How to Estimate the Cost of Hiring a Professional Painter

Painting interior walls is without a doubt one of the most common and simple ways to revive and refresh the look and feel of a home. There are endless possibilities with infinite colors and brands to choose from. But is it a DIY project, or something to hire professionals to do? Knowing what it will cost to hire a professional will help you make the best decision for your painting needs.

3 Things to Know to get an Accurate Estimate

The cost to paint a room is typically based on square footage and can be anywhere from $2-$6 per square foot, and the overall cost to paint a room ranges between $955 to $2,890. To get the most accurate estimate of what it will cost here are 3 things to do to determine.

The Size of the Room

To begin you will need to measure to find the area of the room. By adding the length of each wall, and then multiplying it by the height of the room you will get your total square footage. If ceilings, baseboards or trim will be a part of the paint job, make sure to add that into the coverage area. It’s also important to note that you will need to subtract footage for doors and windows by using the same width by length formula.

The Cost of Paint

The coverage area will determine how much paint will be needed for the project. 1 gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet. Paint costs can range from $20 to $100 per gallon. Prices vary based on type of paint, and also professionals can get paint at lower cost per gallon than homeowners.

Cost of Labor

Labor costs are generally estimated in two ways; either by the coverage area per square foot plus materials, or by the hour. Square footage labor costs can range from $2-$6 per square foot, and hourly labor costs can be $20-$50 an hour. Most professionals however use the coverage area to determine the cost of labor.

Other Costs

There may be additional costs to consider when hiring a professional painter.  These costs can include painting supplies, room preparation such as moving furniture, repairing damaged walls, texturing and cleanup.

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.

 

 

 

The Truth About White Walls: White Paint Demystified

It is no secret that the most efficient way to add appeal and spruce up your home is a fresh coat of paint. Every year paint manufacturers and interior designers produce a list of the best interior paint trends for the year. For 2021, you may be surprised to learn that the tried and true gray wall is out, and white walls are in —especially if you’re looking to increase the resale value of your home. According to this article from Suzanne Powers Realty group, “Buyers’ color preferences are stronger than ever…cleanliness tops the list of must-haves,” which puts white shades back at the top of the list of best interior paint colors.

White paint seems easy enough to work with, how hard can it be, it’s white? In actuality, the color variations in white can make it very challenging to select the right shade of white paint color.  With various factors affecting the hue’s appearance once on the wall, homeowners should follow these tips to debunk and demystify the challenges of the great white wall.

Selecting Your Shade

Whether you’re looking for classic white, bright white, creamy white, a warm tone, or a cool white, understanding the nuances of undertones, and the lighting situation in the space that you’re painting are two important factors when choosing what shade of white paint to use.

Cool whites with undertones of blue and gray have a crisp, clean appearance, while white with undertones of red and yellow are categorized as warm whites and offer a cozy, relaxed ambiance. While personal preference and decor play a role in deciding which end of the spectrum is best, consider the region you live in, and the lighting of the space suggests the Director of Color Marketing and Design Services for Sherwin-Williams. If you live in an area with a lot of bright, natural light filtering through, you may want to opt for a bright, cool white shade whereas in an area that tends to have colder, gray weather, a warmer tone may be the better choice.

Classic White Walls

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic. Classic whites are favored for their clean, seamlessly blendable look. These shades are perfect for white painted walls, cabinets, doors, trim, or anywhere in the home. They complement a wide range of decor, architecture, and style.

Bright White Paint

The bright whites are ideal for a sleek, modern design. Pure, untinted whites that feel like a cool breath of fresh air. Free of any undertone, a bright white paint is a good choice for spaces that see a range of different lighting throughout the day.

Creamy White

Soft, relaxing, and cozy creamy white paint adds warmth to your room with perfectly creamy, off-white shades. Warm creamy whites offset natural blue tones to give a warmer, cozy feeling to the space.

Prepare to Take Walls to the White Side

When deciding on white interior wall paint, the sheen is just as important as the shade. Depending on the lighting, high gloss will help to brighten up a room, while flat paint with as little sheen as possible absorbs the most light and gives the truest color, but it doesn’t camouflage wear and smudges well. Eggshell or a semi-gloss white paint fit a variety of applications and are trusted, popular choices for interior paint.

White walls are unforgiving, they show every smudge, dent, scratch imaginable, so being properly prepped is crucial to the painting process. Patch any holes or imperfections beforehand. If there are significant stains or uneven color, apply a stain-blocking primer prior to applying the topcoat.

