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5 Ways You Should Show Some Love To Your Garage

Does your garage need a little tender love and care? The garage is often a part of the house that we neglect when it comes to updates and cleaning because the stresses of cleaning the actual house can be too much. We will share some tips today to help you be sure that you show your garage the love that it really needs.

 

Update the Paint

If the inside of your garage is unpainted or the current paint is old and chipping, think about renewing it with a new coat of bright, fresh paint. Whether you choose a color that’s bold or something a little more subtle, this is a great way to show your garage a little love. Depending on the size of your garage, this can be a very cost effective update, too, and one that will add a bit of value to your house.

 

Add Shelves

Adding a shelving unit to your garage is a great way to show it some love and increase the functionality. Depending on the amount of space you have and the quantity of items that need storage, you can decide what size unit is best. If you have a small garage, try to get a shelving unit that maximizes the amount of space you have! Shelving units are available at most stores, so feel free to browse around until you found one that fits your needs. When you combine a shelving unit with stacking plastic bins and hooks, you’ll find that you can greatly increase the amount of storage you can get out of your garage.

 

Update the Floor

The floor of the garage is something that often gets neglected. Installing new flooring in your garage is a great way to update the look of the garage because it will make the whole garage look more put together! This can also be a quick project depending on the type of floor you decide to go with. There are professionals who can install flooring or epoxy on your floor, and when you go with a professional you can expect better quality and results that will be long-lasting. But If you don’t want the expense of letting a professional do it, you could always paint the concrete floor or coat it in epoxy yourself.

 

Establish a Cleaning Schedule

Sometimes the garage can become a "catch-all" for overflow stuff that does not have a place in your home. The shelving units mentioned previously will help to organize your stuff, but having a cleaning schedule will help ensure that the garage is always spick and span! Don’t be afraid to sell or throw out items that you don’t need anymore. By getting rid of things you don’t want and don’t need, you’ll make it easier to store and utilize the things that you do love and need.

 

Update the Garage Doors

A lot of people have old garage doors. If this is your case, consider updating your garage doors to give the exterior of your garage an entirely new look. If your garage door is functioning just fine, but looks a little dingy, there are solutions for that. You can pressure wash it to blast away the grime that’s accumulated over the years, and you can also refresh the external paint to freshen up the appearance of you home from the curb. With small efforts, you can make the garage door look like new!

 

The tips we have shared are easy to implement and cost-effective. Your garage is sure to feel the love when you are finished implementing these tips!

 

Featured image courtesy of Immaculate Garage.
The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors


There is certainly something to be said for the warmth and richness of a hardwood floor. It’s a mainstay in the flooring world for a reason. And with an increasingly wide array of wood choices, from bamboo, to walnut, to exotic hardwoods, homeowners are able to bring a whole new look and feel to any space. But what paint colors go best with that new or existing wood floor? There really is an art to choosing the perfect color; here are a few tips when it comes to picking paint to accent those gorgeous hardwoods.

Lighter Stained Woods

Bamboo is becoming extremely popular. And with the lighter look of bamboo or any other such hardwood, you want to be careful in choosing your wall color. Yes, many people love that bold, richness that comes with dark reds, deep purples or chocolate browns, but will the blonde colored flooring hold up?

Generally, a lighter wood floor is going to go a long way toward creating an airy, more spacious feel. Weighing it down with a heavy color could mar this effect. Perhaps the best way to go to really help that new flooring standout and create the statement that it should, is to keep your palette light and airy as well. Whites, beiges, light greys, all work tremendously well with light stained woods.

Mid Range Color Wood

In this category you will most often find species such as red oak and cherry. They definitely tend to be of a warmer nature. You therefore want your wall color to respond in kind. That is to say, if you wish to carry this warm effect throughout the entire space, go for a paint with a similar base as the floor—reds, yellows, brown or orange undertones.

On the flip side, you might also be looking for contrast. Here is where you might opt for cooler shades such as light greens or blues to really play against the warmer floor tones and thus create a spectacular contrast.

Darker Hardwoods

We get to the walnuts, mahoganies and some of the more exotic species in this dark category. Here you can really go a variety of ways. A dark floor often acts as a neutral; meaning, anything goes. So feel free to have some fun with it.

