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Written by Colleen Kalil

Simple Steps for Choosing Paint Color

One of the nice things about designing and decorating the interior of your home is that you are not locked into one style. Because there are multiple rooms of different sizes, each room with its own special purpose and personality, you do not have to decide on just one or two color schemes. Another thing that is nice about painting individual rooms is that they are smaller. If you choose a color for a room then realize halfway through painting that the color just does not fit, it is an easy fix. There are a number of thoughts and tricks that come along with choosing the colors for the inside of your home, and the multi-talented professionals at University Painters are adept at helping you through the entire process.

When choosing the colors for a room, your personality plays a large role. Some people prefer bright, loud colors, while others prefer more subtle and muted tones. No matter what you are feeling, the first step is seeing how those colors will look in your space. Get multiple samples and swatches of the colors you are interested in so that you can see how they look in your home. The bright fluorescent lights in stores make paint samples look different compared to the natural lighting from your living room window. Take your color samples, put them on the wall, and see how they look at all times of the day; morning, afternoon, and night. See how they absorb the sunrise and reflect the light of the moon.

When you think you have found the color, collect multiple swatches of that color and tape them together on your wall creating a larger swatch. See what this color really looks like in your space. It is also important to test the paint on all of the walls in the room. The color will look different from different angles, and reflect light differently in certain areas. This will also give you the opportunity to test your color against different options for the color of your trim.

Decorating and painting the inside of your home can be stressful, so make sure to take your time and have fun with it. Play with different options and see what really appeals to you. You never know when the green you wanted in your bedroom may actually fit better in the bathroom. When you are ready to start painting, or if you need recommendations in choosing your paint, the trained eye of the staff at University Painters is ready to help. For more information, to set up an appointment, or request a quote, please visit univeristypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

To Roll or To Spray

When you purchase a new home, there is a lot that goes into building up the equity on the most valuable item you own. Of course, there are exterior areas that need attention, from landscaping to painting and siding, but the interior of the house is the most important area to take care. When dealing with interior design, it is important to make sure that things are arranged in a manner that has a nice flow as you do not want there to be a cluttered feel to your home. A lot of natural light is important, as well as shelving and furniture. But what really pulls the interior of a home together is the paint job, as the color you choose determines the mood of the room.
When painting the interior of your house, you get to decide whether you want to spray or roll your paint. When making this decision you have to first look at the area you are trying to paint. Paint rollers tend to be better for larger areas, while paint sprayers can work in smaller areas. The type of paint you are using makes quite a difference, as well. Thicker paints, latex paints and oil-based paints are better suited for paint sprayers as rollers will unevenly absorb these paint types. If you are looking for a more textured look to your paint, the sprayer is the way to go. Paint rollers only lay on the paint in one way, while the sprayer gives you the option of laying down different textures. There is also the concern about the life of your tools. Paint rollers simply do not last as long as sprayers do, and they cannot be reused. If you are a perfectionist, you may want to consider a roller because they can help you get sharp edges and perfect lines, while the sprayers are difficult to use if you are painting in an area where there are places that you do not want to paint.
With so many decisions to make, the easiest decision is to talk to the experts at University Painters. Their trained, Angie’s List Award Winning staff are experts in all areas of paint rolling and spraying, and any other painting needs you may have. In the time it takes you to figure out whether or not to buy a paint sprayer, or a dozen rollers, the skilled professionals at University Painters could have your job done. For more information or to schedule an appointment for an estimate, visit universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

The Attitude of a Room

Different colors evoke different emotions. Light blues and greens are known to be calming, and tend to help soothe and relax. High energy colors like bright yellows and purples can add a level of excitement and fun to an otherwise bland environment. When people get angry they say that they are “seeing red,” but red is really a color of strength and conviction. When painting the rooms in your home, there are hundreds of different color combinations that can be used to bring atmosphere to any room. Each room has its own identity, and with the help of the creative and inspired experts at University Painters, you can choose the right color to breathe life and positive energy into each room of your home.

