Archive for the ‘Interior’ category

Color Combinations for Bathrooms

June 23, 2011

Colors help create the mood in your bathroom.
People often overlook the bathroom when it comes to decorating the home. These rooms may be smaller than the other rooms of the house, but this is no reason not to decorate them. In fact, because they are smaller, you can decorate them for a lower cost than other rooms. You can even talk to a professional and step outside your typical decorating styles and try something new. The key to choosing the right color scheme is knowing the mood you want to convey.

Muted
•    Muted colors generate a soothing sense in rooms and this kind of color combination may be just what you’re looking for in your bathroom. Soft colors such as dusty pink, pale green and powder blue are easy on the eyes in the early morning. Pink and blue shades are calming while green shades bring energy into rooms. Pink, green and white is a feminine palette, while blue, green and white is more masculine. Blue, white and yellow will make your bathroom feel cheery.

Neutral
•    A neutral color arrangement is another option for your bathroom. Neutral colors work well with other colors and include black, beige and cream. Look for variations of these colors to add interest to your bathroom. If you choose a light tan on the walls, an earthy brown paired with creamy beige offers a pleasing mix. Black, white and ochre is another neutral palette for the bathroom. These color trios often give you enough variety to find towels and rugs that enhance your bathroom. Add texture to your bathroom with fluffy rugs and a variety of baskets. Hang a shower curtain made of natural fibers to add character to your bathroom.

Black and White
•    This color combination is pleasing in any room. The airy nature of white offsets the solid, bold nature of black for a feeling of balance. Black towels and a black shower curtain with white pinstripes help the colors of the room feel even. Another option is white geometric shapes on window treatments with black accessories. A black and white checkered floor helps round out the room.

Nautical
•    Primary colors are bright and cheery and this look may be what you need to help you wake up in the mornings. Combinations of bold red, bright yellow and deep blue will make your bathroom feel open and spacious. Look to add spots of color with candles, floral arrangements and linens. Hang photographs of lighthouses to balance the color throughout the room.

Concepts In Color is a licensed, bonded and fully insured home and commercial painting company serving the greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. Contact us for a free painting estimate now.

Kitchen Design Paint Colors

June 7, 2011

The paint color in your kitchen impacts the mood of the room and so influences how comfortable you and others are when working or socializing in the kitchen. Though the color scheme in your kitchen should coordinate with the rest of your home, the color should be restful and stimulating, relaxing and inspiring.

Warm Colors

  • Red is a warm, almost hot color used only if there is a minimum of wall space. Too much red may cause feelings of anxiousness as the color in large doses tends to overstimulate the senses. Offset the red with a cool white or toasty brown to play against the heat of the red to create balance and provide excitement and comfort within the kitchen.

    Oranges and yellows are also considered warm colors, and are less intense than a pure red. Warm colors work well with traditional design and, in particular, country style or Tuscan style kitchens. For a more contemporary or modern design, use the brighter shades of the warm colors to match the sleek appeal of the kitchen design.

Cool Colors

  • The blues and greens found in nature bring a sense of relaxation to the kitchen space. These cool colors are refreshing to look at and work well in both traditional and modern design.

    Lighter shades of cooler colors in a kitchen offset darker woods and large appliances. Dark shades of blue and green, though, may need sharper contrast to prevent a sense of lethargy. Use splashes of red in accessories to offset darker greens, and use bright whites to play off darker shades of blue.

Neutral Colors

  • Neutral colors in a kitchen needn’t translate to safe or boring. Painting kitchen walls a sandy brown, a slate gray or an antique white allows for versatility in color play with artwork and accessories. A bright red ceramic tea set on a countertop pops when played against walls painted in a whisper of color.

Mixed Colors

  • There may be more than one wall in a kitchen, and not all the walls must be the same color. Use a mix of contrasting colors to create a dynamic feel. Use a warm color, such as a bright red or yellow, for an accent wall, and paint the remaining walls a smooth white or creamy brown.

    Another option is to pair paint colors. Paint the bottom half of the wall a cocoa brown and the top half a cool blue or soft white. This option works well in smaller kitchens as the contrasting colors cause the eye to travel, providing visual interest.

Find out more, talk to Matt Kimble at Concepts In Color about color ideas.

Getting Your Home Ready For The Real Estate Market

May 3, 2011

Think you’re ready to put your home on the real estate market and sell it? You may think you have completed your mental checklist of getting your house ready for the real estate market and the public, but have you considered all the things you can do—and the things you should get ride of, too—to increase the value and worth of your house beforehand?

Before & After. Concepts In Color, Inc

Some of these considerations include generally “spiffing” up your home to improve its overall look; making any and all necessary repairs to fix everything that is broken or not working properly; cleaning the house from top to bottom, especially the bathroom(s) and the basement; de-cluttering and reorganizing the house; making your home look more attractive and appealing on the inside; cleaning your gutters; and increasing your “curb appeal” by tidying up and fixing your yard and increasing the overall attractiveness of your house from the outside.

