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    New Digs? Don’t Wait to Paint!

    by Debbie Zimmer on May 23, 2013 · 0 Comments and 3 Reactions
    Posted in: Interior Painting

    young couple choosing paint colors
    One of the very best times to do interior painting is when you’re moving into a new house or apartment, or even before you move in. I was recently reminded of this when my husband and I purchased a new home and started fixing it up. We took our normal tack and proceeded to paint before doing anything else. Here’s why we think it’s the smart thing to do:
    • Painting is easier at this time. Interior painting is a pretty simple project when you can move about freely within a room. Why wait till later when you may have to grapple with heavy furniture or work around big items, expending extra energy in the process?
    • Painting now saves time. Painting can take a lot longer when you have to move things back and forth, cover and uncover them, and take down and re-hang artwork. It’s better to paint first and short-circuit these time-consuming and unproductive chores.
    • Painting now can save expense. If you’re using a professional painting contractor, he or she can complete the work far faster in rooms that are empty. That translates into a much lower cost for painting the space.
    • Painting now safeguards furnishings. No matter how carefully you or your contractor work, there is always the chance of a paint spill, or at the very least, paint “spattering.” By painting before you bring your furnishings and rugs into the space, you avoid the risk that something will be damaged during the project.
    • Painting now can simplify interior decorating. Don’t yet have your furnishings? There’s no better way to set the stage for your décor than by adding a fresh paint color scheme before decorating. It greatly simplifies the selection of new furniture, carpeting, and accents, allowing you to choose just the right tints and shades to make your home picture perfect.
    • Painting now feels good. Adding a new coat of paint makes any home – whether brand new, or previously owned or occupied — feel cleaner, fresher, and much more welcoming. If you use top quality 100% acrylic latex paint, you’ll even get a more stain resistant finish that will keep looking clean and fresh for years to come.
    • Painting is fun and exciting. Immediately painting your new home can add to the excitement of moving. With the wide range of paint colors and textured coatings available today, you can let your imagination run wild and completely personalize your new place. As you add one favorite color after another, the interior of your new home will become more and more a reflection of your own personal style.

    Avoid These Four "Foolish" Mistakes When Painting Your Home

    Foolish mistake #1: Purchasing low cost, low quality paint. Bargain bin paint is really fool’s gold: It can be much more difficult to apply, its applied appearance can be less than ideal, and it simply won’t last as long as top quality paint. If you’re foolish enough to go this route, keep those brushes and rollers handy – you’ll be back on the ladder in no time, especially if you’re doing exterior painting. Or, you can simply buy high quality paint, such as a top-line 100% acrylic latex coating, and get a better looking, longer lasting paint job.

    Foolish mistake #2: Buying low quality brushes and rollers. Trying to save by purchasing “cheap” paint applicators is another example of false economy. Substandard sundries may cost a little less, but they make a paint job more difficult and almost always affect the finished appearance of the paint. So why cut corners? Using better quality applicators will make it easy to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint. . .leading to a more attractive finished paint job.

    Foolish mistake #3: Doing inadequate surface preparation. Even if you’re the world’s best painter, your work can quickly go sour if you fail to properly prepare surfaces before starting to paint. Outdoors, that typically means scraping and sanding to remove loose or peeling paint, priming unpainted surfaces, and removing dirt and mildew; indoors, good surface prep involves washing walls and woodwork, correcting surface imperfections with spackle or caulk, and concealing stains with an appropriate primer. Sweat this small stuff, and your paint job will likely be a big success.

    Foolish mistake #4: Painting in the wrong weather conditions. Even the highest quality exteriorpaint can be compromised when applied in extreme weather – when it is very cold, excessively hot, very windy. . . or, heaven forbid, just before a rainstorm. Try to paint in mild, not wild, weather, and both you and your paint job will be better for it. If you must work in very hot or very cold conditions, be sure to check the paint can label to learn your paint’s temperature tolerance, and take the guidelines seriously.

    No matter what time of year you start your next home painting project, let April 1 be a reminder that foolish mistakes can wreck havoc with any paint job. Remember, too, that these mistakes are easy to avoid.

    Just invest in the best quality paint and equipment, resist the temptation to take shortcuts on surface preparation, and pay attention to the weather when painting outdoors. It’s a fool-proof formula for painting success!


