Amazingly, it’s May again, and the warm weather has started to pop early this year. That means earlier yard maintenance, earlier need for power washing and earlier plans for barbecues and outside gatherings. As you start to assess your home and yard for months of company and outdoor fun, be sure to consider the following things:
Exterior Home Painting Needs
The outside of your home is it’s face to the world, and weather and time can leave their impression on your house’s look. Paint a little faded? Trim in need of a repaint? The seasons here in the northeast take their toll on your home’s exterior, so use the following articles to gauge what you need to do inside and out to get your place up to par for the summer:
Ready to Re-paint your Home’s Exterior? How to Make your House Stand Out
Must Do Interior and Exterior Summer Prep Reviews for your Home
Sure Fire Signs that your Home Needs an Exterior Paint Refresh
Looking to DIY your Home Painting Project?
If you’re inspired enough to try and DIY some of your home’s painting needs, chances are you need a little guidance on how to start and what steps to take. The following posts will help you assess the DIY projects you can pursue easily and the steps and pitfalls to look out for to get the job done right.
3 Home Painting Tips For Your Next D.I.Y. Paint Project
Easy DIY Summer Home Painting Projects
For those house painting projects, like wallpaper removal or entire house painting, inside or out, where you need to services of a skilled painting professional, now is the time to reach out and get a free estimate. Summer tends to be extremely busy for painting contractors, so connect with one today to get the ball rolling to get your home ready for summer fun.
When you look around your home, do you see the need for some updating? Perhaps your wood trim can use a repaint or re-stain – thank to the kids and the dog kicking brushing and kicking as they plow through the house? Or does your bedroom need a new look? Maybe the kids’ rooms are in need of an overhaul? No matter what you need to do to get your interior décor updated, this is the time to reach out to a local painting professional to schedule the job.
Spring is right around the corner and that means you’re not the only one who is thinking about some home updates, and schedules for local contractors will begin to fill up quickly.
Keep in mind: Your Choice of Painting Contractor Makes THE Difference in your Interior Design Updates.
Once you connect with a local painter, take the time to consider which design updates will offer the best results for you’re budget. A few suggestions:
Revitalize the Look of your Home’s Exterior: Paint your Trim
Spring Cleaning for your Smaller Rooms: DIY Paint Projects
3 Bedroom Décor Updates on a Budget
Your painting contractor will come out to your home to review the projects you are considering and offer an estimate for the work. Some contactors charge for this service, but that is not the way to go. Be sure your painting contractor offers a free estimate. This practice begins the work relationship as a partnership, and shows your service provider is willing to invest in your project at no cost to you. This is known as The Subtle and Dying Art of the Free Painting Estimate.
Get started today – choose your project, connect with a painting contractor and ensure your home is ready to welcome spring with fresh color!
Updating the décor in your home is an exciting prospect, full of color reviews, accessory shopping and furniture considerations. During these bleak winter months, focusing on improving your décor offers a welcome respite to being trapped indoors. As you review paint colors, swatches of cloth, furniture designs and all the other aspects to your rooms, its important to keep one thing in mind.
The painting contractor you select to paint your rooms is critical to your end results. No matter how nice your new furniture is or how perfectly you accessorize your rooms, a poor paint job, due to poor service quality or the wrong color, will kill your décor.
When selecting a painting contractor, consider the following points:
- Experience: How long have they been in business and what kind of work have they handled?
- References: Get at least three.
- Prep and Take-down processes: Do they prep the job, and clean up (completely) afterwards?
- Insurance: Do they have liability insurance to protect your home in case of incidents?
Read more about selecting the perfect contractor for your interior décor updates.
If you have wallpaper in your current interior design, and need it removed to get your new look, then a painting contractor experienced with this arduous process is the best case scenario. Hiring a painter to remove your wallpaper ensures that you will have smooth, paintable walls left at the end, not chunks or holes to patch.
See how a painting contractor can do the best by your wallpaper removal project here:
So enjoy your interior design project with the help of a local painting professional and add some color to this winter season from the inside out.
The holidays are upon us, which means more company and activity than your home sees the rest of the year. If you need to do some touchups before the in-laws arrive or just want to change your décor, there’s still time to make some quick and affordable painting updates to your walls, trim and rooms to create the atmosphere you seek for your guests.
Assess your Options
You know that time is of the essence for an interior painting project in December, so be specific as to the space in your home that will be used during the holidays, as well as the time it would take to update them. Consider gathering spaces like the living room, dining room and bathrooms for updates. Trim is another option if time and money is tight. Clean lines around your rooms or a new trim color can completely change the feel of your home.
