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Tips for Painting and Decorating Your Master Bedroom

Tips for Painting and Decorating Your Master Bedroom

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Your master bedroom is your escape from the world. It’s where you go to relax, read, watch TV, and close the door to the noise in your home or life. It’s the one place in a house that can make or break whether you buy it or not. This is a room that matters to you, and you want it to look and feel a certain way. You want it to feel relaxing and inviting. You want to keep it fresh and original that aligns with your personality. But, how do you accomplish this? Well, that’s why we are here. We are going to share some tips to paint and decorate your master bedroom we think will make it great.

Choosing the Right Paint

According to HGTV, “Today's master bedroom suites are typically larger than the other bedrooms in your home, so you have many options, and you can combine and layer colors to create a unique look.” This means you will have more than enough options to choose from when it comes to paint. When thinking about paint for this room, think about the mood you want to create. Green, for example, is a popular color for bedrooms because it is warm and cool. And, there are a wide range of tints. But, if you want to set a darker tone, you can go black. If you want something inspiring, you can choose yellow. Or, you could choose different layers and patterns of colors to get a mix of moods for different parts of the bedroom.

Furniture

Mattresses can last 5 - 20 years depending on the type you choose and how much use it gets. Hey, keep your thoughts clean over there. We are talking about how much sleeping you do on the mattress. This is just one of several pieces of furniture you will have in your special room. Therefore, you want to ensure it is comfortable and durable. This is where you may choose to spend a little more money to ensure you get the quality and durability you deserve. One more note on bedrooms. We know some people cannot fall asleep without the TV on. But, there is a good reason to not put a TV in the bedroom. The chief reason is that watching TV in bed makes it hard to get high quality sleep.

Thematic

When planning out your master bedroom, consider going for a theme. As you see in the image at the start of this post, that room is more rustic and woodsy. It gives a more natural feel. Perhaps you want a room that makes you feel like you are on a beautiful island or a special place you love. The sky's the limit, so get creative.

Portion Control

Depending on the size of your room, you may choose to have different parts within the room itself. You may have a sitting area for reading and a different area for dressing and undressing. You may choose to have an ottoman or chest at the foot of the bed for storage and sitting. Consider how you want to break up your space and create portions. Then you can make each portion truly its own with different paints and accessories to help one part feel different than the other. It will be like having a mini apartment in the house.

Bring the Outdoors In

This is great for any bedroom, especially smaller bedrooms. If you have access to the outside through a window, frame the window so you can see the view. Use drapery panels and window treatments that make the view look that much better. Plus, do not let the drapes touch the floor. This gives your eyes a place to stop. You want your eyes to make a connection from the inside to the outside with nothing to get in the way.

 

Other Ideas:

  • Add real or painted horizontal wood panels to make the room feel bigger

  • Hang strategically placed art to make the space feel expansive

  • Take full advantage of high ceilings and choose a tall bed to anchor the room

  • Emphasize one or two items with bold colors to take your attention off any undesirable features in the room. (Great when you want to ignore your spouse after a fight!)

  • Use patterns to give the room a different flow

    You are all set to turn your master bedroom into a masterpiece. You can now make it the place you dreamed of when you close the door. It’s a great getaway without having to buy a plane ticket. Contact us today for more ideas on decorating this centerpiece in your home.

 


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How Paint Shaped History

How Paint Shaped History

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When you hear about history, you probably are used to hearing about dates, major events, and famous people. History books are filled with world wars, different ages in society, and ancient history. Stories are told with objectivity and as much accuracy as possible. Perhaps you love history, or perhaps you find it abstract and boring. Either way, you cannot ignore that we stand on the shoulders of what came before us and sacrifices people made so we could live so comfortably. That also involves painting. What? Painting! Did we say part of our ability to live comfortably has to do with painting? We sure did!

