Archive for March 2011

Choosing a Professional House Painter

March 29, 2011

Whether you are looking to paint the interior or exterior of your home, choosing a good painting contractor is important to get the job done right the first time.

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Brentwood, CA home by Concepts In Color

First, you need to determine the scope of your project. This will allow you to look for the right professional to complete it.

Large projects, such as painting the exterior of your home, need to be done in a time efficient manner and, as you can imagine, ‘single painter-operators’ simply do not have the labor or resources to complete such large projects to the industry standards and on time. Such large jobs require the use of a trained painting crew, proper painting equipment, and a good project leader. Typically, large painting jobs include multi-room or whole interior painting and exterior painting jobs.

Once you have determined that you should hire a painting contractor firm, there are other things you need to pay attention to.

First, when getting a quote for your house painting job, make sure that the contractor outlines the scope of the work. Things like the type of prep work that will be done, how many coats of paint will be applied, and what brand of products will be used, need to be consistent across all painting estimates that you get. This way, if you are later going over the proposed prices, you are comparing “apples to apples.”

Many times, inexperienced or non-professional painters will quote the same job for a substantially lower price than any of the legitimate contractors who gave you quotes. Homeowners often get very excited about the immediate savings they would incur, and rightly so. However, as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” More often than not, these extremely low bidding painters – in order to save money – skip crucial steps in the prep process, use the cheapest products they can find, and perform shoddy work. In the end, the paint job will not last and the homeowner will have to get their place repainted prematurely.

To determine whether or not you are hiring a legitimate painting company or someone who will ruin a paint job, make sure to check for the following items:

1) Business registration. Is this is a real company and will I be able to hold them responsible in a few months time if the paint job fails? Unregistered individuals can take you money and virtually disappear and you would have no recourse options and no one to hold responsible for shoddy workmanship.

2) Insurance. Does this company carry insurance? In case of unfortunate events, you want to be sure that your home is protected. If a ladder accidentally falls on your car or breaks your window, you need to be sure that the company has liability coverage to cover for these unfortunate events.

3) Examples of past work and customer testimonials. Don’t just take the painters‘ word for it, find out for yourself what others have been saying about their painting and look at pictures of work they have done in the past.

For more information about exterior and interior home painting. Contact Matt Kimble at Concepts In Color. Matt can answer any questions you may have.

How Does Painting Increase the Value of a Home?

March 18, 2011

A home is a precious investment where many of life’s most treasured moments take place. In the market for renovations to increase the value of a home? Professional Painting is the single quickest and easiest way to raise the selling price of a property. If the exterior and interior walls reflect a high level of care, a home buyer will feel confident the same attention has been given to other areas of the home.

Exterior Paint and Curb Appeal

A professional exterior paint job is the place to start when presenting a polished, fresh curb appeal to the potential buyer. Curb appeal is the seller’s opportunity to give the buyer a lasting first impression of what the home has to offer. Concepts In Color knows that a new coat of paint can breathe life into a home that may otherwise be overlooked. When choosing colors for the outside of the house, a wise choice can affect the values of the homes in the surrounding neighborhood as well. According to Home and Garden TV, when selecting paint colors, you should keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people. Neutral color variations of white, gray, blue, tan and brown are best. If bolder colors are suitable, stick to accents such as the front door and window shutters. Doors that are painted bold shades of blues and reds welcome the potential buyer and help set the home apart from others for sale in the area.

Professional Interior Style

Concepts In Color knows Painting the interior of a home brings a sense of warmth and livability. Modern palettes in rich tones are essential in creating a competitive style in the housing market. The overall feeling of a room can be enhanced with different shades of paint. Lighter shades work best in smaller spaces to add depth and help create the illusion of a larger area. Darker shades facilitate a sharp, pulled-together look for an oversized room. Painting one or two accent walls one shade deeper than the rest can create a feeling of purpose in an overwhelming space. It is also important, when having the interior of a home painted, to keep with a consistent color palette, creating clean lines and flow throughout.