Look for the “Wow” Factor
When you are looking to make a statement with paint in your home and are short on time, you want to ensure your guests notice it easily. That said, painting trim, doors, window sills and adding accent walls are all efficient ways to add some pop to your décor with little effort. Adding color to your cabinets is also a great way to renovate your décor when you’re in a time crunch.
While many of the interior paint projects listed above can be done DIY style, partnering with a professional painter to do the work will save you money on product (paint and brushes, tarps and buckets) as well as ensuring your project gets done in sufficient time and with the results you wanted.
Get started today and get your home ready for the holidays with a new paint job.
With less than a week to go until Halloween, the time has come to take a look around your home and see if any of your décor is in need of a little TLC.
The coming season brings a ton of company, lots of activity and festivities – if your interior design needs a little pick me up before you start having decorating, consider the following tips to wow your guests with the color and design in your home:
- Repaint your main rooms and hallways.
- Chances are the last time you painted your home, color trends were different from today’s offerings, leaving your home’s colors looking dated.
- Take a look at a color wheel to select a new color palette and offset it with white or off-white ceilings to make your space appear larger and your edges cleaner.
- If time and budget permit, consider repainting all trim and doors in these spaces as well. Freshening the edges of your main areas not only defines your space but it makes your wall paint really stand out.
- Clean Windows.
- It may seem to be an obvious statement, but clean windows say something about a house. Take the time to clean al your windows so when your guests arrive or anyone admires your outdoor holiday décor, they see your hard work and not dirty windows.
- Power Wash Outside.
- While the weather still holds, taking a half day to power wash your home’s exterior is another way you can really show your house’s best side this holiday.
- Use gentle cleanser to remove any mold or dirt that has built up over the spring and summer months to leave a bright and clean canvas for your holiday decorations.
The holidays are a fun, hectic time of year and your home needs to be ready to show off a little bit. Take the time to invest in these updates to ensure your décor is as festive as your season will be!
With fall gearing up, school back in session and the holidays right around the corner, interior design may be the farthest thing from you mind. However, now is the time to look around your home and see what touch ups and changes you can make before life gets too busy to do it. Summer takes a toll on the condition of your home, inside and out, and considering the visitors you will have over the next three months for parties and holidays, look around your rooms and put a little TLC to the following:
The humid summer months take a toll on your wallpapered walls. Consistent use of the air conditioner can dry it rooms, where open windows and doors let in increased amounts of moist air. Both conditions take a toll on your wallpaper, causing it to pull off the wall. Work with a painting professional to replace your wallpaper and get a fresh look for your rooms.
Repaint Trim and Doors
Playing kids and extra visitors increase the chances of your trim taking a beating. Scuff marks, nicks and thinned paint from washing leave your edges weakened. Doors get hand prints and scuffs from extra use. Paint your doors and trim with a few coats of good paint to update your home’s look and provide defined edges to all your rooms.
Check Home’s Exterior
Before the weather gets too cold to fix it, now’s the time to take stock of your home’s exterior paint condition. Do you see flaking or peeling paint? Notice the sun has faded your colors of your paint? Front door look faded?
Flaking paint can leave your siding at the mercy of the weather and faded colors make your home disheveled. Contact a painting professional to get your home’s exterior repainted while the weather is still warm.
Invest in your home’s interior and exterior design now to ensure it weather’s the winter as well as possible.
So, it’s the middle of August, and the back-to-school commercials are in high-gear. Your kids have been home for the last 2 months or so, hanging around the house, having friends over and tracking the outdoors inside in the process. Add to that house traffic anyone who came to your backyard barbecues or parties and your house has been a smaller version of Grand Central Station, without the cleaning crew to deal with the extra mess.
So, as you finish the back to school shopping, and plan for quieter days where the kids spend 6 hours at school, chances are you’re beginning to take stock of the dings on your walls and trim around the house. No need to fret! You can update the hardest hit areas around your home with a few cans of paint and the assistance of a professional painting contractor.
Living Room, Bedrooms and Bathroom
Walls and trim in these rooms probably took quite a beating with the extra foot traffic over the last few months, so investing into a few layers of paint for the walls and trim will make them good as new. Consider using exterior paint for trim to add an extra layer of ding-protection and a semi-gloss paint to the walls in these rooms to allow for easy-wipe cleaning.
Hallways and Foyers
Entryways and exits see all the traffic your home gets. Repainting the trim adds new life to these spaces. A great tip is to be sure door stops and kick plates are in place in these areas to protect your trim.
Refresh your space with a few layers of paint and a few details to cover the effects of the joys of summer.
