Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have a pretty temperate climate, despite all the rain. When summer rolls around and we start spending more time outdoors, it’s easy to notice where your home’s exterior needs some touch-ups. As temperatures drop, the cooler weather conditions can be perfect weather for painting! But don’t wait too long into the fall for the weather to take a rainy turn; weather that’s too cold or too wet isn’t ideal, and won’t allow your paint to cure properly.
Always check the labels on your paint or stain for temperature recommendations. The amount of time needed for paint to properly cure will be affected by temperature and level of humidity. If paint is improperly cured, due to humidity levels or extreme temperatures, it can crack, blister, and peel. A good thing to remember is to try to paint in dry weather, and in the shade as much as you can, as applying paint will be smooth, its properties won’t change due to the environment, and it is more likely to cure properly. In warm weather, the surface you’re painting will have a hotter temperature than the air. Always paint on dry surfaces, and after a rainstorm, allow at least 4-8 hours for your home’s exterior to dry thoroughly before applying more paint. Don’t forget to prep your surfaces properly, so your primer, paint, and stains can properly adhere.
Fall is in full swing, and there are going to be some gorgeous, perfect days for exterior painting! Take advantage of this transition between seasons and enjoy the cooler weather. This month, we’re featuring Pumpkin from our Color Evolution line of paint. Pumpkin is a wonderfully warm, deep, earthy orange that works on it’s own as a primary color for the interior or exterior of your home, and just as well as an accent color.
To take some of the guess work out of choosing paint colors, upload a photo of your home to our Color Visualizer app to see what it looks like in different Miller Paint colors: http://millerpaint.chameleonpower.com/visualizer.aspx
Testing big swatches on your walls can be time consuming and messy. Swatches just give you a small spot of color, which probably won’t give you the best idea of how it will look covering a whole room.
Figuring out how to arrange your frames on the wall can be difficult, and choosing the wrong paint color can be frustrating. Avoid that trouble next time with Fittzy!
Fittzy is a new app that allows users to measure, decorate, and paint any room or exterior with the touch of a finger! Miller Paint colors are featured, allowing you to test out your favorite shades in and on your home.
Some popular uses of the app include:
- Seeing how your current furnishings will fit into your new space when moving.
- Virtually paint entire rooms, instead of using small swatches.
- Turning your device into a digital measuring tape to reference room dimensions.
- Sharing Fittzy designs to get input from family and friends.
- Annotate your designs with notes so you don’t miss anything.
You’ll never choose the wrong color again, and decorating your space is made easy and less stressful.
Fittzy is currently available on Apple iOS devices but will be available for Android soon.
Download Fittzy fron the App Store here!
When it comes time to sell your home, it can pay to touch up the painting. The added perceived value of a properly maintained home is well documented, and there’s no easier (or economical) way to give the impression than with some fresh paint.
So, what should a home seller paint? Following is a list of 10 top touchups, according to experts at the Paint Quality Institute — headquartered in the aptly named Pennsylvania town of “Spring House”. . . really.
1. If you want buyers to come rushing to your door, make sure the door is well painted. A fresh coat of paint here will make a great first impression.
2. Next up is the entrance hall, where prospects get their initial glimpse of the interior. At the very least, clean every surface and touch up areas where the paint shows marks or nicks. Better yet: Put on a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout.
3. Bathrooms and kitchens get special scrutiny from prospective buyers, so give extra attention to these rooms. Touch up as needed and put plenty of effort into the powder room, which many will visit during their tour of your home.
4. Size does matter when it comes to the kitchen. If you want to make yours look bigger, then paint the kitchen white or off-white. At the very least, remove food stains from the walls and conceal water spots by applying a coat of primer followed by some touchup paint.
5. Look at your windowsills, especially if your view is special. Prospects will likely spend time gazing out. Don’t spoil the moment. Sand, prime, and paint the most important sills as needed.
