Thursday, June 15, 2017

How Color Works (And How It Can Work For You)

Sir Isaac Newton discovered the fundamental principles of what is now modern color theory. One of the most important of these principles is that objects have no inherent color as we see them, instead reflecting colors that come from light.

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What we perceive as white is the reflection of all colors, themselves specific wavelengths from the part of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation we can see. Color as we perceive it is the mix of light waves reflected by an object, with multiple colors mixing and being distorted by texture to form the familiar range of colors we know. Black is the color perceived when little to no light waves are reflected.

Varied materials reflect light waves differently, resulting in the assortment of composite colors like browns. Lightness and darkness in color, of course, are also the effects of absorption and reflection. Lighter colors reflect more light and darker ones absorb more. Black, white, and the midtones in between (gray) form the achromatic scale, reflecting merely the intensity, presence, and absence of light.

This interplay of light and shadow creates contrasts, which help the human eyes define shape. This is especially evident in achromatic schemes. Choosing the appropriate tonal contrasts can help pop out sections of the wall such as crown molding.

Because the principle of reflection also applies to the heat given off by the light source, darker-colored objects absorb more heat and lighter ones reflect heat. This is evident in clothing; people find lighter clothing more comfortable in the sweltering heat of the summer. Rooms and walls painted a lighter color thus are substantially cooler than those painted in darker shades.

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Steve Silvers is the founder and head of Paint Squad, which provides top-notch commercial and residential painting services for clients across the Los Angeles area. Follow this blog for more updates on the world of paint and colors.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Home Improvement Projects That Increase Property Value

Renovating or remodeling the house (or some parts of it) will not just lead to improved function and aesthetics, it can also raise the value of the property. If there comes the day that the homeowner decides that he wants or needs to sell the residence, he can generate profit out of the home improvement projects. Examples of these are listed below:

Additional bedrooms

For most experts, constructing an extra bedroom is the home improvement that offers the best bang for the buck because it can increase property value by at least ten percent. If it is possible to reposition the space without having to create an extension, investment on the construction will pay off.

Kitchen remodeling

Many homebuyers prefer kitchens that have modern styles and are convenient to work in. An indication of this is the frequent mention of updated kitchen features in real estate ads. Based on a survey by MasterBrand Cabinets, homeowners can count on at least an 80 percent ROI (return on investment) after upgrading the kitchen.

Outdoor improvements

The house exterior makes the first impression on potential buyers or brokers, so improving the outdoor appearance sounds like a pretty good investment. There are plenty of ways to spruce up the exterior, including the roof, windows, landscaping, and wall painting.

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University of Colorado Boulder alumnus and Painting Decorating Contractor of America member Steve Silvers leads a team of home improvement professionals at Paint Squad. Visit this website for more details about him.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Paint 101: Varnish And Lacquer

Painting is a lot more technical than color combinations. There are chemical components of the paint that distinguish paints from one another. There are different tools used by professional painters to get the job done. Then there are varnish and lacquer.

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Though varnish and lacquer are similar, there are some subtle differences. People will need to know these differences so they’d know where and when to apply varnish, and the same with lacquer.

Varnish is a clear and hard solution. Painters apply varnish to wood for a glossy finish. The end result is a surface protected by a film. Varnish is comprised of a resin, thinner or solvent, and drying oil. It can also be applied to wood stain to emphasize the shine. That’s the advantage of varnishes with very little color.

Lacquer on the other hand, is a mix of nitrocellulose, plasticizers, and pigments. It’s a pretty volatile solution that’s made of a number of volatile solutions. The shellac in lacquer allows for a synthetic coat that forms a highly glossy surface.

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Lacquers are available in clear or colored coats, while varnishes are generally transparent. Varnishes are also very seldom produced in different colors.

Steve Silvers runs a company called Paint Squad for clients who want quality paint jobs for their homes. Learn more about Silvers, Paint Squad, and paint in general by visiting this Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Utilizing Color Theory For Your Interior Spaces

The color theory relies on finding harmonious color combinations based on the color wheel was first popularized by Sir Isaac Newton. Today, the color wheel remains one of the most influential standards for finding visually appealing color harmonies and is a useful guide in selecting color palettes for a variety of design applications, including interior design.

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Most color wheels that people are familiar with follow the traditional RYB color model, which has been the standard used by artists. Color wheels also come in the print-standard CMYK model, today the benchmark for color selection in print applications, and the RYB model, chiefly used in computer graphics.

Finding color harmonies are as simple as selecting colors from the same or the opposite ends of the color wheel. Three of the most familiar are monochromatic, complementary, and analogous harmonies.

