Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pro Tip: Wait to Paint Until AFTER a Move

What is the first thing most of us do once we’ve bought a home or signed a lease? We start contemplating paint colors. After all, there are so many walls to consider and the furniture’s not even in yet so the timing seems perfect!

But trust us when we say wait. Before you start browsing for paint chips at the paint store, stop and shift your focus to more important things like getting your surprisingly big piano through the surprisingly narrow family room door. Here’s why:

Toronto designer Judith Taylor had plenty to say in her Houzz piece about making any room better but her number one tip was waiting until last to pick the color of the wall paint. She understands the appeal of moving into a freshly painted house or apartment but says that generally it’s not ideal from a design point of view. That’s because there are literally thousands of colors of paint – and each of those can come in various shades and tints.

The color you love in your current home may not be right for the analogous space in your new home thanks to differences in shape, size, and lighting.

Plus, she adds, chances are you’re going to be buying some new furniture and accessories or using your old stuff in new and exciting ways. Ideally, you “want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug, and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.”

Is it convenient? Not necessarily since painting in situ means having to move and drape everything you own. But waiting until you’re moved in before even beginning to explore the vast variety of paint colors available may mean you end up with a more cohesive, more beautiful space.

Quick tips:

Spend a few weeks getting a feel for how light looks and changes throughout the day in each room you plan to paint.

Look for paint colors and shades that complement your upholstery, artwork, and rugs in their new placements. Consider whether you plan to move any furniture or accessories.

When you’re ready to paint, take the time to move, cover, and otherwise prep each room from top to bottom.

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The Best Interior Paint Colors for Small Bedrooms

You should feel relaxed in your bedroom. Merely walking into it should make you feel peaceful. Color is a big part of that but remember it’s all subjective. While color psychology suggests that pale blues should be relaxing and bright reds should be stimulating, your own preferences will always be more important when you’re choosing bedroom paint colors.

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But let’s talk in generalities. Bedroom wall colors are more than just decorative. As mentioned above, color can influence the way we feel as well as the way we perceive a space. That makes color an extremely important consideration when you’re dealing with a smaller (or just seriously small) bedroom. Here are some tips to help you find the best colors for your small bedroom:

1. Obviously if you’re selling, your goal should be to choose interior paint colors for the bedroom that make the space look as large as possible. In that case, shades of white or off white (e.g., cream, ivory, pearl, or even light gray) will create a sense of space in the bedroom. And a somewhat brighter white ceiling will create the illusion of height.

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2. In your own bedroom, choose serene colors to promote sleep – think lighter, soothing shades of blue or green like sky or sage. More exciting shades of these colors can make a small space feel practically claustrophobic so if you love them, balance them with a crisp white ceiling, doors, and molding.

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3. Calming colors are especially important in rooms where the bed takes up most of the available floor space. You want your small bedroom to feel cozy – especially if it’s a guest bedroom – not like the walls are closing in around you (even if they are). Be careful of stark whites, which can make a small bedroom feel cold and clinical.

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4. An accent wall is a great way to incorporate a favorite bold color or even a pattern using wallpaper. A deep shade or stimulating pattern can actually elongate a room, making it feel larger. Choose a color scheme that treats the accent wall as the focal point of the room and decorate around that.

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5. Stop worrying about the fact that your small bedroom is small. Remember when we said color choice is subjective? If a fiery, intense orange interior paint appeals to your aesthetic but you’re worried it will make your already small bedroom feel smaller – chill out! Unlike a living room, it’s okay for a bedroom to “feel small”. When it comes to bedrooms, cozy is good.

6. Light matters. A small bedroom with huge windows that let in plenty of daylight all day long will make a color look one way. That same color in a windowless corner room will look very different. Buy paint samples and actually put them on the wall before making any final decisions.

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At Jerry Enos Interior Painting Company, we know the right products for the job. Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Painting Outdoors in Fall and Winter: Must Know Info

Temperature is critical when it comes to painting – especially when you’re painting exteriors. Paint relies on air temperature for proper drying and curing. Even if the high will be 60, that still means that the temperature will be lower for the rest of the day. The good news is that some paint manufacturers have come out with lines that extend the painting season. These new paints can be applied at much lower temperatures (down to 35F) without running, bubbling, peeling, flaking, or fading.

That said, painting exteriors in fall and winter can be a dicey proposition. You need to be sure that temperatures will remain within the acceptable manufacturer application recommendations for at least three hours, if not more. And even if the paint will dry and cure, there’s a chance that other necessary materials like caulk, fillers, and primers won’t work quite right. Keep in mind, too, that temperatures can change quickly in the fall and winter months. If you have to paint outdoors try to work between 10am and 2pm on a day that there’s no possibility of rain. Stopping early in the afternoon gives paint time to begin developing a moisture-resistant film.

Dew is another issue – especially in fall when nighttime and daytime temperatures are very different. When dew settles on paint that hasn’t had sufficient time to dry, it becomes patchy or blotchy because moisture is trapped under the paint film.

A second coat? May trap moisture in the first so allow plenty of extra drying time between coats if you have to paint in colder weather.

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Interior Paint vs. Exterior Paint: What’s the Diff?

All paint is made of the same basic ingredients: solvent, resin, additives, and pigments. Solvents are typically water for latex paint and mineral spirits for oil paint – but in both cases, the solvent is what evaporates as the paint dries, leaving behind the resin, pigment, and additives. Like interior paints, exterior paints come in different finishes from gloss to matte.

Interior and exterior paints have similar solvents and pigments, though some pigments fade faster than others and so are more commonly used in interior formulations. Exterior paint may also contain more pigment. But the real difference between them can be found in the additives and the resin.

Exterior paints need to be able to stand up to all kinds of weather conditions, from changing temperatures to UV rays to salty sea breezes and more. To compensate for the variable temperature conditions that paint on exterior walls will experience, exterior paint contains flexible resins that keep paint looking good when the surface underneath expands and contracts. Exterior paint also contains additives that help prevent fading, stop mildew, and resist tannin staining.

Interior paint doesn’t get rained on and will likely never be subject to a big freeze, so it is made with more rigid resins.

These resins make interior paint less prone to damage from scuffing and also easier to clean.

Some people assume that because exterior paint has to stand up to more abuse that it will perform better indoors, too. But that’s actually not true! Exterior paint is, surprisingly, more prone to scuffing and scratches. It’s also typically going to release more VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as it cures and even after it’s done curing – making it less healthy for indoor use. Mildewcides and fungicides in exterior paint can also have an odor on humid days and may even trigger allergies!

The number one piece of advice we can offer homeowners is to use the right paint for the project like the pros do. Different paint formulations are recommended for different applications for a reason – it’s what will give you the best results!

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