    Beyond Accent Walls: Multi-color Paint Schemes

    by DEBBIE ZIMMER on MARCH 14, 2013

    Posted in: Interior Painting


    If you’ve successfully experimented with painted accent walls, maybe you’re ready to get even more ambitious with your interior painting: utilizing multi-color paint schemes involving three or four colors on the walls of a single room or open living space.

    To get into the right mindset, try to envision your walls as large, empty canvasses just waiting for a color-savvy artist (you) to pick up a brush or roller to create a dazzling multi-colored masterpiece. It’s entirely possible. Here’s how.

    Begin by assessing the actual number of “canvasses” in the room you’re going to paint. There will often be four walls, of course, but you need to look beyond the obvious when undertaking this project.

    Are there chair rails in the room? If so, they produce, in effect, two separate canvasses on every wall, doubling the room’s color potential. Are there half walls? An alcove? A soffit? These and other architectural elements present opportunities to introduce additional colors into the space.

    Multi-color paint schemes look best when a predominant color is employed to hold things together. To that end, start to develop a color palette by selecting a hue that you really love as the room’s “anchor” color. (Think of this hue as the one you might have used if you were painting the entire room in just one color.)

    The next two steps are especially important: determining the paint colors you’ll use to complement or contrast with your anchor color, and deciding where the various colors will be used.

    For this stage of the project, don’t try to go it alone, especially if this is your first foray into the world of multi-color paint schemes. Instead, trust the judgment of professional colorists who create paint palettes for a living.

    Nearly every paint manufacturer offers free brochures that depict professionally created color palettes comprised of three, four, or even more hues that go together beautifully. Simply choose a palette of coordinated tints and shades that includes your anchor color.

    To decide which color goes where, there are three ways in which you might proceed.

    Color SamplesOne way is to cut apart color cards and tape the colors you like to the wall areas where they’ll be used. Place the cards close together where one color will abut another, and view the colors both in daylight and under artificial light at night (different lighting conditions can alter colors dramatically). Keep experimenting until you’re completely happy with your plan.

    Another way to create a multi-color paint scheme is to rely on a color visualizer, either at the paint store or on the paint manufacturer’s website. Using this special software, you’ll be able to move colors here and there with just a couple of keystrokes until you get things exactly the way you want them.

    A third way to go about developing a multi-color paint scheme is to purchase small paint samplers and brush color swatches right onto the walls. While this approach does take a little more effort, the payback is the certainty with which you’ll be able to proceed.

    Regardless of the method you use to zero in on a color plan, make sure your anchor color is the predominant hue in your color scheme, taking up perhaps 40% of the total wall space; use a secondary color on roughly 25% of the wall space; and apply the other colors to smaller areas as accents. This color balancing formula works like a charm.

    By following these simple guidelines, you’ll soon have a multi-color paint scheme that will elevate the appearance of your home’s interior to something approaching high art and be the envy of all who see it!



    Interior Painting Comes Alive in the Dead of Winter

    by Debbie Zimmer on January 29, 2013 · 
    Posted in: Interior Painting

    Young Woman Smiling Holding Paint Roller
    Plunging temperatures and higher precipitation bring many types of home improvement to a halt in winter. But as colder weather drives homeowners indoors, one project that picks up steam is interior painting.

    Free from the demands of outdoor chores and the distraction of outdoor activities, many homeowners turn their attention to indoor projects, and survey after survey points to painting as the most popular undertaking.

    It makes sense that interior painting sits atop the winter to-do list. New year’s resolutions often include not just steps to improve oneself, but also one’s home. To that end, interior painting is a simple and inexpensive way to enhance a room or an entire home that can be accomplished even by an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

    If you’re one of the many who are planning to do some interior painting this winter, here are some suggestions on getting the best results:

    • Properly prepare surfaces by removing dirt and grime before starting to paint. This can be done by washing walls and woodwork with a detergent-water solution, rinsing the surfaces clean, and allowing them to dry. Repair cracks, holes and surface imperfections with spackling compound, and apply stain-blocking primer to any areas that have water stains or other serious discoloration.

    • Use the best quality paint. Top quality 100 percent acrylic latex paints resist spattering, tend to conceal brush marks, and do a better job of hiding the color underneath. They also are tougher and more durable, with better long-term resistance to fading, yellowing, and staining.

