The Interior of Your Home:

With thousands of paint colors available, choosing the correct ones for your home or office painting project can become intimidating. After all, even the color “white” comes in hundreds of different shades. Relax. These tips can help you narrow your selections.

Start with yourself and your family members. What colors do you like? Examine clothing, furnishings, paintings or favorite possessions. Even your child’s drawings, or a favorite food, could indicate a personal preference. As you look around at your world, you may see a color pallet emerging.

Check out your friends homes and favorite hang outs. Do you find their properties inviting? Are there restaurants or other businesses you enjoy visiting? Notice their color combinations. If you are drawn to another’s choices, that could provide another hint as to your preferences.

Don- Thank you and Kevin! You guys did and outstanding job, I greatly appreciate everything. – Julie McFarlane

Examine the space to be painted. Is it large with lots of natural light? Or small with only artificial light? Larger, more open spaces allow for vivid paint colors while smaller spaces, such as half-baths, benefit from the use of lighter colors.

Determine its use and by whom. Does everyone congregate there, like in a kitchen or family room? Or is it a more private space, like a bedroom or a home office? Generally, bold colors work well in more active spaces; softer colors, in more quiet spaces.

Look out for features and accents. Is there insets or nooks, unusual angles, crown moldings, chair rails, high ceilings, exposed beams? Unique elements allow for the introduction of complementary colors.

Check out magazine pictures web sites and blogs. Much as the fashion industry brings its latest styles to the runways, the home and office design world showcases the “hot” trends and “in” colors for various seasons.

Learn a little psychology. Research shows color affects the way people feel and interact. For example, yellow is believed to foster cheeriness but, ironically, excessive use of it can create hostility. The shade and intensity of that yellow may be a factor. For example, a sunny yellow kitchen may encourage activity and engagement while a pale yellow bedroom may promote rest and relaxation.

Understand color selections. When we reference color, we first identify its hue, such as yellow, red or green. After that, we see its individual properties related to shade, brightness and temperature. For example, red can range from the palest pink (almost white) to the deepest maroon (almost black) and all the incremental shades in between. A color’s brightness can range from dull and flat to bold and intense. (To get an idea of this, imagine painting a window; as exterior light changes throughout the day, the brightness of color, but not the color itself, would change.) A color’s so-called temperature can be “cool” with blue undertones (the red in a hibiscus) compared to “warm” with yellow undertones (the red in a poppy).

Try out some colors. To help ensure you have a color you can enjoy, it’s worth getting a few samples from the paint store and putting them on the different walls of the room. Notice the colors for a few days to see how shifting light affects them.

Unify the entire space. After you make your selections, you’ll want to decide on how much of each color you use. Generally, too much of one color proves unsettling, so if you’re painting multiple rooms in your home or office, try giving each room its own color. A long hallway might get its own color as well. Then, to unify the entire space, have all the doors, trims and/or ceilings painted in the same color.

Finally, finish with yourself and your family.

No matter what the psychologists, , designers, friends or neighbors suggest, ultimately your paint selection is your own. Fortunately, paint is not permanent. So, if you decide to change your mind, you haven’t done anything that can’t be undone. You’ll just need another coat of paint.

The Exterior of Your Home:

Now that Spring has arrived, you likely are looking around your home to determine what projects are needed to repair or maintain it. And, if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you know that you’ll need to prepare it to compete in this market. As most people know, a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference not only cosmetically, but also structurally. After all, paint protects your home from the elements. For many, hiring a professional painter to tackle the job is well worth the price considering the non-financial costs of the job. Consider the physical risks of hanging out on ladders, juggling heavy equipment, and dodging hornet’s nests. Think, too, of the environmental issues of mold and mildew, and, if your home was built before 1978, lead and other contaminants. Indeed the biggest cost may be the time the work takes away from your preferred activities like ballgames, picnics and social gatherings.

Don – I love the paint job you did on our Morton Building – Michele Long

Ultimately, though, the main reason to hire a pro like Don Carvey Painting is to help make sure that the finish lasts for years to come. A professional knows exactly how to prepare the surface – whether wood, vinyl or stucco – to allow proper adhesion. Professional painters also know that what type of paint to use and at what time and temperature to apply it. Done incorrectly, your paint job could need to be refinished way too soon.

Many people are surprised to learn that preparation can take as much as 75 percent of the time needed to do a quality paint job. It’s that critical to the long-term success of the painting project.

Don Carvey Painting will spend time examining the house before starting the surface preparation looking for cracks, chips, peeling and fading. These factors could indicate standing water or constant sun in certain areas, and those areas might need extra attention. Water issues must be addressed because surface variations could indicate damage to the underlying wood or other material. And continuous moisture will damage the new paint, too.

After the examination, the work process is basically three-fold: repair damage, prepare surfaces, and then paint.

A professional painter starts by repairing damaged areas – typically fascia, wood trims, window sills and doors. Light damage can be repaired easily with the proper tools, but split or rotten wood may require the services of a carpenter.

Next comes the critical step of cleaning the surface. Soap, water and elbow grease can do the job, but pressure washing often is the preferred method for clearing surfaces of dirt, grime, oil and other air-borne pollutants. The main thing is to understand that damage can result if done incorrectly. It’s much better to use very low pressure (less than 1000 pounds per square inch) and lots of water. Let the cleaners do the work, not the water pressure. To protect plants, animals, family and friends, be aware of the types of cleaners being used and where runoff from those cleaners is going. They can be toxic, corrosive or irritating.

The most labor intensive part of the process follows, as it involves scraping, sanding or wire-stripping any loose paint or wood. If your house was built before 1978, this process could be dangerous because of the use of lead-based paint prior to that year.

After all the repairing, cleaning and preparation is completed, the house is finally ready for its new face. Don Carvey Painting uses only excellent quality, exterior paint from Sherwin Williams and Diamond Vogel.

Since your home is likely your most valuable asset, you’ll want to protect it. And a fresh coat of paint can help to protect it from sun, snow, rain and hail for years to come.

Besides, it’ll make it look good, too.

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