Category Archives: Color Trends

Painting for the Holidays

Wow! Can you believe it is December and the holidays are fast approaching? Soon it will be Christmas, and then we will ring in the New Year. This is the season for celebrating with loved ones: family, friends, and neighbors. If you are entertaining this season, you may want a quick transformation to make your home “guest worthy,” especially in the rooms where everyone gathers. If painting is on your list of things to accomplish before you welcome your party-goers, here are some ideas to get it all done and make a great impression.

Focus on the Spaces that Matter the Most

If you are thinking about painting and you are limited in preparation time, consider the most important spaces. In other words, where do your guests usually gather? For many homeowners the answer is the kitchen and/or the living room. We suggest that if you only have time to paint one or two rooms, that these should be your focus. If you are extremely short on time, maybe just repaint the front door or entry hallway to make a great first impression.

Think Ahead

While it may be the holiday season right now, don’t go overboard on the traditional holiday colors in your painting. Think ahead and realize that you want a color palette that will be warm and inviting but, at the same time, a good choice well past the holiday season. Instead, plan ahead and use accent colors on your throw pillows, blankets, decorations, and candles to create the color scheme you want this season. All of these items can be switched out once the calendar turns to spring and you are looking for a new look.

Remember the Details

If you are expecting guests this season, be sure to repair holes in the walls, water stains on the ceiling, and chip marks along the trim. As the saying goes, “the devil is in the details!” These little flaws can ruin the overall aesthetics you are going for.

Choose a Low Odor Option

One problem with painting during this particular time of year is that many homeowners want to air out that “newly painted smell” before visitors arrive. Since opening the windows to air things out may not be a viable option at this time of year, be sure to pick a paint with a low odor option.

Do you need a quick transformation? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

What the Color of Your Home Says About You

Are you starting the process of painting the exterior of your home? Is part of this process deciding on what color palette you would like to use? It can be an arduous decision that takes trial-and-error, and searching inspirational homes for hours, online and in your neighborhood. You may also be wondering what the color you choose will say about you and your family? Here is a quick look into the psychology of color, and what the color you choose will tell others about you.

When homeowners start the search for a color that they want to paint the exterior of their home, it is always best to choose one that they not only love but also one that suits the mood they are looking to create. For example, do they want a traditional look with a white home, black shutters and white picket fence? Or perhaps they are looking for something softer like a sage green or muted yellow? The choice is in your hands.

Paint experts at Benjamin Moore Paints claim that the color you choose will have a large impact on your environment, as well as perception. Here are a few of their notes on what a color may say about you and your home.

  • Whites can feel contemporary, classic, or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors. Whites tell us that you are classic and timeless.
  • Deep, dark colors, such as purples or reds, can promote an air of energy and confidence. Even as an accent color on a door, a bold choice of a deep color can add some “wow” factor to the outside of your home.
  • Neutrals and soft colors, such as lighter greens, beiges, and creams, can send the message that you are grounded and earthly.
  • Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink, and sky blue are comfortable and easy-to-live with, and send the message that you are easy-going and uplifting.

Have fun choosing your color, no matter what shade you are aiming for. Other things to keep in mind when choosing a color include: taking into account the color of neighboring homes, analyzing the amount of sun and shade your color will get, and making sure that, if your home is historical, the color is in compliance with historic district rules.

As always, if you have questions, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Kitchen Trends

The heart of every home is the kitchen. For many of us, it is where we first gather in the morning and then again at the end of the day to meet with family and check in with each other. It is the place where everyone ends up any time you entertain. And it is the place that feeds us emotionally and physically. The kitchen, then, should be a place that sets the mood through paint and décor. Let’s take a look at some of the recent kitchen trends when it comes to color schemes.

If it is time to update or at least liven up the hub of your home, here are a few kitchen color combinations that are currently trending.

  • Grays and browns are neutral colors that seem to be taking center stage in the kitchen as of late. Light grays and browns are neutrals that allow for play with accent colors around the kitchen, and the soft shades of these two colors can make for a perfect backdrop.
  • Green and silver are a combination that decorators are loving in the kitchen since they nicely show off the stainless steel appliances that are currently very popular. They also help bring the color of nature inside your kitchen.
  • Red has long been a favorite color in the kitchen as it is cheery and acts as an activator color. It shows off well with white or gray cabinets and allows for some fun choices when it comes to counter top appliances such as a mixer or coffee maker.
  • For homeowners who love a contemporary look, black and white will never be out of style. The crisp and stark color difference makes for a sleek look with walls, surfaces, and countertops.
  • Bold blues are currently trending in kitchens as they can liven up any size space without making it look dark. Blues also coordinate well with the many color options that kitchen appliances come in these days.

Are you ready to refresh your kitchen and need help painting and choosing a great color scheme? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to get started on your update today.

Laundry Room Update

In today’s age of HGTV, home updating shows, and the cascade of DIY programs, the laundry room has finally come out of the dark shadows and become a room that homeowners consider a vital part of their everyday life. More and more home contractors are placing the laundry room on the main living levels rather than in the basement which requires quite a bit of hiking of laundry baskets up and down the stairs. Homeowners are getting creative in the design and décor of their laundry rooms, and that means that paint for your laundry room update is a major consideration, too.

Color Scheme

One of the first decisions when embarking on your laundry room update is the color scheme that you may want to use. Some homeowners keep it clean and simple with a white background and white appliances, while others like to go a little bolder and have a splash of color on a main wall. Reds are great to punch it up a notch, while lighter blues and greens can create a mellow look for your laundry room. Talk to the color consultants at Jerry Enos Painting about the mood you want to create.

