Category Archives: Design

Transform Your Outdoor Space

For months, New Englanders have endured the winter weather. This year it seemed to last forever. The cold, windy, and snowy wrath of Mother Nature makes us all savor the months that we can be outdoors even more so. Now that outdoor entertaining time is here, is your deck and patio area ready? Jerry Enos Painting has several services that can help transform your outdoor space into an outdoor living area to be proud of.

 

Look around your deck and patio area. Does the wood look worn or tired? Does it need a good cleaning? Do the structures around your grill or fire pit need a fresh coat of paint? These are all elements that can make or break your outdoor space.

 

  • Power Washing – Whether you have a pool, patio, hardscape, fire pit, or traditional deck with a grill, Jerry Enos Painting offers professional power washing that can rejuvenate your outdoor entertaining space. Mold, dirt, and discoloration can make your deck or hardscape look old and worn. Power washing is about more than just aesthetics, though. Unlike conventional cleaning methods that may leave behind detergents or harsh chemicals, pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.
  • Deck Refinishing – How is the wood on your deck faring? Take a look. Has the sun, rain, snow, or ice melt caused your deck to look old, start to splinter, or warp? Deck refinishing means a comprehensive treatment including: repair, cleaning, and refinishing your outdoor deck to like-new condition.  
  • Exterior Painting – Does your backyard have a trellis, gazebo, or other outdoor structures that need to be maintained with stain or paint? Jerry Enos Painting can help strip, scrape, stain, and/or paint any of your outside structures so that your entertaining area can be in tip-top shape.

It’s been a long, hard winter. Do you need help transforming your outdoor space back to its original glory? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

5 Ideas for a Springtime Refresh for your Home

The days are getting longer and the temperature is slowly rising! Spring is in the air. For many homeowners, that means spring cleaning indoors and getting outdoor entertaining ready. At Jerry Enos Painting we offer a number of services that can jump start your outdoor season. Here are 5 springtime refresh ideas that can make your home ready for the warm breezes of spring and summer.

 

  1. Entryway Refresh – Your front door and entryway area is one location that homeowners and visitors see often! Change up the color of your front door or add new furnishing to the front porch. Nothing can lift your spirits more that having a pleasant and welcoming entryway area.
  2. New Exterior Paint – Spring is a great time to consider painting the exterior of your home. Fading, peeling, bubbling, chipping, and worn surfaces can be given a fresh look with a thorough cleaning, scraping, and new coat of paint. Stay with the same color you love or choose something new. Paint can transform the whole look of your home.
  3. Create an Outdoor Room – Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors more often. If you love entertaining and grilling, consider carving out a new outdoor entertaining space. Refresh your deck or patio with a power wash or create a “room” with patio furniture.
  4. Flower Boxes – Annual and perennial flowers are a perfect way to liven up the landscape around your home. A splash of color can put a smile on anyone’s face so mount some freshly painted flower boxes and get planting.
  5. Accent Wall – If you are looking to refresh the indoors but don’t have a lot of time, think about an accent wall in your living room, dining room, or kitchen. A complimentary color or coordinating color can completely change the look of your home’s interior.

 

Jerry Enos Painting offers interior and exterior paint, power washing, and deck refinishing to help you refresh your home this spring. Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Dining Room Décor and Paint Choices

What is your entertaining style? Do you enjoy traditional Sunday afternoon family dinners or perhaps non-traditional, late night fondue and wine parties? Whether your style could be described as “tastefully elegant” or “comfortably laidback”, that distinguishing characteristic and entertaining style may help you when it comes time to paint and decorate your dining area. Here are some thoughts when it comes to choosing the right paint color and for your dining room decor.

  • Be Dramatic and Bold – If you have separate kitchen and dining room eating areas, then you may find that the dining room is left for the bigger holiday and family gatherings. This may mean that you don’t use the room nearly as much as the your everyday kitchen eating area. Given this, you might want to go a little more dramatic or bold in your color choices in the dining room since you won’t need to experience the room daily. Pick a color that is a stretch for you or that is just a bit dramatic. Have one wall be an accent wall that is a shade or two more brilliant or darker than the other walls.

 

  • Rely on your Personal Style of Entertaining – As we mentioned above, paint and decorate your dining area according to how you like to entertain. If you love having neighbors and friends over for comfy, home-cooked, relaxing meals, then make your dining area a place of relaxation. Choose a color that is soothing and brings out your personality. On the other hand, if you like more traditional meals, then decorate and paint the room in a traditional manner, such as using a chair railing to separate colors or choosing a neutral tone to match with whatever table settings you may be using.

 

  • Find Inspiration around you – Choosing a color for your dining room can be challenging, so look around your room or house for inspiration. Maybe there is a photograph or keepsake from a recent vacation that has a color you love. Or perhaps there is a fabric, style of furniture, or a piece of art or clothing that has a color that you are drawn to that would perk up your walls. Find inspiration around you so that your walls reflect you.

