Bring Nature Into Your Home
“Light in nature creates the movement of colors.” – Robert Delauney
Have you ever spent a day at the beach where you come home sweaty, sandy and completely exhausted, yet inexplicably relaxed and at peace? Is it the sun and saltwater air that’s so rejuvenating? Yes.
But I think the colors of the beachfront have something to do with it too. Research shows that colors impact our mood and behavior. Silver is linked to cutting edge innovation. White invokes purity and youth. Red makes us feel powerful and confident.
Seaside colors are yellow (sun) and blue (water). Yellow makes people feel warm and energetic. Blue has been shown to produce a feeling of calm and peace. So, it’s no surprise we are so drawn to the colors of the oceanfront.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t live on the beach or on a mountain top. But we can recreate the mood in our home by using the colors of nature to inspire our home décor. If it’s time to repaint your home, consider the following colors.
Refreshing and Tranquil Green
Green immediately brings to mind lush forests, trees and grass. Shades of green are often used by interior decorators to invoke feelings of calm. Television producers use “green rooms” for guests to wait in before their appearance.
The darker the shade of green, the more soothing and relaxing it is. On the other hand, vibrant greens are motivating and energetic. Lime green or chartreuse are often used in the Caribbean that reflects their lively, laid back culture.
Use green in a room to make it feel fresh, natural, or restful.
Yellow: The Source of Life
Vincent Van Gogh said, “How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.”
The sun is the source of life. Therefore, yellow is warm, energetic and attention-grabbing. However, be aware yellow reflects a lot of light so it easily tires the eyes.
Yellow rooms are cheerful and full of vitality. Use a pale yellow to mimic a sunny day and a darker yellow to bring in the joy of sunflowers. Kitchens and children’s playrooms are ideal places for yellow paint and décor.
In other rooms, use yellow to draw attention to interesting details.
Tones of brown remind us of soil, rocks and the earth so it’s often associated security and stability. Tan brown makes us feel warm, comfortable, and nurturing. Leather furniture is often a luxurious tan color for this very reason.
Rich, dark browns remind us of wood and can be very sophisticated. Interior decorators will often combine shades of brown with blue to bring an earth-water harmony to a room.
Use brown in rooms that you want to bring a sense of reliability and security to. Bedrooms, dens and dining rooms look wonderful in brown tones and accents.
Pale blue reminds us of a clear summer sky and dark blue looks like a deep pool of water. Blue is often described as serene and calming, especially turquoise hues like teal and aquamarine.
Blue also reminds people of twilight, the ocean, and sleep which makes people feel peaceful and secure. For this reason, blue is a favorite color of many people and is a safe choice to decorate in.
For an icy feel, choose a cool blue. Be aware this can cause feelings of distance and cold if overused.
Blues are often used in bedrooms and home offices to promote feelings of calm and peace.
People either love it or hate it. It is very attention-grabbing and some people describe it as vibrant, happy and uplifting. Other’s call it vulgar and blatant.
It’s a controversial color.
But if you want to invoke the feeling of a bright sunset or the sweetness of citrus fruit, no color does it better. Orange makes people feel energetic, excited, and warm. In the United States, orange is heavily associated with harvest and Halloween.
For a light citrus feel, go with a yellow-orange and for the deep hues of autumn, go with pumpkin orange or reddish-orange.
The Palette of Nature
To accentuate your nature-inspired paint colors, choose décor to match. Think seagrass tables, lush ferns, or leafy arrangements.
In the bedroom, consider a bamboo headboard and a comforter in soothing botanical colors. Wall art with tranquil blues, whites, and tan remind of us of the ocean. Fill a glass jar with seashells and bits of driftwood.
Let us help you pick just the right shade to help you bring a little of mother nature into your home. If you need a home painter in South Jersey, including Marlton, Cherry Hill, and Moorestown, give Pizzazz Painting a call today! Call 609-702-8200 today.
Confused about your paint finish options?
The most exciting, and often the most difficult choice in all of interior design is picking out the paint. Picking a color is hard enough, but the choosing the right texture can be even more challenging.
You know it when you see it: the perfect color to make a bland space really pop to life. Then the time comes to pick a sheen. Satin, matte, flat, gloss, eggshell—with all the options out there, how are you supposed to choose? This guide is meant to explain the style and practical differences between the common paint finishes for interior use.
Matte and Flat Paints
A matte paint gives walls a luxurious, velvety finish. Walls finished in matte have almost no shine to them. The softer appearance of a matte paint lends itself well to accenting natural wood trim or rooms with antique lacquered furniture.
- Warm, luxurious appearance
- Hides imperfections in the painted surface
- Works well in rooms with direct sunlight
- Easy to touch-up, blend repairs into the finish
- Not durable. Wear near handrails/switchplates can leave shiny spots.
- Soft texture catches and holds more dirt than other finishes.
- Not easy to clean. Spills and stains are difficult to remove without damaging the finish.
Where to use matte paints
Matte finishes are perfect for studies, home libraries, formal dining rooms, or other spaces where a luxury appearance is important and there is low traffic. Matte can be used on ceilings for a subtle contrast with satin walls. Because they are so easy to touch up, matte paints are also ideal for rental properties or that Airbnb suite you are converting your attic into.
Satin, Pearl, and Eggshell Paints
Satin and eggshell refer to a variety of sheens that reflect some light, but are still soft enough to avoid a reflective wet-gloss look. The finish is more vibrant than flat paint.
