Ideas for Interior Painting That Change the Look of a Room

Paint Color SelectionIt's pretty common knowledge that a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room - and at a minimal cost. In fact, when it comes to home improvement projects, painting probably offers the best bang for your buck. In this post, we'll go over a few fairly simple paint projects that can totally transform the look of a room.

1. Accent Wall

Instead of painting all four walls of a room the same exact color, many homeowners and interior designers are incorporating the accent wall. An accent wall is basically just one wall (usually the focal wall, or the wall the eye is first drawn to when you walk in the room) that is painted a different color than the other three walls. Some people choose to make their accent wall a slightly lighter or darker shade than the surrounding walls. Others go bold and choose something completelty different. Whichever path you decide to go, the accent wall will definitely give your room a whole new look and depth without a high cost. striped bedroom wall [Read more...]

Rethink Color!

Paint Color SelectionEveryone knows that changing your home's interior paint colors is the easiest and most cost-effective way to update and upgrade. Over the last few years, neutral choices have become the trend. Muted shades of earth tones such as grays, beiges, and creams, along with calm blues and soft greens are very popular in southeastern N.C. homes. However, after a few years of living with a neutral color scheme, some homeowners may be ready for a little more….well, color! Interestingly enough this year's "Color of the Year" chosen by the Pantone Corporation is Radiant Orchid. If you've ever stopped to think where paint color choices originate, the Pantone Corporation gets the credit for its matching system. It was developed by a chemist, Lawrence Herbert, in the 1960's. For over 40 years, the Pantone Color Matching System has been used in the creation of fabrics, paints, and plastics. Knowing that, it is no surprise that the color analysts at Pantone are highly regarded for their trend setting predictions. Radiant Orchid-2014's Color of the Year, is described as, "An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm." See it here. Now if this choice sounds a bit extreme for your walls, remember that painting doors, window frames, trim, ceilings, bookshelf walls, mantles, stairways and banisters, are several excellent ways to introduce some fresh color into your home. Although painting is an easy and economical choice, the tough part is choosing colors we can live with. If you are hesitant to make a decision and worried that your paint choice will lack staying power, please schedule an appointment with one of our paint experts. Just call 910-686-3067 to choose a time that works best for you! Related Posts: Beach House Paint Colors Classic Paint Colors Ideal for Wilmington NC Color Therapy

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinet Doors - Chocolate Glaze over Toffee Paint If you have ever looked in to the cost of replacing kitchen cabinets, chances are you experienced a little sticker shock. Even the expense involved in refacing existing cabinets is pricey. Along with labor and materials, there is also the environmentally conscious question about what to do with the old cabinets. Donating them is great, however, removing them and keeping them intact is not always so easy. Colour Solutions has a simple and cost-effective answer to those considering how to change or update their kitchen cabinets. Depending on the construction materials used in your existing cabinets, we may be able to refinish them or repaint them. Customers are always so surprised to see what a difference these simple and much more cost-effective solutions make. When the Colour Solutions crew applies fresh paint or stain choices and new hardware is installed, it's like magic! In fact, this option offers a lot of flexibility with colors and finishes. We are also happy to examine the latest trends with our customers as well, such as pops of color inside cabinet interiors, chalk paint colors, and even stencils. With a little help from us, you'll be able to save that cabinet money for spring annuals and new patio furniture! Please give us a call to schedule an appointment for a free estimate: 910-686-3067. Related Posts: Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Faux Painting with Stained Cabinets Ideas for Painted Cabinets

Create a Cozy Reading Nook in your Home

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When you consider the idea of a reading nook, different images may come to mind. For some, the nook may be in an out of the way corner, surrounded by floor to ceiling book shelves filled with favorite volumes. For another it maybe tucked unexpectedly under a stairway or behind a curtain on a window seat. Having a special place for reading is the ideal way to encourage younger kids to read and allow teens and adults a place to unplug. Even when designating a space as small as a reading nook, the right paint job can have a significant impact. Certain color choices can evoke feelings of calm that are ideal for anyone wanting to lose themselves in the pages of a good book. Depending on your personal style, the right hues can achieve the desired effect, whether its one of sophistication, whimsy or worldliness. In creating a reading nook, here are a few points to consider:
  • Will it accommodate just one person or more?
  • Is there ample light?
  • Will there be space to store a few books or will shelves need to be installed?
  • What will the seating area consist of? …a plump chair, cheery bean bag or overstuffed window seat cushion surrounded by throw pillows?
Regardless of what type of reading nook you'd like, please call the crew at Colour Solutions for all of your design needs.  Please note that in addition to painting, carpentry is just another of our many services. A few simple alterations may be all it takes to achieve the effects shown here: www.houzz.com/reading-nook For more information about our services, please call Colour Solutions at 910-686-3067.

Paint Those Winter Blues Away and Get a Jump on Spring!

