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Dangers of DIY Painting

painting toolsPainting isn’t rocket science. Perhaps that’s why it’s the most commonly performed DIY project in the home. After all, how hard can it be to take a roller or a paintbrush to a wall? In truth, it’s not easy at all! Painting the interior of your home yourself may sound like a good idea. It’s a big money- and time-saver, right? Not so, if you don’t know the ins and outs of painting, and of those there are many. First, you have to be knowledgeable about paint products. What are the different types, which is the best type to use in your climate, and most importantly, what’s the preparation required when using all those chemicals in your home? After you’ve answered those questions, you’ve got more. What’s involved in the prep work? How much money do you have to sink into equipment? When is it best to use a roller? What size paintbrush should you use where? What’s the best technique for painting hard-to-reach corners? And the list goes on and on. The information involved in getting a residential paint job right can seem endless, especially if you’re a novice. Here are some reasons why you might want to rethink going ahead with that DIY painting project. Read More

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What are The Shades of Black?

blackOrange is the new black. Pink is the new black. Red is the new black. Every year you hear somebody in one industry or another try to push some other color as ‘the new black.’ No matter what Hollywood and the fashion industry say, though, black will always be the only black! There’s a reason why it’s the standard for all other colors … black is so versatile that it goes with everything! Black can be bold; it can be subtle; it can be a main color; it can be a complement to another color. Seriously, there really isn’t anything black can’t do, and that’s why somebody’s always trying to find a better version of it. But it’s simply impossible. If you’ve decided to use black in your next house painting project, you certainly have made a good choice. So now what? Should you use black in its purest form? Or should you go with a lighter version of it for your home? Read More

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What are The Shades of White?

Polar Bear WhiteWhite … boring? Not even close! The truth about white is that it’s never been more popular, and the reasons are obvious. White is timeless. White holds an enduring beauty, with its feeling of clean freshness and abiding immortality. White can do just about anything it puts its mind to in your home. Painting a room with white brings out its original glorious splendor. It can transform a dull, dreary room into a dazzling living space that brings with it a whole new vigor. If you thought white was the last color you wanted to paint your home with, try some of the new shades and tones of white, and watch your home go from dim to radiant! Read More

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Best Colors for a Hallway

residential hallwayA hallway is a hallway, correct? It separates one side of your house from another. It has all those doors that open up into all those rooms. And, well, you walk down it (or up it, depending on your perspective). Simple as that, right? Not even close! You’d be surprised how much a great hallway can do for your home. And that doesn’t mean just tacking up a bunch of pictures of family members you haven’t seen in years. Read More

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Interior Paint Trends for 2014

Trends in 2014The paint a homeowner uses can make the space the most inviting it can be. It can also be a focal point of the kitchen. It can be a conversation starter. It can create a specific mood. It can speak volumes about who the homeowner is as a person. It can make or break a design. It can make the cabinets and appliances pop. Whatever color choices the homeowner makes, they should be individual to the homeowner’s tastes. They should make him feel proud of his kitchen and make him want to spend time there. Read More

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Kitchen Paint Trends of 2014

Yellow is the Best Kitchen Color

Color Trends in the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Meals are prepared there. Families gather there to eat and do homework. Guests gather in the kitchen to help or just have lively discussions. A home is not a home without a kitchen.

Many homeowners take great pride in their kitchens and feel it is the most important room in the home. For this reason, real estate experts say that a real estate deal can hinge on whether or not the kitchen is up to the standards of the buyer. It is also something that potential buyers envision transforming and making their own if they decide to purchase the house. Read More

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Bathroom Paint Trends for 2014

Bathroom Color Trends

Natural Bathroom Colors

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. In fact, when it comes to real estate sales, many a sale has hinged on the potential buyer’s satisfaction with the bathroom. It is so important to so many would-be homeowners that people look for quality and esthetics.

For many homeowners, the bathroom is a retreat. They feel it should have the qualities of a home spa. So they redo their bathrooms to reflect this. When they redo their bathrooms, they address many issues like the lighting, the tub, the vanity, the sink, the windows and their treatments and they almost always address the paint. Read More

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Top Kitchen Paint Colors

Kitchen paint trends

Green Kitchen

Of all the residential painting projects homeowners probably dread  kitchen painting the most. Perhaps it is because it can be very disruptive to put the daily kitchen chores on hold for the painting project. This is of course because the kitchen is an essential part of our everyday lives and as a general rule is the hub of activity for the modern home. Just like other rooms in the house, choosing the color you want to use before calling the painting contractor is a very important task. The kitchen is perhaps one of the rooms that is more sensitive when it comes to color because it’s an important part of fostering both an atmosphere which is conducive to consuming food as well as one which fosters social activities. There are several popular colors which can achieve both of these goals. Read More