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Purple & Lavender Paint Colors

April 22, 2014

Purple and lavender are popular bedroom colors, but they also work well in other areas of the home. The color symbolizes royalty and wealth as well as wisdom and spirituality. Consider it for dining rooms, living rooms and studies, too, whether as a dominant color or on an accent wall. Here are a few favorite hues from leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.

Behr

Plum Swirl—In this contemporary dining room, Plum Swirl on the walls serves as a sophisticated backdrop for dinner parties and other social gatherings. The white of Nude on the wall and window trim balances the purple paint and dark furnishings.

Plum Frost—A living room becomes airy and romantic with the almost lavender of Plum Frost and the contrasting white of Pale Bud. Mixing with greens, reds, blues and pinks gives this room an eclectic feel that highlights the purple even further.

Sherwin-Williams

Exclusive-Plum-Sherwin-WilliamsExclusive Plum—The company chose this as its 2014 Color of the Year. The sophisticated violet offers a balance of cool blue and feisty red with a splash of gray. It suggests Exclusive Plum for a cozy masculine den when paired with accents of copper and well-worn leather. The color also makes a statement when used against white tile and chrome fixtures in this bathroom.

Grape Mist—In its Pottery Barn Kids collection, this sweet hue would create a dreamy bedroom for a little girl. Lavender offers a restful quality to a bedroom, after all. When paired with Lemon Chiffon in the same collection, it takes on a creamy tone as well.

Glidden

Morning Heather—This study takes its users on an adventure thanks to this bold purple on an accent wall. The light, gray-blue of Quiet Rain on adjacent walls balances the strong color and the room as well as the dark wood furniture.

Essence of Lilac—The soft violet of this color gives this dining room a spacious feeling while balancing the neutral, mid-tone flooring and brighter colors of adjacent rooms.

Benjamin Moore

Lavender Mist—The company’s New Neutral color palette for 2014 includes this ethereal lavender. It suggests using the hue with Slate Blue and Iced Mist to bring in a touch more color and with Englewood Cliffs and Oxford White to stick to a more neutral feel. Both combinations would work well in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Iced Mauve—This color offers a more dusky option. The company combines it with Phillipsburg Blue and Rust for a surprising but complementary palette. Such colors would work well in a study or home office.

Super Nova—The darkest member of the purple family in the New Neutral collection, this color would create a dramatic bedroom when used with Country Green and Butterfield.

More Uses for Purples & Lavenders

Lavender also can be an option for the kitchen, one you might not have ever considered. When used with stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry, lighter purples create a sleek, sophisticated room.

Also look at purple when painting a hallway, as it can make an interesting transition between more rooms with more neutral color schemes. When used with patterned wallpaper, the effect can be even more dramatic.

 Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Purples and lavenders also can be used together in contrasting shades for a monochromatic but not quite effect. As with all color choices, be sure to apply samples before painting an entire room. That way, if the hues together are not to your liking you can move on to other combinations. Your professional painter can provide sample cans as well as apply them in the right spot to catch the changing light of the day and night.

2014 Living Room Colors

March 17, 2014

When it comes to paint color, you have more freedom in the living room than anywhere else in the house. You need not worry about setting a serene tone, such as in the bedroom, or stimulating the appetite, like in the kitchen, because this space serves multiple purposes. Check out these 2014 paint colors from industry leaders Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore to see how varied your options are in this area.

Behr

Behr-Seaside-Harmony-Living-RoomSeaside Harmony—This color palette creates an inviting, relaxed and breezy living room. Sky Blue on the ceiling meets South Peach on the walls, reflecting what you might find above and below at the beach. Miami Weiss, a warm off white, adorns the trim.

Natural Avocation—The colors in this collection pull from science for a bright yet still comfortably relaxed sitting room. The yellow of Sunday Afternoon covers the walls, with the light Soirée on the overall trim and Arboretum green accenting the fireplace.

