Using Color Theory to Create Color Schemes for Paint Palettes

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With the spring and summer months upon us, many homeowners will begin to embark on various home improvement projects. Whether full renovations are in order, or you’re simply updating and redecorating, a fresh coat of paint is usually part of the equation. Paint is an affordable and easy way to upgrade and completely transform a space but deciding on the perfect paint color can be a daunting task.

Tools like a professional consultation, visualizer technology, design magazines, social media, and forums like Pinterest, can all be useful to collect ideas for inspiration, but when it comes to choosing the right paint for your project, understanding color theory can be an invaluable resource when making your ideas a reality. The Spruce’s article “Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors” mentions color theory as a useful tool when choosing a color scheme and eventually building a palette for your project. Understanding the relationship between colors can help you to choose shades that complement each other and fit with your overall design vision and decor elements.

Understanding Color Theory

With endless colors, shades, and paint products available, creating a color scheme for a given project can be an uphill task. Where do you start? Understanding the basics of color theory can help you create color schemes with a few basic, simple color concepts. To truly understand how to use color, it is important to understand individual colors to create harmonious color schemes and dreamy palettes.

Color theory is more than the color wheel, while a color wheel is a useful tool to take a deeper dive into understanding the relationships between individual colors, there are many other aspects to consider when truly understanding how to work with color.

Color Temperature

Color temperature refers to how “warm” or “cool” a color is. At the very basic explanation, blues, greens, purples, and greens are “cool” colors while yellows, reds, oranges, pinks are your “warm” colors. Most people view color temperature in absolutes, and while there are definite points that determine the warmness or coolness as a color, some, like violet and yellow green are almost undefinable, or universal, meaning they can be used as both warm and cool tones. Understanding relative color temperature can be helpful when choosing a paint color to find the exact shade you have in mind more quickly.

Undertones

One of the most effective techniques to choosing the perfect shade of paint, especially as it relates to neutrals, is understanding color undertones. All colors have a mass tone, the color you directly see, and many colors may also have an undertone. Identifying the undertones in a color scheme or palette is essential to creating harmonious color combinations—and here’s why: If you seem to have created a color scheme that should work, but doesn’t, the undertones of the selected colors are likely fighting each other instead of working together. Start by comparing like colors side-by-side so you can examine the differences in undertone.

Color Harmony

To create harmonious color combinations, start with the basics, the twelve hues of the color wheel are divided into primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow in theory can be mixed together to create all other colors. By mixing two adjacent primary colors, the three secondary colors, green, violet, and orange are created. Tertiary colors are hues created by mixing a primary with an adjacent secondary color. Six tertiary colors are yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, and yellow orange.

Color Schemes for Paint vs. Color Palettes

Often used interchangeably, color schemes and color palettes are different.

Color Schemes refers to the framework of how colors are selected and paired together. A color scheme is based on color theory. There are different types of color schemes. To easily start creating color schemes you need a basic, inexpensive color wheel to show how colors relate to one another. The placement of colors around the wheel is not random, but rather the spectral order (rainbow), forms a complete circle. Each color’s placement is designed to help identify harmonious combinations, whether used in mixing paint, or building schemes, a color wheel can be a useful tool to the basics of understanding how to work with color in an effective way.

A color palette is more specific and refers to the actual colors chosen based on a decided upon color scheme. A palette is specific shades or even the exact paint colors being used in the scope of a specific project.

Types of Color Schemes that Create Color Harmony

  • Monochromatic is made from a single-color family. In most palettes and designs, monochromatic schemes are made up of tints, shades, and tones from the same color family combined with white, black, and gray.
  • Complementary or two-color harmony is created by pairing two colors positioned directly across from one another on the color wheel. A complementary scheme has the highest degree of color contrast.
  • Analogous two or more colors that are positioned side-by-side on the color wheel.To create this scheme, choose a main color on the wheel and then choose two to three tones directly to the left or right of the main color.
  • Triad is a combination of three hues that are equally spaced from one another along the color wheel. For example, red, yellow, blue or green, purple, orange color families.
  • Tetradic two sets of complementary colors. Using four colors can be a challenge but can also create a rich color scheme by using a dominant color and three accent colors to create a balance of cool and warm colors.

