Do Colder Temperatures affect Painting Interior Walls?

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Like countless other materials, paint reacts to changes in the air’s temperature. When painting an interior wall in the winter time, it’s important to be mindful of the effects cold water can have on your paint in terms of how it is applied, how it dries, and how the final product looks. Even if your home is temperature controlled, cold weather can still have an impact on your interior paintjob.

What are the risks?

Painting interior walls in the wintertime when the temperatures drop poses a few risks. For one, the paint might not be able to properly cure seeing as it will take longer to dry in colder temperatures. This will result in your freshly applied paint being vulnerable to dirt, insects, and other kinds of debris. Paint that has not properly cured is also susceptible to peeling, cracking, chipping, and bubbling. Again, just because the room you are painting feels warm to you does not mean the walls themselves are warm, and improper curing can occur as a result of this.

Along with improper curing, cold temperatures can also reduce the life expectancy of paint, causing it to break down much earlier. The increased amount of water that is absorbed will also make it easier for mildew to grow on your walls. Cold temperatures also increase the time required before a second coat of paint can be applied, meaning your interior painting project can be slowed down significantly in colder weather.

How can I tell if paint is usable?

In the case of latex paint, there are times that it can freeze in cold temperatures. If this occurs, it’s not impossible to thaw it out and still be able to use it. However if it goes through several freeze and thaw cycles, say over the course of a big painting project, you may start to see the paint take on a lumpy consistency. If you see this, then the paint is definitely not fit to be used and must be thrown away. Latex-based paint will freeze and thaw at the same temperature as water, while oil-based paints will require lower temperatures to freeze.

Cold weather painting tips

If you can, avoid painting in the colder months, but of course sometimes painting in the cold is unavoidable. If you find yourself painting in the cold, there are a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself:

- Check and see if the paint’s manufacturer recommends the paint for colder temperatures. If it does not have this recommendation, you could choose to play it safe and look for another paint that does.

- Check the walls’ temperatures using a non-contact infrared thermometer (if you can get your hands on one) to ensure they are not too cold.

- Choose appropriate rollers and brushes depending on temperature and paint consistency.

- Use a good quality bonding primer before applying paint.

- Paint between 10 am and 2 pm if you can, as these are usually the warmest hours of the day. 

- Consistently keep the heat turned up as this will both keep the indoor air warm and dry and help keep the temperature of the walls from getting too low.

Painting in colder weather could be a daunting challenge. Trust the professionals at Lince’s Painting to get the job done no matter the season!

Fall 2017 Colour Trend

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It is true that with each season come new trends – whether they are in fashion, home décor, or- you guessed it- painting. There is always a common theme in the paint colours that are dominant in each season. As the weather shifts from summer to fall, the trends start to shift as well. Here are some of the paint colours that will be dominating the fall season in 2017.

Traditional and Comfortable

Homes are meant to be a place of comfort and coziness – and that impression is given off by the colours of your walls. Traditional and comfortable colours are muted pastels such as light blues and greys, and pale pinks and yellows are great colours to showcase a warmer vibe. These colours are also great neutrals meaning that it can be easy to match furniture and other arrangements to them.

Dark and Mysterious

The dark and mysterious trend is a palette that combines earthy colours such as shades of grey and brown with jewel tones such as magenta and dark turquoise. This gives a more creative license to layer colours in a room for a mysterious yet cozy outlook.

Bold is Best

This fall, colours are taking a more adventurous turn with popping options such as dark reds, oranges and yellows. These colours are great to add an eye catching element to any room, whether it be an accent wall, or the paint on the back of a door, or more. Using bold colours can be risky but if done tastefully (and in moderation) it can create a modern layout of any room in your home.

Cosmic Colours

Another upcoming trend seems to be a mix between the pastel and darker more intense colours. It seems to have a galactic feel to it with dark colours of the night sky and the muted pastels of the morning, all combined with an intense range of hues. These darker colours can be used to create an accent wall or to make the room seem cozier. A great example of this colour trend is a dramatic swathe of purple, be it a lighter purple or a darker more intense purple.

