Picking Colors for Your Trim

As you look around various rooms in your home planning for spring painting projects, you may begin thinking about ways to make color pop among your décor. One way to make sure your walls stand out is by adding paint to your molding and trim along the corners of your walls, windows, and doorways. Painting crown molding or trim can be used to emphasize specific elements of your home, such as a mantel in an interesting material or stain or making your fireplace stand out. Before you go painting your trim, be sure to follow these tips!

Keep the Color the Same

Your trim is the one aspect of your home that carries room to room, tying the whole structure together. Painting the trim in each room the same color allows for a unified look throughout the home, making sure nothing seems out-of-place. If there are aspects of your home that you want to stand out, such as a marble counter or stone accents, leave them as is and pick a color to complement the feature.

Picking a Paint Sheen

While testing paint swatches for your trim, try a few sheens to see what matches the room best. For window and door frames, choosing a gloss or semi-gloss finish will reflect more light into the room. Flat paints are slightly less durable and better for baseboards.

When in Doubt, Pick a Neutral Color

Whether your walls are very light or very dark, white trim will enhance the room’s features and make the walls pop. However, going with a stark white shade may not be the answer. Hold up paint chips to match the perfect off-white shade with your paint color to provide a calming feel.

Interior Wall, Trim & Floor Painting in Boxford, Georgetown & Andover, MA

If you are beginning spring painting projects and are looking to have your home professionally painted, contact American Painting Company! We specialize in interior and exterior painting and will work with you to determine the best colors for your home. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Color for Your Front Door

home with painted doorYour front door is the first thing most people see when they pass your home, and it can be used to make a statement and boost your curb appeal. Choosing the right color to complement your home can be a tricky, time-consuming process. Follow these tips to pick the best shade for your front door!

Use a color wheel

While you may want to have a bright, shocking color for your door, it’s important to make sure it goes with the color of your home’s exterior. Using a color wheel allows you to create color schemes based on how paint will contrast and match, making sure the house stays attractive and appear the way you’d like.

Match Your Style

Your home was built with a certain aesthetic in mind, meaning that some colors may not go with its constructed style. For example, a bright yellow door might not match with a Victorian or Colonial home, but a ranch-style house might look perfect with a red door. The materials, including the porch, roof and siding, impact how a door will appear on the building.

Determine the mood you want the door to set

Your front door sets the tone your home projects into the neighborhood, making it stand out or blend in with your neighbors. Your door can be used as a way to help visitors navigate to your house and enhance elements of your yard. Choosing the tone you want to set will help you pick the right color family for your door.

Door Painting Services in Boxford & Georgetown

If you are interested in having your front door painted this spring, contact American Painting Company today! Our team will work with you to determine the best color for your exterior doors to enhance your home in the neighborhood. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Choosing the Right Paint or Stain for Your Deck

freshly painted deckWith warm weather on the horizon, you’re going to start spending more time outside, between cooking meals on the grill and socializing on cool nights. After several harsh and unpredictable winters, your deck may be in need of an aesthetic upgrade. Adding a fresh coat of paint or stain to your deck can boost your home’s curb appeal and make the space stand out more against your home. Choosing the right color can be tricky. Follow these tips to pick the best finish and colors for your deck upgrade this spring!

Take Your Home’s Colors Into Consideration

Your deck should be a shade that complements your home’s exterior. If you are painting the exterior of your home at the same time as your deck, finding matching colors will be an easy task. If your home has recently been painted and is still in good condition, use a color wheel to determine the best finish to match your siding. Depending on the amount of foot traffic your deck receives, you may want to choose a color that will make wear and dirt less visible.

Your Deck Material Influences Your Finish

The material your deck is constructed from has an impact on what your can use to update its color. If your deck is made from concrete, you will not be able to apply paint. However, you will be able to stain the deck in order to enhance the area. Wood and other forms of lumber can be painted or stained a different color to go with your siding and roofing.

Test Swatches on Your Deck Before Committing

Stains and paint look different throughout the day, depending on the light and the material of your deck. You may like how a particular shade looks during the day but not how it looks at dusk. Apply swatches in different areas of your deck to see how it looks throughout the day and against your décor. Different stains may have a slightly different appearance based on the type of wood or color of the concrete used. Stains also come in a range of opacities, which affect how they finish.

Deck Painting Services in Boxford & Georgetown

If you are interested in having your deck painted this spring, contact American Painting Company today! We will work with you to determine the best way to enhance your deck and help choose the best paint or stain for the surface. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

How Can I Prepare to Paint My Exterior?

Exterior painting season is right around the corner! Make sure your home is prepared by following these steps!

Decide what you’re going to paint

Deciding how much of your home you are going to paint is the first step to determining how you are going to go about your project. If you are only painting your shutters, you will not need as much paint as you would if you chose to paint your deck or the siding. You will need to determine the colors for each piece you will be painting. Most paint is available in swatches or chips to help you decide what matches your aesthetic.

Preparing Your Surfaces

Before you begin painting, you will need to clean the surfaces you are planning on painting. Scrub any chalk or dirt off from the reachable surfaces, and power wash the sides of the structure for a thorough clean. Cover any vulnerable plants and landscape work while you are painting to prevent splatters from leaving traces away from the intended area. Sand down and scrape any peeled or chipped paint to leave a smooth surface for the new paint to bond to.