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams-Reasoned-PaletteReasoned—The grays, blacks and whites in this color palette suit a modern design sensibility. Grays range from light to dark with Agreeable Gray and Crushed Ice featuring just a hint and Earl Gray and Gauntlet Classic French Gray offering more saturation. Gauntlet Gray and Peppercorn sit in the middle, transitioning to Tricorn Black. Extra White provides contrast no matter the color paired with it.

Curiosity—This color palette draws from bio-design and includes colors that might not seem harmonious at first glance. Mix and match to make them sing in your living room. Among the options are the bold Blue Peacock, Antiquarian Brown, Quixotic Plum, Relic Bronze and Show Stopper. Anew Gray, Sealskin and Library Pewter serve as neutrals, with Enigma and Exclusive Plum doing the same but with a twinge of purple.

Glidden

Glidden-Cool-Cobalt-Living-RoomCool Cobalt—Blue does not prove a common choice for living rooms, but when used to create a modern monochromatic look it makes a statement like in this example. Hang art of varying sizes throughout the room to create a comfortable gallery-like atmosphere.

Pink Salmon and Red Grapefruit—For a living room with a decidedly youthful and feminine feel, use this bright combination. The bolder Pink Salmon covers the accent wall, giving way to the lighter Red Grapefruit. Accent with whites and neutrals to balance the room.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin-Moore-Sparrow-Living-RoomSparrow—From its New Neutral color palette, this color pulls its inspiration from the stone walls surrounding the Connecticut Farmhouse that uses it in its living room.

Palladian Blue—The almost green of this color suits a light, airy living room such as this one. It adds just enough color to the room, allowing the dark browns of the furniture, wood floors and window trim to provide the anchor.

Tempest—Purple in the living room? Why not, especially when it’s this elegant shade, pair with the creamy white of Subtle on the ceiling and Handmade on the ceiling beams. This color combination suits both a modern design aesthetic and a more traditional, romantic one.

Color Flow Tips

And just as you have more freedom when it comes to paint color in the living room, you also have more need to ensure colors flow into other rooms because of the lack of doors.

To create color flow, here are some tips from Benjamin Moore:

  • Use lighter and darker shades of the same color throughout your home; the company suggests bringing a fan deck when paint shopping
  • Create continuity by selecting hues with similar undertones
  • Choose three to five favorite colors, then alternate the primary, secondary and accent colors for each room
  • As always, your professional painter also can help choose colors that work in your living room and beyond.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

How to Clean Painted Walls | Your Guide to Removing Stains from Paint

February 27, 2014

Life happens inside a home, which means so do stains. When your walls become blemished, a high-quality paint such as those we use at ProTect Painters allows you to wipe them clean in most cases. Here are tips on how to do exactly that.

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Remove Stains ASAP

The key to effective stain removal is timing. If a guest stumbles and spills red wine on your wall, you have a shot at eliminating the stain if you clean it right away. Let it sit overnight and you’ll most likely need to repaint the area.

Give These Methods a Try

No matter the source of the stain, always start with the gentlest method for removal. That way, you have a better chance of cleaning the wall without causing damage.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Dampen a cellulose sponge with water and wring out excess. Blot the stain, allowing it to transfer to the sponge. Rinse and wring out the sponge often. Continue until you have lifted as much of the stain as possible.

 Step 2: If the stain remains, create a cleaning mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and 1 gallon water. Repeat the step above with the cleaner. Continue until you have lifted as much of the stain as possible.

 Step 3: If the stain proves especially stubborn, wet and wring out a melamine foam sponge, either the Magic Eraser variety or a store brand. Gently blot the stain, rinsing the sponge and wringing out excess often. Rinse with a water-dampened cellulose sponge once the stain has lifted.

The combination of the foam’s abrasiveness and the cleaning product included, often bleach, removes most stains. Keep in mind, though, that these types of sponges also remove paint and can damage finish. Use this as a last resort when cleaning walls.

Note: If the stain you need to remove contains grease, professional degreasers are available to help with the task. Use a degreaser instead of the ammonia solution in Step 2.

