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Ideas/Inspiration for Paint Color Selections

John Griso - Monday, October 09, 2017

Thinking ahead to 2018, many homeowners begin to think of change for the New Year.  Your home is the domain where you think of peace and security. Those four walls that surround you and your family should be filled with a color palette on the walls that portray your personalities.  When selecting paint colors either for your living room, dining room, bathroom and bedrooms select a color scheme that fits your aura.  Many families that are into outdoor adventurous activities would tend to lean towards olive greens, deep blues, and tans.  Families that prefer the beach life tend to lean towards soft blues, whites, and pale yellows. Take inspiration from art and decorations you currently have in your home to make your selections.

Fall Color Palette

John Griso - Saturday, September 16, 2017

As the temperature and landscape outside begin to change, we begin to think of change to our color palette for our homes and offices. Whether you are looking to go for a bold look or have a warm neutral space we at Productive Painting can work with you to decide on which colors work best with your interior space. We use the highest quality paints and products on the market. Let us transform your space for the winter months ahead.

Paint Color Trends for 2017

John Griso - Friday, March 17, 2017

Looking ahead at 2017, many begin to think of new color palettes to use. The industry is predicting that for an interior space Dusky Blues, Blue-Green (earth tone), Red (earth tone), Mineral Gray and Taupe Beige are the leading choices.

The Psychology of Color – Every time you enter a room your mood will shift. Different Color Hues can enhance or deflect one’s emotions.

  •  Pales: Their light, casual qualities make pale hues feel enriching. 
  •  Neutrals: Earthy tones provide a sense of structure.
  •  Whites:  Pure and Pristine, allows for a blank canvas.
  •  Deeps: Intense feel, with a hint of mystery.

There are some great resources available online to help you select a color you will love.  Here are a couple:

Benjamin Moore

Sherman Williams

How Temperature and Humidity Affect the Painting Process

John Griso - Monday, December 12, 2016

Extremely cold weather prevents drying altogether; while heat has the opposite effect. When the temperature is hot, the surface of the paint can create a membrane over the lower layers prior to it having a chance to dry. Extreme high temperatures can also result in other imperfections, such as peeling, bubbling, cracking, or discoloration.

If you are painting with an oil-based paint, the recommended temperature should be above 45°F for at least 48 hours. Latex and acrylic paints typically require higher temperatures above 50°F. Important to note that air temps that drop below freezing can affect the paint in an adverse way.  Not only should temperatures be above 45°F when the paint is applied, but they should remain that way for at least two or three hours for paint to dry properly.

In high-humidity situations, discoloration on the surface of the paint may appear with a brownish tint. If the paint is exposed to extremely high humidity, the paint may be compromised. High humidity may result in damage to the freshly coated paint as moisture will seep through. In turn painting a wood surface during high humidity days can result in air being masked in the wood and enter the paint causing bubbling or peeling.  As temperature lowers, the paint thickens. The thicker the coating, the longer it takes for the paint to oxidize in the case of oil-based paints, acrylics and latex paints.