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Exterior Paint & Stain Checklist: What To Do Before Your Painters Arrive

You’ve planned and waited for the big paint day! It’s exciting and maybe even a little stressful to have the exterior of your home painted.  You have a vision for your home and you want to protect your investment. Now, it’s just a matter of seeing it all come together as your painters work their magic!

So, how can you help your Cannon Paint Team as they bring your vision to life? We’ve put together a checklist to assist you in preparing for our Artisans to arrive.  You can fill it out on line or download the checklist to carry with you. And if you have any questions, just ask! They’re always glad to help!

 

Bring the Colors of Spring Into Your Lake House

Interior painting for the perfect lake cottage setting

Whether you’re a native northerner or a transplant, eventually the winter weather takes its toll. Dirty gray snow and lack of color can wear on a person’s eyes and just because ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ predicts an early spring, what does a groundhog really know about weather patterns? To keep yourself plugging along until you can return to your beloved Lake Cottage, plan now for ways to infuse your getaway with the colors of spring.

benjamin-moore_lgWhat is it about lake living that you love? Sunlight streaming in through the windows and open doors is one of the great joys of lake living. If the soft yellow of the sun reflecting off of the water is a color you hope to duplicate on your walls, Benjamin Moore’s luscious lemon hue may strike the exact chord in your family room or kitchen.

Blues and greens reflect spring’s rebirth – not only that, they echo the water and surrounding outdoors and are simply inspired for lake homes. These friendly and relaxing colors work flawlessly with the shabby chic look and nautical themes favored in lake and beach getaways.

3cdb6cc76d48a9741f331078a4941e73Lake Cottages are often loaded with rustic charm like wooden beams, wood floors and stonework, so this is an occasion where your paint contractor may suggest white as your dominant color. But you can still infuse the flowering colors of spring with pops of color in your trim work, doors, cabinets, ceilings, and even floors. White creates a clean, bright canvas to show off your local treasures and cover the walls with photographs of your many happy memories on the lake.

Spring showers us with soft, hushed hues along with deep, vibrant shades. Don’t limit yourself to pastels when choosing your interior paint colors. As your paint consultant will advise you, darker, more intense colors will work with the same casual, breezy results that are just as soothing and inviting.

HBX0707_094-1-lgnPainted vertical planking on walls provides great texture. If your home has beautiful architectural ceiling features, carry that painted planking all the way up for a dramatic effect. As in any home, a painted ceiling, architectural feature or not, creates the illusion of height and space so consider a pale blue or lavender for your fifth wall.

The bare feet of spring may be the best place to find your next paint canvas. Painted floors are fun, they’re an easy way to brighten up a room, and better yet, they’re easy to maintain. A little soap and water is all it takes. If they get scuffed and scratched … big deal! Its like a vintage piece of furniture, it gives it character.

Shaking off the winter doldrums is never easy, but if you visualize what springtime colors can do for your Lake House getaway you may get through the days with a bit more pep in your step. Paint your vacation getaway the colors of a glorious spring day.

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A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.  ~William Wordsworth

Going Green – Emerald Green That Is

Give Yourself the Green Light to Give Emerald Green a Try

Pantone comes up with some doozies when choosing their color of the year. In 2011 it was Honeysuckle Pink, last year they gave us Tangerine Tango, and 2013 is the year of Emerald Green. These are beautiful, vivid colors, but not always easy colors to incorporate into your existing home décor. However, we do think painting with emerald green just may make your friends and neighbors green with envy.

Try this idea out for size. Pick a small room, a bathroom might be the perfect candidate, and have your painters paint it emerald green from top to bottom. You got it: walls and ceiling. It may seem counterintuitive, but instead of making the space feel closed in it can actually give the room a modern feel. Pair it with modern lighting, fixtures, and vanity and it could very well become your favorite room in the house.