Burnt Colours

Burnt colours are perfect for the coziness that comes with fall, but are also suitable all year round. These colours are a burnished orange, a dark chocolate brown, and an intense green. A tasteful combination of these colours can make any room in your home pop, and will add a hint of the autumnal season.

These are just a selection of the various colour trends that are going to pop up in the painting business for fall 2017. There is a mix of light and dark colours to create a tasteful, yet accented room that emphasizes the array of colours that come with the fall season.

 

Choosing a Colour for your Bedroom

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Your bedroom is an important space. Your bedroom is where you go for privacy, rest and relaxation, downtime, and reflection. A bedroom can be your own personal sanctuary, so it’s only natural that you’d want it to look great and give off a special vibe. The best way to do just this is by choosing the perfect paint colour for your bedroom, one that speaks to you and really brings the room to life. Here are some helpful tips to help you decide on the perfect paint colour for your bedroom.

Express yourself with Bold Colours

What better place than your bedroom to showcase your own unique personality? Choosing a bold or vibrant colour is a great way to express yourself and really let your bedroom come to life. Will you choose red to convey your determination and desire to live life to the fullest? Or maybe yellow to encourage positivity and keep yourself smiling every day. No matter which one you go with, bold colours are going to say a lot about you.

Play it Safe with Neutrals

Neutral colours may be the best choice if you’re looking for a relaxing paint colour that is calmer rather than bolder. You don’t always have to go bold and vibrant when choosing a colour for your bedroom, so feel free to kick things down a notch with a neutral colour. If you’re worried a neutral colour may be boring or bland, try throwing in some nice furniture pieces, linens, and wall art.

Add some Class with Pastels

Soft pastel colours such as pinks, soft blues and greens, and lavenders can look very elegant and grown up if done correctly. Your best bet is to combine any of these colours with bright accessories and dark wood furniture to avoid the room giving off a more childish vibe. Pastels will help you to feel relaxed and at peace in your bedroom; perfect for unwinding after a stressful workday.

Get better Sleep with the right Colours

You might be surprised to learn that the colour of your bedroom can actually have an effect on your sleep quality. Studies have found that blue rooms are the most effective at helping you to catch some z’s, with specific shades of yellow being the second most effective. Green and silver come in third and fourth place, and purple, brown, and gray finish last. If you’re a light sleeper, selecting one of the top sleep-inducing colours could be just what you need to help you sleep better.

Get an Expert Opinion with a Colour Consultant

If you’re at a complete loss as to which colour you should choose for your bedroom, talking to a colour consultant can be just what you need. Colour consultants have plenty of experience matching the right paint colours to the right rooms, and their trained eyes will no doubt help you to make a decision.

Following these tips is your first step in having your bedroom be a place of expression, personality, and tranquility. Your perfect bedroom paint colour is out there, so go find it!

Tips for Finding a Good Colour Pallet

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Picking a good colour pallet that works can be a bit of a challenge if you’re a little rusty on the rules of colour combinations and design that the professionals follow. What’s the best choice for the particular room you’re working with? How can you best use colour to compliment your room’s furniture? Here are a few good tips you can use when looking for the perfect colour pallet for your next painting project.

Dark to light, bottom to top

Keeping darker colours closer to the floor and getting lighter as you go up is a great way to make a room look good. You can start with using darker colours on the floor such as dark carpets and baseboards, then move into medium colour values for the walls, and finally light colours for the ceiling. This style of colouring in a room is largely inspired by the earth, with the ground being dark, the trees and buildings being medium shades, and the sky being sunny and bright.

Consult the colour wheel

Usually, analogous colour schemes (colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green) are more relaxing and casual when they are combined. These combinations are usually best used in informal or private spaces such as a bedroom. Since the bedroom is the place you go to rest and recover, analogous colour schemes are a perfect choice in this regard.