Organization

Laundry rooms are all about organizing the mounds of clothes that will be visiting this room on a daily basis. Check out the multitude of baskets, bins, and storage units that can keep your laundry room organized. Choose bins that coordinate with the color you have chosen for the walls. Consider cubbies and hideaway closets that can store all the cleaning supplies, hangers, and the all-important iron.

Appliances

Homeowners have a unique opportunity when updating their laundry room to take advantage of the tax rebates and incentives offered for energy and water-saving appliances. In addition to choosing ENERGY Star appliances, there are a wide assortment of colors from which to choose. Work with your color consultant to coordinate a complimentary color to your wall paint.

Laundry rooms have come a long way since they were purposely hidden away in the basements. Bring your laundry room into this century with a bright and fresh look. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to get started on your update today.

 

Painting in an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans have been long been a popular option for homes, especially for people who love to entertain or families who need to keep an eye on young children. Homeowners love the feeling of being in a larger space where the line of sight allows for easy entertaining across several areas. Homeowners also remark that an open floor plan allows for an abundance of natural light, since interior walls are omitted and each area has access to exterior windows. While open floor plans add an airy, light appearance to a space, the open concept does have its challenges. One of these challenges is how to paint so that the color palette is cohesive while also allowing for defining spaces within the larger room such as a breakfast nook, entertaining area, and tv area. Let’s take a closer look at these three challenges and what the options are for painting your open floor plan.

Challenge #1 – Too Much of One Color

One of the biggest problems homeowners face when choosing paint colors for their open concept home is where to transition the color. This causes many people to settle on a monochromatic color scheme, which is definitely a viable option. Some homeowners love the clean lines of one color throughout the space, but others feel it is boring. An option for these folks is to find natural transition spots throughout the larger room to define spaces within the open concept for different purposes, whether it is a dining area, a comfortable seating space, or a play area for children. Once those transition areas have been identified, complimentary colors can be used to delineate the individual area.

Challenge #2 – Too Many Colors

When choosing the option to find transition spots and paint varying colors, some homeowners find that they are using too many colors, and the once open floor plan now looks like a patchwork of colors. The option to solve this problem is to choose 3-5 colors that are complementary to each other for the space. We suggest sticking to a color family or grounding the space with a neutral color to keep it all cohesive. Choose a deeper or lighter shade to transition spaces, but allow for continuity.

Challenge #3 – Creating a Focus

Many homeowners who love their open floor plan also want a focus to the room. Some choose the kitchen while others choose the fireplace area. Whatever you choose, consider creating a focus through the use of paint – an accent wall! An accent wall can draw the eye to a space and create an interest area. For homes with an architectural feature such as high ceilings, tray ceilings, trim, or archways, these features are fantastic for creating a focus. Paint a lighter or darker shade of your primary color, or go wild and give the space a pop of color!

Do you have an open floor plan and need help choosing colors? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Matte, Satin and Gloss – Paint Finishes Explained

If you are painting your home or business you may have heard that your job is not done once you have chosen the paint color. Now you need to focus on what paint finish or sheen you want to use in the space. Sheen refers to the how shiny the finish will look. Most paint brands come in several sheens or paint finishes including:

  • Flat/Ultra Flat
  • Matte
  • Eggshell
  • Pearl
  • Satin
  • Semi Gloss/Gloss
  • High Gloss

It is important to note that each brand of paint uses similar terminology, however they do not always offer all the levels of sheen. Some may refer to low sheen as Eggshell/Matte or combine the levels to make it less confusing for customers. Ask your painter or the store where you are purchasing what level of sheen you are getting and how it will impact the paint color – whether the color will reflect or absorb the light.

  • Flat or Matte Sheen – This has low shine and is usually a good choice for low traffic areas such as ceiling and bedrooms. The biggest selling point about these low shine options is that they hide flaws in the walls and bring out the color beautifully.
  • Eggshell and Satin – Both have a bit more shine to them than the flat/matte options. These choices are great in living rooms and dining rooms as they are a little easier to clean and allow the color to absorb light.
  • Pearl – According to Benjamin Moore retailers, Pearl is in the middle of the sheen spectrum. It has an almost iridescent quality and, because it creates a smooth, less porous surface, it’s easier to clean and is often used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as for trim details, such as doors, window frames, base moldings, and crown moldings.
  • Semi Gloss and Gloss – If you are looking for a sheen in your highest traffic areas, these two sheens are optimal. They allow for repetitive clean ups without discoloring the paint and the allow for a shine!

If you are painting and trying to decide what sheen to use, consider the condition of the walls, level of shine you want, and how much traffic the areas get. Still undecided? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

A Peek into the 2018 Color Trends

How often do you paint the interior or exterior of your home or business? Some homeowners and business owners paint the interior and exterior every few years, while others enjoy painting more often to keep up with the latest color trends. Paint is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to change the entire look of a room or building. If you are looking for a change in 2018, here are some of the color trends from Benjamin Moore Paints, our choice for quality paints and primers. Check out some of the hues you may want this coming year in our quick peek into the 2018 color trends.

 

Benjamin Moore has just released their color of the year for 2018. It is called Caliente AF-290 and is described as strong, radiant, and full of energy. In the red family of the color wheel, this hue will pop at front doors, contrast to white trim, and look amazing as an accent wall in any number of rooms. Also released is the Color Forecast for 2018, including two rose colors. A lighter one called Pleasant Pink, and a darker tone called Texas Rose. Both are not too bright or garish. In addition to the rose colors are a total of 23 colors that will make your home or business beautiful. One of our favorites is the Wolf Gray that gives off an air of sophistication and professionalism.

 

Which one is your favorite? Visit Benjamin Moore for a closer look at the 2018 Color Trends, and call Jerry Enos Painting 978-546-6843 to schedule an appointment to get one of these into your home or business.

 

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.

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.