Transform Your Space with PPG Paint Color of the Year 2019

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It’s that time of year when design experts predict the hottest colors of the New Year and when we find out the PPG Paint Color of the Year 2019. Color predictions reflect the current popular mood and influence the development of fashion, home-wares and even food! Flowers Painting utilizes quality interior paints by PPG Paint. PPG Paint’s 2019 Color of the Year is Night Watch (PPG1145-7). The color Night Watch is a rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green allowing spaces to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature. Its versatility allows the paint color to be used in a variety of rooms and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design.

PPG Paint’s 2019 Color of the Year is Night Watch (PPG1145-7)

PPG experts don’t blindly select a new paint color of the year from the paint palate. Lots of thought goes into selecting the Color of the Year. PPG hosted a retreat where 20 experts brainstorm sociological changes, political and cultural climates and design trends to get the “pulse” today’s world. After this intensive process they chose the paint color Night Watch.

The 2019 Color of the Year can be incorporated as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. This color green is meant to bring a little of the outdoors in. To try Night Watch or any of the 2019 Global Color Trends hues on your walls, click through to the PPG online virtual room painter tool on the Flowers Painting website. The tool offers advanced technology to apply any color to an uploaded photo of your own space.

New Blues

For a more casual approach to interior design, charcoal blue, ice blue, gray-blue and a very pale powder blue are terrific options when looking for paint colors that are far from every day and subtle enough to not take over a room. PPG Paint has an endless amount of blue hues to select from, so there’s no limit to the number of routes you can go with this exciting color.

Mustard

For those looking for a pop of color and an alternative to the color gold, deep mustard is great for instantly creating a focal point, making it a smart color choice for accent walls and even trim.

Mushroom

As an update to the boring browns and rust paint colors, shades of mushroom are both natural and moody. Almost any home furnishings go with this color, making it great for almost any room.

Pewter

The color pewter is a rich alternative to the all-white walls and is one shade that works with everything, everywhere.

To schedule your free painting estimate, call Flowers Painting (704) 727-2161

 

Tips on Selecting a Paint Color for Dark Rooms in Your Home

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If there are rooms in your home that don’t get enough natural light which causes them to feel dark and gloomy, consider repainting the area to lighten it up and turn that cave-like feeling into a warm, inviting room that you want to spend time in. Here are some simple tips from Flowers Painting on paint color choices for dark rooms.

5 Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Dark Rooms

  1. Avoid White – I know, you would think that white paint would work to brighten an area, but it’s actually not the right color choice for a dark space. White paint reflects natural light, so if there is no natural light in your space, white paint isn’t going to have anything to reflect and it can make the room feel even darker.
  2. Embrace Warm Tones – Painting a dark room with warm-toned neutral paint will certainly brighten the area. Stick to colors that are saturated and do not have much black in their base. Avoid choosing dark tones and stick to light or medium tones.
  3. Lavender – Lavender paint is a great choice for a dark room and can suit a variety of tastes – both male and female. Its warm tones add brightness to a dark room. Keep in mind that accent pieces and accessories can dramatically change lavender’s impact. If you’re going for a sophisticated look stick with gray and white furniture and accents. If you want a more playful feel perhaps in a child’s nursery, stick with pastel accents.
  4. Yellow – Yellow paint can completely transform a dark room into a sunny one that feels bright and happy. Pair yellow paint with white accents to really make it pop.
  5. Blue – The color blue is a versatile color and brings the feeling of peace and calmness to any room. Powder blue paint works to brighten a dark space, while bringing a soothing, peaceful feel to it.
  6. Gray – While you want to steer clear of dark grays, light grays or grays with a bit of color in the base can brighten up a dark room.

At Flowers Painting located in Cornelius, NC, we know the transformative power of paint and we know how to help you pick the perfect paint color for dark rooms. Our estimators are also color consultants who can help guide you in transforming your dark room into a bright room that you enjoy spending time in. Call today to learn more about Flowers Painting or to schedule your FREE in home painting estimate (704) 727-2161.

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

Timeless Bathroom Paint: Bathroom Paint Colors that Won’t Go Out of Style

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If you are looking for a quick home renovation project that will refresh your space without breaking the bank, look no further than your bathroom. A bathroom is a terrific place to update from time to time to change the look of your home. There are timeless bathroom paint colors you may want to consider that will never go out of style, so you don’t have to repaint it very often. The professional house painters at Flowers Painting have assembled a list of bathroom paint colors by PPG Paint that will always look great in any home.

When you work with Flowers Painting on your home interior painting projects, you can be confident knowing that you are working with the best painting company in the Charlotte, NC area. Flowers Painting wants to be involved from the very beginning of your thought process, which is why we are giving you these great PPG Paint suggestions today.

Gray – The color gray is very trendy right now, but it is a timeless color that you can use with almost any décor. Gray and Charcoal can be accented with black or metal pieces and look very modern and minimalist. If you pair turquoise and yellow with gray, you’ll have more of a vintage feel. Flowers Painting recommends Soft Feather Gray by PPG Paint or Quiet Rain. Click here to view the entire Gray and Charcoal Paint Color Chart.

