Tips for Painting Drywall

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Your new walls are up and you can’t wait to paint them. But WAIT! New drywall requires a very different painting strategy than painting existing walls in your home. If you don’t take the time to paint your new walls right, you will be left with streaks and seams showing through. This blog will cover how to paint new drywall and provide you with painting tips from Flowers Painting pros.

Prep the Walls

Installation of new drywall is a dusty process. You will want to make sure that all of the dust from installation is swept up before starting your paint project. If you skip this critical step, your new walls will have specks of lint and dust stuck to it. Before beginning any project in your home, be sure to go through this check list:

  1. Look for imperfections and sand down rough edges.
  2. Wipe the walls with a soft cloth.
  3. After the dust has settled, sweep up any lingering dust from adjacent floors.
  4. Wipe down the walls one last time with a damp (NOT WET) cloth.
  5. Apply a coat of primer specifically designed for new drywall.

Select Your Application Method

You can choose between a sprayer and a roller to apply the primer. Sprayers work well for new drywall, but they can be messy. However, a sprayer is a quick way to cover large areas and can be a real time saver. Most people opt for a roller, which is easier to handle than a sprayer. Steer clear of synthetic rollers, since they often leave behind trails of lint on the wall.

Choosing the Right Primer and Paint for Painting Drywall

Selecting paint can be confusing. There are so many to choose from at your local home improvement store. Don’t worry. Selecting the right primer and paint isn’t that difficult if you keep a few simple tips in mind:

  • Make sure you select a primer that is designed specifically for drywall.
  • Use a separate primer for new drywall. There are paint and primer combinations on the market that are very good products; however, these are for walls that have already been treated, not new drywall.
  • Consider using a satin paint, which often works best in most homes. Flat paint may offer easy touchups but can get dirty quickly. On the other hand, high sheen or gloss is easy to clean but can be more difficult to touch up. Satin paint offers the best of both worlds and is durable and easy to touch up when needed.

New Walls Will Require Two Coats

Many paints advertise the ability to paint in a single coat. Don’t follow this manufacturer’s recommendation when painting new drywall. If you paint a single coat, the seams along the edges of each board will start to bleed through over time. Adding a second coat solves this problem.

Ask for Help from the Experts

Following these simple new drywall painting tips should make painting on your own a bit easier. However, if you feel like a new wall painting project is too much to bite off, call in the experts at Flowers Painting for help. Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that serves the Charlotte metro area, including Mooresville, Concord, Lake Norman area and more. Call today to schedule your free estimate (704) 445-7750.

 

Tips on Choosing a Unified Color Palette for Your Home

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Nothing makes a home look new again like a fresh coat of paint and a unified color palette. Many homeowners dream about repainting their entire home’s interior, to see their house take on a new life with a fresh new look and feel. However, repainting can be a very intimidating task if you don’t know a few general guidelines for home painting and choosing colors. This blog will help educate you on selecting the right color palette for your home.

Begin with the Open Spaces

In order to have the colors in your home blend well, it’s best to select a color that you will use in all the open or connecting spaces in your home. Flowers Painting recommends places like the foyer, hallways and open living spaces such as the kitchen and living room. Because this color will be visible from many places in the home, you should match all your other colors to this main color.

This will provide a feeling of unity throughout the entire home. The color you select for all the open and connecting spaces in your home will set the tone for your home and cover a lot of wall space.

For this reason, Flowers Painting suggests using a light or neutral color so that your home does not feel dark or overbearing. Suggested colors include white, gray or tan. However, there are many other options for unifying colors such as blue-gray or sage green.

Select Individual Colors for Room Paint

Once you have selected a unifying color, the next step in home painting is to select colors for individual rooms that do not share a wall, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, office or a formal dining room. Each room paint color that you select should coordinate with the color you selected in the open areas. This will prevent your home from feeling disjointed as you transition from one living space to another.

Accent Your Walls

A great way to add a pop of color or texture to your house is to choose a few rooms to add an accent wall. An accent wall can work well in either self-contained rooms such as a bedroom, or areas that are open to other rooms. Accent walls are a wonderful place to express your personality and add bold, vibrant colors that you love, but would be overpowering if painted in the entire room.

Home Painting Tips for a Unified Color Palette

When painting the interior of your home there are other considerations as well, such as whether to select traditional white trim paint and whether to add color to your ceilings. While this can all be overwhelming, don’t panic. Flowers Painting is here to help. A professional painter can help you choose unifying paint colors and coordinating options. They will work with you to decide which colors work well together and complement your style of house. If you are considering painting your home interior, Flowers Painting is here to help. Flower Painting is a trusted full-service interior painting company serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Our painters have extensive experience and are committed to excellent customer service. Call today to schedule your free in-home color consultation and painting estimate (704) 445-7750.