Considering Potential Buyers

When looking to increase home value, it is important to remember that what may appeal to you and your family may not appeal to others.  Color is known to affect mood. Certain colors of cooler tones such as greens, blues, and violets induce calming feelings in those who are around them. Consider painting bathrooms, bedrooms and other spaces of relaxation in hues cooler in nature to encourage interest in the home. On the other hand, warmer colors in the yellow, orange and tan families promote a sense of happiness and optimism; these are good shades for main living spaces and kitchens. Matt Kimble and Concepts In Color can help you with these choices. If a buyer feels comfortable throughout the home, he is more apt to remember it later when considering his options for purchase.

Concepts In Color can help you increase the value of your home.

Contact us now more more info and ideas about painting your home. We’re here to help.

Exterior Residential Painting

March 10, 2011

Exterior Residential Painting: Choosing the right paint for the right painting job

Painted by Matt Kimble and Concepts In Color, Pacific Palisades, CA

The matter of exterior residential painting is one of the things we should make sure to have it done with quality and precision as balanced with our ideas we have in our mind regarding the overall design of our house. After all, it is a great investment not only that it can serve as an expression of our artistic ego and it is our haven where we rest and take a break from the world.

We should also consider the fact that every day, your house is perceptible to other people who would pass by, and its market value would raise dependent primarily to the excellence of the exterior residential painting job.

Choosing colors and buying the appropriate type of paint are the most important on the list in the general preparation of your painting job. First off, you may want to take into deliberation some important points in making your color choice. For example, your roof would most likely be colored with dark ones, then you should pick colors that would not conflict with those colors.

If your exterior residential painting covers the entire repainting of your home, you might want to consider picking a color scheme first, or better yet, a design theme. Type of paint would now involve choosing between the types of substance that composes each of the main options you have. These are paints with low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or you can go ‘green friendly’ with zero VOC’s. Matt Kimble can help you make these decisions and help you with the painting of your home.

Let us go deeper in choosing your paint colors for your exterior residential painting. Bright and gloomy colors have their own advantages and disadvantages. Mainly, it concerns your taste in art or fashion.

Effervescent colors tend to heighten the details of your house but would most apt to be affected by dirt or any harsh environmental elements. If you would consider this then, you must however, take special effort in cleaning the surroundings of your house. Ominous colors tend to make your house a bit more slender and emerge a bit smaller. We can even make a combination of these to balance their individual impacts and make a good harmony of colors. The secret however, is to take into account the houses that surrounds yours.

More often than not, many people would have the hard time applying these concepts in materializing what they have in their mind. In times like these, you can always consult and hire professional painters to do the job for you with style and skills.

Contact Concepts In Color to help you choose the right colors for your home.

For a gift that keeps on giving, try paint

March 3, 2011

For a gift that keeps on giving, try paint

From Consumer Reports and Concepts In Color:

It might sound crazy, but hear us out. There are plenty of useful gifts—warm gloves, fashionable sweaters, handmade iPad holders—but none your recipient will interact with more regularly than freshly painted walls. Plus, color can truly transform any space. And each time they walk into their new room, they’ll be reminded of you.

Sold? Good. Now, there are some things to think about here. First and foremost, you don’t want to offend your friend or loved one by making it seem like you think their home is ugly. Ideally, they’ll have complained to you recently about how much they hate the color of a room or two. If so, you’re all set. If not, maybe ask some leading questions, such as “Don’t you hate the color of this room?” Just kidding.

Try talking about how much you’d like to redo your space, and see if he or she responds in kind. Next you have to find someone to paint. Color is personal, so we don’t recommend making the actual color selection for them. But we can help you do all the research, figuring out which brand and finish are best, and help you get the project started.

Birthdays, or whenever it is you exchange gifts, think of painting as the hot new idea. Contact Matt for more ideas and info about painting.