The Best Way to Clean Painted Walls

Cleaning your walls is probably not high on your cleaning priority list. In fact, it may not be on your cleaning list at all but even if you are the type to tackle the chore annually, walls are likely the most neglected portion of your house. This is admittedly ironic considering walls make up the largest surface area in a residence. Perhaps the sheer size is what makes the chore so daunting. It’s similar to window cleaning. You have to mentally prepare to tackle the enormity of it, but don’t let the size of the project daunt you. We have some tips and tricks and insights into the best ways to clean your walls.

Why It’s Important to Clean Your Walls

It’s important to clean your walls regularly because they like to collect grease, grime, bacteria, allergens, and even odors. If you have children, they are especially attractive to tiny, dirty hands that like to touch them and leave their mark. Fingerprints and scuff marks are probably the biggest contributors to dingy walls. There is an upside though, you don’t have to worry about dust on the walls since it’s a vertical surface so go ahead and scratch dusting from the list. Though if you are including baseboards in your wall cleaning regimen, you’ll have to add dusting back in as they do tend to collect dust very well, indeed. Sorry!

How to Clean Painted Walls

Walls do not require heavy duty cleaning, major elbow grease, or super strength cleaning products. In fact, if you have quality paint on the surface all they require is a nice light swipe with a microfiber cloth and a water based cleaner. Definitely avoid scrubbing painted surfaces so as not to ruin the paint finish. For stubborn marks and scuffs, you can gently scrub using a fine abrasive material like a Mr Clean Magic Eraser type sponge.

Here is a great how-to video that very cleverly suggests using a mop and a dry Swiffer to make quick work of cleaning your walls.

How Often Should You Clean Your Walls?

The short and sweet answer to the question of how often you should clean your walls is once a year at least. The longer answer is, it depends on how many people/pets inhabit your home, your health, and your lifestyle.

  • Homes with high activity, pets, small children, or people who battle allergies will probably need a good cleaning every three to four months to keep up with demand.
  • Homes with one to two adults and little activity are fine to do this once or twice a year.

Spot cleaning here and there should be an ongoing strategy when it comes to keeping your walls clean. If you keep up with spot cleaning and then annually or biannually cleaning the walls in your home, then it won’t be such a large task going forward. Another way to lessen the wall cleaning burden is to make it part of a monthly cleaning routine and do one room per month rather than do them all at once.

Do you have an upcoming painting project? Then, it is time to clean the walls. You want your painter to have a nice clean surface to work with.

Quality Paint Products Make Cleaning Easier

If walls still look dirty and scuffed up after a good clean, maybe it’s time to repaint your walls to return them to their original, spotless glory. Be sure to choose a high quality paint product. It will make the job of cleaning your walls in the future a much faster endeavor as well as resist stains and odors.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate at (800) 699-4558. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

How Often to Repaint Your Home’s Interior

Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update and refresh your home. But how often should you repaint your interior walls? The answer depends on a few questions.

How much wear and tear occurs, what is the space used for, and how often is the area used? Each room has a different timeline as far as how often to repaint. Rooms that get heavier traffic will need to be repainted more often, while others can last years before needing a repaint.

Hallways and Corridors

These areas in your home experience heavy traffic and a lot of wear and tear. Dents and scuff marks, worn out corners, and fingerprints can all be signs that the hallways and corridors in your home could use some fresh paint. It’s recommended to repaint these areas every two to three years.

Kitchens & Bathrooms

In many homes, kitchens are the main hub of the house. From grease stains, smoke, and spaghetti sauce splattered on the ceiling, kitchen walls and ceilings are prone to getting pretty dirty.

It goes without saying, but bathrooms are used quite frequently. But the biggest issue in bathrooms is the humidity and moisture. They can impact the longevity of the paint used in these rooms. It is best to plan to repaint rooms like the kitchen and bathroom every three to four years.

Bedrooms

How often to repaint bedrooms depends on who is or isn’t occupying them. Guest rooms and adult rooms rarely require frequent repainting and can go five years before a repaint.

Kids’ rooms, on the other hand, are a different story. Sticky and dirty hands touching walls, artwork with crayons, playtime, and just growing older and having different preferences can all play a part in how often you need to repaint kids’ rooms. Every two years is ideal for repainting kids’ rooms and keeping them looking fresh.