5 bedroom interior designNext, consider the exact same idea yet on a larger scale. Choose a room similar to this bedroom with plenty of natural light, and the green is anything but overwhelming. In fact, it’s soothing and fresh paired with the beige rug, white curtains and linens. Your paint color specialist can help you determine which of your rooms is best suited to this type of paint treatment.

Cabins, cottages, lake houses and sunrooms are the perfect settings to consider painting a floor a smashing emerald green. A solid green would be awesome but so would a checkerboard or diamond pattern, even stripes.

In earlier blogs we’ve mentioned ways to infuse pops of color into your décor, and since emerald green is such an organic color it pairs with a lot of palettes. This gem-like color would look great painted on the back panel of a bookshelf, repaint your kitchen chairs, paint a lampshade, a trashcan, picture and mirror frames, stair risers, or if you’re the artsy type, get inspired and paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

612c0ca48cf3ab1b3533e8650ca23597Doors make a great canvas for color, both interior and exterior, so why not emerald green? Can you think of better way to greet your guests than with such a harmonious color that projects calm and tranquility?

The moral of the story is, trendy or not, emerald green is simply a radiant and lively color. Whether you choose to have the whole house re-done or just a few simple items painted, color changes everything.

Paint Colors That Sell

A Neutral Color Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring

When you put your house on the market you have to create a neutral canvas upon which a potential buyer can visualize their ‘stuff’. It’s a hard place to get especially if you’re still living in the house. So be prepared to refresh the walls with some neutral paint colors that greet homebuyers with the vibe that says, “I could live here!”

Try to remember back to your first home buying experience. I bet you immediately began to place your furniture in every room of the house. If that house was painted in neutral colors and depersonalized of the owner’s items it was infinitely easier to see yourself living there. Fresh paint leaves the impression the house is clean, well cared for and best of all, you don’t have to paint the minute you move in. In today’s economy and housing market these are big pluses.

A fresh coat of paint not only provides a neutral setting, it provides the opportunity to have unsightly cracks or holes in the walls repaired. Take this time to also have your painter refresh your trim. This is very important. Freshly painted walls are pointless if the trim work is dinged and dirty.

Don’t think dictionary definition of the word neutral and think you’ll be living in a dull, bland world. Neutral means something entirely different as far as paint colors are concerned. It encompasses yellows, grays, greens, browns and even blues, so you do have some beautiful color choices. Take a look at these “neutral” palettes from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Not too shabby!

BM Interior Palette

Benjamin Moore selected these neutrals as great colors for selling a home.

SW Int Palette

Sherwin Williams neutral color palette includes a variety of beautiful shades.

What these lovely paint colors will accomplish is to create light, the illusion of height in rooms with lower ceilings, and  help a small space appear larger – so the payoff is huge.

 

 

 

Don’t just stop with the inside walls, the exterior of your home is just as important. In fact, it may be more important merely because it’s the first thing a buyer sees. What realtors and designers alike call curb appeal begins with the appearance of your home’s siding, roof, gutters, etc. If you see mold a potential buyer sees mold. If the roof is old and gutters are rusty a potential buyer sees additional hassles down the road.

SW Ext Palette

BM Exterior Color Scheme

Neutral is again the key word when considering exterior paint colors. Here are some great examples you can discuss with your paint expert as possibilities for your home.

 

The outlook for existing home sales in the Grand Rapids area is looking up so don’t skip this vitally important step toward selling your home.  Take the time to freshen up your home inside and out with a neutral paint color and broaden your chances for a rewarding home selling experience.

Breathe New Life Into a Dull Room with Colorful Trim

Put the Exclamation Point On Your Room’s Décor with Colorful Trim

Who really gives that much thought to the wood trim in their home? It’s actually kind of bothersome. It has to be cleaned, sometimes patched up and on occasion, repainted. But don’t discount these harmless pieces of wood – the paint color you choose for your trim can put the final exclamation point on your room’s overall appearance.

