Category Archives: Interior painting

Creating a Spa Retreat in your Master Bathroom

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

Declutter

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

Choose a Color

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

Update Your Bathroom Fixtures

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

Add Calming Elements

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

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

Spring and Summer Colors that Can Help Lift Your Mood

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

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

Take on a Project

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

Ask a Friend

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

Mood-Boosting Colors

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

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

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

 

Spring and Summer Color Trends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Tackle Ceiling Issues In The Home

Take a moment to look up. How is your ceiling doing? Are there dust particles, spider webs or, worse yet, water stains? Do you see peeling paint or sagging sections? Ceilings are often a forgotten surface in a home. However, much like your roof, ceilings have an extremely important job in protecting you from the elements, unsightly insulation, plumbing pipes, and electrical utilities. Let’s take a closer look at ceiling issues, what causes them, and how Jerry Enos Painters can make your ceiling look fresh and new.

Signs of Ceiling Issues

Most of us do not give our ceilings a second thought until there is a problem such as a leak, a stain, cracking, bowing or, for me, the world’s biggest spider.

Ceiling issues usually present themselves in a few ways…

  • Stains
  • Cracks
  • Peeling
  • Bowing

Causes of Ceiling Issues

Usually, if there is a ceiling issue (like the signs mentioned above,) there is an underlying problem that may have been missed. Many times the problem can be traced to one of several possibilities. One of the most common problems that homeowners first notice on the ceiling is leaking from the roof, attic, plumbing pipes, clogged gutters, or even ice dams in the winter. Here are some of the other culprits that show up as stains, cracks, bowing, or blemishes on the ceiling.

  • Excessive Moisture – If the humidity in your home is too high, then you may find that your ceiling shows signs of this with watermarks, mold stains, or even mildew growing in areas.
  • Structural Issues – If you find that you have bowing to the ceiling or cracks that go the length of your ceiling and possibly even down a wall, then you make have structural issues. It could just be your home settling or it could be a beam or joist issue that you should look into with a contractor or home inspector.
  • Age – If you notice chipping or hairline cracks, then your home may just be showing its age. Depending upon the location, these issues can be covered up with putty and a new coat of paint. Be sure to have your home checked, though, if you notice excessive cracking or peeling.

Does your ceiling need a fresh coat of paint? Jerry Enos Painting can help your home look young and new again even after leaking. Once repairs have been made 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.

Living Room Painting and Decorating Ideas

Now that Old Man Winter has come to town, it is common for homeowners to switch their entertaining routines from outside around the fire pit, to inside around the fireplace. That means if you love to entertain or have family over often, your living room is in constant use. Do you need a living room transformation, or at least a refresh on the walls, ceiling, floors, or furnishings? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your living room “redo.”

Decide on a Color Palette

What tone or mood are you hoping to create in your living room? If you are hoping for a warm cozy feel, maybe choose colors like oatmeal, yellows, or earthy browns. If you are looking for a modern edge, then maybe a stark white or metallic grey. Or, maybe you are hoping to bring back a summer feel with beachy tones such as seafoam blues, greens, and coral reds. Whatever mood you are hoping to set, let the paint color be the base of your design scheme. It is the largest surface in the room and can set the tone for the remainder of the furnishings, window coverings, and accent pieces.

Decide on the Sheen

In one of our recent blogs Paint Sheen Guide, we discussed the importance of choosing the right finish for each room. Each sheen has a varying level of glossiness, durability, and ease of cleaning. For a high traffic living room, where the center of your entertaining takes place, we suggest something that is easy to clean and yet stands up to high traffic like a satin sheen.

Furnishings and Arrangements

If you entertain often, then you know the importance of having seating that is comfortable and arranged in such a manner that conversations can happen easily. Take a close look at your furniture arrangement. Is there a seating area that is intimate? Is there a secondary seating area for small groups? Is the furniture conducive to having a place to put a drink down and access it easily? These are all things you should think about when redecorating your living room.

Accents

One of the last things that you will plan for when redecorating your living room are all the accents that can make the colors in your room pop. For example, pillows on the sofa, blankets, and art can highlight a third color option. When choosing a color palette for your walls, keep in mind not only the colors for the walls and trim but also a third accent color that can show up in your accents.

Do you need assistance planning and designing your new living room? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to schedule a free estimate and meet with a color consultant.

 

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.

 

Why Choose a Professional to Paint Your Business

If you are the owner of a small- or medium-sized business, you know the enormous amount of effort it takes to grow and sustain your company. You probably wear many hats on a daily basis to keep things moving smoothly. If you have an office where you meet with clients, you know that the appearance and style reflects back on your brand and reputation. Knowing these things means that you have an understanding of why it is important to choose a professional painter to paint the interior and/or exterior of your business. Let’s further explore these reasons in today’s blog.

