Category Archives: Interior painting

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Painting for Your Personality 

How would people describe your personality? Are you outgoing and like to be the center of attention? Or, are you more introspective and shy? Or possibly, are you one of the multitude of personality types that lie between the two? 

No matter what your personality is, your home is a great place to let it shine. From your choice of furnishings to the colors you paint the walls, your home is a place where you can truly be yourself. Let your color choices show off who you are. Start with the colors on your walls and ceiling. 

Anyone who has ever faced the arduous decision of what color palette to paint the interior of their home knows that the ultimate decision can be made a tiny bit easier if you go with your gut and what your personality is telling you. white walls

Traditionalist

Are you someone who gravitates toward classic looks and colors? If so, you may want to look at our portfolio in regard to traditional colors for your interior rooms. Neutrals, whites, and low key colors tend to allow for a classic look that can have major value when it comes time to sell the home. Look for classic pairings of colors like black and white, blue and green, or red and white. 

Funky & Creative 

Do you like to take risks and show off the daring side of yourself? If so, colors that are bolder and unique can really make a statement, especially in high traffic rooms such as the living room, kitchen, and entryway. Choose colors that energize you and bring out your creative spirit. Bright blues, deep greens, quirky purples, and eye-catching reds can show off your fun and one-of-a-kind spirit! fall leaves on a dirt road

Naturalists

Do you thrive on being outdoors? If so, your favorite colors may be the muted blues, greens, and yellows you see in the environment around you. Choosing those colors for your interior may help you bring the outside into your living spaces. Find your favorite wildflower or greenery and start hunting for your next color palette! 

Trendsetter

If you love all the new and fresh colors that come out annually, then you may be a trendsetter. Find out which colors are trending currently at Benjamin Moore colors and start your color transformation now. 

If you are planning to paint your home’s interior talk to our color specialists and paint technicians about what colors are right for your personality. Check out our portfolio pages and set up an appointment for a free estimate this season. 

 

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Add a Pop of Color With Accent Walls

In this era of HGTV and weekend warriors taking on small projects within their homes, it is no doubt that one of the easiest and transformative ways to change the look of a room is to paint an accent wall. Even a subtle color change can shift the tone and mood of an entire room. A pop of color can refresh a room that was looking dated or worn. Take a look at some of our ideas for adding an accent wall in your bedroom, living room, or even the kitchen.fireplace color

A Shade Darker/Lighter

One of the easiest ways to change the overall feel of a room without making a major color shift is to choose a color that is either a little darker or lighter than the main color you are using for the room. For example, if you have a gray color palette in your living room, maybe paint the wall that contains your fireplace a darker shade of that same gray to create a focal point. Depending upon the main color palette you can easily coordinate the color without having to completely disrupt the rooms furnishings. That’s one of the joys of painting an accent way… minimal intrusion into a room.wall of windows

Contrasting Colors

Many kitchens have lots of cabinets and detailed architectural features that could use a color that contrasts or offsets the rest of the room.

For example, if you have a neutral color palette, choose a color that is on the opposite end of the color wheel to make it pop! For example, a room that is filled with blues may benefit from a pop of color in the purples, reds, or yellows.

Coordinating Colors

While contrasting colors are meant to be directly opposite in the color spectrum, choosing a coordinating color means choosing a color for your accent wall that works well and blends into the room in a seamless fashion.

For example, adding a new shade of neutral coloring to an already neutral room can make things look well matched. Or adding a deeper shade of blue to a lighter shade in the same color family can draw the eye to the darker area without taking away from the original color. Or maybe adding a green wall adjacent to the original blue will allow for coordination while still letting the accent wall be a bit different from the rest of the room.

Do you need assistance in choosing the right color for your accent wall? Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for an estimate and a consultation with our color specialists.

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How to Choose the Right Paint Brush 

Visit any home improvement store or hardware store and you will see entire displays of brushes of every variety, brand-name, and size. How do you choose the right one for your job? 