Before committing to a white shade, consider the permanent fixtures like flooring, trim, cabinetry, and light fixtures. The wall color should pull all these elements together

Final Thoughts

Working with a color like white can add a level of sophistication, and its crisp, clean look works well with most decor and in a variety of spaces. When working with predominantly one color, avoid the space becoming boring by adding depth and layers using a variety of textures and pops of color in your furnishings, pillows, artwork, and textiles. Accent walls, colored cabinetry, and interior painted doors are also great ways to play off a white wall for an added area of interest.

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.

 

 

 

Painting Your Home Will Make You Happy – 2021 Painting Survey

Sherwin-Williams released results from a survey of over 1200 homeowners and the biggest takeaway was this: painting your home will make you happy.

According to the survey, a large majority of homeowners (72%) responded that they think there is a positive emotional impact that results from painting a space. We obviously wholeheartedly agree and see this over and over again from our satisfied customers after we finish painting for them.

Big Painting Plans This Year

Another big takeaway from the survey: everyone has big painting plans this year. After spending more than the usual amount of time at home in the past couple of years, homeowners are ready for a change and a refresh.

  • More than half of all homeowners (56%) plan to paint an area in their home in the next 12 months.
  • A large majority of millennial homeowners (74%) plan to paint an area of their homes in the next 12 months

Most Popular Rooms to Paint

What is the frontrunner for rooms to paint? The bedroom comes out slightly ahead in the polls before the living room.

  • Of those homeowners planning to paint in the next 12 months, half plan to paint their bedroom (49% bedroom, 47% living room, 42% bathroom, 33% kitchen).

Pinterest Influence

When looking for color inspiration, the large majority of homeowners turn to Pinterest (62%), according to the Sherwin-Williams survey. Browsing Pinterest’s image sharing platform is a great starting point and way to get ideas for your own home. There are also color visualizer apps that let you try on any color in your own space. Don’t forget about Instagram, too. Check out the most Instagram worthy colors of this year.

Test Run Paint Colors

While we can’t imagine not testing out a paint color before painting a room, there are those who just go for it. We’re solidly on Team Test though and highly recommend purchasing paint samples or swatches and painting them on your wall before committing. You don’t want to live with a color you don’t like, nor do you want to have to pay to have the room repainted.

  • Nearly one in three homeowners do not test colors before painting (28%).
  • More than 50% of millennial homeowners purchase a paint sample to toss on their 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. 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 Create an Accent Wall with Paint

Creating an accent wall, also called a feature wall, is one of the easiest, quickest, and most affordable ways to make a design statement in your home. There are endless possibilities—think stripes, color blocks, ombre, two-tone, zigzags, etc. — and it’s currently a very popular home trend.

Pros of Painting an Accent Wall

Painting a single accent wall in a room allows you to make bold choices, whether with pattern or color, without overpowering the whole room. It adds visual interest to the entire space and what’s more, when you are ready for a change a few years down the road, it’s easy to update with another coat of paint.

Choosing an Accent Wall Location

Place your accent wall carefully. Whichever one you designate as the feature wall, that’s different from the other walls, will be the focal point of the space. Your eye will immediately go to the wall that is different. Behind a bed in a bedroom, behind the sink in the bathroom, or a wall of bookshelves are popular placements. Generally, you want to choose a large, uninterrupted wall that is not broken up by doors, windows, or cabinets.

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Use a solid contrasting color or shade in the same color family on your accent wall. For shades, consult a paint swatch and use ones that are one or two shades lighter or darker than the main color. To create contrast, understanding the color wheel is helpful.

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Colorblocking

This type of accent wall design is simple, yet bold. Colorblocking is painting blocks of color in geometric shapes. It could be as simple as painting the bottom half of the wall one color and a different one on the top. Or just a band of color around the top of the wall near the ceiling.

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Ombre

The ombre trend has appeared in everything from clothing to hair color, and now accent walls. Ombre is a French word that means, “to shade.” In English, we use the word to describe the effect created by the transition from one color to another by moving through shade variations of those colors. It creates a beautiful effect when used on a statement wall.

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Texture

Walls with architectural interest like board and baton or shiplap make excellent feature walls. The depth and variety created by the wood really pops when painted. It’s not terribly expense to achieve, either.

