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Written by Colleen Kalil

Color Trends for 2018-2019

interior painting, painters, paint colorsHave you ever walked into someone’s house and thought, “That color is so 1970s?” It’s easy to tell the last time a home was painted based on the color palette. While some colors are timeless, there are definite trends in color families, hue, and tone. Read on for the hottest colors for 2018 and 2019.

In House Beautiful’s May 2018 issue, the top five color trends for interiors were Sage, Gold, Ultra Violet, Crimson, and Teal. Bold colors are in, and it’s your chance to experiment. If you’ve never had anything except white walls, try something new. Select one, two, or more colors you’d like to try and paint a 2′ x 2′ area on the wall. Paint color often dries darker than it appears in the can. You’ll also want to see it at different times of the day.

Trends for 2019 are a bit more subtle, but they’re still not typical. Hazelnut, Lilac, Gray, Dark Green, and pastels are at the top of the list for color choices. The choices you make will depend on the style of your home, the room’s purpose, and your personal taste. Color psychology is a great way to guide your choice.

Colors in the red-orange family are warm and stimulate Purple your senses. While reds are associated with danger or caution, they convey power and energy. Orange is also energetic but in a lighter way than red. Yellow has a feeling of joy, brightness, and happiness. Children whose favorite color is yellow tend to be happier and more positive.

Blue and green represent nature, freshness, and growth, but also stability and safety. Most shades of green are calming colors, good choices for bedrooms or the living room. The lighter the colors in this palette, the more soothing the effect.

The color of royalty, purple has gained in popularity over the last few years. Purple represents wealth, luxury, and creativity.

White is a timeless classic and ranges from bright white to eggshell. White symbolizes purity, goodness, and cleanliness. It’s an excellent neutral if your furnishings have busy patterns or bold colors. Be careful when choosing bright whites. Depending on the light source and lighting in your home, it can appear harsh.

No matter what your color preferences are, the experts at University Painters can help you select the right color for you and apply it to perfection. Call us or go online for an appointment.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Choosing A Paint Palette For Open Floor Plans

paints, home paintersOpen concept floor plans continue to be a favorite among homebuyers. The flow from room to room creates a large, inviting space for friends and family to gather, and without walls separating rooms, the area feels larger and more spacious. However, the large space can present decorating challenges. How do you create a unified color scheme? Use too many colors and the space will feel chaotic and be visibly unappealing. Use too few colors and it may be boring.

One option is to create a palette using three to five colors. Five colors may sound like a lot, but the key is how each color is used throughout the space. Choose one neutral color: white, off-white, or eggshell are good choices. Next, select one or two other light colors, and finally, select one or two accent colors. Keep your choices within color families to create a sophisticated, professional appearance. Whichever colors you choose, be consistent when applying them to your rooms.

Use your neutral color as a base and apply to the majority of the space. The neutral color provides a blank canvas where you can add different accents, textures, and materials. Add interest to different areas of the space with an accent wall. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Remember, dark colors make objects recede, light colors make objects look bigger. Add color to the inside of a built-in bookcase, the wall over a fireplace, or an interesting architectural detail.

A three color palette is a simpler plan. Use one color for the walls, the second for the trim, and the third for the ceiling. Again, make sure colors coordinate to create a refined interior.

Tone-on-tone or monochromatic palettes offer more variety than you might think. Use different tones of the same color, either in one room or as a smooth transition between rooms. The different tones don’t have to come just from paint. Add wallpaper, stenciled designs, fabric, glass tile, etc. to create interest and texture.

Don’t forget that textiles and furniture are part of creating a cohesive space. If you’re a fan of hardwood floors, select a neutral that works well with your color palette and furniture style. Layer area rugs, architectural details, and artwork to create depth and add interest to your space.

University Painters expert technicians can help you develop the right color palette to create the mood that’s right for your home. Call us today for more information and to set up a free consultation.

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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

Choosing The Right Interior Paint For Your Home

Choosing the right paint color isn’t always a fun process. You can make it easier when you know exactly what you’re looking for. Deciding on the right paint color takes a little research, but it’ll make your interior painting project a whole lot easier.