Interior Painting for a Fresh Look this SpringThe winter weather of 2014 has been tough for much of the country. It's no secret that millions of us are excitedly counting the days when spring and warmer temps finally come our way. Rather than huddle inside by the fire, why not get ahead and perk up your home with some fresh paint? That way, when those gorgeous days finally do arrive, you'll be able to enjoy them completely! Perhaps you're ready to change the color of your kitchen, family room, or want to redo a bathroom? Dollar for dollar, paint is hands down the most cost effective way to update your home. And what's even better is that today's low VOC paints make it easier and safer to tackle indoor painting jobs.  Just like with clothing styles, there are new spring collections for paint colors. We'd love to show you what's new for 2014! When you schedule an appointment, you can meet with our experienced staff members who will be happy to guide you to choices for your next painting project. Here's a quick list of some of our most requested winter time projects:
  • Pressure Washing - It's the perfect way to prepare a home's exterior for a fresh springtime paint job.
  • Garage Floor Coatings - Has this winter destroyed your garage floor? A new coating will make it like new again!
  • Wallpaper Removal - Are you ready for a new look, but just can not get the old wall paper off the walls? Leave that messy job to us! We also handle drywall repair.
  • Cabinet Refinishing - If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are dark and dated, you may be interested in finding out how easy it is to have us refinish them. Simply call one of our team members for an estimate.
  • Faux Finishes - Are you intrigued by some of the specialty finishes or interesting paint jobs you've seen on the home and decorating programs? From faux finishes to the new ombre, we can help!
Spring is truly just around the corner and let's face it, there is so much more to enjoy when your home is freshly painted and in an excellent state of repair. Find out all the ways we can help you get the most from your spring and summer with a call to Colour Solutions at 910-686-3067.

Perfect Time for Commercial Interior Painting

Commercial Interior PaintingHow are those New Year's resolutions coming along? If you set goals to increase business, update your office space, or just get your operation more streamlined, it may be time to paint! One of the great things about painting, in addition to being the hands down most cost effective home or office improvement available, is that it forces us to get organized. Surely that was on that list of resolutions for 2014, right? At Colour Solutions we realize that many of our customers may not think that the winter months are ideal for tackling a commercial painting project. However, we think it's a great time! A number of factors can come into play which make updating or redecorating with a fresh coat of paint the best option from now through the busy spring and summer seasons. For example, some businesses see less customer traffic this time of year, so changing the look of the firm's interior, exterior or both, may be an easier and quicker process as opposed to waiting for warmer temps. Because cold, dry air may cause shrinkage in wood cabinetry, doors, or trim, and cause gaps, cool weather is the ideal time to address those issues. Today's new low and no-VOC products make interior painting and staining jobs no problem! Finally, as any local knows, from January through March, the Cape Fear region can easily enjoy days or weeks of unseasonably mild weather, which is great for anyone considering a new exterior paint job. Wouldn't you like to give your place of business a new look for the New Year? We encourage you to visit our commercial painting gallery to see commercial jobs we've completed in the Wilmington area. To learn more, schedule an appointment, or discuss paint and stain options, please call Colour Solutions at 910-686-3067.

Ombre Paint Finishes in your Home

Blue Ombre Wall PaintSay Yes to Ombre! This is a style trend that spans several mediums, including clothing fabric, upholstery textiles, and even hair! Pronounced "ahm-bray" it's a French term that means "shaded." To create ombre, shade variations of one color are produced in a pattern that slowly graduates from light to dark. In achieving an ombre finish with paint, three shades of the same color are used. Picture a wall-beginning at the top portion that meets the ceiling. The lightest shade of paint is applied here along one third of the top section. Next, the medium shade is applied along the middle third of the wall with the darkest shade going on last along the bottom third, that meets the floor. Depending on the color of choice, the effect can be bold (deep hues of red or orange) or soothing (shades of sea glass green or Azalea pink). It is also possible to blend separate colors for an ombre rainbow. Typically, this paint treatment is best reserved for just one accent wall. Fun projects such as ombre paint finishes are our specialty at Colour Solutions! Please give us a call at 910-686-3067 to make an appointment with one of our helpful painting experts.