The rule of thumb is to paint the trim work the same color, usually white or cream, throughout the house for a cohesive look. This allows homeowners to choose differing wall colors from room to room should they wish. However, some rules are meant to be broken on occasion and this is one. If you need to perk up a tired room, consider having your trim painted a different color.

Consult with your painter about the impact you’re hoping to achieve. Is it a wow factor you want or something subtle, or perhaps you’re just not sure. Here are several directions you can consider and discuss together.

curbly_suzanne-kaslerPull color from your existing décor. Choose the trim color from one that is present in your rooms décor, whether it’s a piece of furniture, a pillow, lamp, rug, artwork, whatever draws your eye and is a strong enough color to unify the room.

One color overall. The monochromatic look may be a bit overwhelming at first thought, and not every room is the perfect candidate. But this look can create a very cozy feel. Rooms with paneling in particular fair very well. Check with your paint consultant regarding finishes because this choice can be stunning when using a glossier finish for the trim.

A variation on the same color. Similar to monochromatic, you may decide it’s best to stick with the same color, but in this case, choose a light or dark shade for the wall and the opposite for the trim. This option ensures the colors won’t clash with your furnishings yet your room receives the pick-me-up you wanted.

black detailsBlack is the new white. Many designers are turning to black as a color for trim and the reasons are obvious. It rocks! It’s not for everyone but it may be just the ticket for what ails your needy room – so don’t count it out.

Don’t rule out stain. Some homes are just made for stained woodwork. Period style homes in particular were built with quality wood versus the cheaper wood trim in today’s homes. Victorian and Craftsman houses also often feature decorative woodwork that just gleams when stained or even just varnished. The right stain color can dramatically change a room from bland to warm and homey.

If it’s fear that’s holding you back from making a change, bring in a paint expert to help you make your color selections. Inject a little joie de vivre into to a lifeless room with colorful wood trim.

What Can You Do With These Hot New Hues?

emerald-green-pantone-color-2013-230x300Interior Paint Colors to Make Your Home Spectacular

 

Are you a trendsetter? Well if you love to follow color trends then Pantone has chosen its new 2013 color of the year – and just like the wonderful Land of Oz it’s emerald green on the scene. Not to be outdone, Benjamin Moore took a softer, more mellow option, lemon sorbet shall we say? And Sherwin Williams says aloe is the way to go.benjamin-moore_lg

Some designers see a transition to pastels on the horizon with Benjamin Moore’s luscious lemon hue. Paired with grays and metallic, the result is warm and serene yet never dull. This yummy color pairs so easily with trending palettes that the combinations are virtually endless.

aloe 112112Sherwin Williams introduces its funky, slightly retro aloe green that pairs perfectly with grays, blacks, whites and metallic. Think June Cleaver’s kitchen, just not in black and white. It’s an easy match for lots of fun, colorful patterns and textures.

There are many ways to incorporate these spectacular colors into your home’s interior décor! Are you a collector? What do you love and have on display? Vintage glass, china, buttons, lunch boxes, seashells, books, clocks … all of these items are colorful, whether vivid or muted and subtle. Draw from colors within a collection to paint the walls, upholster a chair or choose your accent pillows and rugs.

You may wish to start with a signature piece. Perhaps it’s a lampshade in that tangerine you adore. Work with that piece and choose your upholstery, wall color, pillows and other accessories to complement that element. Use a neutral wall paint color, and find a fabulous patterned material for your furniture with pops of tangerine, pale blue-green, browns and beiges, then finish it off with a sisal rug, artwork, flowers, throw pillows, and before you know it you have a cohesive, cozy room.

This gorgeous room has it all, color, texture and pattern!

This gorgeous room has it all, color, texture and pattern!

Brighten up a dull kitchen or simply update your current one by choosing a new “in” color for your cabinetry. When you consult with your painters, ask them if they think you should paint them all or just the upper level for a real visual splash of color.