Move on to the Repainting Process

Some stains simply will not lift, and repainting proves the only option.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Use the paint left over from the room (hopefully stored and still usable). If you do not have excess paint, pull a chip from the wall and take it to the paint store. It’s important to get an exact match so that you can get away with painting just the stained area, as opposed to redoing the entire wall.

Step 2: Sand the stain and a few inches beyond lightly with fine-grit sandpaper or sponge. Remove the dust.

Step 3: Apply a thin coat of primer to the area. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat if recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 4: Lightly sand the area again. Remove the dust.

Step 5: Apply a coat of the matching paint to the area. Allow to dry. Reapply and let dry until the repainted area matches the rest of the wall.

Once your wall has returned to its pristine status, consider making the following changes in your home to help keep them clean:

  • Buy only washable crayons and markers for your kids
  • Install an easily cleaned backsplash where you regularly see grease splatters
  • Move pet food bowls away from the wall if you have messy eaters
  • Consider applying more durable, washable paints to high-traffic areas in your home such as the kitchen, hallways, and kids rooms

As with any project that involves paint, we are more than happy to get involved and offer advice. We can recommend the best paint finish for every area of your home, and the high-quality paint manufacturers we use offer any product you might need, including washable paints.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

2014 Bedroom Paint Colors

February 19, 2014

A recent survey conducted by hotel chain Travelodge found that yellow, blue, and green are the paint colors that lead to the best night’s sleep. The 2014 color palettes include more than a few of these hues. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites from industry leaders Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.

Behr Bedroom Colors

Behr-Cloisonné-Blue-BedroomCloisonné Blue — Part of the company’s new Grand Reign color palette, it covers the walls of this romantic bedroom. The almost-gold of Coronation highlights the blue panels, with the dusty pink of Minuet Rose providing the perfect contrast on both the ceiling and in the dressing area. The creamy Grand Soirée helps to keep the room from feeling too saturated.

Green Myth — Use this color to create a bedroom reminiscent of the Caribbean. In this example, it pairs with Polar Bear at the trim for a crisp, energizing space. Black, teal and red serve as accents in the room to provide a balance.

Sherwin-Williams 12 Color Bedroom Palette

Sherwin-Williams-Raindrop-West-Elm-BedroomWest Elm — The paint company partners with the cool furniture store again this year, presenting a 12-color palette. The blues include Raindrop and Hyperblue, providing subtlety and energy, respectively. Parakeet serves as the green in this collection of colors and suits a nature-inspired room well. Lemon Twist adds sunshine and cheer to any bedroom.

Intrinsic — In its 2014 color forecast, the company presents this new palette. Within it are several options for colors that allow for a good night’s sleep. Capri provides a pop of bright ocean blue, while Georgian Bay represents the darker blue of the sea in late afternoon light. Houseplant green looks exactly like its name. And Ceremonial Gold would create an award-winning bedroom.

Glidden Bedroom Themes

Glidden-Fresh-Hyacinth-BedroomFresh Hyacinth — This breezy blue-violet gives this room a cool, serene feeling without veering too close to purple. It ranked as one of the least sleep-inducing colors in the survey. The white of Glistening Moonlight on cabinets, shelving, trim and bed frame keep the room from feeling bright, and the black accents balance the lightness.

Dark Eucalyptus Leaf — Another nature-inspired color, this one works well for a bedroom with a botanical theme. Use with Toasted Coconut and Antique White to balance and lighten the darker green.

Benjamin Moore Colors

New Neutral — The 2014 color palette by this company lends itself well to a good night’s sleep, as it contains more than a few blues and greens. Breath of Fresh Air, its color of the year, creates an almost ethereal atmosphere in the bedroom. Van Deusen Blue offers a darker, more formal option, with Normandy falling between the two. Palladian Blue veers almost toward green on the color wheel, as does Caribbean Teal. Van Alen Green offers a true green touched by light.

