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Information on Exterior House Paints

July 6, 2011

Exterior house paint isn’t just about color. Choosing the right paint for your house is also about where you live, the amount of sun your home gets and the architectural style of your home. Additionally, consider cost and quality of the paint. Also, consider hiring a professional painting contractor that is right for you.
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1.    One-Coat Paint
You probably would prefer to use only one coat of paint when repainting your home. Some brands market their paint as one-coat coverage, which is possible; however, one-coat paint will work only on a home that has been previously painted.
Talk to Matt at Concepts In Color for advice on one-coat painting.

2.    Geography
When choosing the paint color, think about your location. If you live in an area close to the ocean, the color you use will appear even brighter due to the reflection off the water. Bright colors are often used in oceanside communities. While these colors might look appealing near the sea, they might not work well in a Southwestern location. Talk to Matt at Concepts In Color for advice on geography.

3.    Considerations
The exterior materials used on your home will be a decisive factor when you choose paint. Whether it’s siding, stucco or wood, this must be considered for the highest-quality paint job. For best results, be sure to prime your home first, which will help give the house a smooth professional finish.

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Exterior Color Ideas

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 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.

•    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.

•    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.

How to Design Exterior Colors of a New House

June 16, 2011

Matt Kimble of Concepts In Color

A new house is a blank canvas, and with all the paint colors available, it can be difficult to decide on a color scheme. The exterior colors of your home should be a reflection of your personality, but there are some basic rules of design to keep in mind. The ideal color combination greatly enhances your home’s appearance and increases curb appeal. Pick wisely so your home stands out in the neighborhood for all the right reasons.

Browse home design magazines and consult an expert to get inspiration for color schemes you like. Tear out the pages (or make a color copy) of ideas you like.

Consider your home’s existing fixtures – shingle color, brick or stone accents and guttering, for example. Try to incorporate these into the color scheme rather than ignore them.

Pay attention to your surroundings. No one wants a cookie-cutter home, but make an effort to choose colors that don’t clash completely with neighboring houses. Your landscaping also can give you color scheme clues. If you live on a heavily wooded lot, consider lighter colors to avoid having your house blend in with the background. Lighter colors can also make a small house seem larger.

Study the color wheel for clues. Painting your house one solid color is a design faux pas – you’ll want to use colors that go well together to accent shutters, trim, windows and porches. Successful color schemes often use monochromatic colors (different shades of one color), complementary colors (colors opposite one another on the wheel) or adjacent colors (colors next to one another on the color wheel). Concepts In Color can help you find the right colors for your home.

Pick up color swatches or paint samples of hues you like. Be sure to take your notes and design examples with you to the home improvement store so you can match swatches to your wants.

Consult a professional. If you are still on the fence about design colors, get an expert opinion before purchasing paint.  A great contractor may also be able to provide you with a consultation.

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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.

Exterior Painting Tips List

April 26, 2011

Matt Kimble - Owner, Concepts In Color, Residential and Commercial Painting

Painting is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home. A fresh coat of paint can change the whole appearance, whether you’re going for a traditional look or trying out a new, creative decorative finish. And with an ever-increasing array of color choices and finishing techniques, your options are endless.

  • When it comes to paint selection, you get what you pay for. Better quality paints give you more square footage per gallon, longer life, easier touch ups and better results.
  • Ask if the company provides color consultation.
  • To keep the exterior looking great, professionals recommend painting every 5-10 years, depending on type of paint used, siding material and weather conditions.
  • Preparation is key – the exterior should be properly washed, scraped (if there is old paint), sealed and windows covered prior to painting.
  • Ask the company whether it uses subcontractors or employees. (Concepts In Color uses Employees and makes sure the job is done right!)
  • Make sure the company is licensed.
  • Ask for a list of recent customer recommendations in your area and drive by to see the work for yourself.
  • Contact  Matt Kimble at Concepts In Color for a free consult about your options when it comes to painting your home.

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.

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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.