Commercial Painting in Cornelius and Winston-Salem

Did you know that Flowers Painting does not only residential but professional commercial painting too? We like working with other local business owners to provide quality interior painting services. Whatever your space, from apartments to retail to coffee shops, our professional painters can help you refresh or remodel your space.

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Budget Conscious and Quick!

Flowers Flooring has two locations in Cornelius and Winston-Salem that allow us to cover a large portion of the state of North Carolina. We’ve developed relationships with many contractors, builders, property management companies and small businesses. Flowers Painting understands that you need to stay on budget for your renovation or new construction project and that its crucial to complete the painting portion in a timely manner.

Commercial Painting for Your Business

The Flowers Painting experience starts with our estimation department that will schedule your free onsite estimate. We have rave reviews and references to support this claim, so you don’t have to just take our word for it.  Flowers Painting has provided painting services for an array of commercial interior spaces such as:

  • Office buildings
  • Apartments
  • Mixed use buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops

Professional Commercial Painting Services

Our trained sales team has experience working with many different types of companies to provide quality B2B services including:

  • Property Management Companies
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents
  • Residential Real Estate Agents
  • Interior Designers/Decorators
  • Contractors
  • Builders

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.

Happy Fall Y’all: Using Burnt Orange Paint and Fall Palettes All Year Long

The biggest paint trends of the year are all about bringing the earthy, serene vibes of the outdoors inside. From earthy neutrals to using greens and blues more than ever before, homeowners and interior decorators alike are turning to mother nature for inspiration.

As summer fades, the vibrant fall colors that will soon surround us are offering new inspo for a fresh take on bringing the outside, inside. Changing leaves, pumpkins, apples in every shade of red, green, and yellow you can imagine autumn offers a whole new palette to play with.

While most people don’t change their interior paint with the seasons, these fall hues–from crisp reds, dark evergreen greens, sunny yellow, goldenrod, and every shade of orange imaginable can be the solution to sprucing up your space and offer a warm, inviting aesthetic that will last all year long.

Falling for Fall Colors

The natural fall color palette is by far the richest array of colors that reflect the change of the season. These colors are so powerful–they awaken and enliven our senses, while also having the ability to provide a sense of warmth, comfort, and nostalgia. What more could you want for your home? These rich tones are the perfect solution to breathe new life into powder bathrooms, reading nooks, bedrooms, and beyond. There are so many fall colors to fall in love with, each with its own strengths and emotional connections, but we can’t help but feel especially drawn to burnt orange this season.

Orange isn’t typically a color we run to when looking for interior paint, but don’t count it out. There is nothing that says fall has arrived more than the warm and cozy, yet vibrant and energetic shades of orange. Rusty, burnt orange shades have the ability to bring energy to a room while also creating an earthy balance that can make a space feel grounded. From bronze tones and coppery oranges to more traditional rust and earthy burnt orange, these shades look gorgeous on the walls and can be the perfect pop of color in the right spaces. Here are some of our favorite burnt orange paint colors this fall.

Sherwin Williams Sunset

The best color inspirations come from nature. This warm, calming shade reflects the serenity of the sky during golden hour. This burnt orange shade will work perfectly to bring warmth to any room.

Explore more burnt orange shades from Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore Bronze Tone

This deep burnt orange makes a bold design statement without being overpowering. A grown-up orange that’s rich and confident, this sophisticated shade is a good choice to accent a living room wall or update a kitchen.

Explore more burnt orange shades from Benjamin Moore

Behr Kalahari Sunset

A ferrous orange that mimics the day’s end on a sandy savannah. This hue adds a sophisticated and even luxurious spin on primary tones for elevated comfort.

Explore more burnt orange shades from Behr

Before you choose a shade, tools like ColorSnap® from Sherwin Williams, and paint samples are a must before you begin your painting project.

How to Use Burnt Orange in Your Home

This eye-catching shade is the perfect thing to make your home feel warm and inviting for the season or all year long. Using burnt orange as an accent or even on all four walls is a bold statement, balance this strong shade with plenty of contrast using neutrals. Pairing bold burnt orange with a deep gray is a great combination that provides balance and sophistication to your space. For a different feeling, burnt orange can be paired with any color in the fall palette from sunny yellows to vibrant greens for an energetic look. The key to working with burnt orange paint is to pair it with shades that have similar undertones for a cohesive, unified look that offers a cozy, yet elevated aesthetic.

