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The Importance of Contrast / Pairing Hardwood with Paint Colors

So you are fortunate enough to have hardwood floors... And you realize that choosing the right color to contrast with the floors will make not only the floors pop, but the walls too. So what color do you go with? Let's find out...

The definition of "Contrast": Contrast simply means the difference between two colors. It is important to keep that in mind as we explore options for wall colors that pair well with hardwood floors. To give an example of perfect contrast I will use the example of black and white. Total opposites, black and white are the polar opposite and give the greatest sense of contrast. Think of the page you are reading this on.. The page is white, and the letters are black. This allows you to read the words of this blog easily. Say that the letters of this blog were yellow, you would probably be squinting a lot and have a hard time reading this. It is important to have contrast because this allows your eyes to easily see what you are looking at. Whether it is black on white or vice versa, the greater the contrast, the easier time you will have seeing what you are looking at. The moon at night looks so beautiful because of the deep, dark background that it floats on. The moon doesn't look as beautiful during the day, partly because of the lack on contrast between the sky and moon. Let's explore how we can apply this to painting your home to match the hardwood.

Let's say you have deep, rich, chocolate oak floors. The darkness and richness to them really make the white trim stand out, and the crisp, clean, white doors and trim really contrast nicely. Going with a color higher that exceeds 50% shading can be risky because it might end up seeming close to how dark the floors are. Sticking to a lighter tone will be a great fit to contrast the floors and the trim/baseboards as the lighter color will be a good transition from the dark (floors) to the light (trim). (Going with a dark color can also work well if you prefer darker colors in general but getting the advice of an interior designer is advised to really make sure you find a good balance between the two should you choose this route). Going with a green, gray, or beige always is a safe bet as greens are natural colors (think grass and trees) which pair well with the color of dark wood.. think forest. Gray's are perfect neutrals in the sens that gray pairs with everything. And beige is always a safe bet as beige's are light and warm, which can give the walls and home a warm, cozy feeling.

If you have lighter tones in your hardwood floor you also will find that many lighter colors pair really well such as "Buttery Rum (PPU4-03)", or "Artisan Crafts (N250-4)", or if you think you would prefer a more bold color, Behr offers several beautiful deep, rich colors that will pair well such as: Silken Pine (N430-7) or Chocolate Therapy (N150-7). I myself prefer darker colors so I am a big fan of these colors.. I even have my home office painted in Silken Pine. Let me know your thoughts and favorite colors that you would recommend!

Trying to sell a home? Updating with a fresh coat and the right colors may make all the difference!

Preparing your home to put on the market requires a lot of attention to detail. Obviously clean floors, a sparkling kitchen, and new windows are all important visual components that a potential home buyer will notice, but even more importantly, the colors that line your walls have an even bigger impact than you might have thought. Many people have the mindset when it comes to home repair prior to selling of “I’ll sell it for less sure, but it’s too much trouble and I can’t afford it right now”. This might be true when it comes to replacing ancient kitchen cupboards, or windows, but a fresh paint job doesn’t have to break the bank.

More than just fresh paint, the right colors are what’s going to help you the most. Color psychology is the science of how colors affect people’s moods. Color psychology has enormous psychological implications and when trying to sell a product, the right color might make all the difference. Maybe you are thinking to yourself that the original white paint that came with your condo was fine for you, so it will be fine for the buyers? Not necessarily. Choosing the right color will not only make your property seem more expensive, but it will allow potential buyers to really envision the place, as their home. Only a small fraction of people are really able to walk through a home that needs some TLC and see beyond its flaws. Don’t hope that you get that tiny percentage in the door, spend the little money up front, and make much more in return.

Nearly all real estate agents recommend a fresh paint job to sell a home. Many people become accustomed to how their home looks, which makes it very difficult to see beyond the paint that is already there. People notice the finer details. Baseboards, trim, and doors get the dirtiest over time. A fresh coat of white paint can transform the way your rooms and hallways look like you wouldn’t believe.

The first thing people notice when stepping into a potential home are the floors and walls (assuming you’re not stricken with popcorn ceilings). Floors are obviously the more costly thing to replace, but interior walls and baseboards are an easy fix which will result in a huge return.

