Monthly Archives: March 2015

On Trend Décor Updates: How to Use Black Paint Inside

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Black can be such a divisive color – especially for interiors where some sing its praises but most won’t even consider it. The question is why is black so universally ignored by color lovers for inside applications? Yes, it can be overwhelming, particularly on walls, but it can also be dramatic, striking, and complex. And that’s even in small spaces where the most daring homeowner is loathe to use dark hues. Intrigued? Here are some ways you can bring black into your interior spaces without turning your home into a black hole.

  • Pair black with neon or jewel tones for balance. Think of black walls or trim as your canvas and brightly colored décor and accessories as the paint. Black may not be playing the starring role but it becomes the perfect backdrop. Just don’t overdo it in either direction. Too much color and the effect of the black is lost. Too little and the bright colors have no impact.
  • Make it shine. Black is at its most beautiful when it showcases light. There’s nothing inky about an interior that pairs black paint with big room-brightening mirrors. For trim, use high gloss black to give it some character and make it pop.
  • Do the unexpected and paint the ceiling black. High ceilings and white walls can make a space feel antiseptic. A dark ceiling adds drama, of course, but also makes the room feel much cozier. Tie it all together with a dark chair rail or dark painted window panes.
  • Paint a black accent wall. This can bring a wall forward in a long, narrow room or create a gallery-like wall on which to showcase art or treasured family portraits. The eyes of everyone who enters will naturally be drawn to your favorite pieces.
  • And finally, start small. Black is so universally shunned precisely because it is so powerful. To get a feel for the ways you can use black in your space experiment a little bit at a time.

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Home Improvements to Tackle This Winter

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Just because the temperatures plunge doesn’t mean you need to put home improvement on hold. Wintertime is the best time to turn your attention to your home’s interior. The nice thing about winter home improvements is that they can be completed at a more relaxed pace because you don’t have to worry about weather causing a work stoppage. This winter, why not put these low-pressure improvement projects on your to-do list?

Refinish those doors. Smudges, scratches, dings, and dents on bedroom and other doors can make your whole house look tired. You will be shocked at how sanding and staining or painting wood doors can freshen up hallways and other spaces.

Tackle tiny to-dos. What minor repairs have you been putting off? A leaky faucet that needs fixing? Squeaky or sticky doors? A rough patch of floor? You’ll feel so great after doing just one repair that you may get through your entire list!

Add some color. Interior paint is amazingly transformative considering how little a few gallons can cost. If you don’t feel like disrupting an entire room for a splash of color, why not try an accent wall, a stripe, or even painting a piece of furniture? Bright colors are the perfect antidote to winter doldrums.

Shed some light on things. Dark rooms in winter can ruin your mood since the sun is hardly up before it starts going back down. Add a few lights in the form of track lighting, which you can aim so the darkest corners of your home become the most cheerful.

Update your backsplash. As improvements go, it sounds a bit boring, but this is a budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift. Paint it, add decorative tiles, or hang a mirror. Just try something new.

Get organized. If this wasn’t on your list of 2015 New Year’s Resolutions you can still add it! Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and pick a closet to clean out. Then another. It can sound like a massive job – one you don’t want to even think about – but it’s easy when you do one thing at a time.

Little by little, get rid of all the old things, expired food, clothes you don’t wear, art you don’t love, and see if you don’t feel lighter and more energetic for having done so.

Spring will be here before you know it and you’ll be happier in your house for having had a productive winter!

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting company in Massachusettsto subscribe, contact us!

When to Paint (and When NOT to Paint)

There are lots of things that can inspire you to paint. Maybe you’re getting a little bored with your current interior or exterior décor. Or could be that your siding and your walls are starting to show their age. Whatever your reasons for painting your home, there’s no right or wrong colors to use or styles to try! Have fun with it, and you’ll love the results.

It is worth mentioning, however, that there are definitely right and wrong TIMES to paint – especially where weather is concerned.

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Here are some must-know dos and don’ts for painting interiors and exteriors:

DO read paint can labels. Paint manufacturers include temperature guidelines on their product and the recommended min and max temps have been set for a reason. Stay within the suggested range to get the best and longest lasting results.

DON’T rush interior paint drying times when it’s humid or wet outside. Always make sure that the coat you applied last is totally dry before starting your next coat.

DO open a window when you’re painting inside, even if it’s cold outside. Besides the fact that even the scent of low-VOC or no-VOC paints can make some people feel lightheaded, paint will dry much more slowly in a totally enclosed room.

DON’T even thinking about painting exteriors when it’s raining. Even if there is a slight chance of rain in the forecast, reschedule. A downpour will not only ruin your paint job, but may also splatter wet paint onto other surfaces.

DO start on the side of your house that’s in the shade and then follow the path of the sun so you’re applying paint in the shade as much as possible. Too much direct sunlight can cause lap marks and blistering.

DON’T paint when it’s too hot – if you’re using an airless paint sprayer, your paint can actually dry in the air before it ever hits the wall!

DO wait until the relative humidity is 40% to 70% to paint to get the best results. If humidity is high it can cause condensation to form on new paint when the temp drops, leading to streaks, fading, or poor adhesion.

DON’T paint when the wind is howling. When the wind is really blowing, leaves and other debris can blow onto wet paint and stick there. A strong wind can also cause paint to dry too quickly.

DO crank the heat and open a window when you’re painting indoors because heat plus air flow can help paint dry. Turning on a fan is almost never a bad idea.

Of course, if you’re working with a New England painting company that is concerned with quality, the team handling your painting project will be following these guidelines by default. Experienced painters know that drawing out a project because of weather is better than having to go back and fix the issues that extreme heat, cold, wind, fog, humidity, and rain can cause.

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.