Burnt orange shades are really versatile enough to be used in any space. They work well as an accent, full wall color, or incorporated floor-to-ceiling within a pattern. Whatever your design goals, burnt orange can keep the delightful feelings of fall in your home all year long.

For more information on using burnt orange and other fall inspired paint colors, contact an expert from 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. 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.

Green With Envy: Your Guide to Interior Green Paint

Green has come a long way from the basic primary color we learned about in school. Even our Crayola box taught us that green is not simply just green, there are infinite hues from yellow-green, blue-green, teal, brownish-greens and gray-greens ranging from cool tones to warm tones and with the power to evoke a different mood and emotion.

Green paint, particularly for interior projects, brings the verdant tones of nature inside. Earthy and lighter green hues have a soothing, calming effect while deep, darker shades provide a sense of elegance and have almost a regal effect on a space. No matter which end of the spectrum, green is one of this year’s go-to paint trends. With so much versatility, and endless shades–there’s mint, lime, kelly, hunter, juniper, emerald, spring, moss, olive, and countless others to choose from–green is the perfect paint for walls, accents, trim, furniture, and more.

So how to choose a shade, and use green in a way that will make your guests go green with envy? This simple guide will show you how to use green paint and designers’ favorite green hues of 2021.

Why You Should Go Green

Our virid friend Kermit the frog once said, ‘it’s not easy being green,’ but we beg to differ. The fact of the matter is, green hues are incredibly versatile. Whether you want the softness of mint or sage, or the bold richness of emerald or jade, green brings refreshing energy to a room. Viridescent hues are lifted straight from the earth and can be used to brighten kitchens, living areas, and bedrooms or breathe new life into old furniture. Shades of green pair exceptionally well with bright, crisp whites, off-whites, and creamy neutrals for a striking look, but can also pack a punch when paired with other vibrant colors such as pinks, blues, and more.

Green is almost universally interpreted as being positive and uplifting, inspiring feelings of nature, energy, youth, freshness, and spring.

The Rules: How to Use Green Paint in 2022

The rules to using green paint? There are virtually no rules, the sky’s the limit (move over blue). While it does pair better with some colors and decor than others, green is one of those colors that can be used virtually anywhere and anytime. Green paint doesn’t have to be on the walls (although it works really well there), in fact, the latest trends show green used as an accent on everything from trim and cabinets, to interior doors, and even furniture. Choosing and styling green paint can be overwhelming so here are a few expert tips:

  • Dark Green-Deep forest, rich olives, hunter green, and more. Dark green makes a bold impact on walls, giving a room a cozy, soothing feeling. For this reason, use dark green in spaces where you seek comfort such as a living area or bedroom. However, the adventurous, bold depth of character of a deep green is versatile enough to be used across the home and provides a wonderful alternative to navy.
  • Green Gray-A modern and uplifting twist on a neutral. Gray greens mimic calming gardens and natural stone offering a restful space with a stylish freshness that goes beyond gray and white paints. These rich, earthy colors work well in well-lit spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. These almost meditative hues can be used in any space, but work particularly well for bedrooms, baths, or as an accent on interior doors, cabinetry, or trim.
  • Mint Green- Trendy, somewhat retro, and completely livable, mint greens are soothing and work in many different combinations. Mint is a vibrant, happy color that works best in a room that gets a lot of sunlight.
  • Yellow- Green- These hues offer a more lively effect than their sage and mint counterparts which tend to be a bit more subdued. Vibrant and springlike, even the most subtle shade has a happy, energetic kick to it. A bright green such as this will add a bright, cheerful feeling to the space. Use it as an accent wall, on flooring, or to bring new life to furniture. These pair well with crisp whites, pinks, and blues to really bring the feelings of spring inside.

Green works well layered with different shades within the same family to give depth and interest to a project.

