Redfin Article – How to Give Your Home a Makeover Using Only Paint

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As a professional painting company, we see a lot of homeowners make the same mistakes. One of the biggest is selecting the wrong paint sheen. Sheen simply refers to how glossy the paint is, and this is an important factor for interior painting projects. The glossier the paint, the shiner it is, and the easier it will reflect the light. Flowers Painting only recommends a high gloss sheen for kitchens, windows, and doors. Semi-gloss is very versatile and should be used for kitchens or bathrooms. Satin sheen is by far the most popular choice and is suitable for family rooms, kid’s rooms, and foyers. Eggshell sheen should only be used in rooms that rarely need to be cleaned such as the dining room and living room. Flat or matte sheen is good for more private areas such as adult bedrooms. – Flowers Painting

 

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New Year, New Paint

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Give your Room a Makeover for 2020 by Adding Color 

With the new year right around the corner, it’s time to get a jump start on transforming rooms in your home that look tired into something much more appealing. After all, you’re not the only one who gets a fresh start come January 1. 

“When the new year rolls around people are energized to get things done,” says Jeremy Flowers, owner of Flowers Painting. “We see a lot of homeowners ask for room transformations and one of the easiest and most economical ways to give your room a makeover is with a fresh coat of paint. Walls are the dominant feature in most rooms so when you paint them, people notice.”

Every year, PPG Paint color experts from around the globe gather for a color summit to discuss up-and-coming color palettes for the next year. Here are the wall colors PPG predicts will be trending in 2020.

The PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year is Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6). This color is a deep, shaded, orchid blue with a violet undertone. It pairs best with gold and tan accents such as PPG paint color Alpaca Wool. In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced world is all too real, it’s only fitting that the color trends for this upcoming year offer escapism in today’s technologically driven society. Chinese Porcelain imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a rare commodity in a restless world. 

“The faster technology moves and the more convenience it offers, the more we seek activities, experiences and lifestyles that impart slowness and realness into our lives,” explains Dee Schlotter, senior color manager, PPG Paint Brand. “The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky – the horizon spot, creating serenity in any space.”

Chinese Porcelain is a rich and traditional hue that provides the perfect, agreeable backdrop for vivacious colors to pop. It can also act as a feature color in a bedroom with crisp white bedding and crown molding to provide a sharp contrast. In living room space, layer the hue with additional blues in tufted and velvet furniture, or pair with trending metallic finishes like PPG Hushed Copper (MTL141). 

Homeowners are transitioning away from stark grays and looking for colors to delight the senses. “Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of color, and PPG’s Chinese Porcelain delivers the energy and brightness of cobalt blue – a trending hue taking the automotive, consumer electronics and fashion industry by storm,” said Schlotter. “It also incorporates the enveloping of a deep, muted navy tone that is popular in residential and hospitality design.”

Getting Started with New Color

  • If you’re nervous about making big color changes to your walls, Flowers Flooring recommends starting with an accent wall. 
  • Start with a free in-home painting consultation and estimate. This will provide you with the exact cost to paint, including supplies. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your free estimate (704) 445-7750
  • Call in the professionals and research who you hire. Flowers Painting also recommends checking customer reviews. For more information regarding this topic read our blog titled Safety First – Be Certain your Local House Painter is Insured

Flowers Painting is full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

Different Paint Sheen Types

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A paints “sheen” simply refers to how glossy the paint is. This can be an important factor for interior painting projects. The glossier the paint, the shinier it is and the easier it will reflect the light. Any can of paint will clearly indicate which type of gloss the paint is – but how do you know which gloss to pick? Would a high gloss work in a particular area, or perhaps a satin gloss? This blog will help you decipher the different paint sheen types and provide a simple guide for what sheen should go where. 

If you are not worried about the gloss, that’s okay. You can get by with the same gloss throughout your entire home, as long as you find a paint sheen that you like. But for houses with pets and children and homes that are using a number of different paint colors, gloss can be a more important factor. Here’s what Flowers Painting suggests. 