Benjamin-Moore-Citrine-BedroomCitrine — The New Neutral palette may not contain a yellow, but there are plenty of options elsewhere within the company’s collections. This stylish, rich yellow brightens the bedroom, with Dune White on the ceiling and the brown of Silhouette as an accent providing contrast.

Bronzed Beige — For a more relaxed yellow, opt for this lighter hue and create a serene, tranquil retreat. Lightning White on the ceiling and Moroccan Spice complement the yellow nicely.

Along with purple, brown and gray also ranked low on the list of colors that provide a good night’s sleep. Stick with blues, greens and yellows for the most hours of sleep, according to the survey. It found that those in a blue bedroom got an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep. Those sleeping in yellow rooms got an average of 7 hours and 45 minutes of sleep, and green bedrooms helped to allow an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Interior Paint Finish Guide

February 12, 2014

Choosing a paint color is only half the task. You must also decide on a finish. Learn which types work best in which rooms with this handy guide to interior paint finishes.

Flat/Matte Paint Finishes

Benjamin-Moore-dill-pickle-2147-40-green-bedroomThese types of finishes absorb more light than they reflect. This makes them an excellent option for imperfect walls and ceilings. If the taping job on your drywall isn’t the best, go with a flat/matte paint. It will leave behind a smooth finish.

One downside of flat/matte finishes is that they absorb dirt, making them difficult to keep clean unless you purchase a scrubbable paint. Most homeowners opt to touch up instead of spot clean, though.

Best uses: Walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas such as hallways, dining room, living room and bedrooms, with the exception of a child’s room.

Eggshell Paint Finish

Behr-Clear-Violet-VisionNamed for its sheen, which resembles the surface of an egg, this type of finish offers more depth and warmth than flat/matte finishes. It also resists stains and scuffs better and is easier to wash.

Best uses: Walls in dining room, living room, bedrooms, foyer and on trim. It also proves preferable to flat/matte in the kitchen but does not work as well as other finishes. 

Satin Paint Finish

Behr-Seaside-HarmonyThis type of finish has a soft sheen that reflects light, resulting in an elegant look. It can be easily wiped clean. It works well on woodwork as well as walls.

One downside of a satin finish becomes evident if touchups are required. The difference in sheen will be noticeable.

Best uses: Walls in dining room, living room, adult and children’s bedrooms, laundry room, kitchen, bathrooms and on windows, doors and trim.

Semi-Gloss Paint Finish

Sherwin-Williams-Gentle-Medley-KitchenThis higher-sheen finish reflects even more light, creating brightness and shine. It offers durability as well as resistance to moisture. Because semi-gloss resists water and humidity and is scrubbable, they are a top choice for the kitchen and bathrooms.

The downside of semi-gloss is that it shows imperfections so therefore requires more prep work to ensure best results and are also difficult to touch up because of the difference in sheen.

Best uses: Walls in kitchen, bathrooms and hallways and on cabinets, doors, trim and molding.

Glossy Paint Finish

Behr-Modern-DefinitionBecause it reflects the most light, this finish offers the most shine—looking almost like enamel or plastic. It offers even more durability than a semi-gloss as well as higher resistance to moisture. A glossy finish can be scrubbed without fear of removing the paint.

Because of the high reflection factor, though, this type of finish reveals the most imperfections, therefore requiring the most prep work. And just as with semi-gloss, touchups are an issue.

Best uses: Walls in kitchen and bathrooms and on cabinets, doors, trim, molding and other woodwork.

Other Considerations

  • When choosing a paint color, ask for a sample in a specific finish. Higher-sheen paints darken the color and make it more intense. You will want to see the color as it will actually be, before making a final decision.
  • As with any paint choice, live with the color for a week or so on a wall. Apply in an area that sees the full range of light during the day and night to see how it looks in both sunlight and artificial light.
  • The pros and cons listed above apply to the painting of furniture as well. For example, a scrubbable finish would best suit a much-used play table in a child’s room or a stand-alone cabinet in the kitchen.
  • Take this guide with you to the paint store, or ask your professional painter to help with your final choices of color and finish.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Paint Color Combinations, Schemes, and Ideas for 2014

February 5, 2014

The arrival of 2014 brought with it new palettes from paint companies. They range from muted shades to bold hues, with each collection featuring only complementary colors. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites so far from industry leaders: Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.

