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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!

     

  • Can You Paint Over Wallpaper? Your Renovation Questions Answered

    Can You Paint Over Wallpaper? Your Renovation Questions Answered

    Wallpaper is less common nowadays but in older homes, it can present a unique set of challenges for homeowners interested in an update. In some instances, it can be painted over, while in others it requires complete removal. But how do you determine when removal is necessary? Keep reading to learn the most common questions revolving around painting over wallpaper. Including how to properly paint over it, and the equipment you will need, for a successful final product.

    Can You Paint Over Wallpaper?

    The short answer is yes! In some cases that is. You do not want to paint over any wallpaper that is not well attached to the wall or in good condition. Additionally, you may choose to paint over wallpaper if removing it risks damage to the wall. For example, if the wallpaper is affixed directly to the drywall. Or if multiple layers of wallpaper have been applied, one over the other. This said, painting over wallpaper that could easily be removed is a bad idea. You’re just asking for more work in the future! So if it’s already peeling or requires more work to repair than to remove, go ahead and take it down.

    What You Will Need

    • High-quality paint brushes – Avoid stray fibers and enjoy a smooth wall that will look beautiful for years to come!
    • A paint roller – For easy and even application.
    • An adhesive, such as joint compound – To repair cracks or wallpaper that is separating from the wall.
    • Caulk – Apply it to the perimeter of the wall to ensure the wallpaper is secure. This will help with longevity once it is painted over!
    • Sandpaper – Use sparingly to even out the surface of the wall, for a smoother paint job.
    • Tape – To protect baseboards, skirting, or windows.
    • Oil-based primer – Primer is essential for a long-lasting paint job. Keep the room well ventilated while in use and throughout dry time!
    • Paint  – Water or solvent-based paints are best for a flat wallpaper. We do not recommend painting over textured wallpaper. Especially wallpaper that features a deep pattern.
    • Drop cloths – To protect surrounding furniture and walls that will not be painted.

    How to Paint Over Wall Paper

    If you have determined that you can paint over existing wallpaper, follow these steps to achieve the best results.

    Step 1: Fix any loose corners or edges

    Wallpaper that has cracked or separated from the wall needs to be affixed. Otherwise, the wallpaper, along with new paint, will continue to peel away from the wall. Use a strong adhesive and allow it to dry fully before you paint!

    Step 2: Repair & Sand

    Delicately sand any parts of the wall that are uneven. If necessary, you may need to repair some sections that have divots. Do so using putty, and allow it to dry fully.

    Step 3: Clean Thoroughly

    As with any surface that you plan to paint, it needs to be squeaky clean. First, vacuum and then wipe every surface with a damp cloth – not wet! Once dried, this will allow the paint to adhere better. A sponge and dishwasher detergent will work best to get rid of any grease, dirt, or fingerprints.

    Step 4: Swatch test

    Performing a test with your intended paint is a good idea for several reasons. First, it allows you to see how a color will look once it is on a wall. Second, it will allow you to see how it looks over the top of the wallpaper. So you can determine how many coats of paint and primer will be necessary.

    Step 5: Apply Primer

    Carefully apply as many layers of primer as is needed. Be sure that each layer dries fully before applying additional layers.

    Step 6: Paint

    Once the test patch has dried, and if it is to your liking, you can continue painting the remainder of the wall. Allow it to dry fully before removing tape or drop cloth and returning furniture.

    Need help removing wallpaper and painting the interior of your home? Helix Painting of Denver is proud to offer our professional painting services to homeowners and rental property owners in need of an update. Contact us today to request a Free Estimate, or visit our blog for more useful information and inspiration!

  • Things to Consider Before Removing a Popcorn Ceiling

    Things to Consider Before Removing a Popcorn Ceiling

    Popcorn ceilings. You love them or you hate them! It’s all personal preference, although homeowners are shifting away from this style. There are countless videos on the internet that show how to easily and quickly remove a popcorn ceiling. But we warn that this task should not be undertaken on a whim. Most people opt to remove a popcorn ceiling mostly due to aesthetics, yet there are other factors to consider. We’re sharing the most important details to consider before removing a popcorn ceiling, as well as discussing popcorn ceiling removal costs.

