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  • Best Color Alternatives to White Kitchen Cabinets


    Best Color Alternatives to White Kitchen Cabinets

    A popular choice amongst homeowners is white kitchen cabinets. This color choice lends a bright and airy look to any kitchen, especially those that have smaller square footage. Granted, white cabinets aren’t everyone’s forte! There are some downsides to white kitchen cabinets. Some people feel that they appear too cold and clinical. Plus, white is notorious for showing dirt, fingerprints, as well as wear and tear. If you need an alternative for white cabinets, keep reading! We’re sharing some of the trendiest colors for kitchen cabinets, featuring Behr and Sherwin Williams.

    Colors for Kitchen Cabinets

    Take look at some of the hottest colors and schemes for a modern kitchen. These colors will have long-lasting appeal and are less likely to show dirt or wear.

    Behr English Channel – We love a cool-toned kitchen! A grey-blue hue is a great alternative to white if you want a crisp and inviting color, minus the sterile look. Complement this color with a true white, greys, or light but dusty blue. Avoid other dark shades, like black, unless you want an overall dark cast.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green – Earthy hues are a classic choice for a neutral, cozy kitchen. This natural shade is not so dark to make your kitchen appear small, yet will lend some depth to your color palette. Pair it with black or gold metallic hardware for a modern look.

    Behr Sage Green – Bright and welcoming, this beautiful shade is earthy yet soft. It looks best with crisp whites as well as matte blacks, via stone or hardware. It can also be paired with yellow woods, but note that this combo will lend an overall yellow cast to your kitchen space.

    Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray – This shade is a perfect contrast color to a cooler wall color. It can appear rich in some spaces and neutral in others but always looks gorgeous when complemented by warm details, like woods. It’s a great color if you want to feature white in another area, such as a backsplash or floor tiles.

    Behr Peacock Tail – If you want a kitchen that wows, consider a rich teal blue. It will lend a surprising pop of color to the room, perfect for those who prefer a quirky yet modern look. Teal is surprisingly versatile, so complement it with crisp white, true black, a viridian green, or brick red. 

    Sherwin Williams Honey Bees – Desire a sunny kitchen design? Don’t be intimidated by yellow! This modern shade will lend a modern yet youthful glow to your kitchen, without making you squint. You can tone this color down with cool-toned wood accents, or create a retro vibe with various shades of blue.

    Behr Black Black A matte black, this color is a good choice for those who want a bold look. Note however that a black will darken a space and make it appear smaller, so avoid it if your kitchen has limited square footage. Alternatively, pair it with enough bright colors to provide balance. 

     

    Cleaning & Priming Kitchen Cabinets

    If you have plans to paint your kitchen cabinets, it’s essential that you start with a clean and primed surface. A clean surface will ensure that the primer and paint adhere well and that you end up with a smooth surface. Regardless of how clean you think your kitchen and cabinets are, take the time to wipe the surface with a grease remover. Afterward, you will need to slightly roughen the surface. Following sanding or recent construction, carefully vacuum out every shelf, nook, and cranny. Lastly, invest in a high-quality primer. This will prevent knots from the wood, or previous paint, from showing through. We promise these steps are worth it if you desire beautiful and seamless kitchen cabinets.

     

    Ready to update your kitchen cabinets? Our team at Helix Painting is focused on delivering quality cabinet painting services to the metro Denver area. We’re committed to making your interior painting experience easy and low-stress with our unique combination of personalized service, quality work, and streamlined process. Contact us today for a free in-person estimate or take advantage of our convenient virtual estimate. We can’t wait to help make your dream home a reality!

     

  • What Color Gray Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?


    What Color Gray Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

    gray kitchen cabinet tops and bottoms

    It’s a question that our team at Helix Painting is asked time and time again, “What color gray should I paint my kitchen cabinets?” While the answer is unique to your specific home and design goals, one thing is certain. You can’t go wrong with gray kitchen cabinets! Today we’re sharing why gray kitchen cabinets are so popular, and what this color can lend to your home. Plus get inspired by some of the hottest grey colors for kitchen cabinets paint!