Don't forget to look up and make good use of the 5th wall!

Don’t forget to look up and make good use of the 5th wall!

Two-toned walls are a fantastic method for introducing color into a room. The dining room is the one  most people conceive of when thinking two-toned because of chair rails and wainscoting. Oh! And let’s not forget our oft forgotten fifth wall!

Built-in shelves make fantastic canvases for a few coats of paint. Your interior paint specialists can turn your built-ins into the perfect accent for a stunning effect.

This years colors are fun, funky and flirtatious, and there’s one or more that is certain to create a sparkle in your eyes. Whether it’s emerald green, lemon sorbet, aloe or another heart thumping color that winds up painted somewhere in your home, 2013 is sure to have the perfect shade to color every home spectacular.

Wow Your Neighbors With a Front Door That Sizzles!

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” ~Flora Whittemore

Flora “Gramma” Whittemore was celebrated as Caribou County’s oldest citizen before she died at age 102 in 1993. Caribou County is a pretty small spec of land in Idaho, but Flora’s words carry a lifetime of wisdom that we can translate to many aspects of our life. Why not plant them right at our very front door.

Your home’s front door is the gateway into your life. Set the tone of your home by creating a sizzling front door with a paint color to wow your guests and neighbors and send a message about just what kind of person dwells within.

In the art of feng shui the front door is so important it’s considered the “mouth of chi”, meaning it’s the entry point for the vital energy that enters and exits your home. Color and direction play an enormous part in balancing and nourishing this chi. While you can’t exactly change the direction of your front door, you can change the color.

In feng shui, a red front door promotes good chi.

Neutral siding is a great backdrop for this sky blue color.

To kick it up a notch you have to make a few decisions. Do you want the door to contrast with the existing color scheme, complement it, or accent it? Stand back from your house and take a good long look. Examine the roof, shutters, siding, and even the foliage. The style of your home may provide more color leeway than others. Victorian, Craftsman and bungalows can often handle brighter hues, while traditional styles may call for more formal colors. No matter what, let your personality shine through – you’re only talking about a pop of color. You can easily change it if you don’t like it.

To help make the final decision, here’s a trade secret from designers and painters. Take a photo of your house, make a print, and cut out the front door. Get some paint swatches you’re considering and put them in the spot where the door is. You can instantly see if the color works or not.

Not everyone can pull off this bright pop of pink!

Great use of classic black with a touch of bright yellow.

As with the spectacular interior color palettes for 2013, paint companies have lined up some hopping exterior color combos as well. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams websites are hotbeds for ideas. If you’re looking to paint the entire exterior and not just the front door, consult with your professional paint contractor for specific ideas that work for you and your home.

 

Paint color is not for everyone. Wood stain is an option and the palette is surprisingly wide ranging, so don’t shy away from making a change because you don’t want to paint.

Make your home exactly what you want it to be. A sizzling front door is whatever excites you day in and day out. You decide how you want to portray your home and the people who live inside it.

Gorgeous wood stain is the perfect choice for these awesome doors.

 

Colors to Create a Warm, Inviting Kitchen

Paint Colors to Whet Your Appetite

Quick, when you think of home what comes immediately to mind? Memories of family, most likely. And with those memories will typically come gatherings in the room that is the heartbeat of most any home ­– the kitchen. It’s where we eat, laugh, talk and love. So let’s make it the most livable room in the whole house with the best colors for gathering with our loved ones and doing what we love to do – eat!

No color better evokes a traditional family kitchen than yellow. With its warmth and energy, yellows can create an open, airy environment that implies, “Come in, sit down and have a bite to eat!” Yellow can be paired with virtually anything; white or wooden cabinets go great, your countertop choices are limitless as are your backsplash options. Lighting selections will set the tone toward modern, casual or old world charm, and accent colors abound with this interior paint color.