Fifty Shades of Green and Beyond

With so many combinations and shades, and endless possibilities, we have compiled a list of favorite green paint shades trending in 2021:

  • Farrow & Ball (No. 47) Green Smoke- a medium-dark smokey green, Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball is one of the most popular green paints this year. This versatile, calming shade works well in numerous spaces and with a variety of decors.
  • Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal- The 2021 Benjamin Moore color of the year, this elegant shade of teal creates balance and natural harmony in any room.
  • Sherwin Williams Sea Salt- A lighter green, and more of a neutral, this shade will work well in rooms with varying amounts of light.
  • Sherwin Williams Rainwashed- A medium-light green tone with a slight bluish base may appear slightly more teal in certain lighting. A subtle, but powerful green vibe becomes striking against crisp white, or calming and subdued with creamy ivory.
  • Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme- A medium-dark olive, this shade is a great accent color for cabinets, doors, or accent walls. It looks vibrant paired with whites for a clean, crisp look. However, it also stands strong with more subtle neutrals, beiges, grays, and stone for a relaxing aesthetic.
  • Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay- This neutral green works well everywhere. This “almost gray” shows its true color best against stark whites for a strong, but not overwhelming pop of green.
  • PPG Paints All About Olive- A darker olive paint color with a viney undertone. An ideal choice as an accent for the exterior of your home or front door. As an interior paint, this shade pairs well with rich jewel tones.

Choosing the Green for You

Of course, there are many, many other options of green paint to choose from, the possibilities are truly endless. When choosing what green to use, first, decide on the mood and tone you want to project in your space. How do you want the green to appear? Is it the focal point or an accent? Where is green being used?

  • Exterior- Greens are a great way to connect and manage spaces between buildings and the environment. Play with tonality to bridge the gap between building walls and their surroundings.
  • Bedroom- Choose a hue that you’re drawn to. Soothing shades work well in this setting, especially more pastel colors that can be motivating and help encourage restfulness and reduce anxiety. Avoid bold, dark colors that make the room feel confined.
  • Kitchen- Springlike yellow-greens work well in the kitchen. Paired with crisp, clean white or complementary blues a vibrant yellow-green can bring freshness and energy to your kitchen. Sea glass, teal, mint, and neutral greens such as sage are also great options for a kitchen aesthetic.
  • Living Room- Green paint can bring a lively energy to your living space. Choose a tone based on the feelings you want to bring out in this space. For a more calm, relaxing setting choose more subtle, subdued greens, gray-greens, or neutral tones. To inspire energy or richness head for deep olives, dark green, and jewel tones.

Tools like Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® can help narrow the search further, preview the finished space using the room visualizer tool to help you decide on the perfect shade. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few selections, bring samples home to test on the actual walls or cabinets to make sure the undertones work well with your natural lighting and fit well with your existing furniture and decor.

Next, buy your paint. Visit a trusted paint retailer to discuss your project. A consultation with the professionals can help you determine the right sheen, product, and how much you’ll need to complete the job. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, a professional residential painting service, like Flowers Painting can work with you to provide professional painting services. Book your free consultation with Flowers Painting or use any of our online tools to begin your journey with green 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. 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.

 

Ways to Use Chalkboard Paint at Home and at Work

Chalkboard paint gives a creative license to transform and personalize your home in an inexpensive way. The possibilities are endless for using chalkboard paint, not to be confused with chalky finish paint, a color coat paint with a soft, matte-like finish often used to repurpose furniture for a modern antiqued look. Chalkboard paint on the other hand turns any surface into a writing slate for a unique and modern decor idea.

Shopping for Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is available in a dry powder or premixed form. Premixed chalkboard paint is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It will not leave as smooth a surface as actual slate or slate-substitute chalkboards, so make sure you check the texture of the wall or surface you plan to paint first to avoid a bumpy chalkboard. Be prepared that chalkboard paint will not be as deep black as an actual chalkboard, so plan to buy enough paint for at least two coats and know that over time, you’ll occasionally need to revive with a fresh coat of paint.

Does it have to be black? No way! Benjamin Moore has chalkboard paint in thousands of colors and Rust-Oleum offers a clear chalkboard finish topcoat that can be applied over top of any paint to give it a chalkboard finish! Or if you prefer to make your own, you can choose from any of your favorite paint brands and colors using a few household ingredients, acrylic paint, and grout.

