Neutrals are in, and chances are, they always will be. Painting your home in neutral colors might sound simple, but it is a bit more complicated than simply choosing a white or off-white color. Plus, if you go with one neutral color throughout the home, it could give it a bit of an impersonal feel. Here are some tips for choosing neutral colors for your home that will leave your home feeling comfy and looking modern.
What is Neutral?
First of all, let’s define what a “neutral” color is: Hey There Home says it’s not necessarily white, but rather a light to medium color that works well with other colors. The trick is to choose a neutral that has an undertone that will work with the rest of your décor.
What is an Undertone?
Unfamiliar with undertones? That’s okay. To identify an undertone, all you have to do is look at the darkest color on a paint swatch. Whatever that color is, whether it’s black, brown, blue, yellow, or brown, is the undertone for the color you chose.
Samples, Samples, Samples
Make sure you are sampling paint colors before you permanently paint your home with them. Hold swatches up against your furniture. Looking at samples against white walls will make the sample appear lighter, and, according to the Washington Post, often causes people to choose a color that is much too light.
Experiment with Shades
Once you have a color in mind, consider painting surrounding rooms in the same tone, but in a softer shade. It’ll give your home some depth and intrigue, and you won’t have to worry about picking out clashing colors for the rest of the home.
Don’t Forget the Baseboards
Make sure to refresh your baseboards after you paint: a fresh neutral coat with the same scuffed up baseboards will only revamp your room a little bit. Make sure to paint baseboards over again in order to make the fresh coat of paint standout.
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Spring has officially arrived, even though the weather isn’t quite reflecting that yet. Regardless, “selling season” is here and many people are starting to prepare to sell their homes.
Many real-estate agents will give you the same advice when it comes to selling your home: you must stage it well. From making sure the inside is clear of cutter and presents as a clean, updated space, to making sure the outside is inviting and full of curb appeal.
People often focus on preparing the inside of their home but the outside is just as important.
One way to get the outside of your home to meet potential buyers standards: a fresh coat of paint.
There are several paint colors that are popular among potential buyers include off-white, gray, yellow, lighthouse red. However, how well the color of your home appeals to a buyer is dependent on the look and feel of your neighborhood as well. If all of the homes on your street have bright, eye-catching colors, you probably want to stay away from painting your home a grayish tone. If everyone has an off-white or neutral home you can show a little personality in your trim choice but you should stick to the basics for the majority of the color.
Even if your home is one of these popular colors already, when’s the last time you gave it a good paint job? Years of weather, dirt, debris, and aging in general can give your home a dingy outside appearance. Freshen up you home with a coat of paint which will help it stand out to people purchasing and will be a “job” that they won’t have to do, making it more “move-in ready!”
Painting the the exterior of your home can be a tough job which is why it is important to hire Richard Stewart Painting, the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.
Are you living in a rental and you’re no longer feeling inspired by the off-white color that covers your walls? Regardless, many people that rent are allowed to paint as long as the landlord is aware and approves the improvement.
If you are eager to paint your rental space, there are various things to consider before you dip your brush in.
Step One: Read Your Lease
Your lease should indicate whether or not you’re allowed to paint the space you’re renting. You should review your lease and see what it states about painting or making changes to the space. If you find that it is unclear legally in your lease or doesn’t say if you can one way or another, proceed to step two.
Step Two: Ask Your Landlord
Many landlords, especially if you’ve been a reliable tenant, will be willing to compromise with you. Plus, some landlords are also appreciative when tenants are willing to paint because it improves the rental space. Make sure to get your landlord’s approval in writing so that he won’t be able to use it as a claim to keep your full security deposit when you move out.
Step Three: Get Specific
If your landlord is okay with you painting your rental, ask him if he has a color scheme preference. Many landlords will allow you to paint if they approve the choice which is understandable. The landlord owns the property so he wants it to be well-maintained. Decide on a color together so that there are no surprises.
Step Four: Paint!