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Stripes

Adding stripes to an accent wall can really alter the mood of a room depending on the color combination you choose.  Achieve a sophisticated feel blush and cream colors or a fun, vibrant atmosphere with primary colors.

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.

 

Rooms Prioritization When Painting a Whole House

Repainting an entire home room by room is a huge undertaking that takes planning, prioritization, and a bit of finesse so your daily life is disrupted as little as possible over the course of the project. When planning to paint a whole house, you will need to move furniture, cover furniture, protect floors, prep the walls for painting, and you’ll likely be without important rooms for a period of time. To make the process easier and less disruptive, follow these tips to prioritize rooms in your home for painting.

Paint with a Purpose

Why are you painting? Are you doing a home remodel, kitchen, or bathroom renovation? Are you preparing to put your house on the market or just making updates? Knowing your end goal before you paint will help you decide what room order to follow during the process. Knowing your end goal may also be helpful when determining what paint colors to choose, what type of supplies you’ll need, and how much paint you will need to purchase.

Determine Room Order

If you are painting your entire home, consider what rooms will make the most impact or which will require the most work and time. Consider what will impact your daily living the most with that room out of commission and start there or wait to do that area last and work on less used spaces first. Determining an order can help the process seem less daunting and keep you to a schedule.

Bedroom

Painting your master bedroom first is a good place to start when painting a whole home. If you have guest bedrooms, you can sleep in there until the job is done, or even spend a night or two camped out in the living room if needed. Getting the master out of the way allows you to resume normalcy quickly with a place to sleep and access to bathroom facilities while you tackle the other rooms of the house. Once you have a beautiful new space to wake up in every day, it will add to the motivation to complete the rest of the renovations. 

Kitchen

If you’re tackling a whole house painting project room by room, the kitchen is a great first or second room to start with, especially if your renovations include new appliances or new cabinet installation or painting the kitchen cabinets for a fresh look. Starting with the kitchen is a good idea because if the kitchen is inoperable, regular life can get put on hold until the project is completed. There may be added expenditures on dining out or take out.

Living Area

For many, the living room or general living spaces often take up a decent amount of time and require a fair amount of effort. Whether you’re painting yourself or hiring professional painters, living rooms, dens, and living spaces tend to be larger rooms with a lot of furniture and things that will need to be moved, covered, and protected. It is one of the most commonly used areas of the home, and the space that is used for company and entertaining so attention to detail and clean work is imperative. Clearing the space of furniture and other items into other rooms to make room for painting can also be disruptive to everyday life. Typically, tackling the living areas at the end of painting your whole house is a good plan of action.

Laundry Room, Home Gyms, Refinished Basements

Rooms like the laundry room, home gyms, playrooms, basement recreational spaces are good to save for last. These are less commonly used rooms, are lower priority, and tend to be smaller with fewer things to move and protect and will be able to be done quickly, causing less disruption to daily routines than larger, more common rooms. 

Paint Like a Pro

For the avid DIY painter, there are still many tips and tricks to consider when tackling a whole home painting project. Make sure you’re prepared with tips from professional painters to make your projects timely, efficient, cost-effective, and low-stress. Of course, there is also the option of leaving the job to trusted professionals like the experts at Flowers Painting. Contact us today for a consultation and estimate of professional painting services for your entire 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.

Paint it Pink! Stylish Shades of Pink Interior Paint is a Trend That’s Here to Stay

Photo Credit: Sherwin Williams

Pink walls have proven to have obvious staying power and their popularity is only continuing to grow with designers and DIY enthusiasts preoccupied by the powers of pink.

The playful hue is popping up everywhere from bedrooms and nurseries to dining rooms, bathrooms, and so much more. With an array of shades to choose from, ranging from the popular millennial pink and subtle near neutrals, to bold magenta, pink paint trends are a force to be reckoned with and remain a popular interior design trend of 2021.

How Pink Paint Trends Rose to Power

Color psychology suggests that different colors can have an impact on our moods, feelings, and even behaviors. The color pink is thought to be a calming color associated with love, kindness, and femininity. Some shades of pale pink are described as relaxing, while very bright, vibrant shades can be stimulating or even aggravating. Many people immediately associate the color with all things feminine and girly, but pink is no longer just for the girls.

