Liven Up Any Room with an Accent Wall

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A Single Burst of Color Transforms Any Room

One way to transform any room in your home from drab to fab is to add a touch of color with an accent wall. Rooms that are painted the same color throughout don’t have nearly the same impact of a room that has a painted accent wall. But for an accent wall to work well and accent a room rather than stand out like a sore thumb, there are a few guidelines to stick by. Keep reading and we’ll discuss those rules here. An accent wall is strikingly different than the other walls in the room. It is typically a much bolder, richer color, which is why an accent wall achieves such a daring effect.

Accent Wall Guidelines

  • They are typically solid and have no doors or windows. However, exceptions to this guideline include having an accent wall serve as a frame around French doors or a window that overlooks an amazing view.
  • An accent wall should frame something such as a fireplace or a bookshelf. Other focal points could be a bed’s headboard, an architectural feature on the wall, artwork, or a piece of furniture that you want to spotlight.
  • If there is no natural focal point in the room, you can use the accent wall to create one. Whether it’s a live plant, a framed photo collection, or a painting, the accent wall can make it stand out even more effectively than lighting.
  • The adjacent wall should not create competition for the accent wall. For instance, if the adjacent wall has patterned wallpaper or an oversized mirror, there’s a good chance that the accent wall will only create imbalance in the room, which is unappealing and confusing.
  • If you have an oblong room, painting the farthest short wall with an accent shade will cause the wall to appear closer to you, thereby lending visual correction to the room’s shape. On the flip side, you will only emphasize the rooms shape if you crate an accent effect on the longest wall.

Selecting a Paint Color

  • Flowers Painting color consultants always recommend painting an accent wall a much deeper shade than the other walls in a room. You want an accent wall to really pop and make a dramatic statement in a room.
  • A reliable formula that works well is to paint the accent wall the same color scheme as the other walls but go three shades darker.
  • If you’re undecided about a color for the accent wall, look around the room at the décor and select a dominant color.
  • When selecting the color, keep in mind that a contrast is needed so that other objects or wall decorations don’t blend in with the accent color and disappear. The whole point is to make a dramatic statement with a pop of color.
  • Flowers Painting always recommends using bright shades in a child’s room.

While there are other ways to create an accent wall such as wallpaper and stenciling, painting is the quickest and least expensive. You can liven any room with a single burst of color. If you are looking for color inspiration or are interested in hiring a professional painter to paint an accent wall in your home or business, please call Flowers Painting to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 727-2161. Browse our full list of services online.

Cabinet Painting 101: Answers to Your Top Questions About Painting Your Cabinets

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Flowers Painting Answers the Most Common Questions Regarding Kitchen Cabinet Painting

You can change the entire look of your kitchen by painting your cabinets. This is becoming a popular trend here in the Charlotte area, and Flowers Painting receives lots of questions regarding cabinet painting daily. Let’s discuss some of the most common questions regarding painting cabinets.

  1. Is painting cabinets a fad? What if I want my stained wood cabinets back?

This question comes up a lot when discussing cabinet painting, especially when we paint cabinets white or a light gray. These colors are classics and while they may be what’s hot right now, these colors never go out of style. Also, if you decide you want to change the color in a few years, once you’ve had your cabinets painted the first time, it is much less expensive to change the color; usually about half the original cost. Most of the cabinets we paint are oak. Ask yourself – are plain oak cabinets ever going to make a comeback?

  1. Do I have to paint my cabinets white?

Absolutely not. Cabinets in any color can dramatically change the look and feel of a kitchen. If you are not sure what color to select, a Flowers Painting professional can offer color consultations.

  1. Will painting my cabinets last?

A painted kitchen cabinet can last a long time, if it is done correctly. The key phrase here is “done correctly”. The problem is a lot of painters and homeowners do not know the right way to paint cabinets. There’s a lot that can go wrong with painting cabinets. Flowers Painting stands behind our customer satisfaction guarantee and our warranty. This provides our customers with peace of mind knowing they are getting a quality paint job that will stand the test of time and stand up quite well to everyday life.

  1. Can I keep using my kitchen during the process?

While Flowers Painting is in the home prepping and painting, you will be unable to utilize the kitchen area for approximately three days.

