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☣CHEMICALS ☢Lacquer VS Emerald Urethane☢

Do you REALLY know what is in your home?

or, more specifically, on your walls?

Today we are going to look more closely at what is REALLY in your home and on your walls.

 

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As humans, we don’t really think about the paint on our walls… yes, we see the color, yes sometimes we even smell the paint… but have you ever wondered what you’re breathing in? Have you ever wondered what you’re children are exposed to daily?

More specifically we are going to compare Lacquer with Emerald Urethane.

Lacquer is a liquid made of shellac dissolved in alcohol, or of synthetic substances, that dries to form a hard protective coating for wood, metal, etc.

Catalyzed lacquer is a hybrid reactive finish that cures chemically, not solely through the evaporation of solvents

Lacquer has over 600 VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) they are the gases emitted from the product.

Click here to read how we GO-GREEN with our low VOC products

“EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s “Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study” (Volumes I through IV, completed in 1985) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. TEAM studies indicated that while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.” – EPA

Even though lacquer has such a HIGH VOC level painters still choose to use it because it dries quickly and is a good resistance to household chemicals.

Click here for all of the chemicals in lacquer.

Symptoms of Lacquer Poisoning:

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Now we will share some information about the LOW VOC  – Emerald Urethane from Sherwin-Williams.

Emerald Urethane has a less than 50 VOC level.

Click here for the data sheet from Sherwin-Williams site with all of the chemicals in Emerald.

The higher the VOC level, the longer it will take for it to clear the air. High VOC levels can cause harm to the painters and those who are in the home, even after the painting is complete.

Possible health effects include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Tips to reduce your VOC Exposure:

Tip 1: Buy only what you need

When it comes to household chemicals, break the habit of buying in bulk to save money and simply buy what you need. Stored chemicals are a major source of VOCs, even when the container is closed up tight. Whenever possible, buy low-VOC versions of products. Many “green” brands are only slightly more expensive than conventional versions.

Tip 2: Store smelly stuff in a detached shed

Paints, paint thinners, pesticides, and gas cans are a major source of VOCs. The further away from your house you store these smelly items, the better. A detached shed is ideal. Use it to store gas-powered tools, too—lawn mowers, snow blowers, and chain saws.

If you have leftover pesticides, paint, and other chemicals, contact your municipal waste department to find out where you can dispose of them safely.

Tip 3: Seal off your attached garage

If you have an attached garage, you’ve got vehicles with VOC-producing gas tanks right next to your living area. Plus, if a detached shed isn’t an option, you’re likely to use your garage to store your chemicals, gas cans, and other VOC-spewing products.

If that’s the case, seal up any connections between your garage and living area. Weatherstrip your garage access door, and make sure that the threshold gasket is snugged up tight.

Sometimes connections aren’t obvious—loose holes around ductwork can leak garage air into your basement where an air return duct collects and disperses VOCs all over the house. Button up these gaps with caulk and foam sealant.

Tip 4: Your nose knows

Weather permitting, open windows and run exhaust fans when you’re working with paints and pungent cleaners. Trust your nose—if you can smell it, you’re whiffing VOCs. That includes any time you bring vinyl or plastic items (say, a new shower curtain) or dry-cleaned clothes into the house.

If weather permits, remove covers and packaging from items and set them outside for a while to off-gas—at least until they don’t smell. Schedule major interior paint jobs for good weather so you can open up windows.

Tip 5: Exhaust your possibilities

Bathroom and kitchen fans are great for removing VOCs from the air, especially because cooking and cleaning can release some potent, even carcinogenic, compounds. But if you run exhaust fans constantly, you create negative air pressure inside the house that may draw air—and VOCs—from your attached garage into your home.

Run fans until any chemical or smoke smell dissipates, then turn them off. If you use your garage as a regular work area for VOC-generating hobbies, such as woodworking, install an exhaust fan to the outside. Exhaust fans cost $250 to $400, installed.

Tip 6: Ditch the air fresheners

The health evidence against plug-in and spray air fresheners is mounting; many emit chemicals and ultra-fine particulates that aren’t identified on the label. Some also contain terpene, a fragrant chemical that’s widely found in natural substances, such as pine resins.

But when confined inside a house, terpenes react with naturally occurring ozone in the air and form compounds that have long-term effects on the respiratory system (asthma, for example).

