Commercial Painting Services

Interior Painting for a Fresh Look this SpringDid you know that in addition to residential painting for the interior or exterior walls of your home, Colour Solutions also offers commercial painting? Whether you own a small office building, manage a large corporate building, or oversee a school, church, hospital or other public facility, our professionally trained painters can provide you with excellent commercial painting services at an affordable cost. With a wide variety of painting techniques available, and practically infinite choices of colors, we can likely customize your commercial painting needs while also offering top notch service and an exceptionally high level of professionalism. [Read more...]

Simple Solutions to Give an Old Home a New Look

"An almost new look to an almost 30 year old house; repair work and painting was exceptional. All workers had great work skills." – Peggy Needham
This testimonial from Peggy perfectly explains what a few simple tasks can do to transform an old home. With just minor repairs and a few fresh coats of paint, a home that's decades old can have a totally updated look. We did it for Peggy's house and we can do it for yours, too!

yellow houseInterior & Exterior Painting

You might be thinking that your home is so outdated that a few simple projects just won't make a difference. You'd be surprised at the impact just a fresh coat of paint can make. Our experienced and professional team of residential painters can work with you to find a color that will complement your home's features and we're always ready to discuss your budget ahead of time so there won't be any unpleasant surprises when you get your bill. We specialize in both interior and exterior home painting, so when you work with Colour Solutions you know you're working with professionals.

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Faux Finishes

In addition to painting, Colour Solutions is proud to offer faux finishing services to give your home a truly customized look. There are a wide variety of finishes to choose from, each with distinct textures and colors. Many clients choose faux finishes because they feel it allows them to make their home's interior "stand out" and it gives them the chance to really personalize their favorite rooms.

Minor Repairs

Does your drywall have a few dings? Could the carpentry on your deck railing use some TLC? Colour Solutions can help boost your home's interior or exterior look by completing simple repairs, as well as performing routine home maintenance tasks like cleaning out the gutters.

Ugly wallpaper? Call us!

Although wallpaper seems to be making a bit of a comeback these days, there are a lot of homeowners who feel stuck with the dates designs of decades past. But if the thought of removing wallpaper on your own gives you an instant headache, call Colour Solutions! We can remove your wallpaper in a professional, safe and efficient manner - and, of course, we can happily provide ideas for paint or finishes to take its place. As you can see, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a remodeling project to give your home a makeover. These simple and budget-friendly ideas can breathe new life into your home while adding to its market value. Homeowners who are getting ready to sell can especially benefit from these basic projects, as they can improve resale value, boost curb appeal, and hopefully help your home sell faster! Call Colour Solutions today at 910-686-3067 for more information or to schedule a consultation. We can't wait to hear from you!

First Impressions with Exterior House Painting

Exterior Painting for First ImpressionsHave you ever heard the expression, "What looks in, looks out"? When it comes to a home's exterior, perhaps truer words were never spoken. In addition to the usual question of general curb appeal, when a home's outside presents a freshly painted and well-kept appearance, chances are the inside is also well maintained. For homeowners, a clean, crisp exterior paint job can impart feelings of order and aesthetic balance, along with a little pride. This works wonders and can even boost one's sense of well being! On the other hand, a place with peeling, faded siding and dingy trim, can make a heart sink. Furthermore, anyone considering a home's appreciation potential or contemplating a future sale, will want to keep the exterior of their residence looking its very best. After all, a home is typically the largest single investment most individuals will ever make and maintaining, updating, and upgrading the property is an ongoing and rewarding process! How do you feel when you arrive at your "Home Sweet Home"? At Colour Solutions we can help you discover a variety of ways to put your home's best foot forward. Sometimes all that's needed is a quick pressure wash or touch-up paint job on the exterior trim, entryways or steps. Our staff of designers has years of experience in guiding our customers to paint and stain choices that will best suit their needs. The weather in southeastern North Carolina can be tough on exterior finishes. The heat of summer, heavy rains and wind, salt air, plus the frequent humidity, may generate issues such as mold, mildew, and even accelerate the aging of some paints and stains. If it has been a while since you reviewed what's available in the way of exterior paint and stain products, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The team at Colour Solutions is equipped to offer suggestions including which products will perform their best to keep your home's exterior looking fresh and new for years to come. To arrange for a free estimate or consultation, just give us a call at 910-686-3067. Spring is truly just around the corner, which is why now is the perfect opportunity to get your home looking its very best! We look forward to working with you in the future and encourage you to read what our many satisfied customers are saying about our services.