Safety First – Be Certain your Local House Painter is Insured

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There are hundreds of local house painters in the Charlotte, NC area and it’s important to make sure you hire an insured painter. Selecting a house painting company to work with can be challenging. After all, how can you really tell the difference between them? And if an uninsured painting company offers a lower estimate, is it better to hire them?

Did you know that when you hire an uninsured contractor, including painting contractors, you are putting yourself at risk in ways that you may not realize? It’s important to consider those perils and see if an uninsured contractor is worth the lower cost. In this blog we will explore the possible dangers of hiring a contractor with no insurance.

Why is Hiring an Insured Painter Important?

A house painter that does not carry Workers Compensation and Liability insurance has a lower overhead cost, which can also translate into savings for the homeowner. It can be risky to hire a painting company that does not have licensing or insurance. Here’s how:

  • If the contractor does not finish the work to your satisfaction, you may not have legal footing to seek redress.
  • If a worker is injured on your property, you as the homeowner could end up being liable for those mishaps.
  • If the painter causes injury or damage to persons in your home, or to the home itself, you may be left unprotected.

A reputable painting company knows that a responsible homeowner completes his or her due diligence. Flowers Painting recommends a homeowner asks to see proof of insurance, and any painting company should be able to produce documentation relatively quickly.

If a prospective painting company is hesitant or offended in response to this simple request, Flowers Painting urges you to seek a different company! We also recommend checking a company’s online reviews before deciding to hire them. Reviews show how trustworthy a company is and exactly how happy or unhappy they leave their customers.

Flowers Painting has been serving the Charlotte metro area for over two years. We keep our insurance continually up to date, so that our clients are fully protected and assured of our reliability. We maintain a 5-Star rating on Google and HomeAdvisor. As a local house painter, Flowers Painting offers interior painting services, drywall services, cabinet refinishing and more. The next time you have a painting project in your home, call Flowers Painting for a no hassle, no pressure, FREE estimate (704) 445-7750.

New Home? The Best Interior Color Choices for a Fresh Start

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So Many Interior Color Choices!

After you have unpacked the final moving box all you can think about is relaxing in your new home. But before you can get settled into your new space there’s still a few tasks to tackle. You’re going to want to make your new home your own by updating the paint. After living in the home a few days, it’s easier to think about your interior color choices and what colors to paint. While you may be hesitant to select the perfect color, this blog post should help. After all, it’s natural to be nervous about selecting the perfect color for your space. There’s a lot of time, money and effort that goes into repainting the interior of a home. In this article Flowers Painting will explore five interior color options to change your mood and give yourself a fresh start.

Charcoal Gray

If you are looking for something dramatic, charcoal gray is a great option. While many dark colors can make a room look and feel smaller, charcoal gray helps create a more intimate space. This color adds beautiful drama to a room, and makes the walls seem to disappear. Charcoal gray adds just the right amount of warmth and since it’s a neutral color, it looks amazing with just about any other color.

Light Gray
Light gray is a terrific choice to showcase your homes many features, as it’s a cool, airy color. Light gray is a great alternative to taupe or beige and adds a modern flair to any room. The colors cool tones contribute to creating a calming and soothing environment that can also make the room look bright and open. This is a very versatile color that adds instant drama to your walls. Accent colors that look great with light gray are charcoal gray and black or white.

White
Don’t be afraid to go all white. Simply choose accents with cool undertones. Flowers Painting suggests steering clear of bright paper white, as this can tend to feel to clinical for a house. Instead, we suggest using soft cream shades of white. White is known for its natural beauty and purity, which makes a great choice for a simple, minimalist look. You simply need to add some colorful accents with your white walls to give your home a modern and dramatic look. Since white matches absolutely everything, the selection of accent pieces should be simple.

Red
Red interior paint brings drama to your home. It’s a rich and deep paint and when paired with white, it pops and looks ultra-modern. If you are looking to bring energy to your space, red is definitely the color for you. While it’s a bold choice, Flowers Painting is sure you’ll fall in love with the look.

Warm Yellow
A warm yellow paint creates a soothing environment and is not to overpowering. While the color stands out on its own it doesn’t dominate the surroundings. Warm yellow pairs well with many other colors such as teal, magenta, bright yellow and burnt orange.