Chalkboard finish paint is available at most retailers where paint is sold and is very affordable at around $10 for a 30oz. can.

Using Chalkboard Paint for Adult Spaces

Usually, when you think of anything to do with a chalkboard, the feeling is very reminiscent of a child’s classroom, and kids’ spaces and furniture immediately come to mind. While we love the idea of a chalkboard finish for a child’s dresser drawers, or desktop there are plenty of creative and sophisticated ways to use chalkboard paint for adult spaces.

Create a Gallery Wall in a Home Office

Chalkboard paint makes small spaces look bigger. Using chalkboard paint to transform a small nook in a home office space into a unique workspace.

Create a Custom Kitchen Backsplash or Menu Wall

What’s for dinner? Choose an accent wall in the kitchen to display tonight’s feature. Adorn with colored drawings of the main dish, or simply let the family know what’s cooking. Get creative with a chic cooking space with a modern, customizable backsplash using chalkboard paint. This convenient writing slate offers a great place to leave fun notes, or jot down your grocery list.

Create Freestanding or Hanging Chalkboards-

There is no rule saying you have to paint an entire wall. Chalkboard paint is a great way to repurpose an old ornate mirror or picture frame into a unique and fun piece of decor for any room.

 Create an Inviting, Custom Entryway-

Wow your guests as they enter your home with changeable artwork that goes with the seasons. Or use chalkboard paint in the mudroom to label where everyone’s belongings should be put away. Leave notes for the kids as they head off to school every day, or keep a list of the day’s activities.

Create Creative Cabinet Doors-

From pantry doors, to kitchen cabinets, under the bathroom sink transform any cabinet door into a space to create art, or label the contents. For pantry doors use the chalkboard as a running grocery store list, or an itemized menu of the contents behind the doors. Conceal the refrigerator with modern, chic cabinets ordained with chalkboard paint.

Create a Modern Wet Bar Chalkboard Wall-

Display the house cocktail or the drink of the day with a chalkboard accent complete with shelves to display your libations and drinkware. Create a coffee bar using the same idea.

The possibilities are truly endless with a little creativity and inspiration.

Painting with Chalkboard Paint: The Do’s and Don’ts

Chalkboard paint can be used on a variety of surfaces from walls, doors, and cabinets, to flower pots, mirrors, picture frames, furniture, wine bottles and glassware, plates, and more. All materials from drywall to wood, glass, metal, and ceramic can be painted with a chalkboard finish. To effectively create a chalkboard piece or wall, first thoroughly clean the surface. Remove any existing paint, smooth the surface by sanding, and rinse with water allowing the surface to fully dry before painting.

For best results, do not apply chalkboard paint to any surface that has cracks or imperfections. Chalkboard paint is not as thick as latex interior paint, therefore, will not fill in any surface flaws. To avoid an uneven finish, repair with wood filler, or putty and then sand with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. For particularly rough or porous surfaces, prime first before applying the chalkboard paint.

Now to paint.

  1. Bring the chalkboard paint to room temperature
  2. Shake or stir the paint until well mixed
  3. Pour a small amount of paint into a paint tray and let any air bubbles settle
  4. Use a roller to apply the paint in an even layer to your wall or on the surface you’re working with
  5. Repeat for at least two coats
  6. Allow each layer to dry for no less than 24 hours

Lastly, condition the chalkboard. After the chalkboard paint dries completely, use the edge of a piece of chalk and rub lightly, then rub the chalk into the surface with a clean cloth. This creates an off-black, gray look.

Wipe clean and you’re ready to write, draw, and get creative! So go ahead, write on the walls–we won’t stop you.

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.

Professional Cabinet and Furniture Painting by Flowers Painting

There are many reasons why you might want to paint your cabinets, bookshelves, or furniture. Some customers want a custom look and to be able to choose the paint color versus settling for what options present themselves at the store.

You may have aging and scratched items around the house that could use the refresh that results from a new coat of paint. Or, if you simply don’t want to purchase new items to replace outdated colors or styles you can opt for a professional paint job.

Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most popular services that we offer right now is cabinet painting. Here are the top 3 reasons homeowners choose to paint their kitchen cabinets.

  1. Costs Less – The number one reason homeowners opt to paint cabinets instead of replacing with brand new ones is the price. New kitchen cabinets can cost upwards of $30,000 to $50,000 while hiring a professional company to paint them is on average one tenth that price, depending on the size of the kitchen.
  2. Faster Than a Remodel – Painting your kitchen cabinets gives them an instant face lift. Consider this. According to an HGTV article, the typical full kitchen remodel can take between 3 and 5 months while simply repainting your cabinets can take as little as a week.
  3. Custom Colors – Another big perk of painting cabinets is that you get to choose the exact shade of white, gray, cream, blue, green, etc. paint that you desire. With new cabinets you are limited to the set list of cabinet colors produced by the manufacturer.

More Furniture Painting Opportunities

  • Bookshelves -Built in bookshelves are a coveted architectural feature. One way to make a statement is to paint your built ins with either a contrasting color or the same shade as your walls or trim.
  • Tables and Chairs – Why stop at bookshelves and cabinets? You can have your tables and chairs professionally painted to coordinate with your space.
  • Bathroom Vanities – Painting your bathroom vanity is such a fun way to add a splash of color to the space. Even builder grade cabinets can be painted for an instant upgrade. It’s recommended to use a high gloss or semi gloss paint finish in the bathroom for easy cleaning.

Turn to a Pro to Paint Your Cabinets

Flowers Painting provides professional interior painting services to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem/Greensboro areas and those services include furniture and cabinet painting. It’s not easy to find a painter that can handle the level of skill needed to execute a flawless finish on furniture, but we have the skilled painters to handle the entire gamut from chairs to bathroom vanities.

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.

Your Guide to Interior Paint

It’s time to paint the interior of your home. Yay! Is it as simple as picking up a paintbrush? No, of course not. So many, many things go into an interior painting project. To help you out, we’ve created a simple guide you’ll need to get started and some things you should know before you jump into the world of paint.

Whether it’s a simple accent wall or full room refresh, consider these tips for choosing the perfect interior paint for your home.

Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors

Some people know exactly the shade they want on their walls, but most people, require a little research and testing before they decide. There is a lot that goes into a paint color to consider. There are resources and even whole theories related to color.

The Size of the Room

When choosing interior paint, the first thing you want to consider is the size of the room you plan to paint, and what you want to achieve. A smaller, condensed room will feel bigger with lighter shades, while a larger room will seem warm and cozy with darker shades.

The Purpose of the Room

Will it be your bedroom for sleeping, your living room for entertaining, your dining room for eating, or your office for working? The color of the room should magnify the purpose and function of the space. For example, if you want a living room to entertain guests you will want a warm shade that will make your guests feel welcomed and comfortable.

Match Your Personality

You will never go wrong with selecting some of your favorite colors. If you aren’t sure what your favorite hues are, think about what colors catch your eye when shopping, or even take a clue from your wardrobe. The colors you are drawn to with your clothing, the ones you feel good wearing, will also give you the same feeling while painted on your walls.

Paint Finishes

Once you select your paint color, there are few different finishes you can select for your paint. Selecting the right finish can make a huge difference in a room.

Flat Finish

Flat finish is commonly used for ceilings and is ideal for areas where there will be little to no traffic as it can be more difficult to clean.

Low luster, Satin, Eggshell

These finishes are great for areas that will be high traffic, like playrooms and hallways. Unlike a flat finish, these three are easy to maintain and keep clean.

Semi-Gloss or Gloss

Semi-gloss is perfect for rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, and gloss is great for railings and windowsills. It’s important to note that the higher the gloss the more magnified flaws will be on the surface.

After choosing your paint and finish, selecting the right primer is one of the most important parts. The purpose of the primer is to prepare the wall with a base coat that your paint will adhere to. The right primer will be based on the surface of your walls as well as the paint finish you selected. Cutting corners with paint quality will result in needing a new coat of paint sooner than later. High quality paint will last longer, won’t yellow with age, and provides a smoother finish.

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.