As the weather heats up, in the northeast, it means the moisture in the air goes up as well. Humidity causes a multitude of issues inside and outside of your home from mold on your house’s siding to increased air conditioning bills as your home tries to decrease the moisture in the environment. Did you know that humidity in the air can also have a negative effect on your wallpaper? Mold grows behind wallpaper when your home gets too hot and humid for too long, and the same humidity can cause your older or poorly hung wallpaper to pull off the wall.
Wallpaper and Humidity: The Challenges
Wallpaper can be a beautiful addition to your interior design, but wallpaper that is falling off the wall or that shows its edge is less appealing. Wallpaper that traps moisture behind it and causes mold throughout your home is a real risk to your family’s health and the structure of your home. So, how do you ensure your wallpaper is hung to enhance your décor, without these risks?
Proper Wallpaper Prep
Like with many home projects, the base area you are working with and how you prepare it for your project is critical to the viability of your results. In other words, taking the time to prep your wall space properly before you apply wallpaper will ensure the best adherence and lifetime of your designs.
The steps involved in prepping your walls for wallpaper depends on the age of your home, what currently covers your walls, the type of room you are wallpapering and existing damage to the space all effect the time involved in getting your walls ready for papering. The current weather conditions, like hot and humid weather, also drive how you need to start your project.
Employing a professional painting contractor with experience wallpapering homes year-round and in many conditions is the best option to ensure that your wallpaper, once hung, will stay where it is meant to, adding unmatched and easy-to-maintain your design for a long time to come.
Finally, it’s just about here! After what seemed to be a protracted winter and a colder-than-normal spring, the northeast is finally getting the summer weather we’ve been craving! And that means it’s time to give your home a little TLC to get it ready for the barbecues and outdoor parties you are planning.
We’ve got a few easy outdoor projects that will get your home and yard in shape for company:
Wash away the pollen, dirt and mold that cover the outside of your home by power washing your siding and trim. This day-long project will revitalize the look of your home, returning it to its original colors and cleaning off any dulling residue.
Paint Trim around your House
Doors, shutters and trim around your home define the edges of your home and are great ways to add a pop of color. Make your front door a focal point by painting it a contrasting color to your home’s siding and complimentary to your shutters. For example, if your home’s exterior is tan, painting your shutters navy blue and your front door a lighter shade of colonial blue is an idea to add contrast and color to your exterior.
Repaint Your Home’s Exterior
If your home is in need of more than a simple refresh, a professional painting contractor can repaint your home’s exterior in a few days’ time. Now is the time to shake things up with new colors and add value to your home. A fresh paint project will remove all old, frayed paint, repair any siding that needs it and create a totally new look for your home.
Take advantage of the great weather on the horizon and create a new look for your home this summer. You won’t be able to wait to show it off and you guests will be thrilled with the results!
Anyone who lives in the northeast knows how disappointing this spring’s weather has been. Colder than normal temps compounded by consistent damp and gray climates are a little less “spring” than we normally have. Flowers are struggling to bloom, and the plethora of colors that often harken this season are diminished to just green.
There’s a solution to add a little color to your life as we wait for Mother Nature to catch up – painting! Just about every home can use a refresh at any given time, whether in one room or many throughout the space. While you’re trapped indoors by the bleak weather, take a look around and consider walls that have taken a beating over the years, due to day to day house-traffic, like hallways or kids rooms. Or maybe your trim is worse for ear, of you really think a new pop of color in the dining room and kitchen will brighten up your space.
No matter which areas of your home you may want to paint to add some color to your environment this spring, keep the following tips in mind:
- Use a color wheel to add colors that compliment your existing décor. On one side of the color wheel are cooler colors, blue-based hues; on the other side are warm, yellow-based paint colors. When looking at the paint colors on the wheel, those that sit directly opposite each other are complementary colors. They can be of different hues, but the contrast they provide will create a lively space. Any paint colors on the wheel that are next to one another are related. If you want a color scheme for your home, you can use a base of related colors and add some flair with complementary colors from the opposite sides of the wheel.
- Create Focal Points with Paint. Once you select your base colors for each of your rooms, consider creating a focal point by painting one of your walls a contracting, brighter or deeper paint color than the rest of the walls in your room. Accent walls add dimension to the room with differing paint colors or designs. For example, if you have a bay window in your living room, you could create an accent wall around it to make the room seem larger by painting it a lighter color than the rest of the walls. Create a focal point by applying a painted faux finish or wallpaper to a center wall in a room
The best course of action is to speak to a professional painting contractor about your décor ideas, and get a free estimate to create your own spring in your rooms.