But that's not the color I picked!" This lament is voiced all too often by Topeka, KS homeowners about the paint colors which were selected from a color card chip in the paint store. After the paint dries on the wall, they are sometimes faced with disappointment.
American Perma-Coat Painting recommends a simple remedy to this common problem: switch on the lights and look at the color under the actual lighting in which it will appear.
We strongly advise checking and selecting color under the right light to avoid disappointment. If color choice is critical, color selection should be made under the actual lighting conditions of the space to be painted.
Not all artificial light is the same, and various types of lighting have differing effects on paint color. Incandescent or LED lighting, most often found in residential settings, provides a totally different lighting environment to flourenscent lighting, normally found in commercial space. Special effect lighting, such as spot or track lighting very often distorts color. Even daylight can change the paint color, depending on the time of day.
Here are some tips on selecting the right color under various lighting conditions:
White and off-whites are the safest colors to use; they distort less under various types of light. Pale shades also do not undergo much change under different types of light and tend to remain true. However, both whites and pales have a tendency to reflect other colors. For example, a customer who had her entire living room painted in Linen White, insisted the walls were blue. The blue tone, in fact, was a reflection of the robin's egg wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the room.
Color should not be checked in an empty room. Since objects absorb and reflect color in different ways, color on the walls and ceiling very often becomes subdued and undergoes change by a room's furnishings.
If you do view a just-painted empty room, try to determine exactly how much of the wall surface will be visible after furnishings are reassembled in the space.
When using dramatic, daring colors, experiment first. Paint a sheet of poster board large enough to provide a true color reading and view it on the surface, under the lighting conditions for that space.
Color behaves entirely differently on a ceiling surface than on a wall surface. In most homes, the surface is being lit from below by floor lamps. Incandescent light reflected up to a ceiling makes the color on the ceiling appear much richer since the surface is reflecting light. If no light is hitting the ceiling, The colors will appear much darker and deeper. For example, a red ceiling when lit with incandescent lighting will turn to orange.
The gray-green family of color, including taupe, khaki, putty, sage and the historical colors are chameleon-like and will dramatically change under different lighting conditions, including daylight.
The look of a room can be intentionally altered with lights. Consider using atmospheric or mood lighting. A romantic look in the bedroom or dining room can be achieved by using pink bulbs. However, special lighting is usually not welcome in the bathroom/powder room when a true light is required for make-up and shaving. Also, avoid blue and green lighting in all rooms since they distort all colors.
While gloss levels can add richness and depth to color, the lighting under which they appear must be taken into consideration. Gloss levels of paint will impact on how color appears in certain light. The higher the gloss level, the higher the light reflectance, which means -- in simple terms -- more light will bounce off a wall painted with a high gloss finish than a flat finish.
Wash lighting will accentuate certain colors, making them richer. Placing recessed lighting fixtures in positions which wash over a wall will create light and shadow which add drama and depth to the surface while a spotlight, focusing on a fixed point on the surface, will create a hot spot and distort color.
Contact American Perma-Coat for further information and assistance on selecting the right paint color under various lighting conditions!
One of the most common structural problems we encounter in Topeka and Lawrence is exterior wood rot. Even for homes built with aluminum or vinyl siding, or all brick homes, there are many components of the exterior structure that are made of wood. Window and door moulding, trim work, fascia and soffit are typically made of wood.
All of these items are particularly vulnerable to weather extremes and water. When exterior wood damage is left unchecked, it can lead to higher heating and air conditioning bills, termite infestation and a decrease in home value. Also, it is a lot easier to repair some minor damage than to wait until there is a serious problem, which may require major replacement work. Let's go through some details that can help you avoid any big problems down the road.
Fancy names, but it's just exterior trim...
First, what exactly are the surfaces we're talking about? If you look at the exterior windows and doors on your house, they all have wood trim around them. The tricky part is that what you see is only part of the trim – the outermost layers are typically decorative mouldings. Underneath, more framing exists to hold the window or door in place. Catching a wood rot problem early often means we can fix just the outer moulding.