High Glass:

Flowers Painting recommends a high gloss sheen for kitchens, windows and doors. High gloss paints are more reflective and will help brighten a room. However, high gloss paints have additional advantages as well. A high gloss makes them particularly easy to clean when compared to other paint sheens, and stains will not seep into the paint as easily if an accident does occur. These advantages are what makes high gloss the perfect sheen for kitchens, since you may need to clean off spills or evaporated cooking oils from the walls. High gloss is also a good choice for windows and doors, where wiping off fingerprints becomes much easier. 

Semi-Gloss:

Semi-gloss paints have some of the same benefits of high gloss paints but aren’t quite as shiny. Semi-gloss is a very versatile paint that looks great in almost any shade and can also be cleaned easily when necessary. Flowers Painting suggests using it in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s also a good choice for trim work. 

Satin:

Satin finish is the most popular interior paint choice and fits a wide variety of applications while looking great. While you can clean satin paint, you can’t scrub it as you can high gloss paints without risking damage. For this reason, Flowers Painting recommends utilizing satin sheen paint in areas that might need occasional cleaning but aren’t exactly high-traffic areas in your home. Satin is most suitable for family rooms, kid’s rooms and foyer. 

Eggshell:

Eggshell paints are not reflective and have more of a subdued appearance. They are also more difficult to clean than glossier paints. That said, they are still a very popular choice for interior paint sheen. Flowers Painting suggests selecting an eggshell sheen for areas of the home that rarely need to be cleaned, such as the dining room and living room. Avoid areas where the walls get touched frequently or bumped up against on a regular basis. 

Flat or Matte:

The lowest gloss paints are either flat or matte. This class of paint is a latex paint that is very classy and quiet. The lack of any luster makes these paints good for quiet, private areas such as adult bedrooms. 

There are no steadfast rules when it comes to selecting a paint sheen for a particular area in your home. If you have questions about what would work best in a particular area simply schedule a free in-home painting consultation and discuss your painting project with one of our experts. Flower Painting is a full-service commercial and residential painting company that services the entire Charlotte, NC metro area, including Mooresville, Kannapolis, Concord, Denver, Davidson and more. Call today to schedule your free interior painting project (704) 445-7750. Hurry, our holiday promotion to take 10% off your entire project ends 12/31/19. 

Tips for Removing Popcorn Ceilings-Call the Professionals

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If your home’s ceiling is covered in ridges or bumps which is a popcorn ceiling, it was likely built in the 60s or 70s. Popcorn ceilings have not only become dated over the years, but it can pose a high risk of collecting dust and allergens. These are not the only reasons that you should consider hiring a professional like Flowers Painting to professionally remove your popcorn ceiling.

This post will provide tips on removing and replacing your popcorn ceiling and why it’s better to hire a professional to complete the job for you. 

Popcorn ceiling removal is one of the most cost-effective ways to modernize your home. Smooth ceilings will brighten and beautify your home. Below is the top reason Flowers Painting recommends  popcorn ceiling removal:

  • Eliminate falling white specks
  • Update your home
  • Increase the resale value of your home
  • Eliminate dirt
  • Eliminate allergens
  • Eliminate possible dust mites

The removal of a popcorn ceiling can be a dirty, daunting task that Flowers Painting does not recommend tackling on your own. If your ceiling is particularly large, the labor needed to remove the material is going to take more than a single pair of hands to complete. Having a few sets of hands can make the process far faster and more productive. Drywall is most likely under your ceiling, which means if you don’t know exactly how to remove the popcorn material, you could potentially damage the drywall in the process. Replacing your ceiling does not have to be a difficult or cumbersome task when you hire Flowers Painting to do it for you. Our professional painters know the necessary precautions to take prior to removal.

Call Flowers Painting today (704) 445-7750 to schedule a free popcorn ceiling removal estimate. We can quickly update your ceiling by removing the popcorn, prepping it to be painted and painting a smooth finish that will instantly update your home. 