When you move into your new home, a new coat of paint is a terrific way to bring elements of your personality into your new living space. Flowers Painting recommends painting your home early on, as it gives you a chance to make it your own and make certain it really feels like home. Painting the interior of your home with colors you enjoy is an important step and requires planning. New interior colors will give you a fresh start and make you fall even more in love with your new home. If you are looking for a professional painter to paint your new space, call Flowers Painting today to schedule a free in-home estimate (704) 727-2161. If you are looking for additional inspiration, be sure to check out our other blog posts.

 

 

Transform Your Space with PPG Paint Color of the Year 2019

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It’s that time of year when design experts predict the hottest colors of the New Year and when we find out the PPG Paint Color of the Year 2019. Color predictions reflect the current popular mood and influence the development of fashion, home-wares and even food! Flowers Painting utilizes quality interior paints by PPG Paint. PPG Paint’s 2019 Color of the Year is Night Watch (PPG1145-7). The color Night Watch is a rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green allowing spaces to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature. Its versatility allows the paint color to be used in a variety of rooms and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design.

PPG Paint’s 2019 Color of the Year is Night Watch (PPG1145-7)

PPG experts don’t blindly select a new paint color of the year from the paint palate. Lots of thought goes into selecting the Color of the Year. PPG hosted a retreat where 20 experts brainstorm sociological changes, political and cultural climates and design trends to get the “pulse” today’s world. After this intensive process they chose the paint color Night Watch.

The 2019 Color of the Year can be incorporated as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. This color green is meant to bring a little of the outdoors in. To try Night Watch or any of the 2019 Global Color Trends hues on your walls, click through to the PPG online virtual room painter tool on the Flowers Painting website. The tool offers advanced technology to apply any color to an uploaded photo of your own space.

New Blues

For a more casual approach to interior design, charcoal blue, ice blue, gray-blue and a very pale powder blue are terrific options when looking for paint colors that are far from every day and subtle enough to not take over a room. PPG Paint has an endless amount of blue hues to select from, so there’s no limit to the number of routes you can go with this exciting color.

Mustard

For those looking for a pop of color and an alternative to the color gold, deep mustard is great for instantly creating a focal point, making it a smart color choice for accent walls and even trim.

Mushroom

As an update to the boring browns and rust paint colors, shades of mushroom are both natural and moody. Almost any home furnishings go with this color, making it great for almost any room.

Pewter

The color pewter is a rich alternative to the all-white walls and is one shade that works with everything, everywhere.

To schedule your free painting estimate, call Flowers Painting (704) 727-2161

 

Tips on Selecting a Paint Color for Dark Rooms in Your Home

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If there are rooms in your home that don’t get enough natural light which causes them to feel dark and gloomy, consider repainting the area to lighten it up and turn that cave-like feeling into a warm, inviting room that you want to spend time in. Here are some simple tips from Flowers Painting on paint color choices for dark rooms.

5 Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Dark Rooms

  1. Avoid White – I know, you would think that white paint would work to brighten an area, but it’s actually not the right color choice for a dark space. White paint reflects natural light, so if there is no natural light in your space, white paint isn’t going to have anything to reflect and it can make the room feel even darker.
  2. Embrace Warm Tones – Painting a dark room with warm-toned neutral paint will certainly brighten the area. Stick to colors that are saturated and do not have much black in their base. Avoid choosing dark tones and stick to light or medium tones.
  3. Lavender – Lavender paint is a great choice for a dark room and can suit a variety of tastes – both male and female. Its warm tones add brightness to a dark room. Keep in mind that accent pieces and accessories can dramatically change lavender’s impact. If you’re going for a sophisticated look stick with gray and white furniture and accents. If you want a more playful feel perhaps in a child’s nursery, stick with pastel accents.
  4. Yellow – Yellow paint can completely transform a dark room into a sunny one that feels bright and happy. Pair yellow paint with white accents to really make it pop.
  5. Blue – The color blue is a versatile color and brings the feeling of peace and calmness to any room. Powder blue paint works to brighten a dark space, while bringing a soothing, peaceful feel to it.
  6. Gray – While you want to steer clear of dark grays, light grays or grays with a bit of color in the base can brighten up a dark room.

At Flowers Painting located in Cornelius, NC, we know the transformative power of paint and we know how to help you pick the perfect paint color for dark rooms. Our estimators are also color consultants who can help guide you in transforming your dark room into a bright room that you enjoy spending time in. Call today to learn more about Flowers Painting or to schedule your FREE in home painting estimate (704) 727-2161.