Behr 2014 Paint Color Combinations

Whether you want to create a tranquil setting or make a grand statement, Behr offers options. Here are two standout color combinations:

Behr-Seaside-HarmonySeaside Harmony — Pulling from the colors of the coastline, the palette in this dining room example uses the cool aqua blue of Ocean Liner as the main wall color, with Miami Peach providing contrast on the ceiling and the warm off-white Miami Weiss adorning the trim. The color scheme works in just about any room in the house, looking best when paired with tarnished metal, waxed wood and cotton knit decorative elements.

Grand Reign — This palette complements a stately home decorated in the traditional style. The study example uses the luxurious burgundy of Imperial Jewel on the upper portion of the walls, giving way to the creamy white of Grand Soiree at the trim, ceiling and windows, with the dark gold of Coronation below. A room in these colors makes a dramatic statement.

Sherwin-Williams 2014 Paint Color Combinations

Sherwin-Williams-HGTV-Dream-Home-Dovetail-Media-RoomThe 2014 HGTV Dream Home shows off the company’s ability to create colors that balance comfort, practicality and style. The wall of windows in the family media room shown serves as a work of art, with the grey khaki of Dovetail providing a neutral backdrop. Barcelona Beige, White Duck, Black Fox, and Snowbound are other neutrals in the color scheme, with pops of color provided by Bamboo Shoot and the dusky blue of Distance.

Glidden 2014 Paint Color Combinations

This paint company presents its color schemes in a variety of ways, with “by theme” as one of the options.

Glidden-Celebrating-the-Move-Deep-Amethyst-BedroomCelebrate the Move — These bold hues make a new house feel like a new home. Deep Amethyst with Honey Beige and Silver Birch creates this bedroom fit for a queen, while Onyx Black, Spiced Gingerbread and Clay Bisque turn the living room into a modern, striking space. Sugared Lime, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Iced Purple in the dining room create a bright, fresh mood for breakfast on through to dinner.

Man Cave Colors — The masculine colors in this collection will put his stamp on a special room. Walnut Bark suits this pool room nicely as a statement wall, complementing both the dark wood floors and the lighter Stone White on the wood paneling.

Benjamin Moore 2014 Paint Color Combinations

Benjamin-Moore-Breath-of-Fresh-Air-StairwayMore than 30 colors make up this company’s “New” Neutral color palette. In this stairwell example, the blue of Breath of Fresh Air covers the walls, complementing the Van Alen Green on the risers and creating a distinctive look with an attention to detail not typically paid to this area of the home.

In addition to working well together within a room, this collection allows for visual ease of transition between rooms. In the Florida plantation house example, Palladian Blue in the living room flows into the White Dove of the stairwell, which gives way to the Van Dusen blue of the hallway and Distant Gray in the bedroom.

The same holds true for the Connecticut farmhouse shown, with its combination of Sparrow, Breath of Fresh Air, Clay Beige, White Dove and Flint.

Shopping color palettes as presented by the manufacturer take the guesswork out of choosing hue that work well together. If you simply must shop outside of a collection, be sure to bring your color wheel with your or ask the advice of your professional painter.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Kitchen Colors for 2014

January 31, 2014

While yellow and red will remain popular for the kitchen because of their ability to stimulate the appetite, each new year brings with it new color collections for this important gathering place in the home. Let’s take a look at the latest from leading paint companies, Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden, and Benjamin Moore.

Behr

Behr-Urban-Alternative-KitchenIn its 2014 Urban Alternative palette, the company introduces earthbound and weathered colors. In this loft-style kitchen, the olive of Boho on the walls, the burnt orange of Hipsterfication on the lower cabinets and the grayed brown of Coffee Bar accents on cupboard doors, counter top and the island. The result: an updated industrial look that proves both flexible and functional.