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services both residential and commercial properties in the Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Concord, Kannapolis, Denver, Ballantyne, Rock Hill and more. Get your home ready for the holidays with our November painting sale and take 10% off your entire painting project, including popcorn ceiling removal. Call today to schedule your complimentary estimate (704) 445-7750. 

Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays with Flowers Painting

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Fall is in full swing here in North Carolina. That means the holidays are right around the corner. Getting your home ready for the upcoming holidays has never been easier with the help of Flowers Painting. Whether you need a fresh coat of paint in the dining room where you and all your guests will be enjoying holiday dinner, or in the guest rooms where your guests will be staying, Flowers Painting is here to help. Our painters are experienced and professional.

Flowers Painting has established and maintained a reputation for delivering astonishing results to every surface we touch. Our vast knowledge and expertise allow our customers to have the best painting experience possible. Don’t believe us, read our dozens of 5-Star Google reviews. 

Getting your home ready for holiday guests include prepping the guest rooms, bathrooms and common areas to accommodate friends and family. November is the best time to get fresh paint on the interior walls of your home.  With all the hustle and bustle, the holiday season can be stressful, but with painting services from Flowers Painting you can expect to receive timely service and a commitment to excellence. Your home can gain a warm, inviting atmosphere that your guests will want to return to again and again.

Flowers Painting offers a wide array of painting services that can add color and texture to your space, including color consulting, interior painting, customer painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails and stair risers.

Flower Painting also offers incredible pricing. In fact, during the entire month of November you can save 10% off your entire project. Call today to schedule your free in-home painting estimate (704) 445-7750. You can also schedule an estimate on the website.  

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company located in Cornelius, NC. We service the entire Charlotte metro area including Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Kannapolis, Mooresville and more.

Choose Flowers Painting for all of your residential painting needs. Our painters show up on-time and provide each Flowers Painting customer with a quality paint job that you will love for years to come. Our professional crews provide professional results.

Call today to schedule your free in-home painting estimate (704) 445-7750. Looking for color inspiration, click through to our color wall. You can even digitally paint your own room with the PPG Color Visualizer. This new app is simple to use and helps you pick the perfect paint color for your space.  

Tips for Painting Drywall

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Your new walls are up and you can’t wait to paint them. But WAIT! New drywall requires a very different painting strategy than painting existing walls in your home. If you don’t take the time to paint your new walls right, you will be left with streaks and seams showing through. This blog will cover how to paint new drywall and provide you with painting tips from Flowers Painting pros.

Prep the Walls

Installation of new drywall is a dusty process. You will want to make sure that all of the dust from installation is swept up before starting your paint project. If you skip this critical step, your new walls will have specks of lint and dust stuck to it. Before beginning any project in your home, be sure to go through this check list:

  1. Look for imperfections and sand down rough edges.
  2. Wipe the walls with a soft cloth.
  3. After the dust has settled, sweep up any lingering dust from adjacent floors.
  4. Wipe down the walls one last time with a damp (NOT WET) cloth.
  5. Apply a coat of primer specifically designed for new drywall.

Select Your Application Method

You can choose between a sprayer and a roller to apply the primer. Sprayers work well for new drywall, but they can be messy. However, a sprayer is a quick way to cover large areas and can be a real time saver. Most people opt for a roller, which is easier to handle than a sprayer. Steer clear of synthetic rollers, since they often leave behind trails of lint on the wall.

Choosing the Right Primer and Paint for Painting Drywall

Selecting paint can be confusing. There are so many to choose from at your local home improvement store. Don’t worry. Selecting the right primer and paint isn’t that difficult if you keep a few simple tips in mind:

  • Make sure you select a primer that is designed specifically for drywall.
  • Use a separate primer for new drywall. There are paint and primer combinations on the market that are very good products; however, these are for walls that have already been treated, not new drywall.
  • Consider using a satin paint, which often works best in most homes. Flat paint may offer easy touchups but can get dirty quickly. On the other hand, high sheen or gloss is easy to clean but can be more difficult to touch up. Satin paint offers the best of both worlds and is durable and easy to touch up when needed.