Living Rooms and Dining Rooms

Formal spaces like living rooms and dining rooms don’t need to be repainted too often due to wear and tear. Bigger pieces of furniture can act as buffers protecting the walls. How frequently you repaint is dependent on changes in style and decor. The paint in a living room or dining room can last five to seven years, depending on your lifestyle.

Trim and Molding

Arguably the most abused and frequently beat up parts of the house, trim and molding should be repaired and repainted every two to three years. One of the functions of trim like baseboards and door casings are to protect the walls from dings and nicks so it makes sense they’d take need painting more frequently to stay looking nice.

Repaint Your Interior Regularly

Are you surprised how often you should repaint your interior walls and trim? If you thought it was a ten-to-fifteen-year span before you should repaint, then you might need to adjust your timeline.  However, there is no absolute rule. Take into consideration your lifestyle and the amount of activity that goes on in. your home when determining when to repaint. Keep in mind too, that walls painted by professionals tend to last longer than DIY walls.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate at (800) 699-4558. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

How to Store Leftover Paint the Right Way

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If there was a rite of passage in homeownership, it would be some sort of painting project. Windows, doors, trim, furniture, steps, railings, decks, walls, ceilings, it seems like everything in your home needs painting. Even if you hire a painter, once the project is finished there is always the question of how to store and keep the leftover paint.

It’s common to have leftovers from a project and keeping it around is a good idea for the inevitable future touch ups. Paint can be expensive, so storing it properly is important to prevent it from going bad and extending the shelf life. Here are some pro-tips for storing your leftover paint correctly and keeping it fresh for as long as possible.

Reseal the Paint Can Properly

Paint is kept freshest by storing it in an airtight container. Paint cans do this all on their own but damaging the lid when opening can affect the resealing process later when the project is finished.

While screwdrivers have been a popular tool to open paint cans for DIYers, this can dent or warp the lid. It’s best to use an actual paint can opener, which is designed to not damage the lid. When it comes time to reseal the paint can use a rubber mallet to gently tap the edges of the lid into the grooves of the can.

If you are not using the original paint can, or you don’t have much left, you can use a glass jar, like a mason jar with a self-sealing lid. Whatever container you use, make sure you use the information from the can to label the paint with the sheen and paint color.

Where to Store Leftover Paint

When it comes to where you should store your leftover paint, there are a few things to consider, such as climate, temperature, and sunlight.

If you are thinking of storing it in a garage or shed this is where considering the climate comes in. You don’t want it to freeze, and you don’t want it to be baking in extreme heat. Extreme temperatures like heat will dry out the paint, and freezing temps can cause the paint to separate, creating something that resembles curdled milk. With all that in mind, sheds and garages are not typically the best place for storing leftover paint.

You want to keep your paint in a cool, dry place, and out of direct sunlight. You also want to keep it somewhere that the temperature stays between 60 and 80 degrees. For many homeowners, the basement is an ideal choice.

Shelf Life of Opened Paint

Once a paint can is opened, most paints have a shelf life of two years. But it’s important to consider the environment, temperature changes, and other variables that may decrease the shelf life. Different paints may require different storage temperatures so make sure to be aware of that.

How to tell if Paint has Gone Bad

Just like food, a telltale sign that paint has gone bad is the smell. Paint that is no longer fresh can have a strong sour odor, like rotten eggs. If it doesn’t smell, also check the consistency. If after stirring the paint it is not smooth and contains chunks, it’s time to safely dispose of the paint.

If you still aren’t sure, when in doubt, throw it out. It’s always best to start with fresh paint.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate at (800) 699-4558. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting Textured Walls

Textured walls can be an attractive feature in your home that adds visual interest to walls and ceilings, especially with a nice coat of paint. Perhaps a new color will help you embrace the aesthetic if you don’t love your textured walls. 

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If you genuinely hate your textured walls, a skim coat with joint compound will smooth them out, or in the case of popcorn textures, a good scrape will rid you of those little bumps. For those of us who don’t want to take the time or expense to abolish the intentional imperfections on the wall surfaces in our home, here is a guide to painting textured walls. 

