Painting with Pantone’s 2016 Colors

Rose Quartz and SerenityWith 2016 just around the corner, color expert Pantone has unveiled their color choices of the year. With a balance of warm and cool hues in mind, they chose Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pantone says that these colors reflect “connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” These shades of pale pink and cool blue are a far cry from 2015’s Marsala and 2014’s Radiant Orchid and were chosen with a unilateral approach to color in mind.

This is the first year that the company has chosen two colors, and while these pink and blue hues are not ones that we would traditionally pair together, they do look beautiful with a wide variety of mid-tones. From greens and browns to shades of purple, pink, yellow and gray, there are many fun color pairings to try if you are considering adding the 2016 colors to your home.

While not everyone is sold on this unique color combination, Serenity is a beautiful option if you are looking to create a feeling of peace and tranquility in your home. Whether you are looking to paint a bedroom, bathroom or living room, we feel that this shade could be quite successful. For individuals interested in adding both colors to their home’s style, we recommend using them as accent colors in a room with a more neutral wall color.

Thinking about painting your walls to blend with Pantone’s 2016 colors? Contact Richard Stewart Painting at 1-818-951-1181 to find the right colors and finishes for your home.

How to Narrow down a Paint Color

Deciding to have a room in your home repainted is an exciting experience, especially if you plan on choosing a new color. However, deciding on color can often be a difficult process. With almost countless shades to choose from, how exactly are you supposed to narrow it down to just one? We’re here to provide you with a few helpful tips to make your decision easier.

One of the first things you can do is look at samples of rooms that have been painted similar colors to the ones you have in mind. Do a Google image search to see what other homes look like with a red living room, blue bedroom, or any other ideas you are contemplating. While these rooms obviously won’t look exactly like your own, it will give a basic idea of what a specific color looks like in a similar setting.

If you have your choices down to a specific color but you’re unsure about which shade to choose, you may have to do a bit of research. Ask your contractor for samples of different shades to help you compare them against each other. Holding up samples on the walls in your home is a great way to carefully eliminate some shades and discover one that will work for you.

At the end of the day if you’ve narrowed your choices down to a few similar shades but can’t decide between them, you will likely be happy with any of them. Don’t hesitate to ask your contractor for advice, and consult with other members of your family. Using these methods, you should be able to find the perfect paint color for your room in no time!

Who Hates the Color Blue?

Is Blue Your Favorite Color?Would you ever paint your house completely blue? Maybe, maybe not. But you wouldn’t expect the entire neighborhood to be in such an uproar! The whole neighborhood turned on Keely and Peter Durbrova when they painted their home blue. It seems that most neighbors didn’t like the color blue. Maybe it got them thinking about sadness.

KHOU 11 reports, “They eventually decided to paint the Victorian style house a bright teal color, after they got approval from their HOA: the Atascocita Community Improvement Associaton. It’s tropical with the palm tree so lets go with it. They wanted to know this was their sanctuary. Now it’s anything but, after an anonymous realtor posted a picture of the home on a website asking for opinions on property value and aesthetic appeal. The post it stirred up several hundred comments.”

Rightfully so, the Dubrovas are at a loss as to what to do next. They are taken aback at the hatred for the color blue and are trying to find ways around it. You would think that an American has the right to do up their house in whatever way they want, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. All they wanted was a sanctuary, to have some peace of mind, but it seems the neighborhood is against it.

If you were in their shoes, what would you do? Stick to you guns and drown the neighborhood in blue? Who would’ve ever guessed that the entire neighborhood would be burning crimson because of the color blue…who would’ve ever guessed that painting your house would cause such a stir?

Richard Stewart Painting Takes over Hollywood

Richard Stewart Painting has gone Hollywood…well, not quite, but we have come close, closest than we ever have and maybe ever will, being featured on Best Time Ever and hanging with Neil Patrick Harris and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Our very own Richard Stewart was prank interviewed (in the “Voices in Your Head” segment) by Ferguson while he was being fed questions and statements by actor Jane Krakowski and Harris. Richard knocked it out of the park, as reported by People Magazine!

They write, “In one exchange, Harris instructs, “In your best Jack Nicholson impersonation say ‘So, what are you gonna do with my house?’” – only Ferguson misunderstands and tells the contractor to test out his impression skills. And nails it, summoning Nicholson’s famous line from A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle a good painter!”

