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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.

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.

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.

Fireplace Refresh

Who doesn’t love the warmth and inviting feeling of a fireplace, especially as the nights get cooler and winter gets closer. There really is nothing better than curling up by a roaring fire with a favorite beverage, a good book, and close family members. What a great way to make lasting memories. Unfortunately some of us have fireplaces that may not look as idyllic as we would like. If your hearth is dark, dated, or is in desperate need of a facelift, then a little bit of paint can take your fireplace from boring to brilliant!

 

For many of us the fireplace has had the same appearance since we bought our homes. Homeowners tend to be wary of changing the hearthstone. That may mean that you have a surround that is stuck in the 1980s, or fake brick that could use some work, or maybe even brass fixtures that have seen better days. If you are looking for a quick fix, paint may just do the trick.

 

Here are some ideas for a fireplace refresh

 

  • Complementary Colors – If you are getting tired of looking at the brick or faux brick that surrounds your fireplace, you may want to choose a color that will complement the color scheme that is already in play in that room. For example, if your walls are a mossy green you may want to choose a deeper green that will coordinate with the walls while at the same time bring out the details and features of the chimney area.

 

  • Dramatic Contrast – On the other end of the spectrum is the design idea of choosing a color that will give some “pop” or dramatic contrast to the colors already used in the room, such as a red, orange, blue, or a contrasting color that will draw the eye right to the hearth area and make it a focal point.

 

  • Special Techniques – For others, choosing complementary or contrasting colors may not be a good choice. If you are seeking a way to just change the tone of the brick or surround, you may want to look into specialized paint techniques or patterns to change the mood of the surface.

 

Talk to the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting to discuss what paint choices may be right for your fireplace. Call us today at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

 

Does Your House Look Dated and Tired?

Trends come and go, especially in the world of home decorating and design. Sure, we all loved floral wallpaper, wood paneled walls, and rattan furniture… for a while. Then, they just became dated and tired-looking. Nothing can make a home look older and more worn-down than a trend that is well past its prime. While we embrace living in the style of the moment and decorating with current trends in mind, what can you do to curb the trend cycle that can be costly and hard to break?

  • Have a Flexible Color Scheme – If an accent wall color was popular in the 2000s, chances are it is looking pretty old by now. We suggest using a main color that is classic and somewhat timeless, then adding accent walls in a pop of color that are easier to refresh every few years than repainting an entire room. While you may read this as “choose a neutral color”, don’t be fooled into thinking neutral only means white and beige. There are many hues of green, taupe, white, and warm tones that can make excellent base colors from which to build your design.
  • Avoid a Theme – If you don’t want your home to look like a certain decade, then you may want to avoid a theme. Certain prints and designs scream “dated.” In addition, certain themes such as Indian prints and Aztec or Moroccan designs also lend themselves to certain time periods.
  • Be Prepared for Change – Some people love to decorate, paint, and redecorate constantly. Maybe this is not for you. But to avoid a dated and tired look, you may want to prepare for changes as they come. Switch out furniture pieces as they age; swap out rugs once they look a little worse for wear. Even one or two new pieces can give a lift to a room, hallway or entryway.

Need help finding a color or design that will stand the test of time and won’t look dated too fast? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843.

Painting and Decorating a Nursery

The years from cradle to crayons happens so fast. Our little bundles of joy seem to grow right before our eyes. The moments that you will remember the most may be the late night crying jags in the rocking chair, or, alternatively, watching your little one sleep peacefully in his/her crib. No matter what, your infant’s room will be an integral part of the first few years. Therefore, decorating it should use imagination, creativity, and a dash of fun. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on paint color and décor for your precious little one’s room:

 

Color Palette – Whether you go old school blue or pink, or decide on a non-traditional color palette, we suggest choosing three colors to work with. One color should be the main color, then a coordinating color, and finally an accent color that will pop. Choose a color that you can live with for a couple of years before you will change it out when your infant becomes a toddler with differing opinions.

  • Green is a neutral color and has the ability to bring the outside in with its nature-like feel.
  • Blue tends to evoke feelings of calmness, tranquility, and spirituality. Blue shades are good choices for a restful bedroom.
  • Red is a primary the color that is a great accent color that can add some pop and brightness to any room.
  • Yellow tends to be a cheerful and dynamic color that can warm any room.
  • White reflects light, so it can make a room appear bright, cool, and spacious. But it’s also the hardest room color to keep clean with little ones around.
  • Purple can add energy to a room in various shades and is a favorite as children grow.

Sheen – While adults tend to like the look of flat and eggshell sheen, we suggest that you choose a satin or semi-gloss paint sheen in your child’s room, as these are the easiest to clean.

Themes – Choosing a theme based on a favorite character, book, quote, or even a word can be a fun way to tie all the components of a room together. For example, a young boy who loves Winnie the Pooh may mean that you choose a soft color palette for the walls and then accent the room with Winnie the Pooh pillows, books, stuffed animals, and a comforter with the main characters on it.

