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Paint for Personality

Some homes naturally have a personality of their own, whether it is due to eye-catching architectural features or special details that are often present in older, historical homes. Some homes even have a special way of presenting themselves merely due to the natural landscaping in the environment around the home. So what if your home doesn’t seem to have that natural personality? How can you create a personality that you desire within your home? At Jerry Enos Painting, we believe you can “Paint for Personality” by tailoring your home’s color palette to suit your distinctive personality. Here are a few suggestions.

 

  • Consider the Intent of a Room – Are you contemplating painting a den that you want to be cozy, warm, and inviting? Or perhaps you are painting a bathroom that you want to be serene and calming? Or even still, a formal dining room that you want to look traditional and sophisticated? Consider the personality you want the room to have before you even look at a color swatch.
  • Consider YOUR Personality – Are you adventurous, quiet, conservative, modern, traditional, outdoorsy, or relaxed? Think first about what parts of your personality you want to portray in your home? When a visitor enters your home, do s/he say, “This house is so you!”  Or does it feel like a decorator came in and took over during the painting process. Be sure the colors you pick reflect a little bit of yourself.
  • Consider Doing the Unexpected – Using what you have decided on, what the intent of the room is, and how you want to portray your personality, think about how you want to tailor your painting to show these off. For example, how can you incorporate intent and personality into your color choices? You could do this through a bold accent wall, patterns or stripes, textures or sheen.
  • Consider a Professional – Many homeowners get overwhelmed when it comes to choosing paint colors. Jerry Enos Painting has a color specialist who can help you make those decisions, taking into account your personality, intent for the room, and other factors.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting for a consultation at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

 

Choosing Paint Colors Made Easy

Have you ever noticed that you are naturally attracted to certain colors? According to marketing professionals, color accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place. This can explain why advertising experts use specific colors to get consumers to buy products. This type of color psychology is widely studied when it comes to the branding of businesses, but what about when it comes to choosing the colors to paint your home’s interior walls and surfaces? How can color psychology be used to help you choose the paint colors you will love and be happy with for a long time? Here are some suggestions from the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting.

Get Inspired – Too many homeowners start with a color they think they should use, like a neutral or muted hue. Some homeowners start their painting with inspiration from a picture, a favorite place or something in nature. We suggest getting inspired to find a color that really speaks to you. For example, Jerry Enos Painting has a portfolio page full of examples to get you started and many paint stores now offer inspiration room images to help you picture what you want your room to look like.
Test It Out – Once you have a color family in mind, start by purchasing small testing samples to see what saturation of a certain color will look like on your walls. For example, if you choose a blue there are a million saturation levels of blue that range from green-blue to grey-blue and all the points in between. Test out the color on several walls so that the sun can hit it at different times of the day before you make a final decision on a color.
Consider Mood – When choosing the color palette you want to use in a room, consider what type of mood you want to portray. For example, do you want the mood to be festive and lively for entertaining, or serene and peaceful for quiet evenings at home. The mood may help you narrow down a color choice.
Consider Lighting – What sun exposure does the room have? If it is in the full sun most of the day you may be able to use a darker color and not have it impact the brightness of the room, whereas if the room only gets late day sun, you may want something to lighten the room.

Do you need help choosing an interior color for the rooms in your house? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

New Trends in Graphic Wall Paint

When it comes to painting the walls of your home, condominium, or apartment, do feel like you need something more, something artistic in nature, something that will be imaginative, creative, and unique? Or possibly, might you be looking for a design that can bring out the unique architecture or design of your living space? While you could search for a color palette that creates the mood you are hoping to attain, or even dabble with different textures, there is another alternative. Graphic painting is a trendy choice in interior wall painting. Let’s take a look at some different options, as well as the goals of these new graphic wall paintings.

