Start the Spring Season with a Fresh Coat of Paint

painting exterior of homeSpring is finally here, and as the weather warms up and you are spending more time outside, you may begin to notice that the exterior of your home could use a little pick-me-up. If a fresh coat of paint is in order this summer, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what hue is best for you.

Look Around Your Neighborhood

The most difficult part of painting the exterior of your home is finding colors that you love, which is why we recommend starting by taking a walk around your neighborhood. While you don’t want your home to exactly match the one next door, looking closely at the colors of different houses will help you to realize your likes and dislikes.

Are you drawn to bright, cheery yellows or do you prefer more muted greens and grays? Knowing which colors you love will help to cut down the number of paint chips you have to compare, easing your stress and making the paint choosing process less overwhelming.

And while you don’t want your home to be an exact replica of others on the block, you do want it to blend in to your neighborhood’s general style. Think about how bold the homes around you are before choosing an out-of-the-ordinary hue. There are lots of little ways to add a pop of color to your home if you like in a more neutral neighborhood, like with a brightly colored, welcoming front door.

Pay Attention to Architectural Style

Depending on the architectural style of your home, there are certain color schemes that may look better than others. If you are interested in having your house reflect the period it was built in, we recommend doing some research to find out what colors houses like your were originally painted.

Also, think about the particular features you would like to highlight. Victorian era homes often have intricate details that look beautiful when painted a bold hue while Colonial homes often look best with a more muted color palette.

Consider Your Yard

Another important factor to consider when choosing a color to paint the exterior of your house with is what colors are found in your yard. Depending on the color of the driveway, the fences and the roof, certain color families will look much more natural than others, creating a starting point for you to choose your perfect shade.

Get Professional Advice

Not sure what colors will suit the structure of your home, as well as its immediate surrounds and your town’s aesthetic? Richard Stewart Painting can help you create the home of your dreams. For more information about our Los Angeles area exterior painting services, visit us online or call us at 1-818-951-1181.

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Have You Considered Painting Your Ceiling?

Although most homes boast simple, white ceilings, this isn’t the only option for you to consider – especially if you are looking for a bold and unique way to renovate. For families interested in adding a pop of color to their homes, a colored ceiling is a great way to do so. Often the most ignored area of your home, your ceiling can be taken to new heights with just a few swipes of your paintbrush!

green attic ceilingAccentuate Architecture

For homes with gorgeous and unique ceiling architecture – like ceiling joists and slanted ceilings – a little bit of color can further accentuate the beauty of your home and the features you love most. Especially in a room with neutral walls, a bold ceiling will look incredible, without overpowering the space.

Not sure about painting the entire ceiling? You can try painting the molding a vibrant hue or just paint the joists for a little pop of fun.

Have Some Fun

Interested in playing with a bold color, but worried that it will be too overwhelming in your space? Paint the walls in a light, neutral hue and add your pop of color on the ceiling! From vibrant yellow to lime green, there are so many beautiful colors that most of us are afraid to try. Be bold and extend this color above your head for a unique and attractive look that isn’t too overwhelming on the eyes.

matching ceiling and wallsExtend Your Space

If you are looking to make a smaller room bigger, one often overlooked strategy is painting the ceiling to match the wall color. This extension of the walls will help to make the room feel fuller, and larger.

On the other hand, if you are working with a very large space, matching the color of the ceiling to the walls will encapsulate everything within, allowing your furniture and home accents to take center stage on a beautiful canvas.

When it comes to styling your ceiling, the possibilities are endless! Get some inspiration from this Houzz article and contact Richard Stewart Painting at 1-818-951-1181 to get started on your interior paint project today.

Struggling to Choose a Wall Color? Try These Tips

couple choosing paint colorsWhether you have just moved into a new home and need all the rooms to be painted or you previously painted a room only to hate the color the moment it hit the walls, choosing colors to paint with can be a daunting task. Here at Richard Stewart Painting we have seen customers worry and second-guess themselves many times before deciding on a final color, and we have a few words of advice to offer that may make your paint decision easier.

Start Small

Painting an entire house can feel overwhelming, so instead of stressing about the big picture, take your project one room at a time. While it is important for the colors throughout your home to coordinate, chances are that will happen naturally based on your style. We recommend tacking a simple room, like the bathroom, first. Let the colors, styles and finishes of your fixtures guide you, or choose your wall color based off the shower curtain or a piece of art that will be hanging in the room.