We take for granted all the colors and hues that are available to use today for our homes and furniture. But, that was not always the case. Cavemen, for example, were stuck using bison blood and dirt to paint. If not for some ingenuity by early settlers, we might still be painting in dirt and blood. Paint is more powerful than the color it comes in. Paint helped to fuel American growth and shaped the world we live in. We wanted to share a little bit more about that because we think it will help you appreciate just how good you have it when it comes to house paint options and accessories.

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Henry Ford is famous for inventing automobiles. He created a car that was affordable to the public, which allowed people to expand their world. In addition, he created the assembly line in order to produce more for less, which is a model we see everywhere in manufacturing of goods. Plus, he gave his workers a living wage, which was not the norm at the time. He did make one mistake though. Even though he started by offering the car in a few colors, eventually he only offered it in black. This allowed other care companies starting up at the time to make cars in different colors, which lead to competition and more options for Americans. If he had just used black paint, who knows what history would have written?

Warfare

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We love the British. They gave us The Beatles after all. But, when it came to warfare during the American Revolution, they made one big mistake: they wore read. The rational at the time was sound. At that time, when muskets fired, according to Ducksters, it would leave a cloud of white smoke. The British, known as “Redcoats”, wore, well, red. This made them visible to each other, but also visible to the American soldiers who mostly wore blue and brown. Armies have since learned from that and wear camouflage to fit into the area of fighting. Imagine if the British had not worn red. Would we be speaking British English and eating fish and chips?

Lead Paint

At one point, lead-based paints were popular and legal. They were marketed and widely used for their durability. In fact, according to Lead Lawsuits Website, “When lead-based paint was marketed before 1978, it was a legal product in great demand because it was washable and durable. It was repeatedly endorsed by the U.S., state, and local governments and specified for use on government buildings until the mid-1970s. Its use peaked in 1922, and by 1940 the use of white lead pigments for interiors was on the way out.” At the time, no one knew the risks of lead for children. In fact, the website gives a list of the history of lead paint in America,

  • Use of white lead began in Colonial times and ultimately peaked in 1922.

  • In 1951, Baltimore banned the use of lead pigment in interior paint in Baltimore housing – the first such restriction in the country.

  • In 1955, the industry, working with public health officials and organizations, adopted a voluntary national standard to effectively prohibit the use of lead pigments in interior residential paints.

  • Through the 1950s and 1960s, the use of exterior lead-based paint declined significantly, and ended by the early 1970s.

  • In 1971, the Federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was passed.

  • In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead paint.

Eventually, studies lead to a better understanding of how lead affected children. Laws and limits of exposure to lead were passed subsequently, and we now have safer paint being used in America. Imagine, however, if lead paints were never challenged. We would be having a very different conversation. And, imagine the many lives that were forever changed because of lead paint.

Communication Education

Caveman paintings, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the Sistine Chapel are just three examples of how paint was used to communicate and help future generations learn about the past. They help us understand how people communicated without words and they teach us about what life was like in a different time and place. None of this would not be possible without paint or the notion of painting.

Paint is more powerful than just its smell and how great it looks. It changes history and tells stories. Just as the chips in your paint over time tell stories of a house lived in, paint has stories of its own to tell. Contact us to learn more about how paint helped shaped history, including our own.


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4 Painting Quotes We Love and Why We Love Them

4 Painting Quotes We Love and Why We Love Them

Painting Quotes


You know how there are times in life when you get stuck and need some inspiration. What do you do? Do you talk to a friend, a doctor, read a book, take a walk, or something else that’s therapeutic to you? Well, we love looking at quotes by famous people to help jump start us when we get stuck. There are so many good ones out there, especially when it comes to house painting or painting in general. From famous artists to regular house painters, we find quotes everywhere. We even keep some around just as a reminder of why we do what we do and why we love it, because even though we love painting, we are human and have our bad days too. We wanted to share some quotes with you and why we love them and think you will too.

