Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Which Color Palette is Right for Your Bedroom?

When it comes to giving your home’s interior a new paint job, you’ll no doubt want to consider what color is right for each room. Important things to consider are what each room’s purpose is, what decor scheme you’re going for, and the desired emotional effect. We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so what wall color you choose is important. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

A bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation, so you might consider a soothing color palette. Soft shades such as pale blue, soft gray, and lavender create a peaceful mood. Blue is a popular choice for bedrooms, and for good reason. Deeper shades provide a sophisticated backdrop for traditional furnishings, and lighter shades transform your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.

If you’re a fan of bold colors, you can still incorporate these into your bedroom decor, but you must use caution. Vivid hues of red and yellow can be very emotionally stimulating. Try a muted tint, or add a splash of color on one wall. Intense colors can be a great accent behind your headboard, or on a wall with large windows.

Dark colors, even black, can work in a bedroom. It’s all in the accessories. For example, pair deeper shades with white furnishings and dashes of color here and there. Add a yellow bedspread, or turquoise pillows. Try incorporating white curtains and colorful wall art. Get creative with brighter accents to create balance.

Of course, neutrals are always a safe choice. Not only do shades of beige and ivory create a calm backdrop for the room, but they also allow for a lot of versatility. You can change out your bedroom’s accessories according to your mood, or even the season. Now that fall is here, a warm tan or amber brown will look fantastic with your autumn decor.

The most important part of your decision is choosing a professional painting service. At University Painters, we’re dedicated to getting the job done right. Let us help you make your house a home. Contact us at universitypainters.com, or at 1-800-390-4848.

Interior Painters,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Giving Your Home a New Look this Autumn

When a new season rolls around, it’s a great time to think about giving your home a makeover. In the chilly months ahead, you’ll no doubt be spending a lot of time indoors with friends and family, so why not change up your paint colors? With its diverse and vibrant hues, fall offers a lot of inspiration. Here are some tips to give your home a cozy new look for this autumn, and all year round.

One of the first things we think of at this time of year is the variety of colors we see decorating the trees around us. Combining warm shades such as orange, red, and brown mimics the colors of a vivid autumn forest, and helps bring the season to life inside your home. Deep, rich shades of green also evoke the feeling of the outdoors, and can add a touch of drama.

Earthy tones such as almond and chestnut not only create a cozy atmosphere for fall, but they’re also very versatile for all seasons. If you opt for a brown or tan backdrop, you might add splashes of color in accents such as pillows, rugs, and wall decor. For a toasty, rustic vibe, neutrals are a great place to start.   

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you might go for the bolder colors of the season. Orange is great for adding a bit of energetic flair to your home, and it’s also a staple color of autumn. Yellow keeps things cheery and bright as we go into the cold winter months. Paint is one of the easiest ways to update your home, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

For all of your painting needs, contact the experts at University Painters. We know that your home is one of the most important elements of your life, and that a great paint job is crucial to keeping it beautiful. We’ll work with you on your preferences and your budget to achieve your color scheme goals. Visit our website at universitypainters.com, or give us a call at 1-800-390-4848.

Painter,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Giving the Illusion of More Space

There’s no doubt that one of the primary goals of home decor is to make the most of your space. Whether you’d like to make a small room feel larger, or you just want to give your home a more open, welcoming vibe, paint is the best place to start. It’s also one of the easiest ways to make any room feel bigger and brighter.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right colors for your next home makeover. Of course, white is always a good option for creating an airy, spacious effect. It reflects light and provides a pure, simplistic backdrop for any home decor changes you might make in the future. The versatility and space-optimizing benefits of white make it a smart choice for pretty much any room you can imagine.

Another trick for alluding to more space is adding an accent wall. Painting one wall a bolder color than the remaining walls creates an optical illusion, as well as a strong focal point. Don’t be afraid to get creative! An accent color allows you to add a bright splash of color without committing to the shade for an entire room.

It’s also important to keep your ceiling lighter than your walls. Painting your ceilings a light color will instantly give the appearance of higher ceilings, making the room seem more open and spacious. You might also consider adding some stripes. Vertical stripes are a timeless trick for streamlining silhouettes, but have you ever thought of horizontal stripes for elongating walls? You can even experiment with contrasting colors to create depth.

