Traffic and use when considering paint finishes

November 30, 2016

Determining accurately the finish of paint you would like in a room is essential to its durability.

There are three basic finishes of paint: flat, satin, and glossy.

Flat paint is excellent in low traffic areas. It throws great color with minimal reflection, and hides imperfections fairly well. On the downside, it can be incredibly difficult to clean, and doesn’t hold up well in high humidity areas.

Semi-gloss is a great option for most rooms. It is durable and washable, but from an angle can be reflective and make flaws more pronounced.

Glossy paint is what we love. It is exceptional for children’s rooms, very hardy and washable, and reflective. Great care needs to be taken when using glossy paint to ensure the paint is evenly distributed, in order to avoid unsightly streaks. Done well, glossy paint can be absolutely stunning.


Considering Room Use-The physiological responses to color

November 30, 2016

Color choices are a personal preference, but have you considered the primary use of your room when choosing your color?

Do you use it for storage, everyday family time, as a bedroom?

Rooms you do not spend too much time in can be the rooms you choose to paint your favorite color, but what about the rooms you spend hours in each day?

Our perception of color was a gift from God to help us perceive danger, experience his blessings in nature, and live more freely on the earth- free from fear and free from harm. This is why people feel such great peace when hiking safely or camping, or otherwise spending time outdoors. This is a great gift, but with great wonders come equally great responsibility.

I would like to divert from paint for a moment and draw your attention to the use of colors in advertising. Marketing geniuses have spent great amounts of time studying colors because it is the colors and their use which allow us to feel what we are supposed to in order to WANT to buy what they have to offer! Have you ever wondered why red and yellow were so prominent in the food scene? The fact is, a red induces a physical, stressful, survival feeling, while yellow stimulates emotional responses, and if used in a higher ratio to red, negative feelings can arise, giving you a one-two punch which later has you asking, “Why did I need to eat that hamburger AND all those fries?” You aren’t even sure why you ate it, but you did.

Back to paint: the colors you choose in the places you spend the most time are going to have the most impact on both your physical and mental states; choosing well can actually help you reduce stress and  help you achieve your health goals.

One last thing to consider in your color choices are how you feel, physically, in a room. Colors can impact how warm or cool a room feels! If you are trying to save money on heating by keeping the thermostat turned down during the winter, but feel cold, a warmly colored room can help you feel warmer! Please note, the actual temperature may not change, and no one can promise you won’t freeze in a room painted in red. But, a red room can actually help you feel warmer when it is cooler based on your own physiological responses.


Overall, color is a natural experience. We all attribute our own histories and memories into the color choices we make, so ultimately it is up to you what to paint. But, if you are searching for the perfect color to match your intentions, give us a call or drop us a line,  so that we can help you.


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Room size in considering color

November 30, 2016

Choosing a color for a room can seem like an easy task, but sometimes the size can ge

hter color. A large room, as a general rule, doesn’t always benefit from a bright color, either. Different colors can feel exasperatingly overwhelming, especially in large rooms or a room where a person spends a lot of time. Bright, clean, open colors work best in larger rooms.

Smaller rooms, on the other hand, can honestly be painted any color in any tone. These little gems can provide a change of mood from one room to another, and offer respite and tranquili

t the best of us.

A room can be painted any color of the rainbow, but a large room painted in a darker color is going to feel more closed, more constraining, and smaller than it could be if it were painted a ligty, and a chance to escape to something different. That bold, bright orange, for example, would work well in a linen closet or pantry area. A soothing, gemstone blue would be amazing in a small bath.

These are general rules, and when it comes to your home, the rules can always be broken. There are many reasons to choose a color in a room, and the size is only one piece of the puzzle.

A fabulous example of breaking the ‘rules’ are accent walls. I especially love accent walls for medium sized rooms to add another dimension to the parade. Sometimes, rooms are just large enough for what we need them for, and not much more. Adding an accent wall adds the color you crave in the room, adds the character you want, without overwhelming. Matching your accent wall to your decor, while complimenting the primary color is the goal. You want to feel like its a room you own, not just another room you have to take care of. Much of the charm of accent walls is having exactly the color you want without the overwhelming feel you get when you have too much of that color.

Another way to break the rules, if you are truly interested in a color which does not promote the feel you want in a room, is to create or accent a focal point. For example, if you have a gorgeous view in a large window that can be seen from any angle in the room, a lightly colored panel accent can be combined with a darker color in a room to draw your eyes toward the focal point of the room. The same could be said for a beautiful fireplace, painting, or chandelier. Creating darkness in a room to draw attention to something lighter is a magnificent way to display and showcase your treasures.

Dark room with bright focal point

Dark room with bright focal point


There is always a way to make your room what you want it to be. From the largest room to the smallest room, we can help you achieve your goals. Contact us here for more information.