 

Creating the perfect design on your walls will take some serious planning and, in our opinion, help from the professionals to be sure the shapes, lines, and graphics come out looking sharp. There is nothing worse than spending time and money to make a one-of-a-kind graphic design, only to have your measurements off or lines crooked. Jerry Enos Painting can guide you on your options as well as color choices. Not all homeowners are daring enough to try these designs, but here are a few geometric shapes and lines to consider:

 

  • Horizontal or Vertical Stripes
  • Chevron Style Designs
  • Harlequin Diamond Design
  • Blocks
  • Argyle Patterns
  • Asymmetrical Designs
  • Famous Sayings or Quotes
  • Nature Designs: Flowers, Animals, Grasses

 

For most homeowners, deciding on a certain graphic paint style usually comes from something that inspires the person, such as a hobby, interest, travel experience, architectural inspiration, or just finding a pattern that draws them in. Original visual effects on walls can liven up a dead space, become an accent wall, or just be there as a conversation piece. If you have questions about how this trend could be used in your home, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Molding Makeover

Do you have molding in your home? Do you often see nicks or scratches that take away from the beautiful and intricate detail of the molding? Do you dread having to scrape, sand, and repaint those small corners and edges that seem to go on for miles in your home? If so, it may be time for a professional molding makeover.

 

New England homes are historically built with all types of moldings, including: crown molding, door casings, chair rails, ceiling trays, and/or baseboard trim. For many of the high traffic areas in your home, the molding could probably use a little TLC from years of dust, chipping and scuffing. If your molding has begun to look a little worse-for-wear, then you may want to consider how these molding makeover ideas can breathe new life into your home.

 

  • Repair and Replace – Homeowners should first inspect the molding (and there is usually a lot more than you originally thought) around the doors, ceilings, and windows of your home. Are there places that need to be replaced or repaired? Jerry Enos Painting can match the style to your existing molding and make it fit in seamlessly if there are sections that need repair and/or replacing.  
  • Color Choices – While most homeowners tend to select a variation of white color for molding, there are a wide variety of color palettes that can be used to bring out the color in your home. Coordinate with an accent color, a room color, or choose a classic white that can bring out the beauty in just about any room and can work with most colors on wall surfaces.
  • Sheen Choices – As with wall colors, sheen can help bring out a shine or add a flat/eggshell look to the molding. Many homeowners opt for the higher sheens such as semi gloss or high gloss, as moldings tend to see high traffic such as fingers and hands around doors, windows, and light switches.

 

If it is time to repair, paint, and care for your molding, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about what sets us apart from the competition.

Caring for your Home’s Exterior Paint

Painting the exterior of a home can not only give a house a new, fresh look that is sure to increase curb appeal, but can also protect the wood from potential rot, aging, and weathering due to climate, precipitation, or sun. There is quite a lot riding on the quality and maintenance of the paint that is protecting and aesthetically enhancing your home. So what steps should you take to make sure the paint is cared for properly. As professionals we know that the life of any exterior paint job depends on the care it receives. Here are a few tips from our painting professionals about how you can extend the life of your exterior paint and keep your house looking polished at the same time.

 

  • Check for Spots and Stains – It is inevitable that something will stain or mark your house, whether it is a bird that soiled the paint, a child’s ball that bounces against the exterior wall, or a tree limb that rubs against the house, causing a mark. Homeowners should inspect the paint regularly to be sure that these marks or stains are cleaned with a gentle detergent, water, and a soft cloth.
  • Power Washing – The northeast region has such wildly changing temperatures and humidity that mold and mildew can often begin to grow and spread on the exterior of homes with excess moisture. Consider having a power washing performed by a professional company such as Jerry Enos Painting. Doing it yourself may save you a few bucks, but damaging your paint or exterior surfaces is possible if the power washing is not done properly.
  • Quickly Care for Damaged Boards or Siding – Wood can rot fairly quickly if it has been damaged and left to the elements. Replace or repair damaged boards and repaint the area to seal the wood and protect it from moisture.
  • Invest in Quality Paint – The exterior of your home is bombarded with the sun’s rays, hard winter winds, and temperatures that fluctuate greatly. Choosing a high quality paint can diminish the ravages of Mother Nature and save your home from having to be painted again too soon.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about cleaning and maintaining the “like-new” look of your home’s exterior.