How did pink infiltrate its way into being one of the hottest, long-lasting interior paint and design trends that continues to evolve? It all started with Pantone Rose Quartz 2016 color of the Year. This sugary pastel pink evolved into the popular millennial pink, a vivid blush tone that represents the strength and modernity of its namesake generation. For many, color associations are tied to a memory or experience. Shades of pink symbolize feelings of joy, love, creativity, innocence, vibrancy, and even euphoria. With such powerful emotional impact and versatility, it is the perfect option for interior wall paint. Pink walls can work as a neutral or as a bold statement accent, it all comes down to the shade you choose and how you match furnishings and decor with it.

Choose Your Perfect Shade of Pink Interior Paint

Choosing the right hues to decorate your home is not easy, color can help differentiate an environment and create the mood. From pleasant and relaxing to vibrant and invigorating, pinks are incredibly versatile, with so many varied shades of pink paint, creating your perfect space is simple whether you’re looking for sweet and romantic or striking and bold.

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right shade of pink interior paint for your home.

  • Lighting
  • Size
  • Functionality

Decorating with Pink Walls

Decorating with pink walls is all about selecting the right hue. Once you’ve decided on the right shade, there is no need to feel nervous about committing to a pink room. Think of pink as a neutral. Compliment warm pink hues with light whitened wood, luxe whites and griege tones, soft fabrics, and textures create a cozy environment. Pair pink with luxe materials such as marble, brass accents, metallics, and velvet.

The key to avoiding a room looking too feminine is to stay clear of overly feminine cliches such as floral patterns, ruffles, polka dots, or stripes. Stick to clean lines and add layers of masculine accessories such as industrial furnishings, black accents, wood, and leather.

Use brighter, bold shades of pink in spaces such as a foyer, an office, or a bedroom to make a statement with interesting and creative decor.

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.

 

Create a Look You’ll Love with Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® Paint Color Visualizer Tool

The easiest way to choose the best interior paint color is to start with a color palette you love. Choosing your favorite color as a base to build your palette is a great way to get started and will ensure you are pointed in the right direction. However, there are other factors to consider. Which room are you redoing? Are you designing around a specific theme or decor inspiration? Are you getting ready to sell? Whether you’re choosing a different palette for every room, or a unified scheme, making sure the paint colors you choose to align with your goals is important—and what’s more, making sure you make the right choice before the brush meets the wall is critical. That’s where color visualizer tools, like Sherwin Williams’ ColorSnap® come in really handy.

Using Color Theory to Find Inspiration

Creating a color scheme can seem daunting when you have no place to start, and hundreds of thousands of paint colors and shades (and don’t even get started on the sheen discussion) to choose from. You don’t have to be an artist or an interior designer or study color theory to get great ideas from a little color wheel. Using a color wheel to see how colors relate to one another can help you decide on a color scheme quickly. While the color wheel will merely show basic colors and their relationships, and likely won’t be the actual paint shades you use, color theory is a great starting point. From there, you can begin to select paint colors to start building a palette based on your design inspiration, and color preferences.

 

Selecting Paint Colors with Swatches and Samples

While building inspiration and selecting individual paint colors using tools like color theory and inspiration boards is helpful, you still don’t know how the colors will look. Most hardware or paint suppliers offer paint swatches and samples to take with you when deciding on paint colors. Chips, swatches, and even small sample-sized containers of paint are all useful tools in the initial planning stages of building a palette, creating a vision or inspo board, or matching decor however, they don’t do much for knowing how the color will look on an entire wall, or throughout a whole room. With the help of technology, you can ensure you choose the right color every time—the first time.

 

Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer

Room visualizer technology is helping designers and homeowners alike make better home renovation decisions, from choosing flooring to wall paint, cabinet colors, and more. A room visualizer tool makes it easy to see exactly how your choices will look and can even go as far as seeing it in your specific space. While most room visualizers are all the same conceptually, Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer makes it easier than ever to take a project all the way from concept to inspo board, to completion in… well, in a snap.

With versions available for both iPhone, iPad, and Android users, ColorSnap® tools are in place to help whenever, and wherever inspiration strikes. The ColorSnap® visualizer for the web allows users to explore the endless possibilities of Sherwin Williams paint colors. You simply upload a photo or use one of theirs to drag and drop your paint selections and virtually paint your walls. Hate it? No problem, in as much as a snap, change your mind until you get it right. Then using the paint calculator, figure out how much paint you’ll need to complete your project.