Other 2014 color collections from Behr include Seaside Harmony, inspired by the colors of the coastline with sea glass greens, warm white beach sand, and the peaches and soft blues of the ocean sky at sunset. Grand Reign looks back to the late 19th and early 20th century for a stately and opulent palette that pulls from luscious jewel tones in ruby, topaz, sapphire and tourmaline. And Natural Avocation draws from the curiosities of science, with glittering bright colors reflective of the heavens and shadowy jungle green and baked earth brown feeling a little closer to home.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin-Moore-Stonington-Gray-KitchenThe 2014 Northern Roots palette from Benjamin Moore gets its inspiration from the wondrous beauty of a well-worn, wind-beaten farmhouse, with rich grays and taupes working alongside deep, complex neutrals. In this farmhouse-style kitchen, the lighter Stonington Gray provides a matte finish on the walls, with the satin of Iron Mountain giving the cabinets and other woodwork a deeper, darker weight.

These colors pull from the company’s overall trend for 2014:  the “New” Neutral. The palette features a lighter touch, with only hints and whispers of color, shifting away from gray to tints of blues, greens, lavenders and pinks.

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams-Gentle-Medley-KitchenOne of the current kitchen palettes from this paint company is Gentle Medley. These hues are delicate without being sweet, subdued without being shy and all thoroughly modern. In this light, airy kitchenChartreuse, covers the walls, with the mint of Supreme Green on the island making stand out from the rest of the kitchen. The melon of Chivalry Copper peeks through from the hallway, allowing for a pleasant transition between rooms.

The 2014 Intrinsic color palette from Sherwin-Williams also will find its way into kitchens, especially the bright Ablaze and Raucous Orange. Overall, the palette serves as a new appreciation of native peoples origins and crafts, with the handmade lace, embroidery, batik and other ethnic dyeing techniques lending an earthy, folkloric aesthetic to this new Bohemianism.

Glidden

Glidden-Bright-Black-Raspberry-KitchenThe paint company chose untraditional colors for one if its examples of how to execute 2014 colors. In this contemporary kitchen, the dark Bright Black Raspberry creates an accent wall and anchors the room, with the cool and refreshing green of Mint Shake keeping the room feeling light and airy on the others. The muted Cameo Stone on the island completes the room with a subtle earthiness.

Choosing Your Kitchen Paint Colors

Unless you plan to follow the latest trends each year, pick a color both fresh and a favorite. That way, you will be happy with it for several years to come and will get the most out of the expense and effort of the paint job. Try out the finalists before purchasing paint, either by hanging color cards in your kitchen or, better yet, by having your professional painter apply samples in the room. That way, you can best see how it reacts to your particular surfaces and to the varying amounts of light during the day and night.

This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Designer Ideas for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

January 27, 2014

If your kitchen needs a new look, but a full remodel isn’t in the budget, consider painting the cabinets. This smaller project will update the room but not cost you the time and expense of starting from scratch. Use these designer ideas as a source of inspiration when taking the first step in the process: deciding on the color palette for your kitchen cabinets. We also give you an idea of what the painting process will involve.

 Benjamin-Moore-Province-BlueA One-Color Kitchen

One way to make a bold statement in the kitchen is to choose one color and stick with it throughout. This simple, sophisticated kitchen by Benjamin Moore uses Province Blue not only on the cabinets, but also on the adjacent walls. White makes the window frame and ceiling pop, with the white marble countertops keeping the blue from overwhelming the room.

Two-Color Cabinets

Another option is to create a focal point in the kitchen by painting one section of cabinets a different color than the others. This draws the eye to that area, which you can further emphasize by removing the doors to create open cabinets or by replacing them with glass fronts and painting the cabinet backs as well. The items in these cabinets, such as stunning stemware or a collection of cookbooks, serve as artwork in the room. Also consider this concept for an island or a bar. By painting the cabinetry below a different color, you recognize the importance of this center point in the room.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Once you decide on the design and color palette for your kitchen cabinets, be sure to you use the correct paint for the job. A semi-gloss paint works best as it offers good stain resistance and allows for regular cleaning.