Keep an eye on the weather

High humidity and excess heat will affect how the paint dries, leaving it more prone to blistering, streaks and smudges. As you paint, move against the sun to make sure the paint dries correctly. Remove shutters to paint them without affecting the siding underneath. Prime each step you are looking to paint and allow it to dry for up to 48 hours prior to painting.

Exterior Painting Services in Boxford & Georgetown

If you are looking to have the exterior of your home painted by professionals, contact American Painting Company today! Our team will work with you to choose colors and pick a time that will work with both your schedule and the weather. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Planning Spring Painting Projects

As warmer weather quickly approaches, it’s time to start considering your exterior painting needs. Whether you’re getting ready to stage your home to sell over the summer or your existing color just needs a little bit of a lift, here’s what you need to do to successfully plan out your spring painting projects!

Research

Choosing the color you want your home to be shouldn’t be an arduous process. Start doing research now, while the weather is too unpredictable to paint! Drive around your town and look at home improvement magazines for inspiration and start visiting hardware stores to peruse their selection and pick up paint chips so you can decide what goes best with your roof and other outdoor fixtures. If you want to change your trim and deck colors, this is the best time to do that! Make sure you are looking at colors that match and will look appealing regardless of the season. A bold color might work well in the warmer seasons, but stick out like a sore thumb after leaves have fallen.

Timing

timing is everything, and you don’t want to leave your home only half-painted if you plan on going away for much of the summer. Make sure you set aside enough time to paint your home, deck, steps, and shutters before embarking on your summertime adventures! You should also keep an eye on the weather forecast during the time you are looking to start painting. Starting to paint with rain on the horizon can compromise the paint’s ability to stick to your home’s surfaces and cause streaks and smudging in the partially dried paint. Your lawn and landscaping may also be compromised by additional humidity.

Exterior Painting in Boxford, Merrimac and Georgetown, MA

If you are interested in having your home professionally painted, contact American Painting Company today! We will work with you to choose colors and schedule a time that works best for the weather and your schedule. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Paint Your Rooms in Relaxing Colors

When you begin a home renovation, or just decide to paint a room, the overall aesthetic and feeling of the room need to be considered. Certain colors have been determined to increase stress and anxiety in rooms, while others are proven to calm you down. While in your home, you’ll want to be able to maintain a calming atmosphere. Try painting with these colors to keep your home stress-free!

Light Grays

Lighter shades of gray are easy to complement in interior decorating. Gray has subtle undertones that can make light colors pop and tone bright colors down, leaving your room perfectly balanced. Adding touches of white, blue and yellow can create a perfect calming atmosphere at the end of a long day. If you are looking for a slightly darker shade, a gray with blue undertones can have a similar effect.

Pale Pinks and Purples

Darker shades of pink and purple can be brash and difficult to look at for long periods of time, and can even make a room appear smaller. Light shades of lilac, lavender and dusty pink allow for eye-pleasing reflections from natural light.

Cool Blues and Greens

Light shades of blue and green that you may find in nature, such as in grass, water and the sky will reduce stress and, according to Feng Shui, slow your heart rate to a relaxed, even tempo. Cool colors will help you sleep at night and complements many shades while decorating.

Interior Painting in Boxford, MA

If you are interested in having the interior of your home painted by the professionals, call American Painting Company! Our team will work with you to pick out relaxing shades that match your aesthetic and color scheme and paint each room in an efficient, timely manner. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Picking Paint Colors for Staging Your Home

You have decided that it’s finally time to sell your home and now comes the hard part: preparing your home to look its best for prospective buyers.

What is Home Staging?

Most homeowners have heard of staging a home. However, what does staging really mean? Home staging is a growing trend among homeowners that can involve one or more of the following:

One of the most important home improvement jobs you should consider to prepare your home for sale involves applying a fresh coat of paint in every room. Many real estate professionals encourage clients to use neutral colors balanced with different shades of white.

However, if you want your home to stand out in the market, we recommend using more robust colors that enhance the appearance of your home.

Sunny Yellow

Mood plays a significant role in determining the decisions of home buyers, and no other color elevates mood more than sunny yellow. Think about how you feel whenever the sun breaks through the clouds for the first time on a gloomy day. Use a yellow that has a slightly creamy look on cabinets and on the trim of your living room. Yellow also brightens a room, especially a room that does not have a window facing the sun during most of the day.

Sophisticated Charcoal

The perception is among some interior designers that using a darker color to paint a room creates smaller space. Yet, choosing the right kind of dark-colored paint offers you a neutral way to highlight stylish design elements, such as a stained cedar oak dresser in a bedroom and a dark blue silk-lined couch in the living room. Charcoal represents a chic paint color that produces more depth on a wall, as well as complements lighter colored furniture and accessories.

Light Blue is the Perfect Hue

Also referred to as bird’s egg blue, light blue is a luxuriously elegant paint option for bedrooms and bathrooms. Light blue produces a calming effect, and it works stylishly well with both classic and contemporary interior home decors. The calming influence bird’s egg blue has is especially important, as it triggers positive emotions in potential buyers. Large bedrooms designed with textiles shaded white are ideal areas of the home to apply light blue paint for staging.

Other paint colors that make beautiful additions to staging your home include rich gray and navy blue. Turn uninviting white painted rooms into stylish rooms prospective buyers will remember by applying visually appealing paint colors in every room of your home.

Professional Interior Painting in Merrimac and Boxford, MA

If you want to have your home professionally painted before staging it for sale, contact American Painting Company! Representatives from our team will work with you to pick colors for each room and provide you with clean, fresh walls! American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.