You want to love the colors that surround you. So when imagining (or re-imagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.
To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:
Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.
Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.
Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.
Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.
Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colors.
Neutrals go beyond gray and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colors in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautifully with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.
Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.
Voilet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colors dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.
If you’re planning to repaint the interior or exterior of your home, brush up on these repainting tips first.
Interior Repainting Tips
The most common reason to repaint the walls is to change the color and thereby alter the appearance of the room. Before you get started, keep these interior repainting tips in mind:
Exterior Repainting Tips
Siding and trim come in many different materials. If you’re repainting the wood exterior of your home or spot painting damaged areas, plan carefully using these tips to ensure satisfactory results the first time around:
Looking for high-quality interior or exterior paint? The Paint Centers carries Benjamin Moore paint and stain for your project. Stop by one of our locations in Flint or Grand Blanc, Michigan to pick out colors and get advice from our painting experts.
Have you noticed that the wall in your living room could use a few touchups? Scuffs and scrapes can leave unsightly marks on the wall or chip the paint away. You go to the shed to grab the old paint can you initially used to paint the walls, but to your dismay, the paint has dried out. Now you’re left with the task of matching the paint color, or you’ll be forced to repaint the whole room. Follow these tips to achieve the closest color match possible.
Bring in a Good Sample
The better the sample, the better the color match will be. If you have the original paint can, the drippings down the side may serve as a sample. However, it’s preferable to bring in a clean paint chip about two inches across with no sheen, texture or metallic finish to serve as the sample.
Magazine clippings and photos taken on your phone are no good. Variances in lighting, printer ink and phone screens make it impossible to match paint color this way.
Compare Your Sample with Paint Swatches at the Store
If you know the brand and, better yet, the name of the paint, you have a promising place to start. However, individual batches are mixed slightly differently, and paint manufacturers change their offerings over time. The color you painted your walls years ago may no longer be in production. Therefore, visiting a paint store to find out what’s still available is an essential step in matching paint color.
View the Paint Sample Under a Spectrophotometer
This device measures color electronically, which is much more accurate than attempting to match paint colors by sight alone. After reading the precise wavelengths of light reflected from the sample, the program calculates the exact amount of tint needed to produce an identical hue.
Work with a Color Match Specialist
While a spectrophotometer works well and saves time, the color may still require some adjusting. That’s where a color match specialist comes in. This person applies a matched paint color to the sample, allows it to dry and determines whether the new color must be lightened, darkened or have certain shades added to better match the original sample. Once the two colors are exactly alike, a batch can be mixed for you to use as touchup paint on your walls.
Are you looking to color match the existing Benjamin Moore paint in your home? The Paint Centers can help! Bring a sample to one of our locations in Flint or Grand Blanc, Michigan, and we’ll get to work matching the paint color you need.
There’s nothing quite like a real wood deck. The look of equally spaced boards, the feel of it under your feet, even the weathering that occurs over time. If you install a wood deck in your backyard, you have an important decision to make: will you paint or stain your deck? Consider the pros and cons of each to help you decide.
Painting Your Deck
Painting can be a great choice for your backyard deck. Here are the primary benefits:
Painting your deck also comes with some possible drawbacks:
Staining Your Deck
Many people decide to stain their backyard deck. Here are the benefits of this finish:
Here are the potential downsides of staining your deck:
Whether you decide to paint or stain your deck, you need quality products to get the job done. The Paint Centers carries Benjamin Moore exterior paint and deck stain for this precise application. Using high-grade products from Benjamin Moore will decrease maintenance requirements and help your deck last years longer.
For more pro painting tips, please visit our website. Then, stock up on deck stain or paint at one of our Michigan locations.
Are you looking for a way to liven up your living room or make your bedroom feel cozier? A fresh coat of Benjamin Moore paint is an inexpensive, effective way to achieve your goal. The trick is to find just the right hue to make your furnishings pop. To save time and money on your painting project, thoroughly test different paint colors before you commit to one. Here’s how.
Bring Textiles from Home to Help You Pick Samples
You may think you know what shade of blue your throw pillows are, but viewing dozens of blue paint swatches under bright lights at the store can make it impossible to tell which one matches. Make it easy on yourself and bring one of those pillows with you to the paint store. Compare it to the swatches and select a few tester pots to bring home.