    What is a Popcorn Ceiling?white popcorn ceiling

    Also known as a stipple ceiling, stucco ceiling, or acoustic ceiling, it is a ceiling with one of a variety of spray-on or paint-on treatments. These treatments deliver a final product that appears bumpy, which is why they are often referred to as ‘popcorn’. They became especially popular in residential homes between the 1930s and 1990s. Why? Primarily because they were cheaper. Due to the final appearance, homeowners did not need to do any repairs or smooth the ceiling prior to application. Imperfections were simply covered up, a huge headache for future homeowners. It does also have some sound-deadening properties, although this wasn’t much of a selling point. The downfall of popcorn ceilings actually began when it was determined that asbestos had been used as a binding ingredient. Once this material was banned in the U.S. in 1978, many popcorn ceilings were removed and never replaced.

    Before You Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

    Whether or not you’re dead set on removing your popcorn ceilings, you should have all of the information about this decision. Here are a few things to consider before you start the process of removing a popcorn ceiling.

    • What Lies Underneath

    As mentioned, popcorn ceilings peaked because they were affordable in comparison to performing repairs. This means that by removing a popcorn ceiling you may unveil a shoddy-looking ceiling or previous repair jobs. Unless you plan to then perform the necessary repairs, or continue on looking at a hideous ceiling, it may not be the best idea to remove the popcorn. And if you start the removal process then change your mind, you’ll pay the cost of reapplying this specific style.

    • Refinishing Your Ceiling

    Let’s say that you remove your popcorn ceiling and do not find anything that requires repair. Congrats, you’re lucky! But you’re not done. This ceiling can not simply be painted. It actually needs to be redone with a modern finish, depending on the look you would like to achieve. If you do not have your ceiling refinished then you will be left with a ceiling that no longer resembles popcorn, but is far from smooth.

    • Change to Lighting

    One of the lesser-known impacts of a popcorn ceiling is how they affect the lighting in a room. Due to the bumpy surface, light hits all of the nooks and crannies, therefore creating harsher shadows. Why does this matter? Once the popcorn ceiling is removed, you may notice a slight shift in the color of your walls. Usually that they are brighter, making a room appear bigger. For some people, this is no big deal, but for others, it may mean repainting numerous rooms.

    • Risk for Asbestos

    Depending on the age of your home, there is a significant risk that asbestos may be present in your popcorn ceiling. For this reason, we do not recommend that anyone attempts to remove a popcorn ceiling without first having the material tested. Should you proceed with removal on your own, you put yourself and others at risk of inhaling a dangerous cancer-causing carcinogen. Simply put, removal of asbestos without a professional is also illegal. Play it safe and consult a professional first! 

    • Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost

    This point is not so much about why you should not remove a popcorn ceiling, but why you should not remove a popcorn ceiling yourself. The bottom line is that the cost of popcorn ceiling removal is very reasonable. But aside from cost, professionals will be able to protect your home from the dust created during the removal process. Without proper ventilation and partitions/coverings, you’ll be left with a huge mess. And trust us, this type of dust is not easy to remove from any furniture.room prepared for popcorn ceiling removal

    Ready to update the ceilings in your home? At Helix Painting, our team consists of caring, passionate, service-oriented professionals, who strive to make your home renovation experience easy and low-stress. Learn more about our residential services here, or request a free estimate to get started!

  • How to Get Crayon, Pen & Marker Off of Walls

    How to Get Crayon, Pen & Marker Off of Walls

    child drawing on wall

    Kids bring all kinds of joy to life, but they also introduce some unique and stress-inducing messes. One, in particular, being writing on your clean walls. There is nothing that catches your eye quite like a random bold smudge of color! And although beautiful in its own childish right, we understand that it’s not a piece of artwork you plan on framing. Today, we’re sharing how to get cray, pen, and marker off of your walls, without damaging the paint. Plus, tips on how to prevent permanent staining or discoloration.

    Before You Get Started

    Removing a child’s wall art is not for the faint of heart! It takes some surprisingly simple products, but a whole lot of elbow grease. So we recommend mentally preparing for a whole lot of scrubbing or investing in a tool that will do it for you. Additionally, don’t jump straight at the unsightly marks. You must test any products, especially chemicals, on a discreet portion of the wall first. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing more unattractive damage.

