Monthly Archives: November 2019

Changing the Mood of a Room With Paint

The color palette you choose to use in your home is a direct reflection of your personality and the mood you hope to portray in the space. Some psychological studies have been done to show that color has a direct impact on our energy level, mood, and emotional outlook. Let’s take a deeper dive into how color can impact mood so you can choose wisely next time you paint the rooms in your home. 

According to VeryWell Mind online, “Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.”

Psychologists are quick to point out that, while there has been limited research in this area, color seems to be linked to cultural influences that determine mood. Your feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.

For our purposes, let’s take a look at the typical mood implications for Americans. Here are some of the more popular colors used for the interior of homes in our region. 

Red 

This color tends to raise the energy level in a room but many find it a little overwhelming. Red is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. We often have clients choose red for an entryway or front door to capture the attention of guests or to draw the eye to a focal point. 

Yellow 

Yellow often creates a mood of happiness. It tends to be a color that is uplifting and welcoming. Lots of our clients choose this color for kitchens. There is a negative side to this relatively cheery color, though. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Therefore, you may want to avoid using yellow in large amounts in the main living areas. 

Blue 

This color is considered calming and tends to bring down both heart rates and blood pressure. Depending upon the type of blue, a room may take on a cool sensation or a warm one. The lighter the blue the cooler the feel. The darker the blue, the warmer the feel. Clients often use this color palette in bathrooms or bedrooms. Just be careful that the warmth or coolness of the blue you choose is the one you really want. 

Green 

This hue also has a restful and restorative effect on viewers. Green often has the ability to reduce anxiety and give a feeling of being back with nature. It is a good choice for almost any room in the house. Many designers use green in a living room or den as it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.

Neutrals 

Colors such as greys, whites, or beiges are known for their flexibility. Designers use these colors as a backdrop for dramatic accents or to showcase a stylish piece of furniture or an architectural feature. 

Are you trying to create a certain mood in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom? Check out the options for creating the mood you want. Talk to our color specialists to get started on your next paint project. Call us at 978-546-6843 or contact us on our website

 

Choosing A Color Palette for Your Child’s Room 

Is your child dying to change things up in his/her room? A child’s room is such a snapshot of a moment in time that is quickly changing as they grow and mature. Often, as children mature, they long for something less babyish and more in line with their growing style or interests. If you have decided that now is a good time to make the transition from nursery room to big kid room or from big kids room to teenager hangout, then you may want to follow some simple but key suggestions from designers. 

Picking a color scheme for a child’s room can actually be a lot of fun because they may want to participate in the decision-making and even try some of the painting themselves (depending on their age and ability level). There are, however, some things to consider when choosing a color palette for your child’s room. 

Consider Age and Interests 

Before you slap on a color to the walls of your child’s room, think long and hard about what color they will want to see in a year or two. You really don’t want to be painting every year as they find new interests. For example, many little girls choose a soft pink because it is in line with their toys and/or it is a common color for their clothing. That’s fine if they want pink but remember, as they age, that adorable pink may need to be repainted. The same goes for the teen who wants a black bedroom… how long will that stage last?! 

Instead, designers advise going with a color that takes into account the child’s interests. For example, if your child enjoys nature maybe a green, or blue. The important thing to consider is that the color palette is something that can grow with the child. If your child is in love with the color purple, sure, paint one accent wall purple but then choose a contrasting or complementary color so that the color will stand the test of time. 

Consider the Rest of the House 

While your child’s room is separate from the rest of the house, it is important that the color you choose works with the style of the rest of your home. If the rest of the walls in your home are muted colors, then continue that trend in your child’s room to coordinate with the house as a whole. Painting a bedroom in a neon or bright color while the rest of the house is neutral or muted in tone may throw things off balance. 