In last month’s blog we explored the features of paint rollers and how the length of nap is important to consider when painting the interior surfaces of your home. This month we will be taking a closer look at the characteristics of paint brushes including the size, style, and shape that can take your paint project from novice to professional. 

Try not to get overwhelmed with the wide assortment of brushes that are currently on the market. We suggest having a few types at your disposal as you go about your interior or exterior paint project. You will want to invest in a high quality angled brush and square brush in both small and larger sizes. flat brush

Brush Size 

One of the characteristics that you will want to consider when purchasing paint brushes is the sizes that are available. The size of the brush will determine the amount of coverage as well as the detail work that can be completed. Smaller brushes, such as 1-2 inch brushes, are great for painting window trim and detailed molding. “Cutting in” is much easier with a smaller brush that you can control. Medium sized brushes, measuring approximately three inches are good for doors and cabinets. And larger four inch brushes are great for painting large flat areas. 

Brush Shapes 

As we mentioned above, there are several brush shapes that you will be able to choose from when painting. Two of the more popular are square brushes and angled or chiseled brushes. Flat or square brushes are good for painting flat surfaces whereas angled brushes are better at getting into smaller areas and carefully cutting into edges and trim. paint brush and roller

Brush Components 

Every brush has bristles, but the makeup of those bristles will determine the type of paint you will be able to use with it. For example, polyester and blended-polyester bristles are good for painting with latex paints. Natural-bristle brushes, made with animal hair, are used for applying oil based paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane, and other oil base finishes.

As you begin to peruse the brush aisle in your hardware store be sure to look for high quality brushes. A good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.

Are you starting a paint project in your home? Talk to our color specialists and expert paint teams to get the job done right the first time. Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for a free estimate. 

 

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The Professional Painter’s 411 on Rollers & Nap 

Selecting the right equipment to paint with may seem simple enough, right? Buy some brushes, rollers, a tarp, and off you go. Unfortunately, there are actually some details to the equipment that you will need to understand in order to choose the right materials to get your paint project completed. Let’s take a closer look at the nap on your rollers so you get the most out of your painting equipment. roller with white paint

The Purpose of a Roller 

If you are a painting newbie, you will want to invest in both rollers and brushes. The brushes will be used to paint small areas and detail work along the trim, edges, and baseboards. Rollers will help you paint large, flat surfaces in much less time than a brush. They are also excellent for use on all walls, stucco, concrete, or any other flat surface.

Not all rolling naps are the same, however. Roller covers vary in nap length. The nap is determined by the surface texture to be painted. The shorter the nap the smoother the surface. 

For example, a ¼  inch nap should be used for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster. Longer roller naps, such as 1 ½ inch should be used for extremely rough surfaces like concrete blocks or surfaces that have nooks and crannies. Talk to the specialists where you are buying your paint about what length nap you will need to get the best results. pink paint and roller

Roller Quality & Materials 

Along with considering the length of the nap for your rollers, homeowners should also consider the quality of the rollers. As with brushes there are a wide array of materials that can be used on a roller. For example, there is the polyester knit which is one of the more popular materials as it offers the best protection against matting.

Other materials include sheepskin, wool/polyester, and mohair. Sheepskin material picks up and releases more paint than any other roller cover. Wool and polyester allows for easy pick up and delivery of the paint while holding shape for prolonged use. Mohair produces the smoothest finish possible with a roller cover. It is recommended for use with gloss and high gloss coatings.

Do you have questions about which roller type, length, and material you should be using for your surfaces? Talk to our specialists or to set up an appointment to discuss your latest paint project contact us on our website. 

 

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Pro Painting Tips for DIYers 

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus quarantine, we have heard of many homeowners tackling home projects since they are stuck inside. The “do-it-yourselfers” (DIYers) are motivated and energetic. It’s great to see so many people taking this time to make improvements on their homes. 

As professional painters, we know how satisfying it can be to refresh a room or an entire home with paint. It can create a major transformation to any space. Hiring a painting contractor to make these changes is always the best way to get that professional look without all the hassle. If that is not in the cards for you, we have a few pro painting tips that can help your paint project come out looking amazing. paint bucket and paint

Mix Your Paint in a Large Container 

If you have a room that will take more than one can of paint, we suggest using a larger container, such as a five gallon bucket, to mix your paint prior to starting your project. Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem.