Types of Textured Walls 

There are myriad reasons why walls have a textured finish. The most common is it’s a quick way to finish drywall. Making a wall perfectly smooth takes precision and patience. It has to be taped, skimmed and sanded until it’s flawless. A quicker and often more affordable process is to put a bit of texture on it to hide imperfections. These are the common texture types: 

Knockdown – This drywall finish comes from watering down the joint compound. It creates a dimpled, crater effect after being applied with a trowel. 

Mud Swirl – Usually applied by a skilled tradesperson, this texture results from half circles or swirls made with the teeth of a trowel. 

Orange Peel – This texture comes from spraying on mud compound mixed with water. When finished, it looks like the skin of an orange, hence the name.  

Popcorn –  Many people have strong negative feelings about this type of texture. It’s drywall mud mixed with styrofoam or other materials to give it a highly bumpy surface. 

Priming is Preferred

We always suggest priming a textured wall. There are primers on the market made specifically for uneven walls or ceilings. Usually, they are labeled as “high build” or for a “problem surface.” If your textured wall has never been painted before, it is essential that you prime it. If painted in the past, you may opt to skip the priming, but we advise against it. 

Choose Satin or Semi-Gloss Paint 

When considering a paint finish for your textured wall, it’s all about reflecting light. Don’t use a matte or flat finish paint. Use a satin or semi-gloss paint finish. The higher sheen level will accentuate the texture and be easier to clean. 

Use a Thick Nap Roller

Buckle up because painting a textured wall is tedious and time-consuming. The uneven variations cause you to go over the same spot several times to cover the area with paint evenly. Painting pros use a roller with a thick nap for orange peel, knockdown, and popcorn textures. Either a one and a 1 ¼ inch or 1 ½ inch nap will work. 

Apply a Second Coat 

We know it’s painful, but adding a second coat of paint to textured walls is the last step in creating a beautifully painted room or ceiling. If you are using a dark paint color, it will help deepen the hue, and you’ll catch any spots you missed the first time around. 

Hire a Painter

Painting textured walls take twice the time it would typically take to complete. Save yourself the headaches and time and hire a painter to do the heavy lifting that comes with textured walls. 

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate at (800) 699-4558. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

You Are My Sunshine: Your Guide to Interior Yellow Paint

Winter is here, and for many, that means 50 shades of gray, with the sun hiding away. The winter months can feel never ending, and we can begin to wonder if we’ll ever feel the sunshine again. Who says we must wait until the end of winter for that feeling of warmth, brightness, and happiness of summer?

Yellow paint is the ultimate mood booster and can make us feel the happiest. You may be hesitant to consider yellow paint for the interior of the home, and it can seem like a bold choice.  But there are endless shades of yellow, and there will certainly be a shade that fits your personal style.

Every hue of yellow that you can imagine; daffodil, lemon, butter, golden yellow, canary, and so many more, will brighten up a space, even on the grayest of days.

Follow this simple guide of how to use yellow paint in your home, and you will surely be singing, “You make me happy when skies are gray,” all year round.

Consider the Lighting and Window Views

Yellow is a chameleon color. The natural lighting, or lack of, in a space affects the way the shade of yellow you choose appears in your home. For spaces with many windows, brighter shades will do well with the abundance of natural light. Brighter yellows will also look stunning against the landscape outside the window.

For spaces that have few windows, using buttery yellow shades will help illuminate the dim and darker rooms in a house.

Consider the Existing Finishes in the Room

When exploring yellow paint colors, you will find warm or cool shades. Warm shades of yellow have orange undertones, while cool shades of yellow have green undertones.  These undertones will affect the finish that may already be present in the room, like woods or metals.

For example, silver finishes will work better with a cool yellow shade with green undertones, and darker wood finishes will pair best with warm yellows with orange undertones.

Use accent Wall and Wall Decor to Tone it Down

Yellow is a powerful color, and it can feel daunting and overwhelming. If you aren’t fully committed to painting an entire room yellow, opt for an accent wall instead, and layer it with artwork. A yellow accent wall as the backdrop to a picture gallery will make the pictures pop, while at the same time subduing the yellow.

Shades of Yellow to Consider

With so many options to choose from, we have selected 3  of our favorite yellow shades for some inspiration.