  1. How do you prep the cabinets, so they last?

Properly prepping the surface is the most important aspect of any cabinet painting project. It is the foundation and if it is not solid, nothing on top will last. This is by far the biggest window of error we see with other painting contractors. They try to save time by skipping steps. This is the Flowers Painting process:

  • Dismantle everything. We mark and take everything apart.
  • Lightly buff sand all surfaces. This is not a heavy sand, just a light scuff to break down the finish a little.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a de-glosser. This is simply a very strong cleaning agent and does two things – (1) Removes all the dust created from sanding, and (2) Further etches into the finish.
  • Prime with a bonding primer.
  1. Can you get rid of the grain I see on my oak cabinets?

Yes and no. Yes, getting rid of the grain is possible, but it is very costly. They make some putties and fillers that will do the job. Flowers Painting has found that most homeowners want to paint their cabinets because it is cheaper than replacing them. If you try to fill the grain and make them smooth, it will cost you as much as if you replaced the doors. Nearly anything is possible, but some things are just not practical!

These are some of the most common questions Flowers Painting receives about painting kitchen cabinets. If you have additional questions or would like more information, we’d love to hear from you. Simply call us at (704) 727-2161 or visit us online at www.flowerspaintingco.com. You can also message us on Facebook. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE in-home cabinet painting estimate.

 

4 Ways to Prioritize Rooms for Painting – Which Rooms to Paint First

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While painting more than one room in your home can be fun and exciting, it can certainly cause some headaches trying to prioritize rooms for painting. In the end, it will make your living space feel more like home and help reflect your personal style, but during the process it can be frustrating to have a messy home. If you are about to endure a painting project, don’t panic! Flower Painting is here to help make the process a little easier by helping you prioritize which rooms in your home should be painted first.

Flowers Painting has curated a list so you can prioritize rooms for painting, so you can paint your home in the most effective order:

  1. Bedroom and Bathroom – Painting the bedroom and bathroom first will get them done and out of the way, which will allow you to feel at home even if the rest of the house is a bit messy. You will also be able to close your door and shut off your room from the paint smells.
  2. Kitchen – It’s best to paint the kitchen early on, as one of the first few rooms. This will prevent your food from going bad and save you from having to eat our every meal if you don’t have access to your kitchen for a few days.
  3. Living Room/Game Room – This tends to be one of the largest rooms in the home and will likely take the longest. However; once completed, you can move your furniture back and start gaming right away!
  4. Laundry Room/Mud Room – Flowers Painting recommends painting the laundry and mud rooms last so that your clothes don’t smell like paint. We recommend washing your clothes before the start of the painting project and not doing a load of laundry until after the project is complete.

These simple tips can help you prioritize rooms for painting so that your interior painting project goes more smoothly.  If you decide to call in the professionals Flowers Painting hopes to hear from you. We provide free estimates and color consultations. Call (704) 727-2161 or view our residential or commercial painting services. At Flowers Painting, customer service is our number one priority. Call to schedule your FREE estimate today!

How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Interior Painting Projects

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Renovating a home doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot a of money. You can use available resources and get the most bang for your buck. Interior painting projects are one of the most popular home renovation projects because they are one of the most affordable, quickest, and easiest ways to breathe new life into any space. Achieving a professional, quality painting result is labor intensive. Interior painting projects require proper preparation of the surface to ensure that primer and paint adhere. Whether you decide to take on a do-it-yourself project over the course of a long week-end or hire a professional painter; a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room.

Create an Accent Wall

Creating an accent wall adds elegance, dramatic flair and a focal point where you want to draw attention without needing to paint an entire room. If you already have neutral wall colors such as gray, beige, off-white, etc., you can paint one accent wall a strong color. Simply decide where you would like the focal point of the room, such as a fireplace, a large window, a built-in bookcase, a headboard wall in a bedroom or a wall across from a doorway. Use an accent color to highlight parts of a room or continue painting techniques from an adjacent room. You can also get color ideas by looking at accent pillows, upholstery, fabric and artwork in the room. Call an expert by scheduling a color consultation with Flowers Painting by calling (704) 727-2161.

Paint Interior Windows and Trim

When looking to change the appearance of a room or other interior space, consider keeping the current wall color, but paint the trim, molding and windows. This low-cost home renovation painting technique produces a dramatic change, especially in rooms where you already have a neutral shade on adjacent walls, such as beige, gray or off-white. Select a satin or gloss finish to highlight the trim against walls with a flat finish and create a washable and durable finish.

Contact Flowers Painting for all your interior painting project needs. Flowers Painting offers commercial and residential painting services for both large and small projects, with a focus on superior quality and customer satisfaction. Call today to schedule your free painting consultation and estimate – (704) 727-2161 or contact us now.

More painting tips: Learn how to prioritize which rooms to paint first.