Keeping up With Today’s Home Residential Color Trends

Residential PaintingWhen guests or potential buyers first approach your home, your paint job is one of the first things they notice. Professional residential painting services can actually add value to your home on the marketplace!

One of the best ways to make your home look well-cared-for and up-to-date is to keep up with today’s home residential color trends.

Goldenrod

Warm, rich yellows evoke both fall leaves and autumn sunshine and make your home look cozy and inviting. Try painting an accent wall in this color and pairing it with cream and blue accessories and furniture.

Vibrant red

Another color reminiscent of the changing foliage, this bold color will help energize and harmonize your space. Keep the rest of the room white if you’d like to avoid a dark vibe. We think this is also a great color for front doors and trim.

Sage

This gray-green shade functions like an on-trend neutral and creates a calming effect. We particularly like it in bathrooms. It’s also an of-the-moment color for exteriors.

Ultra-violet

If you’d like to book residential painting services in 2018’s “it” color, look no further than Pantone’s “Color of the Year.” It pairs beautifully with grays, neutrals and even green.

Turquoise

Both calming and bold, this on-trend shade can go either bright or deep depending on your preference.

Looking for top-quality residential painting services in the Sunland, California, area? Give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. Our residential interior and residential exterior painting services will make your home look fresh and updated.

Residential Painting Services Add Value to Your Home

Residential Painting Services LAWhen people first approach your home, whether they’re guests or potential buyers, one of the first things they notice is the paint. Cracked, peeling or chipping paint can make a home that’s otherwise in great condition look worn-down and decrepit, whereas a fresh paint job makes the home look fresh and well cared-for.

The same goes for interior paint. A fresh paint job can instantly make a room look brighter, more cheerful and more modern. Visitors and buyers tend to focus on the kitchen and the bathroom, including cabinets.

There’s no doubt about it—a recent professional paint job makes a great first impression. But what effect does it have on your home’s market value?

According to Consumer Reports, a new exterior paint job can increase your home’s value by up to 5%! Painting also has a positive ROI (return on investment), meaning that the amount you’ll spend on painting your home is less than the added value a new paint job will contribute to your home’s market value.

Painting adds value to your home because the last thing a potential buyer wants to worry about is having to make expensive repairs. An outdated paint job means that the buyer will soon have to fork out for new paint—and she’s probably wondering what other deferred maintenance she’ll have to take care of after closing.

So, as we’ve seen, one of the best ways to add value to your home is to hire a professional housepainter. Make sure your Sunland, California-area home receives its full market value by giving Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. Our interior and exterior painting services will wow potential buyers and make your home look fantastic!

Tips for Choosing an Interior Paint Color Scheme

Color Scheme Choosing the interior paint color scheme for your home can be a challenging task. The colors you choose will determine which furniture pieces you should buy as well as affect the overall mood and feeling of your space. Here are some tips:

Start by choosing a color for the largest and most central room

For most of us, this will either be the living room or the kitchen. If you’re intimidated by the decision, go with white or another neutral color.

Think about sight lines

If you can see the dining room from the kitchen, make sure to paint them in complementary colors.

Pick colors that complement patterned pieces

If you’ve got a large statement rug or a patterned sofa, pick colors that feature prominently in the pattern, or look to the pattern’s white or beige tones to pick a neutral color.

Consider the undertone

Get paint samples to try out on the surfaces of your home. Wall and ceiling materials can cause your color choices to display unwanted undertones, so it’s important to test first.

Go with variations on a theme

Add interest to your home’s interior paint color scheme by painting different rooms or different walls in related shades. Consider colors that are next to each other on the same paint chip, or lighter or darker versions of the same shade.

No matter what interior paint color scheme you choose, we recommend hiring a professional painter to make your Sunland, California-area home or business look its best. Give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’re painting pros who offer affordable and friendly service!

How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling Like A Pro

Home Improvement Tips Popcorn ceilings, once ubiquitous, have been out of style for quite some time now. If your older home has one and you’d like to get rid of it, here are some tips for removing your popcorn ceiling.

Get ready to get messy

Removing a popcorn ceiling makes for lots of dust and debris. Prep your home and keep it clean by removing ceiling fixtures, fans and all unnecessary furniture and covering floors, walls and remaining furniture with a plastic drop cloth. Avoid using canvas drop cloth because moisture can soak through.