All seem pleasantly surprised with Richard’s impression. Will Hollywood be calling Richard? You never know!

Watch the clip here below.

How to Find the Right Paint Color

Painting Your HomeNeed a change but unsure of where to begin? Keep the furniture exactly where it is and look at your walls. With the change of seasons, what better time is there to try something new? Even a subtle swap of hues in a single room can make all of the difference. And if you’re a bit overwhelmed in where to start, we’ve compiled a few tips to help choose your new color.

First, always start with a small space like a short hallway, bathroom, or even an accent wall. This will be less costly to change later and will give you a realistic idea of what your new color will bring to the tone of your home. It sounds obvious, but consider what mood you’re trying to bring into each living space. Are you trying to keep a foyer light and airy, or warm and inviting? Would you like the bedroom to be calming and restful or dramatic?

Lighting matters. When looking at paint samples, be sure to test them under whichever light will be available in the room you’re working on. Natural light brings out the “truest” color, while fluorescent lights bring out blue tones. Incandescent lighting brings out warm reds and yellows.

Trying to communicate with your painter or paint supplier? Hue is the actual color, for example, blue or purple. Value is the lightness or darkness of that hue. Saturation is the dominance of the hue. For example, the saturation of a red hue lessens as your work from fire engine red to pink. Finally, intensity is the brilliance of a color.

After you’ve determined which space is ready for a change, contact Richard Stewart Painting and let us take care of the rest. We can’t wait to help!


Preparing Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Newly Painted HouseIf it’s time to say goodbye to your current home and move on to a new neighborhood, you’re likely preparing your property for the real estate market. No matter how old your house is or what it looks like right now, there are a few simple yet effective things you can do to dramatically increase its value. Beyond making your home worth more, we’re here to provide you with a few low-cost tips that can help attract more buyers to your property in the first place.

One of the first things you should do is inspect the exterior and interior walls of your house and determine whether or not they could use a fresh coat of paint. If you have any areas that are chipped, cracked, or appear faded and old, it may be time to repaint. You can even take this time to enhance the look of specific rooms by adding an accent wall. Remember, you can also make rooms appear larger by choosing brighter paint colors for your walls, which will appeal to most buyers who are looking for a lot of space.

In addition to repainting both the inside and outside of your home, you also need to make sure every inch of the property is clean. Your floors and countertops should be sparkling, and you shouldn’t have any unnecessary clutter lying around. No one expects a house to stay perfectly clean, but potential buyers won’t be able to get a good sense of the rooms if you have odds and ends stacked high to the ceiling.

Before listing your home, you need to pay special attention to the exterior of your property. In addition to repainting the exterior walls, you should also make sure the landscape is in good shape. Get rid of any weeds around your lawn, trim excess branches and bushes, clean your driveway, and complete any other minor landscaping projects you’ve been meaning to get to.

Follow these tips and you can increase the odds of selling your home at a great value. Contact Richard Stewart Painting to learn more!

Painting the White House a Different Color

12345981_SPaint. The thing that can change the energy of a house like no other material out there. You want to fit in with the summer? You utilize warm and hot colors. You want your home to mesh with the earthy tones of autumn? Well, you simply use fall colors. Paint has a way of transforming something that was originally thought to be un-transformable – and we should know; we do this for a living! There have been many projects we’ve been a part of where a homeowner has simply looked at their house with a look of confusion and fear. “My property can’t be transformed,” they would mutter to themselves – while we understand their apprehensive and lack of faith, you should see the look on their faces after we are done painting. It truly appears to be a miracle in some instances.

That’s the power of paint and now it seems that people are trying to apply that to American symbols that represent a government that some don’t agree with, as expressed in this article in Bizpac Review.

Carmine Sabia writes, “It seems there is no piece of American history liberals won’t tear down in the name of ending racism – no matter how ludicrous the idea is. Conservative activist and author Mark Dice took to the streets of San Diego to see if liberals would sign another one of his ridiculous fake petitions, this time painting the White House brown or black to end white supremacy.”

