Category Archives: Decorating

Properly Cleaning Your Painted Surfaces 

If you like your home to look clean and fresh, you probably vacuum, dust, and tidy on a daily basis. Sure, you probably leave the deep cleaning and organizing for those big spring or fall cleanouts, but there is still something that many homeowners forget to do – clean their painted surfaces!

Believe it or not, your walls are the largest amount of real estate in your home. Think of how many square feet your walls take up and yet they are overlooked when it comes to routine cleanings. Here are some reminders of how to clean your painted surfaces so they do not lose their sheen or paint color. 

Cleaning Different Paint Sheens 

The first thing you should consider when washing painted walls is the finish or sheen. For duller paint finishes (less shine) such as flat, satin, or eggshell you will want to show care since they are less durable when it comes to cleaning. Do not use harsh chemicals or degreasers when cleaning flat paint walls and be mindful when washing with a sponge to not scrub too hard. For semi-gloss or full gloss finishes, it is ok to use a mild degreaser. These finishes tend to be used in high traffic areas or where messy fingers can leave residue and grime behind. 

Dust Before Washing 

Even if your home seems fairly dust-free, it is there and you will want to dust off any debris or cobwebs before you start to wash the walls. We suggest a feather duster that has an extender arm as lots of times homeowners will spot collected debris in the corners near ceilings. Dust from top to bottom and don’t forget the trim work where dust and dirt can get stuck in the detail work. 

Washing the Walls 

Depending upon the color palette you use in your home, smudges and stains may be noticeable or not so noticeable. The place that we notice them most often are around light switches. Use two buckets for cleaning. Use one with a gentle soap product and warm water, the other with a warm water rinse. That way you won’t be putting dirty water back on your walls. We also suggest using a sea sponge as they are more gentle on paint, although they don’t hold together after repeated use. 

Start at the top of each wall and work your way down. Make sure to dry the walls after to prevent water stains or streak marks. You will also want to dry the floors around the perimeter of each room so there are no slips or falls. 

For cleaning tips and tricks check out our past blogs. When you need interior or exterior painting done, choose the pros at Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at  978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

A Paint Pick-Me-Up for your Three-Season Porch

Many New England homes come with a bonus room attached to a small deck or outdoor space. These spaces, quaintly called a three-season porch or sunroom are meant to only be used during the spring, summer, and fall months due to the lack of heating in the area. 

Three-season porches, therefore, are notoriously a forgotten space all winter only to be opened up in the spring or summer when family members are eager to spend more time outside. How can you give your three-season porch a pick me up that is cost effective and will give you the most bang for your buck? Let’s look at a few options. 

Paint 

The largest square footage of your three-season porch is most likely the walls, ceiling, and floor. Choose a new paint color that will brighten the walls and ceiling space. Go with colors from nature like neutrals, greens, or blues that can be a transition space between your main living area and the deck outside your home. Since these porch areas tend to have many windows to let in light, you can get a little daring with the color and go with something that will get your attention. Furnishings

Three-season porches or sunrooms are great for sitting and reading with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or a cocktail at night. Find some beachy style furnishings such as solid wicker that can give you a place to sit, put your feet up, and relax during the warmer months. A side table is a great idea for playing games, reading books or magazines, or storing your hobby materials. Don’t forget extra pillows in a coordinating or complementary color to make the seating area even more comfy. 

Accents 

Now that you have chosen the color palette and furnishings, it is time to have fun with accent pieces. Depending on what theme you have chosen, you should get some lighting for around the sitting area and some colorful throw rugs to add a pop of color. Add some family photos or beach pictures to the walls as well! Or, maybe, display your travel souvenirs and favorite books in your cozy three-season porch. 

If you need help painting and designing your three-season porch, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

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.

Looking for Something Different and Unique in Your Interior Painting?

Many homeowners choose painting as a way to quickly and cost-effectively change things up around the house. Nothing boosts the mood in the winter like a refresh of color in your living spaces, bedroom, or child’s playroom. Are you looking for something different in terms of paint application or style to make your walls “pop?” Maybe even create a unique space? Check out some of our interior painting ideas that are just a little different. You may find they are just what you are looking for during the long winter ahead!

Textures and Painting Applications

If you are looking for something different than the ordinary paint on your wall surfaces, you may want to consider painting with textures. These textures can give a multidimensional look and feel to any room. Here are just a few of the options that are out there right now that can make your walls a focal point next time you have guests.