Using Color Theory to Choose Paint Colors

Using the basic understanding of color theory and how colors relate to one another gives you a leg up on choosing the perfectly balanced color palette when giving your space a makeover. These techniques are useful for creating a cohesive interior design plan, and helps put together all aspects from the main wall color, accent walls, cabinetry colors, and decor theme. Use color theory to choose an exterior paint and trim combination with high curb appeal.

 

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. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. 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.

 

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Professional Painting Services

The decision to hire professional painting services in the Charlotte or Winston-Salem area to update your home means investing in an excellent, high-quality paint job that saves you the headache of trying to tackle the job yourself. The benefits of hiring the pros range from simply leaving the hard work to someone else, to a satisfaction guaranteed end result; and in many cases, leaving it to the experts can be cheaper in the long run, with long lasting quality.

Whether you’re updating the whole house interior, just a room or two, there are some things that will make the job much easier and less time consuming if you do the prep ahead of time. Here is a list of five total home painting prep tips to consider before the paint crew arrives:

Interior Home Painting Prep

Preparing your home a few days before the scheduled paint crew arrives ensures that you will have a positive experience throughout the entire process and with the proper preparation, can save both time and money on the entire job—and your painting contractor will thank you. You can always consult your painting contractor ahead of time for any specifics they may require, but here is a good list of things to start with to make any painting job go more smoothly.

  1. Move and Cover All Furniture- If possible, remove small hard furnishings such as lamps or coffee tables from the area. Flowers Painting will move and replace all large items such as dressers, couches, beds and more.
  2. Remove Wall Hangings, Artwork, and Window Treatments- Carefully remove all picture frames, mirrors, decorative clocks, wall hangings, and window treatments and store them appropriately. Relocating these items to another room is best, so they are not in the way of the painters or susceptible to rogue paint or damage.
  3. Store all Knick Knacks and Ornaments- While covering these items is always an option, they are best protected by being removed from the workspace and stored in another room temporarily. This will protect precious items from any damage.
  4. Prep and Clean Walls and Surrounding Areas- Generally speaking, a light wash with soapy water to prepare the walls is sufficient for wall preparation, however some professional painting services may require additional prep such as primer or taping. Leave this portion of the prep to the professionals.
  5. Vacate the Area- Depending on the scope of the job, you may have a pretty large painting crew for a few days, or at least a few hours. Vacating the area is the best idea, especially if you have pets or small children. Not only will you ensure you and your family are out of the way, but that you’re safe from potential hazards and fumes.

Benefits of Getting Your Home Painter-Ready

With the proper preparation, the professional painters can start the job immediately upon arrival with very little downtime or obstacle to disrupt the flow of their work. Removing personal belongings and protecting furniture, appliances, and decor mitigates the risk of damage during the process and protects your items from debris and flying paint. Making sure that you are prepared and ready for professional painting services ensures your experience will go smoothly and that you will get the full benefits of hiring a team of experts.

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. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. 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.

Add Style and Personality with Colorfully Painted Interior Doors

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Interior design trends are shifting and in 2021 designers are seeing the ever-popular accent wall fading away in favor of colorfully painted interior doors. Painted interior doors, much like painted front doors, are a simple detail that can really elevate the aesthetic and appeal of your home. This small pop of color is a simple way to add character without the commitment. Paint color trends for 2021 suggest that the look of painted doors when paired with neutral walls and lighter surrounding trim, can provide a striking and dramatic look—without the dramatic price of repainting an entire wall or room.

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To Paint or Not to Paint

Maybe you’re ready to commit to painting your doors, or maybe you’re on edge wondering if adding door color is right for your home. An unexpected hue adds even more style and personality to your home. Painted interior doors break up large sections of white, give emphasis to a focal point of the room, and add a pop of color in an understated, yet impactful way. Painted doors are also easily changed, without a complete overhaul of the entire space.

Choosing the Right Color

As with any decision regarding paint colors, consider the overall theme and atmosphere you hope to create. Bright colors add energy to a space, while neutrals and muted tones evoke a sense of calmness and comfort. Black interior doors give both a dramatic and understated feeling and is the simplest color to start with.

Interior Door Color Trends 2021

There is no distinct “trendiest color” of the year for interior doors—anything goes. From the all-time favorite classics of creamy whites, grays, and browns to bold dark shades the painted door trend is versatile enough for any home.

