Colors have a great influence on all of us. They can deliver (subliminally) emotions and feelings out of each individual. It’s not a surprise that most manufacturers and companies spend massive amounts of money to choose the right brand colors for their services and products. When doing this, it helps to ensure customers will stay longer in these shops which may lead to a purchase. Similarly, when choosing the right interior color for your office can welcome, inspire, and stimulate the environment. Which will, in turn, help increase sales and boost productivity.
Massive amounts of research have been conducted on the impact of specific office interior paint colors on routine office careers such as filing, answering the phone, proofreading, typing, et cetera. There have also been experimental tests have been directed to see the effect of select office interior colors on satisfaction, performance, productivity, and employee well-being, especially in the confined offices.
Office Colors You May Like
Think about the business– Neutral color palettes are best used for genuine, serious organizations. In the event that you wish to pass on a feeling of vitality to the style, pick warm and lively hues like orange and yellow while making sure that they are not overpowering. Use shades of green and blue to add a calming effect. Business offices that are used by writers or designers, should go with shades such as red, orange, and yellow. Engineers are urged to use shades of grays, tans, and muted browns that can have a positive impact on the mind and helps with concentration. Cooler colors such as green and blue are ideal for the most stressful workplaces like that of an accountant, consultant, lawyers, et cetera which can stimulate calmness and relaxation.
Accessibility of Space
For the smaller office spaces, you can select interior paint colors such as beige or white which can be particularly used on the ceilings. This can give the illusion of a larger space. Darker colors are great for those extensive office rooms like the meeting room. These colors help create a more comfortable atmosphere in the room.
Blue fortifies the Mind– using shades of blue for offices used by bookkeepers or different experts who need to do a lot of mind work. Additionally, using blue with hints of orange to balance the mind work and add a touch of style.
Yellow fortifies the Emotions– This idealistic shading makes for perfect office paint hues as it empowers a sense of self, as well as, the soul. It is perfect for creative minds and different occupations where innovativeness is required.
Green is for Balance– Green can be used in your office near areas where cash will be exchanged. Green can bring quietness and consolation.
Red affects the Body– Red shows stimulus and physical strength. It is perfect for recreational centers and workplaces where temporary workers and developers work or meet customers and different spaces where one would need a social or garrulous environment.
Are you looking for commercial painting services in Denver, CO? Imhoff Painting has you covered! Call today to schedule a color consultation for your business. (303) 650-0933
‘Tis the season to be jolly and time to pull out Christmas lights, ornaments, garland, mistletoe, and your inflatable yard Santa. Since the arrival of the holidays, many people are searching for interior decorating ideas that will bring cheer to their home. There are several holiday decorating suggestions available but why not celebrate this season with a new interior paint job?
A lot of people strive to give their homes that special holiday feeling and adding a little color to your walls is a perfect way of doing so. A new interior paint job can refresh and rejuvenate a home but if you add colors that are festive and bright, it can help lift spirits of those who enter your home.
Choosing Durable, Festive Colors
When a room that needs to repainted and will eventually be full of guests, higher level sheen paints are ideal. These paints are easier to keep clean and have a higher resistance to stains. Variations of green and red are the obvious go-to choices for walls. These colors work beautifully with interior walls year-round.
Green – Green is associated with vitality and wealth. This color is usually intended to foster productivity and creativity. Studies have proven green to be one the most relaxing and calming colors. It for sure will help with the hectic holidays. Green is ideal to be used in both kitchens and dining rooms.
Red – There is a wide variety of red hues to choose from. Red is a warm color that will give your home a cozy setting. Oddly, it can also act as an appetite enhancer, which makes it a great choice for dining rooms, where the holiday festivities often take place.
These aren’t your only hue options for pre-holiday painting. Interior paints come in various colors and sheens. Be sure to use a color that you will be satisfied with once it’s time to put the decorations back in storage.
If you feel that you are short on time to have an entire room repainted, we recommended adding one or two holiday color accent walls. Accent walls can add a chic feel and the appearance of the entire room will be completely different. If you later fall in love with the choice of color, other walls can be painted later.
The holidays aren’t only about celebrations but also the décor. With the right interior paint job, your holiday décor will pop and will be rewarding. Not only will the Christmas lights outside impress your guests, but the new interior look will make your gathering even more special. Gift a loved one with a home renovation that will not only renew and rejuvenate a home but it will also create a cheerful, positive energy that radiates through your home.
If you need help sprucing up your interior paint for the holidays, give the professional painters at Imhoff Painting in Denver, CO a call @ (303) 650-0933.
Stripping wall paint is not as simple as it looks. Due to the fact that most kinds of paint contain a significant amount of lead, it’s important that you take some safety measures before you start removing the paint. First of all, let’s look at the harmful effects of lead. Lead poisoning is a serious problem, especially amongst children. Most homes that were built before 1978 were painted with lead-based paint. Afterward, lead was banned from being used in all kinds of residential paints. Lead generally spreads through dust particles. As the paint begins to peel, chalk, or flake, it can cause a severe lead poisoning.