    Gray Kitchen Cabinets Ideas

    In recent years gray kitchen cabinets have spiked in popularity, but why? Gray is a beautiful balance of both neutral and warm tones, delivering homeowners the best of both worlds. Used in a kitchen space, it also lends brightness and a sense of cleanliness. It is a color that will complement a wide array of tile backsplashes, as well as most any color of kitchen appliances. Of course, we can’t ignore that it also complements a variety of colors, depending on the shade of grey you choose. Making it an incredibly versatile color! Don’t get us wrong, an equal number of homeowners associate grey with being dull and boring. But if your goal is a kitchen that is trendy and will stand the test of time, you won’t regret going with gray. 

    Tips for Choosing Gray Kitchen Paint

    white kitchen cabinets on top and gray on bottom

    When it comes time to start comparing swatches, the sheer number of grey paint options can be overwhelming. Each and every shade will give off a special something to your home! Here are some factors that you will want to carefully consider and compare.

    Light or Dark – As with every color, gray comes in both light and dark shades. So how do you choose? The best way to decide is by considering the size of your kitchen and the light available. A small space or space with limited light can feel smaller with dark paint. So a lighter shade of grey will help open it up and give off the illusion of a grander space. Whereas a larger kitchen will ample natural light can handle darker paint, and may help make it feel homier. 

    Warm or Cool – When referring to a warm or cool shade, we’re talking about where a paint lies on the color wheel. Gray is often thought of as a neutral color, and it can be. But it can also have a warm or cool undertone. A cool gray will have pink and bluish hues. Whereas a warm gray will range from peach to yellow or golden undertones. Taking note of an undertone is important as it will impact your overall color scheme or palette, and dictate other colors you feature. Whether it be hardware, a backsplash, the wall color, or flooring.

    Grey Kitchen Cabinet Paint

    While there are countless shades of grey to choose from, some are tried and true. Check out some of our favorite grey kitchen cabinet paint, from top brands like Sherwin William and Benjamin Moore!

    gray kitchen cabinet doors

    • Sherwin Williams Pussywillow – A gorgeous shade, Pussywillow has a slightly cool undertone. It is similar to Mindful Gray but more saturated. Pair it with soft cream colors, as well as other warm hues.
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    • Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray – A soft, medium color, Dorian Gray has a slightly purple undertone. It pairs especially beautiful with crisp and bright whites, creating the most beautiful contrast.
    • Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray -This shade is a perfect contrast color to a cooler wall color. It can appear rich in some spaces and neutral in others but always looks gorgeous when complemented by warm details, like woods.
    • Benjamin Moore Gray Horse – A cool mid-tone gray, this shade creates a space that’s both stylish and restful. Pair it with other neutrals, or with warm earth tones like brown and green.
    • Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – One of the most popular gray colors. It’s a light warm gray that can go cool with more natural light and looks especially great in small, darker spaces.
    • Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray – A rich warm gray, Chelsea Gray is a super chic color for cabinetry. It is a deep and bolder shade of gray, that contrasts well with bright whites and is complemented by warm metallics.

    Ready to bring your vision of gray kitchen cabinets to life? Our team at Helix Painting is focused on delivering quality cabinet painting services to the metro Denver area. We’re committed to making your interior painting experience easy and low-stress with our unique combination of personalized service, quality work, and streamlined process. Contact us today for a free in-person estimate or take advantage of our convenient virtual estimate. We can’t wait to help make your dream home a reality!

    gray kitchen island with white cabinets

  • The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks

    The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks

    The basement is often the last part of a house to get a new coat of paint. And yet, basements are an integral part of the home, often used for entertaining or as an additional living space. Making it all the more important that you paint with care! To help you bring your vision to life, we’re sharing the need-to-know basement painting tips and tricks. Including some of the best tried and true colors to paint your basement!