Pastels– Pastel shades can be a stunning accent in combination with furniture, décor, and hardware chosen from the same palette resulting in a light and peaceful atmosphere.

Dark Shades– Black is always trending, especially for interior doors, and in designs that focus on more industrial glass and iron elements in the space. Dark blues and greens add richness and provide the space with depth and character.

Colors– Interior door color trends of 2021 suggest a wide scale of color from vibrant shades to muted tones and everything in between. Choose more energetic shades such as reds, corals, and oranges or the vividness of yellows and rosy hues. Choose ocean blues combined with neutrals or muted natural greens and earth tones to create soothing, relaxing spaces.

Consult the experts at Flowers Painting when choosing your perfect hue for painted interior doors. Call today to schedule a FREE estimate and speak with one of our experts (800) 699-4558.

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. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. 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.

Top Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors Trending in 2021 Unveiled

The kitchen is believed to be the heart of the home. As the hub for all activities from cooking your favorite meals, to gathering with friends and family, doing homework, and mid-day dance parties—everything happens in the kitchen.

According to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, homeowners are transforming their kitchen spaces to accommodate the way we live now, with 94% remodeling their kitchen to improve cabinetry in some way. Top trends are updated storage and revitalizing cabinet colors that are inspired by a connection to the outdoors.

An advantage of the painted cabinet trend is a limitless palette of colors and shades giving you free rein to create your dream space. But with an endless world of colors, how do you choose the perfect cabinet paint color to add the finishing touch to your kitchen upgrade? Below are the top cabinet color trends of the year to guide you in the right direction.

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  1. Natural Neutrals

Goodbye gray, hello calming warm earth tones. Trade cool grays for warmer greige to beige cabinets. Griege (a combination of gray and beige) creates a rich hue that is sophisticated and balanced and works well to create a warm, comforting space bringing elements of nature and flexibility in design.

  1. Gorgeous Greens

Green is an energizing, vibrant tone and is one of the top choices for kitchen cabinet paint. Green is a versatile color that brings warmth and freshness to your space and in a variety of shades, you can’t go wrong from grayed blue green, sage, to mint, green is a subtle way to bring the room to life.

  1. Bold Blues

Navy blue was once thought to suppress appetites, but modern bold blues are soothing without being overwhelming. This shade is certainly never boring and creates an inviting sophisticated space. Navy is such a versatile color that works with a variety of styles and adapts well with most color schemes. Not sure about going dark? All shades of blue are trending for kitchens in 2021, from sky blue, cobalt, to vibrant teal for strong contrasts with neutrals such as white or wood accents.

  1. Grayed Green Blue

One of the biggest kitchen trends of 2021 are colors with muted warmer undertones grayed green blue fits the bill perfectly. The perfect shade to add a pop of color and add elements of nature, with lasting style.

  1. Classic Black and White

A dynamic duo that never goes out of style. Black cabinets with pops of white accents and accessories create a stimulating clean, crisp space that creates a canvas to add elements of patterns and design for elevated elegance.

  1. Cheerful Pops of Color

Vibrant orange, yellow, and bold reds remain staples for kitchen cabinet accents. Paired with white backdrops, these bright colors lend themselves well to fun patterns and interesting backsplashes creating a happy, cheerful space. 

  1. Dimensional Dual-Tone Cabinet Paint

A top kitchen design trend in 2021 to add depth and dimension are dual-tone cabinets. Inspired by what started with colorful kitchen islands and neutral cabinetry, this trend has evolved. Painting the upper and lower cabinets two different shades—whether they are in the same color family or complete contrasting colors, creates a striking look that adds depth to the room. Combine a neutral with a bolder contrasting color, or a mint green with a bold teal. Greige and beige combined with earthy terracotta, sage, or mustard yellow, whatever you choose, this is a trend we expect to see a lot more of.

Whatever combination is right for your updated kitchen, remember that muted colors with different undertones can play a major factor in your palette. Flowers Painting always recommends requesting samples to see in person before you bring out the brushes. Contact Flowers to request samples or a consultation. Call today to schedule your FREE cabinet painting estimate (800) 699-4558. Be sure to inquire about our current promotion and same-as-cash financing offer.