The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, but plays one of the largest roles in our day. When you wake up in the morning, it is not uncommon to go straight from the bed to the bathroom, and vice versa at bed time. It is where you get ready to face the day, and the room should bring a calm and peaceful, yet lively energy to your day. Pastels can bring a Zen-like atmosphere to any bathroom. If your bathroom connects to a bedroom, consider warm colors that flow naturally into the color of the bedroom. Strong and contrasting colors can also give the illusion of space to a smaller bathroom.

The living room is your entertainment space. It’s where you and your family will relax and watch a movie, and it’s also the room where you will invite your friends for game night. Neutral colors are not only inviting, but can blend naturally into the colors of adjoining rooms. That makes them perfect for living rooms, which are often wide open spaces in the home. Do not be afraid of the multiple different options that are available in the spectrum of shades of white. A nice accent wall can stand out and give the room a little pop.

When it comes to the bedroom there are multiple things to consider. Start with how you want the room to feel; do you want it to have its own built-in energy, or be calm? Your bed sheets can also provide inspiration for the color scheme of the entire room, not just the bed. When painting your bedroom, consider giving the room a little extra character by coloring the ceiling. After walking through a house full of white ceilings, some unexpected color on the ceiling of your bedroom can really boost the room’s idiosyncrasy.

Each room in your home has its own personality that is chosen by you. The beautiful thing is, you can choose and change this personality over and over again. So every time you are ready to give a room a little facelift, let the experts at University Painters be your guides. For more information, to schedule an appointment, or request a quote, please visit universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Welcome to The Rock

There is something about a stone wall. They are beautiful, and can add a peaceful and calming effect to any room. What is not peaceful and calming is the bill that is associated with a stone or marble wall. There is a way to give your room that same rustic appeal without putting a dent in your bank account. A faux finish is a decorative painting technique that replicates the appearance of marble, stone, or wood, and the skilled professionals at University Painters are experts in this technique.

There are many other looks that can be created through faux finishing techniques other than wood and marble finishes. Sponging is one of the more popular and easiest options. This effect is best achieved by creating a paint mixture, then using a sponge to layer the paint over a pre-primed wall. Color washing can give a room a weathered look, and is also known as a “broken finish.” This look is produced by using a rag or towel to apply a translucent glaze over a bold base coat. Using long, light brush strokes will help produce a calm, light texture. Once you have primed the wall, and applied your base coat, take the rag and dip it in your glaze paint. Then apply it using light, circular strokes.

The stone and marble looks are a little more difficult to produce. After you have selected your color, apply it to a pre-primed wall in a base coat. Then take a flat or stain paint that is lighter in color than your base coat and apply a layer to the wall. Then with a rag or cloth, apply a darker shade of your base coat. You can use your creativity here to help produce a marbled or stone look that is perfect for lightening up any room, especially around a fireplace.

There are a number of different looks that can be achieved through the art of faux finishing and they are easier to describe than to perfect. The trained painters at the Angie’s List Award Winning University Painters, are masters of these techniques and are ready to help provide your home with the perfect finishing touch. For more information or to set up an appointment for a quote, visit universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Lead Based Paints and what you should know

As with any interior paint, you want to know that the paint that is on your walls is the best paint for your walls. As far back as 1978 and even before that, the Federal Government realized the dangers of lead-based paint. In 1978 the Federal Government put a ban on the sale of lead-based paints to consumers. Unfortunately, even today there are still older homes with lead-based paint on their interior walls.

The Federal Government believed that there were many ways that humans could be exposed to lead-based paints. It was believed that the exposure could be airborne, or through food, drinking water, soil and of course dust from peeling paint. But what were some of the reasons behind the ban being ordered? Here are a few ways that humans were being affected that set the ban in motion:

Depending on the amounts of exposure, it ranged from learning disabilities, severe behavioral problems to brain and nervous system impairments. Whether it was from toddlers ingesting the paint to pregnant women being exposed to the lead-based paint, the threat was real for mental and physical disabilities. Pregnant women were believed to give birth to children with disabilities if exposed.