    Household Tricks to Clean Marks Off Your Walls

    Some of the best ways to remove marks from your walls are already tucked away in your cabinets! Try out one of these popular household tricks for removing crayons, markers, and pens!

    • Baking Soda – Apply a small portion to a soft, damp cloth and gently scrub. It has the perfect amount of grit to remove crayon, without scuffing up your wall. After you are done, wipe the wall down and allow it to dry.
    • Magic Eraser – If you don’t already own a magic eraser, then you will after this! A soft piece of melamine foam with a cleaning agent, they are a highly rated product that makes removing dirt and grime a breeze. To use it, just wet it a little (wring it out) and gently scrub the wall. 
    • Baby Wipes – Ideal for water-based inks, like washable markers, baby wipes are a popular choice amongst moms. But a warning! Baby wipes can smudge color and cause staining. DO NOT WIPE, BLOT ONLY!
    • Toothpaste – You read that right! Non-gel toothpaste can be applied to a mark and wiped off after a short period to remove some marks. Some claim that it works best in combination with baking soda. Just don’t scrub too harshly.
    • A hairdryer – Especially useful for crayons, the heat from a hairdryer will help make waxes melt and easier to clean. Once warmed, simply use a damp cloth with mild soap to wash it off.
    • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) – To remove the ballpoint pen and magic marker ink, apply rubbing alcohol to a damp cloth. Then gently dab the marks until they disappear, before wiping them down with a clean cloth.

    Can’t Remove the Marks?

    Unfortunately, it happens. Some marks are simply too tough to remove and will have to be covered instead. If you’re tempted to swipe on a quick coat of paint, however, stop! You can not paint directly over crayons, pen, or markers. These can bleed through the paint over time and will come back to haunt you. Instead, apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry completely, before spot painting.

    Create More Room for Creativity

    If your child has a habit of drawing on your walls, it might be time to stop fighting their creativity. Instead, give them a specific area to draw via chalkboard paint. Applied like regular paint, over a primer, chalkboard paint can be applied to a small area or an entire room. It can even be used on cabinetry and other flat surfaces. If you choose to go this route, consider letting your little one take part in the painting process. This will help them better understand what the area is for and establish clear boundaries. In the end, you’ll deal with a lot more messes, without hindering your child’s desire to draw.

    Protect Your Walls

    Once you’ve fully relished the chore of removing a child’s art from your walls, you won’t want to do it again. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to make this unfortunate circumstance less painful in the future. Namely, stain-resistant paint. While we can’t prevent kiddos from going to town on your walls, we can make the clean-up much easier. Stain-resistant paints have a higher sheen, think satin, semi-gloss, or gloss. This type of paint helps to seal surfaces, making them less porous, and therefore easier to clean in the event of a mess. If you plan on painting again soon, opt for this type of paint. If you do not plan on painting any time soon, you can invest in a topcoat or sealer. Versus putting it in any and every room in your house, just cover the areas where your kids may be left unsupervised. Like a playroom, basement, or their bedrooms.

    Need help adding a new color or an additional layer of protection to your walls? At Helix Painting, our team consists of caring, passionate, service-oriented professionals, who strive to make your interior painting experience easy and low-stress. Learn more about our interior painting services here, or request a free estimate to get started!

  • Need-to-Know: The Pros & Cons to Painting a Brick Home

    Need-to-Know: The Pros & Cons to Painting a Brick Home

    A home with an original brick exterior is pure gold in our book! But many homeowners would prefer a more modern look, leading many to consider an update with paint. And while painting a brick exterior is as feasible as any other home exterior, it does present a unique set of pros and cons. Making it important that you consider all facets of your decision, prior to starting the extensive painting process. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know, both good and bad, when it comes to painting a brick home.

    Pros

    A Cleaner Look – Brick walls are beautiful, but they don’t exactly lend the most modern look. For many homeowners, especially younger ones, an exterior that is clean is preferable. Something that is hard to achieve with discolored, chipped brick and mortar. Luckily, it is a pretty easy fix with a solid paint color! There are a wide variety of solid color paints to choose from, that will deliver a fresh and modern look to the exterior of your home.

    Protection – As with any other surface brick will degrade over time. Due to a variety of weather and environmental factors, it will fade and wear down. But with the proper prep work and maintenance, brick that is painted will be much more durable. Moisture will be far less likely to penetrate the brick, causing less damage in the long run. Plus it will look better!