Monochrome harmony involves taking contrasting dark and light shades of a single color. Of all the color harmonies, this is the easiest to accomplish. The second takes colors found across one another in the wheel (for instance, orange and blue), which have a natural contrast. This is a very popular color combination, particularly in movies. Finally, analogous harmonies derive colors adjacent to one another, creating an effect, not unlike monochrome with excellent transitions between contrasts.

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For more daring palettes, other color harmonies can be used. A three-way color contrast using colors a third of the way from one another can create the impression of a vibrant, colorful space without making the room look or feel cluttered.

Steve Silvers owns the professional painting service Paint Squad, which serves both residential and commercial clients. For more updates on the ins and outs of selecting paint colors, visit this blog.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Banishing Bland: Daring New Color Palettes For Eye-Catching Rooms

Many people are content with the off-white color scheme their new homes or apartments usually came in, and with good reason.  Although white and its pale neutral derivatives (beige, especially) are not a bad way to color a space, they also come off as deliberately inoffensive, trite, and unrelentingly bland. 

And while it is possible to work its advantages—being bright and going well with a broad assortment of other colors—with the right selection of furnishing to create an aesthetically pleasing interior space—its commonness make it less than ideal as a universal color scheme for a home.  Thus, more enterprising homeowners who want to create a space that is eye-catching should consider being a little bit more daring with their use of color.

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The psychology of color can be used to great effect in setting the mood for an interior space, while at the same time setting it apart from the rest of the rooms of the home. Rather than sticking to the muted and less intense palettes, homeowners can mix and match more vibrant color within the space, which can create spectacular contrasts and complements.  

Adding a bit of unexpected color to their interior spaces is also a good way of breaking monotony in an otherwise uniform room.  Accent walls are a good space to add contrasting colors and specific areas can be painted differently to demarcate a room within a room. 

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Homeowners, however, must exercise tact when creating their palettes of color that break regular design conventions.  Too much of an ad hoc approach to selecting the tones may result in the so-called “skittles effect,” creating a garish, eye-searing mishmash without any apparent color harmony.

Currently based in Los Angeles,Steve Silvers is the founder and head of Paint Squad, which delivers top-notch painting services to both commercial and residential clients.Visit this page for similar updates.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why Professional Painters Are a Wiser Choice

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It’s perfectly acceptable if, upon buying their homes, homeowners look for every way to save money. They thus undertake many home improvement jobs themselves. However, if they have money to spare, there are practical reasons for hiring professionals for the paint job, a move which will also spare them costs in the long run. Here are some important reasons why.

  • Preparations can be very time-consuming. Pros are adept at doing this more than anyone.
  • Pros are experts at products used for painting. They know what kind of paint materials and tools to use under specific circumstances.
  • Pro painters know everything there is to know (as well as everything homeowners should know) about paint. They know how to cut costs if need be.
  • Experienced pro painters have great and high-class equipment for the job. They have everything from ladders, to drop sheet, to buckets, to brushes, to rollers, and more. Homeowners will be spared from having to spend for a packed toolshed.
  • An experience professional house painter is an expert at dealing with the types of surfaces that need painting. Getting this wrong could spell a costly re-do.
  • Pro painters can even do some handyman prep work such as removing door handles before
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    they paint a door, or cover up sockets to keep paint from entering.
  • Pro painters are used to cleaning up their own messes, which they seldom make.
  • Painting a home usually takes more than a few days. Home owners will need to clean up after themselves every single day. That wouldn’t be the case with pro painters.

Steve Silvers runs a company called Paint Squad for people who want quality and innovative painting solutions for their homes. For more about Silvers and his company, check out this LinkedIn profile.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Key Tasks And Decisions To Make Before Painting Home Exteriors

Exterior walls are exposed to the elements, and their finishes need to withstand the full force of temperature changes and precipitation. Thus, they require a rather durable coat of paint and a very even and sealed surface texture to ensure the best outcome. Imperfections will sully the appearance of the final finish and flaws within the surface that have not been addressed prior may lead to further damage down the line.

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Prior to painting, the surface must be prepared. This includes a thorough cleaning of the surface, the removal of chipping paint, and the application of caulk on cracks and joints such as window frames, door frames, molding and fascia boards. Caulk should also be applied to areas where different materials (e.g. wood and brick) meet.

For houses with stucco finishes, it is best to let the stucco fully cure before applying the paint. Otherwise, the resulting finish would be chalky and drab.

A sealer should be applied prior to painting to keep the surface even. Specific sealers can counteract the effects of a chalky, dusty surface or sidestep the curing process for stucco surfaces.

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Applying a primer is vital for when a house is being painted to a different color, particularly when the new color is considerably lighter or darker than the previous color was. This would not be necessary if the house would be painted with an identical color.

Steve Silvers’ company Paint Squad delivers satisfactory, long lasting results to homes and offices through extensive knowledge of paint technology and meticulous attention to detail to deliver satisfactory. Visit this blog for more updates.