Behr-Corn Stalk

Corn Stalk is a part of Behr’s 2022 color trend palette. It’s a buttercream shade that you can almost taste, and it’s both inviting and cheerful. This shade is perfect for those that aren’t looking for an overpowering color and desire a room to elicit a feeling rather than making a bold statement.

Benjamin Moore- Pale Moon

We love everything from the name to the softness of this shade. The moon reflects the sun, and as the moon brings light to a dark night, this shade will do wonders to brighten and warm a room that doesn’t have a lot of natural lighting. While the Pale Moon is a softer yellow shade its effects on a space will be both sunny and illuminating.

Sherwin Williams- Bakelite Gold

Sherwin Williams curated four paint color palettes for 2022, and this 1970s inspired shade has us beaming. While other gold shades can be difficult to incorporate, this shade has strong traces of orange undertones and will go into any space with ease. Use Bakelite Gold in a living room or workspace and it will bring life and boost creativity.

The bottom line is yellow paint is seasonless, and will certainly brighten up the gloomiest of days, while only enhancing the sunnier ones. With endless shades of yellows, it will be impossible not to find one that fits your personality and individuality. And also, not jeopardize what already exists in the space.

Flowers Painting is a full service interior painting company that provides color consulting. Our professionals would love to work with you to find your perfect shade of yellow. Contact us today to begin your journey towards brighter and more cheerful days ahead.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 Paint Colors of the Year

2022 is upon us, and it brings some exciting and vibrant paint trends with it. At Flowers Painting we are celebrating another new year and ready to tackle painting interior walls with fresh new hues from the top paint lines and color trendsetters. The biggest names in interior painting have selected their color or colors of the year, all of which promise a mood of good vibes and cheer.

Pantone- Very Peri

Pantone has created, for the first time ever, a brand new hue to take the spotlight as color of the year. This color has vivacious blue and violet overtones, with an equally exciting red undertone. Very Peri certainly is energetic and will bring to life any space it occupies.

This color is best paired with creamy neutrals, or with a deep navy blue or brown.

Sherwin-Williams- Evergreen Fog

If the electrifying Very Peri isn’t your style, Sherwin-Williams color of the year is a gentle gray-green hue, yet it will define a space without being overly bold.  This continues to pull the outdoors into the home, which has been Sherwin-William’ motif with color trends for the last couple of years. Evergreen Fog is meant to promote feelings of new beginnings, growth, and revitalization.

This shade pairs beautifully with classic white and is very versatile when paired with different design styles.

Behr- Breezeway

This shade is a soft silvery-blue green, with cool undertones, and brings to mind the image of sea glass. The idea behind this shade is to offer a sense of tranquility, healing, and restoration, but it’s also crisp and bright enough to energize a room.

Pair Breezway with jet black and white for an eye catching, sharp contrast. While this shade speaks to coastal elegance, it will also pair wonderfully with vintage and contemporary design styles.

Benjamin Moore-October Mist

This silvery-green botanical shade draws its inspiration from the stem of a flower, and as always, the energy found in nature has a soothing and calming effect. This shade will do well in spaces such as bedrooms and home offices because it’s call to calmness will free the mind for dreams and creativity to blossom.

The neutrality of this shade also allows for personality and individuality to flourish. Because it has a neutral tone, October Mist will fall into harmony with just about any color you chose but is a great alternative to white and gray.

Velspar-Colors of the Year

Velspar couldn’t decide on just one color the year, so it created a palette of 12 colors to all share the spotlight in 2022. The palette consists of warm neutrals, dusty pastels, and soothing greens and blues, all inspired by, yes, you guessed it, nature. All Valspar’s shades were selected to power moods of peacefulness and optimism, and with names like Subtle Peach, Delighted Moon, and Mountain River, it certainly seems possible.

Having a palette of colors that stand side by side harmoniously allows for homeowners to have options to create the mood they want in their homes. Click here to see more of Velspar’s Colors of the Year.

Whichever color or palette of the year you find yourself most drawn to, all of them are meant to bring feelings of health, optimism, and serenity. Let’s hope these things truly define 2022. And what better way to manifest good energy than splashing some new colors around the spaces we live in.

Our experts at Flowers Painting would love to help you with all your painting needs this year and create some good energy in your home. Give us a call today!

