How to Store Leftover Paint the Right Way

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If there was a rite of passage in homeownership, it would be some sort of painting project. Windows, doors, trim, furniture, steps, railings, decks, walls, ceilings, it seems like everything in your home needs painting. Even if you hire a painter, once the project is finished there is always the question of how to store and keep the leftover paint.

It’s common to have leftovers from a project and keeping it around is a good idea for the inevitable future touch ups. Paint can be expensive, so storing it properly is important to prevent it from going bad and extending the shelf life. Here are some pro-tips for storing your leftover paint correctly and keeping it fresh for as long as possible.

Reseal the Paint Can Properly

Paint is kept freshest by storing it in an airtight container. Paint cans do this all on their own but damaging the lid when opening can affect the resealing process later when the project is finished.

While screwdrivers have been a popular tool to open paint cans for DIYers, this can dent or warp the lid. It’s best to use an actual paint can opener, which is designed to not damage the lid. When it comes time to reseal the paint can use a rubber mallet to gently tap the edges of the lid into the grooves of the can.

If you are not using the original paint can, or you don’t have much left, you can use a glass jar, like a mason jar with a self-sealing lid. Whatever container you use, make sure you use the information from the can to label the paint with the sheen and paint color.

Where to Store Leftover Paint

When it comes to where you should store your leftover paint, there are a few things to consider, such as climate, temperature, and sunlight.

If you are thinking of storing it in a garage or shed this is where considering the climate comes in. You don’t want it to freeze, and you don’t want it to be baking in extreme heat. Extreme temperatures like heat will dry out the paint, and freezing temps can cause the paint to separate, creating something that resembles curdled milk. With all that in mind, sheds and garages are not typically the best place for storing leftover paint.

You want to keep your paint in a cool, dry place, and out of direct sunlight. You also want to keep it somewhere that the temperature stays between 60 and 80 degrees. For many homeowners, the basement is an ideal choice.

Shelf Life of Opened Paint

Once a paint can is opened, most paints have a shelf life of two years. But it’s important to consider the environment, temperature changes, and other variables that may decrease the shelf life. Different paints may require different storage temperatures so make sure to be aware of that.

How to tell if Paint has Gone Bad

Just like food, a telltale sign that paint has gone bad is the smell. Paint that is no longer fresh can have a strong sour odor, like rotten eggs. If it doesn’t smell, also check the consistency. If after stirring the paint it is not smooth and contains chunks, it’s time to safely dispose of the paint.

If you still aren’t sure, when in doubt, throw it out. It’s always best to start with fresh 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. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate at (800) 699-4558. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Profile: Navy Paint Colors

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There is no doubt that 2021 has been the dawn of the interior designers’ blue period, blues are popping up everywhere from furniture and decor to walls and paint for cabinetry and doors. The buzz around hues of blue are going to be sticking around through 2022.

In fact, Navy blue was named 2021’s color of the year, and so let’s take a deeper look at this elegant and tranquil shade.

Why so Blue?

Navy blue is leading the charge when it comes to being a top choice for interior color trends for 2021, and surely this will carry into 2022. Navy, like black, is a shade that can be used as a neutral backdrop that can be used to soften or amp up a room depending on the decor. Navy blue transforms every and any space imaginable from bedrooms to kitchen cabinets and everything in between. Navy is a tried and true color that has grown in popularity for everything from fashion to furniture and is emerging as a go-to shade for interior paint for any room.

A deep shade of blue offers the ability to evoke a range of emotions from moody to calming–yet, always proves to be both chic and modern while remaining classic and sophisticated. It is no wonder why so many designers and homeowners alike are turning to navy—from paint to furniture, navy is a tried and true shade that is both trendy and timeless.

True Blue: How to Use Navy in Your Home

  • Color Family: Blues
  • Complementary Color: Orange
  • Pairs Well With: Black, white, metallics, neutrals
  • Mood: Powerful, calming, sophisticated
  • Where to Use: Kitchen cabinets, accent walls, and dining rooms

If it’s time for you to get in the know with navy, check five of our favorite designer-approved navy paint colors:

  1. Old Navy- Benjamin Moore: A dark navy that makes a statement. This versatile true navy pairs well with both neutrals and bold accent colors. It can be sleek and sophisticated, or trendy and modern.
  2. Hale Navy- Benjamin Moore: One of the most popular navy blue paints, with its lack of green undertone, this shade is a versatile neutral tone of navy that works well with crisp whites. This paint is dark enough to boast a statement with enough blue pigment to never be confused with black. “The perfect shade of navy”
  3. Naval- Sherwin Williams: This mix of deep sea blue and night sky creates a unique blend for the perfect shade of navy blue paint. This shade has an aqua undertone that is great for a bohemian style or a classic, sophisticated style.
  4. Mysterious- Sherwin Williams: This almost black-blue pulls grayish undertones for a dark, elegant deep navy blue with just the right level of ‘moody’. This shade is rich and deep and makes a wonderful accent color for bookshelves, powder rooms, or island cabinets.
  5. Salty Dog- Sherwin Williams: If you’re envisioning a moody sea, you’re picturing the right shade of dark blue. This navy blue paint color has a strong green undertone reminiscent of a dark and deep ocean. Looking almost black, this shade works best in areas with lots of natural light and pairs well with lighter accent colors and trim, creating a striking contrast for a bold and beautiful look.

Tips on Choosing the Right Navy Blue for You

When choosing the perfect navy hue from the almost endless tints and tones available, there are some tips you may want to follow to make sure you select the right shade for your project. First, always get a sample of any color you may be considering, different shades can look different in various types of light making them look vastly different in the sales showroom than they will when you get them home.

Secondly, you’ll want to consider the light reflective value (LRV) of the color you’re using. Paint colors are assigned a number on a 0-100 scale. The closer to 0 the LRV is the darker it is, likewise, the closer to 100 the lighter it is. To avoid getting a shade that is too dark or too light once you get it home, determine the LRV to get a more perfect match to what you’re hoping the color will look like once on the walls, furnishings, or cabinets.

Lastly, consider the accents and decor around which you’ll be using the navy paint. While navy is a neutral that will spruce up any space and generally blends well with a wide array of colors, trends, patterns and themes, there are some accents that work better with navy paint than others and will make your room really pop. For example, rich wood and orange offer a striking contrast that creates a beautiful, eye-catching look. On the other hand, neutrals such as creams, beiges, whites, and gray balance the stark navy for a calm, soothing mood.

When you’re ready to dive into the sea of navy and choose a beautiful, luxurious deep blue shade of paint, contact the experts at Flowers Painting to book your consultation today.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

The Best Paint Colors for a Home Theater

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Every movie lover has dreamed of one day having their very own home theater. After all, what’s better than cozying up to watch a film in your pajamas? No traffic, no long lines, and no noisy movie-goers.

We’re so excited you’ve decided to create a movie theater space in your home. But before you can pick out what’s on the queue to watch first, we have to take it back a few steps to create the room of your dreams. We’re here to help you decide one of the most crucial first steps to designing your theater: the wall color.

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Getting Started

We know it seems simple, but the walls in your theater can make or break the entire look and feel that you’re going for. No need to fret about soundproofing either, regular drywall works just fine for the average home theater. If you’re concerned, consider sound absorption panels on the wall connected to a neighboring room.

As for the rest of your walls, it’s time to start brainstorming color ideas. Your home theater walls are the foundation to the rest of the room and can mean the difference between an average theater experience and an exceptional one.

Choosing The Paint Color

You’ve probably never stepped into a theater that had bright white walls— and there’s a good reason for that. Lighter colors reflect light from the screen, which can create a less-than-ideal viewing experience. That being said, darker shades are a safe bet when choosing paint colors for your home theater.

Not sure how to choose? We recommend taking a few moments to consider how you want your home theater to feel, and then choosing a corresponding color to fit those goals.

Luxurious: Deep wine reds paired with gold hardware accents will give you the indulgent theater you’re dreaming of.

Comfortable: Browns and deep beiges give the highly sought-after feeling of comfort and relaxation.

Bold: Dark greys and even black (yes, black) are perfect for a full immersion experience. Note that this can make the room appear smaller but is sure to make an impression.

Playful: Dark blues and navy hues give a favorable viewing vibe while remaining fun and modern.

Choosing The Paint Finish

Don’t forget about the finish when choosing your paint colors. Remember that walls and color are reflective, so avoid all gloss or satin finish paints. Instead, go with a matte or eggshell finish for the best, least-distracting experience. It makes a huge difference, we promise.

Don’t Forget the Details

Remember that the goal of your home theater room is to minimize outside light and reflections, so cover all windows and avoid glass or mirrors when decorating. Prioritize speaker needs and placements and plan accordingly when working on your walls.

As for the floor, we recommend wall-to-wall carpet. Not only is it cozy, but it also helps further absorb sound to create optimal viewing for those inside the room, and fewer distractions for those outside the room.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

 

Different Types of Paint Sheens

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A paints “sheen” simply refers to how glossy the paint is. This can be an important factor for interior painting projects. The glossier the paint, the shinier it is and the easier it will reflect the light. Any can of paint will clearly indicate which type of gloss the paint is – but how do you know which gloss to pick? Would a high gloss work in a particular area, or perhaps a satin gloss? This blog will help you decipher the different paint sheen types and provide a simple guide for what sheen should go where. 