Wall Decor – Choose artwork that is simple and easy to catch your little one’s attention, such as letters, easy-to-identify items, or items that are a part of the theme that you have chosen.

If you need help painting or choosing a decorating theme for your nursery, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 for a consultation.

Biggest Painting Blunders

Painting is one of the fastest ways to transform a room and the process looks pretty straightforward. But you know what they say, “To err is human” right? Well put a paint brush and a roller in the hands of someone who is not experienced and you will definitely have some hilarious and sometimes costly blunders. Many a “Weekend Warrior” has spent precious hours redoing or fixing painting mistakes that can be costly and time consuming. Here are some of the most common painting blunders.

 

  • Unprotected Surroundings – Painting a room means that it should be pretty much empty and coverings should be laid down to protect the floors. Many a paint can has been tipped or paint trays have been stepped in by painters who forgot where it was or just got sloppy. Always protect the surroundings with tarps and tape when necessary.

 

  • Skipping a Step – One of the biggest blunders novices make is dashing headlong into a painting project without preparing the area. Wash the walls, dust the ceiling and get rid of all dirt and grime. Fill all nail holes and cracks carefully using spackle and putty. You really don’t want to redo a section because you painted over a nail hole or found a spider web in a corner.

 

  • Forgoing Primer – Primer sets the stage for a smooth final coat. The paint sticks better and allows the true final color to show. Professionals never skip this important step.

 

  • Rushing – While it may seem simple to roll on some paint and cut in around corners – do not rush. Cutting in is an art form that can be tricky and can become messy if you try to move too fast. Painting too fast also means you are not taking care of the details that make the difference between a professional job and a DIY mess.

 

If you are looking for a professional paint job call Jerry Enos Painting 978-546-6843 for a job done right the first time.

Creating the Ultimate Man Cave

Do you have this dream of transforming a basement room or garage area into the ultimate “Man Cave?” It could be a place you could entertain, relax or just get away from it all. Picture the comfortable seating, state-of-the-art technology and the decor that creates a wonderful space for you and your buddies. Here are a few ideas for design, paint and decoration for your special space.

 

  • Focal Point – What is the main purpose of your Man Cave? Do you enjoy watching movies, playing pool, thrive off of video games or something else? Decide on your focal point and that will determine furnishings, paint, and decorations. For example, if you love watching sports you may want a room where there are multiple televisions and the widows can be darkened to keep the light out. Comfortable seating is a must for your friends on games days and a place to put your snacks and beverages should be thought out too!
  • Paint – The color of paint you choose will determine the mood of your room. If you are looking for a cozy, darkened, masculine look you may want to go with a darker neutral like brown or green. These colors can keep rooms dark for movie and television watching and can set the stage for a cool hang out.
  • Decor – Once you have chosen the color and purpose of the room you can start choosing furnishings that will provide seating and entertaining areas. You may also want to choose accents such as a dart board, bar area or game table in case poker is your thing.
  • Technology – Most Man Caves have some sort of advanced technology that will need to be designed and installed by a professional from televisions, to surround sound to video gaming consoles. Once you put it all together you will have an ultimate Man Cave to impress you friends and family.

Five Most Common Painting Mistakes

Let’s face it, homeowners can make a variety of mistakes in areas from lawn care to decorating their living rooms. However, to make really long lasting mistakes can haunt your wallet. In our line of business we have seen it all, but here are some of the most common mistakes that makes us shake our heads and wonder why they didn’t call us first. Let’s take a look at common painting mistakes.

 

  • Lack of Prep – Prepping to paint a room takes a whole lot more than most people realize. Clearing the room of furniture, wiping down the walls, covering the floor and taping areas off are just a few of the steps needed to start the process off properly. Some prep mistakes we have seen include: floors that become stained by paint drops, spider webs painted into corners and electrical outlets gunked with paint.
  • Skimping on Paint Tools – High quality brushes and rollers may cost a bit extra but there is a reason why professional painters swear by them. Good brushes and roller covers give better coverage and save you on paint in the long run. A common problem with cheaper products is that the knap can come off on the wall and cause clumps and bumps that are unsightly.
  • Skipping the Primer –The purpose of the primer is pretty straightforward. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish. Without primer, coverage can be spotting and even missing in some areas. A lack of primer may mean you spend more on the actual paint as it is doing the job of both the primer and the final coat.
  • Painting Over Wallpaper – While it may seem tempting to skip the wall paper removal process and just paint over old wallpaper, it will come back to haunt you in the not too distant future. Not only do homeowners risk having the paper peel or decay, but painting without water based paints can lead to whole other problem later.
  • Cutting Corners on Clean Up – At the end of any painting job no one wants to clean up. You are tired and the last step of washing and cleaning brushes and rollers may seem tedious, but skipping this step may mean you ruin the brush or roller and will need to purchase new products the next time you paint.

 

Want to avoid common homeowner mistakes. Start by calling Jerry Enos Painting and hand the job over top our professionals.