Exterior Trim – Color Choices and Replacement Options

Home exterior - spring cleaning.Think of your home's exterior trim as you would an accessory, such as a necktie or scarf. The idea when choosing a paint or stain color is to compliment rather than detract or overpower the general appearance. The architectural style of the home is also a consideration. There are some styles, such as Colonials, Queen Anne Victorians or Arts and Crafts bungalows that follow a suggested color palette for achieving historical accuracy.  See: Classic Paint Colors Ideal for Wilmington NC. For more traditional residences, a good rule of thumb is to pick a color that contrasts from the whole house color. For example, with homes painted in light shades like crisp white, pale gray, beige, or buttercream yellow, dark choices are popular such as black, cranberry, dark green, or gun metal gray. Another approach is to use trim colors that are either a few shades darker or lighter and in the same color family as the base shade. Earthy tones often look better with another only slightly contrasting natural color. For example, a tranquil moss green or rich beige could handle a trim choice that's only a few shade variations from the base color. Unless the neighborhood dictates which colors you may use, the bottom line is that trim color choices are a matter of personal taste. When in doubt, go for dark trim with a light background and light trim for a dark exterior shade. Of course, the designers here at Colour Solutions will also be happy to help guide you in the right direction! Best Wood for Replacement Trim When it's time to freshen up a home's exterior trim, a homeowner may discover that some of the wood needs replacing. The elements, along with mold, fungi, and mildew can wreak havoc on the thin strips of wood that trim your home. Builders often prefer southern yellow pine (SYP), cedar, mahogany, and redwood for exterior trim. Although poplar is frequently used for interior trim, it simply can not withstand changeable temperatures and moisture for very long. There are also a wide variety of synthetic trims on the market these days. Before making a selection, it is advised to read reviews and discuss the matter with both a qualified builder and painter. To maximize the life of the trim, it is advised to always prime it on all 6 sides. Save time by having the experts at Colour Solutions handle your trim painting for you.  Give us a call today to learn more: 910-686-3067.

Beach House Paint Colors

Beach House Paint ColorsThe fall season is often a time of reflection for homeowners along the southeastern coast of N.C. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the weeks are typically filled with trips to the beach, time on the boat, barbeques and numerous house guests. When autumn finally rolls around, many who own coastal properties notice some serious sprucing up is in order. The summer heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your home's painted surfaces, inside and out. At Colour Solutions, we agree with the old adage, that dollar for dollar, painting your home is one of the most cost-effective improvements you can make. With fall's cooler temps and dryer air, perfect painting conditions are here, so why not freshen up your beach house with some favorite coastal color combinations? For exteriors, classic choices are a solid winner. Along the beaches of N.C., lots of homeowners choose shades that blend and compliment their surroundings. Timeless matches are rich grays, sandy beiges, butter cream yellows, pale shades of sage and light blue, all paired with crisp, white trim. Recently, there's a trend to opt for the bold and cheerful Caribbean color schemes. Vibrant hues of pink, orange, aqua, blue, and yellow can totally transform an older beach cottage. Whimsical contrasting pops of color for the trim, doors, windows, and shutters, are also very popular. To maintain an airy feel inside the home, light colors are always a good choice. Whitewashed walls with accents of bottle blue, sea glass green, beach sand, or pelican gray are effective for achieving cottage chic. Painted ceilings and floors are another easy way to make rooms bright and breezy. The idea of painting old knotty pine paneling that is in some older beach houses, would make some cringe, however, there's no better way to lighten up. The same goes for brick fireplaces and mantels. Changing the finish from tired red clay to serene oyster white works wonders and is an easy way to update. For more ideas, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to discuss paint and stain options. Please call us today at 910-686-3067 or contact us online.

How Does Humidity Affect Your Home’s Painted Finishes?

