Posted tagged ‘House Painting’

Exterior Paint Color Ideas

October 7, 2012

Inspired by the stunningly varied regions of the United States, Benjamin Moore & Co have some home paint color ideas are sure to spark your imagination—and as you already know, Concepts In Color use Benjamin Moore among others. Regardless of its setting or style, we can give your home a very different look just by changing its exterior colors.

Benjamin Moore & Co have created several beautiful ideas for exterior paint color combinations to help guide your personal selection process. Some may be steeped in tradition, while others are more modern and elaborate in color scheme—yet all of these house paint color ideas are equally exquisite and tasteful.

View Exterior Paint Color Ideas & Palettes.

Visit Concepts In Color Exterior Painting for more ideas.

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New Project: Villas at Gower in Hollywood, CA

February 13, 2012

New Project: Villas at Gower in Hollywood, CA

Check out one of Concepts In Color’s Latest Projects: The Villas at Gower in Hollywood, CA

Check out more projects from Concepts In Color, Exterior Painting in Hollywood and Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Exterior House Painting Advice

November 4, 2011

Everyone wants their home to be the envy of the street. Popular DIY shows spend countless hours and dollars working the landscaping and really trying to bring curb appeal to the property, but often the home itself is overlooked. Painting the home is an integral part of having that “pop” that sets your home apart. Not only is it important for aesthetics, but paint serves as a barrier between the elements and your investment. That’s why painting deserves star treatment!

Exterior painting allows you improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of its surfaces by many years. Only one coat of paint is usually needed on your home if it is not peeling or chalking, the substrate is in good condition and a change of color is not desired. Even the slightest color change will require two coats for optimal coverage. Two coats of paint are always preferred and often necessary. Several premium paints require two coats for their warranty to be effective. Different sheen’s and colors can also play a pivotal role in how long the life cycle of the painting job is going to last. Typically, paints with a flatter sheen are more porous and will fade quicker, while higher gloss paints tend to last longer. Darker colors also tend to fade sooner.

 

With a trained eye, you will be able to spot when your home needs a new paint job. If the paint is starting to get “chalky” (rubbing your hand on the surface leaves a chalky residue on your hand) it is time to paint! Putting this off now may mean more money later! When paint chalks, it is breaking down and no longer protecting your home the way it should. Peeling paint equals moisture problems. When paint peels, it allows moisture to come in contact with the substrate. It can also lead to additional damage to the remaining paint.

A good paint job will last anywhere from five to ten years. This depends on several factors: quality of the coating being applied, mil thickness of the paint, the substrate, but most importantly – THE PREPARATION! Proper preparation is the single most important part of any painting project. Any professional painter should be able to explain exactly what is going to take place during this process. I assure you preparation is 50% labor and 110% important to the outcome of the job.
Once the house is fully washed, scraped, sanded, caulked, primed and dry it is ready to receive paint. An important issue to keep in mind is the quality of the paint. Premium coating materials can leave you with a sense of “sticker shock” when comparing price per gallon. If you compare this price to the amount of labor involved to apply any coating, the pro’s outweigh the con’s.

The reality of all this is the homeowner needs to be informed, do their research and check to make sure they are getting what they pay for. The saying could not be more true, “You get what you pay for!” If you get three painting bids and the bottom line is drastically lower on one, throw it out! Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Just because the least expensive painter assures he will do all the prep, doesn’t mean he will. A cheaper painter has to do the same amount of work a more expensive painter has to do so how come they are so cheap? It is because they are NOT going to do things the proper way. They will cut corners and finish quickly so they can make a profit. Most homeowners assume when they hire a professional, they will not have to be double checking, making sure they are getting what they are paying for.

It is important to feel comfortable with the company you hired and rest assure you’re being treated professionally. A professional painter will take the time to educate the client and fully address all questions and concerns. They should not make you feel intimidated or embarrassed to answer even the simplest of questions. The unfortunate fact is “cheap” painters usually do “cheap” work and skip on the quality materials. A professional who takes satisfaction in their work will show up early, dress the part and work with pride. Keep all these factors in mind when choosing who you hire and you will get the results you want and paid for!

For more info on Exterior House Painting in Los Angeles contact Matt at Concepts In Color.

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.