Patch, Sand, Prime, Paint 

Many homeowners find that there are nail holes or surfaces that need to be patched. If you need to complete this, take care of it before you set out to paint the room. Fill the holes or patch the wall, then sand down the remaining putty, prime the area, and then finally paint using the finishing color. Skipping a step here can mean the difference between having a wall that looks smooth and well painted and one that appears not quite right. cleaning with sponge

Be Thorough When Cleaning 

Chances are that your paint project will take more than one day. In order to keep the paints from drying out and thus render your rollers and brushes unusable, it is best to thoroughly clean all the brushes, rollers, as well as cover the paint cans at the end of each paint session. You really don’t want to waste the paint or have to invest in new brushes because the paint has dried and ruined the equipment. 

Prep the Surfaces 

Clean every inch of the walls and surfaces that you plan to paint. That means wipe down the corners near the ceilings, the baseboards, window framing, and all the walls. You would be amazed at how many homeowners skip this step and end up having to clean trim that has grime and dirt that collected on surfaces. We have even seen some homeowners paint over spider webs or food stains. It may seem like a hassle but it could save you time doing it now rather than interrupt your project to get out the cleaning products. 

Transforming your space with paint is one of the fastest and cost effective ways to change your home’s overall look. Check out our inspiration and portfolio pages for ideas for your paint projects. 

 

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Using Nature as Inspiration for Your Color Palette

Choosing a color palette for the interior or exterior of your home can be excruciatingly hard for some people. Most homeowners tend to look for inspiration in many different places. For instance, some homeowners choose colors from their favorite clothing pieces, furniture collections, or paintings they own. Others choose from a color palette that merely pleases their eye. Still others choose their colors from images they love in nature. That’s where we begin in today’s blog – choosing colors from nature’s inspiration. 

If choosing paint colors is a struggle for you, as it is many who are choosing to refresh their home, consider looking to the world around as your muse. sunset photo

Vacation Photos 

If you have been on a vacation that you loved, chances are that you have photographs of the area you visited. Go through those photos and really consider the colors you see. 

Did you visit a lush green tropical forest? Did you swim in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Caribbean? Did you marvel at the sunset over the Grand Canyon? Did you visit the spectacular leaf display during the Autumn months in New England? 

Wherever you visited, you may see some inspiration for the colors that you can use in your home. If you can print your photos, your local Benjamin Moore dealer may be able to help you find just the right shades that can make your palette come to life. 

Garden Inspiration 

If you are a true “green thumb,” then you know that flowers, shrubbery, annuals, perennials, and even the varied shades of grass can lend itself to ideas of what colors you would like in and on your home. Take a look at the flowering plants and greenery around your property for some insight into the colors you may like to see on your walls, ceilings, and surfaces. Even a bold accent color for a door, mailbox, trim, or shutters could come from your eye catching gardens. path in the woods

Nature Walk 

Given that many of us are still homebound due to the coronavirus, it is no doubt that getting out for a walk is good mental therapy and can be a mood booster. During your nature walks, look around you at the trees, ground cover, and all the varied hues that nature provides. If you are looking for neutral, Earthy tones, look no further than the hiking paths, rail trails, or woodland footpaths in your neighborhood for inspiration. 

Nature can be such a great place to gain ideas for painting the interior or exterior of your home. Check out the wide array of colors that you may like at Benjamin Moore Paints online. Talk to one of our specialists about how you can safely get started on your home’s paint project. 

 

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Transform Your Garage into Usable Space 

For many of us, our garages become the catch-all of items from seasonal storage items to clothing that needs to be donated. Consequently, the garage becomes more of a storage area than a workshop. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to transform your garage from a place where discarded home items go to a workshop you can be proud of. 

order and chaos signDeclutter 

Garages tend to be a dumping ground. Everything from broken tools, to holiday decorations get stashed in the garage. Start your garage transformation by decluttering. Take everything out and start sorting. Create a trash pile, donate pile, and a grouping of items that will need to find a place back in the garage. 