    Cons

    There is No Going Back – It is so important to consider that when you paint a brick home, there is no going back. Once it is painted, you’ll have to learn to love it! That or you’ll face the headache of a complete removal (and trust us, you won’t want to).

    The Prep Work – Painting brick is no easy feat, it takes extensive prep work! This is something to note, especially if you plan on painting your home’s exterior yourself. More specifically, the entire surface will have to be extensively cleaned to remove all dirt and grime, in order to ensure that the paint adheres properly.

    More Maintenance – As with any other painted surface, painted brick requires maintenance. What good is a beautiful new home exterior if you don’t plan on keeping it up? Painted brick in particular is especially susceptible to discoloration, especially if it is white, or a similarly light color. At the least, you will need to take care to have regular power washing performed.

    Increased Risk of Moisture Damage – Unfortunately, during the painting process it is unavoidable that some moisture will become trapped between the brick and paint. Brick is after all porous. This means that moisture damage is more likely, especially in colder climates where the moisture can freeze and expand.

    The Best Colors for a Brick Exterior

    White, Cream or Ivory – Bright colors such as these are a classic choice and will lend to that modern clean look you know and love. It is a color that will look warm and inviting year-round and can be complemented with contrasting dark shades.

    Grey – Greys come in a wide range of tones and saturation, making it a very versatile color that will suit a plethora of personalities. This is a great color if you live in a warm-weather climate where the surrounding foliage is always bright. 

    brick house painted blue

    Dark Green or Sage – A beautiful and underrated color, green is a stunner that is perfect for those who want a down-to-earth-looking home. It will complement a natural surrounding especially well and will lend a feeling of warmth and coziness.

    Dark Blue – Although a dark color, a deep blue is a bold choice for a brick home. It is also a less popular alternative to green if you prefer a look that is a little more unique.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services for your brick home? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • HOAs & Exterior Paint: How to Keep Your Home Compliant!

    HOAs & Exterior Paint: How to Keep Your Home Compliant!

    Living in an area with a homeowner’s association is all about compliance. There are requirements in regards to the exterior appearance of your property, with guidelines to consider and approval processes to go through. Prior to doing any work, such as exterior painting, you will need a green light from the HOA. Today we’re sharing advice on how to keep the exterior of your home HOA compliant!

    Read the Rules

    The first step you should take when considering whether to paint the exterior of your home, is to read the rules. Every HOA has a unique set of rules, but there are often similar elements. To find the rules surrounding the maintenance of the exterior of your home, look under Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) There you will find a specific set of rules in regards to what is and is not allowed, who is responsible for what, and any processes you are expected to go through.

    Getting Approval

    In many cases, approval is required to paint the exterior of your home. This is where the CC&R comes into play. You can first check which tasks you are responsible for and allowed to complete without approval. But if for any reason you are unsure, play it safe and ask the HOA. Seriously, don’t touch those walls until it has been made clear by the HOA that you are good to go! Whether areas of the exterior are damaged and in need of repairs, or you think its time for a new coat of paint.

    Paint Requirements

    If you do get a green light to paint the exterior of your home, you will also need to look into paint requirements. That is, the type and color of paint you are and are not allowed to use. Most HOAs have a very specific target audience, and therefore a look that they are going for. If they allowed homeowners free reign, it could impact the overall appearance and value of the area. Therefore, there may be existing restrictions as far as paint options.

    Painting Schedules

    So as not to deal with the unsightly construction equipment and noise year round, some HOAs limit when you can have exterior painting completed. Usually during the spring or summer time. If you receive approval to have the exterior of your home painted, but do so outside of this window, it may result in non-compliance. So be sure to specify if there are limitations as to when you can paint. 

    Hiring Contractors

    Lastly, you will want to see if your HOA has guidelines for hiring contractors. Some HOAs are less strict on this matter, but others prefer to work with one or two contractors for a more consistent aesthetic. Or simply because they have found them to be the most reliable or best priced. If your HOA does not limit the contractors you can go through, then you will personally want to ensure that they are insured and can meet your compliance requirements.

    If you’re part of an HOA, you have to remain compliant, the experts at Helix Painting can help you do just that! Located in Denver, we serve homeowners throughout the area with a wide variety of exterior painting services. From walls and siding, to trim and doors, as well as garages. Visit our website today to request a free in-person estimate, or request a free virtual estimate.