Paint it black

Just like in clothing, black will never go out of style in the world of painting. Though you don’t have to think about painting an entire room black, it’s always a good idea to keep a little bit of black in each room. Maybe consider painting your kitchen cabinets black, or a nightstand in your bedroom. No matter what your decision, keeping a little black in each room will always look great.

Combine warm and cool

Contrasting warm and cool colours is not as difficult as you may think. Consider painting a room a cool grey and contrasting it with warmer, say honey-coloured accents to achieve a look that is both easy on the eyes and soothing for the soul.

Obey the rule of three

Always try to follow the rule of three and never use more than three different colours to make up your colour pallet. Using more than three colours can make a room look to busy and will give the appearance that its designer couldn’t make up his or her mind. You want your newly-designed room to breathe confidence and style, not have multiple personalities.

Consider your clothes

You may not think it, but looking at what colours you best like to wear is a great way to determine a colour pallet that will work for you. When you go shopping for clothes, you generally pick colours that you feel look good on you, so why not do the same when shopping for paint? Choosing a colour pallet that you associate with and feel good about is a wonderful way to make any room truly yours.

How Colour can Affect Mood

Ever wonder why fast food chains use red and orange colour schemes? Why do health spas love blue and green? It’s because colour really does affect our emotions! In fact, the right colour paint can make all the difference between a happy, fun-loving house and a tense, stressful environment. So, which colours should you choose to give a room the right kind of mood?

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All about Balance

Remember that too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing. To use the psychology of colour effectively, balance desired hues with one another so one doesn’t overwhelm the other. Each colour has positive and negative aspects, factors that are important to take into account when choosing paint as well as accents

Social Colours

If you’re looking to spark some life into your living room or turn the dining room into the hottest dinner party in town, these colours are for you!

●     Red - The colour of passion and optimism. Perfect for sparking lively conversation and stimulating appetites. Too much red can become overwhelming and create anxiety. Good for rooms with a lot of social activity.

●     Orange - Stimulates social interaction and promotes reassuring feelings. Good colour for physical motivation. Can be seen as negative for those who associate orange with prisons. A good choice for rooms where you exercise.

Energetic Colours

Choose these hues for rooms where confidence and energy are important such as bathrooms, exercise rooms, or offices.

●     Yellow - The colour of energy and happiness. Creates excitement and boosts self-confidence. It’s important to choose the right shade of yellow, as strong yellow can be distressing.

●     Purple - Borrowing elements from blue and red, purple promotes both energetic activity and peace of mind. Dark purple is noted for making a room feel sophisticated and dramatic while lighter hues make rooms feel peaceful. Too much purple can make a room feel dark and depressing.

Comforting Colour

●     Blue - The colour of intelligence and serenity. Students are more likely to retain what they study and feel less test anxiety when surrounded by blue. Too much blue can make a room feel cold and deeper shades can make one feel depressed.

●     Green - Nature’s own favourite colour, green promotes tranquility and balance. Studies show this colour wards off nightmares. Too much green runs the risk of inciting feelings of envy or jealousy.

●     Pink - The sweet and calming colour of love. Studies show pink can soothe even the criminally aggressive. Too much pink can be seen as immature or unsophisticated.

Black, White, and Grey

These are versatile colours that stand out from the pack. Also known as neutrals, they can enhance the positive and subdue the negative elements in the other colours on this list when paired correctly.

●     Black - A strong and formal colour, black promotes feelings of power and independence. Often chosen as paint as an accent to create an elegant, sophisticated mood. In large amounts it can feel oppressive and depressing.

●     White - The colour of purity and innocence. White is often used to make spaces feel larger than they really are. Too much white can make a room seem empty or unexciting.

●     Grey - Combining elements of black and white, grey adds a flair of drama while retaining an open and airy atmosphere. Be careful to choose the right shade of grey to match the intended mood.

Summer 2017 Colour Trends

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Summer is fast approaching, and that means new trends are starting to make waves in terms of paint colours for your home. If you are going to be doing any painting this summer, you’re probably wondering what colour or colours to go with. Do you pick something bright and vibrant to reflect the pleasant weather the summer months bring with them? Do you go with one of the multiple shades of green that are currently winning the popularity contest? Or maybe you want to be more of a traditionalist and stick with one of this year’s mysterious earth colours or deep jewel tones. To help you decide, here are some of the biggest colour trends for summer 2017.