Once you have donated and taken a trip to the trash, you can start sorting what is left. Place “like” items together such as sporting equipment, lawn tools, bikes, and beach items. Knowing how much you have left that needs to go back into the garage will help you in your organization. 

Buy Organizers 

There are hundreds of bins, hooks, and shelving units that you can install to help get your remaining garage items up and off the floor. 

Find storage that can accommodate the items that you have. The combination of hanging and wall storage is quite amazing. The more you can combine like items and keep them organized together, the less cluttered your garage will get. 

Paint the Walls and Ceiling

Take the time before you start setting up your workspace or workshop to paint the interior of your garage. A simple white palette can brighten and lighten the area. It will also give you a good background to start mounting your storage units on the walls and ceiling. 

Paint is one of the most transformative and cost effective ways to change a space from drab and boring, to fresh and new. epoxy flooring

Epoxy Flooring

If your plan is to turn your garage into a workspace that may include use of chemicals, oil, and machinery, it may be a good idea to consider epoxy flooring. This type of flooring is durable, stain and heat resistant, and exceptionally easy to clean and maintain. 

Epoxy flooring also has a high level of shine that allows for a brightness to a usually dark area of your home. 

Create the Space You Want 

Whether you are hoping for a space to work on your cars, build and create, or maybe even have a crafting area, your garage can be a great area to clean out and transform. With a little bit of elbow grease and some professional painting and organizing, your garage can change in just a few short days from a dumping ground of household items, to a space you are proud of. 

Talk to our specialists about the type and techniques you may need to use for both painting and epoxy flooring in your garage workshop. 

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3 Often Forgotten Tools You Need for Painting

Painting can be a wonderful way to transform any space. It can brighten even the darkest of rooms, open up a space, and even lift the mood of a room. But to do this, you need the right tools. Painting takes more than a brush and a roller to get the job done well and looking professional. 

As a professional painting company, we invest in high quality brushes, rollers, and scaffolding to get to those hard-to-reach places. Homeowners often think that the job takes only a few tools, but that could not be further from the truth. 

While we here at Jerry Enos Painting have many tools at our disposal for painting both the interior and exterior of home in our region, there are some tools we find to be most important for making a project come out professional looking. choosing paint colors

Buckets and Paint Drills 

If you are painting a large area, it’s a smart idea to mix your several gallons of paint into one larger 5 gallon bucket. This ensures that your paint is constant throughout the surface. Many homeowners have found out the hard way that the three gallons they thought were identically mixed, are just slightly differently thus making one area of a room look different than another. That’s why it’s a good idea to mix your paint with a paint drill in a larger 5 gallon bucket. That way all the walls or surfaces will have the same color. 

Step Stools and Scaffolding 

New England has some of the most interesting styles of homes. Some come with impossibly high ceilings while others have built-in shelves or nooks and crannies that make painting a challenge. Having a wide variety of step stools and scaffolding that can be arranged in different ways is imperative to reach hard to get to spots whether it is a ceiling trim or an open staircase. 

As a side note, it is critical that you hire a painter that is trained, licensed, and insured just in case the worst happens while painting tough to reach surfaces. painting walls

Floor and Furnishing Covers 

Often it doesn’t dawn on do-it-yourselfers who want to paint a room or surface that they need to protect the items and floors in the immediate vicinity until after they have spilled some paint. Floor coverings and furniture protectors are critical during any paint project. 

We suggest floor and furnishing coverings that are not slippery. Many homeowners have slipped on plastic covers that are used to protect carpeting or hardwood floors while painting or stepping down off a ladder. Cloth or canvas coverings secured to the corners can help with protection and safety. 

Do you need help with your painting project? Call our team or check out our portfolio page for inspiration for your next project. 

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Spring is the Time to Refresh Your Kitchen 

Every year, when spring rolls around, many of us get the itch to clean and redecorate. If the “itch”’ to refresh a room in your home has hit you hard, we suggest choosing a room that will most benefit from a breath of fresh air – your kitchen. 