Once you obtain the approval of your landlord, all that’s left is to pick up the brush! If you want to get the job done right, consider hiring professional painters to come in and take care of your space. Your landlord will appreciate your willingness to make sure the paint job looks perfect.
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Spring is getting closer, (thank goodness) and many homeowners are starting to compile a list of spring chores. Many of us start to take care of our landscape in spring months, but spring is also a great season to give your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint.
If you haven’t repainted your home in a few years, spring is the time to consider doing so for several reasons.
Take Advantage of Ideal Weather
The spring is relatively mild for the majority of the country, making it a great season to knock out some outdoor chores. With summer weather often being excruciatingly hot, it’s a great idea to take advantage of spring to get outdoor chores done while weather is tolerable. Consider repainting your home in the spring months when weather is ideal.
Guarantee Durable Finish
Most exterior latex paints will create a durable and protective finish around your home. However, fluctuating temperature can cause paint to lose some of its durability. If the paint dries too quickly on a hot summer day, the paint might not form an impermeable bond. Paint that dries too quickly is also liable to show brush strokes and clumps. If you paint the exterior of your home during mild weather, you might get a more durable and even finish.
Simplify Other Chores
If you’re planning on mulching or planting flowers this spring, consider painting your home’s exterior before you start working on the surrounding landscape. If you complete your gardening work first, all your hard work will be trampled when you start painting. By painting beforehand, your home will look fresh, making your other outdoor projects stand out even more.
Painting the exterior of your home is a huge job, regardless of the size of your home. There is a significant amount of both preparation and skill needed.
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You probably have a room inside of your home that is relatively small and compact but that you’re desperate to make into an inviting space. You’ve probably contemplated painting the room to give it a bit of a face lift but aren’t sure which direction to go in with it.
However, small rooms can be painted using dark colors and it is a common misconception that the two should not be paired together.
Make It Mighty
Painting a small room a dark color can help the room feel “bold.” Putting a dark color on four small walls expresses that you aren’t afraid to make a statement using your home décor. A bold and dark room often becomes a bit of a sanctuary, making the dark color totally justifiable.
Let There Be Light
Painting a room a dark color does not mean that the room itself has to be dark as a result. You can paint a room a dark shade of green, and as long as a decent amount of light can get through, the room won’t appear nearly as dark as you’ll envision it. If you’re painting a small room a dark space, allow natural light to brighten up the general space.
All About the Accents
If you are going to paint a small room a dark color, you can easily brighten up the space using lighter colored accents. For instance, if you are going to paint a room a dark navy blue color, consider incorporating white accent pieces into the space. Something as simple as a white vase or bold white picture frame can lighten up a room with dark colors.
Consider the Shade
Dark colors can work well in small spaces, however, it is important to pick the most appropriate dark shade for the space you’re working within. For instance, if you are painting a small kitchen, consider going with a “spicy” color such as red or orange which can easily be tied into kitchen decor. If you are painting a small bedroom, consider going with a shade of gray that can easily be paired with white or blue in order to make it into a softer space.
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At the beginning of each year, paint companies like Sherwin Williams and Behr announce the colors they believe will be making the biggest splash in homes across the US. 2017 is no different, and this year there are a wide range of hues – from summery yellow to rich purple – being celebrated by paint professionals.
The primary paint that we use at Richard Stewart Painting is Dunn-Edwards. Dunn-Edwards has been the leading paint manufacturer in the Southwestern states since 1952. To see what they believe is “trending today,” you can visit the color and inspiration section of their website. The page showcases 158 different trending colors, from blue to beige.
Of course, the go-to source for paint inspiration is Pantone, and their 2017 color choice is quite a bold one. The company named this year’s favored hue “Greenery” and this grassy green shade is one that will truly bring the feelings of the outdoors inside.
Sherwin Williams took quite the opposite route when deciding upon their color choice for 2017, opting for a deep neutral called “Poised Taupe”. A lovely color for homeowners that have grown tired of the everything-gray trend, but still aren’t sure that beige is their neutral of choice, Houzz contributor Jennifer Ott calls taupe the perfect compromise between warm and cool.