Bringing Summer Inside

The biggest and most popular colour trend you can expect this summer is the use of shades and hues that complement the warm, sunny weather of the summer months. Your home is likely to be flooded with sunlight over the course of the season, so you’ll want your choice of colour to play well with that. Fresh air, soft breezes, plentiful sunshine, blooming flowers; all of these things can be brought right into your home. Colours such as Florida pink and Persian velvet, will give any room in your home that blossoming summer feel that screams summer beauty, while bright yellows and greens such as lemon freeze and potpourri green work with the sunlight that makes its way into a room and will help turn the interior of your home into a beautiful, sun-filled space.

Going Green

One particular colour that is sure to make waves this summer season is green. What colour comes to mind when you hear the word “summer”? If you answered with the colour green, you’d be in the likely majority. Green conjures up images of sprawling summer fields, tall and leafy trees, and fresh summer salad and watermelon; it’s no surprise that shades of green are already making their mark in freshly painted home interiors as we edge closer to summer. Shades such as courtyard green and olive are giving rooms a vibrant summer feel while at the same time remaining perfectly traditional. Green and all its shades are also going to work wonders to accent your various pieces of furniture. Picture a room with olive green-coloured walls as the backdrop for a beautiful brown leather couch and dark-stained wooden coffee table. Not bad right?

Embracing Earth and Jewel Tones

In somewhat of a contrast to the bright, vibrant colours that help turn your interior into a sun-filled summer sanctuary, many people are choosing to stick to darker earthy colours and deep jewel shades this year. This trend will no doubt trickle right into the summer months, giving you even more options when choosing your summer colours this season. Colours such as charcoal gray, soft aqua, and artful magenta are here to stay this summer and can help make your interiors look great by providing opportunities for layering and helping to accent and showcase other colours in a room’s décor and furniture.

Now that you have an idea of what’s trending for summer 2017, you’re sure to have an easier and more enjoyable time selecting the perfect colours for your next painting project.

 

The Different Types of Paint to Use in Your Home

When you’re tackling a renovation project often the first thing that you plan is the paint job. If you’re tackling this yourself, it can be confusing to determine which paints will work with which projects, especially considering the variety at your disposal. Here are some great tips to finding the perfect paint for the job at hand.

1. You’ll want to make sure that your walls are in good shape. If this means new walls have been built and you’re facing new drywall, or there have been a number of patched repairs, your first step should be a primer. Choose a good, thick primer that will coat the walls and hide any further imperfections to give you an even, smooth surface to work with. Depending on the type of primer, this may need more time to cure than your paint colors will.

2. Choosing the right paint can be confusing, and often a homeowner with no experience will choose something that is cheap, assuming that all paints are created equal and a more expensive paint is just “buying the name brand”. You’ll quickly find out that buying better quality paint will save you both time and money in the long run and eliminate many issues associated with a cheap paint. Higher quality paints often have a thicker consistency and the coverage is far superior, meaning that less paint goes a lot further and covers well in 2 coats with minor touch ups.

3. Paints come in a variety of finishes from ulti-matte to high gloss, with eggshell running right down the center and the most often purchased. Depending on the use of your space (How much traffic will your space get and are the walls often touched?) different finishes will provide different benefits. Your ceiling is most often painted in matte, while walls are usually painted in eggshell or flat and very glossy finishes are reserved for trim and baseboards, doors and chair rails. Your paint can give you an average drying time between coats, which can change from finish to finish. 

Other things to note:

1. Using a good edging brush and a steady hand can eliminate the need for much of your taping work. Taping is time-consuming and can add hours to your job, whereas the careful use of an edging brush can mean the rooms are finished in half the time. It takes practice to master, but it’s worth it.