Test for asbestos

If your home was built prior to 1980, chances are your popcorn ceiling contains harmful asbestos or lead. Get it tested before undertaking any DIY removal project.

Choose a removal method:

Scraping

Use a four-inch utility knife or paint knife to chip away at the popcorn and create a smooth surface. While some people recommend wetting the ceiling first, this could actually cause the ceiling to expand and crack. It’s more time-consuming to scrape the popcorn off dry, but it may be better for your ceiling in the long run.

Covering with drywall

This is the best option if your ceiling has lead or asbestos. Call a pro for a more precise job.

While you may be able to remove popcorn ceiling on your own, it’s a good idea to hire a professional painter to finish the room and make it look fresh and updated. If you need painting services for your Sunland, California-area home, contact Richard Stewart Painting. We’re paint pros who will make your home look amazing at a price you can afford!

Using Paint Colors to Change the Feeling of Room

How Paint Changes Feeling in RoomHave you ever walked into a room and instantly felt relaxed, energized or otherwise different? You may not believe it at first, but chances are it had something to do with the color of the room’s paint!

Choose your paint colors wisely to inspire moods, create the illusion of a larger space or help your guests feel cozy.

Set the mood

Paint color can change the vibe of a room. Cool blues are relaxing because they remind us of the ocean. Green, which evokes nature, has a similar effect. By contrast, bright yellows and oranges tend to make people feel more energetic – they’re a great choice for breakfast nooks or exercise rooms.

Enlarge a room without increasing its square footage

There are several things you can do with paint to make a room look bigger than it actually is. Light colors tend to make a room appear larger, particularly cool colors like icy blue. Bright colors have the same effect, if they don’t have brownish undertones. You can also try painting the walls, ceiling and trim different shades of the same color—the blending of the different shades is a great way to make a room appear more spacious.

Get cozy

Coziness is a major trend in home décor, and you can get the look by using darker paint colors. Just make sure to paint the trim in the same color, so the room looks personable and homey yet roomy at the same time.

Ready to set the mood in your home or business? Give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 1-818-951-1181 or request a free estimate online. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services.

Why Paint Cracks, Bubbles and Peels

Painting Tips We all know how frustrating it is when you notice that the paint in your home is cracking, bubbling or peeling. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it?

Why is my paint bubbling?

Bubbling is caused by a lack of adhesion between the paint and its surface, usually triggered by moisture and/or air. Common mistakes that lead to bubbling include:

  • You shook the can of paint, introducing excess air.
  • You forgot to use sealant or primer on a porous material, like brick or sheetrock.
  • You layered an oil-based paint on top of a latex paint.
  • You painted on a hot, humid day.

Why is my paint peeling?

Untreated bubbling paint will eventually peel, too. Peeling, like bubbling, is the result of poor adhesion. Sanding a smooth surface will make it easier for paint to adhere. Common causes of peeling include:

  • You painted in a humid environment.
  • There was a chemical incompatibility, such as using oil-based paint on a metal surface.
  • You painted on a glossy, slick or hard surface without first sanding it.

Why is my paint cracking?

Possible causes include:

  • The paint was applied too thickly.
  • The surface was dirty.
  • You applied new coats of paint before the previous coats had completely dried.

A professional paint job is much less likely to crack, bubble or peel than a DIY attempt. Why not save yourself stress later and call a pro? Contact Richard Stewart Painting at 818-951-1181. We’re professional house painters who will give your home a great look at an affordable price.

How a Home’s Color and Material Affects the Temperature Inside

Exterior Painting Tips Choosing which color to paint your home is more than a simple matter of taste and style. The colors and materials of your home also affect the temperature inside. The wrong choice can make your home uncomfortable, not to mention drive up your energy bills. The right choice can reduce your need for AC during those long California summers and make your home eco-friendlier overall.

Here’s how paint colors affect the interior temperature of your home:

A simple rule of thumb

Think about how you feel on a sweltering July day wearing a white versus a black shirt. If you want to keep cool, you’d pick a lighter color, right? Well, the same is true for your home. Dark and/or dull colors can absorb up to 90 percent of the sun’s energy, making your home hotter. So even if you love the dramatic effect of navy paint, for example, it’s not a great color choice for a home in a warm climate. By contrast, light-colored paint reflects the sun’s heat, sending it away from your home. White paint, for example, gains 35 percent less heat than black. Don’t like the look of white paint? Choose another cool color, like pale blue.