However, if you are thinking about the renovation and your house was painted using lead-based paint, it doesn’t have to cause a major problem. The main thing that you need to keep in mind when removing lead-based paint from the walls is that effective dust control is very necessary. Here are some basic safety steps that you can perform before stripping off paint from the walls.
Cover the Floors
Using a single layer of polyethylene plastic and some duct tape for covering the floors is a great idea. As you strip the paint off the walls, the flakes and particles are going to fall on the floor and disintegrate into dust. However, if you have covered the floor carefully, you will be able to save a great deal of time during the subsequent clean-up. Once you spread the plastic cover over the floor, it’s important that you use duct tape to tie down the plastic along the edges. Otherwise, the dust particles might seep under. If you are working on a section of the wall that’s located close to a door, it’s recommended that you seal the door off first using duct tape as well.
You might have heard specialists talking about “working wet.” Wet hand scraping or wire brushing is a great way to remove lead-based paint with the help of an abrasive compound. You can also purchase HEPA filters and use them with a power sanding machine. Dry hand sanding is strictly not advised and should be avoided at all costs.
Contact a Professional
If you are unsure of how to contain lead-based paint in the house, it may not be a wise move to try cleaning up everything on your own. Instead, you should let a professional handle the job for you. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the last resort. Most specialists can remove the paint for you from different rooms for a nominal fee.
There’s no need to try and strip the walls down unless you know how to properly clean up afterward. Your house will be much more dangerous after the work has been completed if you don’t clean up the debris. Remember that all of the debris should be double bagged and then disposed along with the household waste.
Here’s a famous line often heard on the site of a wood refinishing or cabinetry project: “Hey, what could go wrong?” Short answer: lots, long answer: more than you can imagine! We’ve been refinishing wood and cabinetry for 20 years, and in that time, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said to myself, or the crew: “Hey, add this to the list of 101 ways to screw up a wood project.”
Because it’s true – there are countless ways to go sideways while finishing or restoring wood surfaces – if you’ve discovered a handful, you’ve only just begun.
There is a magic elixir if you’re willing to swallow it; by fixing it you learn how to NOT do it. It’s the only way; you’ve just learned another way that it won’t work, or another thing to not do, and you can set about correcting it…whatever it may be. The cover charge for getting into this club is the willingness to learn and correct mistakes. It’s not like making a bad paint color choice, there’s much more of a commitment involved. There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve learned from because they didn’t go so well and today I’m sharing the top 5 basic tips to help you avoid trouble on a wood finishing project:
Sample Your Stain Color
It’s highly advised to sample your stain color and get an approval of the stained sample from your spouse, a client, designer, GC, or whoever will be helping to complete the painting project. It just needs to get done!
Even if you (or your client) know 100% for sure, absolutely without a single question; It’s still a good idea to test the stain somewhere, like a piece of scrap or the backside of something. It helps you to be sure that you avoid problems such as:
- Crossing a Ben Moore® color over to a Sherwin Williams® stain. Many companies have their own proprietary version of the same color. For example: “Fruitwood” is a color found in many different paint lines and generally the same color with very little differences.
- You’re sampling stain on a piece of wood that is equal in every way to your showcase – preferably from the same lot, or equal in species, age, previous coating, surface prep, etc.
Yes, this includes sanding. There is absolutely no way around it. Wood surfaces should be sanded to at least 180 grit before stain, 220 is better. If you skip sanding, or you’re inconsistent, you’ll have blotchiness after using the stain.
If you want to remove the blotchiness, you will need to sand again (after stain). Although you will probably have to sand a rough spot you missed, try to stain the spot, and then it looks terrible because you’re staining is beginning to overlap causing more intense colors in certain areas. You can avoid all this hassle by sanding evenly and thoroughly the first time.
Using a vacuum is okay but it isn’t the best way to get the sanding dust of the grain. The best method of cleaning is to use compressed air.
To condition, or not to condition? That ‘tis the question. Wood conditioner helps stain set evenly, preventing blotchiness and ugly irregularities in the stain color.
The general rule is soft species equals conditioning, hard species equals no conditioning. This isn’t always true. It’s a good idea to practice on a piece of scrap, or the backside of something, before going on the main stage.
Let the stain dry, this means more than dry to the touch. It means overnight, usually. Check the instructions on the can and make sure you’re vented properly. If you don’t let it dry and cure thoroughly, you’ll risk having to strip your clear coat because it isn’t drying, or it dries cloudy, or it’s alligatoring. If the product is designed to be ready for topcoat in 4-6 hours, great! Just follow the guidelines and ask questions when you’re not sure.
Putty and Fillers
In almost any wood project, there are imperfections in the completed work that need to be addressed somewhere in the finishing process. These range from nail/staple holes to little dings, gaps between pieces resulting from wood warp or just ill-fit, reveals, rough spots.