50 Shades of Gray Paint and How to Choose

Shades of gray have been a popular go-to for wall paint for many years and it’s no surprise why. Shades of gray paint are great alternatives to white and beige walls, providing a blank slate to add personal style with decor and art. Gray hues are a fantastic foundational color to create a personalized space, or even used to make a bold statement. With more than 50 shades of gray to choose from, you really can’t go wrong.

Gray paint is a versatile neutral tone, which, unlike white, hides imperfections while complementing most colors used in decor, furniture, art, and accent paint. With so many shades of gray on the spectrum, choosing the right shade for your project can be tricky. So how do you know you’re picking the right one, the truest gray? While there is no such thing as “pure” gray; there is a perfect gray for you. This guide will help you choose from the abundant shades of gray for your perfect match.

Gray, You’re Hot Then You’re Cool

The temperature of your gray influences the overall atmosphere and feeling of your space. Color temperature refers to the coolness or darkness a shade will have on the room in which it is being used and directly correlates to how much light a room gets. Cool grays, with blue undertones, are great for crisp spaces, while warmer grays bring a soft cozy feeling to any space regardless of the size or amount of light.

This year, there has been a subtle shift in gray paint trends, as more people are choosing warm gray tones over the previously favored cool grays. Grays with rich, warm undertones of red and yellow are changing the way we feel about gray in general, bringing a new perspective to a tried-and-true shade.

Understanding Undertones

Before you choose a specific gray paint color, first, decide on one of four paint categories: Neutral Gray, Warm Gray, Cool Gray, and Dark Gray. Each of these categories houses a collection of gray shades with varying undertones from blue-gray, green-gray, to red-gray, and yellow-gray. Each undertone conveys a different mood and while still remaining overarchingly neutral, will play better with certain accent colors, styles, rooms, and feelings.

Neutral Gray- Comprising your basic shades of gray without a strong influence of either cool or warm temperature, these neutrals “play well” with others. These shades have a yellow undertone and appear the most neutral yet appear warm and bright. They fit best in minimally lit rooms and complement a wide range of decor and fit into most homes with ease.

Warm Gray- As we gravitate away from the cool grays to warmer, cozier grays, these tones have a red undertone, which can be affected by the lighting of a room as to how they appear within a space. Red-Gray tones can often look pinkish, or even purple and perform best in warm, incandescent lighting. Balanced shades of gray will have a perfect amount of both blue and red undertones and appear to be the most like a “true gray”.

Cool Gray- Most people associate gray with cool gray, or gray with a blue undertone as the truest form of gray. Cool grays work well in south facing rooms, or warm rooms where these cool tones can hold their value without appearing dull or dreary. Blue undertone grays when paired with green undertones will give a warmer, energetic feeling to the shade while still keeping the light, cool, airy feeling from the blue undertones.

Dark Gray- These bold, eye-catching hues bring all the drama to make a statement. Shades of deep gray and charcoal give a modern, even industrial look to the space. These grays pair well with bright whites, natural wood, and soft furnishings for a sophisticated, yet modern aesthetic.

50 Shades of Gray and Counting: How to Use the Hue

Choosing the perfect shade of gray really depends a lot on personal preference, style, and of course, the space. The most popular gray paints tend to be the most versatile; shades such as Agreeable Gray from Sherwin-Williams and Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore are popular grays right now. Implementing more than one gray throughout your home offers a complete and cohesive look while adding depth and flow from room to room. When using an all gray palette, layering materials is important to keep the look comprehensive and sophisticated. A monochromatic gray palette can be just as stimulating as bolder color choices when properly done.

A color specialist from Lick Home advises, ‘ Gray plays as a beautiful neutral with earthy tones and pairs perfectly with dusky pinks and rich greens. Gray is also the perfect backdrop for stronger colors, like rich yellows and blues, helping to balance the scheme.’

Whether you opt for the barely-there light and airy gray or go for a more daring charcoal, gray remains a go-to versatile paint color that is not going anywhere anytime soon. Understanding the different tones and shades of gray and where they work best and how to pair them with accent trim, furniture, and accessories before choosing your perfect paint color is vital. This guide just scratches the surface of the many shades of gray and how to use them. For more information or help from an expert, contact Flowers Painting for a consultation.

