Just like design ideas in the fashion industry tend to come back around again, designs in the decorating industry tend to be cyclical as well. With that being true, here is the big news – wall paper is back!
If the idea of wallpaper as a decorating trend gives you flashbacks to the floral patterns or barnyard animal prints of 40 years ago, have no fear. Today’s wall paper patterns are a far cry from those 1980 designs. In fact, wall paper can now set the mood for opulence, a classic style or even make a bold graphic statement. Here are a few ways that wallpaper can make a statement in your home.
- Create visual interest in a heigh ceilinged foyer or on an oversized wall.
- Wallpaper can make for an excellent room divider. For example, use a graphic style on the top or bottom half of a room with a chair rail. Complete the look with a coordinating paint color on the other half.
- Make one wall in a room pop by creating an accent wall with wallpaper.
- Create height with wallpaper in a room with low ceilings by using vertical stripes to elongate the walls.
- Add some whimsy to a child’s room or powder room that needs a spruce up.
- Make a design statement by choosing a bold graphic. There are hundreds of styles to choose from that will match your personality and the mood you are trying to create.
- Create texture in a room with wallpaper. Textures tend to make a room feel cozy and inviting.
- Use a wallpaper design as wall art.
Wallpaper no longer needs to be relegated to formal dining rooms and living rooms. The new patterns and graphics are modern and visually interesting. Talk to the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting if you have interest in wallpapering an accent wall or even a whole room.
Are you looking to sell your home this spring and are trying to figure what home improvements will be most worth it? Should you sink some serious cash into a kitchen remodel, bathroom renovation or possibly add on square footage? According to the experts at Realtor.com, one of the most cost-effective improvements of all has nothing to do with a major renovation. In fact, their research shows that sprucing up the outside of your house with paint can give homeowners the biggest bang for the buck. A fresh coat of paint makes the exterior of a home look clean and updated. That translates into value!
Real estate agents explain that improvements to kitchens and baths are usually worth the investment, but getting the buyer in the house and impressing them the moment they pull up to the curb is much more important. If a house hunter drives by your house and is not initially impressed, they are not going to stop the car and go for a tour. The real estate market can be very competitive and if you want to compete with similar homes in your neighborhood, an exterior paint job can help you achieve your goal.
Spending money to make your curb appeal stronger can convey a sense of welcome to potential home buyers. It can also reassure home buyers that the house is well maintained and cared for. The money you spend to make the exterior of your house stand out from the rest will most certainly be a worthwhile investment. In fact, Consumer Reports examined recent home sales and estimates that an exterior paint job can increase a home’s value by 2-5%!
If you are considering putting your home on the market this spring or summer, call Jerry Enos Painting to increase your curb appeal, draw in buyers and be a strong competitor in your real estate region.
Spring is a great time to clean out your closets, wash your windows, declutter the basement and get your carpets cleaned. Spring cleaning may not be glamorous and exciting, but it sure can bring a house back to life after a long winter. While you are cleaning around your house don’t neglect the actual siding of the house itself. Whether you are just hoping to rejuvenate the overall look of your exterior or maybe you want to put your house on the market this spring, power washing is a must do on your spring cleaning checklist.
Throughout the winter the exterior of your house was exposed to some fairly tough elements that may have your house looking worn down or dirty. Mold, dirt, stains, salt and other environmental pollutants can make your house look tired and grimy. Power washing or pressure washing is a simple and fast way to restore the original color and remove unsightly stains. Pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk.
Power washing can payoff in several important ways. Not only does power washing keep your home clean: it hinders rot, decay and premature aging of the home. These problems could lead to costly repairs down the line. An annual power washing can help homeowners avoid such problems. Once clean, a home that was once seen as tired and dirty now also has increased curb appeal if you are considering selling your home this spring. It could also mean an increase in the home’s overall value. Imagine home buyers pulling up to your house to be pleasantly surprised at how well kept the exterior of the home is. This makes for a positive first impression. A well maintained home from the outside increases the odds that the buyer will continue the tour to the inside. Showing your house with a freshened up look is one of the major benefits of a power washing this spring.
Painting is a multi-step process that can mean hours of prep work including emptying a room of furniture, washing the walls, repairing holes and, of course, priming the walls. Skipping any of these steps can mean a less than quality finished product. At Jerry Enos Painting, we believe in taking painstaking steps to protect each job site whether indoors or out. We treat your home as if it is our own. Part of this commitment to high quality painting is taking the time to do each step. Priming is one such step that can help create a beautifully finished room.
Benefits of Priming
- Richer Color – High quality primer hides previous colors and allows for a clean slate for the paint to be applied. Paint colors will be more vibrant with a primer.
- Longer Lasting – By using a primer your paint color will stay fresh looking longer.
Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted.
Stain Blocker – Primers are excellent at hiding blemishes and stains on walls and ceilings. Even water stains can be covered easily by primer.
- Save Money and Time – Primers are designed to seal the surface. With that seal in place, less paint is used to cover the wall. This means both a time and cost savings. For example, a gallon of primer cost less than a gallon of paint. In addition, fewer coats of paint with be needed when a homeowner uses a primer.
- A Smooth Surface – The use of a primer prevents peeling, cracks, and fading of the paint.
Bathrooms and kitchens tend to be the “workhorse” rooms of any house. Bathrooms especially get used numerous times throughout the day and thus can quickly start to look a little “worse for wear” or even a little shabby. Unlike kitchens that have a much larger footprint, freshening up a bathroom with paint and a few accessories can be very affordable and be just the trick to breathe new life into your overused bathroom.
Color palettes and decorating ideas for bathrooms have been trending in three major categories: crisp and clean whites, classic neutrals and splashes of color. Let’s take a closer look at these color trends and see how they may mesh with your lifestyle and personal preference.
- Crisp and Clean Whites – While white has long been a timeless choice for bathrooms, the newest trend is less utilitarian in nature and more the feel of a clean, spa-like experience with white on the walls, thick comfy towels, sink accessories and soft white lighting. Homeowners who choose this color palette are looking for a soothing retreat to escape their sometimes hectic life.
- Classic Neutrals – Many homeowners choose to avoid white due to the cleaning factor. If you have children, pets who shed or even a family member with long or dark hair, you too, may want to stay away from all white, unless you enjoy cleaning. Neutrals may be an viable alternative and just as classic a look that holds up better to smudges and dirt. Neutrals such as beige, cream and taupe are still classic looking. wear well and can fit nicely into any design scheme.
- Splashes of Color – On the opposite end of the spectrum in bathroom color trends is the idea of having a splash of color that turns a boring bathroom into a cheery room. Choose pastels of blues of greens to go for a Caribbean escape feel or bolder colors of reds and deep blues for a children’s bathroom theme. What ever color you choose be sure to coordinate with towels, sink accessories and wall decor that brings out your theme.