In addition to sufficient paint to cover all of your cabinet surfaces, you will need the usual painting supplies plus a cordless drill or screwdriver for removing and reinstalling the hardware—or installing new hardware if you are updating it as well.

And just as with other projects, prep is key to a smooth, long-lasting paint job. Plan to remove all cabinet doors and drawers and to clean, sand, clean again and prime all of the surfaces. Be sure to cover any surfaces not being painted to make cleanup easier. This project should take about four to five days, depending on the number of cabinets you have.

Brushing vs. Spraying vs. Both

Professionals actually recommend both brushing and spraying for this type of painting project. A brush works best on the cabinet boxes and face frames, allowing you to keep the paint finish smooth and not create a mess as you would if using a spray for this purpose. A sprayer does provide a superior finish for the doors and door fronts.

No matter which application method you use on the doors and door fronts, keep them flat and level until they are dry to the touch. Only reinstall them when doors are completely dry, which can take up to two days depending on the weather.

Hiring a Professional Painter

You may decide you have the design element of this project covered but need help with the execution. A professional painter delivers professional results, and you will have your kitchen back in a shorter amount of time. That being said, this can be an excellent project for a DIY person with previous panting experience, a friend with a sprayer, and a flexible schedule. Just be prepared to take your time and pay attention to detail, or a noticeable brush stroke or less than smooth door front will bug you every time you are in the kitchen.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Stain Colors for 2014

January 23, 2014

As a home building material, wood offers natural color, texture and grain. Stain allows its beauty to shine through in varying degrees. It also proves easy to apply and resists peeling. Let’s take a look at some of the colors available in 2014 from leading paint companies.

Behr

Behr-Mountain-Spruce-Stain For wood siding, Behr offers three types of stain in a total of 129 colors. Solid stains range from the rich Barn Red and Mountain Spruce to more subtle hues such as Light Lead and Navajo White. These opaque colors show the texture but mask the grain. Semi-transparent versions, which enhance the beauty of the wood while allowing some of the texture and grain to show, also are available. Behr offers nine transparent colors that allow even more texture and grain through, with Golden Honey and Chocolate standouts in the current stain line.

 Sherwin-Williams

 Sherwin-Williams-Woodscapes-Stain-ColorsThis paint company offers 72 stain colors total in solid and semi-transparent. In the brown family, hues such as Ember and Cabin Brown prove popular, as does the lighter Monterey Tan. The dusty pink of Rock Rose and the light gray of Driftwood paint a sophisticated picture on wood siding. The semi-transparent colors in the company’s stain line use the grain of the wood as an element in the final hue. Redwood and Yankee Barn will look lighter thanks to the varying shades, with the browns of Chestnut and Charwood showing darker grain throughout.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin-Moore-House-Exterior-StainFor the widest range of stain opacities, look to Benjamin Moore. It offers five: natural/translucent, transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid. The company’s solid stains are custom-tinted from its paint colors, providing a seemingly endless amount of choices. Even its 2014 color of the year, Breath of Fresh Air could be considered for an exterior stain, with the ethereal blue serving as an unexpected neutral in the neighborhood.

Among the 75 semi-solid and semi-transparent offerings are standouts such as Smoke Oyster and Vintage Wine, for those who like grays and purples, and Rosepine and Salamander please fans of green. Benjamin Moore’s natural/translucent and transparent stains come in six colors: natural, redwood, teak, cedar, mahogany and silver gray.

Choosing Stain Colors and Types

Many homeowners keep the architectural style and setting of their house in mind when choosing stain colors. For example, a semi-transparent green stain over cedar clapboards would create a rustic effect on a Craftsman in a wooded setting. And a solid gray stain on a coastal Colonial recreates the flat appearance of paint during that era but won’t turn chalky or peel thanks to the benefits of modern stains.