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. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. 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.

 

When and When Not to Use High Gloss Paint

Understanding the various paint sheens available will help you make an informed choice when buying paint.  High gloss paint is the most reflective paint sheen. It has a super smooth finish that looks almost like lacquer and is the polar opposite of a flat paint that delivers a matte, muted finish.

At one time, high gloss paint was simply a practical paint finish choice, but some homeowners are expanding their paint horizons and using it to make dramatic design statements. Some people are nervous about the boldness of high gloss paint. To ease your apprehensions, we’ve compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to high gloss paint.

Do Use It in Kitchens and Baths

The most traditional use of high gloss paint is in bathrooms and kitchens. These high moisture, high traffic areas of the home are perfect candidates to realize the benefits of high gloss paint. The gloss in the paint protects woodwork from moisture, has a surface that is easy to wipe clean, and can withstand chemical cleaning agents better than a flat or eggshell finish. If you are painting cabinets in your kitchen or bath, high gloss paint is a wise choice.

Don’t Shy Away from Untraditional Uses

Pairing bold, bright colors with a high gloss paint finish can yield beautiful results in rooms outside of your kitchen and bathrooms. You can transform your playroom, mudroom, children’s room, master suite, dining room, interior doors, even ceilings with high gloss paint.

Do Use It on Trim and Molding

Trim around doorways, windows and baseboards take on a lot of wear and tear. Plus, it has a knack for picking up dirt and grime. High gloss paint is the standard choice for trim pieces that need an extra thick layer of paint to withstand the additional abuse delivered to these areas.

Don’t Use on Highly Irregular Walls

High gloss paint accentuates imperfections and draws your eye to them. The gloss creates a mirror-like surface that reflects light.  If you have uneven, textured walls that you don’t plan on fixing before painting, it’s best to skip the gloss and go with more of a flat finish.

Do Use a Professional

High gloss paint is unforgiving. It highlights every brushstroke and every flaw on your wall or trim. Wall prep, high-quality tools, and proper painting technique become very important for achieving a beautiful high gloss finish. Hire a professional painting company for great results.

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. 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.

All You Need to Know About Low VOC Paint

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You may have heard the term “low VOC or “zero VOC” paint. VOC is an abbreviation of the phrase volatile organic compound. What exactly are volatile organic compounds? We are so glad you asked.

VOC’s are chemicals released by some paints into the air. They can cause symptoms like dizziness and headaches. Think of the smell of newly painted walls, and that is the smell of gases contained in the paint being released into the atmosphere. It’s not great for you to breathe in, nor for the environment.  That’s why paint manufacturers developed eco-friendly paints with lowered or no levels of VOCs.

Zero VOC paint contains, as the name suggests, no or near-zero levels of volatile organic compounds. Low VOC paint simply has lower levels in it than a paint brand’s normal line of interior paints.

Pros and Cons of Low and Zero VOC Paint

  • Low VOC and zero VOC paints have little to no paint smell, making it a nice option if you are painting an interior space where people, pets, or children are living. It’s not so important if you are painting an empty residence.
  • Available paint colors of these paints may be more limited than regular paints, which you can get in every conceivable color like this year’s trending color palettes.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate VOC levels in household products. Therefore, there is no industry standard for what is labeled low VOC or zero VOC. Do careful research about products before you purchase these types of paint.
  • These paints tend to be more expensive than traditional paints.
  • Be aware, too, that some brands add alternative chemicals that may be harsher than VOCs to replace the reduced volatile organic compounds, making it important you research all of a paint’s ingredients before you buy.

When to Use Low/No VOC Paint

If inside air quality is a concern in your home, choosing a low VOC or no VOC paint is a good choice. It reduces the number of pollutants put into your home’s air, long after it has been freshly painted. If you have children or people with asthma or other respiratory issues, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a paint that has fewer toxic chemicals like VOCs in it.

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Low VOC paint

Due to the wide array of different low and no VOC paint lines, the best course of action is to discuss whether eco-friendly paints are a viable option for your next painting project with a painting professional. Schedule a free in-home painting estimate with a Flowers Painting professional today by calling (704) 445-7750. Our knowledgeable estimate technicians will be able to recommend the best paint that provides good coverage, a nice finish, in the colors you want.