How Does Heat and Humidity Affect Your Home's Exterior?Most homeowners are aware that weather and changing temperatures can directly impact the wear and tear on their homes. However, the severe temperature dips and harsh precipitation associated with the winter months are what most homeowners focus on. Although in some parts of the country, the summers are warm and dry, there are many states in which high humidity and heavy amounts of rain wreak havoc on homes' painted or stained finishes. In the greater Wilmington area, the combination of high humidity and rain can wreak havoc on exterior materials such as wood, masonry, and metal.  Excessive moisture can result in mildew and algae. Check your exteriors for signs of these culprits and clean them a soon as possible. A solution of 2 parts water, one part bleach, and one part a mild detergent, such as Borax, is recommended. If you live in or around Wilmington, NC, contact the experts at Colour Solutions to discuss which paints and stains are mildew-resistant and which ones are better suited for your application-oil-based or latex.  Colour Solutions will be able to match the best quality paint for your application for the ultimate protection and beauty of your home or business. Be aware that moisture and humidity can creep inside and create problems for a home's interior as well. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are the most susceptible. Rule out leaks or rotten wood to ensure that these issues do not get out of hand. For most homes that have a mild problem with interior humidity, a simple clean up and the ventilating with air conditioning, fans, or open windows, is all it takes. If a DIY painting project is in your future, here are a few suggestions for success:
  • If it is not warm enough outside to dry laundry on a clothesline, it's not warm enough to paint.
  • Wait before you paint if water splashed on cement does not dry quickly or in 15 minutes. You could also test this by brushing water on the area you want to paint or stain.
  • Light breezes are perfect, however, windy conditions can ruin your perfect application with tiny debris and cause the job to dry unevenly.
  • Do not paint outside in very hot weather or in direct sunlight. It can cause blistering. Painting "in front of the sun" is frequently suggested, which means painting in the direction the sun is moving, just ahead of its path.
  • Overcast, but warm days, with no chance of rain are ideal for exterior painting projects.
  • Before breaking out the brushes and drop cloth, call our team at Colour Solutions.  You may find that hiring the pros will be well worth the time and resources it saves you!  Plus, you'll know that your home will look beautiful and the painting will done in a flash.
Call us today to request a quote or complete the form on the right side of this page: 910-686-3067

Replace Rotted Wood and Repaint Home’s Exterior

Say No to Wood Rot!

Don't let this happen to your home!

Wood damage caused by rot can result in big headaches for homeowners. It is a tough issue to deal with because it can occur in so many areas, such as the structural timber, eaves, garage doors, entry doors, window casings, and anywhere else that wood was used in construction. Wood rot is most often attributed to pests, like termites or carpenter bees, and/or excessive exposure to moisture. Wood decay fungi, which are a common source of the problem, can only grow on wood with a high moisture content.  That's why the key to prevention is to  use paints, primers, and stains with moisture barriers. Homeowners faced with wood rot will want to have an experienced professional assess the situation before proceeding with a replacement project. The root of the problem must be determined before any work takes place to ensure the wood rot is eliminated once and for all. Ongoing leaks or the presence of wood-eating pests are usually the culprits. After the cause has been eliminated, the replacement wood should be primed on all six sides before it is installed. Sealing all 6 sides with primer, or "back-priming," is necessary to hopefully keep this from happening again. Our painting professionals at Colour Solutions would be happy to discuss which products are best suited to your job. Ongoing and preventative maintenance are also vital in keeping wood rot at bay. Cleaning your home's exterior, along with re-caulking and painting every three to seven years is a step in the right direction. Exterior paints and stains are like your home's coat of armor against the elements. Failing to paint or stain the exterior and trim on a regular basis can set the stage for further damage. It is vital to apply a sealant regularly to the timber used on decks and porch flooring so moisture and rot will not set in. Take control of your preventative home maintenance by getting on a schedule with Colour Solutions painting company based in Wilmington, NC.  Don't let your house painting go by the wayside - contact Colour Solutions for a free quote today! 910-686-3067

6 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home’s Exterior

Freshen Up Your Home's ExteriorSummer is the perfect time of year for outdoor gatherings, and the perfect time to pay extra attention to your home's exterior. Perhaps you went all out during the spring cleaning regime to get your home's outside areas ready for family gatherings, barbeques, or lazy afternoons by the pool? By mid-summer, it's often time to give it another go so everything will remain fresh and inviting through Labor Day. Here's a handy checklist to ensure that your home is striding through summer, with its best foot forward: 1. Pressure Washing - Check exterior areas to see if a thorough pressure washing is in order. This is also a must-do activity prior to painting or staining. 2. Exterior Paint - Whether you decide to paint the entire exterior or just the trim, the summer is an excellent time for these projects. Warm mornings and more light in the evenings make it easy to work these projects into your summer agenda. Just read the labels of the products carefully to ensure that you are using them under ideal conditions. Or, better yet, call the experts at Colour Solutions and let them take care of your house painting projects! 3. Windows and Entryways - Pay attention to the windows and entrances. Have summer showers splashed dirt and grime on these areas? In spite of any spring-cleaning that was done, by mid-summer it's likely time for an encore. Sparkling windows and clean entryways equal (almost) instant gratification. 4. Outdoor Furniture - The previous point holds true for outdoor furniture, grills, and outdoor kitchens. Give them all a good scrub down and see if any touch-up jobs are called for. There are innovative paints for both metal and plastic that can breathe new life into tired finishes. Protecting those surfaces by sealing them with paint also prevents rust, mold, and mildew. And…you may be ready for a little pizzaz-wouldn't that old chaise look amazing with a coat of flamingo pink paint? 5. Deck Sealing - Is it time to reseal, paint or stain your porch or deck? The warm summer sun can speed up the curing process, which is vital to preserving the wood and keeping it looking great. 6. Decorations and Extras- Could your home's exterior use a few extras? After the 4th of July, lots of "summer living" items are on sale big time. Surely you could use a few things such as: a new doormat, pretty pillows or cushions for outdoor furniture, solar walkway lights, wind chimes, a hurricane candle for your picnic table, or fresh blooms for your front porch containers? Remember that the additional TLC you give your home's exterior has big payoffs. Along with improving curb appeal, freshening things up also gives your home extra protection against the harsh moisture and humidity of summer.

