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Written by Colleen Kalil

Create a Kid-friendly Bedroom

interior painting, home paintersYour child’s bedroom is a great place for them to express their personality and create a space that’s all their own. Whether your child wants an unusual color combination or wants to design a whole new world, this is the place where the usual decorating rules don’t apply. However, to keep creativity from getting totally out of control, here are a few things you should consider.

A Child’s Point of View

Talk to your child about what they want and make them part of the decision-making process. You may have to reel in their imaginations from time-to-time, but take advantage of their creativity. Try to hone in on the aspects of the design which are the most important to your child. You can help them simplify an overly ambitious vision and still create the room of their dreams.

Today and Tomorrow

Design now with the future in mind. Your children will grow up faster than you think and their tastes will change frequently. Before you create a ceiling to floor jungle or fairyland, think about ways to decorate that will make it easy to transform the room as your child grows up. Pick a base color and layer on elements to create the theme your child wants. For example, if you’re trying to create an island theme, paint the walls a shade of blue or green which will transition well when your child decides to leave their  island home.

Keep It Simple

Keep structural changes and architectural features to a minimum. If you want to add a treehouse to the island theme, think about a raised bed draped with fabric, instead of drilling into studs and building a real one. Make it easy to change the room’s style and minimize expensive repairs or redesigns. Curtains, rugs, lighting, and other accessories are inexpensive ways to change a room’s décor.

Plan and Budget

Have a plan that includes a budget. Make rough drawings of the room, list the materials you need, and estimate the cost. The time you spend planning will be worth it and will keep your project on track.

The experts at University Painters can help you achieve just the right look to make the little people in your home happy. Call us or go online to schedule a free consultation today.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

What to do with Leftover Paint

painting services,house painters, interior paintingLeftovers! Nobody likes them. Not in your fridge and not in your garage. It seems no matter how well you plan a project you are left with an inch of paint in the bottom of the paint can and your first inclination is to tuck the lid back on and tuck the can in some lost corner of the carport.

You know you shouldn’t just toss it in the garbage or pour it down the sink (or should you – read on to find out what the experts say). There are proper ways to dispose of paint. Here are some suggestions that should make the task a little more ‘palatable’.

  •          Pour the leftover paint into a smaller container such as a food or beauty dispenser that is empty and washed out. This will make the paint remains more manageable than collecting piles of cans of nearly empty paint. To ensure it stays fresh, cover the lid with plastic wrap and tighten the lid so no air can get in. If it’s possible, store the container upside down which will further prevent exposure to air. Be sure and label the container with the color, the date it was purchased, and its original use.
  •         If you have leftover paint that is not oil-based, then it is usually permissible to throw it away with your regular garbage. Home improvement retailers suggest you leave the paint opened to the air, so it will dry in the can. Then pour kitty litter in to absorb any leftover paint, replace the lid tightly, and include it in the week’s refuse.
  •        If you are not permitted by city ordinance to dispose of paint through normal trash collections, then search your local listings for professional companies that will either pick up the paint or provide drop-off points for you to deliver it. Many cities consider paint to be a hazardous waste and do not want it seeping into the water table. Therefore, special processes are in place to dispose of it in the least environmentally hazardous way possible.
  •         Consider donating your leftover paint. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are happy to take that paint off your hands. In fact, they have begun to partner with municipalities to recycle paint and sell it!

If you are looking for painting professionals – the experts at University Paint invite you to contact us today. We will be happy to speak with you!

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Know Your Paint Properties

Summer is often the best time to rejuvenate your home. The process of revitalizing the look of your house usually begins with covering the outside with a fresh coat of paint. If you are a paint ‘neophyte’ and inclined to head to the hardware store to pick up your supplies, there is something you should know. There are two basic types of paint – indoor and outdoor and you don’t want to choose the wrong one for the job!

Interior and exterior paint are formulated to meet different expectations. Indoor paint is meant to take the assault of daily living – children and pets, sticky fingers and marks of all sorts. On the other hand, exterior paint is manufactured to withstand the elements including everything from sleet and snow to relentless sunshine and heat in the summer.

One of the main differences between interior and exterior paint is the resin with which it is manufactured. In the case of paint production, is it a highly viscous substance that binds the paint to the surface on which it is being applied. It allows exterior paint to resist chipping, peeling and fading. A stronger resin is used in the creation of indoor paint, so it is less inclined to show scuffs and smears.