 

If you are challenged by choosing a color or décor for your dining area, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to see examples and find inspiration for your next project.

Mudroom Must-Haves

Living in New England means dressing for all sorts of weather, from sunny, flip-flop beach days to blizzard-like winter storms. This means having a wide range of coats, footwear, and accessories easily available as fickle Mother Nature changes her mind. But who has the room for all these items piled in the front entryway? To avoid a constant mess and to keep the all-weather gear easily accessible, many homeowners are opting to add mudrooms or create them out of the existing space they have. Let’s look at what every mudroom should have as well as what paint can make the most of the space you have.

 

A well-planned mudroom can not only create a smooth transition into the interior of your home, but it can also house all the gear your family needs on hand.

 

  • Organization – Every mudroom looks different, but what they all have in common is the sense of organization. For example, storage can be in the form of cubbies, lockers, bins, baskets, drawers, shelves, and a myriad of hooks ranging in size. Organization is the key to keeping your mudroom clean. Labeling the storage makes it that much easier to find that lost mitten or pair of sunglasses.

 

  • Seating – Mudrooms should also include a plan for seating, whether it is a built-in-bench or a few chairs to make it easier to pull on those shoes or boots.

 

  • Easy-to-Clean Surfaces – With many hands and feet making good use of the mudroom, it is a good idea to make the walls and surfaces easy-to-clean. Many homeowners choose a paint finish that makes wiping things down just that much easier such as semi-gloss or eggshell sheen for this high traffic area.

 

  • Color Choices – Now that you have all the hooks to hang coats, bins to store sweatshirts, cubbies for boots, drawers for the gloves, and baskets to organize the sporting equipment, it is time to choose a color that makes the space a true mudroom. This choice should take into consideration adjoining rooms as well as the amount of light in the area. Also consider if you want a bold color choice or muted neutral for the mudroom. We suggest choosing one color for the main area and accent with a splash of color on baskets, bins, or cushions for the seating area.

 

Do you need help planning and painting your dream mudroom? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Man Cave Makeover

Does your home have a bonus room, basement room, or extra space that your husband would love to turn into his “Man Cave?” These rooms seem to be more and more popular as places to watch the “big game”, relax, and hang out with friends. So, what does it take to turn a typical room into a Man Cave that your husband with enjoy for years to come? Here are a few suggestions.

 

  • Start with Paint – The color palette that you choose for a Man Cave sets the tone for how the room will look overall. Darker colors seem to be popular as they are perceived as masculine and make a room look warm and welcoming for friends. These rooms, typically meant for entertaining. do not need to be dark and gloomy, however. Many homeowners are choosing lighter and brighter colors for the walls, and then adding darker colors through furniture and decor. Talk to a Jerry Enos Painting Color Specialist to discuss what you would like for the backdrop to your Man Cave.
  • Consider Furnishings – What will the room be used for? If you plan to watch sports, you may want to invest in reclining comfy chairs that can hold beverages and snacks. If you plan to host poker or pool nights, consider finding speciality tables that coordinate with the colors you have chosen for the room. (Not all pool tables come in green anymore).
  • Consider Extras – Is your husband a beer or wine connoisseur? Adding extras, like a beer tap or brewing station, may be the focal point of his favorite room. For those who are looking for a place to keep up with the many sports, consider mounting several televisions to the walls so that there is no need for channel surfing. Then, go the extra mile and automate everything in the room.

 

Need help deciding on the perfect color for your Man Cave? Call Jerry Enos Painting for a consultation 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.

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.

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.

 

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Now that the weather is finally getting a bit cooler, many homeowners find that this is an ideal time to do some much needed outdoor home improvement projects. We suggest looking around the exterior of your property and see what needs some TLC before the winter sets in. Here are just a few of the ideas for improving your home this fall.

  • Exterior Painting – Fall is a fantastic time to take care of the exterior paint projects, whether it is the trim, deck, garage, or a full house job. Washing, scraping, priming, and painting the exterior of your home can prolong the life of your siding, trim, and window surrounds. Not only will the fresh coat seal the wood, but it will also make your home look new again!
  • Power Washing – Decks, walkways, driveways, and other surfaces can get grimy and dirty over the course of a busy summer season. Jerry Enos Painting offers power washing that can remove the grime and restore the surface to its original appearance.
  • Seal Windows – With winter coming all-to-soon, take care of cracks and gaps in your windows. This can save you money on your utility bills and help make your home look refreshed.
  • Roof Repair – Fall is a great time to fix roof issues as it is not as blistering hot up there as it is during the summer months. In addition, winter is not a good time to find out that you have a roof leak or need to recap your chimney. No one wants to be up on a slippery, snow-covered roof at that time of year.
  • Gutter Clean Out – Avoid costly blockages in your gutters by cleaning them out every fall. Get all those leaves, pine needles, and other debris that has accumulated over the year.

Do you have painting or power washing you want completed this fall? Call Jerry Enos Painting  at 978-546-6843 soon.

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.