Exterior House Painting – Add Accents with Windows and Doors

Home Exterior Accent Colors

Home Exterior accent paint colors can help you achieve the look you desire, whether that be a more formal, casual or whimsical appearance.

As with interior design and fashion, choosing paint colors for your home’s exterior takes a little know-how. Highlighting a home’s front door in a contrasting color is a great way for a homeowner to express their creativity and boost curb appeal. In times past, the preferred color choices were black, green, and red. Today’s homeowners are faced with so many exterior paint choices that making a decision can be tough. In a recent article from This Old House magazine, architectural color consultant, Amy Wax, offered a few suggestions.

Before you zip out to the paint store, take a moment to consider these points:

  • the architectural style of your home
  • what the exterior is constructed of and its color or colors
  • the door’s trim
  • the exterior entryway leading to the front door-is it wood, stone, brick?

Wax explained that for homes with solid colored, neutral exteriors, the paint pick for the front door should serve to compliment and enhance. Siding that is pale, such as white, gray, or beige; practically begs for a pop of color. Formal, stodgy entrances take on a new attitude with an unexpected choice that is both bright and bold. Casual residences can look more sophisticated when the front door is painted a glossy, deep shade of a primary color such as blue or yellow. For a touch of whimsy, consider using ice cream colors or shades inspired from the Caribbean: turquoise, coral, and sea foam green.

Doors that incorporate glass are able to handle strong shades because the glass tends to soften the overall effect. Residences with darker exteriors benefit dramatically when the front door color is incorporated artfully. Wax suggests repeating a shade that is already present and playing it up. For example, is the perfect choice lurking in shade variations within the brick or stonework? The answer could also be discovered in the home’s surrounding foliage or foundation plantings.

If you are on the cautious side, don’t worry. Paint stores provide samples so you can try a color or two out before committing to an entire gallon. For inspiration, here is the link to the article and photos from the This Old House article: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20567862,00.html

If you want help choosing colors or for us to give you a quote for painting services, you can request a quote online or call us directly at 910-686-3067.

Ideas for Painted Cabinets

Giving your kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint can improve their look and give your room a completely different appearance.

With just about any color you can imagine to choose from, Colour Solutions can help you find the perfect shade for your home’s cabinets. Choose classic white for a bright, clean look. Or go with something darker, such as deep forest green, to complement wood or copper elements and create a natural feel.

If you’re thinking of doing something a little different, don’t be afraid to experiment with bright colors or maybe even metallic finishes. Stainless steel appliances can look great when complemented by light counter tops and metallic-pained cabinets and compact spaces generally look much larger and more open when bright, light-reflecting colors are used.

Another unique idea is to use two different paint colors to create a two-tone effect in your home. Picture your upper kitchen cabinets in a light color such as white or cream, and the lower cabinets in a darker shade to match the color scheme of your home. This effect draws the eyes upward, making the ceiling appear higher and the room appear larger.

For more ideas for painting your home cabinets, contact Colour Solutions for a free estimate. 910-686-3067

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

Color Stained Decks

deckStaining your deck will offer valuable protection against mold, mildew and sun damage. But how do you determine the best shade or color to use?

Colour Solutions offers a wide variety of color stains for wooden decks, from light stains like oak and pecan to dark shades like ebony or even deep reds like mahogany or cherry. If your looking for something a little different, we can even give your deck a blue, green, gray or white stain.

With so many options to choose from, it’s best to narrow down choices that will complement your home’s existing color scheme. If you need a little extra help deciding, Color Solutions’ experienced professionals will be glad to offer suggestions and show you photos of past projects.

At Color Solutions, we offer pressure washing and high quality deck staining at reasonable prices. Call us today to hear more about color stained decks and to schedule a free estimate: 910-686-3067

Deck Painting Ideas in North Carolina

Are you tired of your worn out looking deck? Ready to give your outdoor space a facelift in time for summer get-togethers? Take a look at this list of deck painting ideas and tips and then call Colour Solutions for a free estimate! 910-686-3067

Tip #1
Decide whether you want to paint or stain your deck. Both choices have certain benefits. Stain will protect your wooden deck from mildew, moisture and ultraviolet sun damage and comes in several shades and colors. Paint comes in a wide variety of colors as well, and will still offer some protection. Talk to an expert at Colour Solutions for more specific advice on your particular deck.

Tip #2
If you decide to choose a paint for your deck, you’ll probably need additional products to get the same level of protection that a stain will offer. Exterior wood primer, for instance, can offer extra protection against moisture.

Tip #3
Choose a paint or stain color that complements your home’s exterior. If your home’s exterior is in earth tones, you might not want something too bright or extreme. Alternatively, if your home is brightly colored, a white paint or bright and cheery paint color may work perfectly!

Bottom Line: There are several factors that go into choosing the best paint or stain product for your deck. Location, material and your home’s overall color scheme will help determine the specifics for your deck painting or staining project.

Ready for a free deck painting or deck staining estimate? Call 910-686-3067 today!

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

Painted Porch Floor and Ceiling in Wilmington NC

Summertime is here! And what better time to improve the look and value of your outdoor living space? With Colour Solutions’ porch painting services, your porch or patio can get a quick and relatively inexpensive makeover with a few fresh coats of paint.

The pros at Colour Solutions can also offer expert advice when it comes to selecting a paint type and color for your porch’s floor or ceiling. Depending on the material (wood, concrete, etc.) you may need a specific type of paint – and depending on the level of exposure your porch is subjected to, certain colors may work better than others. Let the experts help you find the right paint product for your home’s needs!

Colour Solutions is a team of highly experienced painting and home improvement professionals. Among the many services we offer, painting outdoor porches and patios are a popular choice for homeowners. A fresh coat of floor or ceiling paint can add beauty, value and protection to your outdoor space for years to come.

Call us today to get a quote for your porch painting project! 910-686-3067

North Carolina House Painting

Living in southeastern North Carolina means your home will inevitably be subjected to salt, wind and rain. Although it’s rare along the coast, your home’s exterior could even endure below-freezing temperatures with snow and ice. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a paint product for your home, you’ll want to invest in something that will stand up to the elements.

Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to choosing a paint for your North Carolina home’s exterior:

–> Oil-based paints are more likely to chalk and fade in sunny exposure. If your home is in an area where it gets high amounts of afternoon sun, you may want to consider a latex alternative.
Latex-based paint holds color well, even when exposed to bright sun and heat.

–> According to Realty Time magazine, the most popular exterior paint colors are white, gray, blue, tan/brown, cream, beige, green, yellow and red. White remains the most popular choice of all.

–> Most realtors suggest painting your house a light color or a pale shade of gray. This is because lighter colors make a home seem larger.

–> “Historic” colors are popular in some areas. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have been catering to this trend, as seen with colors such as “Williamsburg Blue,” “Queen Anne Pink” or “Yorktowne Green.”

–> Always check with your home owner’s association (if you have one) before choosing a paint color for your home. Some HOAs have restrictions on exterior paint colors, since it can affect the value of other homes in the neighborhood.

–> Depending on your home’s siding material and how exposed it is to the elements, you should consider repainting your home every 5-10 years.

Contact Colour Solutions today for a free estimate and to hear more about home painting trends in North Carolina: 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