2. Don’t skimp on your drop cloth use. You may think that small splatters can be easily taken care of “later”, but often they harden to the floor’s surface and mean you’ll be on your knees scrubbing away. Use those drop cloth and move them to every new work area.

3. When painting wood trim, take the time to sand the surfaces first, and then prime. Allow primed wood surfaces to cure for 24 hours between coats. Two coats of primer and two coats of paint are often enough to get the look you want to achieve and provide a durable surface to withstand normal wear and tear.

Benefits of Paint Over Wallpaper

If you’re considering doing some home renovations, one great way to drastically change a room is to freshen up the colour of your walls.  To do this, there are a few options, and if you’re debating between paint and wallpaper for your home, we’ve got some pros and cons that might help tip the scales. 

Versatility

If you’re looking for versatility, you simply can’t go wrong with paint.  Wallpaper comes in two different surface materials; vinyl and paper.  Each offers a different look, and there’s no question that you can find wallpaper in a wide variety of different colours and patterns, but when it comes to having a wealth of colours and finishes, paint takes the cake.  Anything from ultra-matte to high gloss finish is at your fingertips and the colour range is mind boggling.  It’s a lot easier to change a colour from room to room, or even to highlight a feature wall, when you choose paint.

The Prep Work

Before your contractor arrives, walls should be cleared of decor and any drips or cobwebs wiped away.  Furniture will need to be pulled away at least a few feet from the walls; ideally it will be pushed towards the center of the room to allow as much working space as possible.   After that, the preparation work differs greatly between a wallpaper and a paint job. While paint can be applied directly over a previously painted wall and the job can start right away, it’s not recommended that wallpaper be applied over a previous layer, so the first task for your contractor will be to remove the existing layer of wallpaper.  Any accidental damage will have to be filled and sanded, and then the walls will need a coat of primer.  A room that could be painted in a day might take a few days to have wallpaper applied. 


Tools of the trade

Both painting and the wallpapering process do require specially designed tools.  To do a proper job, a painter will be equipped with trays and liners, brushes and rollers, sleeves and drop cloths.  Although this might seem like a lot, wallpapering requires far more. Paste is necessary for wallpaper-to-wall adherence, along with a paste brush or a roller to apply it.  A knife to cut the paper and a level to hang it properly are also necessary, along with a tape measure, a putty knife or straight edge, a pencil, drop cloth, smoothing brush, a sponge and bucket of clean water.  

Cost

When it comes to supplies, a very good quality paint can cost you about $50/gallon and will be enough to do a standard sized bedroom, while a top quality roll of wallpaper will cost you anywhere from $75 to $100.  Besides the cost of supplies, labour for wallpapering can be much more than it would be for painting.

 

When it comes to making a big change in the look of your home, both wallpaper and a fresh coat of paint will do the trick, but painting will go a lot faster and is ultimately more cost effective.  The versatility of paint and the colours you can choose from makes this a smart choice.

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter the First Time

Having good looking, well-painted walls is important to any homeowner.

When most people think of a professional painter, they often think of commercial renovations. However, there are many benefits to having your own home painted by professionals. A professional paint job can change the way that your home feels and the way that you and your family feel in it.

Aside from guaranteeing a great looking paint job having your home painted by a professional comes with a tonne of other benefits. Below we have the listed the top 5 reasons you should have your home painted by a professional.

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Your Time is Valuable

Most people would agree that you should be spending your time on the things that matter most to you and many of us just don’t have the time to paint our homes ourselves. It may be because we have kids, or because we are needed at the office all day and night. Whatever the reason, if you don’t have the time to renovate your home yourself, especially when it comes to painting, it only makes sense to hire a professional.

Every moment you spend on chores like painting is a missed opportunity to spend time with those that you value most. Or a missed chance to make more money at work. Your time is valuable and should be treated that way.

Get Advice from an Expert

A professional painter has years of experience seeing rooms transformed into homes. You can trust the professionals at Lince’s painting with using the right tools and techniques. If you need advice choosing colours that reflect you and the way you want your home feels, our painters are always happy to help.

