Create a Cozy Reading Nook in your Home

Photo credit – Houzz

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.

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.

Summer Home Improvement Ideas

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, most homeowners are starting to think about ways they can improve the look and value of their homes. Summer is a great time to tackle some of those big home improvement projects and Colour Solutions is always happy to help homeowners check some of these projects off their to-do lists:

Deck and Patio Maintenance1. Deck and Patio Maintenance
Get ready for those summer cookouts by giving your patio, deck or porch a makeover. Whether your wooden deck needs staining, your cement patio needs pressure washing or your front porch could use a fresh coat of paint, Colour Solutions can provide a wide range of services to make your outdoor living space the envy of the neighborhood. And the floor surfaces aren’t the only places that may need attention – porch ceilings, posts, doors and exterior walls can also be painted, stained or washed to give your space a completely new look.

Interior Painting2. Fresh Paint Indoors
Summer is a great season to paint indoors. Here in the Southeast, high outdoor temperatures can make it challenging to complete exterior paint projects in the summertime, but interior paint jobs can be done quickly and easily without worrying about the heat and humidity complicating the project. If you’ve been thinking about giving your indoor rooms a new look, Colour Solutions can offer homeowners top-quality interior painting services at reasonable prices. From choosing a new color scheme for your bedrooms to painting your kitchen cabinets to adding a faux finish in the dining room, we can provide clients with a full range of options – after all, painting is our specialty! Adding fresh paint indoors can also take care of those pesky scuff marks and scratches that may have occurred throughout the years. Colour Solutions knows how to effectively prep the wall surfaces to ensure your new paint job covers up small imperfections.

Yard with Fence3. Beautify Fences
If your home has wood fencing, you might want to consider having it professionally cleaned or painted. Because fencing is subjected to the elements every day, all day, it can tend to accumulate mildew and lose its original attractiveness. Quick, fairly inexpensive ways to improve the overall look of your home is to thoroughly clean or paint your fences. If you’re thinking of paint, Colour Solutions can even offer professional consultations on choosing a complementary color and offer suggestions on the type of paint to choose. This project is best done in early summer, before the extreme heat of North Carolina sets in; however, if you do decide to hire us to paint outdoors, we at Colour Solutions can strategically perform the task to ensure the paint doesn’t dry too quickly before it has time to set.

No matter what time of year, Colour Solutions is dedicated to offering clients throughout the Wilmington area the best painting and home improvement services at affordable prices. To get started on your next summer home improvement project, feel free to give us a call. In addition to painting, staining and cleaning, we can also do light carpentry, wallpaper removal, yearly maintenance packages and more (see our Services). Call us today to hear more about our services. (910) 686-3067

Color Therapy

Color Therapy

Color Therapy or Chromotherapy is the use of color to help modify mood and emotions.

Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is the practice of using colors from the visible light spectrum to enhance moods, restore emotional balance and combat a variety of psychological problems. Although some critics argue the validity of this practice, others are more inclined to accept its theories.

While using colors to affect your emotions may seem like a silly theory, there may be some truth in this “pseudoscience” after all. For decades, advertising companies and corporate design teams have utilized color to trigger desired behavior in their customers or employees. For instance, the most common color associated with fast food chains is red. McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Chick-Fil-A and Arby’s all use the color red in their logos and packaging. This is most likely due to the theory that red is an attention-grabbing color that is sometimes associated with appetite. (This is also why red is such a popular color choice for home kitchens and dining rooms).

As another example, pink can sometimes be found in prisons, behavioral health centers or other types of places where residents may need to be confined or subdued. “Passive pink,” as it is called, is used as a calming color, though its effectiveness is often criticized by the scientific community.

As for homes, most interior designers will agree that color has a powerful effect on the overall mood and atmosphere of a room, which in turn will affect the mood of anyone who enters it. If you want to create an inviting space for guests to mingle and feel comfortable, a warm orange (think terra cotta, not traffic cone) may work well. If you’re an artist in need of inspiration, try purple – the color often associated with creativity and spirituality.

While most scientists will agree that color can have an effect on a person’s emotional state, most reject the notion that color has any effect on the physical or physiological aspects of health. While we at Colour Solutions consider ourselves experts when it comes to painting, pressure washing or wood staining, we aren’t exactly equipped to help our clients combat physical or emotional illness. If you find yourself experiencing any physical or psychological problems, you should contact your doctor.

Sources:

Color has a powerful effect on behaviopr – NY Times
Color Therapy for Designers Pt 1: The Meaning of Color – Smashing Magazine 

Choosing Paint Colors as Part of a Home Remodel

Home Remodel and Paint Color Choice

Choosing new paint colors is one of the most important aspects of a home remodel.

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. Whether you’re space is in need of some serious TLC or you just want a quick and easy way to give your room a makeover without breaking the bank, paint can be your secret weapon against interior design disasters. If you’re about to embark on a home remodeling project, be sure to give some thought to your color scheme and then choose your paint accordingly.

