Got a favorite color? Ideally, this is the basis why you ended up with the colors that are currently filling in your home right now. Being one of the primary factors for home designing, the right color schemes and blending could be very crucial. Set your worries aside and read through some tips we’ve prepared to make your homes as colorful and pleasing as you’ve dreamt it to be.
Determine the features you would consider permanent in your space like the tiles and cabinets, and make these factors to consider when choosing the coloring scheme for that room. For example, if the wood on your kitchen cabinets have a red undertone, choose a color that matches well with that hue.
Bring out the beauty of architectural detailings like crown moldings and window treatments by contrasting them with the walls. Painting them in lighter or in darker colors than the color of you walls emphasize their charm. You can also play around by painting one wall in a different color than the others to bring out some color splash in the room.
As far as creative freedom goes, unifying the color flow simply means that the designer or home owner chooses a specific palette and decides to only choose shades from that selection for every room in the house. This results to unique and creative uniformity of the home visually.
Colors can be tricky. They can emphasize certain features and minimize others at the same time. To give a big room a more intimate feel, try painting the walls in colors that advance you, like fall hues of red, gold, orange and brown. While you can also make a compact room seem larger by painting the walls in colors that make them appear to recede, like blue, green or violet.
Always remember that the color you choose may look different at various times of the day. Notice how the warm tones of incandescent light have a different effect from that of natural daylight? Once you are aware of these mood changes, this might also be a factor you would want to consider as to what colors to apply for a certain room.
Learning the basic language of colors inspires everyone to come up with creative ideas on how to personalize their home interior the right way. Keep on extracting those creative juices and reward yourself with the home you have always wanted to live in.
Over time our home exterior paints will eventually go through some ugly problems like decolorization, cracking, peeling, and so much more. Most of these problems may have been caused by time or the changing weather conditions. The good thing is that all painting problems are correctable. In this section, some of the most common painting problems are explained as to how they may have developed and how they can be corrected. You may identify some that are experiencing now and learn what necessary fixtures to do, while at the same time this could also help you for future reference.
a) Causes: This problem may have been caused by applying an extremely hard, rigid coating like an alkyd enamel, over a more flexible one like latex primer. Alternatively, the natural aging of oil-based paints as temperatures fluctuate causes constant expansion and contraction that could result in the loss of paint film elasticity.
b) Solution: Completely remove the existing oil-based paint by scraping and sanding the surface. You can use a heat gun to speed up work on large surfaces, but take care to avoid igniting paint or substrate. Lastly, the surface must be primed with high quality latex or oil-based primer, then painted with a top quality exterior latex paint.
a) Causes: As the surface dries, water evaporates, but the paint film does not recover. They can also form when painting in direct sunlight with solvent-based coatings on a surface that is too warm. When you apply thicker coats, or re-coat before a previous coat has completely dried, the paint surface can dry before the solvent releases from the underlying film. This traps the solvent which can expand and create blisters.
b) Solution: To remove blistered paint, sand and scrape peeling paint to the bare wood. Then prime the exposed area and repaint them. As for blisters caused by moisture, minimize future problems by repairing loose caulking, and installing vents or exhaust fans.
a) Causes: Excessive film erosion is one of the top reasons that can result to heavy chalking while other reasons may be due to the use of lower quality, highly pigmented paint or an interior paint that can cause it to erode prematurely.
b) Solution: The first step is to remove as much chalk residue as possible using a stiff bristle brush and then rinsed thoroughly with a garden hose or of a power washing equipment. After, check for any remaining chalk by running a hand over the surface after it dries. If noticeable chalk is still evident, apply a quality oil-based or acrylic latex primer, then repaint with a quality exterior coating.
a) Causes: If lower quality paint has been applied on the surface, it will have inadequate adhesion and flexibility. Other causes would be due to paint being spread too thinly on the surface, poor surface preparation without priming and when painting under cool or windy conditions making the latex paint dry too fast.