Save on Tools and Material Costs

You may think that hiring a painter is expensive since you have to pay for their labour and materials. However doing it yourself can be an even more overwhelming and expensive experience. A professional painter saves you money by being efficient as well as timely and brings his own tools and materials.

Professional Painters knows what to do, how to properly prime the walls, paint the trim and how much paint they will need for specific sections of your home. Painting a house is not an everyday thing; people do it once a year and in many cases only once every few years. There is no point of paying for tools which you will rarely use. A professional can save you all the unnecessary costs and headaches that occur during painting. When you consider the cost of materials and the value of your time, hiring a professional is a no brainer.

Avoid Common Mistakes

You may have never painted your home before and it can seem overwhelming if it’s your first time. The professional’s at Lince’s Painting have over 20 years of experience painting homes and can work quickly while also providing high-quality work. Painting a home properly is a challenging task and something that you want to be done right. The walls in your home surround you daily and it’s important that they look good. If you want to ensure a job is done properly, you should hire a professional painter today.

Painting is More Than Painting

Professional painters do so much more for each job than amateur painters. Someone without as much experience may not plan and prepare their paint job well enough before starting. They might mix too little paint, use too much on certain areas creating uneven colours, or simply do a bad job. A professional painter; however, will make sure the painting areas are prepared, will use the right tools, and will deliver better results in less time.

The next time you have a major painting project, either residential or commercial, you can trust Lince’s Painting to get the job done right. Call us today for your free consultation.

What Colour Should You Paint Your Kitchen?

Are you in the process of building a new home or perhaps you’ve decided to take the plunge and renovate?  Maybe you’ve just moved into a home where the previous owners’ colour choices leave a lot to be desired.  Choosing paint colours for your home can be an exciting and stressful process, and even more so when it comes to making those choices for the heart of your home; the kitchen.

Most of us tend to spend a lot of our waking hours in our kitchen, and it can be a wonderful gathering place for friends and family alike.  It’s important that your kitchen reflects both smart functionality and your personality. The experts at Lince’s Painting have gathered some great tips together to help you pick colours that let you enjoy this sometimes underappreciated room.

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Natural Light

Your paint choice may be somewhat limited due to the natural light in your home.  Even with plenty of artificial light, a kitchen may look unwelcoming or heavy with a dark paint colour.  It may even make space appear smaller.  If you don’t have the option to add more natural light to your kitchen but you have your heart set on a dark colour, consider using that colour on a feature wall or even on some of your furniture or decor.  On the flip side, if your kitchen has plenty of natural light, this may open up some possibilities for adding the dramatic flair that a dark or rich wall colour can bring.

Cupboards, flooring and furniture

Think about how your wall colour choice will complement the existing colours in the room.  Will the colour make your cupboards pop as you’d hoped, or does it blend and flow more naturally?  There’s no right or wrong answer, only take into account how your colour choice works with the floors, cupboards and the furniture in the room.

Moods

Certain colours lend themselves well to evoking a particular mood or feeling.  Yellow increases energy, blue motivates and increases efficiency, while lavender will make you feel calm and green offers tranquillity and health.  Interestingly, red is said to increase appetite.  Each colour can have warm or cool undertones and colours can shift fairly drastically depending on lighting throughout the day.  If you are unsure of how the colour will change throughout the day your best bet is to paint a tester patch and see how it looks from morning through to the evening.

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Going Neutral

If you’re not sure how long you’ll be living in your space, or if you’re sure that a sale is in your future, it’s prudent to consider the buyers when painting your kitchen space.  When considering a home, the kitchen is one of the very first things a potential buyer looks at, and every buyer wants to easily picture themselves in the space.  Neutral doesn’t mean boring, and it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t put splashes of your personality in easily removed decor or furniture.  A more neutral colour on the walls can actually give a more pleasing background against which your favourite pieces shine.

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The next time you are looking to have your kitchen painted, feel free to contact the experts at Lince’s Painting. We have experience painting many kitchens and can help make sure it is a smooth and stress-free process.