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!


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.