Should you prefer a color with a bit more pop, red might be your paint color of choice. While it contrasts beautifully with cream-colored cabinetry, it will also work magnificently with dark wood cabinets and flooring for a rich, European-inspired kitchen. If you love to cook and watch your flock and guests eat with hearty gusto, be sure to have plenty of food on hand. Some say it increases appetite subliminally!

These gray walls are perfect for this sleek, modern kitchen.

For the minimalist amongst us, certain gray paint colors paired with white and black are the perfect color scheme to create a sleek, modern kitchen. With stainless steel appliances, contemporary lighting and white or black countertops and backsplashes the look is pure 007. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color for flair and flash. A word of caution though, gray is a difficult color, so be sure to work with your Cannon Painting color specialist to find the perfect hue for your kitchen walls.

Many people will steer you away from blue in a kitchen by saying it’s not an uplifting color. But blue can be a beautiful, inviting color, and if it’s your favorite color to heck with the Debbie Downers! If you love the charm of old world decor, cobalt blue and white are the perfect pairing. To make blue appear warmer, designers will often pair blue with red and for a cooler effect, they may couple it with green.

These blue walls evoke the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

As for green, this color gets a bad reputation as an appetite zapper when applied to kitchen walls. But Granny Smith green paired with black granite countertops and rich wooden cabinetry is truly yummy-licious. Green, with the right combination of materials is organic, bright and cheerful.

Your kitchen is where you gather to regale with family and friends. It’s the heartbeat of a home. Paint it the colors of your appetite and eat, drink and be merry!

Interior Paint Color Palettes for 2013

Interior Paint Colors That Awaken Your Senses

It’s been said that color can affect your emotions. So why not determine to start the New Year lifting your mood with fresh interior paint? The time to re-decorate is right now and the color trends are spectacular.

2013’s Brilliant color combinations begin by sparking the imagination and lifting the spirits with rich, lush palettes of deep grays, forest greens, plums, and rustic reds. No one can combine colors more masterfully than Mother Nature and Pro designers know, when something of beauty catches your eye in nature, those same combos will work beautifully in your home.

Many designers are embracing the glorious hues of precious stones in 2013 – sapphire blue, amethyst purple, ruby red, smoky topaz and elegant silver & gold.  It’s almost impossible to go wrong mixing and matching, especially with Benjamin Moore’s “Vintage Moxie” palette. Citrine and amethyst make a lovely pair, as does pearl and pretty much any color imaginable! And oh the versatility! Take it to the retro side with funky furnishings or keep it charming with a mix of vintage and new world.

While many designers enjoy nature’s color combos, there are those designers who are setting their 2013 palette ablaze with more modern/retro combos that exude the high energy of electric limes, pinks and blues.

Texture and surprise is the name of the game in this New Year.  Against a backdrop of wild, bold colors, consider adding a touch of elegance or something unexpected, like this stunning pearly light fixture set in a popping pink room.

Fabrics like silk or suede in an electric lime room give the eye interesting layers to explore. Depending on the lighting in the room, wild colors can take on varying shades that add interest … and decorating options, too.

Going with bold and electric or bright and vivid hues may seem brave or maybe even risky.  But these glorious colors work amazingly well in all forms, contrasting, analogous(similar shades), and monochromatic. Pair them up with black, white or gray and they will pop and amaze.

The artisans of Cannon Painting are masters at the craft of color and know that color changes everything in your home. Let us make 2013 the best one yet by transforming your home’s interior with paint to match your individual tastes to perfection.

Preparing For The Painters: Your Interior Paint Checklist

You’ve picked colors, you’ve planned, you’ve envisioned your home with a fresh coat of beautiful interior paint … now the big paint day is just around the corner! So, what can you do to help your Cannon Paint Team work their paint magic?

We’ve put together a quick checklist of things you can do in preparing for our Artisans to arrive. Fill it out online or download it for convenience. Just check each item off the list as it’s accomplished. When you’re done, you’re ready for the magic to begin.