You’ll probably end up with a few different color shades that you want to use. Here are some tips for choosing the right paint color that will help you avoid making a costly mistake. 

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Simple Ways To Brighten Your Bedroom

You need to spend close to 60 hours per week in your bedroom to get the recommended eight hours of sleep at night. This is reason enough to turn your bedroom into a happy and comfortable place.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Upcycle Old Furniture

You may want to give old furniture a second chance and bring them to your bedroom. Do you have a nightstand that appears past its prime? It may have lost its luster after many years of use but you can paint it with a bold color to bring it back to life.  You can do the same to side tables, chairs and dressers. Replacing old drawer pulls with new ones can also make a big difference.

Use Wall Coverings

The walls on your bedroom are a canvass that you can use to personalize your bedroom and even showcase your sense of style. You can opt for a wallpaper with a color and pattern that suits your design concept. New peel-and-stick varieties now make it easier for you to experiment with colors and designs on your wall. If wallpaper is not your thing, you can opt for ready-made murals or tasteful decals.

Expand The Function Of Your Window

The windows take center stage when it comes to brightening your bedroom. Windows create privacy and allow light into your personal space but they also offer you a chance to express your style. You may want to consider having a simple but functional window seat. You can also use window treatments to create focal points, dimensions and neutral contrasts in your room.

Use  A Pleasing Color Palette

Having a pleasing color palette is one of the best ways to create a bedroom that can make you blissfully happy from the time you wake up to when you go to sleep each day. Make sure that you choose colors that you will likely enjoy for a long time without limiting yourself to standard-issue neutrals.

Your bedroom is the best place for you to make a bold color statement. You may want to consider going for complementary but unexpected color pairings or for trending palettes. If you are not sure where to start, you can find a colorful pillow or accessory in your room that you fancy, then find bedding, accessories and paint that can match and balance hues throughout the room. When painting your room, make sure to have it done by a professional painting service provider. Contact us at University Painters to learn more.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Choosing The Right Paint Colors For Your Home

People often have a hard time picking out paint colors. Colors can transform your house into a home but the challenge for most homeowners is having to choose from thousands of available colors and picking the perfect one. Should you choose a dark or light color? Cool or warm? Neutral or bold? Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect paint color:

Consider The Location Of The Room

There are several questions that you need to answer when choosing colors for particular spaces in your home. What is the purpose of the room you want to paint? Will the room serve as a dining area where you plan to entertain guests and spend time with your family every night for dinner? Will it be a laundry room, or will it be the master bedroom that will serve as your sanctuary after a busy day at work?

Different colors have different impacts. A pale blue, for instance, helps you feel relaxed so it is often painted in the bedroom. A bright color, on the other hand, can make you feel more active so you can use it in a work area.

Pick A Color Palette

Once you know the purpose of the space and what you want yourself and others to feel in this particular room, it is time to pick a color palette. Look around you. You should pick a color that goes well with everything in your room, You can also choose the color first then work around this color by accessorizing with curtains, decors and painted furniture.

See The Colors In Action

It is a good idea to give your colors a test before you proceed with the painting job. Paint the colors you’re considering onto white poster boards and place these next to your furniture, carpet and cabinets. Move the poster boards to different places in the room and look for color undertones at night in artificial lighting, during the day with natural lighting, and during rainy days.

Once you have chosen the colors for your home, be sure to choose a professional to perform the paint job for you. Feel free to contact us at University Painters to learn more about the house painting jobs we provide.

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Written by Josh Jablon

How To Create A Color Scheme For Your Home

Choosing a color scheme for your home may seem a difficult task but this is doable when you know how to simplify things. Here are some tips that can help you pick the best paint colors for your house.

Find A Base Color

Start with just one room, which ideally serves as a focal point in your home or the first room that people see when they enter your house. Once you have chosen the room, consider the colors of the items there. Find one color that you love and use this as your base color.