4 Tips to Care for your Painted Walls

Painting the trim and walls is the easiest and least expensive way to completely transform a room or even the look of an entire home. Once you have painstakingly chosen the perfect colors, accent colors, and sheen, you will want to keep your walls and surfaces looking as good as the day they were painted. To do this, you will need to follow a few simple suggestions on how to extend the life of your newly-painted walls throughout your home.

  1. Conduct Regular Cleanings  – Just as you dust your wooden furniture and vacuum your carpets, you should also engage in regular cleaning of the walls, which includes: dusting away spider webs and dirt/debris that has built up on the walls, especially in the corners. During spring and winter cleanings, use a cloth with soap and water and wipe down the walls gently. We suggest wiping down high traffic areas such as entrances to the kitchen, bathrooms, and around light switches often, in order to keep them looking fresh.
  2. Clean Up Stains, Smudges, and Marks – Washing the walls of your home probably is not high up on the list of things to do, especially if your life is as busy as most working people. So if you find yourself with a few extra minutes and want your walls to maintain that just-painted look, try cleaning the walls with a mild detergent, water, and a soft cloth. We suggest wiping down high traffic areas such as entrances to the kitchen, bathrooms, and around light switches often, to keep them looking fresh.
  3. Be Gentle – While there are many products out on the market today that claim to be able to take off even the nastiest of stains, we suggest using more gentle methods first. Often, the harsher the chemical, the more likely it is to take off the sheen of the paint or, in some cases, wipe away the paint itself.
  4. Touch Up – Chips, scratches, and nicks can happen on any wall, so we suggest touching up the paint when you feel it needs a quick refresh. Be sure to use the original color paint as you may make things worse by painting with a non-matched color. If you don’t have leftover paint that is still viable, try color matching via computer.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about cleaning and maintaining the “like-new” look of your paint.

 

Top 3 Benefits of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If your family is like most American families, the kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where you gather for meals, to do homework, meet with friends, and, of course, sneak a midnight snack! Knowing that the kitchen is the center of your home, is the overall style what you want when entertaining? If the answer is no, but you don’t have the funds to do a complete renovation, you may be considering painting the kitchen cabinets. Here are three of the top benefits of making this choice.

 

  • A Face-Lift – Kitchen cabinets are most likely one of the first things people notice when they enter a kitchen, as they take up a majority of the wall space. So if they are drab, dated, worn, or darker than you prefer, you may want to consider brightening up your kitchen with a professional painting of not only the wall surfaces but also the kitchen cabinets. If your cabinets are in fairly good condition, there really is no need to replace, but rather have the experts bring back the shine and new look to your kitchen through paint.
  • Economical – Having a team of professionals remove, clean, sand, and paint your cabinet doors and the surrounding woodwork can be much more cost effective than a complete replacement of the cabinets. The average cost of revitalizing cabinets by painting is a fraction of the cost of both the labor and materials needed to replace the existing cabinets.
  • Time and Convenience  – Not only is the cost a factor when deciding whether to replace or rejuvenate your cabinets, but time and convenience should be considered as well. For most contractors, gutting and replacing cabinets will take approximately 3-6 weeks and will mean losing your kitchen during that time. In a fraction of the time, usually less than a week, your kitchen can look like new with a paint color that you have chosen.

 

If you are looking to revive your old or outdated kitchen through painting, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

 

Making a Master Bedroom Masterpiece

A master bedroom is meant to be a place for rest, relaxation, and refuge from our busy and sometimes stressful lives. Whether it is work, the kids, or merely all the demands of everyday life, a master bedroom should be your own personal oasis, a place for escape from it all. This means that when it comes time to design, decorate, and paint your master, you should have an integral part in deciding exactly when creates that mood for you and your partner. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Mood – While most people aim to create a master that will allow them to relax, the color palette can really shape exactly the mood you want. For example, if warm colors such as reds, greens, and browns signal relaxation for you, then start looking in that range of the color wheel. If cooler colors such as greys, blues, and yellows signal relaxation for you, start your color search there. Many people choose calming neutrals such as beige, ivory, or taupe as a backdrop for their décor. Only you can decide on the color that suits your “oasis” mood, as the bedroom is the most personal space in your home. While some people enjoy bold, bright colors to greet them in their space, others prefer more muted tones.

