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 Whether you need to get rid of that old, outdated wallpaper, want to refinish your deck in time for summer or need to fix a drywall mishap, Colour Solutions can help!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.

Kitchen and Bathroom Painting

Kitchen & Cabinet PaintingMaking improvements to your home’s kitchen and bathrooms can have a big impact on its resale value, not to mention your own sense of comfort and happiness. One way to easily transform your kitchen or bath into a beautiful space is to add a fresh coat of paint. At Colour Solutions, we offer a range of kitchen and bath painting services in the Wilmington area, from simple applications to luxurious faux finishes, all at a reasonable price.

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market soon, a newly-painted kitchen or bathroom will add value to your home and will likely attract more potential buyers. Just be sure to consult with a Colour Solutions design expert first, to help you choose a color that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. Of course, you can’t please everyone, but when putting your home on the market, it’s important to consider the taste of those who may be interested in buying. If you choose something extreme or something that reflects the current “fad,” the paint job may end up being more of a deterrent. Neutrals are usually the safest bet, but light or muted colors can also be attractive.

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home any time soon, adding a fresh coat of professionally applied paint can do wonders for your home’s personal appeal. Kitchens are especially important. It is estimated that most people spend the majority of their time at home in the kitchen, as opposed to any other room in the house. It makes sense when you think about it. Kitchens are thought to be the heart of the home, as this is usually where families gather to prepare meals, talk to one another and socialize with friends. Haven’t you ever noticed that people tend to hover around the kitchen at parties? This is probably due to the common link between food and socializing. So why not do something to really improve one of the most important rooms in your home? A professional paint job is a relatively inexpensive way to spiff up any room, but a kitchen will benefit from it the most.

Like kitchens, bathrooms tend to get a lot of traffic. Although they aren’t used for socializing or eating, bathrooms are also very important when it comes to the overall comfort and appearance of your home’s interior. A bathroom with a poor paint job or stained and outdated wallpaper will certainly detract from the home’s resale value, but it can also bring your mood down. Studies have shown that when homeowners are proud of the way their home looks, they tend to enjoy spending time at home more than those who are unsatisfied with their home’s appearance.

If you’d like to explore the possibilities in your home, be sure to contact Colour Solutions for a free painting estimate. Call 910-686-3067 or simply fill out our contact form on our website. We offer high-quality, professional kitchen and bathroom painting services at affordable prices. We also offer a wide selection of other household improvement services such as exterior painting, wallpaper removal, wood staining and gutter cleaning, just to name a few.

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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Brighten Up Any Room with Vibrant Paint Colors

Brighten Up Any Room with Vibrant Paint Colors

Brighten Up Any Room with Vibrant Paint Colors

Introducing new colors into your decorating scheme is one of the most cost-effective means of revamping, updating, and upgrading 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 pick will lack staying power, the folks at This Old House have some suggestions. After reviewing hundreds of new options, they have narrowed it down to 15 shades that they predict will, “go beyond trends to perform beautifully in real rooms.”

Oranges – These edged out reds as a new way to add depth and drama. Pumpkin, copper, clay, and exotic curry, are a few to look for. The color consulting firm, Pantone, which selects their paint picks twice a year, have named “tangerine-orange” as one to watch.

Blues – Cool and peaceful, shades of blue never go out of style. They can impart tranquility or create a breezy, endless summer feel. Some new choices to track down are those with hints of gray, turquoise, and aqua.

Greens – Because it is a secondary color that relies on blue and yellow, green can go in several appealing directions. This Old House has chosen three new greens that bounce from apple to a true green right from the crayon box to tinted shades that are reminiscent of sea glass.

Grays – More interesting than stark white, selections in gray provide a great neutral backdrop. They are unobtrusive and can serve as a blank canvas for practically any accent shade that is deep, dark, rich, or bold, to generate instant drama! The This Old House article also noted that, “gray compliments Carrera marble, stainless steel, and nickel”, all popular in kitchens and baths. The ranges of tints for gray can make shades that are warm, soft, or stark.

Yellows – Here are the go-to feel good choices for sure. Sunny shades of yellow are at home virtually anywhere. Pale buttercreams are perfect in traditional settings, while brighter, deeper, lemony picks add oomph to more contemporary homes. From true sunny shades to more subdued, creamier yellows, these cheery hues are sure to brighten up any space!

Remember that painting trim, ceilings or pieces of furniture are several other excellent ways to introduce some fresh color into your home. For a little more information and some inspiration, here is a link to the entire article, complete with pictures of color choices.

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

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Why Paint A Cement Floor

Cement floors are typically found in garages, workshops and patios. While it’s not always necessary to paint these surfaces, doing so can be beneficial to your home or place of business.

In addition to creating a more aesthetically pleasing space, painting a concrete floor can add resale value to your home. Cleanliness is always a big selling point for homes, and while garage and patio floors will inevitably get dirty, if the surface is painted, it can be kept clean much more easily.