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.

How to Use Paint Samples to Pick the Perfect Paint Color

The first step to beginning any interior paint project is selecting the right paint color for the job—this can be quite challenging with the abundant choices of colors, finishes, sheens, and products on the market. How do you know you’re choosing the perfect paint for your project? Using tools like color swatches can be helpful to start narrowing your color search, and even tools like the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Paint Color Visualizer can be incredibly helpful to see what the color will look like in the room. But even swatches and room visualizers have their limitations.

Swatches look significantly different than actual paint on a wall—and look different in the store. You’re taking a very small piece of cardstock and applying it to the large surface of a whole wall, or better yet, an entire room. Lighting, room size, your furniture and decor all impact your decision. To truly determine the perfect color paint for your project, paint samples are a vital step in the process.

Follow this “how to” guide for the best way to use paint testers to find the best shade for your walls.

Selecting the Color to Sample

First thing’s first, choosing the hue you want to apply to the walls. Before you even attempt to start sampling actual color on the wall, start with a collection of paint chips. Borrow a selection of hues and place them in the room you plan to paint. Consider them at various angles, at different times of day and lighting, and use your decor and furniture as a backdrop to see which shade will be the best match for the look you’re trying to achieve. Keep in mind that hues even in the same color family with similar undertones will appear differently when applied “in the flesh”.

Once you have narrowed down your search, choose 3 colors to test on a larger area, this way you can see the subtle undertones of each that can be difficult to detect from a small swatch placed side by side. Narrowing down to three sample colors can also make choosing a final product much less overwhelming than if you were to choose several variants.

Paint Testers and How to Use Them

Back in the paint aisle, many retailers offer inexpensive sample paint available for a small cost, around $5-$10 each. This small investment can greatly simplify the selection process, whether you’re a DIY, or hiring professionals.

Even more innovative than actually painting on the wall, waiting for it to dry, and then quickly making a decision so you can cover those swatched walls, Sherwin-Williams offers peel and stick samples. Just as easy as they sound, these 8” x 8” paint “stickers” provide a no mess, no dry time alternative to sampling paint colors and selecting the right one for your project.

If you choose to go the traditional route, make sure to get the samples in the finish you intend to use. The sheen of the final product will affect how the project turns out. Flat is the most common and popular finish; it goes on smooth and doesn’t show imperfections as much as a semi-gloss or high-sheen finish.

How to:

  1. Take the samples home and brush them on the walls at eye level. It is a good idea to paint the colors on more than one wall so you can get the total perspective of how the room will truly look.
  2. Use multiple coats of paint. This allows you to see the true color saturation. For some hues, it may be necessary to use a primer first to get the proper visual.
  3. If you’re not starting from scratch pulling a room together with a blank slate and are re-painting an already lived-in room, you may not want to create a Jackson Pollock in your living room. In this case, the peel and stick samples will come in handy when testing paint options.
  4. Consult the experts. Contact the professionals, whether to consult on sheen, brand, finish, or color paint professionals can be invaluable when working on a paint project.

Keep Your Paint Personalized

The most important thing to remember is the paint color you choose is a reflection of you and your personality. It curates the mood and ambiance of your space so getting it right is critical. Go with whatever makes you feel good, whatever it is that you like, regardless of trends or design fads. Have fun with the process, if you’re enjoying yourself when selecting your colors and staying true to what you like, the rest is as easy as the tips provided here. With the right arsenal of tools and samples, choosing a paint color does not have to be a daunting task!

The experts and professionals at Flowers Painting are happy to assist you in choosing your perfect hue. Contact us today to learn more about our painting services and color options.

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.

Product Review: Sherwin-Williams Paint

Purchasing paint should be easy, but with so many brands, product lines, sheens, all-in-one primer and paint products, colors, and finishes it can get confusing, and the costs of a home improvement project can add up fast. So how can you be sure you’re choosing the right product, from the right brand name to get your project completed and get the most bang for your buck? First, schedule a consultation with the experts. Second, do your research. In this product review, we will be sharing the best benefits of Sherwin Williams paint and coatings.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Products

Sherwin-Williams is the largest producer of exterior and interior paints in the U.S and includes Pratt & Lambert and Thompson Minwax products in their brands. Sherwin-Williams manufacturers a full array of interior and exterior coatings to meet virtually any project application. Sherwin Williams offers quality paints and stains at an affordable price and with more than 3,000 company-owned retail stores that cater to professionals and consumers, and offer a variety of paint supplies and tools, Sherwin Williams is highly rated by its customers.