  • Easy Exterior Updates to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Easy Exterior Updates to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    The exterior of your home is a passerby’s first impression. What does your current situation say about you? If the answer isn’t ideal, you’re not alone! Plenty of homeowners forget to consider the impact of curb appeal. Aside from boosting your own pride for your home, it also affects the monetary value. If you’re looking to invest and do a little sprucing up, here are easy exterior updates to boost your home’s curb appeal.

    Maintain Your Lawn

    A lawn is one of the most rapidly changing elements of a property. It can grow out of control or completely die in a relatively short period of time. And while you don’t need to create an out-of-this-world lawn display, regular maintenance is a must. For starters, do your part to keep the grass lush and cut. In areas where you have plants, be sure to trim them regularly for a more pleasing appearance. If necessary, consider setting up a regular maintenance schedule with your local lawn care professionals.yellow painted exterior of a home

    A Fresh Coat of Paint

    It is recommended that you paint the exterior of your home every 5 to 10 years. This is for numerous reasons, from curb appeal to your safety and protection. In regards to curb appeal, it will ensure that your home remains stylish and modern. If you aren’t up for painting your entire home, consider spot treating it instead. Give your front door a fresh coat in a modern color, or repaint the exterior trim. Although a small improvement, these touch-ups can have a surprising impact. If you don’t want to go this route alone and are in need of professional assistance, contact our team at Helix Painting in Denver.

    Clean Up Any Walkways

    Homeowners often forget about the walkways surrounding their home, including the driveway. Over time these high traffic areas begin to degrade from use and weather. The material may crack, chip, or become discolored. In some instances, power washing will do the job, removing most of the dirt and debris. In others, larger repairs are necessary, from spot treatment to full replacement. Fixing these areas will lend to better curb appeal, as well as safer walkways.

    Replace Any Outdated Lights

    As with anything, lighting makes all of the difference. When it comes to your home, the lights you feature can have a huge impact. Consider replacing old or broken lighting, such as a pair of outdated wall sconces or broken walkway lights. Sometimes all it takes is setting aside the time to replace a bulb. We completely understand how easy it is to overlook a single lightbulb! But when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, good lighting is a quick fix.

    Clean Your Roof

    Don’t underestimate the impact your roof has on the curb appeal of your home! Although in some scenarios a full replacement may be necessary, a thorough cleaning is sometimes enough. By removing the stains from trees or algae, and replacing any missing or broken shingles, you will instantly boost your home’s curb appeal. As well as increase the overall longevity of your roof! And while you’re up there, go ahead and clean those gutters.

    Update Your Garage Doors

    If your home features a garage then you probably have garage doors. Depending on where the entrance to that garage is located, your garage doors can take up a significant portion of the exterior of your home. As with the exterior walls of the home, these too need to be cleaned and repainted. You will also want to replace any outdated hardware, like handles or hinges.

    Remove any Clutter

    Clutter happens and that’s okay! But leaving items to rot on your lawn is not. Whether you have kids, pets, or simply enjoy lawn activities, do your best to clean up or remove clutter. Perhaps you have an old fountain that hasn’t worked in years or outdated furniture that is collecting moss. Make the decision to clean up or remove items versus letting them ruin the curb appeal of your home. As for unsightly items that can’t be removed, like an AC unit, consider coming up with a creative way to hide them.

    Get a New Mailbox

    Your mailbox endures a lot and is probably dragging down the curb appeal of your home. Depending on the material of your mailbox, it might even be falling to pieces – a common problem with old plastic designs. If you’re tired of having to frequently fix or replace your mailbox, invest in an update. There are plenty of new stylish designs on the market. Or consider a more durable material, such as bricks or stone.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • How Exterior Painting Protects Your Home

    How Exterior Painting Protects Your Home

    On average, it is recommended that the exterior of your home be repainted every 5 to 10 years. However, this timeline will depend on several factors. Such as the weather and conditions where you live, the type of exterior on your home, and the previous paint job. Learn about how exterior painting protects your home, including the benefits of exterior painting. Plus check out some of our favorite exterior paint color combinations!exterior home in the process of being painted

    The Benefits of Repainting the Exterior of Your Home

    Before investing in exterior paint, it is best to consult a professional to see if repainting is necessary. If it is determined that your home needs to be repainted, the cost may cause some concern. Let us reassure you however that the benefits of repainting your home are worth the investment!