Consider Your Child’s Opinion 

We know that you will be doing most of the work and/or financing the painting project, but try to let your child have some say in what goes on. If you don’t trust them to choose an appropriate color then give them a bunch of choices that you would be alright with. Ask for their opinion on decorating and accents for the room. The more they are involved, the more they will want to maintain the cleanliness and order of the room. (Hopefully!) 

For more ideas on what color palette you should choose for your child’s room, check out the inspiration page at Benjamin Moore. Call Jerry Enos Painting for a color consultation or to book our team. 

 

From Drab to Fab. Update Your Home’s Interior with Color 

Do you ever look around your home and feel that everything is beginning to look old, dated, or maybe a bit worn out? Wouldn’t it be great to have an unlimited budget and be able to snap your fingers and remake all the rooms in your house? Well… that fantasy probably won’t happen. But what if I told you that you can transform a room in a cost-effective way using only paint? Got you listening, right? 

Yes, you can completely transform any room from one mood to another and from drab to fab using a few gallons of paint. A home makeover project like this can not only make your home appear to be newer but also sends a message that it is well cared for and refreshed. 

Focus on the Entryway 

If you are looking for an easy area to paint and for a quick pick-me-up, then the entryway or mudroom might be a good place to start. It is probably the messiest area in your home and potentially the place you travel through most often. It deserves a makeover. 

To start this project we suggest a major cleanout of jackets and shoes that are seasonal and donating those that are not in use anymore. Then, take a look at the adjoining rooms and choose a color that is fun but complementary to that color or colors. Mudrooms see a ton of traffic so it should be a color you can enjoy on a daily basis. Some people find that a darker color is a good choice in this area because of all the traffic, fingerprint smudges, boot scuffs, and general use. 

Redo a Favorite Room 

If, like many families, your kitchen is the real hangout area, then maybe this is a good room to refresh this winter. While painting a kitchen can be tricky because you will still need to use it for meals, it is the one that gets the most bang for the buck. A change in color in your kitchen can bring a good ROI as well as lift the mood of the whole room. 

Some homeowners take it a step further and paint the cabinets to give the entire room a facelift! Jerry Enos Painting specializes in this, so give us a call if you are ready to make the leap. Add in some colorful backsplash and you won’t even recognize your kitchen when it is all done. 

Go Small 

If painting your interior rooms is too big a job, then we suggest starting small. Choose a bathroom or even a hallway to get you started on bringing your home up to “fab” status. Bathrooms tend to be smaller and there is not nearly as much furniture to remove or cover before starting. Bathrooms can be fun as well because, when the painting is done, you can splurge for new towels and sink accessories. 

We have some great ideas about how to transform your home from drab to fab. Give us a call and talk to our specialists today or check out our Facebook page for ideas. 

 

Refresh Your Home For The Holidays Now!

By now you have probably already seen the holiday commercials on television and maybe even heard some of the seasonal songs on the radio on your way to work. It’s hard to avoid – the holidays are approaching fast! Now is the time to consider a quick paint refresh for your holiday gatherings or New Year’s parties. 

If you are planning a holiday dinner, a cocktail party, or maybe a family gift swap, then you will want to do some refreshing before all the guests start to arrive. Here are some of our best tips to make your home not only welcoming but looking its best this holiday season. 

Clean it Up 

Sure, your house is clean, but for more important gatherings you will want to do a deep clean that makes everything shine. There are often forgotten areas that should be neatened up. These include: wiping down any smudges or marks on the trim or molding, dusting lamps, dusting overhead ceiling fans, wiping marks off light switch plates, washing windows, washing curtains, and wiping down cabinets that may have drips or food stains. 

Cleaning it up also means getting rid of the clutter that has accumulated all year long. Recycle that pile of newspapers or magazines. File away old bills or paperwork. Put away toys or books in their appropriate spots. You may also want to do some work on the hardwood floors to bring the shine back out through vacuuming, mopping, and using wood shine on them. 