Exterior paint goes through a process called ‘outgassing’ which means it lets the surfaces on which it is applied to ‘breathe’ and minute particles of moisture to escape. Interior paint does not need this type of outlet but in either case, with indoor and outdoor painting, be sure you have adequate ventilation.

If you are painting indoor surfaces, it is better to choose a glossy finish because they are easier to clean than a matte finish. When washing down a flat paint, it tends to smear, exacerbating fingerprints and scuff marks, while putting the homeowner in a position where they will need to repaint sooner to keep a clean, pristine look.

Painting is a much more sophisticated undertaking than many people realize. A lot of thought and pre-planning must go into the project before you begin. In other words, getting thunderstruck with the idea of painting your house inside and out should be followed with careful reflection before running to the paint store.

May we suggest hiring professionals as an alternative to taking on the task yourself? The paint experts at University Paints would be happy to meet with you at your convenience and discuss your paint project. We have been servicing this community for over a decade! Call us today.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Keep Your Home’s Paint Looking Like New

When you paint your home’s interior or exterior, you can keep it looking new longer if you know how to take care of it. Most people paint their homes then forget about it until it needs to be repainted. Regular maintenance can extend the life of the paint in your home and ultimately save you money. Here are three tips you may not know.

1. Keep an eye out for any spots or stains from dirt, grease, or crayons, etc. It’s easiest to clean spots when they’re fresh rather than after they’re ground in and covered with more dirt. Take into consideration the finish on your wall. Scrubbing too hard on a matte wall may remove more than just the stain. Try to remove the stain with a damp sponge first. If the stain is stubborn, add a little dish soap on the sponge and try again.

2. Mold is never a good sign. It usually develops in moist, damp areas such as bathrooms and basements. If you find mold, you can purchase special paint to cover the area, or you can start with a simple solution of water and bleach. Check the surface a few months later to make sure the problem has been solved. If the mold continues to spread, you may want to call in a professional to help.

3. Most people don’t realize that paint can fade the same way fabrics can fade. Start with a high-quality paint to avoid this problem. However, if you’re unsure of the quality of the paint you have on your walls, or if you like your room sunny and bright all day long, consider tinting your windows with a UV coating.

A little effort will keep your home looking freshly painted for a long time. The professionals at University Paints use the finest quality materials and are available to consult with you about your painting needs. Contact us today.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Convert Your Patio to an Outdoor Living room

The demand for outdoor living spaces continues to grow, and the trend goes much further than dropping in a gas grill, a table, and a few chairs. Homeowners across the country are spending time, and money, to create living spaces that are an extension of their homes. These spaces enhance the value of the home and create a place for everyone to enjoy more time outdoors

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Ways To Freshen Your Living Room While Sticking To A Budget

Spring is here and you may want to freshen up your home. Maybe a remodeling project isn’t in your future right now and that’s okay. You don’t have to completely overhaul your living room. If you want a new look, you can freshen up your living room while sticking to your budget.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

How To Create Your Own Boho Space

Boho style has become very popular in the past few years. The term “boho” is used to describe an eclectic and artistic sense of style. It helps to understand the roots of this style before you try to pull off the look in a room in your home. You don’t want to just add this look to your room without knowing what it means. 

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Painting Your Walls With These Colors Can Brighten Up Your Mood

Are you redecorating or looking to freshen up a space in your home? Are you looking for the right paint color to boost your mood? Choosing the right color can be a challenge, especially when you want different shades in different rooms. You don’t want your home to be the same color throughout.

The bedroom, for example, should be a calming and relaxing oasis where you get away from it all. Meanwhile, the dining room should make you feel alive and social. Sometimes white and off-white doesn’t always cut it. Try out some of these colors to improve your mood.

Blue

Blue is a popular shade because it’s so calming and relaxing. It helps devoted yogis to stay centered and focused. Blue can lower your blood pressure, clear your mind, and help steady your breathing. It’s perfect to use in a room where you meditate, lounge and rest, or practice yoga often.

White

Believe it or not, white is a tried and true color. Some people are afraid to paint their walls white because it can attract dust and dirt. Painting your home white will make it look more open and inviting. While it’s not a calm or relaxing color, white can make you feel happy and clean.

Yellow

Liven up your home with bright sunny yellow. Nothing is more joyful than walking into a yellow kitchen early in the morning. Most people are drawn to yellow because it represents the sun’s rays. Use it in rooms where you entertain your family and friends such as the breakfast room, kitchen, or sun room. However, if you have severe anxiety, you may want to choose a softer hue.