- Easy to maintain. Most satins are washable with normal household cleaner.
- Durable. Satin will hold up to high traffic areas like entranceways and staircase walls.
- Slight shine can make color more vibrant.
- Requires a lot more painting preparation. Any imperfections, like nail pops or dings in the drywall, will be very noticeable.
- Touch-ups are hard to blend into the existing finish.
- Off-white eggshell is the stereotypical contractor’s paintwork. Not ugly, but bland and lacking character or style.
Where to use satin paints:
Satin paint works best in living rooms, bedrooms, or other high traffic areas where a durable but softer finish is desired.
High-Gloss and Semi-Gloss Paint
These paints provide the most durable and shiniest finish. Semi-gloss is bright and vibrant. High-gloss leaves a surface with a deep reflective shine. Both stand up to spills, wear, and traffic extremely well.
- Makes a bold statement.
- Most vibrant colors possible
- Stand up to spills and stains
- Extreme durability
- Easy to clean
- Sleek, modern appearance.
- Requires obsessive detail during surface prep. When used on a wall, the surface must be mirror smooth, as every imperfection will be glaringly obvious.
- Almost impossible to match repairs without repainting whole section of wall.
- High-gloss can be overpowering in smaller spaces or under direct lighting.
When to use gloss paint:
Gloss paint is traditionally applied to trim around doors and windows. Special gloss enamels exist specifically for these applications. Heavy-use areas like kitchens and bathrooms can benefit from high gloss paint as an alternative to more traditional tile splashes. Infant playrooms will also hold up much longer if finished in semi-gloss.
Combining Paint Finishes
Don’t limit yourself to a single finish. Many rooms can benefit from a combination of finishes on different parts of a room.
As a general rule, paint should be one finish away from the surface it borders. This is done so paint there is a clean visual transition from one finish to the other. Flat-finished walls with high-gloss trim create a visually jarring effect and draw attention away from furnishing or wall art.
To bring visual interest to a room, a ceiling could be finished in matte, the walls in satin, and the trim in semi-gloss to create contrast with harmony between the different surfaces.
Choosing the Right Home Painters
Whether it’s one room or an entire home, refinishing a space takes a painter who understands your vision and how to bring that our in the final product. A professional painter can recommend finishes for your space, and perhaps even suggest a great new look you never knew was an option. For painting needs in South Jersey, contact Pizzazz Painters at 609-702-8200. With over twenty years of experience, they can find the finish to make your painting project look its best.
Let’s face the facts: priming all of your surfaces before painting can be a pain, especially when you’re working on larger projects. Often, homeowners wanting to repaint their property(ies) want to skip priming to avoid extra work, cost, and energy. Despite the pain of the process, it is a crucial step that will ensure your paint job lasts a long time and helps to avoid peeling, bubbling, and cracking in the paint. In some cases, you can get away with using a paint-and-primer-in-one product which consolidates the two steps of priming and painting into one. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it is often not a good idea to use these paint and primer products. Let’s take a look at when it is appropriate and effective to use a paint and primer in one.
What is the Difference Between Paint and Primer?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of whether self-priming paint works, and where it works, let’s first establish what exactly primer is used for, and how it helps a painting job. Primer is essentially a type of paint that preps a surface for a paint job. Primer helps to seal pores on a surface such as wood or drywall, and create a layer of adhesion that your paint will be able to last on longer.
Do You Have to Prime Before Painting?
As mentioned before, the purpose of priming a surface is to seal the pores in the material and create an even, adhesive surface for
your paint. When you have a new, unpainted surface such as wood, brick/stone, metal, or drywall, it is best to use separate primer and paint products because the surface will be very porous and will not absorb a
layer of paint evenly. This inevitably leads to requiring more coats of paint to accomplish an even finish, wasting time and money. That’s why for a surface that has not been painted before, it is not a good idea to use the two in one product, because truthfully the paint-and-primer works more as a paint than a primer. These paints do not even include any type of primer. Needless to say, painting a new surface without priming is a big no-no.
Also, if your previous paint job is stained or damaged, you will not be able to effectively work around the issues with a self-priming paint because the paint will struggle over time to properly adhere to the surface, due to the contaminants in between the paint and the primer. The bottom line is that if the surface you are painting is previously primed/painted, or clean, then you can go ahead with a paint-and-primer-in-one, which can save you money considering the level of thickness to the paint can cover walls in fewer coats.
When Can You Use Paint-and-Primer-in-One?
There are seldom occasions where paint and primer is the best option for a painting job. Self-priming paint works best for interior surfaces since the paint will not be exposed to varying conditions (i.e. rain, snow, sun rays, etc). Also, it will be most effective if your new paint job will be similar in color to the old paint. Otherwise, you may see the old color coat bleed through your new paint. The consistency of the self-priming paint is very thick, so it can cover most walls in just two coats when it would usually take three or four with a cheaper paint. Since these paints are often premium grade, it is easier to clean the finished coats if they ever get stained, and the finish looks much nicer than your standard cheaper paints. Keep in mind that if you are changing the color of a room drastically, it would be more efficient to use a cheaper primer on the walls beforehand, and then do two coats with the self-priming paint.
Would you like to spruce up the interior of your house? Painting is the most electrifying way of giving your home a complete make-over. Although painting is cost-effective; but like anything, you need to know how much it is going to cost. Getting a proper quote from a professional painting contractor will help you fix on budget, beforehand.