Feb 28 2018
Changing paint color in a room can dramatically change how the room looks and feels. Not only does this make your color choice an important one, but it also can be a very intimidating choice. To help demonstrate the way paint can change a room, we used Sherwin Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer to show the same room painted several different ways. Let’s first look at how just changing the wall color can change the appearance of a room.
Watch to see the impact of changing paint color in a room
Using an accent wall can bring color without overwhelming the room or making it too dark
The same room can also have a dramatically different look when just one wall is painted a different color, also known as an accent wall.
These three room have very different feels with one using the base color on all walls, the next using Sherwin Williams’ Van Dyke Brown and the last using Van Dyke Brown on all walls.
The choice of accent color can also impact the feel of a room. The Van Dyke Brown accent wall sets a different tone from the Quest Gray accent wall
While the different color options and combinations can seem overwhelming, there are people who can help you. The Sherwin Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer is a great place to start. You can upload photos of your room and see how it will look with new color. Additionally there are professional interior designers and color consultants available to help you with the decision.
Feb 27 2018
Why you should consider interior painting in winter
Why is it best to consider interior painting in winter? Interior painting is often seen as a spring and summer activity. After all, not many people are thinking about home improvement when they are busy shoveling snow off their sidewalk. While spring and summer are certainly the best times for exterior painting, the winter can be a great time to give your home a new feel through painting its interior. There are several great reasons to consider interior painting in winter:
Great interior painting deals can be found in the winter
Painters generally work on both home interiors and exteriors. Since colder temperatures and shorter days make it difficult to paint in the winter, exterior painting is generally packed into the spring and summer. (You can learn more about the challenges of painting in the winter in our recent blog.) This means there is more supply of painters for that interior job in the winter than there is in the summer. Greater supply means a better price for you.
Projects can be completed sooner
During the busy summer season, painters’ schedules book out weeks and months in advance. Additionally, painters are focused on painting exteriors when the weather is good and will push off interior jobs for rainy days. Complete your interior painting project in the winter and you are sure to be your painter’s top priority.
Your Paint Will Dry Faster
Your paint job will dry noticeably faster in the winter rather than in the spring or summer. Warm, summer weather typically results in greater humidity and increases paints’ drying time. They cold, dry winter air that isn’t great for your skin is great for paint. It allows for your paint to dry quicker than it would on a summer day.
Schedule Your Free Painting Estimate Today
Take advantage of the slower winter painting season! Give your home a new, fresh look in less time and with less money. Book your FREE estimate on our website or call 720-445-9856 now. Mention this blog to receive a free color consultation. At Helix Painting, we pride ourselves on 100% customer satisfaction with great quality and service at a reasonable price.
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Feb 11 2018
Helix Painting has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Thank you to all of our customers who voted for us and provided glowing reviews of our interior and exterior painting service.
the Best of Houzz Award
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
Jan 26 2018
Proper painting preparation is the key to creating a great finished product. In fact, proper preparation generally takes about half the total project time and, in some cases, can take as much as 70% of total project time. If you find yourself unhappy with your painter’s final product, it likely has to do with the initial painting preparation work.
Painting Preparation to Protect Non-Painted Surfaces
- Remove all wall hangings and move any furniture out of the room or into the center of the room. While you might choose to do this yourself, it is not uncommon for painters to move larger furniture for you. We always recommend customers move high value items and electronics themselves.
- Cover furniture and non-painted surfaces with drop clothes or plastic sheeting. We prefer to tape down plastic sheeting in many situations, but either will suffice. If there are any wall fixtures not being removed for painting, it is important to cover them with plastic and use painters tape to properly mask the area.
- Cover floors with plastic floor coverings. We prefer plastic floor coverings rather than paper floor coverings. While it is a little more expensive, the improved durability safeguards against damage from foot traffic, painting equipment and spilled paint. With all the foot traffic that happens as your paint crew brings their equipment in and out of your house, you don’t them covering your floors with thin paper that is prone to ripping.
- Remove all wall plates and switch covers. While some customers may want these surfaces painted, it is best to remove them first and paint them separately. In addition to making it easier to paint the wall, you will have a fully covered surface in the event you want to change your covers one day.
Prepare Surfaces to be Painted
- Fill any holes from wall hangings or other damage to the surface. You painter will also need to sand these areas afterwards to make sure the surface is smooth. If you plan to use the same picture hangers or anchors and don’t want them filled, circle these areas or point them out to your painter ahead of time.
- Remove peeling paint and scuff sand any wood or trim. This step allows for proper paint adhesion and a smooth final product. For homes built before 1978, we follow the necessary lead-based paint precautions. You can read more about lead-based paint in our blog post: Lead Based Paint: What You Need to Know.
- Clean the surface. You may not realize it, but walls and trim collect dust and dirt. If you paint these surfaces before cleaning them, dust and dirt will mix with your new paint and you won’t have the clean, new look you want.
- Allow surface to dry before painting. As you can imagine, paint will not adhere well to a wet surface.
- Prime any new drywall or new wood with the appropriate primer. If you have a stained wood, we typically use an oil based primer as that offers the best protection against the previous stain bleeding through. It is also important to use an oil based primer for water marks or other stains on a ceiling. For any significant color change, most paints include primer, but your painter might also want to prime the walls first.
- Use caulking to seal joints and gaps where walls meet baseboards, counter-tops, windows and doors. Filling these gaps is a key step in creating a properly prepared surface. Without this step, the finished product will not look like the new space you want.
To learn more about Helix Painting and the great results we produce, visit our website.