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Best Exterior Colors If You’re Looking to Sell Your Home

Best Exterior Colors If You’re Looking to Sell Your Home

If you’re considering selling your home, it might be in your best interest to paint the exterior. Selling a home can be a long, frustrating process. Making an investment before selling can increase the selling speed and raise the home’s value. We’ve identified several colors as the best options for selling your house. Even if you’re not looking to sell right now, it’s never a bad idea to invest in home improvements, especially ones that increase curb appeal.

  • White or off-white: Whites look good for most homes and landscapes. In fact, according to surveys, nearly 40% of people like white as an exterior color. An effective strategy with white paint can be using darker colors for the shutters and trim to make them stand out. Keep in mind there are many shades of white. Be sure to sample a few whites before making a decision.
  • Taupe: Like white, taupe will work with most landscapes. Taupe is a warm, inviting color and can convey that feeling to potential buyers.
  • Gray: Despite gray’s connotations with rainy days and gloomy moods, it’s a great choice for your home exterior. It’s a strong, neutral, popular color. Light or dark gray can be used to fit your preferences.
  • Blue-gray: This is a richer color than the neutral listed, but still an excellent option. Though it works best for home on water, many Central Ohio homes would look nice with a blue-gray exterior.
  • Yellow: Perhaps the most-surprising color on the list, yellow is actually a popular home exterior choice. Why? Because yellow creates a welcoming feeling. However, you should still be cautious when choosing yellow; don’t choose a yellow that’s too bright, and stick to white trim.

Many newer homes are painted in lighter colors, such as the ones listed above. Though it’s not necessarily a bad idea to paint a new home a dark exterior color, those colors tend to work best for older homes in more-established neighborhoods.

When painting the exterior of your home, don’t forget to pick the proper color for one of the most important features of your home: the front door. Here are some effective colors:

  • Blue: Blue can convey a sense of calmness.
  • Green: Green comes with feelings of safety and tranquility.
  • Black: A bold choice, black displays strength and power.
  • Red: Another bold choice, red invokes feelings of energy and excitement.

Prim Painting is a Columbus, Ohio painting company. We specialize in exterior painting of homes in the area. For a free quote, please contact us today.

 

How To Store Paint

How To Store Paint

After you’ve finished your painting project, it’s important to properly store any leftover paint. This process isn’t as simple as hammering the lid back on the can and setting it on your basement floor. You need to take the proper steps to ensure the paint is safely stored. It is also important to store the paint properly for cosmetic reasons—if a wall needs a touch-up, it’s more cost-effective to reuse paint than buy a new can.

Tips For Storing Paint

  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Paint is meant to be stored at room temperature—about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When paint is stored in very hot or very cold conditions, the paint can change and become unusable. The storage temperature is also a safety consideration; oil-based paints could catch on fire in excessive heat.
  • Low-moisture location: Too much moisture in a storage location can chemically alter the paint, making it unusable. These first two tips are designed to keep the paint as similar as possible to when it was first mixed.
  • Store on a shelf: In particular, you want to avoid storing paint on a concrete floor. Moisture from the concrete will rise and rust the can; this rust can get into the paint and ruin the batch. Basement floors are probably the most-popular place to store paint cans, but they are not effective solutions.
  • Put the can upside down: Keeping air out of the can is the name of the game. When you store paint cans upside down, the paint helps create an airtight seal against the lid. It is important to keep air out of the can to keep the consistency of the paint the same.
  • Consider using smaller, canning jars: In an effort to keep as much air away from the paint, you can transfer paint into canning jars that have just enough room for the paint. Make sure to ask for extra labels when you buy the paint so you can label these jars appropriately.
  • Clean paint residue from can: If you clean your brush on the rim of the can while painting, you’ll want to clean this up before putting the lid back on the can. Paint residue means you’ll have a less-secure closure; more air could get in the can. Having a clean lid also allows for easier reopening of the can.
  • Don’t use a hammer: When you put the lid back on the paint can, don’t use a hammer! A hammer will damage the lid and make the paint more susceptible to damage. If you have a rubber mallet, use it instead to close the can. If you don’t have a rubber mallet, you can get away with using a hammer—but only if you put a block of wood on the lid and hammer the wood.

By following these steps, you’ll get the most out of your paint and stay safe from any disasters. Prim Painting is a local painting company serving the Columbus, Ohio area. Please contact us for a free quote.

Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colors

Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colors

Are you starting to get tired of the paint on your walls? Then it might be time to re-paint them. At Prim Painting, we believe in educating our customers before diving into a project. Here are some common mistakes people make when starting a painting project. Make sure to avoid them!

  • Choosing a color based on a paint swatch: Test the color on the wall before committing to it. A paint swatch is a great representation of what the color will look like—but that’s all it is: a representation. How it looks on your wall might sway your opinion. If you don’t want to test the paint on the wall, you can paint a poster board and hold it up to the wall, but this isn’t as accurate an indicator.
  • Painting the room with no other décor in mind: Unless your room will consist only of painted walls, you need to take the furniture and knick-knacks into consideration. Fabrics and furniture can change how a color looks on the wall. In many cases, it’s better to choose the furnishing first and pick a paint color suitable for your choices.
  • Thinking all colors are created equal: Do you want to paint the walls gray? Well, do you mean steely gray? Or lazy gray? What about gray screen? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shades of colors. Test, test and test some more to ensure you get the color you want!
  • Choosing colors that exactly match your favorite objects: If you want your favorite items to stand out in the room, choose a slightly different color for the walls, ideally a color that is softer. By doing this, you’ll let your decorations “pop!”
  • Selecting a neutral color because it’s “safe:” The truth is, even neutral colors have a ton of shades. While neutral tones may be “safer” than bold colors, they can still disappoint you if you don’t pick the right shade. We can’t emphasize enough the need to test your colors.
  • Going overboard with your favorite color: Do you really like the green you chose for your living room? That’s awesome, but be careful. Too much of one color can be overwhelming. Always balance with neutral colors.
  • Not considering the lighting: The lighting in a room can alter how paint looks. What was once deep red can suddenly look much more lively. Again, test the colors!
  • Not thinking how you want the room to feel: Think about a bedroom. Do you want it to be relaxing? If so, don’t choose a bright orange or hot pink color. Colors convey feelings. For a relaxing room, consider a light blue or green.

By taking these tips into consideration, you minimize your chances of being disappointed in your paint color. Prim Painting is a Columbus, Ohio locally-owned-and-operated painting company. We’re highly-reviewed and always work to satisfy and educate our customers. For more information, contact us for a free consultation!

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