Add to or Improve Your Outdoor Living Space This Summer

Outdoor Living SpaceWhether you're planning a big Fourth of July barbecue, want to enjoy the outdoors in the comfort and privacy of your home, or you need to make your place look great before putting it on the market, giving your home's outdoor space some TLC can really improve its appearance and value. From refinishing your back deck to adding a cozy outdoor sitting area, Colour Solutions can provide a range of home improvement services to help transform your outdoor area into the perfect summer sanctuary. Here are a few ideas for adding to or improving your outdoor living space: 1. Deck remodeling/painting/staining Whether you want to completely remodel the design, or simply add a nice coat of paint or stain, enhancing the look of your deck can add a tremendous amount of personal appeal - not to mention boost its market value. During the summer, people tend to spend more time outdoors, so it makes sense to make these outdoor living spaces as comfortable and attractive as possible. Deck improvement projects can range from large-scale remodeling to simple paint and stain jobs, but whichever you decide to do, you'll be glad you did it when you're showing your home to guests or potential buyers. And even if you're not the type to entertain and you aren't planning on moving any time soon, you can still benefit from these improvements. There's nothing quite as satisfying as lounging on your own private, newly improved deck! Wood deck staining is relatively inexpensive, but can make an enormous difference in appearance. Not only that, but the right stain product can prolong your deck's life and keep it protected from the harsh heat and UV rays of the summer atmosphere. Painting can have similar benefits, allowing you to further personalize the look of your home's exterior and protect the material from damage. Colour Solutions is proud to offer high quality painting, staining and refinishing services for your home's deck structure. Give us a call today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation: (910) 686-3067 2. Outdoor fireplace or fire pit Summer nights are perfect for sitting around a cozy fire. Why not create your own private sitting area, complete with a built-in fireplace or fire pit? Whether you want a large, opulent stone fireplace to complement your covered back patio, or you just want a simple fire pit in your backyard that you can surround with comfy outdoor chairs, you can add an element of warmth and hospitality to your outdoor space with one of these fireplace features. Just remember, if you're doing the project yourself, you need to keep safety the top priority. Make sure your fire pit is deep enough so that embers and tall flames can't "jump" or spread to your lawn. And make sure, if you're making a fireplace, that you allow for proper ventilation of the smoke. If you've never constructed an outdoor fireplace before, it may be wise to leave it to professionals and hire a contractor. 3. Sunroom/screened porch One of the drawbacks to summertime (at least here in the South) is the presence of insects. Mosquitos, bees, junebugs, cicadas, dragonflies, and other small pests are more prevalent in the summer so having an outdoor space you can enjoy without the annoyance of these bugs can be really nice. If you've already got an outdoor patio, consider enclosing it to create a sunroom. You can add glass panels, sliding doors, windows, etc. to customize the design. While sunrooms tend to be a bit on the expensive side, they add a great deal of value to your home and can be enjoyed in any weather. A more budget-friendly option would be to add a ceiling, some support posts and some durable screening material. Screened porches are nice because they allow the fresh air to circulate through the area and are less complicated to construct. You can also customize the design of your screened porch by adding some medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels to the bottom. This can further aid in keeping bugs, dirt and debris from getting through the screen and it gives the space a nice, finished look. Be sure to contact the experts at Colour-Solutions in Wilmington for any of your painting, pressure washing, staining, or even carpentry needs this summer: (910) 686-3067