If you are not worried about the gloss, that’s okay. You can get by with the same gloss throughout your entire home, as long as you find a paint sheen that you like. But for houses with pets and children and homes that are using a number of different paint colors, gloss can be a more important factor. Here’s what Flowers Painting suggests. 

High Gloss:

Flowers Painting recommends a high gloss sheen for kitchens, windows and doors. High gloss paints are more reflective and will help brighten a room. However, high gloss paints have additional advantages as well. A high gloss makes them particularly easy to clean when compared to other paint sheens, and stains will not seep into the paint as easily if an accident does occur. These advantages are what makes high gloss the perfect sheen for kitchens, since you may need to clean off spills or evaporated cooking oils from the walls. High gloss is also a good choice for windows and doors, where wiping off fingerprints becomes much easier. 

Semi-Gloss:

Semi-gloss paints have some of the same benefits of high gloss paints but aren’t quite as shiny. Semi-gloss is a very versatile paint that looks great in almost any shade and can also be cleaned easily when necessary. Flowers Painting suggests using it in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s also a good choice for trim work. 

Satin:

Satin finish is the most popular interior paint choice and fits a wide variety of applications while looking great. While you can clean satin paint, you can’t scrub it as you can high gloss paints without risking damage. For this reason, Flowers Painting recommends utilizing satin sheen paint in areas that might need occasional cleaning but aren’t exactly high-traffic areas in your home. Satin is most suitable for family rooms, kid’s rooms and foyer. 

Eggshell:

Eggshell paints are not reflective and have more of a subdued appearance. They are also more difficult to clean than glossier paints. That said, they are still a very popular choice for interior paint sheen. Flowers Painting suggests selecting an eggshell sheen for areas of the home that rarely need to be cleaned, such as the dining room and living room. Avoid areas where the walls get touched frequently or bumped up against on a regular basis. 

Flat or Matte:

The lowest gloss paints are either flat or matte. This class of paint is a latex paint that is very classy and quiet. The lack of any luster makes these paints good for quiet, private areas such as adult bedrooms. 

There are no steadfast rules when it comes to selecting a paint sheen for a particular area in your home. If you have questions about what would work best in a particular area simply schedule a free in-home painting consultation and discuss your painting project with one of our experts. Flower Painting is a full-service commercial and residential painting company that services the entire Charlotte, NC metro area, including Mooresville, Kannapolis, Concord, Denver, Davidson and more. Call today to schedule your free interior painting project (704) 445-7750. Hurry, our holiday promotion to take 10% off your entire project ends 12/31/19. 

Using Color Theory to Create Color Schemes for Paint Palettes

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

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

Understanding Color Theory

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

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

Color Temperature

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

Undertones

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

Color Harmony

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

Color Schemes for Paint vs. Color Palettes

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

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

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

Types of Color Schemes that Create Color Harmony

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

Using Color Theory to Choose Paint Colors

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

 

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

All You Need to Know About Low VOC Paint

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

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

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

Pros and Cons of Low and Zero VOC Paint

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

When to Use Low/No VOC Paint

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

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Low VOC paint

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

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

Calm & Comfort: 2021 Painting Trends

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

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

Sherwin-Williams Color Palettes 2021

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

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

See more Color palettes from Sherwin-Williams here.

BHER Color Trends 2021

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

See more color trends from BHER here.

PPG Paint Color Palette of the Year

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

See the PPG Color Palette of the Year here.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

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

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

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

How to Refresh Battered Trim and Molding

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

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

Don’t Skip the Prep

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

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

When in Doubt Hire the Pros

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

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

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

The 3 Best Paint Choices for Walls with Chair Rails

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

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

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

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

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

Light Color on Top

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

Light Color on Bottom

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

Same Color on Top and Bottom

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

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

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

Redfin Article – How to Give Your Home a Makeover Using Only Paint

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As a professional painting company, we see a lot of homeowners make the same mistakes. One of the biggest is selecting the wrong paint sheen. Sheen simply refers to how glossy the paint is, and this is an important factor for interior painting projects. The glossier the paint, the shiner it is, and the easier it will reflect the light. Flowers Painting only recommends a high gloss sheen for kitchens, windows, and doors. Semi-gloss is very versatile and should be used for kitchens or bathrooms. Satin sheen is by far the most popular choice and is suitable for family rooms, kid’s rooms, and foyers. Eggshell sheen should only be used in rooms that rarely need to be cleaned such as the dining room and living room. Flat or matte sheen is good for more private areas such as adult bedrooms. – Flowers Painting

 

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