    How to Pick a Basement Paint Color

    basement painted light colors

    Selecting basement wall paint is no easy feat. If you haven’t already, you’ll probably sample and swatch way more paint colors than you would care to. But we understand! When choosing colors to paint your basement, you want to complement the overall theme of the house and lend to the space. Whether it has less than ideal lighting, low ceilings, or another unique element. Without further ado, here are some of the best colors for basement painting!

    Gray – Easily one of the most popular basement paint colors is gray. This color is a great option for a soothing and relaxing space, like if your basement will function

    as an additional living space. The best gray paint for basements are those with cool undertones, such as blue, which are calming. In addition, go a shade darker than you would assume. Too light and you risk a vibe reminiscent of a sterile hospital setting. You might consider Agreeable Gray SW 7029 by Sherwin-Williams, one of the most popular Gray paint colors.

    Blue – As mentioned, blue is a color that exudes calm. But if you punch up the saturation, then you have a color that is both cozy and dramatic. Why go wish a saturated paint color? People are quick to use light colors in a basement that lacks light. However lighter colors are only visible when light is present. So opt for a rich color like Storm or Navy, that doesn’t require light to look beautiful. If a highly saturated color scares you, create an accent wall as a test run!

    Green – A color that has picked up traction in recent years is green. To be more specific, earthy greens like Sage or Moss. Note however that these are comparatively light colors. They are most suitable for spaces that already appear large and light. Like if there are ample windows or a high ceiling. Green is a homely color that lends a sense of cleanliness that is perfect for a minimalistic layout. Take a look at some of the trending shades of green paint, both light and dark, over at Benjamin Moore.

    Bright White – So you want a white basement, but are worried about that sterile feel we mentioned? The trick to pulling off white is the careful and tactical use of color. White is a great choice, especially if you want a crisp vibe. We recommend combating this cleanliness with warm and inviting neutrals, like rich browns and industrial blacks. You can then add in a smattering of non-neutrals, for that vibrant and homely feel. As much as you want to avoid ‘hospital’, you should also avoid ‘hotel’.

    A final note: Use color with caution! Interior designers often use a 60-30-10 rule, to prevent the use of too much color. To achieve this, 60% of the room should be the main color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should consist of accent color(s).​

    Painting Basement Ceilings

    Don’t forget to paint your basement ceiling, which is also a wall. An unfinished ceiling can make an otherwise beautiful room feel lackluster. For expansive, high or vaulted ceilings, you can’t go wrong with white. It will lend to the already present bright and airy feel, and contrast darker walls. Should you have a lower ceiling, consider black. While this may seem counterintuitive, it can actually give the illusion of height or depth. If you have an exposed ceiling, black or charcoal can also help to hide imperfections.

    Choosing a Basement Paint Finish

    As with any room, you need to choose the right basement wall paint. Depending on your location, your basement may be a little damp. Even if it isn’t regularly damp, it’s best that you prepare for the worst. Otherwise you risk having to repaint much sooner than you would like. For basement painting, we most often recommend a glossy finish. Glossy paint is often better at resisting both moisture and stains. Note however that glossy paint is more prone to showing off imperfections present on a wall. So for the best final product, take the time to prep and smooth every surface.

    Hire a Professional

    Want to achieve the basement of your dreams on the first go round? Hire a professional! Basement painting is not as easy, or as fun, as it sounds. It takes a lot of research and preparation to get the job done right. At Helix Painting we can assist you in choosing the best basement wall paint, and ensure a mess-free application process. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate, or view our photo gallery for ideas and inspiration!

  • What color gray should I use in my house?

    Grays are extremely popular, but it is hard to know what gray to use in your house. Grays in the greige (a combination of gray and beige) family are can provide warmth while grays with soft blue and green undertones can provide a fresh and cool feel.

    Ultimately, the right color all depends on the mood you want to create in your house, your lighting and other items in the home. We highly recommend picking a few colors you like, painting them onto some large boards and then taping those boards onto several wall. We do not recommend directly painting the colors on the wall. This can result in flashing when the new paint is applied.

