Posts Tagged ‘paint’

Celebrating President’s Day with Patriotic Colors

Incorporating patriotic colors into the home.

President’s Day was this week, but you don’t have to save your patriotic style for one day. Whether you decide to use some red, white and blue for the 4th of July, President’s Day, Memorial Day or throughout the year, there’s something about the colors that make you feel festive and energetic—like summer is right around the corner—even when it’s snowy and blustery outside.

There are many ways you can incorporate a patriotic color palette into your home’s décor, whether it’s going all out with the theme or with nods here and there in smaller doses.

One way to use color is, of course, with paint. If you’re looking to make a fun, energy-infusing change to your home’s atmosphere, you can get wet paint samples and try out the color first. Some fun ideas for themes include a red accent wall, like the one in this dining room:

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2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

2014 Color Trends

Sometimes you want to incorporate a color into your home that’s fresh, colorful and trendy. That’s when you may consider the Pantone color of the year, which for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Let’s take a look at this color and discuss ways you can incorporate it into your home to update your décor.

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

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As you can see, Radiant Orchid is in the purple-pink family, rich but not too bright or dark. It works well with neutrals, especially taupes, grays, and creams. According to Pantone, “As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use Wet Samples

Use wet samples to choose the perfect paint color for your home.

How to use wet samples.You’ve narrowed down your search for that “just right” color for your home to a few candidates. Now what? How do you select the final color?

Many paint stores not only offer advice, but also wet samples. This allows you to paint a small square of the specific color you’re considering onto a wall in your home. Read the rest of this entry »

Color Marketing Group 2015 Color Forecast

Color Trends for 2015

Mother earth once again dominates the color trends for the year of 2015. This is very understandable as solace and peace are linked in so many ways. We embrace new growth but also are drawn to the beauty of deterioration and the colors it reveals.

Once again blue green is in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.

Color trends for 2015.

Patina is the softening and burnishing of metals that add color as well as sheen to produce a mix of hues that fascinate and mesmerize our imaginations. Metals dominate the trends in many ways, from their original hues to those they become with time and erosion.

Color trends for 2015.

Fashion and cosmetics are leaders in color forecasting due to the fact that those trends change quickly for these markets.

Many colors in the forecast are linked to fashion with soft pink, rich berry colors, and a brown influenced plum.

Color trends for 2015.

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Preparing Your Home for Family Visits

How to Prepare Your Home for Family Visits

Preparing Your Home for the HolidaysThe holidays are approaching and you may be having family members stay at your home. What are some things you can do to make their stay more comfortable, for them and for you?

Clean.
Start off with a basic housecleaning. It’s a good time to make sure that your kitchen is tidy and your refrigerator wiped out. Try to survey rooms with an impartial eye—so often we don’t really “see” the spaces we use every day! Next focus on the bedroom and bathroom that your family members will be using, making sure there’s extra toilet paper, plenty of soap and clean towels ready for your guests.

Their Space.
A couple of extra touches can make your guests’ space feel extra homey and cozy. Make sure there are plenty of pillows and extra blankets. Try to make space in a closet in case your family members need to hang up clothing. Make sure they have a spot to hang up coats and set out suitcases.

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How to Dispose of Leftover Paint

Get rid or leftover paint the proper way.

How to Use Leftover House Paint

The EPA estimates that 10 percent of the house paint purchased each year ends up discarded.

Whether you’re just finishing a big remodel or changing your daughter’s bedroom color for the fifth time, it’s important to know what to do with your paint when you’re finished. While you may want to keep it on the shelf for a while before you throw it out (don’t forget to store it properly), we want to give you the resources to find the appropriate place for your paint when you’re through with it. In many states it is illegal to dispose of paint in the trash or down drains because it can contaminate drinking and ocean water. Dispose of paint the proper way with these step-by-step instructions.

Things to Remember When Disposing of Paint

  • Latex paint is recyclable.
  • Oil-based paint is considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and should be disposed of at an HHW facility in your community.
  • Do not throw liquid paint in the trash or pour it down the drain
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Halloween Inspired Interiors

Decorate your home with orange and black for Halloween and year-round.

Turn your home into a spellbinding and hauntingly beautiful house this Halloween and all year-round. The color combination of orange and black isn’t singularly reserved for October 31. Let the hues inspire your home’s interior.

Black and Orange Interiors

The pairing of black and orange has a rich history full of tradition. These colors trace back 2,000 years to the Celts, who occupied what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.

As life in that time revolved around food and the harvest, the Celts considered the end of the harvest season to be the end of the year. So each year on the date which in today’s Gregorian calendar system is October 31st, the Celts celebrated New Year’s Eve with a festival called “Samhain,” also known as the Festival of the Dead.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half.” It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. History tells us that the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths. Read the rest of this entry »

Combining Wood Tones and Paint

Selecting the correct color for wood tones.

Combining wood tone and color.Color is a component that can revitalize a room and add interest. Wood tones, trim, and cabinetry provide a dilemma when selecting paint. Use the wood tone to pick a paint that will mix masterfully with your room.

How to choose paint based on wood tones.

If the wood tone is strong, like a golden oak or with a vibrant red cast to it, you will need to take the wood color into consideration when painting. This is important for choosing warm tones especially. Color for a golden oak should emphasize the yellow hues emanating from it. The undertones should match and blend beautifully when placed next to other warm colored objects.

If the wood is a more neutral, natural color, you have more room for range in color decisions. It is more malleable to the surroundings and can be made to fit your vision. It will work into your scheme naturally. Read the rest of this entry »

How Paint Color is Affected by Light

Looking at color with light.

How light affects paint color.It’s very important when choosing color that you look at it in all different light scenarios. Follow these expert tips so you don’t regret your color choice.

Choosing Color

Have you decided on a color and by nightfall, you’re regretting your decision? There’s a word for that: metamerism. Metamerism means that colors seem to change under different light conditions. That’s why testing is key! Read the rest of this entry »

Interior Paint Solutions: Blocking

How to fix paint blocking.

paint blocking

Allow the proper drying time per label directions to avoid blocking.

Paint blocking or sticking is a pain. Surfaces get stuck together. Do you have to pull the door with all your might to open it? The culprit: paint blocking. Paint blocking is an adhesion problem that occurs when two freshly painted surfaces stick together when pressed against each other. When separated, the surfaces show paint transfer or peeling. This nuisance commonly happens to doors and windows.

What went wrong?
Blocking is most likely caused by insufficient drying time before pressing the newly painted surfaces of doors and windows together. Lack of adequate ventilation will lengthen drying time, so be patient! Err on the side of caution if you’re using slow drying oil based paints, excessive paint, or recoating a layer. These lead to longer drying times than the ones suggested on the label.

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