Keep in mind however, if you do choose to put a dark color on the walls, the entire room may feel a bit heavy. Just be mindful of creating balance when choosing your color.

We would love to help you select the perfect color to go with your wood flooring. Our design consultants are available to review swatches and even come out and take a look at the current space to offer professional insight. Call today for your free consultation!


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2018 color trends

The Hottest Color Trends for 2018

The Hottest Color Trends for 2018

2018 color trends


With the new year comes a brand new outlook on, well, just about everything. One of the most popular improvements for the new year, repainting. There’s nothing like starting off with a fresh new look for your home. Give a room more vibrancy, more life, make it a place the family loves to congregate. So what colors should you be looking at as we enter 2018 and you strive to makeover a tired and otherwise drab space…Here ae a few suggestions regarding the new year’s hottest new colors.

Bolder is Better

People aren’t afraid of venturing into new paint territory. Beiges and whites are certainly fine, but if you really want to create that WOW effect, how about a bolder choice. Deep reds are definitely daring—giving your room instant warmth and instant flair.

Or what about a bright, more electrifying blue. If contrasted with clean white trim and more neutral accessories, a standout blue shade could really turn a room around.

Getting Back To Nature

Just as the world seems to be going “green,” so are paint colors for 2018. It’s all about true earth tones—not merely sedate attempts at such colors. Paint manufacturers are mimicking that verdant green, or the honeyed browns, the golden sun-kissed tones. Nature is making a designer come back in a major way in the new year!

Go-to Grays

Grey has always been a big color and this coming year, it’s getting even bigger. Now more and more homeowners are experimenting with various shades of this not-really-neutral tone. Yes, gray does go with just about anything, but it also holds its own on the color wheel. If you’re not sure about a particular shade for a particular room, there are a world of grays to explore.

Fashion Forward

As the fashion world goes, so do paint colors. 2018’s palette of choice also involves soothing, verging-on the-brink-of-pastel tones. The sea foams, the lavenders and the corals are all trending but in an updated and fresh new way. A great color scheme for creating an ultra restful bedroom.

Whatever direction you want to head with your paint colors come 2018, we’re here to help! Our design consultants would be happy to provide a free consultation as you look to spruce up your space as the new year approaches.


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Picking the Perfect Gray: So Many Choices

Gray is trending. And why wouldn’t it be…

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Gray is a neutral color that still possesses the subtleties of shading, tone and depth. Not to mention, gray goes with just about anything. Homeowners are certainly falling in love with the color—but then comes the tough part, which shade of gray is right for your home?

From charcoal gray, to silver gray, to near white gray, the possibilities are seemingly endless. So how do you know which gray is right for your particular project? We’ve helped a number of clients sort through the kaleidoscope of grays out there in anticipation of a room remodel. What we have discovered is that the shade of gray chosen is dependent on personal preference, the amount of light a room gets, the furnishing and décor going into that room, and even the overall function of the room.

Assessing Your Light Situation

Does the room being painted have a ton of natural light streaming in? It’s important to evaluate the lighting situation prior to selecting your gray of choice. Generally, if your room does have an abundance of light, the gray that you put on the walls will appear rather “cool” during the day. If this is the effect that you want, then choose a shade that really plays up those cool undertones. If however, you want a warmer feel, then you might wish to select a gray that tends toward the beige end of the spectrum.

Light versus Dark

The intensity of the gray you choose will certainly make a big difference in the overall feel and look of the room. If you really want that essential “grayness,” perhaps go for something a bit darker in nature. Whereas if you are only looking for hints and whispers of gray, you might want to steer toward lighter shades that are more neutral in appearance.

What Else is in the Room

Some people want to work with what’s already in the room. So with a living room for example, the couches, areas rugs, and other such furnishings and accessories will all factor into your choice of gray. This is why swatches are truly a wonderful invention. Grab a bunch, put them next to your furniture. See what works and what shades to avoid all together.

Gray is a very hot color, and fortunately, a timeless one! We would love to help determine which gray might be the best choice for your room makeover. Call today for your free consultation and let’s select that perfect shade for your home!


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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.

The Model T

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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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