewart Painting at 818-951-1181 today and learn what we can do to start the reconstruction process.

Paint Colors that Can Increase Your Home Value

Tips on Painting Your HomeIf you are thinking about selling your home, you are probably also wondering how you might be able to boost the overall value of it. A 2017 study, conducted by Zillow, looked at over 32,000 photos of sold homes and discovered that paint color plays a role in overall home value.

If you are choosing the right paint colors, you might be able to increase the overall value of your home if you are choosing the right ones.

Blue and Gray

The most popular color choices turned out to be different shades of blue and gray. In a bathroom or a kitchen, a shade similar to powder blue could earn you between $1,800 and $5,440 when selling your home. Bedrooms in brighter, shades, such as cerulean shades of blue, might earn you around $1,856 more. Shades of navy blue or slate gray in a dining room can possibly get you $2,000 more for your home.

Neutral Tones

Simple, plain white walls might actually lose you money when selling your home. You might see it as a blank canvas but potential buyers see it as a project. However, studies have showed that homes with white bathrooms typically sell for around $4,000 less when compared to similar homes. However, other neutral colors might work in your favor. A living room painted in a more natural shade, such as light beige or oatmeal, might earn you an extra $1,800 when selling your home. A gray or beige tone on the exterior of our home typically sees an average sale of $1526 more.

Pinks, Reds, and Yellows

While Zillow found that some shades brought a higher sale price others resulted in a lower sale price overall. Many different shades of yellows in the kitchen resulted in lower sales of up to $820 less. Rose colored shades in the bedroom reduced the sale price up to $208. In the dining room, brick red tones often correlated with a $2,031 drop in price.

Overall, the paint trends of 2017 revel that cool, neutral colors are trending and potential buyers seem to be looking for them when shopping around. If you are planning to paint some of the rooms in your home before selling, contact Richard Stewart Painting.

Using Multiple Paint Colors in One Room

Home Painting Tips

If you are looking to update your home and want to modernize it a bit in the process, consider using multiple paint colors in one room.

Richard Stewart Painting has some suggestions on how to use multiple paint colors in one room in order to create a trendy, unique room.

Choosing the Right Room

Any room in your home that might need a helping hand in the design department is a good candidate for a multiple-color paint job. We suggest using this method for rooms that are smaller and aren’t typically filled with furniture.

On the flip side, multiple colors also work well in rooms that are large with one wall that has a unique shape. If you’re remodeling the kitchen and want to make a statement without breaking the bank on expensive tile, consider using a different paint color in place of it.

Focus on Color Coordination

The best way to choose matching colors is to stick to one area of the color wheel. You’ll want to choose either a warmer or a cooler shade of the color you want to paint the bulk of the room ensuring the colors will blend well together. It can be hard to get a good idea of what the finished product will look like but by choosing different shades of the same color, you know for sure everything will look coordinated.

Create an Accent Wall

If you want to try something different, you can also paint a design onto one designated space of the wall. You can use stencils or painter’s tape to create geometric patterns in all different colors, or paint stripes onto the wall. Use an accent wall to create an incredible reading nook or designate a home office space.

Regardless of your style and painting aspirations, there are endless opportunities to mix and match multiple paint colors.

Richard Stewart Painting can help you create a cohesive room with multiple paint colors. We are the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Consider Repainting Your Office Building

Painting TipsIf you own a business, you should be repainting your office building often in order to maintain the exterior appearance.

The exterior of your building is the first impression of your business that customers will get; make sure it is painted in a professional manner.

Prevent Fading Paint

If the paint shade on one side of your building doesn’t match the other due to sun damage, it’s time to repaint the building as a whole. If you can easily notice water damage, peeling paint, or cracked paint, others likely are too. These types of signs indicate that it’s time to give your building a fresh coat of paint.

Not only will your business be more attractive to customers with a fresh coat of paint, but maintaining the building is important for long-term maintenance as well.

Avoid Mold Growth

Mold growth is an indication of excessive moisture which often ends up on buildings over time. Although repainting your building is an expense, it can help to prevent mold growth. Not only can mold damage your building but it can also result in serious health issues if left alone. If you notice mold on your property, it’s time to repaint as soon as possible.

Consider Rebranding

If your company is doing well but you’re looking to make a major change, such as rebranding your company, you might start by repainting your building. Rebranding your company often involves updating your logo, your mission statement, your products, and so forth. However, updating the exterior of your building can also help bring positive attention to your business and get people curious.

Wanting to get your business repainted? Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial painting.

Cleaning Up After an Interior Paint Job

Painting TipsWhen you’re painting an interior room, prepping for the paint job is only half the battle.

It is important to clean up properly after painting the interior of your home in order to protect your floors and other belongings.

Once the paint has dried, it is important to clean it up.

Tools You’ll Need

If you drip while painting and the paint is wet, you can easily wipe it clean with a damp rag. We recommended having one on hand while painting. In most cases, it can be easier to address the drip the instant it happens instead of waiting until you’re finished with the job.

While the paint on your walls is drying, you should clean up all of your tools carefully. Make sure to dump any excess paint from the pans back into the paint buckets unless it has started to dry in which case you should wait for it to dry completely and throw it out.

Make sure to carefully wash your brushes so they can be reused for the next job. For latex paint, move a brush along the bottom of a bucket filled with warm water to remove the paint. Rinse with clean water until the water runs dry, and hang with the bristles pointed down. If there’s stubborn dry paint, use a painter’s comb to loosen it.

If you are using rollers, use a scrap piece of wood to scrape the excess paint off of the roller, back into the paint bucket. Rinse the roller in warm water until the water runs clear and leave them to dry. You should discard the roller if you used an oil-based paint.

Secure the remaining paint cans with the lid and store it in a dry space in your home where it won’t freeze or overheat.