The alternative? Keep a clean house, use environmentally friendly cleaners, and get a whiff of pine scent while taking a nice long walk outside.

Tip 7: Read the label

Before hiring a painting company or purchasing your own products, read the label and know the product!

Refuse the use of ANY high VOC products in your home.

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🏠Exterior Prepping🏡

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Exterior Prepping…We are local painting contractors in the Central Illinois Area. Today we are going to discuss the preparation process to paint the exterior of your home!

1⃣ The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere.

Preperation Steps

  • Mildew treatment to kill existing growth. This operation can be time-consuming however is fundamental to ensure a quality and lasting paint
  • Scrape, any and all loose or chipping paint, sand and prime wood where necessary. Primer is vital; it is sealer as well as a base for your paint to adhere to for years to come.
  • Loose window putty will be replaced. As a complete and quality exterior painting job we will replace missing or loose window putty as needed, ensures exceptional service.
  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We mask and cover with plastic windows and doors, to protect, and prevent overspray.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, and concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • On occasion, we will offer to trim your trees. This will be at no additional cost.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

2⃣ Next, we protect everything around the house. We first lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray. Next, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. 

3⃣ Now we begin the first coat. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running.

4⃣ After painting the first coat go back with a brush and cut in on all the corners, trim, and around all windows and doors. While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)

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Exterior Prepping

5⃣ Next, after waiting at least five hours to dry, paint the second coat.

6⃣ Finally, after allowing at least 5 more hours to dry, carefully remove the tape and plastic from all windows, lights, and doors. Reattach the shutters and anything else that was taken down. 

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🏘Kitchen Design Ideas🏘

Hi everyone, thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!

Today we are going to share some of the most common themes customers choose to use in their homes!

Hopefully, this blog will be able to help spark your creativity to bring out your homes own personality!

  1. The first look is just a typical repaint. Updating your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint can take your kitchen cave and turn it into an elegant hangout. Currently one of the most popular colors is a shade of grey.

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2) Another way to give your kitchen its own personality is by having one of the detached sections an accent color while keeping the rest of the cabinets the same. It’s a way of having an accent without drawing too much attention away.

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3) Accenting the island. Something about the center of the room being a darker color than the rest brings it all together. It gives the heart of the home its own heart.

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4) Having the top a lighter color and the bottom a darker color. This nice accent separates the room in a nice clean line. It brings a sophisticated feel to the room.

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🎨Cabinet painting like pros… How to Prep:🎨

CAbinet painting Like Pros…

Hi everyone! This is Cabinet painting like pros, thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Today we are going to go through the process of preparing to repaint kitchen cabinets!!!

Click on the link to see how to save over $12,000!!! 🤔How I SAVED 12k on my kitchen🤔

Protecting Floors…

The first thing we do when we start a new project is protecting all of the appliances and floors.

After laying drop cloths and putting plastic over the countertops and appliances someone begins to clean the cabinets with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) This helps cut the grease build up on all the surfaces.

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Cabinet painting like pros

While the cabinets are being cleaned with TSP someone else follows behind them, like an assembly line, and begins to remove all the hardware. After everything has been cleaned, then they go through and sand all of the fronts for a nice, smooth surface. They then take the drawer fronts, handles, and hinges off the doors.

Remember to number the doors, drawers, and units so it is put back correctly.

While the kitchen is being prepared to be painted, another person is in the garage making a spray booth. Creating a spray booth on site keeps everything on the property and reduces the risk of anything being broken, lost, or damaged.

The drawer fronts and cabinet doors are sprayed in the spray booth and hung up to dry overnight. Everything is given two coats.

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Cabinet painting like pros

Now that the door and drawer fronts are off, we go back and put a piece of blue tape, sticky side facing out with a little lip hanging off. We then take plastic and stick it to the unit to protect inside the unit.

After everything is covered and ready to go, we begin painting.

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🏚How to paint Vinyl🏡

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!!

Today we are going to go step-by-step on how to paint your vinyl home!!!

For the longest time painting vinyl siding was unheard of… when people started to paint their vinyl siding they noticed with dark colors the vinyl would eventually warp from being so hot… BUT NOT ANYMORE

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Sherwin-Williams now offers a new Vinyl Safe Color Technology line. They have over 100 colors to choose from!!!!

You can click on the link below to see Sherwin-Williams official data sheet and color palette.