6. Check your woodwork. You can quickly touch up chipped or marred paint on chair rails and floor molding.
7. Inspect areas that come in frequent contact with soiled hands – especially window frames, door frames, edges of doors, and walls around light switches. If the areas are dirty, you may be able to clean them, assuming you used a glossier paint; if that doesn’t work, then do touchup painting.
8. Same approach with cabinet doors: Scrub clean of fingerprints, if possible, or touch up painted areas. Pay special attention to the kitchen, which should be spotless.
9. Water stains on the ceiling from old roof leaks are a huge red flag for prospective buyers. After making certain that your roof is sound, be sure to prime and re-paint these potential “deal-breakers”.
10. Put the finishing touches on your home by scrutinizing every remaining wall and painted surface, looking for stray flecks of paint, as well marks and stains from whatever source. Conceal them with some touchup paint, and your home will be good to go. . .and show!
The Paint Quality Institute advises that this list of touchups isn’t just for home sellers, it’s also a handy checklist if you’re staying put. And springtime is a great time to tackle these minor projects, when the days are longer and you can throw open the windows for a burst of fresh air.
~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute: www.paintquality.com
Waking up slowly in a hotel, you crawl out of bed and slip on the hotel issued robe and slippers and revel in the joy of a restful nights sleep. Have you ever had that experience? I know I have. It is likely a combination of things of course, but one thing they all have in common is the beds. They’re white. White beds often convey luxury. Isn’t there just something relaxing about sliding into a fresh white bed?
Why not bring that feeling home? Create an oasis in your room, without going stark white. Add some off-white accents to warm it up and you have it! That soft, welcoming space to take you away to your happy place in the night.
Off whites balance the starkness of having everything white, and brings a cozy warmth to the space without adding too much color noise.
Bring a little white back into your home and see how fantastic it can be!
Deep, highly saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that’s in vogue right now is just the opposite. Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues that just tease the eye with subtle hints of color.
Vaguely reminiscent of the “pastels” of yesteryear, the light colors that are gaining popularity today are more sophisticated ensembles, often marrying three or more different hues to create soft color that is often hard to put a name to. Layering color in this way also produces some interesting visual effects.
Because the new tints are not pure yellows, greens, or whatever, many have a chameleon-like quality, shifting their appearance slightly when the light changes.
During the daytime, a wall color might appear to be in the pale green family, but at night, under artificial light, it may take on a yellow caste. Likewise, a light bluish tint might gravitate toward pale gray in dimmer light.
Because the new tints are so changeable under different lighting conditions, a useful recommendation is to apply some sizable swatches of the paint color to several of your walls and live with them for a day or two before fully committing to the color. That way, you can be sure you’ll like your new choice at every time of day or night.
The emerging trend to tints is part of the natural ebb and flow that occurs in the paint industry every five years or so, and this stage of the cycle offers some tangible rewards to those who jump on board.
For one thing, repainting walls, ceilings and woodwork in lighter-colored paint tends to “open up” the area, making any room seem more spacious.
Perhaps even more important is the psychological benefit that comes with a lighter indoor environment. Brighter surroundings can lift our spirits, no matter what the color. And soft tints derived from certain color families – green and blue, for example – have a restful quality that can be restorative after a stressful day.
If you’re truly serious about doing some interior painting, there’s no time like the present. Adding some light new paint color is the perfect antidote to winter’s shorter days and gloomier weather. You’ll be right in step with the latest trend in interior painting, and you’ll find 2016 to be a far brighter new year!
~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute: www.paintquality.com
Pink, has been coming to the forefront of colors over the last couple of years. It is showing up in holiday trends as well. Pink can be your go to color for decorating this season if you dare, instead of the standard red.
Center your palette on pastel pinks with highlights of brighter pinks. Pair with moss, olive, and hunter greens to bring a renewed taste to your holiday color scheme. Even simply pairing it with white and sparkling or matte finishes brings a classic feel.
Have fun this holiday season and step outside the box a little with a new take on holiday décor.