7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

7 Necessary (but not evil) Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects - Checklist Included

Something truly magical happens the day Spring arrives. Bloomington feels different. It's like breathing is fuller and my eyebrows feel lighter. It's finally time to get outside and become a real person again. Unfortunately, the winter has turned your house into the setting of the Walking Dead. It's time to get to work.

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How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

How To Know If Your Exterior Needs Painting

Not all exterior paints are made the same. There are different quality levels that make a real difference in terms of how long a coating will last.  

As a rule of thumb we direct our customers to a higher quality paint that will last a long time and provide a fine finish.  

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Valentine's Day Inspired Pinks - Best Shades of Pink to Paint a Room

Valentine's Day Inspired Pinks - Best Shades of Pink to Paint a Room

Today is a great day for remembering the people we love. In America, 25% of the cards sent each year are Valentine's Day cards. People love emotive cards, decked out in pinks and reds. 

Why is pink and red the color of Valentine's Day? Well, in general reds are associated with passion and pinks associated with flush skin. So, when you feel the warm rush and pitter patter of love, that all too familiar rosy blush surfaces and you know that the feeling is mutual.

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Kitchen Design - What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Design - What to do with your Kitchen Cabinets

Coming up with a good kitchen design idea is equal parts fun and overwhelming. Here are a couple of things you can do with paint to overhaul your kitchen without ripping everything out.

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How to Start a Painting Project with a Professional Painter

How to Start a Painting Project with a Professional Painter

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. 

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Best of Houzz 2017: Press Release

Best of Houzz 2017: Press Release

Color Theory of Bloomington has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The color-centric painting company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Painting Dark Pewter

Earthy tones and warm visual details give Edouard Vuillard's Project for the Public Gardes: Le Square de la Trinite a characteristically intimate feel. Though the arrangement of the forms is flat, his eye for the pattern on a woman's slipper and the delicacy of new leaves on a tree establishes a different sort of depth. 

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Painting White

Painting White

Since exploring our Color Combo of the Year, we wanted to find some different ways to feature colors we feel passionate about. We especially want to place what we do and what we love at Color Theory in contexts that might not always get discussed in the interior design blogging world.

One of Torlando's strongest beliefs is that paint is not just a color that lays on the wall; it is an integral part of your home and informs the nature of the space you live in. When you paint a wall, you are painting the scene that is your home.

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I Know How You Feel About All This Christmas Business

Christmas ideas for your wife or ideas for teenagers can be tough, especially when life is going pretty well.

For me, I'm always looking for gift ideas that don't increase clutter in the house. This is one of my favorite parts from Charlie Brown Christmas:

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Lucy Van Pelt: I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.

Charlie Brown: What is it you want?

Lucy Van Pelt: Real estate.

Consider Paint! 

With zero-voc paints like Benjamin Moore's Natura you won't have to worry about suffocating fumes because today's paints are safe for painting indoors during the winter.  

Your spouse or teen daughter will love the gift of a brand new bedroom with colors that reflect their personality.  

Give your family the gift of Color Theory!

Check out our pricing to see what painting a single room costs!

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Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

Much More Than a Sample: Paint Cards and Their Purpose

We often think of home decorating starting in a some airy interior design office. There's a mood board on the wall and books stacked neatly with a terrarium on top. Perhaps a display or two of personal artifacts acquired during world travels. An actual scene or not, one thing is for sure: a trip to the paint store is still a must. 

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Trim: Go Bold in Your Home

Trim: Go Bold in Your Home

When we imagine rooms in our mind's eye, wall color is quite often one of the first things we think of. To that end, as we plan updates to our homes, a change in wall color is at the top of the to-do list. Trim, meanwhile, is not infrequently painted a white semi-gloss. Doors, too, are typically painted the same color as the trim. And that white semi-gloss is tried-and-true for a reason: It's neutral, easy to clean, and makes just about any color look pretty darn good. 

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Hello, Fall!

Our past few posts featured some lovely outdoor spaces. But the recent cooler days (not to mention fallen leaves on the porch) may have you wondering how to make the most of your “fifth room” before winter sets in. Below you'll find a few easy tips to add warmth and coziness to your deck, porch, or patio. Better yet, these ideas work just as well in any living area.