Just like if you are preparing your home to sell, you must stash all the odd and cute collectibles you have lying around, so too you must part ways with the black bedroom you helped your teenage son paint, and paint with soothing neutral tones to really help the house seem as buyer friendly as possible. Painting doesn’t have to be a big deal. Online there are tons of outlets to help you choose the right colors to sell your home, and if you are on a budget (like most people are), spending the money you have to fix your home will go along way with a fresh paint job.





Noticing unsightly details after the painters are done? It might not be their fault!

The most careful attention you will pay to your home is after the painters are done painting. You walk around and inspect every nook and cranny, and rightfully so! You want to make sure that the painters did an excellent job and didn’t leave any spots left that show the prior color. You just paid good money for an outstanding, professional paint job and so you scan your eyes over all the edges, corners, window sills, baseboards, support beams, or other parts of your home. What happens more often than not is that you start to notice oddities about your home that you didn’t before such as:

  • A tiny crack in the wall
  • Scratches on the hardwood floor
  • Drywall missing or damaged
  • Paint splatter
  • Hardened drips on the walls
  • Small holes in the wall
  • etc…

Was it the painters who are responsible for what you are seeing? Or maybe it has been there all along and you just have never noticed it before! Unfortunately, many painters bear the brunt of dissatisfied customers after working hard on making the interior of a home look beautiful due to a homeowner not seeing what has been there all along! Odds are, a homeowner didn’t spend any time before the painters came to inspect the condition of their home interior, and just figured that whatever damage they are seeing afterwards must be the fault of the painter, and why wouldn’t they think that? They didn’t see it before!

What an experienced painter or professional will do upon encountering a small damage detail is quickly take a picture, or multiple pictures, and show the homeowner before continuing on. This is the best way to avoid confrontation after the job is completed because everything that might be an issue is brought to the homeowners attention before hand.

While I can’t say one way or another who is responsible for any damage that the homeowner notices after the walls have been painted, the best way to avoid any disagreement on who should take responsibility is for both parties to agree beforehand on what they are seeing. Taking pictures is a must on the side of the contractors, and inspecting the condition of walls and surfaces beforehand is a great idea of the side of the homeowners.

Hardened drips on the wall can very well be from the previous paint job, but if homeowners never got up close to the wall to inspect it before, they wouldn’t have noticed it. Paint splatter can very well be from a previous paint job as well, especially if the colors are very similar. Scratches on the hardwood floor could have been there for many months, but just have gone unnoticed because the homeowners weren’t down on the floor inspecting the baseboards. If the homeowner makes it a point to inspect their property before the painters begin their work, and the painters take pictures or point out any trouble areas before they paint then all should be well.

What seperates the pros from the rest?? Does the word “pro” get tossed around too often?

My intention with this blog is to shed some light on something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. When browsing different areas of work, for example carpeting, tile, drywall, painting and any other service, we are constantly bombarded with the word “pro”.. Skimming through Craigslist to see what the competition is offering, or just browsing other company websites, we are all too familliar with seeing other companies describe themselves as “pro”. But what exactly does that mean? Does every company deserve to call themselves pros? As an interior painter I often look online to see what other companies are offering and what their websites look like. Does the company with one, offset, blurry, distorted photo of a painted bathroom calling themselves “professional painters” hold the same weight as the company with numerous, professionally taken photographs of extravagant homes? Or another question to consider is, does the way in which you present your company affect the “professionalism” of your company?

Taking a first look into how the dictionary defines “professional”, we see this..




adjective: professional

  1. 1.

    of, relating to, or connected with a profession.


    (of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.

So we can see by the dictionary’s first definition, all people engaged in an activity that’s considered a “profession” would be considered a “professional”. But as people that have truly mastered their art, this does not due justice. Expounding upon the second definition, we can conclude that not only do you have to be engaged in a profession to be considered a “professional”, but you essentially have to excel in that area as a result of the majority of your time being dedicated to that pastime. Going back to my example of the two painting companies that display their work in two dramatically different ways, we could safely say that the company with the blurry, distorted, crooked pictures might not be the best candidate for whom should fit the title “professional” as “professionals” in the second definition sense would likely take as good of pictures as the other company if they were engaged in this activity as their “main occupation rather than a pastime”. Taking pictures of your finished product is something to take pride in, and it’s likely that the companies that are doing outstanding work are excited and proud to showcase their work.

