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Paint it Forward Campaign:

Great News!  We will be starting the painting work for the winner of our Paint it Forward program this May.  She is a single mother of a 4 1/2 year old who was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia several years ago.

Now that the disease has progressed, she is moving into her parents home.  They are creating a mini apartment for her and her son in the lower level of their split level house.  It will have a living room, full bath, bedroom and walkout.  A stair lift is being installed for access to the top level.

We are thrilled  to be a part of this project and aim to make this mini-apartment a warm and cozy home for it's new occupants!

 

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A Nice Thank You Note:

We have painted many homes for client who have their house on the market to sell.  We always suggest a light neutral color on interior walls to brighten and enhance the features of the home.  

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery!

Pantone Color of the Year 2017!

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Wallpaper is Back in Fashion!

Whether you choose a classic traditional style or go bold and graphic, wallpaper is back in style and can transform your room from ordinary to extraordinary!  These photos are from a recent Dining Room project in Frontenac.

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Kitchen Cabinets

 

 

We are currently working on two kitchen cabinets projects.  Our warehouse is a busy painting station these past few weeks.

The process begins with removing all cabinet fronts and drawers and transporting them to our shop.  Then they are sanded and primed.  The cabinetry in the home is also sanded and primed.

One project has the main cabinets and drawers going from tired old wood to a bright clean white!  The island is being painted gray for a contrast but coordinated color scheme. 

The 2nd project has red cabinets and drawers with a dark oak glaze applied for a beautiful antique patina.  All of the cabinets, drawers and cabinetry in the home will receive two coats of polyurethane for an amazing result.

This is a great economical and ecological way to freshen your kitchen!

 

 

 

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Why Power Wash Your Home Before Painting?

A thorough cleaning is a must before painting or staining any exterior surface.  It blasts accumulated dirt, grime and any broken-down paint residue off the exterior that will prevent a fresh coat of paint from adhering properly.  It also removes any mildew that can grow on old paint.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016!

For the first time,

the Pantone Institute has chosen two colors for their color of the year:

Rose Quartz & Serenity.

 Together, these two colors create a balance between

the warmer embracing pink with the

cooler tranquil blue.

 

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TRY A MONOCHROMATIC COLOR SCHEME FOR A TRANQUIL & ELEGANT ROOM:

When choosing color for a room one of the dilemmas that often arises is what color do I paint the trim so that it looks good with my wall color. Often the default is white or some variation on that theme but one alternate solution might be a monochromatic color scheme. We have done a number of projects over the years where the most dramatic effect used in a project was single color scheme, but many people shy away from this choice because they are afraid it might be too much color or be boring, but by altering the sheen or a slight color difference on different surfaces you can create a truly unique and beautiful effect.

By choosing a monochrome color scheme it give you the ability to make fabrics, furniture or accessories a more dramatic focal point of a room. Additionally it allows you to highlight the architectural details of a room but not make them the focal point and do something unique in your home design.

 

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SETTING YOUR ROOM'S MOOD - WARM COLORS VS COOL COLORS

When the time comes to start any new painting project the question of what color to choose is often the biggest challenge any homeowner faces. Often it isn't just what do we like or how does it go with the furniture, though those are certainly big considerations, but how do we want the room to "feel" when it is finished and what response do we want the color to elicit. To help with that we have provided a bit of insight into color and how it effects the overall effect from a design standpoint but also how it effects people emotionally when they are in that space.

Warm colors (reds, oranges and yellows) help give a room energy and intensity.  They are good choices for rooms that are used for activities or stimulation such as the kitchen, playroom or exercise room.  

Cool colors (blues, greens and purples) help give a soothing or serene feeling to a room.  They are good choices for rooms that are used for relaxing such as a bedroom or powder room. 

Remember to create balance with warm and cool colors.  No room should have just one.  If your room has a predominately warm color palette, add a few cool items or accessories (and vice versa).  This will create the balance needed and is a good way to incorporate your favorite color.  For instance, if red is your favorite color it may not be the best choice for your bedroom walls if you want a calm place to rest.  Instead, choose a warm blue or purple for your walls and accent the room with red vases, lamps or artwork.

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DON'T FORGET TO CONSIDER THE LIGHTING IN YOU ROOM WHEN CHOOSING PAINT COLORS

One of the things we occasionally run into with our clients during a project is their confusion when a paint doesn't look in their home like it looked in the paint store or design show room. The primary culprit in that occurring is lighting and its effect on color. We always recommend that you look at color in the room that it will be applied in and at different times of the day because these factors can have a dramatic effect on how a color looks.

Below we have included several different types of lighting and how they can effect how a color is perceived and hopefully this will be helpful when making color choices for your project and remember that the new LED lights cover the entire spectrum of colors depending on their lumen value so an LED in one room may not show the same as an LED in another if the lumen value is different. 

Fluorescent lighting will bring out the coolness of a color....the blues and greens.

Incandescent lighting will bring out the warmth of a color....the reds, yellow and oranges.

Natural lighting will show the truest color.

Remember to look at your paint color in daylight and evening light....it will look different!

 

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COLOR TERMS:

Often when discussing color with clients it can seem like we are speaking a foreign language and though most people know intuitively what they like or what they want being able to apply specific terms to those ideas is often out of most peoples comfort zone. Below we have highlighted a few of those terms so that when you are reading an article or doing some research on color choices for your upcoming project you might have a point of reference for them. Enjoy!

The "hue" is what we call a color such as red, yellow, etc.

The "value" is how light or dark the color is.

The "saturation" is how dominant the hue is.  For instance the dominance in the color pink is less that of red than white.

The "intensity" of a color refers to it's brilliance or strength.  Pure colors such as blue are more intense than combined colors like green-yellow. 

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CHOOSING YOUR PAINT FINISH

When choosing paint finishes a number of considerations need to be taken into account such as how much durability do I need, how do I want the light to play on the surface or how does the paint sheen fit into my design plan. Below we have highlighted the primary paint sheens available and what attributes they bring to each paint decision for your home.

-MATTE or FLAT finishes do not reflect light therefore they are good for hiding imperfections on walls such as small dumps or cracks.

-EGGSHELL has a very low shine or gloss

-SATIN has a smooth and velvety look with a bit more shine than eggshell.  It is typically used on windows, doors and trim

-SEMI-GLOSS has a nice subtle shine and is easy to clean.  It is used most often on doors, trim and cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms

-GLOSSY has a shiny finish that is used for a dramatic look

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