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. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. 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.

Celebrating Sherwin Williams 2021 Color of the Year

In September Sherwin Williams announced its color of the year and we are loving it. In the world of interior design, 2021 is drawing emphasis on serenity, calm, joy, and relaxation in the home. After all, the home was the setting to the story that was 2020, and most likely will continue into 2021.

So let us introduce to you Sherwin Williams 2021 color of the year, Urban Bronze. This dark, warm shade with gray undertones is meant to invoke calm and comfort, making the home a retreat away from the chaos of the world, while also bringing the power of nature indoors.

Read our tips for creating a unified color palette in your home.

History of Sherwin Williams Color of the Year

With a company as old as Sherwin Williams, about 154 years old to be exact, it has become the global leader for coating manufacturing, so undoubtedly it has been leading the way with color trend forecasting for decades.

In 2019 the color experts at Sherwin Williams brought nature in with an earthy, desert color called Cavern Clay- a warm terracotta hue.

Then in 2020, they announced their color of the year Naval-a striking navy, that invoked elements of the night sky. Simultaneously, Sherwin Williams introduced the term biophilia, which they describe as “our intrinsic need as humans to interact with nature.”

While the colors and trends are changing every year, Sherwin Williams continues to draw inspiration from nature, and the human need to interact with it. Of course, Urbane Bronze for 2021 is no exception; Nature at its simplest and most elemental — embodying the richness of the Earth’s stone, metal, and wood — forges a feeling that’s grounded, meditative and serene.”

Tips for Decorating with Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze is a part of the Sanctuary Palette by Sherwin Williams and is influenced by Scandinavian design. This palette exudes a warm simplicity.

Pair Urban Bronze with other colors in the palette like Modern Gray, a pale stone shade with gray undertones, or Messenger Bag, a subtle earthy green.

Add other design elements, such as pale woods, like ash, and pale-toned stones like Carrera marble. These elements, while understated, are a stunning contrast with the warmth of Urbane Bronze.

For an eye-catching flicker of brilliance, urban bronze is an attractive backdrop to metals like polished silver and brass.

How will you be inspired to use Urbane Bronze in your home in 2021? It would be our delight at Flowers Painting to help bring inspiration to life for you this New Year.

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.

Calm & Comfort: 2021 Painting Trends

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Paint brands like Sherwin-Williams, PPG, Benjamin Moore, and Behr began to predict the New Year’s color trend forecast this past fall, giving us glimpses of earthy tones and hues. Shades with the intent to promote and create a sense of well-being in the spaces we occupy in our homes dominated almost all of the new color schemes.

Read our tips for creating a unified color palette in your home.

Sherwin-Williams Color Palettes 2021

Sherwin-Williams designed four color palettes that include a plethora of neutrals and some pops of brights. In their palette named Sanctuary, that name alone breathes a sigh of relief, it brings in warm neutrals from the outdoors.  Colors like Pure White, Oakmoss, Pearl Gray, Clay Canyon, and a handful of others are sure to make any home and space feel like a haven.

For those looking to bring joy and optimism into 2021, Sherwin Williams palette Continuum has all the colors needed. From High Reflective White to Noval Lilac, the combination of neutrals and brights will give a sense that better days are ahead.

See more Color palettes from Sherwin-Williams here.

BHER Color Trends 2021

BHER also took a cue from nature and borrowed some calming hues. Like their palette Subtle Focus, a collection of pastels in lighter shades that create visually serene and light spaces. Colors like Seaside Villa, Canyon Dusk, and Smoky White will have anyone feeling at peace and weightless.

See more color trends from BHER here.

PPG Paint Color Palette of the Year

This is the first time that PPG has released a color palette of the year, and it does not disappoint. The trio of colors including Transcend, a sandy beige, Mistry Aqua, a watercolor blue, and Cypress, a gingery shade. Together they exude tranquility in a surprising yet pleasing way. Combining these colors will create a space for relaxation and restoration.

See the PPG Color Palette of the Year here.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

And last but not least, Drum roll, please. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is Aegean Teal. This color encompasses the essence of wellbeing. It is gentle, harmonious, and soothing. Pair it with other Benjamin Moore’s colors like Atrium White to create even warmth and coziness in your home.