    1) Curb Appeal

    One of the immediate benefits of repainting the exterior of your home is curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint is a quick fix for signs of age and weather. It is also a good way to reduce the visible age of your home, by giving it a modern and updated look. Improving the curb appeal of your home will increase the overall property value, which will also benefit that of your neighbors.

    2) Keeping Out Unwanted Guests

    Large animals are a nuisance, but small critters and insects can do significant damage to a home. Especially termites! Exterior paint helps to seal the most insect-prone wood on a home. Unfortunately, the access point for insects is often at the ground level, which also happens to be where the paint will wear the fastest. Regularly inspect your home for termites or places where the paint has become damaged, and that may be more susceptible to unwanted house guests.

    3) Extend the Life of Your Siding

    The main function of a home is to protect you and your family from the elements. Depending on the location, it was likely designed using materials made to withstand a specific type of weather. For example, homes in Denver often feature siding that is more impact-resistant. Every single day the life of your siding lessens. Maintaining the paint will help it last as long as possible, usually between 20 to 50 years.

    4) Protection From the Elements

    Exterior paint is a barrier that protects your siding, extending its life. Therefore reducing the likelihood of damage, and that the cold or moisture will penetrate your home. When moisture from rain or snow makes its way past the paint and to the wood of your home, it can lead to serious problems. 

    5) Prevent Mold, Mildew & Rot

    Mold, mildew, and rot are a result of moisture repetitively penetrating the paint and wood of your home. Eventually, it will cause the wood to soften and weaken, posing a serious risk to you and your family. Unfortunately, once rot takes hold, there is no undoing it. The only fix is to replace the structural wood – which will cost a lot more than if you were to regularly repaint the exterior of your house.

    Exterior Paint Colors

    Need some inspiration on exterior paint colors for your home? Here are just a few popular color pairings!

    Carbon & Pure White – This classic combo is a beautiful pairing that won’t go out of style. It is also a great option for those who like a bold contrast between different elements on the exterior of your home. Such as the walls and shutters.

    Olive Green & White – Green and white have peaked in popularity over recent years, especially on homes that feature raw wood. Variations of these colors look good with all shades of wood, especially dark and yellow tones.

    Red & White – If you aren’t afraid to go bold, then go with red. Preferably a true red, that easily contrasts with red. This color also looks good on homes that feature industrial elements on the exterior.

    Cream & Coffee – For a cozier exterior, cream and coffee are a charming combination. These colors are a good choice for those who prefer a neutral palette that is modern, but not boring.

    Olive Grey & Creamy White – Olive green and cream are another neutral option but are earth-inspired. These colors look stunning with homes in a more woodsy setting, or those feature stone elements.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • 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

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    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!

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    • 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!

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  • Helix Painting Earns 2020 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Helix Painting Earns 2020 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

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    Littleton, CO, February 2, 2021 –  Helix Painting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2020.

    “Despite the enormous challenges facing our service pros throughout 2020, our Angie’s List Super Service Award winners continued to provide exceptional customer service,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These outstanding businesses have helped homeowners not only maintain their homes, but also evolve them into safe and comfortable spaces that can handle all the mess of life, work, school and entertainment under one roof. Our homeowners’ consistent positive reviews make it clear: these are the best pros in our network.”

    Angie’s List Super Service Award 2020 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an exceptional rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

    “We are honored to once again be recognized with the Angie’s List Super Service Award 2020,” said owner, Vanessa Homuth. “As a company focused on delivering exceptional quality and customer service, the Angie’s List Super Service Award is very important to us.”

    Helix Painting has been listed on Angie’s List since 2017. This is the third year Helix Painting has received this honor.

    Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are rated in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

    For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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    Helix Painting is a team of passionate, caring, service-oriented professionals. Family-owned and operated, we’re committed to making your home painting experience easy and low-stress with our unique combination of personalized service, quality work, and efficient process. We understand the frustration of working with home painting contractors who fail to deliver on promises. Team up with Helix Painting for brilliant results. Visit our website to book your free estimate today!