Category Archives: Color Trends

Creating a Spa Retreat in your Master Bathroom

Do you love to unwind, but don’t have a good space to do so? For some of us, a good place to relax is a comfy chair where we can read or snooze. Others like a retreat from the family, where they can pamper themselves with a bubble bath or steamy shower. If you are the latter, then this blog is for you! Here are a few suggestions on how to create a spa retreat in your master bathroom.

Declutter

The first step in creating a space that is peaceful and serene to the senses is to declutter. Clear the space of items such as laundry baskets that are overflowing. Find a new location so your spa time is not fraught with worries about the amount of laundry that is yet to be done. In addition, organize all your bathroom items into categories such as washcloths, makeup, hair accessories. Then find coordinating baskets or bins to keep them organized. Store away all cleaning supplies in a closet or container so they are out of sight.

Choose a Color

The walls of your bathroom are a canvas where you can set the mood in your bathroom. Light blues, creams, and greens can set a beachy theme while crisp whites can set a more modern tone. If you are looking for a warm romantic mood, try a grey or silver with accents of reds or purples. Anything goes in your bathroom retreat! The most important thing to remember is to choose a color that helps you relax and unwind. Don’t forget to coordinate your shower curtain and towels with the color you choose for the walls.

Update Your Bathroom Fixtures

If you have a budget, now might be a good time to update the fixtures or even the shower head, sink or mirror. Splurge and install a waterfall shower or a handheld shower nozzle. Have fun with it as this is your space to get away from it all.

Add Calming Elements

Scented candles, essential oils, scented soap, and lotions can go a long way to adding to the relaxing mood of your spa retreat bathroom.

Looking for more ideas or need help painting your bathroom? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Spring and Summer Colors that Can Help Lift Your Mood

The good weather is finally here! The signs are everywhere: warmer temperatures, budding trees, longer days, and the sense that the winter “blahs” are almost over. For many of us, spring means getting outside and tackling those projects that we have been putting off all winter long.

Paint projects and room renovations can really lift anyone’s mood. Here are a few suggestions that can help change your mood from the dreary days of winter to the freshness of spring.  

Take on a Project

When things start to awaken outside, it is time to get going on the projects that you have been putting off! One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do this is with paint! One of the best ways to start spring off on the right foot is to have a project that you enjoy doing and look forward to planning, designing, and working on daily. There is nothing like a job well done to lift the spirits.

Ask a Friend

Sure, renovating a room can be fun, but it can be even more fun with a friend to help you each step of the way from brainstorming what you want to do with a room right through the execution. Nothing lifts a mood like the company of a good friend, especially when you are checking something off your “To-Do” list.

Mood-Boosting Colors

Now that you have found a friend to work with and decided to tackle that project you have been thinking about for ages, it is time to choose a mood-boosting color! Obviously, choosing a color is a personal thing and will depend on the room, furnishings, adjacent rooms, and accent pieces. But consider what mood these colors can set…

  • Soft yellows can bring the sun indoors.
  • Blues and greens are calming and can be reminiscent of the joy of nature.
  • Reds can add a dash of spice to accent a neutral color in any room.

Are you ready to lift your spirits with some well-chosen color? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Spring and Summer Color Trends

If you are considering remodeling or just refreshing your home’s interior this spring or summer, you may be wondering what’s new out there in the world of paint colors, design, and home staging. As a Benjamin Moore Certified Dealer, we follow the trends and love when the new colors are released annually. Read on to find out more about the Color Trends as you consider your paint projects this spring season.

The color you choose for an interior room is extremely important in creating an atmosphere whether it is sophistication, a sense of calm, a cozy feel, or warm and inviting. Colors put forth a personality and can set the entire mood for a room and even a home. What mood do you want to set when you are redecorating or remodeling one of your interior rooms? Here are some things to consider…

  • Are there adjoining rooms that will need to coordinate with the color you choose?
  • Is there a color palette in the room’s furnishings that you will want to take into account, or will you be purchasing new furnishings?
  • What type and color flooring do you have and will you need to replace that as well?
  • What colors are you drawn to immediately when looking at the Color Trends 2019 Palette featured below?

Once you have taken stock of your furnishings and decided on the mood you would like to portray, take a closer look at the Color Trends 2019 Palette.

Notice that the colors are softer, muted, and earthy this year. Is this what you are looking for in a color? If so, then you will want to start testing these colors on your walls. If not, there many other colors that coordinate with the mood you are trying to create. Be sure to try samples on several walls as the color will appear different depending upon the amount and angle of the light in the room.

In addition, try different sheens once you have narrowed down your choices. Remember that a higher gloss sheen will look completely different on a wall than a flat or matte finish.

Are you ready to try out some new color trends? Let Jerry Enos Painting help get you going and make your house beautiful this spring! Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Is your Home Looking Tired or Dated?

A trend is something that is hip or popular at a certain point in time. Trends impact our society from fashion, to decorating, and even crazy hairstyles. Trends come and go, and can leave a lasting impression on your closets and on the decor of your home. Remember the shiny, flowery wallpaper of the 1980s? Or wood wall paneling of the ‘70s? Do you have walls and decor still in your home that are no longer trendy? Do some components of your home make it look tired or dated?

Everyone, at some point in their lives, should relish in the current styles and fun new colors of the present. Some styles will go “out” as quickly as they came in to fashion and some do come back around to being “in.” Here are some signs that your home may need an update, a fresh coat of paint, or a new look altogether.

Chips, Bubbling, or Cracking –

These are signs that your paint is failing due to age, moisture, or incorrect application. Take care of these blemishes with some touch ups or maybe do a complete paint project this winter with a new and fun color!

Water Stains –

If you have stains on your walls or ceiling from ice dams or leaks, you are not alone. After these issues are repaired, a fresh coat of paint can give your home a lift!

Dated Colors –

Are the colors on your walls hunter green, mauve, or olive? These colors may indicate a time period that is long since passed. Choose something that shows off your furnishings, mood, or personality.

Dated Wallpaper –

What does the wallpaper in your home say about you? If it looks like you are stuck in another decade, it may be time to consider a refresh of your walls.

Fixtures that Need Updating –

Do you have brass or gold fixtures? This may be another sign that you need some updating.

Unusual Flooring –

Believe it or not, there was a time when carpeting was considered trendy in bathrooms! Do you have an unusual flooring choice in your home? This may be a sign that you need to update.

If you are seeing signs that your home needs a refresh, touch-ups or an update, contact Jerry Enos Painting at  978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

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.