Use these paint color trends and others to update your home in 2021. Let our paint experts help you find a color palette that will bring the calm and comfort you have been longing for.

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. 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 Refresh Battered Trim and Molding

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Over time, your once glossy white trim and molding loses its luster and takes a beating, especially if you have children or pets in your home. Even high-quality paint will chip on the trim in high traffic areas after a few years, and baseboards specifically get dinged up with gashes and nicks. 

When your home’s trim starts to look battered, it makes the whole space look ragged. That’s when it’s time to spruce up your home and repaint the molding. A fresh coat of paint does wonders and gives your rooms and doorways a crisp and clean look. 

Don’t Skip the Prep

Preparing the molding around doorways, windows and baseboards is essential to getting a smooth finish. Taking time to do it before you paint saves time later and you’ll be happier with the results. 

  • Fill Gashes & Sand Irregularities – Use wood filler to erase gashes and digs. Sand the boards and filler until you have a nice smooth canvas to paint. 
  • Protect Floors – One of the trickiest aspects of painting baseboards is protecting your carpet, wood, or tile floors. Spend a lot of time covering your floors with drop cloths and securing it in place. It’s much easier to prevent spills and overspray than it is to clean it up afterward. 
  • Use a High Quality, Glossy Paint – Most people use a semi-gloss or high gloss paint on the trim. The reason being, paint with a gloss finish gives you a more washable surface. It makes it easier to clean off dirt and grime that tends to build up on trim. That’s why we suggest investing in quality paint that will stand up to frequent cleaning. 
  • Paint Walls After Trim – We suggest that if you plan on repainting your walls as well as the trim, that you do the trim first, then tackle the walls. That way you can paint the molding with fewer worries of getting the color on the wall. 

When in Doubt Hire the Pros

The fact of the matter is painting your trim and molding is time-consuming and tedious. The prep alone can take as much time as the actual painting. If you are worried that you don’t have the skills or more importantly the time to paint your home’s molding, hire a professional painter. Tradesmen that paint for a living have the training and experience to take on such a large-scale project. 

Painting your battered trim and molding is a great way to revive your home and give it that new feel it once had, but spare yourself the stress and mess and hire a professional painting company like Flowers Painting. 

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. 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 3 Best Paint Choices for Walls with Chair Rails

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Chair rails also referred to as dado rails, are architectural elements like wainscoting that visually divide a wall. Chair rails, specifically, have a history dating back to the eighteenth century. In dining rooms during this era, chairs were pushed up against the walls rather than around the tables while not in use. The chair rail functioned as a buffer, to protect the walls, and often wallpaper from being damaged.

As home trends evolved, chair rails disappeared for some time and then made a comeback at the beginning of the 20th century as more decorative, than functional.

Today, chair rails have been dressed up with wainscoting, picture frame molding, or board and baton in hallways, dining rooms, kitchens, and even bedrooms. The question for many homeowners with this decorative element in their homes is what is the best way to paint chair rails?

The answer depends on the effect that you want to achieve in the specific space, as well as the overall feel of your home.

There are three options for painting chair rails that will give a room a different visual effect but are equally dynamic in their own right.

Light Color on Top

 Proven to be the more traditional way to paint chair rails in homes, this option selects a light color for the top portion of the wall and pairs it with a darker color on the bottom. Picking a light neutral color for the top, and a dark, contrasting paint color for the bottom gives the visual effect of heightened ceilings and makes the room appear taller.

Light Color on Bottom

With this option, the bottom portion of the wall, along with the chair rail and other ornamental wood embellishments is painted white, and the top is painted a dark color. Dark shades bring sophistication to a room but can be overpowering when painted on an entire wall. The white contrast tones down the dark shade bringing a fresh, crisp balance to the room.

Same Color on Top and Bottom

This option breaks away from the traditional and leans more modern. The way to achieve this modern look is to paint the walls above and below the chair rail the same shade while painting the chair rail a contrasting color. Not only does this update the look and feel of a home, but it’s also visually pleasing to the eye.

Getting the right shades and colors, as well as getting crisp lines around chair rails, and other wall features is significant in creating a visually appealing look and a welcoming atmosphere to any home. That’s why we recommend looking to a professional painting team, like Flowers Painting, to help you get it right.

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. 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.