May 20, 2010
Why is it that some interior paints still have a rich and deep color long after the rooms were repainted while others are scuffed, look worn and are ready for a new layer of paint not long after you applied them? The reason is quite simple – it’s the quality of the paint used.
It is very important that you use the best paint that you can afford when repainting the interior of your home. The best quality paints are designed to give the best, long-lasting results. Top quality paints go on smoother and offer a more uniform appearance and can actually last much longer than cheap paints – often more than twice as long, as a matter of fact. So, in the long haul, they are actually more cost-effective than purchasing and applying inexpensive paint.
A painting chore takes much less time when a high quality paint is used. This is because it goes on with less effort and hides marks better and flows more evenly. This equates to less brushing and rolling and far less re-touching. Also, you normally do not have to add coat after coat of paint in order for it to look good. Good paint spatters less too, which saves in clean-up time.
Applying a good quality paint to interior walls also ensures that less dirt and stains will affect it and the walls are easier to clean when food or other things are splattered on the surface. With cheap paint, you often remove part of the paint when you wipe away a splatter, which often makes the wall look worse than the food stain itself.
Good quality paint consists of a higher proportion of pigments and binders which are called solids. Paint which is made with a high solids content dries thicker which hides better and is much more durable. Latex paints normally have 25 to 40 percent solids by volume while alkyd and oil based paints can consist of more than 50 percent solids. A higher solid paint content is always best.
To put it simply, you should always purchase the best paint you can because good paints contain a higher percentage of better quality ingredients that are very important if you want your paint job to be very durable and long-lasting. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies when it comes to paint. High quality paints have more sheen and color uniformity which means that your paint job will continue to look great for years. When it comes to paint, it definitely pays to invest in the best.
May 7, 2010
Choosing a paint color can be a very difficult task, and is equally important for interior or exterior painting projects. Often times, the tiny paint samples at the home improvement store are not the best way to pick a color. It is not an accurate view and it is often hard to visualize the tiny color swatch on an entire wall. It is important to know what your color preferences are, and what these colors say about you; different colors have different moods associated with them, so an interior color makes quite a statement.
One of the easiest ways to select a color is by looking at things you already love and cherish. What is your favorite article of clothing? Do you love a certain throw pillow? Do you gravitate towards certain color schemes in a store? By answering these questions, you will help identify what colors you naturally prefer. It’s not wise to use a random bold color that doesn’t compliment anything else in your life. Most likely, you will get tired of the color and the novelty of it will fade. Look at the things in your home that you love, and go from there. You are guaranteeing your satisfaction by sticking with a color that already makes you feel good.
Because certain colors evoke certain moods, you will want to determine the vibe of a room in advance. Do you want your bedroom to have a soothing, spa-like mood? Then a cool neutral like blue or green would be appropriate. Do you want your kitchen to have a spicy upbeat feeling? Then a warm red or yellow would be perfect. There are so many color combinations available that you can definitely achieve any mood that you desire. Also, you could always use neutral beige on walls and then accessorize with intense color. This is much less of a commitment when it comes to painting. You could ultimately change the mood of a room with each changing season. Regardless of your preference, it is important to think through your desires before the paint shopping begins. This will make the process more efficient and enjoyable.
Choosing paint colors can overwhelm many homeowners. If you have a plan and know what you like, this should not be an issue. Stick with your signature colors and know your desired mood. By following these steps, you will certainly find the perfect paint for your project.