New Walls Will Require Two Coats

Many paints advertise the ability to paint in a single coat. Don’t follow this manufacturer’s recommendation when painting new drywall. If you paint a single coat, the seams along the edges of each board will start to bleed through over time. Adding a second coat solves this problem.

Ask for Help from the Experts

Following these simple new drywall painting tips should make painting on your own a bit easier. However, if you feel like a new wall painting project is too much to bite off, call in the experts at Flowers Painting for help. Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that serves the Charlotte metro area, including Mooresville, Concord, Lake Norman area and more. Call today to schedule your free estimate (704) 445-7750.

 

Tips on Choosing a Unified Color Palette for Your Home

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Nothing makes a home look new again like a fresh coat of paint and a unified color palette. Many homeowners dream about repainting their entire home’s interior, to see their house take on a new life with a fresh new look and feel. However, repainting can be a very intimidating task if you don’t know a few general guidelines for home painting and choosing colors. This blog will help educate you on selecting the right color palette for your home.

Begin with the Open Spaces

In order to have the colors in your home blend well, it’s best to select a color that you will use in all the open or connecting spaces in your home. Flowers Painting recommends places like the foyer, hallways and open living spaces such as the kitchen and living room. Because this color will be visible from many places in the home, you should match all your other colors to this main color.

This will provide a feeling of unity throughout the entire home. The color you select for all the open and connecting spaces in your home will set the tone for your home and cover a lot of wall space.

For this reason, Flowers Painting suggests using a light or neutral color so that your home does not feel dark or overbearing. Suggested colors include white, gray or tan. However, there are many other options for unifying colors such as blue-gray or sage green.

Select Individual Colors for Room Paint

Once you have selected a unifying color, the next step in home painting is to select colors for individual rooms that do not share a wall, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, office or a formal dining room. Each room paint color that you select should coordinate with the color you selected in the open areas. This will prevent your home from feeling disjointed as you transition from one living space to another.

Accent Your Walls

A great way to add a pop of color or texture to your house is to choose a few rooms to add an accent wall. An accent wall can work well in either self-contained rooms such as a bedroom, or areas that are open to other rooms. Accent walls are a wonderful place to express your personality and add bold, vibrant colors that you love, but would be overpowering if painted in the entire room.

Home Painting Tips for a Unified Color Palette

When painting the interior of your home there are other considerations as well, such as whether to select traditional white trim paint and whether to add color to your ceilings. While this can all be overwhelming, don’t panic. Flowers Painting is here to help. A professional painter can help you choose unifying paint colors and coordinating options. They will work with you to decide which colors work well together and complement your style of house. If you are considering painting your home interior, Flowers Painting is here to help. Flower Painting is a trusted full-service interior painting company serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Our painters have extensive experience and are committed to excellent customer service. Call today to schedule your free in-home color consultation and painting estimate (704) 445-7750.

Safety First – Be Certain your Local House Painter is Insured

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There are hundreds of local house painters in the Charlotte, NC area and it’s important to make sure you hire an insured painter. Selecting a house painting company to work with can be challenging. After all, how can you really tell the difference between them? And if an uninsured painting company offers a lower estimate, is it better to hire them?

Did you know that when you hire an uninsured contractor, including painting contractors, you are putting yourself at risk in ways that you may not realize? It’s important to consider those perils and see if an uninsured contractor is worth the lower cost. In this blog we will explore the possible dangers of hiring a contractor with no insurance.

Why is Hiring an Insured Painter Important?