VinylSafe Color Palette

The new Vinyl Safe line that Sherwin-Williams offers opens up many opportunities!

You can virtually paint your house however you want, exactly how you want.

Now we will go over the process we go through when painting a vinyl home.

The first thing we do when we arrive at a new project is tape all of the windows and put plastic over them. This protects the windows from any overspray that may happen.

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The next thing we do is lay drop clothes and move all furniture. The drop clothes go where we will be painting and over any plants.

After getting all of the prep work done we begin painting.

We always do two coats on all of our projects.

We also use two Graco 3000psi 395 Airless sprayers – one for the trim color and one for the body color.

You need to always keep fresh tips in the gun on the sprayers. Doing so will control the amount of paint coming out and keep it equal as well as keep the overspray at a minimum.

 

 

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🌷Eco-Friendly with Sherwin-Williams🌴

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to talk a little about Sherwin-Williams Eco-Friendly line.

Sherwin-Williams has a new line of non-toxic,  earth-friendly products.

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These new paints allow us to take green living to a whole new level! ⛰🍀

One of the main things we will be discussing today is VOC levels -(Volatile organic compounds) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects

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We use harmony on most of our interior projects!! It has ZERO VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)  AND includes and antimicrobial agents that resist the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film and inhibit the growth of bacterial odors.

 

  • ENERGY STAR ® a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient products and practices. In 2007, Americans using ENERGY STAR-certified products avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 27 million cars – while saving $16 billion in utility bills. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.

 

  • Forest Stewardship Council a nonprofit organization that sets high standards for the environmental, social and economic management of forests. FSC-certified products must meet or exceed these standards.

 

  • Green Label: the Carpet and Rug Institute gives this designation to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpet, cushions and adhesives. The very lowest-VOC products are labeled Green Label Plus.

 

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System : a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Learn what the U.S. Green Building Council has in store for LEED in 2009.

 

  • SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): a measure of efficiency for air conditioners or heat pumps. The SEER rating is the British thermal unit of cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input in watt-hours during the same period. Current federal law mandates that every central split cooling system manufactured or sold in the United States today have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio of at least 13.

 

To make sure all of your products are green: look for these labels!

  • Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL): an energy-saving light bulb rapidly replacing traditional incandescent bulbs.

 

  • Low- or zero-VOC paint: water-based latex paints that emit fewer harmful VOCs than regular latex paint. To be considered low-VOC, flat paint levels can’t exceed 100 grams of VOCs per liter and non-flat paint (semi-gloss, gloss, eggshell or satin) can’t exceed 150 grams of VOC per liter. Low- or no-VOC paint may also contain antimicrobial properties which resist mildew, bacteria and other microbes while maintaining durability and a fresh appearance longer.

  • Organic cotton and wool: eco-friendly bedding choices for sheets and mattresses. Be careful, though; cotton can be treated with toxic dyes and synthetic chemicals in the finishing process and still be labeled “organic.”

 

  • Natural latex: a type of mold- and mildew-resistant latex used in mattresses that contains no toxic substances and emits neither fumes nor ozone-depleting gases. Its hypoallergenic qualities make it a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Jason, Sherwin-Williams representative met with Darrin, one of the owners of the company to discuss most of the products we use on an interior project.

 

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🤔How I SAVED 12k on my kitchen🤔

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Today we are going to help you save thousands on a brand new kitchen!!!

Are you tired of walking into the same 50’s kitchen every day? Are you embarrassed to invite friends over for dinner?? Are you ready to not spend an arm and a leg on a kitchen you AREN’T ashamed of!?

Then KEEP READING

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By the time we are done in your home, you will only be seeing this in your nightmares!

“Last year the national average cost for a minor, midrange remodel of the heart of the home was $21,198 The report goes on to add that a more major, midrange renovation averaged $63,829, and an upscale kitchen renovation’s average cost came in at $125,721.”

“The typical house has at least 30 linear feet of cabinetry using same design / size with medium-grade oak cabinets – Average of $117 to $140 per linear foot for a total of $4200. This does not take into consideration the removal of old cabinetry and the potential for reinforcement of walls and floors. Such costs would be based on the average carpentry rate of $70 per hour.”

The two above statistics are the sad truth we are living today!

Worry NO MORE! We have secret money saving tips you will all LOVE!

