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Monthly Archives: March 2015

These colorful kids’ rooms are fun, some a little funky, but more importantly they offer an opportunity to showcase your personal style. Whether you do it with colors, stencils, or patterns, it’s your creativity that will bring your child’s room alive. Let a gallon of paint and your imagination personalize your child’s room. Here’s an opportunity to try some fun, kid-friendly paint colors.

 

 

Don’t you love how paint transforms a room? Feeling inspired? Stop into your local paint store and let their knowledgeable experts help you with color selection along with practical tips and tricks of the trade. Support your local independents!

~melanie

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know it’s only the first day of Spring… but I’m already anxious for summer. Months of fresh breezes and warm nights. Here is a beautiful color from our COLOREVOLUTION collection. Fresh and clean and ready for Summer!

Photo courtesy of coastalliving.com

Photo courtesy of coastalliving.com

 

~mg

Sugar Dust… it’s as sweet as it sounds.0011 Sugar Dust

What better way to get ready for Spring, than with a fresh slate, or rather, a fresh coat of paint on your walls? This month we celebrate our favorite warm color – the dreamy Sugar Dust. This off-white color evokes tranquility and a sense of peacefulness, making it a hands-down favorite among Color Guild members. So, warm up with a little Sugar Dust sprinkled throughout your home.

Sugar Dust 0011 is shown on the fireplace breast, ceiling, and trim | Miller Paint | Cyndi Parker Interiors

Sugar Dust 0011 is shown on the fireplace breast, ceiling, and trim | Miller Paint | Cyndi Parker Interiors

 

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

 

 

 

 

Picking the shade that will cover a room can be a daunting task — just where do you begin when staring at wall of dozens of shades? To help you approach the paint store with confidence, I’ve listed some blunders DIY decoraters make most often.

You choose a hue by only looking at the paint chip.
Those little buggers can be misleading. The absolute best way is to get a little bit of paint on each wall that will be painted to see how lighting changes it throughout the day.

We try to provide examples of what the shade will look like in different lights, but you need to take it home to truly see what works in your space.

You don’t consider how you will “feel” with the color day in and day out.

Try living with it for a few weeks. Give yourself a little time to allow yourself to resonate with the color and the feeling it brings to your environment.

You don’t have a plan for the rest of the room.
If you’re redecorating a space from scratch, it’s helpful to have a vision in mind from the get-go. luxe

It’s important to remember that you have nearly every paint color in the rainbow at your disposal, but are often more limited when it comes to furnishings and fabrics.

You don’t consider the furnishings that are in the room that may affect the paint color.
We’re all for going bold on your walls, but you shouldn’t necessarily choose a super-intense color to make an impact.

Often someone will choose a bold red, but not think about the navy sofa they are purchasing and how that combination might not turn out ideally.

You don’t break the “rules.”
We have all heard not to paint small spaces with dark colors because of the “closed in” or “claustrophobic” feeling it will cause. But what about how cozy it can make it feel? It could be just the perfect shade to give your reading nook that quiet cozy ambience.

You live with a color you don’t love.
Sure, it’s a pain to repaint a room when the shade doesn’t quite work, but it’s actually one of the cheapest and easiest things to correct.

Surround yourself with what you love… especially color. It’s amazing the effect it has!

~melanie

6 Quick Questions to Help You Pick the Right Interior Paint

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If you’ve ever been confused at the paint counter, you’re not alone. Most home centers and paint stores sell a dizzying array of coatings in every conceivable color and sheen. That can make it difficult for anyone to pick the right paint.

To help simplify things, we suggest that you ask yourself six questions about your personal preferences and lifestyle. The answers will help guide you through the maze of interior paints available today and make your purchasing decision a snap.

  • How sensitive am I to “paint smell”? If you abhor paint odor, you should favor water-based latex paints, which have little or no odor compared to oil-based or alkyd coatings. Latex paints also simplify cleanup and perform exceptionally well on all interior surfaces. These advantages help explain why latex paints have become the overwhelming choice of both do-it-yourselfers and professional painters.

 

  • How much activity will take place in the space I am painting? If the room you are painting will see a lot of activity, the painted surface could get soiled. In that case, it’s best to use a glossier product (a high gloss or semi-gloss paint), which will tend to resist stains and are much easier to clean. If the room will see little activity, you could use any level of sheen – from a flat paint to a high gloss finish.

 

  • What atmosphere do I want to create in the room? If your goal is to make the space cozy, consider using a “warm” color from the red, yellow or orange family; if you want it to seem cool, apply blues or greens.

 

  • Do I wish the room were bigger (or smaller)? If you feel the space seems cramped (or, at the other extreme, cavernous), you can do something about it by selecting the right color of paint. Lighter colors make a room seem larger, while darker colors make it feel more intimate.

 

  • How often do I typically repaint? If you paint only every so often, you’ll want to apply a durable, colorfast paint that will hold up well and continue to look good for a very long time. The best option in this regard is a top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint.

 

  • How much time do I want to devote to this painting project? If your time is limited, or you just want to complete the project quickly, then consider applying a “paint and primer” product that works like two coatings in one. You’ll likely need to apply fewer coats, which will save a lot of time — and you’ll still get superior results.

Considering these questions takes just a few moments, but saves a lot of consternation when you are at your paint retailer’s. More importantly, the answers will help you quickly identify the very best type of paint for your next home beautification project!

~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute:  www.paintquality.com