If staining over previously painted or stained wood, ask your professional painter to remove, prep and stain a small section of the exterior wood so you can see how it will look on your home. Choose a spot that gets the many different lights of the day.

When it comes to choosing between oil-based and water-based stains, also consult your professional painter. The type of wood you have and the weather in your area must be factored into this choice. A water-based acrylic, for example, will work best in an area that sees a lot of sunlight. A professional can also advise you on the best type to choose based on how often you want to maintain it.

Using Stain Selectively

Stain can also co-exist with exterior paint. Perhaps a front door has a distinctive grain that should be shown off with a less opaque stain instead of hidden by paint. The same goes for decks, porches and wooden fences. If staining multiple features of a home, stick with the same colors to achieve a uniform look, allowing paint colors on trim and other elements to create contrast.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

2014 Bathroom Paint Colors | The best color choices for your bathroom

January 21, 2014

Choosing paint colors for bathrooms differs from doing so for other rooms in the home. The smaller size and connection to a bedroom, in many floor plans, should be factored into your decision. For example, you can choose a vibrant palette that would overwhelm another room for the master bath, but because of its location the colors also should complement those in the bedroom to maintain design flow.

Let’s take a look at some bathroom color options from leading paint companies:

Glidden

Glidden-Grey-Heather-BathroomIn this master bathroom with a decidedly feminine feel, the paint company used various shades of purple to achieve a light, relaxed atmosphere. Grey Heather coats the upper portion of the walls, with the slightly lighter Lavender Cloud on the lower portion and the darker-than-both Antique Purple on the bathtub base, creating dimension in the room. Apricot White on the molding and cabinets help keep the space feeling fresh and clean, while black accents such as the chair and the soap holder balance the lightness of the room.

Behr

Behr-Soothing-Repose-BathroomSoothing Repose — The paint colors in this master bathroom lean more toward the masculine. The hunter green of Royal Orchard coats the walls from top to bottom, with the khaki contrast of Fedora on the door and wooden rail running around the room providing the only break. Green proves a popular choice for bathrooms because of its calming effect, and this shade does exactly that, turning the room into a soothing sanctuary.

Starry Night — This color palette works for both him and her thanks to differing hues of blue. A nearly navy Regatta Bay covers the main wall, with Black Suede on the trim. The lighter, brighter Riverside Blue on the adjacent walls provides contrast, as do the yellow accessories and lighter cabinets and floors. Blue also proves a popular paint color for bathrooms because of its ability to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate.

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams-White-Duck-HGTV-Master-BathroomHGTV Dream Home 2014 — Neutral paint colors are also a popular option for bathrooms, allowing homeowners to create a new look by simply changing out linens and accessories. In this master bath, White Duck on the walls and Black Fox on the trim leave the responsibility of providing color in the room to the window treatments and artwork.

The designer of this showcase home took the same approach in its kid’s bathroom, using Snowbound on the walls and hanging a red-framed mirror and artwork to provide pops of color.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin-Moore-Strikingly-Rich-Red-BathroomStrikingly Rich Red — This bathroom illustrates the idea that you can choose a bold, rich color for the smaller room that would not work in a larger one. The intense Caliente would not get the chance to overwhelm in a powder room such as this, simply because little time is spent there. Simply White on the ceiling and trim also help to soften the red paint’s power.

Sun-Kissed Orange — Another rich color for the walls of a small bathroom, this time the orange of August Morning. Again, the white of Opaline on the ceiling and trim provides balance in the room.

As mentioned above, keep adjacent rooms in mind when choosing paint colors for your bathroom. It does not matter as much with powder rooms and guest bathrooms not attached to a bedroom, but in the master it helps to hang color cards against existing bedroom walls to see how they look together. Your eyes will make the transition from room to room each several times a day, so you want it to be a smooth one. If you have any questions or concerns about your color choices, your professional painter can help.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

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