    • Work with high quality brushes and rollers. Better quality applicators apply the paint more evenly and make painting more effortless. The best brushes tend to be well balanced and springy, with tightly packed bristles (these will hold a lot of paint). When applying latex water-based paints, use brushes and rollers made with synthetic bristles and covers – they’ll maintain their shape regardless of the amount of water they’re exposed to.

    Follow these simple tips and your indoor painting will produce results that you’ll be happy with not just this winter, but for a long time to come!


    2013's Hottest Interior Paint Colors: Green and Blue

    by Debbie Zimmer on January 14, 2013 Posted in: Paint Colors

    If you're wondering which interior paint colors will be "in" this year, just look outside. The diverse greens and blues that we see outdoors will be the most popular choices for beautifying our indoor living spaces in 2013.

    Upon reflection, it's actually quite fitting that green will be used to refresh and renew the interiors of so many homes and buildings. Throughout history, the color has always been symbolic of new life. Only now, green will be giving new life to tired interiors.

    That's not to say, however, that the "pure" green on the color wheel will be the only available choice. The growing complexity and sophistication of the palette offered by most paint companies typically includes an extremely wide spectrum of green hues.

    To visualize the options, think for a moment of the many different greens that color a garden or grove of trees: those on apple, asparagus, celery, fern, honeydew, lime, mint, olive, and willow may come to mind. Wherever you buy your paint, you'll likely find some tints and shades of green named after such familiar fruit and flora.

    Then there are the greens that gravitate toward blue, which is projected to be the other popular interior paint color this year. Bluish-greens like teal, turquoise, aquamarine, and cyan are expected to be hot designer choices. By selecting one of these hybrid colors, you can co-opt both of 2013's trendy color choices.

    But we'll also see a lot of true blues this year. And many will be drawn right from mother nature: ranging from lighter tints such as sky blue and robin's egg to darker shades like slate, navy and midnight blue. . . and every conceivable color in between.

    Because various greens and blues work so well together, virtually any combination drawn from these extended color families will create a visually pleasant interior. So you shouldn't hesitate to mix it up when working with these hues.

    There are lots of ways to do that: using different blues or greens on the walls and trim;
    painting an accent wall in a slightly different color from the others; and even incorporating patterns into the paint color scheme used on the walls. Another idea is to paint one or more furniture items in a green or blue that contrasts with, or complements, the wall color.

    As you decorate with these wonderfully compatible colors, do so with confidence. Just as various greens and blues harmonize beautifully in a garden or landscape with the sky up above, your greens and blues will work their magic indoors, helping to create serene and tranquil living spaces where all will feel at home.

    Click on Paint Colors link above for more information:


    Shades of Blue Rule Inauguration Day

    by Debbie Zimmer on January 24, 2013 · 0 Comments and 4 Reactions
    Posted in: Paint Colors

    President Barack Obama & Michelle

    Any doubt that blue is one of this year’s top trendy colors was put to rest at this week’s presidential inauguration, where various shades of the hue were seen in all their glory on the nation’s fashionable first family.

    Center-stage, fashion-wise, was Michelle Obama, who wore a rich, checkered navy coat with plum leather gloves over a blue-and-white patterned dress.

    Daughter Malia layered a plum coat over an electric-blue wool-crepe dress, while her younger sister, Sasha, wore a lavender overcoat on top of a complementary lavender dress.

    The President got into the act also, wearing a dark suit punctuated by a stylish light blue all-over pattern tie.

    Of course, we’re talking clothing here, but don’t think there’s no carryover to fashion for the home. Colors that are in vogue tend to find their way into every aspect of our lives – and often, they are used in similar ways.

    To that point, in creating their beautifully orchestrated color ensemble, the first family employed many of the same design principles we stressed in our recent post citing blue as one of the two trendy new colors for 2013:

    • drawing upon the full “spectrum” of the hue, rather than using just the basic color (hence, the use of blue-containing shades like lavender and plum)
    • mixing and matching several different shades and tints of the same color to create a naturally harmonious palette
    • incorporating contrasting strains of the same color as accents or “punch” colors

    On Inauguration Day, the first family demonstrated that a single hue – when stretched to the limit, and used imaginatively – can make a great style statement. In doing so, they provided the nation with a great lesson in color coordination – one that we can all draw upon when dressing up our home!

    photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks


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