In recent years, many precautions have been put in place to protect the consumers from exposure. Starting with sales of lead-based paint being discontinued to painting contractors having to take classes and become certified to work on older homes, the government is stepping up to assure consumer safety.

If you have any concerns about your home and would like some answers from a qualified professional, please feel free to contact us at University Painters.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

The Art of Cutting In

So it’s about that time. The interior of your house hasn’t had a new coat of paint since 1976, and it has been put off long enough. You’ve gone through the color wheel, the paint has been picked out, you have your brushes, rollers and all the necessary tools. It’s time to start painting. It sounds easy enough. You just put the paint on the roller and get it on the wall. But first. . .. the tricky part. This is when it comes to the edges. What should you do here? You could pull out the masking tape, or you could cut in by hand. These are the tough decisions you have to make in order to get that paint job perfect, and these are the types of decisions and techniques that the skilled professionals at the Angie’s List Award Winning University Painters specialize in.

Cutting in is a technique that requires skill and patience. It involves using a brush to put a layer of paint around the corners and edges of the area being painted. It truly is an art. When cutting in, it is difficult to get the paint to dry the exact same shade as the paint that is being rolled on. One thing I have learned is that it is important to pick the right brush. A high quality brush doesn’t have to be expensive; you just have to know what you’re looking for. A firm, angled brush, 2-3 inches in width is perfect. But once you have the brush, then what?

If you look online you will find a laundry list of articles about the proper way to cut in when painting. Some say put on one thick coat, some say two coats with the first being a light coat, some say to let it dry, others say leave it wet. You can spend more time looking at videos and reading up on the process than it would take you to do the actual painting. This is such an unnecessary headache. The trained craftsman at University Painters have perfected this technique, and are ready to provide the perfect paint job for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

The Prep is Half the Fun

When you decide to take on the job of painting the walls of any room in your house, it is important to make sure that you have covered all the bases. You need to select the color, pick the paint, and get your tools ready, but do not forget about the prep work. Making sure that you have properly prepared the area that you are going to paint is 80% of the job, and if you do not get that part right, the paint job itself will never turn out the way you envisioned. The highly skilled and well trained professionals at University Painters know the importance of the prep work that comes with any task, and will properly prepare your area before applying the most spectacular paint job that you have ever seen.
Naturally, you want to make sure that you have moved the furniture and protected the floor and anything you do not want to paint. You have to remove all wall hangings, and electrical outlet plates from the wall. Now the walls are ready to be cleaned. That’s right; you have to clean the walls before you paint them. Grease and stains can show right through the paint, so it is important to make sure that you take soap and water and give those walls a good scrubbing. Do not forget to rinse and give them plenty of time to dry.
It is also wise to sand the walls before you start painting. There could be bubbles in the old paint job or bumps in the dry wall, and if you want your new paint job to really freshen up the room, you want to start with a smooth surface. Drips and accidents happen, so make sure to tape up all the baseboards and molding. It is also important to put a coat of primer on the wall before applying the paint.
There is a lot more to painting a wall than just painting the wall; the award-winning and talented staff at University Painters knows this all too well. If you want a truly jaw-dropping fresh look for any room in your house, it is important to have the job done correctly, and if it is done by University Painters, you can rest assured that not only the paint job will be perfect, but any necessary preparation work will be done properly. For more information or to set up an appointment or request a quote, go to universitypainters.com.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Molding Ideas for Your Home

Adding moldings to any home not only adds character to the room but also adds elegance. When choosing molding around your windows, ceiling and doors, use a painting company such as University Painters who is capable of carpentry work, as well as painting. There are different styles of moldings and trim to help enhance your home. Trim can be added if you want a clean, simple look around windows and doors, but you will want it to flow well with the moldings that you are adding. Here are a few of the different molding types.

Crown Moldings: Crown moldings cover a large family of moldings that are available in many styles and designs that are used to create visual eye appeal for ceilings. They can be simple or elaborate, depending on the desired look. Some of the types available are Cove, Colonial, Classic Dentil, or solid, covering the transition between the ceiling and the wall. This type of molding will help add a decorative appearance as well as enhance the room’s appearance.

