Out of all the interior and exterior painting projects, front doors are the one project that need constant TLC.
But why do front doors fall apart so quickly?
There are a few things contributing to how often front doors need a little face lift.
1. High traffic. Front doors typically get the most traffic in the whole house. Thus, it is no surprise that front doors need constant maintenance.
2. Weather. Extreme heat and cold, humidity, and rain are the main causes of wood expansion and contractions, which causes front doors to crack and swell up. Needless to say, New Orleans weather with its high humidity, heat, and rain does not offer ideal weather conditions for any front doors.
Are you thinking of interior and exterior painting too? I think I might know why…
Spring time is already here! This is the season of renewal and rebirth. New beautiful flowers, new leaves on trees, people are out again–everything is sprouting back to life. And it is no different when it comes to your home. Most of us really love the idea of spring cleaning and everything looking fresh and new again, especially during the spring. What better way than painting to bring your house back to life? But be aware of low painting bids…
As mentioned before many times over, we are big fans of Farrow & Ball paint. Well, now there is a new and exciting alternative to Farrow & Ball products. Century by Benjamin Moore is a brand new interior painting product which offers amazing color depth (what we love most about the English company), and it also feels incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.
Benjamin Moore poured its heart and soul, and many years of research and developing, into creating a product that would satisfy customers who are seeking true and unique color depth. The only way to deliver such promise is by premixing each paint can directly at their own factory/workshops or at a very few independently-owned supply stores (currently there are only three authorized dealers, and more should be coming up by August 2017).
First things first. What’s a neutral color? To most neutral colors are beiges and whites, or any “light” color. But in actuality, neutrals are colors that don’t show up on the color wheel. That is whites, grays, blacks, and some beiges and browns.
One of the main advantages of painting your home with neutrals is that they look fabulous with any style (contemporary, modern, traditional, etc.). They are also timeless, so if you decide to change your furnishings or decor at any moment, you really would not necessarily need to change your wall color. You basically cannot go wrong.
If you are thinking of selling your home, now it is a great time to do so since many home buyers are eager to lock in a 30-year mortgages at historically low interest rates.
As most professional realtors would tell you, buyers today want to buy something that is move-in ready, clean, and nice. With that in mind, curb appeal, both inside and out, is definitively something that you want to focus on as it is going to be one of the main selling point of your home. The good news is that unlike other aspects of your home, such as layout and ceiling heights (things that you cannot really do much about), curb appeal is a selling point over which you have much more control of in terms of budget and time.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to add curb appeal is with paint. A fresh coat of paint will bring your home to its original splendor. It will make your home feel clean and crisp. And it will make your buyers feel confident about the overall condition of the home.
Benjamin Moore & Sherwin Williams Colors of the Year
Shadow 2117-30 By Benjamin Moore
After lots and lots of research here in the US and overseas, the Benjamin Moore design team has chosen Shadow 2117-30 as their color of the year 2017. Inspired largely by art around the globe, and in the violet family, Shadow is a mysterious, occult yet nostalgic color. We expect this color to be very popular this upcoming year.
Shadow would be absolutely stunning in a powder room. Also consider brushing this color with oil Satin Impervo on walls and trim to create an everlasting and sophisticated feel to your space.
As a painting contractor always looking for the best products and practices, we embrace and pride ourselves on trying new paint and methods. Living true to that statement, we decided to try Farrow and Ball paint. WOW–it is all we have to say! But why should you consider Farrow & Ball for your next painting project?
Below we are going to discuss some interesting aspects of the company and its products such as Farrow & Ball’s history, quality, and its unique and gorgeous color collection.
FYI: Farrow & Ball also has a wide selection of wall paper.
Unless you are a professional decorator or know exactly what you want, picking interior painting colors can certainly become overwhelming very quickly. Even for a painting contractor who is exposed to hundreds of different colors, choosing one is a bit of challenge.
Here are some tips on how to pick the right paint color for your interior painting project:
1. There are two factors to consider before thinking of an actual color. You should consider how you want to feel in the room and what message you want your room to give.
A. If you tend to shift towards warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows, keep in mind that they express fun, passion, happiness, playfulness, fire, and vibrant and lustful feelings and emotions.
In partnership with Traditional Home, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans worked side by side to host the 2016 Southern Style Showhouse Now. As some of you might know, Jason Bertoniere Painting Contractor participated in the interior painting restoration aspect of the project. Specifically, we were assigned to paint the living room, designed by Shaun Smith, of the Traditional Home Southern Style Showhouse back in May.
On a phone interview with Preservation in Print, Jason Bertoniere explains the role of painting in terms of restoration and historic preservation and the importance of combining “old painting methods” with modern techniques and trends.
The article, which was published in their September 2016 issue Keeping Old World Methods Alive, covers the changes in paint products and application techniques over the years. In terms of restoration specifically, Preservation in Print discusses how paint product, painting techniques, and skill level are key to maintaining historic homes’ original “glory”–looking the same as they did when they were first built.
Most of the high-gloss Fine Paints of Europe projects we have been a part of consisted of Fine Paints of Europe on the walls, ceiling, and trim with a monochromatic color scheme. This time, however, the homeowners of this fabulous New Orleans Lower Garden District home opted for a something a little different.
Looking to put the “cherry on top” to their already beautifully decorated formal living and dining room, the homeowners combined our two favorite looks into one. As it turns out, brushed Satin Impervo oil and Fine Paints of Europe high-gloss create an exquisite, sophisticated duo.