Painting and Remodeling Tips from the Pros
Which colors most inspire you? Are you drawn to cool gray? Calming blue? Bold burgundy? At R Company, color is our jam. And our bread and butter. And our… Okay, you get the point. But really, we’re passionate about helping our clients find the perfect wall color to compliment their homes and their personalities. If you are getting ready to begin a painting and remodeling project, we are available to help! Here are a few painting tips from the pros.
All About Paint
If you have ever walked into the paint section of your local hardware store, you know that there are countless colors of paint to choose from. But did you know that there are different types of paint bases and different types of sheen as well? Even the people who always know what they want tend to freeze up when they face the many decisions required of paint shoppers. Let’s go over a few of the basics.
- Primer: Primer provides a base for paint to stick on and can be used to seal wall surfaces. You will definitely want to use a primer if you have speckled your walls. Buyers can choose between water-based and oil-based primers. See the next point for information on the difference between water and oil bases.
- Latex Paint Versus Oil-Based Paint: Latex paint (which is also called water-based paint) contains a durable resin made of acrylics. Latex paint is typically used on walls and ceilings that are not damaged. Oil-based paint creates a smooth, luxe finish than water-based paint. Because of this, it is typically used on cabinets, furniture, and molding.
- Sheen: There are several paint options for the quality and finish of your paint. You can choose from a matte finish, which has a little sheen, or a satin finish, which is pearl-like. Some homeowners prefer glass-like, high gloss sheen, while others prefer the velvety look of eggshell sheen. Your choice should be determined by your personal style and the area of the home in which the paint is being applied. You can consult with a painting and remodeling expert to find out more details about which sheen will look and function best for you.
All About Color
Once you know what type of paint you should get, you get to decide upon a color. We recommend making use of the color wheel to see which colors are complementary and harmonious. You have several options when choosing a wall color scheme for your painting and remodeling project:
- Complementary Colors: These are colors that are directly opposite from one another on the color wheel. These color provide a striking contrast for one another (think green with red accents or blue with yellow).
- Harmonious Colors: These colors are next to each other on the color wheel and share a similar underlying hue that helps them run seamlessly together.
- Cool Colors: Cool colors have a low saturation that gives them a soothing effect. Cool colors typically include blue, purple, green, and gray.
- Warm Colors: Warm colors have higher saturation and include reds, yellows, and browns.
All About Painting and Remodeling