Chair Rail Moldings: Chair rail molding is a trim that is used on a wall to display a decorative look by drawing your eye away from the continuous pattern. It is attached horizontally and is typically between 2” to 3” wide and placed on average 32” to 36” from the floor, depending on the ceiling height. In earlier days it was believed to be designed with hooks to hold chairs, hence the name chair rail.

Casing: This type of molding is used to cover the space between windows or doors and the walls to help keep the area insulated. This molding type is generally known as trim. It is normally less wide than a base trim/molding and not as thick.

A lot of thought should be put into the types of molding used in your home, whether you are planning to do it yourself or plan to use a professional company like University Painters. Do your home work and be knowledgeable of what the result is you are trying to achieve.

Feel free to contact us at University Painters for advice or a free quote.




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Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Painting and Mold Issues

From time to time homes have interior mold issues from water damage caused by plumbing leaks or flooding. That said, it is possible for bathrooms especially, to have problem areas, because of the constant humidity and lack of ventilation. If you do not have proper ventilation such as adequate air flow from fans or windows, mold or mildew can be present and bleed through the paint not only causing ugly yellowing but also health considerations. Here are some things to know that might save you time and money.

For years consumers have been told that using a bleach and water mixture will kill the mold and keep it from returning but is more of a misconception than a fact. It is believed now that the bleach mixture will wipe it off the walls but not destroy it. Now professionals are recommending cleaning the walls with a borax and water solution and allowing this to dry completely before the next step. Of course, you can always retain the services of a professional like University Painters to handle the job for you from start to finish, saving you time and money.

After you are sure the walls are completely dry you will want to add a primer such as Kilz that has a latex stain blocker built in. You want to be sure that every wall surface in the room has been covered completely so there is no bleed-through from the mold spores. You may choose to add an additional coat of primer. Again, it is extremely important that you find the origination of the mold and fix the problem.

As stated before, mold or mildew is not just an annoyance that you have to deal with because of the de-colorization it causes but it is also a health issue. It can irritate your eyes, causing burning and itching. It can cause breathing problems, headaches, fatigue or make you feel like you’re in a fog. If you have sinus difficulties, you can be at risk for other health related problems. As you can see, it is imperative that you destroy any interior mold in your home.

We at University Painters have the experience and knowledge to help you with any of your mold and cleanup needs. Feel free to call us for a free quote or any questions you may have.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Pre-qualifying the professional interior painter

So you’ve decided to use a professional painter to do your interior paint job – now comes the important part – choosing a reliable firm. There are many painters out there that claim to be professionals but knowing their qualifications and insurance coverage will help save you time, money and headaches in the end.

One of the first things to do is go to your state’s business search website to see if they are registered with the state for interior painting and not just as a handyman.  Another way is to look at online Yelp reviews and the Better Business Bureau in the originating town of the business. Be aware that if you ask the business for customer references, if the business is not reputable in the first place, they may try using friends and family as references.  Always verify a business through several sources.

One of the reasons you need to check their insurance is to be sure they are current with their general liability and workmen’s compensation coverage. I know this does not seem like something that might affect you, but it definitely could. If they are not current on their workmen’s compensation coverage and someone gets hurt on the job on your property, it could be the responsibility of your homeowner’s insurance to cover their medical bills. As for the general liability, if there is damage to your home or personal belongings during the painting process you want to be sure there is enough current coverage in place, otherwise you will be out the cost of the damages.

One other thing is to ensure that all workers in your home have had background checks performed; you need to know who will be in your home around your personal belongings and family members. This should be a prerequisite to you hiring a company. When all is said and done, you want to know that the work will be done in a timely manner with the least risk and intrusion into your life. University Painters is fully insured with $2,000,000 of General Liability Insurance and are Fully Compliant with all Worker’s Compensation requirements. The University Painters Estimator will provide proof of their insurance at the time of the estimate. Contact us at University Painters to learn more about our quality, dependable, insured painting services.

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