Aside from dictionary definitions, there are other factors that go into what people consider master of their craft, or “professionals” in the highest sense. Customer service is a huge factor that plays into the success of a company. You could land a few jobs here and there, but without the right attitude, you won’t get positive reviews, or referrals. Many contractors earn a good share of their livelihood from referrals and word of mouth. Having worked in customer service my whole life, I understand the customer service comes down to pleasing the customer no matter what (in general). If pleasing the customer if your first priority, that attitude will likely stand out from the other experiences your customer has had. Of course there are sometimes very unreasonable people that you find yourself working for that make your job more difficult than it has to be. But at the end of the day, it’s the pros that smile and finish the job with a good attitude that succeed.

Thanking a customer for their business is a great opportunity to really stand out. Simple showing some appreciation for being offered work is something that the customer will certainly not expect, and will be sure to remember. For some pros, work can be hard to find. When you finish a job well done, try and remember back on when you got the lead and landed it. Appreciation goes a long way.

Thanks for reading!

Color/design trends you need to familiarize yourself with...

Keeping up to date on design trends isn't as hard as you think it might be. In fact, I'm sure you have multiple home accents in your home that look truly amazing, and stand out from your home, but you're just not aware of it, or aware of how to make the most of it. One key to a successful interior design is pairing. Pairing correctly means accurately combining multiple objects or colors in a sensible fashion, which ultimately draws attention equally among both items. Pairing sounds easy, but in reality is quite difficult to achieve correctly. Knowing not only which colors go great with others is only part of the solution, while the other part is realizing, and actualizing the distance and space between the paired objects.

Painted walls in your bedroom don't have to be typical. Right away, tell yourself how your bedroom makes you feel. Is it a bright and airy atmosphere? Or is it more along the lines of dark and cozy? It is known that the amount of darkness or brightness your room has makes an impact on how deep of a sleep you will have. This rule of thumb should be taken into consideration when deciding on a color for the bedroom. Dark teals and purples can look majestic in bedrooms, and create a beautiful, dreamy contrast with rich hardwood floors, pairing perfectly. Maybe you have a lampshade or blanket that you got from the Z Gallerie or other chic home decor store, whose color you wish was on the wall? Go for it. Color match your unique home decoration and have fun with it. 

Blue doesn't always have to be baby blue. Change things up by purchasing a piece of furniture such as dining room chair, couch, or throw in Greek Blue. This unique and distinctively elegant color makes a person think of the Mediterranean and those church rooftops in Perissa, and invokes feelings of exhilaration. It's richness and boldness is sure to pair well with greys and yellows making for an excellent addition to any modern living room. Not sure or no need for new furniture? Shop online and browse different art selections until you find that piece of art, done in Greek Blue that would pair perfectly on your living room wall.

When thinking of the lightest, and airiest room in the home, surely you think of the bathroom. Bathrooms are spaces in the home that should feel open and refreshing. Even those curved shower bars are sold in order for your tub/shower to feel more roomy. Creating an open and spacey atmosphere is quite simple when painting with bright pastel colors. Before you choose on a color, take into consideration the color of the wall tile (if you have any). Many websites allow you to upload a color and pair them with other colors.. All the heavy lifting is done for you and you can browse various color schemes that pair perfectly with your uploaded color. Maybe you're renting and can't paint the walls? Not a worry. Even major department stores like Target have fantastic shower curtain options that will pair well with any color your landlord decided to paint with.

Similar to grey, white and black, Olive Green is a magnificent color to paint with and can pair with just about anything. The dark nature of it brings you in and really helps the accents in the room stand out. If you have enough sunlight, you can just about paint with this color in any room in the house... Even the kitchen. With the lustrous chrome accents your kitchen has to offer, a dark Olive Green in the kitchen says deluxe and lavish.

Accent walls are quite common, but many times people are overly cautious with the color, and tend to pick colors that aren't that extravagant. Three white walls with one bright orange says a lot more than three gray walls, with one dark gray wall. Keep in mind that you are creating an accent wall to stand out. Your choice of color should reflect that. Traditionally, dining rooms are usually not painted with bright, exciting colors, but now it becoming more and more popular. Bright greens, blues, and purples are being paired with light and airy colored walls, and truly add something fun to your home interior.