The fascia includes the horizontal boards that connect the bottoms of the roof rafters. The fascia provides stability to the structure and is often used to support the gutter system. The soffit is the finished layer covering the fascia. We usually consider this part of the structure the “eave” of the house.
Bugs, water and weather - watch out!
All of these areas are susceptible to water and weather damage. As exterior paint wears and weathers, small cracks may appear. Water can (and will) seep into the tiniest of these cracks. As the water sits on the wood surface it will not only saturate the wood, but can also grow mold and attract insects to the softened wood. Winter time makes the problem even worse. If water gets into small cracks in exterior wood surfaces and freezes, the expanding and contracting of freezing and thawing water can wreak havoc on the trim work. Often time, problems that are small and unnoticeable in the Fall emerge as major issues in the Spring.
Get it fixed now, before it gets bad...
In order to protect your home from wood rot and all of the associated problems, you can do a simple inspection to identify any problem areas. First, walk around your house and visually inspect all windows, doors and soffit. Keep an eye out for small insect holes, out-of-place soffit vents and cracks. If you have a two story home, you can perform this visual inspection from the ground. If you decide to use a ladder, be sure to follow all precautions associated with safe ladder use. Make a note of any areas you see that look like they may not be structurally sound. Second, you can use your fingers or a blunt object to check the density of the wood. Wood that is has water damage or wood rot will be much softer than normal. Being careful not to damage good wood, press on any suspected areas – if the area feels spongy or soft, there could be an underlying problem. Often times, we see trim work that looks okay at first glance, but will fall apart just by being touched.
American Perma-Coat Painting can handle any exterior painting. Before every job we fully inspect all of the surfaces to ensure structural integrity. If any wood needs repair or replacing, our team of skilled carpenters will handle the work before painting, and you can expect nothing but the highest quality work.
As a child, garage doors seemed almost magical. My brother and I would watch from the backseat as our parents pushed a tiny button and abracadabra! The garage door of our home would rise, signaling that we were finally home. Now that we are all grown up and homeowners ourselves, we hardly notice our garage doors and we certainly do not consider them magical. We expect them to go up, come down and keep the leaves out... and if the battery in our remote needs to be replaced? Well, we tend to get a little grouchy.
Even though they are no longer amazing, our garage doors are always working for us, and when it comes to your Topeka curb appeal, they are carrying some serious weight. When planning a cohesive look for your home’s exterior paint colors, you may have stopped to wonder: What am I supposed to do with my garage door?
If you stand in need of painting tips for your garage door, then buckle up! Today we are giving a free crash course in exactly that.
Exterior Paint Basics, The 3 Components
For starters, it helps to have a basic understanding of how exterior color schemes work. There are three basic components in play: your siding, your trim and your accents, which are typically your doors and shutters. As a rule, you want to play up the positive and interesting architectural features of your home and blend in, or downplay the mundane or negative aspects such as your gutters.
White and Bright
If you are working with white trim, you cannot go wrong with a crisp white garage door. Choosing white for your garage will help it blend in with your other exterior paint colors, giving you a fool-proof curb appeal with no regrets. If you still find yourself looking for a bit of visual interest for your garage, install a hardware kit to give it that carriage door look.
Is your home blessed with a real-wood garage door? If so, using a natural wood stain instead of exterior paint will skyrocket your curb appeal. Wood or even faux-wood steel garage doors are both timeless and trendy and add an air of elegance to your home’s exterior.
Black and Classy
Black. It’s classy for a dress and the same goes for your garage door. Using black, beige or gray can add a bit of contrast against your trim. When correctly chosen, these exterior paint colors pair well with both natural brick and vinyl siding.
If you feel like incorporating color, you are in good company, there is a growing trend of homeowners using paint colors such as navy, dark green or aqua on their garage doors. If feeling led in this direction, it is a good idea to go online and use a color scheme visualizer to test out your ideas before implementation.
If you are struggling with your exterior color scheme or vexed on how to use paint colors to your home’s advantage, our paint color experts can help. Give us a call. Our professional painters can help with your project from color selection to power washing, leaving you with cohesive curb appeal you will look forward to coming home to.