Green

This color is perfect for your office as it can reduce anxiety and promote prosperity. When most people think of green, they think of emerald green or bright green. This shade comes in relaxing hues that’s gentler on your eyes and is known to be calming and soothing. For those who love the great outdoors but live in the city, they may choose to use blue-green or forest green.

Red

You can use red as an accent color or all over your walls. Some people find red too loud in large amounts. Use a softer shade in a room where you and your family frequent the most. It’s a perfect color for socializing with your friends and family, especially around the holiday season.

Need a fresh coat of paint in your home? Contact University Painters today to find out about our interior painting services. We can bring new life and help improve your mood. Call our estimators to get a quote on your next interior painting project.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Painting Your Home Office With These Colors Can Increase Productivity

Working from home can pose a challenge. It can be hard to concentrate on your work, especially with your family around. If you need to boost your productivity you may need to repaint your office. Walls that are white or gray can dampen your mood and put you to sleep.

Color has a direct affect on how you work and how you perform your business. Chromology, also known as the psychology of color, has been used by companies for years to improve the morale and moods of their employees to better achieve their business goals. Depending on what you do, choosing a new color can help improve your mood and boost your productivity.

How do you know which color is the best for you or your business? Read on to learn more.

Green

This seems like a no brainer but green is the perfect color for your home office. This color helps increase productivity and prosperity. It’s also a soothing color that can help reduce anxiety, especially if you’re stressed out from your job. As it’s a balanced and calming color, money will easily flow to you. Not bad for a fresh change of paint.

Yellow

Yellow isn’t only a bright and cheery color that’s often used in dining rooms and kitchens. Designers love using this color in home offices. It helps boosts your ego, makes you happier, and gives you an optimistic outlook on your work environment. Having this risky color will make you more creative and make you want to take more risks when it comes to your career.

Red

Red has a powerful affect on the mind and body. It helps increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure, and makes the day go by faster. This is a great color to use if you’re not riddled with stress and anxiety. If you do, though, red may be overwhelming and have an opposite affect on your mind.

Blue

Blue is another soothing color that can help relax your mind during an action packed day. It also helps aid with concentration and wakefulness. Blue is a good choice to use if you’re someone who communicates with his colleagues often and needs to get to the point. Add blue tones to your home office to increase concentration and productivity.

When it comes to decorating your home office, ask yourself which color will personally help you. Have University Painters help you choose the right color. Contact our estimators to get a free quote and to help you with your next project.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Benefits Of Painting The Interior Walls Of Your Home

Winter is actually the best time to paint the interior walls of your home. A fresh coat of paint can transform a room and remove years of built up stains and dirt. To learn why an interior painting project is so important, here are some advantages you can achieve with just a few coats of paint.

Cleans and Refreshes Your Walls

When you repaint your walls, the first step is to prepare the surface by sanding and cleaning them. You then lay down a layer of primer that’s known as a base coat. During this process, your walls become cleaner than they’ve been in a long time. You wouldn’t go without cleaning your floors and carpets. Why wouldn’t you want cleaner walls and ceilings?

Protects Your Interior Walls

Interior paint serves a similar purpose to exterior paint. Paint keeps out moisture, preventing mold or mildew from building up. It also repels dirt, dust, and allergens from your walls. If you live in an older home that has plaster walls, the paint can prevent dust from forming where the plaster would otherwise deteriorate.

Looks Aesthetically Pleasing

Most people love the dramatic change that comes with painting their walls. If you live in a smaller space, painting the walls a bright color can help open up that space. Light paint colors create space while dark colors make rooms feel cozier and smaller.

Be mindful of the paint color you use. Use a dark color on an accent wall to add a pop of color without making your room feel cold and cramped. A change of color can change the mood and style of a room. Reds and some yellows are ideal for kitchens and dining rooms, while blues and purples are perfect for bedrooms.

Increases the Value of Your Home

Thinking of reselling your home in the next few years? One of the best ways to improve the value of your home while saving money is to repaint your walls. It’s an affordable way to remodel, and it makes your home look attractive to potential buyers. If you want to make a small change on your home before putting it on the market, painting it is a great way to get a big return on your investment.

University Painters can help you with your next interior painting job. We’ll work with you to make your home remodeling project a success. Contact our professional and qualified estimators today to get an expert quote.

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