b) Solution: If the cracking does not go down to the substrate, the problem may be corrected by removing the loose or flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sand the area to soften the edges, priming any bare spots and completely repainting it. On the other hand, if the cracking goes down to the substrate, remove all of the paint by scraping and sanding, or with the use of a heat gun then prime and repaint with quality exterior paint.
a) Causes: The usual cause for this type of problem is soil splashing onto the siding, or they may be results from air pollution, car exhaust, and flying dust on the house body and horizontal trim.
b) Solution: Keep in mind to wash off all surface dirt before priming and painting. Clean off dirt with a scrub brush and detergent solution, followed by a thorough rinsing of a garden hose. Heavier dirt accumulation may need the help of a power washer. As dirt pick-up cannot be fully eliminated, top quality exterior latex paints typically offer superior dirt pick-up resistance and washable. It has also been noted that higher gloss paints are more resistant to dirt pickup than flat paints.
a) Causes: The use of interior grade paint or lower quality paint usually leads to rapid degradation (chalking) of the paint film, especially some certain hues of bright reds, blues and yellows as they are particularly vulnerable to UV radiation.
b) Solution: If the problem is a result of chalking, it is necessary to remove as much residue as possible. When surface is ready for repainting, be sure to use quality exterior house paints in colors recommended for exterior use.
a) Causes: This problem most often forms in areas that tend to be damp, or in areas that receive little or no direct sunlight. Conditions that usually lead to mildew formation include using oil-based or low quality latex paint, failing to prime a bare wood surface before applying paint, and painting over a substrate on which previous mildew has not been removed.
b) Solution: Remove all mildew from the surface by scrubbing it with a diluted household bleach solution while wearing rubber gloves and eye protection then rinse thoroughly afterwards. To protect the future mildew formation, use a top-quality latex paint and clean when necessary with a bleach/detergent solution. Also, consider installing an exhaust fan in areas prone to high moisture.
a) Causes: This problem can occur when a surface has not been properly prepared, when a primer has not been applied before an oil-based paint is used, and when baked-on enamel finishes or glossy surfaces have not been sanded before painting.
b) Solution: First of all, use a wire brush to remove any rust on your metal surface, then apply a corrosion-resistant acrylic latex primer. When using new, painted, and rust-free galvanized metal, clean the surface to remove all fabricating oils. While for unpainted galvanized metal, always use a metal primer before you apply an oil-based or vinyl latex topcoat.
a) Causes: The most common causes for this type of problem include dark paints which show discoloration more readily than lighter paints due to their tendency to absorb heat, areas without adequate coats, paints with low levels of binder, and direct sunlight and heat.
b) Solution: To correct discoloration caused by wax bleeding, it is necessary to figure out first if wax bleeding is indeed occurring. To do this place a few drops of household bleach to the discolored area, if no whitening or bleachers occur then the stain is probably wax. Another way is by placing water droplets on both normal and discolored areas, and if water beads up and runs off, it is again likely due to wax bleeding. Detergent solution may be used to clean up light surface wax. For severe cases, clean the surface completely with a solvent like mineral spirits. Change the rags frequently and allow the surface to dry thoroughly before painting.
a) Causes: The problem usually occurs when you apply paint too thickly, especially when using oil-based paint or when painting during extremely hot or cold, damp weather conditions causing the paint film to dry faster on top than on the bottom. Another usual cause is when painting is done over contaminated (dirty or waxed) surface.
b) Solution: Scrape or sand substrate to remove wrinkled coating. If using a primer, allow it to dry completely before applying the top coat. Repaint the area while avoiding temperature extremes, applying a top quality exterior paint.
Solutions are always available for every problem, and that includes home problems with exterior paints. Before acting on a solution, make sure to assess the damage first and identify what the main cause is so you are also sure of the solution to use. Be knowledgeable and get involved in making and sustaining your dream home.