Natural Green – Green is a relaxing color choice and is perfect for the bathroom. A natural green will transform your bathroom into an at-home spa. Green looks beautiful complementing a variety of accent colors, including navy, white or dark gray. Flowers Painting recommends Frosty Mint by PPG Paint or Fresh Arboretum Green. Click here to view the entire Green and Sage Color Chart.

Blue – The color blue is said to be very relaxing and pairs well with gray linens and accent pieces. Flowers Painting recommends Blue Veil by PPG Paint or Blue Frost. Click here to view the entire Blue and Teal Color Chart.

With all these options, you should be excited to give your bathroom a new look. When you hire Flowers Painting, you don’t have to worry about a single thing. We’ll bring along all our materials, as well as our skill and years of experience. We look forward to working with you. Call today to schedule a FREE in-home painting estimate or to speak with one of our color specialists (704) 727-2161.

Liven Up Any Room with an Accent Wall

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A Single Burst of Color Transforms Any Room

One way to transform any room in your home from drab to fab is to add a touch of color with an accent wall. Rooms that are painted the same color throughout don’t have nearly the same impact of a room that has a painted accent wall. But for an accent wall to work well and accent a room rather than stand out like a sore thumb, there are a few guidelines to stick by. Keep reading and we’ll discuss those rules here. An accent wall is strikingly different than the other walls in the room. It is typically a much bolder, richer color, which is why an accent wall achieves such a daring effect.

Accent Wall Guidelines

  • They are typically solid and have no doors or windows. However, exceptions to this guideline include having an accent wall serve as a frame around French doors or a window that overlooks an amazing view.
  • An accent wall should frame something such as a fireplace or a bookshelf. Other focal points could be a bed’s headboard, an architectural feature on the wall, artwork, or a piece of furniture that you want to spotlight.
  • If there is no natural focal point in the room, you can use the accent wall to create one. Whether it’s a live plant, a framed photo collection, or a painting, the accent wall can make it stand out even more effectively than lighting.
  • The adjacent wall should not create competition for the accent wall. For instance, if the adjacent wall has patterned wallpaper or an oversized mirror, there’s a good chance that the accent wall will only create imbalance in the room, which is unappealing and confusing.
  • If you have an oblong room, painting the farthest short wall with an accent shade will cause the wall to appear closer to you, thereby lending visual correction to the room’s shape. On the flip side, you will only emphasize the rooms shape if you crate an accent effect on the longest wall.

Selecting a Paint Color

  • Flowers Painting color consultants always recommend painting an accent wall a much deeper shade than the other walls in a room. You want an accent wall to really pop and make a dramatic statement in a room.
  • A reliable formula that works well is to paint the accent wall the same color scheme as the other walls but go three shades darker.
  • If you’re undecided about a color for the accent wall, look around the room at the décor and select a dominant color.
  • When selecting the color, keep in mind that a contrast is needed so that other objects or wall decorations don’t blend in with the accent color and disappear. The whole point is to make a dramatic statement with a pop of color.
  • Flowers Painting always recommends using bright shades in a child’s room.

While there are other ways to create an accent wall such as wallpaper and stenciling, painting is the quickest and least expensive. You can liven any room with a single burst of color. If you are looking for color inspiration or are interested in hiring a professional painter to paint an accent wall in your home or business, please call Flowers Painting to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 727-2161. Browse our full list of services online.

Cabinet Painting 101: Answers to Your Top Questions About Painting Your Cabinets

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Flowers Painting Answers the Most Common Questions Regarding Kitchen Cabinet Painting

You can change the entire look of your kitchen by painting your cabinets. This is becoming a popular trend here in the Charlotte area, and Flowers Painting receives lots of questions regarding cabinet painting daily. Let’s discuss some of the most common questions regarding painting cabinets.

  1. Is painting cabinets a fad? What if I want my stained wood cabinets back?

This question comes up a lot when discussing cabinet painting, especially when we paint cabinets white or a light gray. These colors are classics and while they may be what’s hot right now, these colors never go out of style. Also, if you decide you want to change the color in a few years, once you’ve had your cabinets painted the first time, it is much less expensive to change the color; usually about half the original cost. Most of the cabinets we paint are oak. Ask yourself – are plain oak cabinets ever going to make a comeback?

  1. Do I have to paint my cabinets white?

Absolutely not. Cabinets in any color can dramatically change the look and feel of a kitchen. If you are not sure what color to select, a Flowers Painting professional can offer color consultations.

  1. Will painting my cabinets last?

A painted kitchen cabinet can last a long time, if it is done correctly. The key phrase here is “done correctly”. The problem is a lot of painters and homeowners do not know the right way to paint cabinets. There’s a lot that can go wrong with painting cabinets. Flowers Painting stands behind our customer satisfaction guarantee and our warranty. This provides our customers with peace of mind knowing they are getting a quality paint job that will stand the test of time and stand up quite well to everyday life.