Painting To Benefit Appreciation

One way to up your “curb appeal” factor is through exterior painting. Painting is also often highly recommended for the interior of your home, as well, before you put it on the real estate market and have potential buyers scrutinizing your every nook and cranny.

Painting your house—both inside and out—can greatly benefit and enhance the real estate appreciation of your home, and will increase buyer appeal and potential and your chance to sell your home at the price you want.

Exterior Painting To Increase Your Home’s Worth

When sizing up a home from the outside, one of the biggest indications of whether or not a buyer will consider seeing it is the exterior paint job. A poor color choice or color combination, a poor paint job, or old and peeling paint will more than likely turn potential buyers away, or cause interested buyers in putting a low bid on your home—lower than you know it is worth.

Take some time and invest some money into repainting the exterior of your house. Not only will it up its real estate appreciation (increase the value of your home—what it’s worth), but a good paint job will actually help to attract more potential buyers who are willing to offer a price more closely matched to what you are looking for.

Make sure to choose neutral and complementary colors when shopping for paint for the outside of your house. Neutral colors are important, because they appeal more to the masses and give you better resale. Make sure to also take the necessary time to find  a top-quality painter, someone that will make your home look good and become something of which you can be proud.

Interior Painting To Increase Your Home’s Worth

Next, think about the interior of your home. While the exterior paint job is important for the outer look and curb appeal, the interior paint job is just as if not more important for real estate appreciation as well as for increasing the appeal of your home, thus attracting more potential buyers.

If the paint job is old, if the colors are too bright or otherwise questionable, and if it has busy wallpaper, it’s time to invest in a new paint job.

An old, peeling paint job says you don’t take care of your home and looks unattractive. Too-bright colors are sometimes a turn-off. Neutral colors appeal to the masses. You don’t want to be known as the owners of “that house with the bright purple and orange bathroom,” do you? Most people don’t like busy wallpaper, or wallpaper at all. Fresh, high-quality paint in appealing, neutral (and matching) tones can make all the difference in the world.

Another way in which interior painting can help with the real estate appreciation of your home and its overall appeal is in the case of having a small room. Some homes have that one room that is so small it almost seems like a closet. If this is the case with your home, consider a new paint job in a light-colored, neutral tone. Light-colored paint will help to make any small room look substantially bigger, not to mention brighter.

Painting Benefits

If you don’t have the time or think you can do a good enough job, and you have some extra money, consider hiring a professional painting company for either the exterior painting or interior painting of your home, or both.

Painting the inside and outside of your home is definitely a worthwhile consideration and an investment of time and money if you want to increase its real estate appreciation and attract more potential buyers who are willing to pay the price you feel your home is actually worth. Contact Matt at Concepts In Color to talk about Getting Your Home Ready For The Real Estate Market

Picking a painter: How to spot a pro

April 19, 2011

Twice as many homeowners hire a contractor to repaint the exterior of their home as do it themselves. Some advice:

Be home for the initial meeting

The longer the contractor takes to assess the condition of your home the more realistic the estimate. Even an experienced painter will need more than a quick walk-around. Ask about the size and experience of the crew. Be wary of the promise that your job will be cheaper because it’s a demonstration project to get more work in your neighborhood.

Be clear about expectations

It’s not just the number of coats that are applied that determines quality and price. Preparation is key, but it’s also the area where contractor and consumer expectations go awry. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from prior paint jobs, you’ll need to say so, and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections showing through, point out what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.

Check references and work

Check out references and referral testimonials, a history of positive references is a good sign. Use recent projects to check the skill of a contractor’s current crew.

Consider credentials

Check and make sure the painter is a licensed, bonded, fully insured company.

Quality and Customer Service

At Concepts In Color we put quality and customer service first.
Our highly trained and experienced painters are dedicated to making sure that you are completely satisfied with your home or commercial project.

Ask for a guarantee

Like Concepts In Color, every painter should stand by their work with a written guarantee.

Contact Matt Kimble at Concepts In Color for more information about your residential or commercial painting project.

Looking For An Interior Painter In West Los Angeles?

April 7, 2011

If you are looking for a interior painter in the West Los Angeles area, look no further.  Concepts In Color has been serving the West Los Angeles area for years in interior and exterior painting, and we have the qualified painters you are looking for.

We paint projects ranging from large residential and commercial contracts to smaller interior jobs. We offer free estimates for all house and commercial painting projects and stand by our work with a written guarantee.

We are a licensed, bonded, fully insured company.

Concepts In Color has a commitment to excellence and time management.  We asses your creative desires, implement our plan, and execute in a timely manner.  Concepts In Color is a full service painting company and can handle any painting renovation our clients need. Professionalism from the start with a free estimate and assessment of our clients goals. Whether it be interior painting, exterior painting. Concepts In Color is your #1 choice in the West Los Angeles area for an interior painter.

Quality Painting For Your Residential and Commercial Properties
West Los Angeles | Beverly Hills | Brentwood | Bel Air | Pacific Palisades | Santa Monica | Malibu | Hollywood and more.

Contact Concepts In Color Painting For Your Free Estimate!

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.

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.