Build Your Palette

You can start building your palette once you designate your base color. Using a color wheel and a paint deck, create three color schemes: complementary, monochrome and neutral. A complementary color scheme includes colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A monochrome palette will have several colors that are similar to your base color. Use the paint deck to find the base then choose three colors around it to produce a balanced palette. A neutral scheme allows your base color to stand out as a dynamic focal point.

Consider How Colors Impact You

Colors have enormous effect on how people feel so make sure you consider how the colors you choose impact you. Ensure that the colors you choose for a particular room match the goals you want to accomplish there. The color blue, for instance, relaxes people so it is best used in bedrooms where you want to rest after a busy day.

Try The Colors Out

Before getting an entire room painted, test out the paint colors that you plan to use. You also need to be aware that the color or finish may look totally different on different sides of the room because of lighting. Experts advise painting two coats of large swatches in a light corner and in a dark corner then look at them at different times of the day.

A new color scheme can give your home a new look. To get the best results, consider hiring experienced painting service providers. They can provide you with expert advice on color schemes and guarantee a hassle-free and clean painting job. University Painters has years of experience painting houses, offices and condominiums.  Contact us to get a free estimate for a painting job you have in mind.

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Written by Josh Jablon

Try Paint Colors On First

Have you ever gotten stuck thinking about what color to paint your kitchen?

You like that soft grey in the magazine, but how will look with your couch?

Now you don’t have to worry. With Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer, you can see how the exterior and interior of your home will look with any paint color. You can try on colors before you paint!

One of our favorite features is the ability to feel like a part of the great Fixer Upper show. In an instant either your great room or an inspirational room can be transformed with color in an instant!

In addition to Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer there are other useful apps that we highly suggest too! Check out, Sherwin-Williams Color Snap – This app for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android allows you to take an image of a color and match it to one of the company’s more than thousands paint colors. You can then browse Sherwin-Williams’ entire inventory to create a custom palette that complements your captured color. Detailed information about the palette you create can be saved to a library or shared via Facebook and email.

Benjamin Moore Color Capture – The app from this company favors iPhone and iPad users, but it also makes a version for those with an Android. The iPhone version allows photo matching, sharing and creating of a custom palette using Benjamin Moore paint colors, while the Android app allows only for photo matching and searching of the company’s inventory.

Behr ColorSmart – If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android, you can download this app to find, coordinate, and preview a Behr paint color. It also offers photo matching and the ability to preview colors in different rooms and styles using touch-and-tap technology. You can save colors, room images, and calculations to your account and share via Facebook and twitter.

All three of these apps, naturally, allow you to find a store near you at which you can pick up your new paint colors or seek further help with choosing the right colors for your rooms. All are free and work on both Mac and PC.

In terms of online paint color visualizers for your desktop or laptop, each of these companies offers one. Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer, Behr Paint Your Place and Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer all allow you to upload a photo of the room you plan to paint, then apply different paint colors to the walls with a simple drag and drop action. The Sherwin-Williams and Behr tools require you to download the program, plus install other programs such as Flash and Java, while the Benjamin Moore features can be used both online and through the downloaded program.

If you use any of these apps to dream up your new colors, we would love to see your ideas! Post them on our Facebook Page!

Home Painter, Interior Painting, Exterior Painting
Written by Josh Jablon

June's Color Of The Month!

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June’s color of the month comes to us from Sherwin Williams! Amazing Gray is a fantastic neutral base selection for both interior and exterior use. The neutral color palettes are very popular these days! Curious where this would work on your house? Shoji White, Alabaster and Carley’s Rose are three of Sherwin Williams’ recommendations to coordinate with it! Give us a call and let us help you with a new look!

Home Painter, Interior Painting, Exterior Painting
Written by Josh Jablon

June’s Color Of The Month!

June’s color of the month comes to us from Sherwin Williams! Amazing Gray is a fantastic neutral base selection for both interior and exterior use. The neutral color palettes are very popular these days! Curious where this would work on your house? Shoji White, Alabaster and Carley’s Rose are three of Sherwin Williams’ recommendations to coordinate with it! Give us a call and let us help you with a new look!