Why Choose Professional to Paint Your Business Offices:
High End Appearance

When clients or customers enter your business, what do they see? Experienced painters will be sure that the look is clean and professional. While some business owners may choose to paint their business themselves to save a few dollars, they may not do the careful job that experienced painters will do. Not only does a painting company like Jerry Enos Painting have the right tools and equipment to do the job right the first time, but we also have trained painters who know how to avoid paint mistakes that are common with the novice painter. With a professional painter, you are guaranteed a professional look that will last.

Tuned in to Safety

If you are a small company, you know that insurance is a must. Hire a professional paint company that is licensed and insured so there will be no question about the safety level and quality of the job being done. Professionally trained painters have a better understanding of ladder placement, balance, and movement to meet the safety requirements for your business.

Planning Experience

If your business needs to continue working while a painting project is being completed, a professional will know how to plan and execute the job with minimal disruptions to your business. This may include working at different hours or adjusting workstations while a section is completed.

Saves you Time

Face it, as a business owner you don’t have a free weekend to paint the office. Professional painters for Jerry Enos can come in, evaluate the paint needs, protect the furnishings, get the job done, and keep your business running smoothly.

Brand Awareness

Your office is part of your brand. Our paint consultants can work with you on the right color scheme and style you may want to stay in alignment with your brand.

Does your business need a refresh? Considering painting? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Showcasing the Architectural Features of your Home

Painting is a quick and affordable way to refresh the overall look of your home. What if you are looking to not only reinvigorate your room with color, but also bring out the architectural features that you love? Choosing the right coordinating or complementary color can help or, possibly, using a paint technique can showcase the parts of your home that make it unique. Architectural features like columns and wide archways are beautiful and should be made a focal point of the home. Unfortunately, many of us do not live in a historic home with these grand features, but even homes built in the last few decades have some architectural features that can be brought out through clever painting. For example, does your home have:

  • Casement windows
  • Bay windows
  • Decorative molding
  • Ceiling trays
  • Chair rails
  • Wainscoting
  • Exposed beams
  • Wide staircase
  • Framed molding
  • Crown molding

Each of these architectural details may go overlooked, unless they are highlighted with the right color and sheen of paint. Many designers suggest bringing out the crown or decorative molding with an eye-catching white that draws attention to detail. Using a higher gloss sheen also helps set the molding apart from the less reflective walls.

For details such as wainscoting and chair rails, many designers note that using complementary colors (or even colors in the same family above and below the rail or on the wainscoting) can bring out the detail in the kitchen or dining room. Be sure not to pick colors that are too close, or the attention may go to the color difference rather than to the architectural detail. For details such as casement windows and bay windows, painting an accent color or bold color can bring out the detail.

Does your home have unique architectural details that you would like to highlight but you don’t know how? Talk to our paint specialists and color consultants at Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

Caring for your Newly Painted Surfaces

Ahhhhhhh, we all know that amazing look and feeling of a freshly painted room. The walls, trim, and ceiling look new, clean, and flawless. Unfortunately, that clean, unblemished look only lasts for so long, especially if you share your home with children or “man’s-best-friend.” How, then, can you care for your newly painted surfaces so that “just painted” look remains as long as possible?

You could prohibit everyone from entering the space… or you could just use our tips to help you keep the surfaces sparkling clean and knick-free! Here are just a few ideas to maintain those newly-painted surfaces.

  • Dust and wipe down the walls as a regular part of your biannual cleaning. Most of us think of this chore as something we only do during spring cleaning, but try to do it at least one other time during the year to get rid of typical dust, dirt, and other debris that can naturally take away the freshly painted look of the walls. Get rid of those spider webs in the corners by the ceiling while you are at it!
  • For smudges, spare marks, or rubbings (possibly from furniture), take a sponge and use a simple combination of warm water and soap. These marks are common, especially around the trim, light switches, and corners of the room.
  • For more difficult stains like splatters of food, crayons, or other stains, try a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge, or a gentle household cleaner. We do not recommend an erasing sponge as the sheen and color may be compromised.
  • For scuff marks or knicks, wash the area and use putty to refill the area. Once dry, sand it down and paint over the area with leftover paint.
  • For larger knicks, cracks or grooves, you may need to consider how long the paint has lasted and when you plan to repaint before tackling a repair job.

 

Need help keeping your newly painted room fresh? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.