Touch Ups

If you’re working on a big project, chances are flecks of paint have landed where they weren’t supposed to go. If there is paint on the carpet, allow it to dry and snip out the paint spots with a pair of scissors.

Remove the masking tape from windows, door frames, and molding. If there is paint on your windows, it can be scraped off with a bladed scraper.

If you’d rather leave the work to the professionals, contact Richard Stewart Painting today, the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled Rooms

Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled RoomsRenovating a room that’s constantly bathed in sunlight? If the room you’re re-doing gets lots of natural light, choosing a paint color can get tricky. You don’t want something too yellow that mimics the sunlight but you don’t want something that’ll get easily washed out.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for choosing the perfect color for your newly refinished sun-drenched room.

Paint Zen says that if you have a southern-facing room, you should choose your colors carefully: it’s important to avoid too-bright colors, so nix those from the mix. Then, skip the warm colors like yellow, orange, and gold—too much sunlight and sun-inspired paint can make the room feel too warm and ultimately uninviting.

Instead of bright colors, focus on bold: if you want to make a style statement choose something striking like reddish pink, or dark blue.

If you want to balance out the sunlight for a cozy effect, choose something like light gray, or other colors with a blue undertone. The color won’t give a cold effect, it’ll just complement the sunlight.

For rooms that feel a bit too hot after a day of baking in the sun, go with pale blue or green—it may not actually prevent the temperature from rising in the room, but it’ll give it a cooler vibe.

Houzz says that tinted whites will make the sunshine the main event in the room, so if you prefer to highlight the beautiful windows, then choose an off-white or slightly gray-white for the walls.

If your room is a bit small, consider painting the ceiling in the same color you chose for the walls, too—it’ll give the effect of a larger space, and work really well with your cozy sunroom vibe

Even if you have the perfect color in mind, taking on painting a few rooms in your home can be an overwhelming task. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Prevent Fading House Paint

Prevent Fading House PaintThere’s nothing like fading house paint to make your home look old and unattractive.

If your house is on the market, fading house paint can discourage potential buyers and make your home look like it’s in worse shape than it is. Many homeowners fail to notice fading house paint, since it fades gradually, over time.

However, there are things you can do to prevent fading house paint and keep your home in tip-top shape:

Pick a Color

We’ve all seen photos of beautiful, brightly colored homes. While they’re undoubtedly lovely, they’re also prone to fading. Colors like tans, browns and beiges may not be the most exciting, but they’re the slowest to fade, especially if your home is in a sunny spot.

Don’t Skimp on Quality

You may be hunting for a bargain, but buying cheap paint might wind up costing you more in the long run, as it fades more quickly and requires you to repaint your house more often. Use only high-quality house paints for your property. For some recommendations that have worked for other homeowners, try this thread.

Choose Your Paint Wisely

One common cause of fading is using the wrong type of paint for your surface. For example, using alkali-sensitive paints on high-alkaline surfaces like masonry makes your home more fade-prone.

If you’ve got fading house paint, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181 to fix the problem. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services, and will have your home looking freshly painted and as good as new.

Small Tips on Big Paint Jobs

Small Tips on Big Paint JobsIf you’re planning to paint the outside of your home this spring or summer season, listen up!

We have compiled a list of small tips that will come in useful for big paint jobs.

Check the Weather Forecast

In California, it’s typically warm enough to paint so you rarely will run into temperature issues. However, California does experience occasional rain and wind. It is vital that you choose the right time to paint. Pay attention to the forecast and make sure you paint in ideal conditions for ideal results.

Prepare Before You Paint

You might want to roll up your sleeves and start slapping paint onto the house, but if you don’t make sure to prep the surface first, the paint won’t stick. You should clean the siding and trim of your home thoroughly and buff away peeling paint to create a level surface. Cover outdoor furniture, vehicles, plants, or otherwise that might be in the “splash zone.”

Commit to Caulking

It can be a bit of a burden, but you should take this opportunity to caulk any visible holes or cracks. Often times, these can be found around the windows, foundations, or door jambs. Filling these holes will help paint go on smoothly and can also prevent pests from getting in. If you wait to caulk after you’ve painted, the caulk might be visible.

Carefully Consider Color

You should carefully consider the color you’re committing to. We highly suggest sampling colors and painting portions of the wall before you start the “official painting.” Make sure to view the colors in the daylight and evening because they often change under different lights.

If you really want the job done right, let us take care of it for you. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for residential interior and exterior painting in the Los Angeles area.

Recognizing the Need for Exterior Paint

Recognizing the Need for Exterior PaintDoes your home need exterior paint? You might not be able to tell. Keep in mind that a fresh paint job is a critical component of home maintenance, and that peeling or chipping paint can make a home that’s otherwise in great condition look run-down. Follow these handy tips to determine whether it’s time for you to hire a painter.

Create a Schedule

The general rule is that houses need to be painted every 5 to 10 years depending on the surface of your home, the climate in your area and the quality of your last paint job, including the quality of paint used. However, your home could need more (or less) frequent painting. For example, a wood surface might need repainting after 3 years, but high-quality painted brick can last up to 13 years.

Southern Exposure

The south and west sides of your house typically get the most sun – and are the first to show signs that your house needs repainting. Most likely, you’ll be able to see that your paint is fading. If you have any doubts, wipe a dry rag or towel in a dark color along the side of your house. If chalky paint comes off, that’s a sure sign it’s time to repaint.

Watch for Cracks

Cracking, chipping, peeling – these are all signs that the paint on your house has seen better days. By this point, you’re actually past due for repainting, since your house has become vulnerable to moisture. If you’ve got a stucco house, this applies to you, too – it’s a myth that stucco doesn’t need regular painting.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs and have decided it’s time for some exterior paint for your home, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services.