Keep in mind when filling nails holes: not all putties are compatible with all stains and finishes. Pay close attention to this; it can cause problems to appear even after your top coat or clear coats are applied.
Before Sealing and Topcoats
If you don’t like what you’re seeing, STOP! Applying sealer or topcoats will not change or alter some irregularity that you are noticing. Furthermore, applying sealer or topcoat over something you don’t like will not only change it but then more sanding and stripping will need to be done to remove with every coat that was applied.This rule is very simple: as soon as you see something you don’t like, stop and consult, address the issue and start again.
That was my top 5 tips that will save you time, money, and a headache. If you make a mistake, don’t fret. Almost any mistake can be corrected. You just need a bit of patience and a positive attitude!
The first question to be answered when planning to paint your garage door is this: wood or metal? This is crucial information, as it will guide the process from preparation through painting to the final clean-up. To get started, you will need a few items. They will be similar to either type of door, though there will be one or two things on the supply list that are different.
Take as much time as is needed to make sure that the surface of the door is clean and dry. For a wooden door on which the paint is cracked and peeling, you will need a wire brush and a scraper to get the surface as smooth as possible. If the door is aluminum you will need a firm scrubbing brush. This same type of brush can be used on wood after the scraping and wire brush step.
Protect Your Driveway
Make sure you have a drop cloth placed to protect your concrete or asphalt driveway from paint drops and spills. This will also help during clean-up, as it will catch paint chips during the preparation stage. For the wooden door, you will probably use a latex paint and primer, which makes for easier cleaning. For the metal door, you will probably use oil-based primer and paint, though you could also use an acrylic exterior paint. You should also have solvent or turpentine on hand for cleaning up after painting a metal door.
Before you paint a wooden door, be sure to make any repairs. In addition, you should caulk the cracks and edges to make sure you have a good surface for painting. This is a good time to go back and check for rough edges and places that still need to be scraped or wire-brushed (for wood) or cleaned and scrubbed (for metal). You may also want to use a commercial cleaner made specifically for the exterior surfaces of homes or other buildings.
A finished paint job is only as good as the surface it clings to. If there are rough surfaces, peeling paint, or other imperfections, your new paint will come off much more quickly. That’s why it is important to invest plenty of time in the scrubbing and wire-brush steps.
After you have thoroughly cleaned and washed the door, give the surface plenty of time to dry. Generally, a couple of hours is not enough. If the door is in the sun it could be dry in 24 hours. Be patient, as any moisture trapped under the new paint will keep the paint from sticking. It will lift off with just a slight touch, in many cases.
Use a quality primer when painting any older surface. Some primers can be used on any surface, though you should talk to your supplier to make sure that you are getting the product you need for your particular door. Always allow the primer coat to dry thoroughly before applying finish paint. You should definitely wait 24 hours. If the door gets moisture or dirt on it after the primer coat, clean the surface carefully and let it dry again. Plan to put on two finish coats, with a 24-hour drying period between applications.
When it comes to painting a home, the best option is to hire a professional, even if you have prior experience in house painting. Professionals have the experience, expertise, and equipment to complete the job quickly and without compromising on quality or creating a mess. However, even if you have hired a painting contractor, there is still one decision which you have to make: do you buy the paint yourself or ask the contractor to arrange for it.
Naturally, because you are paying the contractor, you would be better off asking him to get the paint based on your preferences and requirements. That being said, there are a number of advantages you gain if you buy the paint yourself before hiring the contractor. These include:
- You will have the freedom to choose whichever color and finish you like for each room. The contractor will provide his input and there is a chance he might not agree with what you are looking for. So, if you buy the paint beforehand, you simply have to tell the contractor what you want and they will get the job done.
- You will retain some control over the whole process. Once the work starts, the contractor will be in charge, and while your input will be heard, you will not be actively involved in the project.
- You can avail discounts and coupon deals to get paint at a discounted price. You can go online and look for affordable paint that suits your needs, rather than having to go with whatever brand the contractor suggests.
- Last, but not the least, you can get ample information online to choose the right paint and in the appropriate quantity. You might have some paint lying around in your garage and you can factor that in when buying paint.
So, as you can see, buying the paint yourself before you hire a painting contractor does have its advantages. You can have the paint ready before the contractor actually comes to your home.
On the other hand, you can leave this task up to the contractor. This can also prove beneficial, as:
- You don’t have to bear the hassle of looking for the right paint color and finish. Painting contractors know the ins and outs of home painting and for them, procuring the right quantity of paint won’t be a problem. You can sit back and relax.
- Painting contractors use their expertise and experience to suggest alternate options in terms of brand, quality, and finish of the paint color you choose. This might mean better results once the job is completed.
- The contractor might have some contacts in the market, enabling him to get paint for you at a lower rate.
So, as you can see, there are benefits of each option. At the end of the day, it comes down to whichever option you are more comfortable with. Rest assured, you won’t face any hassle.