Once you have this first small room under your belt, you are sure to feel more confident about your paint choices and the way you make them moving forward.

Select Forgiving Hues

If you are trying to repaint walls that you absolutely hate, chances are that you chose an unforgiving paint color – like pink, orange and yellow – the first time around. Hues like these can be difficult to match to accent pieces and furniture, giving you extra stress and making your room seem a little off.

We recommend looking into more forgiving shades like grays, beiges and pale blues. These colors are easy to incorporate into any home décor style and create a calming atmosphere. Thinking about painting with neutrals? We have outlined a few reasons why they work in a recent article.

Look at Pictures Instead of Paint Swatches

It can be difficult to look at a stack of paint chips and imagine what each color will actually look like on your walls, which is why we recommend using websites like Houzz and Pinterest to help you choose your paint colors. Looking at images of entire rooms will help you to better envision the colors you are considering and will give you some great ideas for decorating after you decide on a wall color you love!

Get Help From a Pro

Still struggling to choose the perfect hues for your walls? Call in some professional help from Richard Stewart Painting. With years of experience painting high-end residential interiors in the Los Angeles area, we are happy to help you find just the right colors and finishes to match your style. To request a quote or schedule an appointment with us today, call 1-818-951-1181.

Are Solar Power Requirements Coming to San Francisco?

solar panels on house roofWhen imagining a modern city, many of us envision glass-wrapped buildings with rounded edges, smooth and chic cars and – often – open spaces or rooftops adorned with solar panels, providing clean and environmentally friendly energy to the citizens.

If you live in San Francisco, this may soon be your renewable energy-friendly reality.

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener recently introduced legislation that would require all new residential and commercial constructions within the city to have solar panels installed, according to an article on CBS SF Bay Area’s website.

San Francisco’s current law requires solar readiness of 15 percent of the total roof surface area on new small and mid-sized residential and commercial buildings with 10 floors or fewer. Solar readiness is defined as meaning the roof must be free of shade by the proposed building and free of obstructions that could block direct access to sunlight. The new law proposed by Wiener would mean that this 15 percent of solar space would be required to have solar panels installed.

This legislation comes at a time when San Francisco is pushing towards a goal of having a city 100 percent run by energy from renewable sources. If passed, San Francisco would be the first city in the nation to require solar panels on new construction. Many advocates of green energy are hailing the proposal as a huge step in the fight against climate change, furthering the promotion of renewable energy, and improving the environment.

Wiener’s proposal would require developers to install solar photovoltaic panels, which generate electricity directly from sunlight via a naturally occurring electronic process, or solar water panels, which do the same with water.

Living roofs, or roofs partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, may also be accepted as an alternative. CBS SF reported that Weiner intends to introduce a second proposal that would allow buildings with living roofs, which provide insulation and absorb storm water, could be installed in place of solar panels. By helping to reduce pollution and promote cleaner air and greater biodiversity, these rooftops would also serve as a great benefit in lieu of renewable energy.

So, San Franciscans, be prepared: you may be on the revolutionary cutting edge of a new solar panel trend sweeping the nation. While we may be known for our commercial and residential painting services at Richard Stewart Painting, we also work with customers who are looking for solar solutions for their properties. As the San Fran proposal shows, solar is an incredibly viable way to help reduce energy costs while also helping create a more lasting and sustainable future for our environment.

If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area and would like to explore adding a renewable solar energy solution at your home or business, give us a call today at 818-951-1181.

Advice for Painting Your Child’s Bedroom

child's bedroom There are few rooms more fun to paint and decorate than children’s room, and this comes down to one simple reason. Kids are fearless when it comes to color.

From hot pink to neon green, we have dipped our paint brushes in many incredible hues when transforming children’s rooms from their original nursery pastel to the vibrant shade chosen by a tween. And if your next home project is to update your child’s bedroom, Richard Stewart Painting has a few words of advice to help you choose a design that you will both love.

Let Your Child’s Personality Shine Through

Whether you are deciding on the color of the walls or accent pieces you will include, let your child help you make all the big decisions about their space. Are they a sports fan? Frame a poster of their favorite sports star and hang it on the wall. Do they love to read? Install a few shelves where they can stack their most-loved books. Including your child in the decorating process will help to ensure this is a room they will enjoy spending time in, and it is an enjoyable way for the two of you to spend some time together.