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

Color Profile: Navy Paint Colors

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There is no doubt that 2021 has been the dawn of the interior designers’ blue period, blues are popping up everywhere from furniture and decor to walls and paint for cabinetry and doors. The buzz around hues of blue are going to be sticking around through 2022.

In fact, Navy blue was named 2021’s color of the year, and so let’s take a deeper look at this elegant and tranquil shade.

Why so Blue?

Navy blue is leading the charge when it comes to being a top choice for interior color trends for 2021, and surely this will carry into 2022. Navy, like black, is a shade that can be used as a neutral backdrop that can be used to soften or amp up a room depending on the decor. Navy blue transforms every and any space imaginable from bedrooms to kitchen cabinets and everything in between. Navy is a tried and true color that has grown in popularity for everything from fashion to furniture and is emerging as a go-to shade for interior paint for any room.

A deep shade of blue offers the ability to evoke a range of emotions from moody to calming–yet, always proves to be both chic and modern while remaining classic and sophisticated. It is no wonder why so many designers and homeowners alike are turning to navy—from paint to furniture, navy is a tried and true shade that is both trendy and timeless.

True Blue: How to Use Navy in Your Home

  • Color Family: Blues
  • Complementary Color: Orange
  • Pairs Well With: Black, white, metallics, neutrals
  • Mood: Powerful, calming, sophisticated
  • Where to Use: Kitchen cabinets, accent walls, and dining rooms

If it’s time for you to get in the know with navy, check five of our favorite designer-approved navy paint colors:

  1. Old Navy- Benjamin Moore: A dark navy that makes a statement. This versatile true navy pairs well with both neutrals and bold accent colors. It can be sleek and sophisticated, or trendy and modern.
  2. Hale Navy- Benjamin Moore: One of the most popular navy blue paints, with its lack of green undertone, this shade is a versatile neutral tone of navy that works well with crisp whites. This paint is dark enough to boast a statement with enough blue pigment to never be confused with black. “The perfect shade of navy”
  3. Naval- Sherwin Williams: This mix of deep sea blue and night sky creates a unique blend for the perfect shade of navy blue paint. This shade has an aqua undertone that is great for a bohemian style or a classic, sophisticated style.
  4. Mysterious- Sherwin Williams: This almost black-blue pulls grayish undertones for a dark, elegant deep navy blue with just the right level of ‘moody’. This shade is rich and deep and makes a wonderful accent color for bookshelves, powder rooms, or island cabinets.
  5. Salty Dog- Sherwin Williams: If you’re envisioning a moody sea, you’re picturing the right shade of dark blue. This navy blue paint color has a strong green undertone reminiscent of a dark and deep ocean. Looking almost black, this shade works best in areas with lots of natural light and pairs well with lighter accent colors and trim, creating a striking contrast for a bold and beautiful look.

Tips on Choosing the Right Navy Blue for You

When choosing the perfect navy hue from the almost endless tints and tones available, there are some tips you may want to follow to make sure you select the right shade for your project. First, always get a sample of any color you may be considering, different shades can look different in various types of light making them look vastly different in the sales showroom than they will when you get them home.

Secondly, you’ll want to consider the light reflective value (LRV) of the color you’re using. Paint colors are assigned a number on a 0-100 scale. The closer to 0 the LRV is the darker it is, likewise, the closer to 100 the lighter it is. To avoid getting a shade that is too dark or too light once you get it home, determine the LRV to get a more perfect match to what you’re hoping the color will look like once on the walls, furnishings, or cabinets.

Lastly, consider the accents and decor around which you’ll be using the navy paint. While navy is a neutral that will spruce up any space and generally blends well with a wide array of colors, trends, patterns and themes, there are some accents that work better with navy paint than others and will make your room really pop. For example, rich wood and orange offer a striking contrast that creates a beautiful, eye-catching look. On the other hand, neutrals such as creams, beiges, whites, and gray balance the stark navy for a calm, soothing mood.

When you’re ready to dive into the sea of navy and choose a beautiful, luxurious deep blue shade of paint, contact the experts at Flowers Painting to book your consultation today.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

The Great Debate: Paint First or New Floors First

When renovating your home or moving into a new one where you’ll be replacing the flooring many DIY homeowners ask themselves whether to paint first or install the new floor first. While opinions vary, unfortunately there is no clear-cut answer to this question, but we serve to dissect the pros and cons of both in this blog.