Lastly, another useful tip for optimizing the space of a room is doing some color coordination. Keeping decor and accessories in the same color family as your walls gives the space a cohesive feel. Try matching rugs, furniture, lamps, and other accents to your wall color.

For all of your painting needs, trust the experts at University Painters to get the job done right. We’ll work with you on your color preferences to help you reach your home makeover goals. Call us at 1-800-390-4848, or visit us at universitypainters.com.

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

2020’s Anticipated Color Trends

At University Painters, we understand the importance of designing a home environment that reflects your own personality and style. If you’re considering an interior color change, take a look at the contemporary paint palettes predicted to influence home decorating trends in the new decade.

Earlier this summer, Sherwin Williams released a color forecast of 45 hues the paint company expects will make waves in 2020. The colors are divided into 5 themes, all of which are intended to evoke tranquility and joy and serve as a counterbalance to the stresses in our modern lives.

Alive—The colors in the Alive palette are deep, rich jewel tones reminiscent of brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables. The hues are inspired by mindful living and reflect the food we choose to put into our bodies. This palette celebrates thoughtfulness, time spent with our families, and peaceful hours spent at home. Ripe olives and fresh blues are some of the hallmarks of the Alive palette.

Mantra—Mantra is intended to conjure soothing images of Scandinavian design and Japanese minimalism. This palette draws its inspiration from natural materials and includes both cool and warm tones. They are versatile neutrals that complement a range of design styles.

Play—The Play palette is just what it suggests—fun, bold, and bright colors that add sudden bursts of color and interest to a room. It’s all about leaving cares and worries behind by releasing your inner child and embracing playfulness in everyday life. Aquas, bright pinks, and gold hues all play starring roles in this joyful palette.

Haven—Harkening back to last year’s nature-based palette, Haven is inspired by the gentle tones of the natural world. Its subtle shades reflect hues of the sea, forest, and sky. This palette soothes the senses and brings nature into your home.

Heart—The final palette in the 2020 forecast includes a selection of warm neutrals and brights such as clove and soft coral that complement popular mid-century furnishing styles. They also pair well with soft earth tones.

Whichever palette best suits your own personal decorating style, University Painters can help you bring your artistic vision to life. For more information on our services or to schedule an estimate, please visit our website at https://universitypainters.com.

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

2019’s Top Paint Colors

If you’re considering giving your home a makeover, be sure to check out this year’s hottest new interior paint colors. Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a big impact on your home’s overall appearance. According to Realtor Magazine, these colors are making a splash this year and may be just what you’re looking for.

Pantone Paint Company named “Living Coral” its top color for 2019. The shade is a warm, inviting blend of pink and orange with golden undertones. It’s fresh yet cozy, and using it on smaller areas will add a pop of color to any room. Living Coral is a great choice for accent walls, especially when paired with a few complimentary accessories such as throw pillows and rugs in similar shades to tie the look together.

“Blueprint,” by Behr, is a deeper, sophisticated shade of blue that’s neither dark nor overpowering. It’s part of a line of Behr paints that features a range of grays, teals, and blues. Blueprint can be described as being between navy and denim, but with a more polished and contemporary finish. Interior designers recommend layering various shades of dark and light blue decor accessories within a room for striking results.

Inspired by the earth-toned palette of the Southwest, Sherwin William’s “Cavern Clay” is reminiscent of New Mexico’s adobe pueblo dwellings. It’s a warm, terra cotta color that makes itself at home in all parts of the country. This hue can look either casual or elegant and is able to serve as a backdrop for almost any decorating style.

Benjamin Moore’s “Metropolitan Gray” is the top pick for this year’s neutral, continuing the grey trend that has been a favorite for several years. Soothing and understated, it’s an ideal neutral for those who love gray.

Whether you opt for one of these popular choices or have something different in mind, University Painters’ skilled contractors can help you achieve any color scheme you can imagine. Please give us a call or visit our website at www.universitypainters.com.