Give the color wheel a whirl and brighten your home

February 23, 2011

Consumer Reports latest interior paints review can tell you which products deliver the best results. And while manufacturers boast about “handpicked hues” and “proprietary formulas,” our analysis of color fan decks from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Martha Stewart and others found that you can get virtually any color in the brand of your choice. But you still have to pick your palette.

What is it about color that confounds so many otherwise sure-minded consumers? Maybe it’s the notion that color can directly affect mood. “Paint color is so powerful that it can influence our state of mind, and even our physiology,” says Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. That’s a reassuring thought … if you choose wisely. Take orange—the warm tone imparts energy and determination, desirable vibes in, say, a breakfast nook, but ones that could impede relaxation in a bedroom. (Color Examples)

Here are some some room-by-room recommendations. Ultimately, personal preference is what matters most, even if it means a tangerine-toned master bedroom. But if you’re short on inspiration, use these tips to find your way around the color wheel.

Kitchens: Chartreuse
This light, airy hue will perk things up and pairs well with stainless appliances and white cabinets, a popular look in contemporary kitchens. Plus its minty tone jibes with today’s confectionery craze.
Examples: Benjamin Moore’s Grape Green, Glidden’s Lime Sorbet, and Martha Stewart’s Lemon Ice.

Bathrooms: Coral
Evoking the beach and ocean, coral is a fresh take on the aquatic blues that have been standard in bathrooms.
Examples: Behr’s Coral Cream, Martha Stewart’s Pink Sea, and Glidden’s Pink Ballet Slipper.

Bedrooms: Taupe-Gray
Warm, relaxing colors like a neutral midtone gray help create a sanctuary effect, especially against crisp white trim.
Examples: Glidden’s Wood Smoke, Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Chocolate, and Valspar’s Stone Manor.

Family Rooms: Denim Blue
Blue is migrating throughout the home, including to family rooms, where this deep denim tone is meant to convey a warm, wearable feeling.
Examples: Martha Stewart’s Thistle Blue, Behr’s Almost Famous, and Glidden’s Barely Jade.

Kids’ Rooms: Fuschia
Pink is nothing new in a girl’s room, but this cheerful color takes its cue from Japanese animation. Use it on the whole wall or in geometric accent patterns.
Example: Behr’s Pinkelicious, Glidden’s Blooming Fuchsia and Benjamin Moore’s Royal Flush.

Dining Room: Dark Gothic
Small spaces are an opportunity to try a bold, Gothic hue, such as a sophisticated sepia. For added sparkle, consider a metallic glaze.
Examples: Valspar’s Roasted Sepia, Behr’s Not So Innocent, and Martha Stewart’s Francesca.

Remember that semigloss and, to some extent, low-luster finishes reflect light, while flat finishes absorb it. As a result, the same color could appear brighter in glossy finishes, an effect that intensifies over large areas. When in doubt, it’s better to choose a shade that’s too light than one that’s too dark. And, as always, Concepts In Color will easily help you make the right decision.

For More Info on Color and Painting your home Contact Concepts In Color Here.

Our Painting Customers Have Spoken!

February 1, 2011

Matt Kimble and Concepts In Color are fortunate to have worked for numerous customers in West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Brentwood. Here are a few of the many comments and compliments we have received:

“I was referred to Matt Kimble, and Concepts In Color, by two friends. I gave Matt a call and I was very happy that I did. Matt and his crew do a fantastic work. Matt painted my home perfectly. Matt suggested the right types of paints and my home still looks like it was just painted. In my opinion, Concepts In Color is the best painting contractor in Los Angeles. ”

Accommodating people’s busy schedules is very important to everyone. Our painters are always respectful of our customer’s time and property…

Matt and Concepts In Color was professional in every way. Our house painting was done to exacting standards, the preparation and clean up were impeccable and most importantly, the job was done to look great and last a long time. We wouldn’t consider another contractor for our next project. I feel as though Matt painted our house with the same care he would use if painting his own home.”

“Concepts In Color gave us great service and were courteous and extremely competent painters. Matt Kimble has great taste and offered fantastic color ideas for our home in West Los Angeles. We were very happy to have found Concepts in Color. We can’t say enough great things about Matt and his employees.”

“I was worried that our building would be too large for a reasonable priced painting company. Not so! Concepts In Color did a great job at our agreed upon price and schedule. Our building looks amazing. You guys are the best! ”

Our interior and exterior painting customers can rely upon Matt Kimble to go the extra step – to make every effort to meet and exceed expectations. It is rewarding to receive a letter like this:

“Matt and Concepts In Color made our home’s renovation easy. The last thing we wanted to think about was painting the interior and exterior. Based on what we wanted, Matt suggested our interior and exterior colors, which turned out terrific. He was always reachable and supervised the job every day. We highly recommend Matt and Concepts In Color. ”

Read more great comments and reviews here.

Matt Kimble services the interior painting and exterior painting needs of fine homes and businesses in West Los Angeles, CA, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Bel Air,  Hollywood and surrounding areas. Let us exceed your painting expectations. For further information or to discuss your next residential painting, commercial painting you can reach Matt at (310) 948-3371 or visit us on the web at www.conceptsincolor.com .