Materials matter, too

Heavier materials like brick or stone are more likely to block the sun’s hot rays. Adobe, a classic southwestern building material, is good for cooling as well.

If you’d like to keep your home cool in the California heat, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’ll make your home look great and keep it cool, at a price you can afford.

Tips for Painting an Accent Wall

Painting Tips Accent walls are an easy, stylish way to make the interior of your home look unique and add a fun pop of color.

Before you get started, check out these tips for painting an accent wall:

• Choose a focal point in the room when picking the location of your accent wall. Do you have a special piece of art, a sculpture or a beautiful fireplace?

• However, there are some room features that should not be the focal point of your room. Choose an accent wall with no doors or windows. Accent walls combined with these features make for a distracting look, plus the light from your windows will obscure the color during the day.

• Think outside the box when planning for your accent wall. One popular new interior design trend is to paint the ceiling an accent color. Another is to use wallpaper with an interesting pattern. Vivid colors are always in style as well—just make sure to pick a color that complements the rest of your décor

• Avoid placing an accent wall where it would have to “compete” with other walls in the room. If you have a standout painting on one wall, for example, don’t paint the wall right next to it in a bold color.

If you’d like to add an accent wall (or a few) to your Sunland, California-area home or business, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’re painting pros who will make your home or business look beautiful at a price you can afford.

Benefits of Solar Panels for Businesses

Commerical Solar Panels Have you been thinking about installing solar panels on the roof of your business? If so, there’s never been a better time to do it than right now. There are so many advantages that you will get to enjoy when you have commercial solar panels installed. Let’s take a look at 3 of the major benefits of doing it.

You’ll save money on your energy bills every month.

Many businesses pay a significant amount of money every month in utility costs. If you’re tired of forking over large sums of money to your utility company, commercial solar panels will help you avoid doing it. The solar panels will often generate all the electricity you’ll need to keep the lights on in your commercial building. You will notice a difference in your energy costs from the moment they are installed.

You’ll have the chance to generate money by selling extra energy.

In addition to generating energy for your own commercial property, you might be able to generate electricity for other properties as well. There are many utility companies that will actually pay those with commercial solar panels in exchange for the energy that they’re able to return to the solar grid. So rather than paying for energy every month, you could end up flipping the script and getting money every month because of the solar panels on top of your business.

You’ll earn a reputation for being a business that cares about the environment.

There are more and more people throughout the country who are trying to “go green.” They’re also making a push to give more of their business to companies that care about the environment. When you get solar panels installed at your business, you’ll be letting people know that you want to make a difference in the world. This might not impress everyone, but you might see an influx in the number of customers who come to you for your products and/or services simply because they know you care about the environment.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should install commercial solar panels. Richard Stewart Painting can tell you about some of the others and provide you with solar panels if you decide you want them. Call us at 818-951-1181 today to get started!

How Can You Store Leftover Paint?

Storing Left Over Paint If you’ve just painted a room or your entire home, chances are you’ve got some leftover paint on your hands. Paint can be difficult to store correctly, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the leftovers close by in case you need to touch up your walls.

Not sure how to store your leftover paint? Here’s what you do.

Use containers that are small, clean, easy to open and easy to carry. This makes it a cinch to take care of minor patch-up and touch-up jobs. Transparent containers make it even easier to see what kind of paint is inside. Here’s a creative idea for DIY paint storage that fits the bill.

Make sure the containers are properly labeled with the paint’s name, brand, color and where exactly it was used in the house. Never open multiple jars of paint to figure out what you need again!

Store paint in an area that’s easy to access and not subject to extreme temperature fluctuations that can dry it out. This means not storing it in the garage! Too often, we misplace paint in the garage, and cold winters and hot summers can damage it and eventually render it unusable. If you’re storing paint in smaller, more attractive containers, why not keep it in the hall cupboard on a high shelf?

If your Sunland, California-area home is due for a new paint job, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’ll have your home freshly painted in no time, at a price you can afford!