Instead of naming just one color their favorite this year, Behr has taken quite a different approach, breaking down 2017s top colors into three different categories: Comfortable, Composed and Confident.
From muted blues and pinks to rich magentas and reds, the company has laid out colors that will accentuate the style of every homeowner. All you have to do is decide which trend you’d like to follow!
With all these colors to choose from – and the warm spring weather drawing nearer and nearer – homeowners throughout the Los Angeles area are getting the itch to start repainting both the interiors and exteriors of their homes. And with so many trendy paint colors to choose from, many find themselves in need of some guidance.
That’s where Richard Stewart Painting steps in! With 30 years of experience, we are happy to help you find the perfect paint colors to fit your home’s style, creating a fresh new space for you to enjoy as the year 2017 unfolds.
Whether you have just moved in and are painting the entire house, or are looking for a change and are just updating one or two rooms, painting the walls can feel like a huge commitment. Sure, it can – and eventually will – be colored over in the future, but that doesn’t mean that you want to put a color on your walls that you don’t fall absolutely in love with.
We’ve all been there, looking through swatches upon swatches of paint colors, but not entirely sure what the colors we like on paper will look like on the walls of our homes.
There is a simple solution to all the second guessing: Paint samples.
For homeowners re-painting their interior, we at Richard Stewart Painting recommend picking up a few paint samples and applying them to your walls. Not only will this put your mind at ease, but it will also ensure that absolute best results.
Paint your samples in at eye level, and don’t be afraid to put furniture in front of them, hold up pillows to them and hang pictures or artwork over them to create a complete picture in your mind.
With your two or three top competitors applied next to each other on the wall that the winner will eventually reside, it will be easy to tell which is right for you. Not only will using paint samples allow you to tell what color best matches the style and furnishings of your home, but it will also give you a chance to study the colors in the correct lighting at all times of the day.
After you’ve applied your swatches to the wall, revisit them throughout the day (or over the course of a couple days), paying attention to how they appear in morning, afternoon and evening light.
When you give this technique a try, you are sure to be happy with your results.
Still aren’t able to come to a paint color decision after sampling swatches on your walls? That’s why the professionals at Richard Stewart Painting are here to help! With years of experience, we can guide you through the color selection process and paint the walls for you, taking all the hard work out of the interior decorating process.
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An important part of painting is what you do to prepare beforehand. Preparing the walls before painting will help your paint go on smoothly and sufficiently. You can’t just dip the brush in the paint and hope for the best if you want the best results. Painting is a process, but if you do that process right, your final results will turn out much better.
Remove All Necessary Items
Before you start painting, you should be removing any outlet or switch plates covers from the wall. You might want to replace these all together to give the room a fresh look when you’re done. Mark the holes with painter’s tape and make sure you keep the screws with the piece they belonged to if you are putting them back up. Have small individual bags handy to hold the plates and the screws together.
You should have any holes in the walls patched before you start painting. Look for small holes left over from pictures frames or any décor that you might have had hanging. If you are moving into a new home, scan the walls for nails that might have been simply left in the wall. When you patch the holes, clean the excess material when it is still wet for an easier removal process. After it is dry, sand it down to smooth out whatever is left over so that the paint can go on without being bumpy.
Before painting, many people choose to sand their walls. Sanding can help paint adhere to the wall better. However, it can be messy and require a lot of elbow grease depending on the size room you are painting. You should scrape any paint off that is flaking and then use low-grade sandpaper to scrape off any remaining plaster bumps. You can also use an electric sander if you have a large room that you can’t do easily by hand, just remember to wear goggles.
Put on Primer First
Many people are in a rush to skip priming the walls in order to save some time. However, a primer can really help to hide imperfections and flaws on walls. A high-quality primer will help your color shine through brighter as well and stay truer to the original paint swatch. Although primer is time consuming, it can really make a difference in what your paint will look like when it’s finished.
