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selecting paint colors

Tips for Selecting Paint Colors for Your Home’s Interiors (Part 1)

Did you know that color has a big impact on your mood? Knowing what those effects are can be really helpful in selecting paint colors for your home’s interiors. Homeowners frequently take on the task of painting their home and whether it’s one room at a time or tackling the whole house, deciding on colors can sometimes make the start of the project drag on. We’ve been doing some research on the psychology of color and learning more about which colors work best in certain areas of the home and wanted to share that insight with you. In part one, we will talk about the brighter end of the color spectrum and in part two we will cover the neutrals. Read more

kitchen remodel

12 Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen That Won’t Break the Bank

Does your kitchen look dated? Could it use some updates to make it more functional? Just like any other room in our house, as time passes it may need a bit of sprucing up. With as much time as we spend in the kitchen, you want it to be visually pleasing and user-friendly. To help, we’ve put together a list of updates that you can implement with a relatively small investment. Read more

Remodel with Color – Five Ways to Add Color to Your Remodeling Project

Don’t be afraid to add some color to your remodeling project! White, gray and beige are certainly the most popular choices for material selections and they create a great canvas to decorate against that’s for sure.  But when you introduce color, you add visual interest and personality into a space. The idea of incorporating color, especially one you can live with for many years, may sound a bit intimidating. What if you choose the wrong color?  Here’s the thing, I suggest using colors you naturally gravitate to especially for more expensive materials. Then experience with bolder colors for less expensive, easy to change items.   Read more

Favorite Room

What is your favorite room of your home?  For those of you whose answers came easy enjoy that luxury.  You love parts of your home.  Let me say it again, “YOU LOVE PARTS OF YOUR HOME!”  For those of you who struggle with your home not fitting your expectations don’t worry.  It’s okay.  You attack this problem in two ways:

1) Like to Love – Take the room you like the most and pick one or two things to change about it.  Maybe it’s a new lamp or a new side table.  Or it could be adding crown molding and repainting the walls.  Small actions can push a room you like to become a room you LOVE!

2) Hate to Love (or Like may be good enough) – Remodel the room that causes you the most pain.  Maybe it’s the bathroom with green tile.  Believe it or not, some of us feel totally fed up with a house when really one room is the problem.   Remodeling can help this.  Now, be forewarned, when you start this process of doing a major shift one room at a time that you are destined to keep moving your way through the house.  It will feel so good that in a year or two you’ll want to take on the next room.

My goal, as you know, is that you will Love Where You Live!

Power of Paint

I used to hate our living room.  It was all things 1960s – dingy orange wood paneled ceiling (and end walls), dark beams, a hideous front door, angular bookshelves, no light, and this silly step at the front door some architect thought would appeal to our mamalian den-dwelling need for security.  You get the point, it was a weird room.

Today, that’s all gone…and it feels so nice.

The vertical grain bamboo floor, tile at the entry, new door, casing & millwork are all very nice.  But the most powerful transformation happened by merely painting the ceiling white.  Don’t get me wrong, it took a lot of work, but it was so worth it.  We used an shelac-based primer and latex trim paint on the ceiling using our professional paint sprayer.  If ever using a sprayer one Thompson Tip for you is to use the most fine tip possible.  It will reduce the amount of paint coming out and this will reduce your drips & runs if you are not experienced.   There is so much light in this room now, even though we painted the walls a deep dusty gray.  The power of paint helps me to love this room!