Tips for Selecting a Paint Palette for an Open Floor Plan

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An open floor plan has been popular for quite some time and is becoming even more so as new builds throughout North Carolina continue to implement the spacious feel of connecting the kitchen to living spaces. The open floor plan not only brings people together, but it is also inviting, comforting and cheerful. However, it can present a decorating conundrum. How do you choose a color palette that blends from room to room when the rooms are no longer divided by walls?

Selecting a color scheme for an open floor plan can get a bit tricky. Figuring out where to transition to another color and how many different colors to use can prove difficult. Flowers Painting suggests using these tips to make an open floor plan both beautiful and inviting. To much color in an open floor plan can overwhelm, yet to little color can get boring. You need to find the right balance to create a peaceful, seamless space.

Open Floor Plan Color Scheme Tips

Limit the Colors

One key to choosing a palette in an open floor plan is to select three to five colors that you will use for your entire space. One color should be white or very light, one or two should be neutral, and one or two should be supporting colors. You should stick to one color family or to colors that share the same intensity to keep the look cohesive.

Keep it Neutral

Neutral doesn’t need to be boring. Rather, a neutral color palette gives you room to introduce different textures and patterns to your living space. Selecting a white or other neutral color such as beige for your open floor plan gives you the freedom to add an accent or textured wall. You could even add a ship late wall, stacked stone wall or a textured ceiling to add personality to the space. To schedule a free estimate for a stacked stone, tile wall or backsplash, call Flowers Flooring at (704) 445-7750.

Add a Splash of Color

If you decide to go with a neutral background color, you can always add paint in strategic places, such as interesting angles and corners of the room to paint a bold, bright color. These areas provide a natural stop and start point, so you don’t have to imagine where the lines should be drawn. Bold splashes of paint will also add interest and personality to any room.

Tone on Tone

If you don’t want to utilize to much of one color in your space, tone on tone is another way to go. Simply use different tones of the same color, and gradually transition from tone to tone as you move to the different areas of the open space.

Use Accent Pieces

Accent pieces such as a bookcase can help break up a long wall of the same color. You can also bring color into a neutral space with furniture. Bright colored accent chairs or throw pillows can add a pop of color to any room. An area rug can also do the same.

At Flowers Painting, we enjoy helping people in the Charlotte, NC, area bring beauty to their homes. We provide professional paint services, including interior painting. To schedule a free color consultation or estimate, please call (704) 727-2161. Click here to view various paint colors or to download the color visualizer. This unique tool will help you select the perfect paint palette for your open floor plan.

 

Tips for Selecting the Right Painting Contractor

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Selecting the right painting contractor to work with can be a challenging assignment. As consumers, we all want the best value in exchange for our hard-earned dollars. The problem is that the cheapest painting estimate that you obtain is not always the best value. Without additional information, consumers can be easily misled by price alone.

Quality vs. Time

The old adage that “time is money” holds true with painting. The bottom line of a painting estimate reflects the time required to complete the job. You could assume that a more expensive painting estimate would allow more time to complete the painting project. Conversely, a less expensive painting estimate would reflect a quicker completion date. Different painting companies however do not always have the same vision of what a professional paint job should be. Flowers Painting delivers high quality craftsmanship, and our painting estimates include thorough masking and covering, meticulous surface preparation, professional PPG Paint, and professional paint application. On the other hand, many local painting companies that specialize in delivering economy to their customers must use time saving methods. Paint prep is one component of painting where considerable time can be saved, as is the use of cheaper grade paints.

Before you interview various painting contractors, consider your expectations of budget and outcome. Once you make that determination, look for a company that best fits the bill. A very cheap painting estimate might not meet your expectations of quality. On the other hand, a painting proposal based upon very high-quality work may be a budget buster.

Finding the Right Painting Contractor

The best way to find a reputable painting contractor to work with is by checking reviews. This will determine if a company is trustworthy and warrants recommendations from others. A painting company you hire should certainly have an online presence that includes customer reviews. In terms of selecting a company to work with, a common practice is to obtain multiple (two or three) painting estimates. It’s a good idea to walk the job with each potential painting company and try to be as specific as possible about your painting project. Discuss your expectations and concerns as well as any aspects of your project that could affect the price. Always ask the following questions:

  • What type of painting projects does your company usually perform – new homes under construction, residential homes, repaints, apartments, commercial spaces, etc.
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Does your company have the proper required licenses and bonding?
  • Does your company have the proper workers compensation and liability insurance policies?
  • What is your warranty policy?
  • Do you offer a written guarantee of your work?

Ask the company to provide you with detailed painting estimates. Request information regarding the following:

  • Exactly what is to be painted
  • Extent of surface preparation
  • Number of paint coats
  • Types of paint and finishes
  • Number of painters
  • Time estimated to complete the project

Once you have decided on a painting company to work with, be sure they have a contract. Review the contract and confirm the following items, as outlined above:

  • Specific details on what is to be painted
  • Paint colors and type of paint for each area to be painted
  • How much time to complete the project
  • When and how the painting company will be paid

Try to find a painting company that is a good fit for you and your painting project. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE painting estimate (704) 445-7750. For tips on how to liven up any room with paint, click through to our blog on Accent Walls.

Tips for Selecting Office Paint

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What Every Business Owner Should Know Before Selecting Office Paint

When customer’s walk into your place of business, your space says a lot about your care and your attention to detail. As a business owner you want to portray a neat, clean and orderly look to your customers; and this includes your interior paint. How do you keep your place of work looking amazing? Flowers Painting provides a few tips on exactly how to do that:

  1. Use the Right Materials for the Job

If your place of business has people coming and going all day and where families bring kids, you’re going to want to consider paint that provides exceptional durability and is made for high traffic areas, such as PPG Diamond Interior Paint. PPG Diamond is washable, scrubbable and is stain resistant, which keeps your business looking fresh.

  1. Keep your Paint Clean

After your paint job is complete, keep it clean. Clean marks on your walls as fast as possible, or as soon as you see them. The longer the mark sits on the wall, the harder it becomes to remove completely. Try to resist scrubbing the walls; simply wash the walls. You want to limit damage to walls, so start cleaning lightly then work your way to a gentle scrub, if you must. Use a soft cloth and water at first. Then, if that does not work add a little cleaning solution but test it in a discrete spot on the paint first, such as behind a piece of furniture to be sure the cleaning solution does not fade or damage the paint.

  1. Touch Up your Paint

This tip can get a bit tricky. The older the paint, the harder it can be to touch up due to wear and tear, but also due to wicking and water loss of paint over time. If you need to touch up a spot within a few years, simply grab a foam brush and lightly punch it. The flatter the sheen of the paint the easier it will touch up. Paint like semi-gloss is almost impossible to touch up over time and will stand out like a sore thumb.

  1. Maintain your Paint

Invest in a professional painting company to complete the job right the first time around, such as Flowers Painting. You want your paint job to last a lot of years, not a couple of years. If you invest in a company that does the job correctly the first time, it will withstand the test of time, saving you money in the long run.

Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE in-business painting estimate (704) 727-2161, or visit us online at www.flowerspaintingco.com