I dream of painting and then paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

This quote says it all, doesn’t it? Painting for us is a dream. We have shared our story of being a family-owned business with third generation ownership. Painting for us is a dream. We sleep, eat, and breathe painting, and so do our kids. And, we encourage our children to dream and dream big. Thus, this quote hits home. It reminds us that you can paint anything you can imagine and you can achieve your dreams.

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.” Maurice de Vlaminck

Another powerful quote. We love this because it says what we believe: that a great painting job can be admired and appreciated, but it should be hard to explain how it was done or what it all really means. For us, we aim to make every paint job like a great five star dish: we want it to be so good you just can’t explain how good it is. Painting should be that sublime.

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very easy when you do.” Edgar Degas

This quote represents the essence of painting. Everyone can do it. No one is exempt from painting. But, when you get good at it like we have, it becomes that much easier. We encourage our clients to take up painting art or doing small painting projects because we know how much fun it can be and how good you can get at it when you keep at it. And, when it feels easy, it feels so good.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso

We could not agree more. Painting is very therapeutic. Therapists use it as part of programs to help with depression and anxiety. In general though, painting is calming and it can help you relax. When you are in the process of painting, you have to concentrate on that, which means your mind is engaged and not wondering. In addition, you can use painting to express yourself in a way no other creative form allows. We just love this about painting.

These quotes keep us going on the tough days and they remind us why we love painting. We hope they inspire you to love painting too. Call us to hear more quotes we love.


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Unique Kitchen Cabinet Designs and Styles 2017

Unique Design Styles For Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Everyone wants their kitchen to stand out from the rest. Whether you like it or not, it draws up maximum activity during any party or get-togethers. It also becomes the focal point during routine days, where children end up doing their homework or grab their after-school snacks, where couples have their daily chats or where lady of the house have a quick gossip with their friends on phone.  Undeniably, kitchens and its sole feature, cabinetry, cannot be ignored.



Let’s run down some popular choices for 2017

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No matter your preference. We can achieve the look and style you desire!


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What are millennials’ home design preferences

What are millennials’ home design preferences?

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Everyone is trying to figure out how to connect with millennials, and the home design industry is no different. From designers to retailers, the home décor industry needs to figure out how to cater to the tastes of this generation.



Millennials value uniqueness, which is evident in their continued rejection of big brands. They want to bring this uniqueness into their homes, whether it’s with a one-of-a-kind accent piece or a uniquely colored piece of furniture. Unlike previous generations that came to value convenience of generic home décor, millennials have no problem taking the time to find items that reflect their personal style. They embrace rustic themes, including unfinished surfaces and colors that are reminiscent of nature, as well. Millennials are also more minimalist than previous generations, rejecting all the décor trimmings that their parents and grandparents loved. Gone are the days of fancy living rooms that only get used when guests come to town. Instead, millennials are furnishing their homes with practical, multi-functional furniture, like coffee tables with storage bins and shelves that double as dining room tables.

Another interesting change that millennials have brought to the interior design industry is how they find inspiration. Unlike previous generations that got derived ideas from catalogs and a handful of influential designers and writers, millennials have unlimited access to design inspiration on the internet. By looking at blogs, Instagram, and endless product reviews, millennials have an unprecedented amount of information at their disposal. Décor companies that want to succeed with this generation need to make sure they’re putting out appealing, quality products that satisfy these consumers.

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5 Reasons Why We Love Sherwin WIlliams

5 Reasons Why We Love Sherwin WIlliams

Sherwin Williams Paint Company


We Love Painting, and we’ve been painting for over 30 years—through three generations!


That is why we wanted to share our view on the Sherwin Williams Paint Company.



There are tons of paint brands available on the market today. A search of the internet or a store such as Home Depot will yield many articles and brands to choose from. While many brands have paints that are similar in what they do and how they work, there is no doubting that quality counts when choosing your paint. We have been in business for over 30 years and three generations. We started in Cleveland, which is the base of Sherwin Williams. Thus, we have grown to have an affinity for their paint and their company, which is just one reason we love them. We are not here to tell you that you must use Sherwin Williams. What brand you use will vary based on many criteria. However, we want to share why we love Sherwin Williams so much in case you want a little more in depth look into one brand.

