Painting Your House an Unusual Color

564822_3624424743701_1929841339_nThe housing world is saturated with neutral tones and earthy shades. We see white, brown, and beige more than any other colors when it comes to the exterior of houses, and yet there are thousands of colors at our disposal.

Unfortunately, homes with bright lime green and hot pink exteriors have ruined much of the idea for having unusually colored houses. People are afraid their home might be an eyesore, when, if done right you can make a home stand out with a unique flavor to it that no other house around will have.

The best part is when you want to give people directions to your house, having a mild red house surrounded by those beige and white ones really makes it easy. But if you’ve got an unusual colored home, will other people like it? What if you want to sell that home later? Yes, these are all important questions, and ones that people often ask when trying to decide a color for a home. But you can step outside the bounds of those neutral tones and still do well in the housing market, or not make your house blind people as they pass by.

It’s all about looking at shades. The best thing to know is that everyone loves lighter shades, but not too light to the point of being bright. A light pink makes people think of happy things, but a hot pink forces people to wear sunglasses when passing your house. You also generally want to avoid dark shades too. Everyone tends to think of dark shades as scary or menacing, especially with a house. Forest greens and even a dark grey can make people think you’re a witch or you live in one of those haunted houses.

390510_4263306915356_725990656_nBut if you don’t think a lot of unusual color is your cup of tea then you don’t have to paint your whole house some strange color. Instead, you can invest in just painting a door, or windows, or both. It adds a bit of flair and flavor to the house without fully committing to a color you might hate. When adding a touch, you do actually want slightly darker colors, such as crimson or a royal blue, unless the rest of your house happens to be a grey.

No matter what you decide though, remember that you can step outside the normal white and beige colors! There are many colors out there, so take advantage of them.

Richard Receives Award

The Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce has honored painting contractor Richard Stewart with the 2012 Small Business Award, in recognition of his outstanding community service and leadership. With an introduction by Chamber President Sonia Tatulian, Richard was presented with the award at the annual San Fernando Valley United Chambers Awards Breakfast.

Richard Stewart Painting

Richard Stewart has been specializing in quality painting of homes and commercial buildings, both interior and exterior, for over 25 years.

A member of the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Sunland-Tujunga Rotary Club, Richard always has time to participate in his community.

Be it a 4th of July celebration, Halloween Haunted House or a Student Anti-drug March, Richard can usually be counted upon to be a sparkplug driving it forward and contributing to its success.

Call 818-951-1181 and let us know how we can service you!

Richard – “Bandito” Artist

Bandito Artist

Painting Contractor by day, Bandito Artist by night, Richard Stewart pioneers a whole new art form. Also known as “El Bandito,” Stewart “steals” weeds, trash and debris from other people’s property–community eyesores–and replaces it with artistic creations.

Bandito Art Club

Richard Stewart, alias El Bandito, has started a club and encourages others to turn unsightly property into works of art.

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Orphanage Visit

ensenadaRichard Stewart is very active in his community of Sunland-Tujunga. As past President of the local Rotary Club and a member of the Neighborhood Council, Richard stays right in the middle of things. For example, he helped chaparone a group of students from the Verdugo Hills High School Interact (junior Rotary) Club as they visited the Estado 29 Orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico. This is an annual event, with our local students interacting with the Mexican children and delivering gifts of needed clothing, purchased with funds the students have raised.

GRAFFITI TIPS: How to eliminate!

NEXT DAY “early morning” paint outs are essential to eliminate graffiti or tagging in your area. Two things are established with this discipline:

  • The taggers get a “sense” that they are being watched in the area when their “work” is painted out so quickly.
  • The taggers go into apathy about ever getting their mark or “message” out and give up.