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Should I Hire Professionals to Do My Painting?

Whether it is your interior in need of freshening up or an exterior in need of a new layer of protection, painting is part of owning a home. Many people like to do as much of their own work as possible, and that is admirable. However, painting is an area that gives some people pause. There is little room for error, so that can leave some wondering whether they shouldn’t reach into their savings and hire some professionals to do the job.

Are you wrestling with that decision? Here are some things to consider:

Time Crunch

Do you need to get the work done quickly? Most painting services will send several people to do the job. That, combined with their experience, all but guarantees they will get it done faster than you, while also offering the degree of quality required.

Safety Risk

Do you have very high ceilings or is your house especially large? That will mean the use of ladders and scaffolds. If you are afraid of heights or do not have experience doing this sort of work, you might want to have professionals do it.

Physical Exertion

Painting can be a great form of exercise, but is not recommended if you have health issues where physical exertion should be avoided.

Family and Work Responsibilities

If you have a family with little children and pets, you know that it can be quite a challenge to keep them out of certain areas. Parental and work responsibilities often leave people with little spare time and, when they do have a few moments, they are often tired. Painting is time consuming and can be quite difficult. If you think you’re not up to it, given your current workload, definite hire a pro team.

When You Want High Quality Work

Is this particular area of your home quite important to you? The best painters do such good work that you don’t notice any aspects of the painting. If it needs to look great, you need to consider professionals.

Colors, General

How Often Should I Paint My Home’s Exterior?

You may have passed a home today and thought, “Jeez, they really should give it a new paint job.” If a home’s exterior is faded, cracked, or peeling (or all of the above), then, yes, it’s definitely time to head to the local paint store.

Ideally, you want to stay ahead of the game. That means ensuring that your house looks attractive, while also doing well by the exterior surfaces. The question of how often to paint can depend on several factors:

  • The materials. If you have aluminum siding, consider setting aside home maintenance money so that you can re-paint every five years. Wood siding should be 3-6 years, while areas covered with stain are 4 years. Painted brick? You should be good for 15 years or more.
  • The area you live in. Different areas have weather that can be harder on your paint. Prolonged summer heat can lead paint to bubble and crack. Direct sunlight produces fading, while humidity and harsh weather can also take their toll.
  • Preventive maintenance. Regularly inspect your home’s exterior for signs of rot, mold, or termites. If any of these are evident, get ahead of the problem by dealing with it immediately.

Exterior painting can be quite involved, between the amount of paint and time required, as well as working around the weather. However, the longer you leave it, the more time-consuming and expensive it will be because the prep work will take all that much longer.

Giving your home a nice paint job every few years cannot help but increase its curb appeal. Even if you are not planning to sell at the time you do the work, you will already have it done, should the decision arise to place your home on the market. Getting a house ready for sale can be quite a lot of work, but at least you won’t have much to do on the outside.

Don’t let your home get to this stage!
Colors, Designs

Seeing Red at Home

No, that title does not refer to getting into arguments with your spouse. We are here today to discuss the colour red. We recently needed to repaint a couple rooms in our home and I wanted to try something different. We had previously been quite conservative in our design choices, but I was feeling that it was time to be a little daring.

Red is not a colour people often associate with home decor, but it definitely has its place. When people wear red, you notice. It can be quite sensual to look at and is a colour often associated with sex. Now, that doesn’t mean turning your home into the red light district, but red can also add a degree of energy and flare. That’s what I was hoping for when I started investigating various red shades for our den and guest room.

People sometimes complain that red feels overpowering; it can be. However, like any shade, you should keep in mind the effect you’re going for, as well as the contents of the room. I didn’t want a paint colour that seemed oppressive; I just wanted to enhance a part of our home that has felt rather drab.

In addition to being eye-catching, red is a wonderful colour for adding contrast. If you have China you wish to showcase, putting them in front of a red background really makes the ivory coloured hue of the dishes pop.

I understand the trouble involved in choosing a new colour and then finding out it doesn’t work for you. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. However, I really felt the need to stretch our design boundaries and I think red is just the accent we need to add some new character.

If barn red seems like too much, you can always try Pagoda Red, which most people feel is more brownish than crimson.

How Much Does Room Colour Affect Your Mood?

Many people agonize over the colours they choose for their home. Be it the drapes, rugs, or walls, the colours we choose can have a tremendous affect on how we feel. Don’t forget that for most people, home is where they will be spending the majority of their time. It’s one thing to deal with a drab and less than ideal atmosphere at work, but to come home to a colour scheme that makes you sad, nervous, or anxious is not good for your physical or mental health.

Must admit that I am one of those people who take forever trying to choose a colour scheme. I will look at colour samples until my eyes hurt, but it is worth the time invested: my home needs to be a sanctuary away from the real world and how it looks is very important in maintaining that illusion.

Don’t worry about trends. The paint you choose for your home should last for years, while trends change almost annually. Pick what feels right for you and your family because you will be the ones living there.

Colours can establish mood and the three go-to colour themes are passive, neutral, and active. Do you have a room that is your favourite for relaxing? Blue is a good choice here. Green is also a hue that is known for helping one to relax.

Red is an active, energetic colour. Use it for areas where people congregate to talk and have fun, like the living room or rec room.

Neutral colours like white, grey, and brown are good for areas like the kitchen, where you are there to do some work, but it should also not feel like WORK work.

Some friends looking to repaint their house have asked for recommendations; I was particularly impressed with the professionalism of this company, which did an excellent job adding new life to my parents’ 19th century home.