Paint Makeover 

If you have time before the chaos of the holidays arrives, painting is one of the best ways to transform a room from drab to fab! Even if you don’t want to change the color, a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in the look of a room. If you do choose a new color, it may end up being a focal point or the hit of the party. 

The painting also gives homeowners a chance to repair any imperfections on the walls, add texture or new sheen to the walls, and make a great first impression. Check out our Facebook page and portfolio page for some great color ideas. Or visit the Benjamin Moore website for some new color trends. 

Update a Piece of Furniture 

If your kitchen or living room is looking a little worn, now might be a good time to invest in a new piece or refurbish the old. A new comfortable seating area can mean better access to all family members during holiday gatherings. A longer kitchen table can mean more friends or family will be welcome at dinner. If you can’t afford to replace major pieces, look to change out a few accent pieces just to make it look fresh or new. 

Add Some Finishing Touches

Now that you have cleaned, painted, and decluttered, you can start adding some fun finishing touches. Some homeowners like to add fresh garland or twinkle lights on the fireplace mantle. It can set a magical mood for the whole event. 

Candles in the scents of the season such as Balsam Fir, Cinnamon Stick, Apple Spice, or maybe Christmas Cookie are always a fun touch and make a home smell wonderful. 

Display some colorful throw pillows or cozy blankets to make the living room feel homey. Use accent colors for these that play up the colors on the walls.

Depending on your taste, you can add some fun holiday keepsakes around your kitchen or living room: the two places where guests tend to congregate. 

Refreshing your home before guests arrive for the holidays can make your home feel new, especially for guests who visit often. If painting the main areas of your home like the kitchen, entryway, or living room to make an amazing first impression is on your list of things to do before the party starts, consider calling us at 978-546-6843 or contact us on our website.  Happy Holidays! 

 

Balancing Colors in Your Home 

Ever walk into a friend or neighbor’s home and wonder how they tied it all together so well? The colors, accent pieces, and the choice of furnishings can be a huge factor in how a home looks balanced. Today, we are going to look at some techniques of how you can balance colors in your home so that, when guests visit, they will be amazed at how you created a cohesive style all your own. 

The 60-30-10 Rule 

Designers often use a timeless decorating rule called the 60-30-10 Rule. This rule looks at balancing colors so that homeowners and guests alike are not overwhelmed by too much of any one color. 

The main idea of the 60-30-10 Rule is that 60% of the color in a room should be the main color in the area such as the walls, area rugs, and large accent pieces. Then 30% of the color in a room should be the secondary color such as accent walls, accent chairs, or draperies. The final 10% of a room should include throw pillows, artwork, and decorative keepsakes. 

Using this designer hack can help you balance the amounts of color in any given room. Start by choosing three colors for your room. Easier said than done right? Sometimes finding a color scheme can come from an inspirational piece of tapestry or artwork. I once designed an entire room around the colors on a postcard that reminded me of a wonderful vacation. They included the blue of the sea, green, and yellows. 

Play Up Contrasts 

Another design trick that many homeowners find helpful to balance colors is to play upon the contrasts. Most designers suggest not matching colors but rather choosing colors that play on contrasts in one way or another. For example, balance a bright or warm accent color with a cool, textured color. Play with colors, patterns, and textures to make the contrasts have depth. Some homeowners also like to mix old styles with new pieces to make a statement. Designers also like to try to make contrasts between the cooler colors on the color wheel and the warmer ones. 

Balance Furnishings 

When trying to create a room with depth, color and color balance, you will also want to take furnishings into consideration. For example, if you have a large piece of furniture such as a sofa or buffet, you may want to balance the other side of the room with a couple of smaller pieces. 

Benjamin Moore paint dealers have wonderful showrooms and color specialists who can sit with you and help you design the room of your dreams. They will take into account design rules such as the 60-30-10 Rule, contrasting elements, and adding your personality to the mix. If you need more help with deciding on colors for your interior rooms, then check out our portfolio online or talk to one of our specialists