Tone Down Bold Walls with Neutral Furniture

Nervous that the bright orange hue your child loves is too overpowering? We recommend pairing it with neutral accents. A simple wood furniture set will look great no matter what design changes occur over the years, and will tone down the intensity of a bold wall color.

Regardless of the colors you choose to decorate your child’s room in, Richard Stewart Painting is here to help you get the job done. To learn more about our services and set up your next painting project, call our Los Angeles office at 1-818-951-1181.

Using Pantone’s Fall 2016 Colors in Your Home

Pantone recently released their Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report and we at Richard Stewart Painting could not be more excited! A color palette that was inspired by feelings of tranquility and optimism, Pantone’s fall picks include calming blues and grays, warm earth tones and two exotic shades – yellow and purple. Regardless of your home’s style, there are plenty of ways to incorporate these colors into your décor this year.

Pantone's Fall 2016 ColorsWall Color

If you are looking to make a change to your home without investing a ton of time, painting a few walls is the perfect solution. One of our favorite of Pantone’s Fall 2016 hues is Warm Taupe, a timeless neutral that would create a cozy feeling in your master bedroom or living room. This shade looks incredible with all of Pantone’s other picks, and we love the idea of painting an accent wall in Potter’s Clay, Spicy Mustard or Aurora Red to add a some extra interest your new taupe colored room.

Accent Décor

Pantone's Fall 2016 ColorsFrom vases to throw pillows, picture frames and chairs, there are lots of great ways to add a pop of color to your space and Pantone has given us some incredible color choices for individuals who want their home accessories to pop. One unexpectedly versatile option is Bodacious, a rich purple hue with a pink tint that will look incredible regardless of the season.

Another shade we love is Airy Blue. Similar in color to Serenity, one of Pantone’s color choices of the year, this bright blue is playful and vibrant. Not sure what to pair it with? Lush Meadow or Dusty Cedar is recommended if you are interested in turning heads, while Riverside and Sharkskin will blend well with Airy Blue to create a cool, calming tone.

As you begin incorporating the colors of Fall 2016 into your Los Angeles home, Richard Stewart Painting can help you find the right wall colors to make them pop. For all your interior and exterior painting needs, contact us at 1-818-951-1181.

The Benefits of Painting with Neutrals

neutral living room wallsFor the individual who loves to decorate and re-decorate their home, it can be difficult to choose a paint color for the walls. You don’t want to have to re-paint every few months when you get the itch to start moving furniture and finding unique new home décor, but you also want the rooms of your home to be painted in attractive shades that work with your current color scheme and decorative style. The easiest solution: Choosing a neutral color palette for your wall.

Why do we love neutral colors like brown, beige, white and gray? Here are just a few reasons:

They Work With Any Style

From traditional to modern to eclectic, neutral walls work with any and every interior design style. Regardless of if you change your curtains or purchase new furniture, your walls will still look great and will create a simple and attractive backdrop for your ever-changing style.

They Let Your Décor Take Center Stage

Instead of grabbing your guests attention like rich orange walls or vibrant blue ones can do, neutrals set the stage for the unique and interesting pieces your home is furnished with. Whether you have a gorgeous green antique sofa you would like to show off or shelves of brightly colored memorabilia from your travels, a neutral wall color will ensure that your most prized possessions will attract the most attention in your home.

They Never Get Old

Especially for individuals whose style is always changing, painting with trendy colors can lead to disappointment fairly quickly. If you have made the mistake of choosing a bold wall color and quickly grew tired of it, painting with neutral shades is a great way to ensure that this won’t happen time and time again. With neutral walls as a backdrop, you can easily change around the furniture and items that fill your home when you get bored, instead of having to start completely from scratch.

Looking for help choosing the right neutrals for your home? Richard Stewart Painting has the experience to guide you. For interior and exterior painting services in the Los Angeles area, contact us at 1-818-951-1181.

Choosing the Right Color for Your Trim

painting your trimOne of the last things people usually think of when painting the interior of their home is the trim. The outlining piece of a room, there are many different options to try depending on the atmosphere you are looking to create. From natural wood to classic white, there is a much wider array of colors to choose from than most of us realize.