A house painter that does not carry Workers Compensation and Liability insurance has a lower overhead cost, which can also translate into savings for the homeowner. It can be risky to hire a painting company that does not have licensing or insurance. Here’s how:

  • If the contractor does not finish the work to your satisfaction, you may not have legal footing to seek redress.
  • If a worker is injured on your property, you as the homeowner could end up being liable for those mishaps.
  • If the painter causes injury or damage to persons in your home, or to the home itself, you may be left unprotected.

A reputable painting company knows that a responsible homeowner completes his or her due diligence. Flowers Painting recommends a homeowner asks to see proof of insurance, and any painting company should be able to produce documentation relatively quickly.

If a prospective painting company is hesitant or offended in response to this simple request, Flowers Painting urges you to seek a different company! We also recommend checking a company’s online reviews before deciding to hire them. Reviews show how trustworthy a company is and exactly how happy or unhappy they leave their customers.

Flowers Painting has been serving the Charlotte metro area for over two years. We keep our insurance continually up to date, so that our clients are fully protected and assured of our reliability. We maintain a 5-Star rating on Google and HomeAdvisor. As a local house painter, Flowers Painting offers interior painting services, drywall services, cabinet refinishing and more. The next time you have a painting project in your home, call Flowers Painting for a no hassle, no pressure, FREE estimate (704) 445-7750.

New Home? The Best Interior Color Choices for a Fresh Start

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So Many Interior Color Choices!

After you have unpacked the final moving box all you can think about is relaxing in your new home. But before you can get settled into your new space there’s still a few tasks to tackle. You’re going to want to make your new home your own by updating the paint. After living in the home a few days, it’s easier to think about your interior color choices and what colors to paint. While you may be hesitant to select the perfect color, this blog post should help. After all, it’s natural to be nervous about selecting the perfect color for your space. There’s a lot of time, money and effort that goes into repainting the interior of a home. In this article Flowers Painting will explore five interior color options to change your mood and give yourself a fresh start.

Charcoal Gray

If you are looking for something dramatic, charcoal gray is a great option. While many dark colors can make a room look and feel smaller, charcoal gray helps create a more intimate space. This color adds beautiful drama to a room, and makes the walls seem to disappear. Charcoal gray adds just the right amount of warmth and since it’s a neutral color, it looks amazing with just about any other color.

Light Gray
Light gray is a terrific choice to showcase your homes many features, as it’s a cool, airy color. Light gray is a great alternative to taupe or beige and adds a modern flair to any room. The colors cool tones contribute to creating a calming and soothing environment that can also make the room look bright and open. This is a very versatile color that adds instant drama to your walls. Accent colors that look great with light gray are charcoal gray and black or white.

White
Don’t be afraid to go all white. Simply choose accents with cool undertones. Flowers Painting suggests steering clear of bright paper white, as this can tend to feel to clinical for a house. Instead, we suggest using soft cream shades of white. White is known for its natural beauty and purity, which makes a great choice for a simple, minimalist look. You simply need to add some colorful accents with your white walls to give your home a modern and dramatic look. Since white matches absolutely everything, the selection of accent pieces should be simple.

Red
Red interior paint brings drama to your home. It’s a rich and deep paint and when paired with white, it pops and looks ultra-modern. If you are looking to bring energy to your space, red is definitely the color for you. While it’s a bold choice, Flowers Painting is sure you’ll fall in love with the look.

Warm Yellow
A warm yellow paint creates a soothing environment and is not to overpowering. While the color stands out on its own it doesn’t dominate the surroundings. Warm yellow pairs well with many other colors such as teal, magenta, bright yellow and burnt orange.

When you move into your new home, a new coat of paint is a terrific way to bring elements of your personality into your new living space. Flowers Painting recommends painting your home early on, as it gives you a chance to make it your own and make certain it really feels like home. Painting the interior of your home with colors you enjoy is an important step and requires planning. New interior colors will give you a fresh start and make you fall even more in love with your new home. If you are looking for a professional painter to paint your new space, call Flowers Painting today to schedule a free in-home estimate (704) 727-2161. If you are looking for additional inspiration, be sure to check out our other blog posts.

 

 

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