    For those of you confused by paint color descriptions, we thought it might help to see the same room painted in different shades of gray. We started with the most popular Sherwin Williams colors requested by our customers. We then used the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap tool to show the same room painted in each of the colors. Take a look at each individual color or watch this video scrolling through them all.

    Room painted in SW Drift of Mist

    Sherwin Williams – Drift of Mist

    SW Drift of Mist

    Room painted in SW Front PorchSherwin Williams – Front Porch

    Sherwin Williams – PassiveRoom painted in SW Passive

    SW Passive

    Room painted in SW Repose GraySherwin-Williams – Repose Gray

    SW Repose Gray

    Room painted in SW Modern GraySherwin Williams – Modern Gray

    SW Modern Gray

    Room painted in Anew GraySherwin Williams – Anew Gray

    SW Anew Gray

    Room painted in SW Agreeable GraySherwin Williams – Agreeable Gray

    SW Agreeable Gray

    Room painted in Gossamer VeilSherwin Williams – Gossamer Veil

    SW Gossamer Veil

    Room painted in SW Worldly GraySherwin Williams – Wordly Gray

    SW Worldly Gray

    Room painted in SW Amazing GraySherwin-Williams – Amazing Gray

    SW Amazing Gray

    Room painted in Requisite GraySherwin Williams – Requisite Gray

    SW Requisite Gray

     

    Send us an email and let us know your favorite gray. If you still need help picking a color, we are happy to offer a free color consultation with all signed contracts. Schedule your free estimate today!

  • How to remove wallpaper

     

    Our customers often ask us how to remove wallpaper from their homes. While we are happy to provide a free quote for us to remove them, this is often something you can do yourself.

    Before you get to work removing wallpaper, it is important to prepare the area to control the mess.

    Follow these key steps:

    Step 1 – Remove all items from the walls

    Step 2 – Move all furniture and other objects to the center of the room.

    Step 3 – Cover anything left in the room (even in the center) with plastic sheeting or drop cloths.

    Step 4 – Place old towels along the baseboards to collect any moisture that might drip down. Tape plastic sheeting or drop cloths to the baseboards to collect debris.

    Step 5 – Cover any electrical outlets with painter’s tape. You can come back and remove the wallpaper from the outlet cover later. Turn off electric to the room.

    Now you are ready to start removing wallpaper.

    Step 1 – Score the wallpaper

    Most wallpaper removal project require the use of a hot water solution to reactivate the adhesive. This allows for much easier removal of the wallpaper. To help the hot water solution penetrate the wallpaper and reach the adhesive, it helps to start with a scoring tool to slightly perforate the wallpaper. Use light pressure to run the scoring tool over the wall.

    Step 2 – Create stripping solution

    To create your stripping solution, in a spray bottle, fill 1/3 full with vinegar and 2/3 full with hot water.

    Step 3 – Spray area with solution

    Begin spraying a defined area with the hot water solution. You want to work in sections to ensure the paper does not dry before you get to it. Start at the top of your section and work your way down. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to allow the solution to penetrate.

    Step 4 – Pry the wallpaper off the wall

    Start at the top, use a scraper to pry a corner of the wet wallpaper and backing off of the wall. Pull the wallpaper off in sheets, as best you can. If some wallpaper has dried or is difficult to remove, spray with more solution and allow the solution to soak. Be careful not to pull too hard at the wallpaper. You want to avoid damaging the drywall as much as possible. Wipe with a wet rag as you go. Repeat this process throughout the room. Allow a full day for removing paper from an average-sized room.

    Your walls are now ready for paint. Be sure to prime your walls before applying paint. Click here to learn more about interior painting.

    If this sounds like more work than you want to tackle yourself, we’re here to help. You can book your free estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • I’m planning to sell my house. What colors should I use?