If you are thinking about painting your home, we suggest letting a professional take care of it for you. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.
If you are considering painting your child’s bedroom, the possibilities of paint colors to choose from are endless. Children have wild imaginations and if you let them choose the color, it’s hard to predict what you might end up with. (Which can be half the fun!) However, we put together a few options of paint colors that are ideal for children’s rooms. Show a few of these options to your little one and let them choose.
Most neutrals are thought to be too boring or dull for a children’s bedroom but you can use neutrals to your advantage in a child’s bedroom. Neutral colors play very well with others and they can serve as a foundation for bold accents or even an accent wall. You can easily incorporate blue, purple, pink, or green accents into a neutral colored room. As your child grows, you can replace those colorful accents with tasteful draperies and a bold throw rug.
Purple is great for a little girl’s room as an alternative to the expected “princess pink.” Light purple can actually give off a very sophisticated look and will age well as the years pass. Your child won’t be as eager to repaint their bedroom as they grow which they might be with ballerina pink.
Although many people paint a baby boy’s nursey a light powder blue, you can experiment with other shades of blue and still achieve the appearance of a child’s bedroom. A marine blue that isn’t too dark, several; shades lighter than navy blue, will stand out boldly next to white trim. A nautical shade of blue will never become outdated. As your child grows, you can incorporate shades of dark green to bring the room a “grown-up” appearance.
Children are vibrant, youthful, and fun, which is why we cherish them so much. Yellow walls can also be a lot of fun if you choose the right shade of yellow. A pastel yellow with traces of white can be easily paired with other pastels to create a space as energetic as your child is. Yellow can also be easily made into a guest room, a play room, or a teenager’s bedroom down the line without having to choose another shade.
If you are painting your child’s bedroom in the near future, consider some of these options to save yourself sometime in the long-run. These colors will last long-term and stand up to growing pains.
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Many of us spend a lot of time hosting loved ones during the holiday season. We are often looking for simple ways to spruce up our home in time for company. Some people rearrange furniture and some people do extensive cleaning, but we really suggest giving a room in your home a fresh coat of paint. Although many people believe that painting is too big of a project right before the holiday season, we think it is the most effective way to get your home looking ready for the holidays.
Paint Is Affordable
If you are painting a simple wall or an entire room in your home, painting is a relatively inexpensive option. Purchasing paint to bring life back into your home this holiday season will not cost you much money but it will make a huge difference in your home’s appearance. Many people drop hundreds on extravagant decorations, a new chandelier, or a brand new dining room set. All of these options might make your home seem “new” but each one can get extremely expensive. You should not be making a large purchase just to impress guests when you can easily purchase the paint of your choice and impress guests for a much more affordable price.
Paint Is Not Permanent
Many of us are eager to impress guests but we don’t want to commit to something that we might not want long-term. For instance, a large screen smart television might “wow” guest, but it won’t “wow” you when it is sitting in your living room collecting dust in the months to come. If you want to impress your guests but don’t want to make a major commitment in order to so, painting a room or two is a great alternative. You can easily paint over other paint if you grow tired of it or don’t want it all year round. Paint isn’t permanent and it isn’t supposed to be. Our styles, tastes, and preferences change and the paint on our walls can change along with them.
Paint Changes Anything
When people think about painting for the holiday season, people are typically envisioning an entire room being painted. The thought of painting an entire room is stressful to some people and that is understandable. However, an entire room does not need to be painted in order to refresh your home using paint. You can paint a variety of things in your home to improve the overall look. If you don’t want to commit to painting a room, pick something smaller to paint. You can paint your front door, outdated ceramic tiles, or your faded brick fireplace in order to freshen up your home.
We believe that paint can bring life to your home during any season but we really love the idea of using paint to spruce up your home for the holiday season. If you are thinking about painting before the holidays get into full swing, contact Richard Stewart Painting to get you started.