Prime the Wall
If you’re changing from a dark color to a lighter one, you’ll need to prime the wall before painting it. To ensure you get an accurate impression of the shades you’re sampling, go ahead and complete this step before you test paint colors.
Paint the Largest Sample Sizes Possible
Certain undertones are difficult to detect on a small scale, especially because the surrounding wall color affects it. To minimize this, paint samples of 12 inches square or larger. Also, don’t paint samples right next to each other, since this could affect the way you perceive them.
Paint Samples in the Right Places
Design magazines often portray homeowners painting sample squares in the middle of the wall, but it’s difficult to discern the true nature of each color unless you can see how it interacts with other elements in the room. Paint a square on each wall at different heights – one at eye level, another next to the baseboards and a final one right up to the ceiling.
View Paint Samples in Different Lighting
Painting color samples on every wall is also beneficial to see how the light interacts with them at different angles and times of day. Be sure to view the samples in the soft light of morning, during the brightness of midday and under artificial light in the evening. Choose the paint color that looks best under all types of light.
Paint Pieces of Drywall
If painting samples on the wall isn’t an option, you can still test paint colors on loose pieces of drywall. This allows you to move the samples around the room and view them under different lights throughout the day without putting any paint on the walls yet.
Here at the Paint Centers in Flint and Grand Blanc, Michigan, we are happy to help you select sample paint colors. We have high-quality Benjamin Moore paint and primer to choose from. Stop by today and pick out paint testers with help from our painting experts. We’ll help make sure your next project goes smoothly!
The foods you eat, products you apply to your skin and furnishings you place in your home have a greater effect on your health and quality of life than you probably realize. These choices also impact the environment because you either support sustainable products or those that contain harmful chemicals and generate pollution.
When both the environment and your family’s well-being are your top priorities, you can satisfy your needs by choosing eco-friendly paint. Learn what makes certain paint eco-friendly and where to find it.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?
Traditional household paint contains moderate levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These toxic emissions are comprised of chemical gases that wreak havoc on your health, such as toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, ethyl acetate and others. Think of the classic scent of wet paint. This is the smell of VOCs.
Many solids and liquids found in your home may emit VOCs besides paint, including cleaning products, air fresheners, cosmetics, adhesives and aerosol sprays. As a result, the indoor concentration of VOCs is typically two to five times higher than outdoors, states the Environmental Protection Agency. Concentrations can skyrocket to 1,000 times higher while applying VOC-emitting paint.
The health effects of VOCs range from mild eye, nose and throat irritation to long-term liver or kidney damage. Memory loss and cancer are other possible health effects of VOCs. Obviously, you don’t want to bring products into your home that could have these consequences for your family!
Many conventional paint products also contain biocides to extend their shelf life, while paints designed for use in bathrooms and outdoors often have fungicides. These ingredients can be detected in the air for up to five years after the paint is applied.
What is Eco-Friendly Paint?
When paint is specially designed to be eco-friendly, this means it contains little to no VOCs. This is good news for your health because you can expect few if any emissions to impact your indoor air quality.
Waste Management considers paint to be hazardous waste that must be disposed of carefully because it may contain pigments made from heavy metals. Eco-friendly paints are manufactured with non-toxic dyes that don’t harm the environment.
Finding Eco-Friendly Paint Options
As you shop for natural alternatives to traditional paint, check the label to ensure it says “low VOC” or “no VOC.” Also, make sure petroleum and heavy metal pigments aren’t listed as ingredients.
Benjamin Moore Natura® Premium Interior Paint is the perfect eco-friendly paint option. It contains no VOCs and gives off zero emissions. This patented formula is tinted with zero-VOC Gennex® colorants, which are free of harsh fumes. Natura® is Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly for your peace of mind. You can find Natura® paint in an astounding variety of colors available in Flat, Eggshell and Semi-Gloss finishes.
Pick up a can of Benjamin Moore Natura® paint today and see the difference for yourself! Visit the Paint Centers in Flint or Grand Blanc, Michigan or visit our website to learn more.