Repaint,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Your House Painter – The Professional Artist

As this month’s blogs are being prepared, it took some reflection to decide on the topics most appropriate for summertime. As usual, this writer took some time to read up on what the latest commentary about commercial and residential painting has to say. It is an interesting industry and really much more complex than the label of ‘painting’ would imply.

In fact, the residential and commercial painting company could be compared to a professional visual artist. A visual artist takes the time to identify a subject of their painting and they often stick with that for the entirety of their career – think of Georgia O’Keefe or Monet. Well, the residential painter has chosen their subject as well – your homes and businesses.

A visual artist is also very fussy about their work. They are often portrayed as ‘lost in thought’ – thinking over where to begin, what strokes to use, what the final product will say to the novice and critic. Nothing could be truer of the residential and commercial painter as well. We begin by stepping back and taking in the project as a whole – whether it be painting your home or business interior or exterior. We spend much time in advance visualizing the final product and deciding the approach long before materials are purchased, and the first stroke of the paintbrush hits the surface.

The visual artist will often pause while painting to reflect on the progress of the work long before finishing. This is a self-assessment to ensure that the work is on target. The professional industrial and residential painter can be seen doing the same thing. At regular intervals we take the time to step back and view the work from a holistic perspective – ensuring that it is headed in the direction the customer requested and we promised. It is easier to make changes along the way if a problem has been identified than wait until the process has been completed and then decide someone is not satisfied.

Finally, the visual artist will bask in the glow of a completed piece and – if you must know – the residential and commercial artist does the same! The painter of artworks that hang in museums or those that refresh the look of a home or business takes a certain pride and sense of satisfaction in their completed work. After all, we are professional artists! If you would like your home or business to shine like a masterpiece, contact the professional ‘artists’ at University Painters, Inc. We look forward to servicing you.

Repaint, University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

What to Know Before Painting Your Offices?

Most people devote forty hours or more a week to their workplace. Your office is your home away from home and when it starts to look dingy it can affect worker productivity. Painting the inside and outside of a business on a regular basis is a good business strategy. What follows are some ideas for what to take into consideration before beginning the process.

• Think about your clientele or the people you serve. If you are a business that caters to teens, then a bold color scheme inside and out will be appealing. If you work with families, then a toned-down color would probably be more suitable. Indoor walls will keep their pristine presentation longer if washable paint is used. It is also advisable to buy the more expensive paint. Research has shown that it wears better over time.
• Choose a color that will be easy to replace when it comes time to touch up the interior or exterior surfaces. In other words, just because orange-pineapple-green is the hot color today doesn’t mean that you will be able to find it in a year or two when you need to paint over or brush up areas that have shown wear and tear.
• Keep your interior and exterior walls clean. This will make your business more inviting from the inside and outside. Keep a small area of your walls covered and remove the covering occasionally. This will allow you to tell how dingy your paint job has become and will indicate that it’s time to spruce things up.
• Touching up your paint job inside and out can be a rather tricky business. Because the color has been exposed to the elements inside and out, it may be difficult to perform a touch up or patch job that won’t be noticeable. When it comes to touching up a paint job it is easier to do with a flat paint than a glossy one. Knowing this in advance may help you decide the type of finish you want to put on your walls from the outset.

Need some advice on painting your residence or business? Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Here are Some More Suggestions for Choosing a Paint Color

This is not a new topic – but it is definitely one that readers are always asking about. The question most painters are asked at nearly every job is “how do I choose a color of paint for my ‘fill in the blank”’. It could be a bathroom, bedroom, home exterior, trim, business, or some other project. Well, believe it or not there are a number of ideas that should help you in the decision-making process. After all choosing a color is a very personal decision that can be distressing if you opt for a color you find you can’t live with.

