John’s Tips

Take advantage of John's experience! Below are some great tips for your next painting project!

Color & Design Tips:

Try using a slightly darker shade of white on the trim work rather than a bright white to create a subtler contrast between the walls and wood work.


Accent walls can provide a sensible solution to using bright, or strong color in a more modern type of architectural setting that are often devoid of molding and trim work.


Higher Gloss finishes last longer, but in most situations lower sheen levels provide a more restful look.


Choosing your colors after you have selected fabrics, and furniture in a room will be a lot easier than picking out colors in a total vacuum. Picking out colors without some sort of grounding can prove to be very frustrating and often unproductive.


Flatter finishes make colors look richer and hide more imperfections in surfaces.


Neutral colors that are subdued and understated will be a good choice for the walls as they tend to lay back and take on the other colors in the room.


Color choice often involves showcasing other objects or features in the room. For instance the dark chocolate wall behind the white sofa shows off its lines and shape.


Everyday fabrics and favorite items can serve as an inspiration and launching point for a painting and decorating a room.


Take color and design cues from the way you dress and your favorite outfits. Inspiration can come from the most common sources right around you. These will also be the most personal and meaningful to you.


So called “Historical Colors” are colors that are researched by paint companies based on archeological and historical evidence. These color collections range from vivid rich hues to really complex understated hues. They can provide an excellent set of “related colors” that will naturally flow from one room to another.


If you are having difficulty in picking your colors try limiting yourself to a specific “color collection” in a paint companies literature sample brochures.


Whites and Off-Whites can often be the hardest “colors” to choose, just because there is so little color difference amongst them. Try looking and identifying these whites as either cool or warm looking, this will make them easier to work with and identify.


Paint colors should be sampled inside the room where they will be, in order to determine their ultimate look.


Picture moldings can be a great and inexpensive way to add dimension and balanced space to your room. They reduce the size and area of the wall color in a space that has high ceilings. This will allow you to use a dark, strong or bright color on the walls without being overwhelmed by the color.


Paint colors can look radically different between daylight and night-time incandescent lighting. To make sure a color works for you look at it in both kinds of light. Reds and yellows are especially subject to change.


When choosing a group of different colors for many rooms in the same house, look at using “related colors”. These can often be found in a paint company’s themed color books. To find a theme of the colors look at them as all belonging with one another in some way, while being different hues at the same time.


Grays are vastly underused colors, look for grays that have a little bit of color in them and they will provide some very rich and interesting possibilities in a room.


Color & Design Tips:

The more prep work that is done, the better the final paint job will look. Finding the right amount of prep work for you is both a personal and economic choice. Considering that a well prepared surface will usually look better, be more satisfying, and last longer – the cost of doing more prep work may make more sense than not doing it.


Regular touching-up or even repainting of selected areas and surfaces will extend the time you need to have them redone in total. For some exterior wood surfaces for instance, it is better to apply a yearly light protective coat than wait until your wood is rotting out from years of neglect.


Using a better or, best quality paint that looks better, lasts longer, and cleans up well, just makes sense. Cheap paint never pays.


Environmental, and structural design considerations should always be assessed when determining how long a paint coating should last and trying to prevent future paint failure.


If electrical plugs are coated in paint from previous work, it is advisable to replace them.


An excellent time to re-do the finish on hardwood floors is right before a basic painting job allowing floors to dry and cure for a day or two before starting.

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