 

Texture

Fall in Bloomington is particularly beautiful. If you've ever spent a sunny afternoon out at Lake Monroe or Lake Griffy, you're familiar with the rich and colorful trees. You can easily borrow from the feeling of the landscape itself with textured pillows, throws, and rugs. Consider layering different textures to mimic the variation found in one of fall's best features: foliage in transition.

Image: Style Files

Image: Style Files

Image: DIY Network

Image: DIY Network

 

Warmth

Let's be honest: Some people just resist being outside as the days and evenings turn chilly. In addition to offering a favorite autumn sweater, adding visual warmth through lighting accents, such as string lights and votives (and maybe even a flame-free DIY fire pit, too) creates an enticing — and cozy — environment.

Image: Brooklyn Limestone

Image: Brooklyn Limestone

Image: Sunset.com

Image: Sunset.com

See more outdoor lighting inspiration here.

 
image: apartment therapy

image: apartment therapy

These DIY votive holders work well in outdoor both and indoor spaces. Apartment Therapy has even more ideas here.

 

PATTERN AND...COLOR!

Perhaps the easiest way to get your outdoor space feeling Fall is through autumnal patterns and, of course, our favorite —color! Buffalo checks and other plaids make an even bolder impression in rich, warm palettes. And — dare we say it — usher us into the holiday season ahead. 

Image: Howtodecorate.com

Image: Howtodecorate.com

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image: designsponge

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Image: sua casa sua festa

 

Adaptable to any home, these ideas are also well-suited for personal interpretation. They work in just about any decorating style. What's your favorite aesthetic for fall? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!

Outdoor Livin'

Summer is a great time for backyard renovations. You can create a beautiful backyard that can be enjoyed through fall (and sometimes even winter). Below are some ideas for your perfect backyard, no matter your style  or space. 

These backyards are perfect for the garden lover. It's so nice to be able to grow your own food, right in your backyard!

These backyards prove that you don't need a huge yard to make a functional space that everyone will love to spend time in. 

These last backyards are just dream yards; gorgeous pools, mature trees, plenty of space to run. Sounds like heaven to me! 

What are some things you would like to see in your dream backyard? Let us know on here, or check out our Facebook page and leave a comment there! 

Getting Ready for Summer Parties!

Summer Backyard Bbq Grill Party Scene

The first day of Summer was this week, and Fourth of July is coming up soon, which means the beginning of Summer party season! Summer is the greatest time for outdoor parties, get-togethers, and barbecues. Below you will find some ideas to really make your Summer parties spectacular! 

DIY Paper Cup Lights

Paper cup lights are an easy way to add some cute decoration to any party, while still being functional. All you need for this project is a strand of Christmas lights, 3oz paper cups, and an X-acto knife (colored/patterned paper and glue optional). If the color or pattern on your cups doesn't appeal to you, use the paper and glue to cover the outside of the cups. Then, use the X-acto knife to cut a small x on the bottom of the cup. This is where the bulb from the Christmas lights will go. Attach a cup to each bulb along the entire strand of lights, and voila! You have a beautiful decoration and light source for your party. 

Keep the Bugs Away

The worst part about summer parties are all the bugs, especially mosquitoes. There are many different tips and methods for keeping the pests away, but the easiest and most effective way to keep your party as insect-free as possible is to set up at least two electric fans (more for bigger areas). Many small insects, including mosquitoes and gnats, don't have to strength to fly in the breeze. You can create your own breeze using the fans and the bugs will stay away. Plus your guests will be kept cooler and more comfortable. 

Make a Clean and Inviting Space

No one wants to attend a party or barbecue with too little seating, an overgrown yard, and a dirty space. Make sure to have enough clean, comfortable seating for all guests (or invite guests to bring their own). Yard work can be a pain, but it is important to get it done before a party (or at least get the lawn mowed). Finally, clean the outside areas of your home. Siding can become dingy and covered in mildew over time. Same with your driveway, fence, and deck. Before you have a party, have all these surfaces power washed. If you don't want to worry about taking on all that work yourself, call us. We will come to your home (you don't even have to be there), connect to your water source, power wash anything that needs to be, including windows and gutters, and clean up everything before we go. Then you will be all ready for your perfect Summer party!