5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home in Summer

Add Curb Appeal to Your HomeAre you trying to get your home looking its absolute best before putting it up for sale? Or perhaps you're trying to market it as a rental property and you want it looking great so you'll attract more visitors? Or, maybe you just want to improve your home's curb appeal even though you aren't planning on moving out any time soon! Whatever your motivations may be, summertime can be a great season for adding some oomph to your home's exterior. Here's a look at 5 easy ways to boost curb appeal without having to spend a lot of time and energy. 1. Neat and Clean Windows (Keep them clean and free of cracks!) Sadly, many homeowners forget to tend to their windows during their regular home maintenance. This is a shame because nice, clean windows can do wonders for both your home's interior and exterior. It will make your home look brighter, more inviting, and it will help fill your rooms with natural daylight. In addition to having your windows thoroughly cleaned (inside and outside panes), you should check around the window panes for cracks or other minor damages, either to the surrounding wood shutters or to the window glass itself. If you notice anything, go ahead and fix these issues now. If you see some cracks in the wood, make a quick run to the local hardware or home improvement store to get some wood putty filler and paint. Simply follow the directions on the putty for filling in wood cracks and then paint over the treated area once it has set. If you notice a crack in the window glass, you can pick up some waterproof silicone sealer. You'll use it much like the wood putty - simply fill the crack or small hole with the sealer and smooth it out so that the sealer is flush with the surrounding glass. A putty knife or popsicle stick does the trick. Remember, this is a temporary fix and you'll probably want to replace the window glass at some point. If you'd rather not do these projects yourself, you can always contact us! Colour Solutions is pleased to offer comprehensive painting services to residential properties throughout the Wilmington, NC area. Additionally, Colour Solutions can handle a variety of other small home improvement jobs. Call us today for a free estimate. (910) 686-3067. 2. A Welcoming Front Entrance (Add some fresh paint to the front door, keep walkways and front porches swept and free of clutter, add some attractive house numbers) When visitors come to your home for the first time, their first look at your home will include the entrance. A first impression is important, so spiffing up your home's entrance should be a priority, especially if you're planning on putting your home on the market. To do this, make sure you keep your front entrance free of leaves, grass, dirt and other debris by sweeping regularly. You could also spend a few dollars on some nice, new house numbers to add to your home's entraceway. You can find these at any home improvement store and they're usually about $4 each. Finally, adding a coat of fresh paint to your front door can be a powerful way to boost your home's curb appeal. Just make sure you choose a color that complements your home's exterior color. If you're not sure about what color to select, you can always call us at Colour Solutions for paint samples. Remember, the way the colors will look on the swatches will be different than they way the color looks in natural sunlight. When comparing swatches, be sure to do it outside, standing near your front door to get the best idea of how the color will look. While you're at it, why not go ahead and paint your window shutters and some other small features? You mailbox could probably use some fresh paint and your window shutters would look great in a color that matches the new front door shade! If you'd like to leave the painting projects to the professionals, feel free to contact Colour Solutions - Wilmington, NC's home painting experts! Don't think you can afford to hire painting pros? You might be surprised how affordable it is! And, if you're only painting a front door, shutters, and other small areas, your bill will be much more manageable than if you were painting an entire house. 3. Neat Landscaping (Don't overdo it, just maintain what you have) People rarely enjoy doing yardwork in the hot, humid summer months. Here in the Southeast, most homeowners put off even the simplest tasks like mowing their lawn because the heat can be unbearable. Even though it's tough, try not to fall behind on your lawn maintenance. Don't worry too much about adding anything into the mix like extra flowers, shrubs or trees - the less you have to take care of the easier and cheaper this will be! Simply focus on maintaining what you already have in the ground and, if you begin to feel ambitious, maybe add a few small touches like solar powered landscaping lights or fresh mulch. 4. Mildew-Free Exterior (Power wash your home's exterior to keep mildew at bay) Pressure washing your home's exterior is a quick, fairly simple process that will keep your home looking great for several months. A lot of homeowners choose the "do it yourself" method when it comes to pressure washing. While this can often save you a few bucks, keep in mind that pressure washing involves the use of chemicals to remove mildew and other bacteria that can accumulate on your home. If you plan to pressure wash your home on your own, be extra careful when handling the cleaning substances and when operating the device. For those who might not have the time or ability to pressure wash their own homes, Colour Solutions offers professional pressure washing services at affordable rates. 5. Painted Porch & Porch Ceiling Got a fabulous front porch? Show it off with a fresh coat of paint! And, while you're at it, don't forget the porch's ceiling! It might sound strange, but having a nice, clean and neatly painted ceiling can add a whole other level of appeal to your porch. While some visitors might not take much notice of the nice, beautifully painted ceiling - potential home buyers will. When buyers view a home they're considering, they look in all the spaces, nooks and crannies that your typical house guest wouldn't dream of peering into. So, if you want to really make a good impression...don't forget the ceilings! Colour Solutions can provide clients in the Wilmington area with a variety of outdoor paint styles and colors that are perfect for porches. Speak with one of our representatives today to set up a consultation!  910-686-3067