• Take the time to identify trends. Hop on the internet and scour it for pictures of different colors that you favor. If you don’t like a certain color then ignore what the ‘experts’ are saying about this choice. For example, one paint company claimed that the new trend in house painting is the color black. If you are not a fan then it won’t matter how many people say this is ‘in’. Move on.
• Consider palettes of color. If you are partial to a tint you can usually find it nestled along an array of similar shades – light to dark. This may help you begin the narrowing down process.
• Keep in mind the little things. For example, if you are painting the exterior of your home will you want trim? Will it be a complementary or contrasting color? What about painting a business? What color will draw the eye of a potential customer instead of repelling them? It’s true – color can be off-putting for many people.
• Don’t forget that the sheen of the paint is important as well. You can choose a color that is along the continuum from flat to shiny, each with its own appeal and drawbacks.
• Always, always, always get a sample of the color and apply it to a small area where it will be seen. Give it a couple days before you decide if it’s right for you or not. But, remember to prep the surface in advance of applying the sample so you get a true vision of its final look.

Now, enjoy your paint choosing process. It’s really part of the privilege of owning a home or business. If you need help, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc. You’ll be glad you did!

Repaint,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Double Checking Commercial Painting Projects

So, you have decided to take the plunge and have your commercial property upgraded with a new paint job. You have done your due diligence and gotten no less than three quotes. You’ve compared them for similarities and differences to help determine what best fits your needs at the most reasonable price.

  1. Compare the number of hours the contractor bids to complete the job. If there is a wide discrepancy among the bids, question each contractor on how they arrived at that number and then use your common sense. Some contractors will underbid the number of hours just to get the business and then either cut corners to complete the job during the listed time frame or come back and say there were time and cost overruns. The internet is an excellent resource to get an estimate for this information.
  2. Go over the terms of the contract with your painter prior to both people signing it. The painter has the option of visiting the site more than once to ensure they have given the job its ‘due’. Any changes or decisions to back out should occur before both parties agree. Otherwise, it can become a legal matter.
  3. This is your business! Walk through the job with the painter and have them explain what they intend to do. Because it is only fair that the professional be paid for their time, expect that they will require a fee for these services.
  4. It is a good idea to visit a few jobs the painter has completed previously. It will give you a better idea of what a finished product looks like. Any reputable painter will be more than happy to provide references.
    You are a smart business owner – otherwise you wouldn’t exist! Do the smart thing by keeping your property presentable while also getting the best bang for your buck. One last piece of advice – you might take the time to visit a work site in progress. There is nothing more insightful than seeing the painting company at work.
  5. If you are in the market for a reputable and expert painting company for your commercial property, contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc. We look forward to working with you.
Exterior Painters,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Match the Color of Your Home’s Exterior to the Style

There are so many different styles of homes in the United States! People who live in certain locales tend to find them clustered. For example, if you live along the northeast coast you will find a lot of Cape Cod type homes. Floridians go for a more coastal look. In the Midwest there are blocks of Victorian homes mixed in with the colonial look, which, by the way, is a favorite style of Virginians. In Texas you’ll see lots of ranches. Yes, your home usually reflects the general style of the community.

As a result, when it’s time to paint the exterior to give it a fresh look, the paint company you choose should know the best colors to accentuate your home. In fact, they should be able to assist in the decision-making process of color selection by offering suggestions based on their professional knowledge. However, here are a few recommendations that should help you start thinking about the right color for your home.

If you own a home by the water, particularly the ocean or a lake, the best colors that blend with the environment are blues, grays and white. These colors help the house blend into the scenery using the water as a backdrop to tranquility. Interestingly, recent decorators suggest that a bright colored door can give the home a fun look. But, approach this idea with caution!

A colonial home generally presents best with classic colors such as grays, greens, soft yellows, blues or the quintessential whites. Again, decorators in recent years have recommended a bright color door to offset the mild look of light colored paint. Take pictures of homes that have made that choice and think it over before using this idea for your own home.

Ranch homes are one-floor styles of the 1950s. In their heyday they could be painted any color and often were! Today, however, they present best in muted tones of browns, grays, blues or even avocado. Bright colors are no longer acceptable.

Finally, Victorian homes tend to look good in any number of colors, so you are able to choose a color that suits your personal taste. Don’t forget that the shingles, driveway and other accents of the home can be tailored to your style as well. Looking to redo your home’s exterior? Let the professionals at University Painters, Inc. provide you with exceptional service!

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