    We frequently get calls from customers who are selling their houses. Over the years, many have put personalized touches bright accent walls, seventies-era greens and browns, nine colors throughout the house, etc. Now that it’s time to sell, their realtors have recommended they make some affordable improvements to the home to make it attractive to a broad base of home buyers.

    home for sale sign

    Sound familiar? If you are selling your house, the key is to make it look fresh, neat, and clean to appeal to the widest cross section of buyers. Most commonly, that means putting a light grey, off white, or light cream color on the walls to match your home’s styling. Make sure the colors work with flooring or counter tops and are relatively neutral. Stock flat white ceiling paint and white semi-gloss on trim are by far the most common colors and will appeal widely. Buyers are frequently going to personalize their home with new paint colors or accent walls, but your job as the seller is to make the home marketable to the masses. So unless your home is a tear-down, it’s probably worth the modest investment to paint, put in new carpet and other touches get increase the money you will get for your home.

    Ready to start your cabinet painting project?

    Give Helix Painting a call for a free estimate to paint your interior. You can book your estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • Should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

    before and after kitchen cabinets
    before and after kitchen cabinets

    We regularly get asked whether a customer should paint their kitchen cabinets . There are some key factors to consider when you are deciding whether to paint those cabinets.

    Can your cabinets be painted?

    Most cabinets are made of solid wood and can be painted. Some cabinets, however, are made of engineered wood (you’ll often see a veneer or laminate covering). Cabinets made with engineered wood are very challenging to paint. The veneer or laminate coverings do not take paint well and are likely to peel and chip. For these cabinets to be painted, they need extra sanding and priming before painting.

    Do you like the general style of your cabinets?

    Painting cabinets can give them a new look and feel. Painting cabinets does not change the fundamental structure of the cabinet. If you want flat cabinet doors, painting them won’t change that. Make sure you are comfortable with the style of your cabinets. If not, you might want to consider replacing the cabinet doors. Remember, new hardware will also change the feel of your cabinets. You can get relatively inexpensive new hardware at Home Depot, Ikea or your favorite home improvement store.

    Should you paint your cabinets yourself?

    This is really a question of how much time you have and how much you like detail work. Painting cabinets requires lots of prep before you can start painting. You’ll need to create a proper workspace (cabinet painting can be messy), you need to sand the cabinets and you’ll need access to a paint sprayer. Spraying cabinets and allowing the doors and drawers to dry properly is key to getting a smooth finished product. We often meet customers unhappy with the brush marks or paint drips visible on some DIY cabinets. 

    What product is best for painting cabinets?

    kitchen cabinets painted white with glazing
    kitchen cabinets painted white with glazing

    At Helix Painting, we generally prefer to spray cabinets with Benjamin Moore Advance. Spraying cabinets gives the best finished look. We find Benjamin Moore Advance is the best product for adhering to cabinets, best finished look and great durability.

    Ready to start your cabinet painting project?

    Give Helix Painting a call for a free estimate to paint your cabinets. You can book your estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • Where to place an accent wall

    Most customers who ask us to paint interior walls choose a neutral color throughout the house, typically a light grey, light beige or offwhite. However, a great way to bring color and intrigue into a room can be an accent wall. Accents are typically bold or dark in color and can really make a room “pop.”

    But how do you decide which wall to use as the accent? There are no hard and fast rules, but based on our extensive experience painting interiors, we recommend a few guidelines to consider:

    (1) You want to pick a wall that’s a natural focal point. For example, you could pick a wall with a fireplace, or a stand alone wall where a nice piece of art might go
    (2) Symmetry is important with an accent wall. A natural accent place should be symmetrical within the room, not offset or with doorways on one side
    (3) Two corners inside the space. Usually well placed accent walls will have a natural corner in the space
    (4) Make sure the color you choose for the accent wall is a natural complement to the rest of the room. Sometimes that’s a darker version of the surrounding walls. Sometimes it’s a bright complement to the wall color. Often the accent will tie in hues from the furniture or decorations. Make sure the color doesn’t clash with the surrounding space or furniture
    (5) Typically, the accent color should be 10 – 25% of the overall space in the room. Much more than that and it will not feel like an accent
    (6) If you have crown molding or insets, you could consider making a ceiling an accented color for intrigue
    (7) Still confused or undecided? Ask your interior paint company or designer for suggestions if you have questions. If you book a project with Helix Painting, we are happy to provide you with a complimentary Sherwin Williams color consultant.