Not sure where to even begin? Use the Snap It™ Button to turn any image into a color palette made from more than 1,700 Sherwin Williams paint colors. Love the beach? Snap a picture and build the perfect beach-inspired palette with perfectly matched Sherwin Williams paint colors. The proprietary technology of ColorSnap® Precision delivers exceptional color accuracy and gallon-to-gallon color control.

Create a Room You’ll Love with ColorSnap® and Flowers Painting

With ColorSnap® Visualizer technology choosing paint colors is far less daunting and fool-proof to create a palette you’ll absolutely love. Flowers Painting works with you with the help of Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® to help you choose the perfect shade, sheen, and amount of paint you’ll need to get the job done. Our professional painting services are available to help you complete your transformation. Contact an expert at Flowers Painting to learn more about selecting the perfect paint colors for 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.

 

Design Inspiration: Instagrammable Paint Colors in 2021

Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue

Sites like Pinterest have historically been the go-to place inspiration, with the ability to build customized inspo-boards with direct links to the bloggers and products bringing our design dreams to life for designers and clients alike. The emergence of social media has sites like Instagram stepping up to the interior design plate as a place where people can share their lives in real-time inviting the world together in a series of images and cultivating creativity from every angle.

After an introspective year, our home design aesthetics have shifted, Instagram data compiled by DIY.com indicates that we have all been left feeling a little blue—at least as far as trending paint colors are concerned.

Instagram Post-Worthy Shades of Blue

An overwhelming 46,589 hashtags on Instagram reveal Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is the ‘It’ shade this year. However, the deep blue-green shade that is topping the charts is not the only shade of blue trending. Stiffkey Blue (also from Farrow & Ball), Little Greene’s French Gray, Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, and Dulux’s Denim Drift are among the top ten most hash tagged trending paint colors filling our Instagram feeds in 2021.

Why So Blue?

Why are homeowners so drawn to hues of blue? Paint brands and design experts across the industry predictions for 2021 gave hints to shades that promote and create a sense of calm and well-being in our homes, especially as we all spend more and more time there. Timeless, clean blues have a sense of nostalgia and a soothing effect in the home despite being cooler hues.

So why Hague Blue? A deep rich blue with green undertones has an overall calming effect while also exuding confidence, and a feeling of being grounded, which after the past year, is no surprise we would all be looking for the calm amidst the storm of events.

Design Inspiration: How to Use Trending Blue Paint

Blue hues are extremely versatile and are being displayed on Instagram in a plethora of inspiring home designs throughout the platform. From kitchen islands and cabinets, to bathroom walls, accent interior doors, fireplace mantles, to furniture popular blues can be used in a wide variety of ways to bring out the beauty of natural materials. These tones can evoke anything from “formal and traditional” to “rich and luxurious”. Hague Blue, although a darker tone, brings lightness to a space. When used in the right way, Hague blue and other rich blue hues, can help to create a focal point or create a calming backdrop for plants carrying on the trend of bringing elements of nature indoors.

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.

Virtual Painting Consultations Offers Flexible Shopping Solutions

Flowers Painting now offers client services remotely, including virtual consultations to discuss the specifics of your next painting project. Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of shopping with Flowers Painting from the safety and comfort of your own home. With advanced technology features, you’ll have full access to our trained painting customer service representatives to give you their expert guidance—without ever leaving home! 

One-on-One Service During Your Virtual Consultation

Our virtual consultations offer the same service as our in-person consultations. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales representatives schedule time to assist you with every step of your journey. Whether you are looking for interior painting services, cabinet painting, color matching, color selection, or help with design, we can guide you 100% virtually. From answering product questions, reviewing colors and samples, to giving online product demonstrations, and advice on the best paint services or solutions for your project in a completely remote environment that is both flexible and convenient without sacrificing service.

Find the Perfect Shade with ColorSnap® from Sherwin Williams

Explore the endless possibilities with Sherwin Williams paint–wherever you are—with ColorSnap. Upload a photo of your room with the visualizer tool, select a color to drag and drop on the wall to virtually see the color in action. Select from our entire catalog of colors to select the perfect shade for your room. Our online tools help you order chip samples, calculate how much paint you’ll need, and try colors virtually before selecting the right match for you.

Contactless Consulting, Financing, and More

Once you have chosen the perfect shade and product for your painting project, let us help you schedule our professional painting services, apply for financing online, make your purchase, or suggest supplies you’ll need to get the job done. We will walk you through the steps, every step of the way while remaining completely contactless!

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.

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.

 

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