When to Install Floors First

Naturally, most would assume painting would be the first in order to avoid any spills or mishaps during the painting process. However, there are instances when the seemingly lengthy flooring installation process should be completed first. Experts agree that flooring should be done before any interior painting. Why? The tasks that must be taken to install new flooring—sanding, tearing up old carpet, removing glue, cutting new flooring pieces, and so on can stir up dust, debris, and be an incredibly messy job that can cause damage to the walls and trim in the process.

These tasks would cause damage needing repair that would ruin your paint job and inevitably consume more time and money to re-do the project. While many might argue that they are concerned about damage to the new floors from paint, flooring can be covered with drop cloths to protect them during the painting process unlike walls and baseboards.

However, any preparatory work that the walls may need should be done prior to installing the flooring—for much the same reasons mentioned above. Sanding, patching, or wallpaper removal can also cause damage and debris landing on the new floors that would require further repair to the floors.

Of course there are some factors to consider that could change whether or not paint is first or floors such as the condition of the walls, the type of flooring being installed, and whether or not either is going to be done professionally. In either case, it is usually recommended to paint the ceilings immediately after wall prep is completed and before anything is done with the floors as ladders will be resting on the flooring, and flooring installation will not affect the ceilings.

When to Paint First

Many experts agree that in most cases flooring installation should always be done first, but there may be some instances where painting first can save time and will not be majorly affected by the flooring demo or install. For example, if you have old carpet that you don’t care about getting paint on or an exposed subfloor that will only be covered up during the installation anyway.

In cases where the flooring installation is simple, such as when using prefinished material such as engineered hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile, painting first may be the best course of action since these materials do not require additional tasks such as sanding, cutting, or finishing that would create dust and debris. Furthermore, these floors have a higher risk of damage from paint drips and spills since they are already finished.

Tips for Successful Painting and Installation

Whatever you choose to do first, the most important thing is to protect whatever part of the room is already completed from the next phase of the project. To protect your new floors, once the flooring has been installed you’ll want to be sure to protect the floors and baseboards by masking using painter’s tape and drop cloths. Another helpful tip is to consider the type of flooring you’ve installed. For different kinds of floors, you will need to take different precautions to protect them during the painting process.

When hiring professional painting services, there are some things you can do to prepare for their arrival, however they will come prepared with all the necessary tools and expertise to protect your new flooring investment. These are some of the benefits of hiring a professional painting crew, like the professionals at Flowers Painting.

With the right precautions in place, there should be little to no concern of damaging your new floors with paint.

Turn to the Professionals

Many homeowners don’t realize the proper sequence of events when planning their home renovation which can cause unnecessary costs and labor adding to the project. Consulting with contractors and the professionals at Flowers Flooring and Painting to avoid such mishaps. To ensure that the job is done properly and with great efficacy, hiring the experts may be the best course of action.

Flowers Flooring offers a wide range of flooring options, colors, styles, and professional installation services to guarantee the job is done right and with ease to the homeowner.

The professionals at Flowers Painting then can work their magic with a brush and transform your walls with their expert painting services.

Contact us to schedule your free estimates today!

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

The Best Paint Colors for a Home Theater

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Every movie lover has dreamed of one day having their very own home theater. After all, what’s better than cozying up to watch a film in your pajamas? No traffic, no long lines, and no noisy movie-goers.

We’re so excited you’ve decided to create a movie theater space in your home. But before you can pick out what’s on the queue to watch first, we have to take it back a few steps to create the room of your dreams. We’re here to help you decide one of the most crucial first steps to designing your theater: the wall color.

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Getting Started

We know it seems simple, but the walls in your theater can make or break the entire look and feel that you’re going for. No need to fret about soundproofing either, regular drywall works just fine for the average home theater. If you’re concerned, consider sound absorption panels on the wall connected to a neighboring room.

As for the rest of your walls, it’s time to start brainstorming color ideas. Your home theater walls are the foundation to the rest of the room and can mean the difference between an average theater experience and an exceptional one.

Choosing The Paint Color

You’ve probably never stepped into a theater that had bright white walls— and there’s a good reason for that. Lighter colors reflect light from the screen, which can create a less-than-ideal viewing experience. That being said, darker shades are a safe bet when choosing paint colors for your home theater.