From building an addition to knocking down walls to installing new appliances and light fixtures, any home remodeling project can be further enhanced by incorporating a new paint color. When choosing your colors, it’s important to consider the setting. Depending on the room and what it is used for, you may want something bright and invigorating, or you may want something a little more subdued. For instance, lime green or fire engine red may work well for a kitchen or play room, where there is usually a lot of activity and creativity going on, but such a vibrant shade probably won’t work well in a bedroom or study, where things need to be quiet and calm. Something more along the lines of a soft blue or muted violet would be well suited for a serene atmosphere.

When in doubt, you can always stick with the tried and true neutrals – just don’t go stark white or jet black. Grays, tans and off-white colors like cream or eggshell are standards that offer versatility in design and decorating. But if you’re looking for something a little more fun, don’t be afraid to use color!

If you need help deciding on the perfect paint colors for your home remodeling project, we at Colour Solutions are happy to assist you. Just contact us at 910-686-3067 or request a quote online.

In addition to providing residential painting services, Colour Solutions is also proud to offer commercial painting services, pressure washing, light carpentry work and more. And rest assured Colour Solutions will work hard to ensure your project is handled professionally and to your satisfaction. Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our satisfied clients had to say.

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Get Ready for Fall Cleanup

Are you ready for fall? How about your home? To get you house in shape for autumn, check out these tips to make your fall cleanup go smoothly.

Transition garden -Â If you have a flower, veggie or herb garden, now is the time to get it ready for the next season. Remove any dead plants and weeds and till the soil. Start planting your fall/winter flowers/produce.

Rake leaves -Â Set aside an afternoon or morning to clear your yard of as many leaves and yard debris as possible. (In southeastern NC, you may be raking more pine needles than leaves! If that’s the case, you may be able to reuse the pine straw for landscaping).

Check your home for areas that need caulking -Â Caulk helps prevent moisture and mildew by creating a seal. Bathrooms, kitchens and around doors and windows are common places that need caulk. It’s a good idea to check these areas at least twice a year.

Check your home’s paint. Is it time for a fresh coat? -Â A fresh coat of paint can make your home more attractive. It can also act as a protective layer between your home and the elements.

Contact Colour Solutions to hear about our interior and exterior painting services: 910-686-3067

Best Ceiling Paint Color Ideas

You may think that choosing the right color for your ceiling is easy. White…right? Well the truth is, there are actually several shades of what most people consider “white.” Go too bright and it could throw off the rest of your room’s color scheme. Go too dark and it can make the room look smaller than it actually is.

If you decide to go with something other than white, you’ll want to choose something that will complement the rest of the room. Our team is skilled at color design and will happily offer advice on color palettes.

Another consideration is whether the ceiling is indoors or outdoors (like on a porch). The location of the ceiling and its level of exposure to the elements can also determine what type and color of paint you should use. Certain colors or types of paint may be more prone to fading if exposed to direct sunlight or severe weather.

In addition to choosing the right color, painting a ceiling can be a tough task due to difficulty reaching, troublesome textures and worrying about drips. Why not leave it to the experts who have all the right tools and experience to make your ceiling painting project go smoothly?

Colour Solutions has been offering quality painting and home repair services for more than 17 years and we are very proud of our client satisfaction rate (more than 98%!). Let us take the guesswork and headaches out of ceiling painting. Call us today for a free estimate! 910-686-3067

Colour Solutions Painting Service Areas in NC

Colour Solutions offers a variety of residential and commercial services within a wide service area. From interior and exterior painting to deck staining and pressure washing, Colour Solutions can help you transform your home or place of business. But our services don’t stop there. We also offer garage floor coating as well as cabinet painting and repair.

So whether you’re looking to pressure wash your Wilmington home, update cabinets in your Southport store or add a splash of new color to your Leland home interior, Colour Solutions is happy to help!

Colour Solutions proudly serves the following areas in southeastern North Carolina:

New Hanover County
Brunswick County
Pender County
Onslow County
Jacksonville
Southport

If you’re searching for a trusted, locally-based painting company in southeastern North Carolina, call Colour Solutions today at 910-686-3067. We’ll be more than happy to give you a free estimate!

Faux Painting with Stained Cabinets

As we all know, a fresh coat of paint can really make a room *pop.* Â But why not take it to the next level with beautiful custom faux finished cabinets from Colour Solutions?

An increasingly popular design trend among residential and even commercial properties, faux finish stained cabinets are created by skilled artisans using only superior quality materials. A great deal of careful planning and preparation goes into making your cabinets look gorgeous – after all, we want to be as proud of them as you are!

If you’re thinking of increasing your home’s resale value with custom stained cabinets, leave it to the experts at Colour Solutions. We also offer custom faux finish interior painting, pressure washing, deck staining and more.

Call today for a free estimate: 910-686-3067