Bright

A great way to add personality to your home is with bold colored trim. We love the idea of pairing a rich red trim with a beige wall or summer yellow with classic white.  Paired with a neutral wall, this pop of color is playful and fun without forcing you to commit to a dramatic look.

White

A classic choice regardless of what color your walls are, white trim creates a clean feeling that ties the rooms of your home together seamlessly. A great option for homes with various molding styles, white trim creates symmetry and allows the attention to remain with wall art and furnishings. It is also a great choice to pair with bold wall color, preventing robust shades from swallowing up small spaces.

Neutral

To highlight the architecture in your home, we recommend choosing a neutral shade. Paired with white walls, this draws attention to the molding in a sophisticated and attractive way. Neutral trim looks great with a colored ceiling, creating a cozy and intimate space perfect for living rooms and bedrooms.

Wood

To add extra texture and create a traditional or rustic feel, wood trim is the perfect option to choose. Depending on the color and finish, wood can match any interior design style and pairs beautifully with natural wood floors, tile and carpets alike!

Whether you have just purchased a new home or are making some changes to your current abode, professionally painted walls can create the atmosphere you desire. When choosing your paint colors, don’t forget to think about the trim! To get started on your next painting project, contact Richard Stewart Painting at 1-818-951-1181.

Transform Your Bedroom into a Relaxing Escape

cozy master bedroomAs the New Year approaches we all begin to think about the changes we would like to see in the months to come. If you are looking for a way to reduce your stress in 2016, a fresh coat of paint may be able to help. Color can affect your mood in many ways, which is why we recommend updating your bedroom to allow yourself to relax and get a good night’s sleep at the end of each busy day.

Dim the Lights

An important part of creating a cozy, stress-free space is getting the lighting right. Your bedroom should be a place you can relax and whether you enjoy reading in bed before you fall asleep or chatting with your spouse about your day, the right lighting will help to calm your mind and prepare you for a restful night. A bedside lamp creates the perfect about of light for reading and is easy to switch off as you get ready to fall asleep.

Decorate with Comfort in Mind

Another way to make your bedroom a relaxing escape is to decorate with comfort in mind. A soft rug beneath your feet, a comfy pillow behind your head and a warm blanket to fall asleep beneath are all important aspects of creating your perfect space.

Choose a Color that Calms You

The place you go to rest and relax, your bedroom should be painted in a shade that evokes feelings of comfort and serenity. Soft blue shades are said to be the most calming of colors, while neutral browns can create feelings of warmth and support. Everyone is different and there is no “right” color to choose, which is why we recommend choosing the color that you love the most!

For help finding the right colors and finished for your bedroom, contact Richard Stewart Painting at 1-818-951-1181. Professionally painted walls can do wonders for your home and there is no time better time for a fresh start than the beginning of the New Year!

Painting Advice for Staging Your Home

neutral wall color for home stagingAs you are preparing your home for market, there are some small changes you can make to create a more neutral environment that will attract potential buyers, allowing them to envision themselves living in your current abode. Think about the bold purple walls in your teenage daughter’s room or the dinosaur mural in your young son’s. While these features are ones that make your house a home, they are the type of bold choices that may hinder others from seeing the full potential of your space. And one of the easiest ways to properly stage your home for buyers is with paint.

Create a Clean Canvas

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways that you can make your home feel fresh and clean. When it comes time to prepare your home for potential buyers, having fresh walls is an easy way to make your home more attractive. Spaces that see a lot of wear and tear – like the kitchen and foyer – are the ones that you should focus the most effort on. A new coat of paint will eliminate all the scuffs and marks that come with living in a home, creating a clean canvas for the place’s next resident.

Think Neutral

Another important aspect to home staging is creating a neutral palette, so potential buyers can picture their furniture on the floor and pictures on the wall. Many home stagers recommend taking down family photos and pictures your children have drawn, and they also recommend painting bright rooms in more neutral tones. As we mentioned above, bright bedrooms can prevent buyers from seeing themselves in the space, while a more neutral color like beige or taupe, will allow them to see a child’s bedroom as an office space, guest bedroom or art studio.

Whether you are looking to give your whole house a fresh coat of paint or are just interested in covering up the boldest of hues, Richard Stewart Painting is here to help. Contact us at 1-818-951-1181 to get started!

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