  1. Can I keep using my kitchen during the process?

While Flowers Painting is in the home prepping and painting, you will be unable to utilize the kitchen area for approximately three days.

  1. How do you prep the cabinets, so they last?

Properly prepping the surface is the most important aspect of any cabinet painting project. It is the foundation and if it is not solid, nothing on top will last. This is by far the biggest window of error we see with other painting contractors. They try to save time by skipping steps. This is the Flowers Painting process:

  • Dismantle everything. We mark and take everything apart.
  • Lightly buff sand all surfaces. This is not a heavy sand, just a light scuff to break down the finish a little.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a de-glosser. This is simply a very strong cleaning agent and does two things – (1) Removes all the dust created from sanding, and (2) Further etches into the finish.
  • Prime with a bonding primer.
  1. Can you get rid of the grain I see on my oak cabinets?

Yes and no. Yes, getting rid of the grain is possible, but it is very costly. They make some putties and fillers that will do the job. Flowers Painting has found that most homeowners want to paint their cabinets because it is cheaper than replacing them. If you try to fill the grain and make them smooth, it will cost you as much as if you replaced the doors. Nearly anything is possible, but some things are just not practical!

These are some of the most common questions Flowers Painting receives about painting kitchen cabinets. If you have additional questions or would like more information, we’d love to hear from you. Simply call us at (704) 727-2161 or visit us online at www.flowerspaintingco.com. You can also message us on Facebook. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE in-home cabinet painting estimate.

 

4 Ways to Prioritize Rooms for Painting – Which Rooms to Paint First

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While painting more than one room in your home can be fun and exciting, it can certainly cause some headaches trying to prioritize rooms for painting. In the end, it will make your living space feel more like home and help reflect your personal style, but during the process it can be frustrating to have a messy home. If you are about to endure a painting project, don’t panic! Flower Painting is here to help make the process a little easier by helping you prioritize which rooms in your home should be painted first.

Flowers Painting has curated a list so you can prioritize rooms for painting, so you can paint your home in the most effective order:

  1. Bedroom and Bathroom – Painting the bedroom and bathroom first will get them done and out of the way, which will allow you to feel at home even if the rest of the house is a bit messy. You will also be able to close your door and shut off your room from the paint smells.
  2. Kitchen – It’s best to paint the kitchen early on, as one of the first few rooms. This will prevent your food from going bad and save you from having to eat our every meal if you don’t have access to your kitchen for a few days.
  3. Living Room/Game Room – This tends to be one of the largest rooms in the home and will likely take the longest. However; once completed, you can move your furniture back and start gaming right away!
  4. Laundry Room/Mud Room – Flowers Painting recommends painting the laundry and mud rooms last so that your clothes don’t smell like paint. We recommend washing your clothes before the start of the painting project and not doing a load of laundry until after the project is complete.

These simple tips can help you prioritize rooms for painting so that your interior painting project goes more smoothly.  If you decide to call in the professionals Flowers Painting hopes to hear from you. We provide free estimates and color consultations. Call (704) 727-2161 or view our residential or commercial painting services. At Flowers Painting, customer service is our number one priority. Call to schedule your FREE estimate today!

How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Interior Painting Projects

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Renovating a home doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot a of money. You can use available resources and get the most bang for your buck. Interior painting projects are one of the most popular home renovation projects because they are one of the most affordable, quickest, and easiest ways to breathe new life into any space. Achieving a professional, quality painting result is labor intensive. Interior painting projects require proper preparation of the surface to ensure that primer and paint adhere. Whether you decide to take on a do-it-yourself project over the course of a long week-end or hire a professional painter; a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room.

Create an Accent Wall

Creating an accent wall adds elegance, dramatic flair and a focal point where you want to draw attention without needing to paint an entire room. If you already have neutral wall colors such as gray, beige, off-white, etc., you can paint one accent wall a strong color. Simply decide where you would like the focal point of the room, such as a fireplace, a large window, a built-in bookcase, a headboard wall in a bedroom or a wall across from a doorway. Use an accent color to highlight parts of a room or continue painting techniques from an adjacent room. You can also get color ideas by looking at accent pillows, upholstery, fabric and artwork in the room. Call an expert by scheduling a color consultation with Flowers Painting by calling (704) 727-2161.

Paint Interior Windows and Trim

When looking to change the appearance of a room or other interior space, consider keeping the current wall color, but paint the trim, molding and windows. This low-cost home renovation painting technique produces a dramatic change, especially in rooms where you already have a neutral shade on adjacent walls, such as beige, gray or off-white. Select a satin or gloss finish to highlight the trim against walls with a flat finish and create a washable and durable finish.

Contact Flowers Painting for all your interior painting project needs. Flowers Painting offers commercial and residential painting services for both large and small projects, with a focus on superior quality and customer satisfaction. Call today to schedule your free painting consultation and estimate – (704) 727-2161 or contact us now.

More painting tips: Learn how to prioritize which rooms to paint first.