History

Sherwin Williams has a rich and amazing history. They have been in business for 150 years! This makes them a part of Americana folklore as far as we are concerned. They started in 1866, which is just one year after the Civil War ended. Think about this for a second. The company started when there was no wireless telegraph, railway to the pacific coast, no Suez or Panama Canal, no storage batteries, no telephone, no lightbulb, no airships, no automobiles, and no ready to use paint! You can learn more about their history here. To say they have seen and tried it all is an understatement. Imagine the many historic buildings their paint has been used on over the years. Pretty amazing we think! Plus, this means they have the paint industry down pat, and know their stuff. And we love a company that knows their stuff.

Tools

This company has tools to help make the process of choosing paint and painting tools much less cumbersome. For example, they have apps and online tools that help you see what a paint would look like in your space. Plus, they have color matching services and paint calculators to help you know how much paint you need. Their employees are always friendly and very knowledgeable too. We have not had a bad experience with them nor have any of our clients told us any negative things about their customer service. Plus, they approach working with customers from the aspect of a teacher so you learn instead of just getting something and not knowing why or what to do with it. This is hard to find in a large company. Just one more reason why we love them.

Variety

Sherwin Williams has a large line of paints and finishes that can cover almost any situation you can imagine. They have colors from different decades, kid’s colors, a lifestyle collection, a historic collection, a pottery barn collection, and a Home Garden TV collection to name a few. In addition, they offer exterior and interior schemes to help you have more options. Plus, they can make colors by mixing them to your specifications. There is no shortage of choice with Sherwin Williams, which is another reason we love them.

Location, Location, Location

As of 2013, according to Cleveland.com, the company had 3,520 neighborhood stores. As a fortune 500 company, that means they have a presence in virtually every state. For you, this makes it easy to visit a store to get what you need whether it is advice, tools, or paint. We love that they are so accessible offline since part of the process of choosing paint is seeing it in person to gauge the true color of the paint. Plus, speaking with a human in person is far more productive and informative than just searching the internet and hoping you made the right choice.

They Sell More Than Paint

Yes, they are a paint supplier, but with their history and experience, they also sell all the tools needed to support a paint job and help it work. This includes, brushes, rollers, covers, frames, tape, and so much more. This makes them a true one stop shop for all your needs. And we are all about saving time by using one place that has what you need.

We hope you see why we love this company and its paints. They are a company with history, integrity, options, and expertise like no other. We love that, and we know you will too. Contact us to learn more about the company and how we can use their paint and tools to make your next house painting project rock!


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From smart locks to smart thermostats, it’s time to make your home tech-savvy.

From smart locks to smart thermostats

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–  it’s time to make your home tech-savvy


You’ve already got a smart phone, and now it’s time to get a smart home. From smart locks to smart thermostats, there are so many ways to bring your home décor into the age of tech.



The tech boost can actually start before you even get inside your house. Smart locks and smart doorbells can give your front door some serious upgrades. A smart lock lets you unlock your front door with the tap of your finger, and smart doorbells let you answer your door from your phone. So, if you’re not home and the delivery guy shows up with an important package, you can tell him to leave it on the front step. Inside the home, smart devices can make your life a lot more comfortable. A smart thermostat will save you energy and cash by learning your habits and adjusting accordingly. For example, it can learn to turn the AC off when everyone leaves in the morning and turn it on an hour before everyone gets home. Smart gadgets aren’t just great for convenience, they also help with safety. A smart garage door controller lets you check the status of your garage door from anywhere, and lets you open and close it remotely. And all of this is just the beginning!