Not sure how to choose? We recommend taking a few moments to consider how you want your home theater to feel, and then choosing a corresponding color to fit those goals.

Luxurious: Deep wine reds paired with gold hardware accents will give you the indulgent theater you’re dreaming of.

Comfortable: Browns and deep beiges give the highly sought-after feeling of comfort and relaxation.

Bold: Dark greys and even black (yes, black) are perfect for a full immersion experience. Note that this can make the room appear smaller but is sure to make an impression.

Playful: Dark blues and navy hues give a favorable viewing vibe while remaining fun and modern.

Choosing The Paint Finish

Don’t forget about the finish when choosing your paint colors. Remember that walls and color are reflective, so avoid all gloss or satin finish paints. Instead, go with a matte or eggshell finish for the best, least-distracting experience. It makes a huge difference, we promise.

Don’t Forget the Details

Remember that the goal of your home theater room is to minimize outside light and reflections, so cover all windows and avoid glass or mirrors when decorating. Prioritize speaker needs and placements and plan accordingly when working on your walls.

As for the floor, we recommend wall-to-wall carpet. Not only is it cozy, but it also helps further absorb sound to create optimal viewing for those inside the room, and fewer distractions for those outside the room.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

 

Different Types of Paint Sheens

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A paints “sheen” simply refers to how glossy the paint is. This can be an important factor for interior painting projects. The glossier the paint, the shinier it is and the easier it will reflect the light. Any can of paint will clearly indicate which type of gloss the paint is – but how do you know which gloss to pick? Would a high gloss work in a particular area, or perhaps a satin gloss? This blog will help you decipher the different paint sheen types and provide a simple guide for what sheen should go where. 

If you are not worried about the gloss, that’s okay. You can get by with the same gloss throughout your entire home, as long as you find a paint sheen that you like. But for houses with pets and children and homes that are using a number of different paint colors, gloss can be a more important factor. Here’s what Flowers Painting suggests. 

High Gloss:

Flowers Painting recommends a high gloss sheen for kitchens, windows and doors. High gloss paints are more reflective and will help brighten a room. However, high gloss paints have additional advantages as well. A high gloss makes them particularly easy to clean when compared to other paint sheens, and stains will not seep into the paint as easily if an accident does occur. These advantages are what makes high gloss the perfect sheen for kitchens, since you may need to clean off spills or evaporated cooking oils from the walls. High gloss is also a good choice for windows and doors, where wiping off fingerprints becomes much easier. 

Semi-Gloss:

Semi-gloss paints have some of the same benefits of high gloss paints but aren’t quite as shiny. Semi-gloss is a very versatile paint that looks great in almost any shade and can also be cleaned easily when necessary. Flowers Painting suggests using it in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s also a good choice for trim work. 

Satin:

Satin finish is the most popular interior paint choice and fits a wide variety of applications while looking great. While you can clean satin paint, you can’t scrub it as you can high gloss paints without risking damage. For this reason, Flowers Painting recommends utilizing satin sheen paint in areas that might need occasional cleaning but aren’t exactly high-traffic areas in your home. Satin is most suitable for family rooms, kid’s rooms and foyer. 

Eggshell:

Eggshell paints are not reflective and have more of a subdued appearance. They are also more difficult to clean than glossier paints. That said, they are still a very popular choice for interior paint sheen. Flowers Painting suggests selecting an eggshell sheen for areas of the home that rarely need to be cleaned, such as the dining room and living room. Avoid areas where the walls get touched frequently or bumped up against on a regular basis. 

Flat or Matte:

The lowest gloss paints are either flat or matte. This class of paint is a latex paint that is very classy and quiet. The lack of any luster makes these paints good for quiet, private areas such as adult bedrooms. 

There are no steadfast rules when it comes to selecting a paint sheen for a particular area in your home. If you have questions about what would work best in a particular area simply schedule a free in-home painting consultation and discuss your painting project with one of our experts. Flower Painting is a full-service commercial and residential painting company that services the entire Charlotte, NC metro area, including Mooresville, Kannapolis, Concord, Denver, Davidson and more. Call today to schedule your free interior painting project (704) 445-7750. Hurry, our holiday promotion to take 10% off your entire project ends 12/31/19.