You've probably heard at one point or another that certain colours can convey certain feelings. Whether you believe this or not, it's an interesting topic to consider! Here's our take on how colours can affect your mood.
This colour tends to cause eye fatigue, more than any other colour. It's also been shown to upset babies! In adults, it tends to increase metabolism. There are some conflicting reports, however. Some say yellow causes people to lose their temper more often, but then others say it makes people feel cheerful and happy. Seems like a very polarizing colour!
You'll find the softer shades of yellow are easier to live with than bright, canary yellows. The shade range in yellow is very large, and some are better suited for interior paint designs than others. Ultimately, yellow prompts opinionated feelings, more so than other colours. Those who like it, really love it, while those who don't, tend to strongly dislike the colour in a residential interior painting project.
This is an interesting colour. It is mainly associated with females and being feminine, but it can go further than that. There is research data that shows rooms painted in pink tend to reduce aggressive, angry behaviour, at least on a temporary basis. These studies were conducted at prisons, where various cells were painted in pink and then the behaviour of inmates observed afterwards. The cells painted in pink did in fact have less violent behaviour than the regular cells.
Pink is a true favourite for painting a baby's room. It has comforting appeal to a baby, male and females alike. It's also a great choice for a young child's room and works very well with lavender shades.
The colour brown is all about security and reassurance. It also tends to be comfortable. Browns hold up well over time and are an excellent choice for rooms that get a lot of use. Shades of brown work well with other warm colours. The shade range of browns spans broadly and contains many neutrals. You could theoretically make some shade of brown work for any room! Furthermore, you can create exciting designs by incorporating unexpected tones in with the browns, like fuchsia and light blues. Play around with this and see what sophisticated interior paint designs you can come up with!
The colour of grey has been shown to increase creativity. It makes a great colour for studios or a home office. Grey is also ideally suited as an "executive colour." Since grey is truly a neutral colour, in all shades, it provides an excellent background for a very large number of colour combinations.
Greys often last a very long time on walls and they provide a great background to make your beautiful furniture pop. A very stylish living room/family room trend is a shade of grey on the walls with unique furniture and area rugs. Shades of grey are very flexible, covering a wide range of styles, from traditional to contemporary.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article where we'll explore more colours!
Airless spray painting
If you're looking to get your commercial building painted by a professional commercial painter in the Niagara region, then go with an industrial painter that knows quality and has the background and experience necessary to get the job done right. At Professional Painters Niagara, we use the best paints and apply the best practices to all of our coating techniques. In fact, one of the areas we specialize in is airless painting. Many contractors in Niagara, whether they're spraying stains, oil, or latex paints, will speed through a job to cut down on employee expenses so they can collect the maximum on the bid. This often results in a plethora of overspray and uneven coats. Or even worse, they have no experience using the spraying equipment and the end result of their work is poor.
How Airless Painting Works
An airless sprayer works by pumping paint at a very high pressure, up to 3200 PSI, through a hose and out a small hole at the tip of the spray gun. The tip is designed to evenly break up the paint into tiny droplets in a fan-shaped spray pattern. Different types of paints can be sprayed using different types of tips, because stain and lacquer are thin liquids whereas latex house paints are thicker. Since an airless sprayer pumps paint directly from a 19 L bucket, you're able to apply a lot of paint in a short time. This makes an airless sprayer very well suited for large paint jobs, like priming bare drywall in a new house or painting hundreds of feet of fence along the edge of a property.
We specialize in airless spraying and we'll determine the best, long-lasting paints to be sprayed in the interior or on the exterior of your building. From there, we use the best airless spraying techniques to apply two coats to any surface. The end result is a superior look that is also protected against wear and tear, as well as aging and weather damage.
If you have a commercial building in Niagara that requires a large amount of paint work, it's important to go with a painting contractor who you know can do the job professionally - the way you'd like it done yourself. The most cost effective way to complete a large job is by spraying it, so don't take a chance with a contractor who lacks the experience necessary to get the job done right.
Prepping - a very important step
Many families look forward to the time when their house will be painted again and they get the feeling of living in a new home. However, before beginning any painting project, the house must be prepped for the job. Believe it or not, prep work amounts to more than half of the entire work! In our opinion, completing all prepping tasks is the most important step when you are starting a painting project in a home or a commercial space. Prep work serves several purposes. The first, to make sure the paint stays on the walls or surfaces where it's supposed to be on. The second, to make sure paint doesn't end up on anything it should not be on. Finally, prep work also helps with precise trimming and improves the overall result of the project.