When upgrading the technology in your home, focus on the changes that will have the biggest positive impact first. This will be different for every person. Always forgetting your keys? Start with a smart lock. Sick of getting into bed and forgetting to turn off the lights? Look into smart lights. That’s the best part of the digital age: with all these new solutions popping up, there’s bound to be at least one that’s applicable to you!


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If you’re planning to repaint your kitchen cabinets, make sure to clean them before getting started.

If you’re getting ready to paint your kitchen cabinets, cleaning them is your first and most important step.

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Chances are there’s a layer of grease and gunk on those cabinets that you need to get rid of before giving them a beautiful new coat of paint.



  • First thing’s first: remove the cabinet doors and drawers from the cabinet boxes. Make sure you label each one in an inconspicuous spot so that you know where everything needs to go when you’re putting it all back in place.
  • Next, it’s time to make your cleaner. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is the best cleaner for the job, and you can pick up a bottle at most hardware and paint stores. Make sure to wear rubber gloves while you’re handling TSP because it can irritate your skin, especially if you’ve got any open cuts.
  • In a large bucket, combine a half cup of TSP with two gallons of warm water and stir. Fill up another bucket with clean warm water.
  • Soak a sponge in the TSP solution and start wiping down your cabinets. Focus on corners and any other areas where grease can build up.
  • Afterwards, using a different sponge or a rag, rinse off the TSP with the bucket of clean, warm water, and you’re all set.

Then comes the easy part: let everything dry. Once the cabinets are clean and dry, there are still a few more steps of prep work to go, including sanding, filling, and priming. Then they’ll be all set to make the most of a new coat of paint.


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Could your home use a little more texture?

Could your home use a little more texture?

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Feeling like your home décor is falling flat?



If you’ve carefully picked out furniture, poured over paint swatches, but still feel like something is missing, you could be forgetting one key piece of the decorating puzzle: texture. Oftentimes, it’s is an afterthought when we’re making our decorating plans, but designers know that it’s key to bringing a room to life.

If your home is in some serious need of texture, don’t panic! There are plenty of easy ways to add life to any room. Rugs are a great way to do this with a single piece. Whether it’s patterned or Persian, made of wool or faux fur, large or small, any rug will instantly make a room more dynamic. Plants also give a room texture, and they’ve got a bunch of other benefits as well, including purifying the air, sharpening focus, and improving health. Make sure to get plants that are suited to a room’s lighting, otherwise, you might run into problems keeping them alive! A mirror can also add some variety and character to a room, while also adding dimension at the same time.

Those are just three out of the many ways to add texture to any room. If these techniques don’t fit with your home’s style, check out Better Homes & Gardens’ guide on how to weave texture into any décor style. Though it may seem like an intimidating design challenge, adding texture is actually one of the simplest ways to improve the look and feel of any room in your house.


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Greenery Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 – Use it in your home!

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017


– find ways to use it in your home!


Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, named greenery as 2017’s color of the year.



This organization has named shades of green as color of the year in the past, but greenery brings a brightness and vibrancy unlike any green before it. According to Pantone, “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

Whether you want to make greenery the focus of a room or just want to add a splash of it to freshen things up, there are a ton of ways to bring it into your home. Greenery walls will give any room a renewed vibrancy, and its gender-neutral tone makes it perfect for a nursery or children’s room. It’s also an amazing color for a front door. If those seem like too much for you, that’s fine! Greenery chairs, throw pillows, blankets, kitchen appliances, or dinnerware sets will add some pop without the same level of commitment. And don’t forget about greenery in its truest form – plants! Indoor plants are a great way to highlight the color of the year in your home. (If you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of faux options that look great, as well).

Even though it may not seem like it at first glance, greenery is a really versatile color, so, if you want to use it in your home, just find a way that works for you. If you’re interested in pairing greenery with other colors but feeling like you’re at a loss for how to do it, HouseBeautiful lays out different color schemes built around this fresh, vibrant color.


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