    Check out our blog post showing how different color accent walls can change a room.

    Helix Painting is here to answer your questions and help you through the process. Give us a call or book your free estimate now.

  • Should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

    before and after kitchen cabinets
    before and after kitchen cabinets

    A lot of customers ask us if they should paint their kitchen cabinets. In most cases, somebody has a stained wood cabinet that is at least ten years old. Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to give a kitchen a fresh new look. And while painting cabinets is not cheap, it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying new cabinets.

    What’s involved
    Painting kitchen cabinets correctly is not easy and generally takes know how. If done incorrectly, the paint can quickly chip or peel. Additionally, drips or brush marks can be visible if the paint is incorrectly applied. Here’s some tips:
    Proper prep work. Cabinet doors and drawers should be removed. Handles should be taken off or well protected if they can’t be removed. Stained wood needs to be scuff sanded. A layer of high grade primer must be applied to raw wood before paint is applied
    Choose the right materials. Our favorite cabinet paint is Benjamin Moore Advance. It gives an amazingly smooth and durable finish. Do not choose the cheapest possible paint option for cabinets, you will regret not investing a little bit more in good quality paint
    Professionally spray cabinets. To get the optimal finish free of brush marks, cabinet pieces should be sprayed. Make sure the surrounding area is well protected with plastic sheeting if you don’t have a professional workshop to avoid overspray.

    Helix Painting is here to answer your questions and help you through the process. Give us a call or book your free estimate now.

  • How to Choose the Right Paint – Part I: Bathrooms

    bathroom painted with neutral colors

    Choosing the correct paint, paint sheen and color can be one of the toughest parts of a home project. Whether it is a large remodel or a simple face-lift for a room, choosing the right product can make a big difference. We’ll start our series on this topic with bathrooms. 

    What Type of Paint to Use

    Brand

    There are a number of paint brands available in the market. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are the two main brands we work with at Helix Painting. Both companies create great products and have price points to fit every budget.

    Product

    Once you have decided on a paint company, the product choice comes down to how much money you want to spend and how often you plan on repainting. Higher end products will generally last longer. We generally recommend Sherwin Williams SuperPaint and Benjamin Moore Ben as good mid-range products and Sherwin Williams Duration and Benjamin Moore Regal as good higher-end products. For those willing to pay an extra premium, paint companies are now creating products with additives to help repel moisture and resist model, such as Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa.

    Sheen

    After deciding on product, it is important to consider paint sheen. Bathrooms have a different environment than the rest of your house. They are smaller, fill with steam are likely to have water splashed on the walls. Bathroom walls need to be wiped down more often than other rooms. These differences impact what sheen is best for bathrooms. Paints come in several sheens:

    • Eggshell is an easily wipeable, but does not do well in areas with much moisture.
    • Satin has a slight gloss finished look, but is only recommended for low moisture environments, like a powder room.
    • Sami-gloss repels most moisture well and is easily wiped down, making it a good fit for a bathroom.
    • High-glass is excellent at repelling moisture and is easily wiped; however, it can show more imperfections when painted on large surfaces like a wall. It is best to only use high-gloss on trim or cabinets.

    What Color Palettes to Choose

    Now onto the hard part, choosing color. Color is a very personal decision, but it is important to remember two key factors: bathrooms are generally small and the wall color in a bathroom impacts your reflection on the mirror. With smaller rooms, a dark color can make a room feel even smaller. A dark or strong color can also change the appearance of your complexion. Neutrals, whites, creams, and grays will have the least impact. These color palettes will also give your bathroom a larger, brighter feel.

    Looking to start a painting project? The team at Helix Painting can help you to select the right paints and give your home with a professional, fresh look. You can book your FREE estimate on our website or by calling us at 720-445-9856. We look forward to helping you revitalize your home!