  • Venetian Plaster
  • Artisan Finish
  • Sandstone Finish
  • Shimmering Metallic Paint
  • Textured Sand
  • Brushed Suede

Magnetic Paint

Did you know that there are primers out there that use tiny iron dust particles mixed in to create a wall surface where magnets will stick? This option would be great for a child’s playroom or kitchen cabinets to display artwork, memos, or hold up important recipes. The primer can be used with any paint color so the choices are endless. Be sure to choose strong magnets so artwork will stay up for as long as you desire.

Chalkboard Paint

Just like magnetic paint, chalkboard paint is a great choice in a child’s room or a playroom. But did you know that many families use chalkboard paint in their kitchens, mudrooms, and laundry rooms to write notes, display calendars, and keep lists? It is a great way to stay organized and can be easily wiped off when the information is not longer needed.

Looking for something different and need help? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 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.

 

Take Your Home Study or Library to the Next Level

Are you a bookworm or just love having a space to read, write, or think? If so, you may be lucky enough to have a dedicated study or library in your home. Or possibly you have turned a spare room into your dream home library. When planning out this space, what are the items on your list that are “must haves?” And what color will you paint this room to make it just the way you want? Let’s explore some ideas that will help you in the planning process of making your dream study!

Color Palette

Depending upon the size and/or style of your space, you may want to choose one or two colors that can help define the area. Take into account the adjoining rooms if it is not an enclosed space, or the overall color palette of your home. If you are looking for something cozy and enveloping, maybe try a darker tone or neutral as your backdrop. If you like a splash of color, maybe a green or red could be an accent wall. If you are looking for serene and calm, maybe a lighter color should be your pick. Check out Benjamin Moore’s online page on color personality to help you choose the color that will be right for your space. Or talk to the color specialists here at Jerry Enos Painting who can take a look at your space and help you decide.

Must-Haves

Most homeowners have a list of items that they must have in certain spaces. Usually this list is determined by the purpose or theme of the room. If your study is meant to be a space where you can write, then investing in a desk that matches your personality and needs is a must-have. If you plan to cozy up and read in your study, then a lounger or sofa may be a good choice. If you plan to meet with others in a book club fashion, then a grouping of chairs would be a good choice. The Fresh Home Online website has some amazing examples of the many must-haves you may want in your home study.

Whether you want a traditional looking study or a more modern appearance, the experts at Jerry Enos Painting can help you choose a color pallette to get you started in taking your study to the next level. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Techniques to Make a Small Space Look Larger

Is there a room (or rooms) in your home that could be described as cozy, small, or cramped? It is fairly common for homeowners, especially in the New England area with its historic homes, to struggle with what to do with rooms that are short on square footage. Would you like to create the illusion that the space is larger than it really is without spending a fortune on remodeling or renovating your home? Here are several simple and affordable techniques to make a small space look larger.

  1. Paint with a Purpose – Many designers have long believed that lighter colors make a room appear brighter and bigger. In fact, light and bright colors are more reflective and do make rooms feel more open and airy. More recently, designers have added to this idea of painting in light colors with painting the trim, walls and sometimes even the ceiling the same color in order to trick the eye into believing that the surfaces are continuous. Paint is an affordable way to make a room feel less confining and more open.
  2. Pay Attention to Furnishings – If you are trying to decorate a small space, pay close attention to the furniture in which you will fill the space. The softer the tone of the fabrics, the less it will appear to take up space. In addition, designers encourage that less is better for tight spaces. Only use minimal amount of furniture. When possible, use double-duty furnishings such as ottomans, that also serve as seating. Keep the scale of the furniture down to make the room seem larger. For example, instead of filling a room with a sectional sofa, maybe choose a smaller scale loveseat instead.
  3. Let in the Light – Allow as much natural light into the space as possible to open the interior of the home. Forgo dark curtains for light filtering ones. When possible, use curtains or blinds on the lower half of a window to allow the top half to let in full sun. For rooms that are lacking big windows, try artificial lighting strategically placed throughout the room.
  4. Remove the Clutter – Spaces that have too much going on, or too many pictures/keepsakes can feel confining and uncomfortable. Keep decorations to a minimum to allow the illusion that there is ample space.
  5. Use Mirrors – Mirrors can help reflect both artificial and natural lights, thus making a space feel larger. Mirrors that reflect the outdoors can bring the outside in and create a look that the room goes on and on.

 

Do you need help choosing a paint that can help your small space look a bit larger? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

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.