For the exterior of the house, one of the first prepping tasks involves pressure washing the whole house. Pressure washing is done to get rid of all the dirt and grime that's built up on the house over the years. Another task that comes with exterior home preparation is getting the windows masked, to make sure no stains are put on them. Any professional painting contractors, painting companies or house painters worth their salt will ensure the surfaces to be painted are clean and the surfaces that shouldn't receive any paint are masked off.
For the interior of the home, one of the first tasks is laying down tarps in the rooms that are going to be painted and masking them off properly to make sure no flooring is exposed. Second, all the baseboards should be taped off so that they stay their current colour. All windows and doors should be taped off next. Any furniture needs to be properly covered as well, or removed from the work areas. All outlets and light switches should also be taped off to make sure they don't get painted accidentally. Quality painting contractors will make sure all areas are properly masked off and taped off to ensure an excellent end result for the project. The amount of masking off will also vary based on how the paint will be applied during the project, such as rolled or sprayed.
These are some of the critical steps involved with prepping a job site before painting begins. Professional Painters Niagara takes these steps and more to ensure your job is done right the first time.
Why Choose Us?
Why choose Professional Painters Niagara over the competition? With over a decade of experience in the residential home painting industry, Professional Painters Niagara knows exactly what it takes to bring you an exceptional interior or exterior paint job. We value your business and want to show you we're the best, that is why we guarantee every paint job will be clean, on time and on budget.
Your home is not a "job site" but your own personal living space. Because we acknowledge this, Professional Painters Niagara is dedicated to keeping the area clean and livable for you and your family. All of our crews undertake a major cleanup at the end of every project and utilize end-of-the-day cleanups to ensure we deliver a "5 star" touch. Leave the mess to us! When we leave, the only thing we want you to notice is your beautiful new paint job.
Since we pride ourselves on treating every customer with the utmost care and respect, we will be on time. This means being punctual to appointments and completing the job by the given deadline.
Budget is key during the planning process of any painting project. For your convenience, we use a customer-influenced, computerized estimate sheet that is printed for you on the spot. We break down the prices so you can choose exactly what to paint while knowing exactly what you'll pay. We keep our customers informed with clear, up-front estimates.
"After speaking with Martin from Professional Painters Niagara at my home, I canceled the two other estimators I had coming out. I was totally at ease and felt he was genuinely honest and did not want to waste anyone else's time."
— Kas & Natalie Melowsky
"We are extremely satisfied with the quality of work performed at our studio, and we feel it was done in a timely and efficient manner. Cheers to a job well done!"
— Lisa Cummings
"Thank you very much. I am 100% pleased with the work. They did a great, professional job. My thanks to the team for their good work and professionalism."
— Lorraine Lourie
Quick Guide to Home Painting
When you think about painting your home, the first few things that come to mind are the types of paints, usage of paints and the preparation required for the job. Home painting may seem to be an impossible, gargantuan task for some, but it's totally possible to tackle the job yourself.
Types of Paints
Latex based paints, which are most commonly used for interior home painting jobs, come in two finishes:
On average, a one-gallon (3.78 L) can of paint usually covers an area of 400 square feet in one coat. The thicker the coat you're applying to an area for home painting, the higher the consumption of paint per square foot. Also, the amount of paint may vary with the kind of surfaces you opt for. If you want a textured surface, painting it will require more coats and thus more consumption of paint.
There are online calculators available for you to plan your paint usage requirements. Try costing out with several different types of finishes, and then make an informed decision. Once you have your paint quantity estimations, buy all the paint required at one time to reduce the chances of colour variations.
As for colour choices, use a colour wheel to ensure colour harmony is just right. Trust your instincts when making the final choice. Follow the colour combinations defined by the colour wheel and once the right combinations are chosen, first apply a primer in a shade similar to the basic colour selected.
Preparing for Home Painting
Whether or not you choose to hire a professional painter to complete your home painting project, or choose to do it yourself, preparation of the job site is a crucial component of the task. The main part of prepping the job site involves removing items from the work area so that they do not become hindrances for the home painters. Moving furniture away from the walls and covering it with drop cloths is also important. Painters will require easy access to a water source, so they can clean their brushes and tools easily. Be sure that kids and pets are not around the work area either!
Next, you can move on to prepping the surfaces. Walls and ceilings should be washed with a mild soapy solution. If there's any flaky or peeling paint, just scrape it away.
A useful home painting tip is to leave a good amount of the same batch of paint for any touch up jobs later. For surfaces that should not be painted, cover them with a good quality painters tape. If you are doing a home painting job yourself, start by painting ceilings, then move on to the walls and finally the doors and windows. This sequence reduces the risk of having to touch up later. Home painters should invest in a top quality roller to ensure a smooth finish.
By taking the proper precautions and preparing your job site, your home painting job can be a very successful one. If you end up starting a project you can't finish for any reason, just call a professional painter!