What if we told you you could completely transform your kitchen for less than HALF of that amount!!!?

To completely re-do this kitchen, it WOULD HAVE cost over $20,000.00… but because of our money saving tips, they only spent $2,730.00 and it looks like a whole new house!!!

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There are many different ways to change up the look of your kitchen without replacing everything.

Besides just changing the color of your cabinets you can do other things in your kitchen to give it its own look.

Try giving the island its own accent color

 

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If you don’t have an island in your home, try giving the two levels their own colors. These small but subtle changes give your kitchen a personality of its own!

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Don’t like the grain marks on your cabinets? — Don’t worry, we can take that away as well!!

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Even if you do not like the grainy look your cabinets have you DO NOT have to replace them!

Do you want the new kitchen look without the new kitchen price?

Give us a call for a free estimate and a FIVE YEAR GUARANTEE

 

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😍How to Paint Cabinets😍

Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!

Today is a special blog, kind of a “How To” if you’re up for it! However, if you’re like most people and DO NOT want to take on this challenge yourself, this is just a fun article to read explaining the future “facelift” your kitchen will get! 😜

If you are tired of looking at the same warn down kitchen like 50 years ago, give us a call!

Check out our other blog here, on how to save over 12 THOUSAND dollars refinishing your cabinets!

When prepping a new work site we work in an assembly line process… this keeps a structured process guaranteed to move quickly. Everyone learns a skill and gets good at it!

  1. The first thing we do when we enter a new home is lay cloth down to protect the floor from any paint, dirty or potential danger.

2. We then start laying plastic over all the appliances, we tape the windows with plastic, and take off all the faceplates as well.

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3. Now someone begins to make a spray booth in a spare room or garage to spray the door and drawer fronts. Having an onsite spray booth keeps everything on the property it belongs too and reduces any risk of damage or possible misplacement.

4. While the spray booth is being built we use sanding blocks to scrub all the areas that will be painted. We do this to ensure it will have a nice smooth coverage with little to no flaws showing.

While someone is sanding another person is following behind and cleaning the whole surface area with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) – a strong chemical that breaks down grease and grime build up.

5. When they are done scrubbing and cleaning they go back and number the doors and drawers so we know where they all go back. This is also a good opportunity to change out any hardware (Handles and hinges) if you wish to.

6. Next, we go back with more tape and plastic to close off the insides of the cabinet box. Covering them with plastic allows us to keep the cabinets full without ruining anything inside while spray painting. The only cabinets you do not do this on are the ones with glass fronts. The glass front cabinets are sprayed inside since they are always visible.

Place a piece of blue tape sticky side facing you into the cabinet. The reason for leaving a lip of the sticky side is to go back and lay plastic over… the tape grabs the plastic leaving a nice tight close with no chance of overspray or leaking.

7. Finally, we set up all our air filters and begin to paint!

8. We always do two coats on all of our projects. Two coats ensures there is a nice even coverage all through-out.

 

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😏How to Choose Colors😏😏

Hi Everyone! Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists!! Today we are going to talk about how to pick out the perfect new color for your kitchen cabinets, the Exterior of your home or the Interior. Here in our company, we use all Sherwin-Williams products so this blog will be featuring Sherwin-Williams!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

16 HELPFUL TIPS 

 

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.

2) Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically

Use darker colors for the floor, medium colors for the walls and light for the ceiling.

3) Start With the Formal Areas of the House

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

4) Use the Color Wheel

In general, analogous color schemes — colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

5) Use Your Clothes

Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and they look good in. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in colors that flatter you. If denim is your go-to, consider a navy sofa or if you look (and feel!) perkiest in bright yellows, try mixing in a few citrusy accents with pillows or accessories.

6) Back to Black

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue.

7) Go With Grays

Put today’s trendiest neutral, gray, to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear either warm or cool and pair beautifully with both pastels or kicky colors like hot pink, Kelly green or citrusy shades.

8) Use the Rule of 60-30-10

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

9) Make Small Spaces Pop

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

10) Contrast Warm and Cool

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating.

11) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.

12) Follow the Rule of Three

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space.

13) I want an elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room.

14)  I want a vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

 

16) Consider these ideas to transform your home:

For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip.

 

 

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

We used  HGTV   as a source
We used DIY as a source
We used Sherwin-Williams Official Site as a source
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