When the homeowners called Color Theory, they initially wanted a quote for painting, but also learned about our color consulting service and were interested in what help that might bring. They had already started working with an interior designer but were still a little back and forth on the new colors. We brought our colors with us and developed a scheme that would work beautifully with the lighting of there home.Read More
Deciding on whether to paint your house on your own as a weekend DIY project or whether to hire out painting is a big question. When I meet with homeowners they are often weighing out whether it's worth it to pay the premium cost to have it done or if they will be pleased with their own craftsmanship.
Between you and me, if it were my home, I would probably do it myself. But that's not fair because I'm a professional. There are three things to consider when choosing between having your home professionally painted or...um...not so professionally painted.Read More
With Spring on the way, many people will be looking to update their homes. Taking the painting plunge can be daunting, but we have ways to make the process painless.
Start with what you already have
It is much easier to start your color search with the decor that you already have in the room. Take note of colors and patterns that are already in the room, and pick paint colors that go well with the decor. If the room is unfurnished, or you are changing the furnishings, pick out the new items before choosing your paint colors. Remember that it is much easier to pick a paint color that fits with the decor, rather than decorating to fit the paint.
Don't be overwhelmed by the paint rack
When searching for a new paint color, skip the paint rack. It's too easy to become overwhelmed by all the color choices and different shades of the same color. Instead of fretting over picking the exact perfect color, decide first the feelings and function of the room. Do you want a warm, cozy living room to curl up and watch a movie? Or maybe a clean, fresh bedroom for an invigorating start to the day? Once you have an idea of the feeling and function of the room, call a local color consultant (like Torlando at Color Theory) to assist in choosing the exact color for your dream room. A color consultant has a vast knowledge of colors and how to best use them in certain spaces. They can take all the stress out of picking the right colors for your home.
Compare paint colors next to objects other than your walls.
When holding paint samples up to walls (especially white walls), it's difficult to envision how the colors will go with everything in your home, and you will be more likely to pick a color that is too light. Make sure to compare colors against a variety of backdrops, including, furniture, rugs, flooring, etc. That way you can choose a color that works with all the furnishings in your room.
Test your final choices
Once you have narrowed down your color choices, purchase a small sample of each color and test it on the walls. In doing this, you can be sure that the color looks good with the lighting in the room as well as with the furnishings. Just make sure that the samples are in the same finish (high gloss, matte, etc.) as your final product, or the final product may surprise you.
Hire professional painters
Painting a room may seem like an easy, weekend project, but finding the right time and using the right tools may be harder than you think. For a room to really look spectacular, it is best to hire a professional painter or painting crew. Make sure to research the painting companies in your local area before hiring one. The best painting crew/company will he highly rated, with exceptional painters using high quality products (Pro-tip: Make your search even easier by calling us!). Professional painters will get the job done quickly, and leave your home looking better than when they came. Plus, you have your weekend back to do something much more fun!
So, next time you're looking to repaint your home, don't fear the painting process. However, if you do still have the painting jitters, there are professionals here who would love to help you create the home of your dreams!
Planning Your Paint Project
Having your house or just a couple rooms painted is the perfect way to imprint your personality on your home. I recently spoke with a customer while we were painting her house and she told me that for the first time she came home and it felt like HER house! Living with the colors of the previous homeowner or just the contractor white of a new home has a way of making you feel like you don't fit in at your own home. The following 7 steps are how we at Color Theory plan for your painting project.
1. DECIDE THE SCOPE OF YOUR PROJECT.
If you are painting the interior of your home decide which rooms you want painted and whether to include the ceilings and trim.
If you are painting the exterior of the home, plan ahead because weather and season is a major factor on getting your house painted.
2. SCHEDULE AN ESTIMATE
The estimate will take about an hour where you will receive a quote on the spot after the measurements are taken. Be sure to set a time where all decision makers in the home are present.
3. DOWNPAYMENT AND COLOR SELECTION
After you accept the estimated proposal we require a 25% downpayment to put you on our schedule. Jobs are scheduled on a first come first serve basis and with our schedule filling up fast you'll want to plan early enough to get your project started when you're hoping to.
At this time we will also go over the color options. You may choose to purchase a Color Consultation in order to aide in finding the color scheme that works best in your home.
4. SCHEDULE PROJECT
During busy seasons we can be scheduled out up to 3 months in advance or more. However, the waiting list is usually around 5-6 weeks. Start dates are approximate due to unpredictable conditions like weather.
5. BEGIN WORK
Once we begin work, our goal is to make the process as pain free as possible. We ask that pictures be removed from the walls and that small items are removed from the room being painted. Large items should be pushed to the center of the room. Beyond that, we aim at making this experience as convenient as possible. A crew of 2-4 team members will be assigned to the project.
We work a couple of rooms or sections at a time so that you can get your house back in order as we complete the project. When we are finished, each room is inspected by a supervising member, a walk through is completed with the home owner and then final payment is collected.
7. REVIEW AND REFER
Now that you've become a satisfied customer it would really help us if you offered a review online or referred a friend to take advantage of our referral program!
Hiring Color Theory professional painters is pain-free and exciting as you witness the transformation of your home through color. Schedule today!