The kitchen is usually the heart of the home, where family members gather, meals are shared, and special moments are celebrated. It’s also the room with potentially the highest traffic which means finger smudges on the walls, grease splatters around the stove, and lots and lots of spills. 

After a few years of cooking, birthday parties, and late night snacks, a kitchen can look a little worn and in need of a pick-me-up. Switching out the paint color is one of the most affordable and fastest ways to transform a space. white kitchen cabinets

Brighten Up the Cabinets

We suggest your spring painting and decorating project start with your kitchen cabinets. You would be amazed by the transformation a kitchen can go through just by changing the color of the cabinets. 

Painting cabinets is a trend that is attractive to homeowners who want to see a change in the dark or dull look of their kitchens, but don’t have thousands to spend on new cabinets and installation. 

While the color choice is yours, many homeowners are loving the crisp whites, grays, and neutrals that can brighten up even the darkest of kitchens. Pair the light color palette with a blue, green or gray wall color choice and you have a brand new kitchen. 

Walls and Surfaces Need a Refresh Too

If you decide to paint the cabinets, now is a good time to freshen up all of the surfaces in the kitchen as well. This includes the walls, ceiling, window and door trim, and even the chair rail that goes around your room. Choose a new color palette that coordinates with the overall look of your house but also one that can brighten and open up the most used room of your home. accent colors in kitchen

Add Accent Colors Too

Once you have chosen a color palette for your cabinets and walls, you will want to add one last color to the mix, known as your accent color. For example, if you choose white for your cabinets, gray for your walls, then you may want a splash of color such as a turquoise or red that can make the room pop and look newly decorated. 

Use your accent color on the tablecloth, window treatments, canisters, and decor that you have around the room. Choose a color that makes you happy and that will not go out of style in a few months. 

If you have the itch to redecorate, choose paint as a way to rejuvenate your kitchen. Questions about this process? Give us a call at Jerry Enos Painting or check out our portfolio page for inspiration. 

 

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How Can I Brighten A Dark Room? 

At Jerry Enos Painting we are asked this question quite often. Older homes often have smaller rooms that may have fewer windows, darker ceilings, or outdated wall coverings that can add to the darkness of the room. Paint can go a long way to brighten a dull or dark room.

Traditional wall coverings like busy wallpaper or dark wood paneling can cause a room to look smaller and even dreary if enough light is not allowed into the space. Opening up the space and making it seem brighter may mean starting from scratch.  Here are a few of our suggestions to get you started in bringing your room into the light.  

Clear the Room 

One thing that all darker rooms seem to have in common is that they are filled with too much stuff. Start your brightening project by clearing the room of all furnishings, keepsakes, rugs, and shelving. Now that you have a clean slate to work from you can begin the brightening of the room. 

Choose a Light Color 

Many rooms that once looked dark had a deeper or darker color painted on the walls, ceiling, or both. Some may even have dark wood paneling as many homes have used in the past. Choose a color, possibly using one in the neutral palette like: tan, beige, taupe, or white. Paint the ceiling and the wall surfaces the same color to unify the room. Painting wall paneling can be tricky if that is the case in your house. You may need special primer so that you are not applying coat after coat to the walls only to have it quickly absorbed. 

Be Minimalist with Window Coverings 

If you are hoping to add light to a room then your mantra should be, “Less or more,” when it comes to window coverings. Curtains should be light and flowy rather than dark and heavy. Shades should be the light diffusing kind rather than the blocking kind. This will allow for as much natural light to enter and brighten the room as possible. 

Add Artificial Lights 

Natural light from windows will help brighten the space but so will lamps, overhead lights, and area lights. Get creative when picking the shades and style as these too can help brighten the room. 

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Install Mirrors 

A trick used by designers to brighten a space is to add a wall mirror that not only opens up the space but also reflects whatever natural or artificial light is in the room. This magnification of light can help bring any space out of the darkness. 

 

Need help brightening up a room? Talk to our color specialists who can recommend a color palette and suggest some techniques that will let the light into any space.