Tips for Selecting a Paint Palette for an Open Floor Plan

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An open floor plan has been popular for quite some time and is becoming even more so as new builds throughout North Carolina continue to implement the spacious feel of connecting the kitchen to living spaces. The open floor plan not only brings people together, but it is also inviting, comforting and cheerful. However, it can present a decorating conundrum. How do you choose a color palette that blends from room to room when the rooms are no longer divided by walls?

Selecting a color scheme for an open floor plan can get a bit tricky. Figuring out where to transition to another color and how many different colors to use can prove difficult. Flowers Painting suggests using these tips to make an open floor plan both beautiful and inviting. To much color in an open floor plan can overwhelm, yet to little color can get boring. You need to find the right balance to create a peaceful, seamless space.

Open Floor Plan Color Scheme Tips

Limit the Colors

One key to choosing a palette in an open floor plan is to select three to five colors that you will use for your entire space. One color should be white or very light, one or two should be neutral, and one or two should be supporting colors. You should stick to one color family or to colors that share the same intensity to keep the look cohesive.

Keep it Neutral

Neutral doesn’t need to be boring. Rather, a neutral color palette gives you room to introduce different textures and patterns to your living space. Selecting a white or other neutral color such as beige for your open floor plan gives you the freedom to add an accent or textured wall. You could even add a ship late wall, stacked stone wall or a textured ceiling to add personality to the space. To schedule a free estimate for a stacked stone, tile wall or backsplash, call Flowers Flooring at (704) 445-7750.

Add a Splash of Color

If you decide to go with a neutral background color, you can always add paint in strategic places, such as interesting angles and corners of the room to paint a bold, bright color. These areas provide a natural stop and start point, so you don’t have to imagine where the lines should be drawn. Bold splashes of paint will also add interest and personality to any room.

Tone on Tone

If you don’t want to utilize to much of one color in your space, tone on tone is another way to go. Simply use different tones of the same color, and gradually transition from tone to tone as you move to the different areas of the open space.

Use Accent Pieces

Accent pieces such as a bookcase can help break up a long wall of the same color. You can also bring color into a neutral space with furniture. Bright colored accent chairs or throw pillows can add a pop of color to any room. An area rug can also do the same.

At Flowers Painting, we enjoy helping people in the Charlotte, NC, area bring beauty to their homes. We provide professional paint services, including interior painting. To schedule a free color consultation or estimate, please call (704) 727-2161. Click here to view various paint colors or to download the color visualizer. This unique tool will help you select the perfect paint palette for your open floor plan.

 

Tips for Selecting the Right Painting Contractor

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Selecting the right painting contractor to work with can be a challenging assignment. As consumers, we all want the best value in exchange for our hard-earned dollars. The problem is that the cheapest painting estimate that you obtain is not always the best value. Without additional information, consumers can be easily misled by price alone.

Quality vs. Time

The old adage that “time is money” holds true with painting. The bottom line of a painting estimate reflects the time required to complete the job. You could assume that a more expensive painting estimate would allow more time to complete the painting project. Conversely, a less expensive painting estimate would reflect a quicker completion date. Different painting companies however do not always have the same vision of what a professional paint job should be. Flowers Painting delivers high quality craftsmanship, and our painting estimates include thorough masking and covering, meticulous surface preparation, professional PPG Paint, and professional paint application. On the other hand, many local painting companies that specialize in delivering economy to their customers must use time saving methods. Paint prep is one component of painting where considerable time can be saved, as is the use of cheaper grade paints.

Before you interview various painting contractors, consider your expectations of budget and outcome. Once you make that determination, look for a company that best fits the bill. A very cheap painting estimate might not meet your expectations of quality. On the other hand, a painting proposal based upon very high-quality work may be a budget buster.

Finding the Right Painting Contractor

The best way to find a reputable painting contractor to work with is by checking reviews. This will determine if a company is trustworthy and warrants recommendations from others. A painting company you hire should certainly have an online presence that includes customer reviews. In terms of selecting a company to work with, a common practice is to obtain multiple (two or three) painting estimates. It’s a good idea to walk the job with each potential painting company and try to be as specific as possible about your painting project. Discuss your expectations and concerns as well as any aspects of your project that could affect the price. Always ask the following questions:

  • What type of painting projects does your company usually perform – new homes under construction, residential homes, repaints, apartments, commercial spaces, etc.
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Does your company have the proper required licenses and bonding?
  • Does your company have the proper workers compensation and liability insurance policies?
  • What is your warranty policy?
  • Do you offer a written guarantee of your work?

