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.

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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. 

Benefits of Interior Painting During Winter

interior painting American Painting CompanyWinter doesn’t need to put a halt to all home improvement projects. Some remodeling efforts may actually come out better during the winter! Interior paint jobs can benefit from being performed during colder weather.

Benefits to Winter Painting

When it’s nice and warm outside, there’s more humidity in the air, which effects how your paint will dry. Added moisture in the air can prolong the drying process and affect the paint’s ability to stick to the wall. You may notice unevenness in the color on your walls and streaks across the paint. Cold winter air tends to be crisp and drier, making it the perfect time to get started on that interior paint job you’ve been thinking about all year. It is crucial to remember to crack a window to fully ventilate the room and expose the drying paint to cold air. Although the sun sets earlier in the afternoon, you will be able to get started on painting earlier in the day and be able to see the color dry in natural sunlight, especially reflecting off of any snow on the ground. Starting earlier in the day will also allow you to devote more time in the afternoon and evening to other tasks.

An additional benefit to painting your interior over the winter is the amount of time and money you will be able to dedicate to other projects come spring and summer. You will have the summer to spend on exterior renovations, from gardening to painting your home and deck. The outside of your house will be able to be painted as soon as the weather clears up, especially on a dry stretch without expected rain.

Professional Interior & Exterior Painting in Merrimac, MA

If you are looking for professionals to complete your next interior painting project, contact American Painting Company today! Our team will prepare your walls and ventilate your home to provide you with the best results possible. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form. 

Choosing the Right Paint Color

Before starting an interior paint job, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration, from choosing the right color to the right type of paint.

Keep Your Décor in Mind When Picking a Color

Are you looking to add a splash of color to your home, or maintain neutral tones? If you are looking for just a simple pop of color, consider adding an accent wall to one of the walls of the room you are painting. Choose your accent wall based on lighting, space, and décor. You can also decide to have your trim painted a bolder color against soft, neutral walls. To avoid picking clashing colors, consider color palettes that complement each other. Walking through your home should feel natural, and not like walking through a funhouse. Consider warm or cool colors, and take a look at a color wheel if you’re not sure what will match.

Picking a Color for Your Ceiling

Your ceiling paint does not always have to be white. Depending on the room’s natural light, you can choose almost any soft color or shade in order to give it a warm, open feel. Softer colors may be able to enhance the aesthetic of the room without harsh reflections.

Choosing a Paint Sheen

Choosing a paint sheen is dependent on a few factors: natural light, wall condition and the amount of foot traffic the room sees on a given day. Glossy paint is easier to clean but will show imperfections in your walls more clearly. High gloss paints work well as trim and will complement your walls. Semi-gloss paints are easy to clean and work best in kitchens and bathrooms. If you have patches and imperfections on your walls, flat paint will hide any damage. However, it will show dirt more and is difficult to clean. Eggshell is easy to wash and can stand up to dirt.

Professional Interior Painting in Boxford, MA

If you are interested in hiring professional painters for your next interior painting project, call American Painting Company today! Our team will fully prepare your walls for painting, from sanding down any imperfections, filling any holes or cracks, priming and using proper ventilation. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.