Concrete is porous, which means there are millions of tiny holes within the material. These tiny holes allow dirt, oil, grease and other contaminants to seep into the concrete itself, making it extremely difficult to clean. If you’ve ever wondered why the stains on your garage floor are impossible to remove, even after pressure washing, this is why.

Adding a coat of epoxy concrete paint will create a protective barrier between the concrete and all the nasty stuff that will fall on it. You can choose just about any color you want for your concrete surface, but most homeowners choose a neutral color. You can even choose a solid color look or add loose flakes for a terrazo or granite effect.

To learn more about concrete painting, talk to the experts at Colour Solutions. Call today for a free estimate! 910-686-3067

Faux Finishes – When and Where to Use them

Faux finishing is a great way to personalize your home by going a step or two beyond a simple coat of paint by creating rich textures and patterns for your wall, cabinets or other home fixtures. Faux finishes can also be useful in covering small surface flaws and imperfections.

Knowing when and where to apply faux finishes is important, as they don’t always work with every surface. Here’s a look at some of the most popular faux finishes and where they work best:

Venetian Plaster – Gives the surface a marble-like appearance by creating depth and leaves a smooth but slightly textured feel. This finish is silky and cleans easily so it would be best suited for kitchens and baths.

Crackling -This gives a weathered appearance, as if the surface has been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time. Because this is a less subtle finish, it would work best for small spaces, cabinets, tables and other furniture. Not recommended for large surfaces such as living room walls.

Sponging – This is a faux painting technique that can be dramatic or subtle, depending on the colors chosen. Typically, two similar colors are used to create the effect. This finish is versatile and could work on a variety of surfaces.

Ragging – This faux painting technique imitates look and texture of aged leather or fabric. This is a great option for anyone looking for a dramatic look that isn’t too over-the-top. Works well for smaller, intimate spaces such as studies or bedrooms.

For more ideas on faux finishes, contact Colour Solutions for a free estimate. 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

Useful Apps for Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home

Isn’t the digital age wonderful? At the press of a button (or tap of a touchscreen), we can share pictures, compare prices and even design a home. Did you know you can even choose paint colors for your home through mobile apps?

In today’s post, we’re going to go over a few of these useful applications:

PaintSwatches (from Aquariform Designs) -Â This $1.99 iPhone app allows you to pick color from several paint companies, including Sherwin-Williams and Glidden in a simple, easy-to-use format. Scroll through swatches, search by color keywords like “frost” or “pepper” and create your own custom paint color collection.

Benjamin Moore Color Capture -Â This app is free on the Android as well as the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Simply use a photograph on your device to generate a palette based on the colors in your photo. Save and store the palettes you love.

ColorSmart (from Behr) -Â Behr’s popular color generator on their website has been transformed into an on-the-go mobile app. The app allowe you to preview rooms with your color selections as well as pull matching shades from your own photos. Best of all? Android and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch users can snag this app for free.

If you’d rather speak with a professional when it comes to choosing a paint color, don’t hesitate to contact Color Solutions. With years of painting experience, the experts at Colour Solutions will be happy to help you choose the best shades for your home. Call 910-686-3067 for a free estimate.

Sources:

http://www.stylelist.com/2012/02/09/10-paint-color-apps-for-iphone-ipad-android-photos_n_1266573.html#s680136&title=ColorSmart_by_BEHR

http://www.bobvila.com/blogs/paintswatches-iphone/

Importance of Clean Gutters

If your home or commercial building has gutters, be sure to keep them clear and clean for optimal use. Once gutters become clogged or damaged, they fail to divert rainwater from your roof away from your home and foundation. This could possibly lead to expensive damage down the road. Gutters that are full of debris will become too heavy for the fasteners to support them, which can lead to the gutters becoming detached from the roof (sometimes pulling part of the roof away with it).

To avoid this damage, keep those gutters clean! Here are a few tips how to do so:

Create a gutter-cleaning schedule – Gutters ought to be cleaned thoroughly three or four times a year. However, your gutters may need to be cleaned more frequently if your home is exposed to higher-than-average rainfall or debris. Write down your gutter cleaning schedule on a calendar in advance so you won’t forget.

Trim back tree branches that are close to your roof – Trees that are close to your home will most likely drop significant amounts of leaves and other debris that will eventually clog up your gutters. One way to proactively deal with this is to cut back the tree branches that are close to or hanging over your roof.

Don’t just scoop out the gutters; actually CLEAN them – Although leaves and debris will clog your gutters quickly, mildew, moss or algae may grow in your gutters over time. That’s why it’s important not just to remove the debris, but to clear out the residue that builds up.

Gutter cleaning can be a headache, but it’s an essential part of proper home maintenance. At Colour Solutions, we are happy to clean your home’s gutters for you! Give us a call today 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