Ask the company to provide you with detailed painting estimates. Request information regarding the following:

  • Exactly what is to be painted
  • Extent of surface preparation
  • Number of paint coats
  • Types of paint and finishes
  • Number of painters
  • Time estimated to complete the project

Once you have decided on a painting company to work with, be sure they have a contract. Review the contract and confirm the following items, as outlined above:

  • Specific details on what is to be painted
  • Paint colors and type of paint for each area to be painted
  • How much time to complete the project
  • When and how the painting company will be paid

Try to find a painting company that is a good fit for you and your painting project. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE painting estimate (704) 445-7750. For tips on how to liven up any room with paint, click through to our blog on Accent Walls.

Tips for Selecting Office Paint

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What Every Business Owner Should Know Before Selecting Office Paint

When customer’s walk into your place of business, your space says a lot about your care and your attention to detail. As a business owner you want to portray a neat, clean and orderly look to your customers; and this includes your interior paint. How do you keep your place of work looking amazing? Flowers Painting provides a few tips on exactly how to do that:

  1. Use the Right Materials for the Job

If your place of business has people coming and going all day and where families bring kids, you’re going to want to consider paint that provides exceptional durability and is made for high traffic areas, such as PPG Diamond Interior Paint. PPG Diamond is washable, scrubbable and is stain resistant, which keeps your business looking fresh.

  1. Keep your Paint Clean

After your paint job is complete, keep it clean. Clean marks on your walls as fast as possible, or as soon as you see them. The longer the mark sits on the wall, the harder it becomes to remove completely. Try to resist scrubbing the walls; simply wash the walls. You want to limit damage to walls, so start cleaning lightly then work your way to a gentle scrub, if you must. Use a soft cloth and water at first. Then, if that does not work add a little cleaning solution but test it in a discrete spot on the paint first, such as behind a piece of furniture to be sure the cleaning solution does not fade or damage the paint.

  1. Touch Up your Paint

This tip can get a bit tricky. The older the paint, the harder it can be to touch up due to wear and tear, but also due to wicking and water loss of paint over time. If you need to touch up a spot within a few years, simply grab a foam brush and lightly punch it. The flatter the sheen of the paint the easier it will touch up. Paint like semi-gloss is almost impossible to touch up over time and will stand out like a sore thumb.

  1. Maintain your Paint

Invest in a professional painting company to complete the job right the first time around, such as Flowers Painting. You want your paint job to last a lot of years, not a couple of years. If you invest in a company that does the job correctly the first time, it will withstand the test of time, saving you money in the long run.

Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE in-business painting estimate (704) 727-2161, or visit us online at www.flowerspaintingco.com

Timeless Bathroom Paint: Bathroom Paint Colors that Won’t Go Out of Style

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If you are looking for a quick home renovation project that will refresh your space without breaking the bank, look no further than your bathroom. A bathroom is a terrific place to update from time to time to change the look of your home. There are timeless bathroom paint colors you may want to consider that will never go out of style, so you don’t have to repaint it very often. The professional house painters at Flowers Painting have assembled a list of bathroom paint colors by PPG Paint that will always look great in any home.

When you work with Flowers Painting on your home interior painting projects, you can be confident knowing that you are working with the best painting company in the Charlotte, NC area. Flowers Painting wants to be involved from the very beginning of your thought process, which is why we are giving you these great PPG Paint suggestions today.

Gray – The color gray is very trendy right now, but it is a timeless color that you can use with almost any décor. Gray and Charcoal can be accented with black or metal pieces and look very modern and minimalist. If you pair turquoise and yellow with gray, you’ll have more of a vintage feel. Flowers Painting recommends Soft Feather Gray by PPG Paint or Quiet Rain. Click here to view the entire Gray and Charcoal Paint Color Chart.

Natural Green – Green is a relaxing color choice and is perfect for the bathroom. A natural green will transform your bathroom into an at-home spa. Green looks beautiful complementing a variety of accent colors, including navy, white or dark gray. Flowers Painting recommends Frosty Mint by PPG Paint or Fresh Arboretum Green. Click here to view the entire Green and Sage Color Chart.

Blue – The color blue is said to be very relaxing and pairs well with gray linens and accent pieces. Flowers Painting recommends Blue Veil by PPG Paint or Blue Frost. Click here to view the entire Blue and Teal Color Chart.

With all these options, you should be excited to give your bathroom a new look. When you hire Flowers Painting, you don’t have to worry about a single thing. We’ll bring along all our materials, as well as our skill and years of experience. We look forward to working with you. Call today to schedule a FREE in-home painting estimate or to speak with one of our color specialists (704) 727-2161.