Exterior Painting Tips List

Posted April 26, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Exterior, House Painting, Los Angeles Homes

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

Posted April 19, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Exterior, House Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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?

Posted April 7, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Exterior, House Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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

Posted March 29, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Commercial Painting, Exterior, House Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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.

Exterior painting west los angeles

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?

Posted March 18, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Exterior, House Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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

Posted March 10, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Exterior, House Painting, Los Angeles Homes

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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

Posted March 3, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: House Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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

Posted February 23, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Commercial Painting, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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.

Award Winning Project Painted by Matt Kimble and Concepts In Color. Check It Out…

Posted February 6, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Awards, Commercial Painting, Exterior, Projects

26th Street Affordable Housing, Painted by Concepts In Color, Kanner Architects

Winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award

26th Street Affordable Housing in Santa Monica, CA

Painted by Concepts In Color and winner of both the AIA Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award, 26th Street Affordable Housing is the product of an exhaustive community outreach mission.

In addition to input from the city of Santa Monica and the community at large, the final colorful design takes into account the region’s mild climate, historical precedents of Southern California Modernist architecture, and the human scale of residents and pedestrians. The design of the 44-unit apartment building incorporates dual-glazed and laminated windows along both street-facing sides to eliminate street noise. (continued here)

26th Street Low-Income Housing Project Santa Monica, CA

From Residential Architect Magazine by Cheryl Weber

After scrutinizing 26th Street, a judge offered the highest praise an architect of low-income housing could hope to hear: “It’s one of the best projects we’ve seen, period, and the fact that it’s affordable is amazing.”
The judges applauded the way the large, bold façade breaks down to human scale. The warm brown clapboard siding, checkerboard pattern of shaded balconies, and colorful side walls make all residents feel like they have their own house. (continued here)

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Our Painting Customers Have Spoken!

Posted February 1, 2011 by Concepts In Color, Inc
Categories: Commercial Painting, Exterior, Interior, Los Angeles Homes

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 .