Sherwin-Williams: One of the Best Rated Paint Brands

With over 150 years of experience manufacturing paints and coatings for various applications, Sherwin-Williams offers the benefit of extensive experience above all else. The brand lines offered are highly rated and reviewed by both homeowners embarking on DIY improvement projects, as well as the professionals. Benefits of choosing Sherwin Williams brands over the competition include:

Cost

With paint, you definitely get what you pay for. Premium paints cost more, but in the long run the consistency offers better overall coverage, therefore saving money on materials. Top paints from Sherwin-Williams such as Duration Home and Emerald collections run around $67-$77 per gallon and offer incredible durability and even coverage in one to two coats.

Quality and Performance

Sherwin-Williams premium paints, like Duration Home, offer excellent coverage and allow for a faster painting process due to its superior flow when brushing and rolling.

Variety

Sherwin Williams offers more than 1,700 colors, so you can rest assured there is a shade for every mood, room, space, and project.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Products

Emerald®

The finest premium interior paint from Sherwin Williams. Emerald® is a paint and primer in one offering superior coverage in only one to two coats. This product hides stains and covers darker colors with ease, providing stunning results with half the effort.

Duration Home®

The perfect paint to protect your walls and surfaces from kids, pets, and general wear and tear. This paint and primer in one covers old stains, and wipes clean with ease without color fading when washing. This product offers better coverage in fewer coats, saving both time and money for your project with outstanding durability to last for years to come.

Cashmere®

This is the perfect paint for the beginner DIY homeowner. Cashmere® offers the easiest application and glides on with ease for an elegant, smooth finish in one swoop. This paint dries with a rich finish that you can see and feel in the end result. Cashmere® offers durability and is scrubbable, making it easy to clean and maintain.

SuperPaint®

This all-in-one paint and primer applies easily and dries quickly offering time-saving benefits with a smooth, long-lasting finish. SuperPaint® offers excellent coverage, so changing colors is easy for updates. This paint offers good durability and is easy to clean.

SuperPaint® with Air Purifying Technology

All the benefits of Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint® with a zero VOC formula to improve air quality one coat at a time. Available in 540 colors, this product is a simple choice for your home.

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.

 

Flowers Painting Before & After Pictures

Nothing transforms a room like paint. You can take a space from drab to fab in a single day –and it doesn’t cost a fortune compared to other home improvement projects. It’s so fun to see our happy customers after we’ve finished a painting project and we have fun putting together before and after photos to see the transformation.

Choosing a paint color can be tricky though. Flowers Flooring has several resources available to help in your paint selection. You can use Sherwin-Williams virtual paint tool ColorSnap Visualizer, read some of our blogs on color theory, or consult with one of our painting pros during your free in-home estimate.

Before and After Interior Wall Photos

Whether you’re going for a subtle change or a dramatic difference you can achieve it with paint. The entire interior of your home from baseboards and window casings to doors and walls is eligible for a refresh and update. Pro Tip:  If you are replacing flooring, we highly recommend painting before the new floors are installed.

Check out the recent bedroom, home theater, and living room painting before and afters completed by Flowers Painting.

Painting Before and After

Before and After Cabinet and Bookshelf Photos

If you have ever remodeled a kitchen, you know the expense of new cabinets can get steep. That’s why many of our customers contact us to paint out-of-date cabinets rather than foot the expense. Painting kitchen or bathroom cabinets is not only far less expensive, but you also get the added bonus of choosing the exact paint color to fit your style.

Painting cabinets is an art form and takes patience, the right products, and know-how to get a flawless finish. Before you DIY the cabinets in your home, we suggest getting a quote from a professional painting company like Flowers Painting.

Check out the recent cabinet and shelf painting before and afters completed by Flowers Painting.

Painting Before and After

Painting Before and After

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.