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Unsightly Wood Paneling?? No Probelm (Interior Painting)

If you are living in an older home from the 60's and 70's, you may be well aware of some of the "design" trends of the past.. I'm talking about wood paneling specifically. Wood paneling does an excellent job of lining the walls of your home with a dated, unsightly coat of wood and is another one of those home improvement projects that you're on the fence about. Remove it? Or Paint it? Painting over wood paneling is a great option with the only requirement being that the paneling is in decent condition. If the wood paneling is peeling and cracking then painting over it may not be the best option. It is interesting to note that some new interior design trends include wood paneling, and some variations of it can look quite astounding. More on that later...

In some cases the wood paneling is actually just plywood covered by a picture of wood that is attached on.. In this case for example, painting over it will actually be a bit easier than painting over actual wood because of how porous some wood can be. The more porous the real wood paneling is, the more coats you will have to apply, thus spending more time and more money to achieve the same look.

If your budget allows, then most likely you can just eliminate it. The first thing you need to know before embarking on this project is if there is drywall behind the wood paneling. Many times there is not, and removing the wood paneling and replacing it with drywall might warrant the help of an expert. If you're not sure whether or not there is drywall behind the wood paneling, you can simply just remove a small section of the wood paneling and see for yourself. I would recommend starting from a corner by prying up a small panel. If you find wall studs directly behind the paneling, then this is a sign that drywall will need to be installed once the paneling is removed. This will be the more costly direction to take, but if your budget allows then all is well. A huge benefit to not finding drywall is that you are able to add insulation in the wall cavity in this scenario, which ultimately leads to better sound resistance between rooms. 

(The act of physically removing the paneling is quite simple and can be done at a beginner level. Essentially the only tool that is required would be a pry bar. The greater section of drywall you can remove at once, the easier and less time consuming your project will be.)

Before you begin prepping any trim or baseboards, make sure to wash the walls off really well. Depending on the material with which they were made, they may have collected a lot of dirt and grime over the years. When you are ready to paint your wood paneling take all the normal prepping precautions you would normally take with the addition of one more; using spackling compound or some similar material to fill in the gaps of the wood paneling. This allows for the entirety of the wall surface to be flat and paint friendly. When all the baseboards, ceiling corners and small objects are taped and prepped for painting, you can begin transforming your living room or basement, into something spectacular.

"Make your home - Extraordinary"


Trending this Fall... Your home

We all know that feeling we get in September, of Fall being just around the corner. We eagerly await cooler temperatures, pumpkins, and cozy sweaters. As the trees begin to shed their coat of leaves we can't help but to fall in love with the colors of the season. For some people, pulling out the boxes of Fall decorations from the garage or basement is the best part. Seasonal scented candles, table runners, and Halloween decorations are unpacked and replace the home's decorations.

Fall colors are warm and inviting, and if you need one reason above all to finally go through with that Fall themed paint makeover in your living room, that's it. Although the season Fall is temporary, warm saturated yellows and oranges can take a dreary, cold room, and transform it into the most desired place in the house for everyone in the family. Reds are especially energetic colors which is why it is such a great choice for a home office.

Although you may wish to transform your home interior by painting the walls warm harvest colors, a less costly alternative could be painting some dining room chairs, cabinets, or accents. Painting for example, some dining room chairs could be a perfect solution to welcome the Fall season, and to refurbish those chairs that have seen better days.

Adding a pop of yellow by purchasing some faux flowers, picture frames, kitchen towels, or even a kitchen mat is a great way to spice up a room, and add a temporary or permanent color change to a room. Purchasing new rugs can be expensive, but even stores like IKEA have rug options for a bargain.. A decorative brown rug with maybe even some foliage design would be a great addition for a living room that is looking to suit up for Fall.

Whichever direction you decide to take your home interior walls, furniture or decorations this Fall, we wish you a happy harvest and hope we can help you make your home - extraordinary.

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Our 1st interior painting blog

A State of Paint is creating a blog for the purposes of spreading good, and useful information regarding home interior painting, as well as painting in general. Topics that will be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Trending colors
  • Modern, and popular paint designs
  • Popular styles
  • Cost/Are you paying too much?
  • Color psychology
  • Exterior/Interior
  • and more!

Our goal is to make your home – extraordinary! The more information we provide you with, the more elegant and beautiful your new home interior will be, and that is what we are aiming to do.