Update Your Kitchen Cabinets with Colorful Interiors

Kitchen & Cabinet PaintingHave you ever heard the expression, "What looks in looks out"? If you've been looking into a dark, worn, or otherwise lackluster space each time you open your kitchen cabinets, consider giving them a makeover. Homeowners with glass cabinet doors in their kitchens already know how accenting these areas can add interest and a whole different dimension to the kitchen. The same kind of magic happens when the interior shelves, sides, and backs of cabinetry is given a pop of color. Consider also how many times on any given day that family members reach into the kitchen cabinets for a plate, glass, mug, or snack. Painting the inside woodwork a cheery or contrasting shade can give everyone a little boost as opposed to reaching onto a dreary, beat up, shelf. Another makeover possibility when the inside is painted in a festive shade is that a few or all-cabinet doors can be removed for an updated, yet retro/vintage look. When choosing an interior cabinet color for the kitchen, it helps to keep a few points in mind:
  • Do you want to have a contrasting accent color that's much darker or lighter than the outside framework and doors?
  • How will the new interior color compliment your stacks of dishes and glassware?
  • Are you already using a defined accent color elsewhere in your kitchen? That may be the direction to take.
  • In addition to creating a contrasting finish, monochromatic paint jobs are another way to go. These are especially attractive in more formal or contemporary kitchens, where interesting color choices for the cabinets can add sophistication and a little drama!
  • Even if the woodwork on the cabinetry exterior is stained, painting the interior can still make an impact. Choosing the right color to accent the wood finish can create a very subtle design scheme. For example, for an industrial modern feel that makes a bold statement, try oil stained ebony cabinets with red, fuchsia or emerald interiors. Natural oak doors with robin egg blue, mint green or lemon yellow interiors say country fresh.
  • It is also possible to use several colors when redoing cabinet interiors. This tends to either create a stylized contemporary look, or depending on the color palette, it may translate into something more whimsical.
Our team of experts at Colour Solutions would love to assist you in a project like this. Browse a gallery of our interior painting work to get an idea of how we can help transform your space. We invite you to schedule a consultation to discover all the possibilities. Please complete the contact form on this page or give us a call at 910-686-3067 to find out more about all of our services.

Three Unique Ideas for Interior Painting

Faux Finishes for Stained CabinetsWhen people think of interior painting, they usually just think of painting the home's interior walls, baseboards, doors, window frames, and maybe the ceiling. But did you know that there are a number of unique home painting projects that can add a whole new look to your home's interior? Believe it or not, there are plenty of painting projects that a homeowner might hire a professional for - that don't have anything to do with the home structure itself! Here are three examples: 1. Furniture - Even though a lot of folks decide to paint furniture themselves (after all, it's fairly easy to do and doesn't cost much), others prefer to hire a professional painter. It could be for any number of reasons. Some people just don't want to devote the time it would take, others would rather trust a professional to make sure the paint job is completed in the best way possible and some people, while they love the look of freshly painted furniture, just don't have the desire to do the work themselves. A few ideas on painting furniture to transform the look of your space include, kitchen tables and chairs, large items such as a hutch or buffet, living room end tables, coffee tables, dressers, bookcases, and so on. 2. Upholstery - That's right. You can actually paint the fabric on your sofa, armchair, pillows, etc. The process is a bit more complicated that regular painting, which is why hiring a pro might be a good idea for this particular project. In order to successfully paint upholstery, you will need to use a mixture of water, fabric medium (can be found in craft stores and some home improvement stores) and latex paint. Be sure to let your upholstery dry thoroughly before allowing anyone to sit down on it! 3. Appliances and Fixtures - From refrigerators to washers and dryers and even countertops and faucets, you can bring a new level of style to your home by adding a fresh coat of paint. The most popular type of paint for appliances and household fixtures is metallic, but you can go with something simple like black or white as well. If you'd like to hear more about unique ways to improve your home's interior through painting, contact the painting professionals at Colour Solutions. Serving the Wilmington, NC area, Colour Solutions can offer expert advice and helpful design suggestions for your painting needs. Call (910) 686-3067  or visit Colour-Solutions.com today for a free estimate!

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Ideas for Painted CabinetsOver the years, your kitchen cabinets will get a lot of wear and tear. Instead of spending a small fortune to replace them, why not simply refresh their look with a new coat of paint or an attractive faux finish? Colour Solutions offers professional cabinet painting services to give your kitchen a totally new look for a fraction of the cost of replacing them. With a very wide selection of colors to choose from, including the basic neutrals as well as attractive shades to suit just about any style, Colour Solutions can help you choose a look that works well in your kitchen. Whether you're going for a more modern look or you want to capture a rustic "shabby chic" motif, Colour Solutions' design experts can create a custom painting project suited to your tastes and budget. Need a few ideas to get started?
  • Choose a bright white to create the illusion of a bigger, more open space. This works well in small galley kitchens.
  • Want something more unique? Consider experimenting with deeper shades of colors found throughout your home.
  • Consider the layout of your kitchen and how color will play into it. Does your kitchen open up to the dining/living area? You may want to break up the monotony by choosing a different color that complements the color in those areas. Likewise, you may start out with the idea of painting your kitchen and find that you'd like to have that color flow through the entire space.
  • Two-tone effects are also becoming more popular in kitchens. Choose a lighter color for your upper cabinets such as cream, white or a light shade of green, and choose a darker shade for the lower cabinets. This effect helps draw the eye upward and can make your ceilings appear higher, making the room appear larger.
  • Inspect the design of your cabinets. Depending on the style and texture, a faux finish may work well.
Check out our online gallery to get more ideas, then be sure to give us a call for a free consultation and estimate. (910) 686-3067. In addition to cabinet painting, Colour Solutions also offers a wide selection of other home improvement services. Whether you need to get rid of that old, outdated wallpaper, want to refinish your deck in time for summer or need to fix a drywall mishap, Colour Solutions can help! Check out Our Services  to see a full list of what we can do.