 

Textures – Bedrooms are a place where you want all of your senses to be at rest and where you feel comfortable. Consider using varying textures for pillows, curtains, bed coverings and, of course, your wall paint!

 

Décor – While the color palette can set the mood and the textures can lull you into a sense of peace, the décor is what will help you “go to your happy place.” Be sure to decorate your master with items that remind you of all the things that you love, such as: wedding photos, keepsakes from vacations and your travels and, of course, your favorite books, candles, and furniture pieces.  This means keep all work, computers, and reminders of the stressors of your life out of the area.

 

If you need help choosing the perfect color for your master bedroom, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

The Lowdown of VOCs

As professional painters we are often asked about the chemicals in paints often referred to as VOCs. These VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Common products that contain these VOCs include: paints, paint strippers, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and disinfectants to name just a few. The VOCs are released in the moments while the paint is drying and in the days thereafter.

 

If you are chemically sensitive or want to avoid the paint smell there are low VOC paints out there on the market that we will happily use. Low VOC paints contain reduced levels of chemicals, making them more environmentally friendly. Low VOC paint is also less smelly and a healthier alternative. Low VOC paints or zero VOC paints are just as durable as traditional paints. Also, they can be custom-mixed to match colors and applied in the same manner.

 

At Jerry Enos Painting we stay up-to-date on the latest technology and types of paints on the market and coming into the market. In coordination with Benjamin Moore paints, we offer zero VOC and zero emissions paint. This paint, called Natura®  is now certified asthma & allergy friendly™ as well as Zero VOC and Zero Emissions (measured at 4 hours after application.)

Giving our clients all the options of fewer chemicals is just one of the ways we strive to make our customers happy and provide 100% satisfaction. If you want more information, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Three Things to Consider When Creating the Perfect Playroom

A child’s playroom conjures up images of playdough, blocks, books, and an assortment of other toys and art supplies designed to inspire creativity and imagination. Sure, the room may go from clean and organized to total chaos in the blink of an eye, but that doesn’t mean that the design shouldn’t be well thought out and crafted, and that includes color palette choices. When choosing the paint colors and décor of a playroom, it is important to be clever, resourceful, and even a little bit silly. Doing this will ensure a playroom masterpiece that your children or grandchildren will adore playing in throughout their childhoods.

 

Choosing a Color Scheme – The best thing about a playroom is that it is meant to be fun and a little whimsical. Homeowners are not bound by any color rules for this room so you can get a little crazy in your design ideas or at least think a little outside of the box. Do not limit yourself to the three primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Choose paint textures, shapes, or patterns to make the room visibly interesting. Involve the child if possible in the design and color choices. We suggest choosing a main color and then two accent or secondary colors that will show up in various aspects of the décor or accent pieces.

 

Choosing a Theme – Many parents choose a theme that coincides with their child’s interests (or, more likely, obsessions.) For example, if your child loves arts and crafts, create a themed area that has everything their heart desires to create their own art projects. A craft table, framed art, and of course, art supplies are a great start. If your child loves sports, create a theme on the walls and via décor that showcases their favorite players and sports. Choose turf colors, a playing field pattern, or the colors of a favorite sports team. The sky’s the limit.

 

Choosing Storage – Playrooms are notoriously filled with all sorts of items and everything needs a place to be stored or you will have a mess on your hands all the time. Remember, this is a playroom so all the color rules go out the window. That means that you can use paint on the shelving that coordinates with the color palette of the room or storage bins that are colorful, fun and utilitarian as well. Many parents use multi functional items such as storage cubes for sitting at a child’s table or benches for extra seating as well as storage. There are a vast number of storage solutions to choose from that can not only serve two purposes, match your color scheme and look fun all at the same time.

 

If you need help designing and painting your child’s playroom call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.