That is a crazy prank, don’t you think? Regardless though, we can’t help but feel the absurdity of this idea suggests that paint has a strange power over us. Seeing one color may elicit a different reaction in us than another color. It all depends on the person. In this case, there are those who see the White House as being something inherently racist, that changing the color may do wonders for people’s attitudes. What do you think? Of course they won’t be changing the color of the White House, but do you agree that paint and colors hold a magical sway over us? Now imagine having that magic applied to your own home!

A Good Paint Job Will Change Your Life

38716815_SMany things bring a community together, but not many think of painting someone’s house as one of them. Don’t tell that to people in Pendleton, Oregon though, who recently came together to paint a neighbor’s house. It all started when a Josh Cyganik, a Good Samaritan, overheard two kids making fun of a neighbor’s house. Moved, he felt bad for the elderly couple whose house the two kids were referring to, Leonard and Dorothy Bullock. Cyganik did what any modern person would do: he posted the exchange on Facebook and asked helpers to meet him to repaint the house. Of course, it went viral.

The outpouring was, well, a miracle, because as many as 95 people came to paint the house, including some from outside Oregon. The couple was extremely grateful. The house, which was once so run-down looking, has gotten a new lease on life, and so have Leonard and Dorothy Bullock. Now that’s the power of paint; it gives you the ability to throw a new coat around your life, your days, your nights; it gives you the ability to breathe new life into the world; a metamorphosis almost, something certain to make you shine like never before. Not only is Leonard and Dorothy’s house shining like a newly born star, so is their life together – and that is a beautiful thing.

Is there anyone in your neighborhood with a house that’s not the greatest looking? Have you ever considered gathering a bunch of neighbors together to paint it? It is certainly a lot of work, but well worth it in the end. Just look at Leonard and Dorothy; the paint job changed their lives for the better.

Wallpaper Is Making a Comeback

21045323_SIn the housing business, there are many trends – so many in fact that it can be dizzying at times. Painting is no different. The way your house looks changes with the seasons and if you want to be up to date with the latest crazes, you have to do your homework. Thankfully you have us at Richard Stewart Painting to take care of that for you. One of the biggest trends going on this summer is wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper – it is making a comeback. A fierce comeback.

It seems like it’s been forever since wallpaper was popular or the go-to way to freshen your walls or ceilings. Like we’re talking 60s and 70s. The usefulness of wallpaper was replaced by the complex simplicity of paint. But more than that, wallpaper developed a reputation for being more pricey than it’s actually worth, especially considering the damage many perceive it does to walls, like with adhesives and the difficulty it sometimes takes to put up. There’s also the problem of wallpaper being tacky, especially aged wallpaper that looks like some dying animal. So, there’s that. Wallpaper, however, is making a comeback that has many homeowners in a tizzy.

In this article, Charlotte Cosby, creative head of London-based Farrow & Ball, says, “The re-emergence of wallpaper is very much part of the trend of allowing people to tell their story through color and paint.”

Once regarded as tacky, gaudy even, many homeowners now see wallpaper as a creative way to tell their story – something to be paired off with paint to create something truly special. At Richard Stewart Painting, we encourage people using their house and colors to tell their story, but will this wallpaper craze truly last? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Painting an Open Concept Home

22161071_SPainting an open concept home can be a challenge. The flowing of space to space without a clear divide can be difficult when choosing paint colors. Most homeowners want each room to be unique, but also cohesive and coordinated. Interior painting can be tedious, but is particularly elevated when the rooms run directly in to each other. While many may know what colors they want, they run into difficultly when trying to put them all together.

Richard Stewart Painting offers professional experience in all types of interior coloring. We offer the guidance and dedication to making your home a one of a kind art piece, regardless of layout.

Transitioning color from one room to another can look seamless and streamline with the correct colors. Light, medium, and dark shades of paint all from one color family is the perfect way to make each space special, but still consistent with the one before. Beginning the new color at the corners where each “room” meets is a simple way to evolve from one space to another. Accent colored cabinets, backsplashes, or furniture pieces are a simple way to give any space a pop of color without taking the complete commitment of an entire wall.

Remember to always keep your home balanced. Too much of the same color or too wild of a pop can throw an entire space off. For more tips and advice on how to advance your open concept keep checking back to our blog and contact us today!