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2019 Paint Tips and Trends for Homeowners

May 29, 2019

Lancaster Painting was recently featured in a Redfin blog! Check out our tips on how to choose a cabinet color on question 9.

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Home with fresh coat of beige paint on the exteriors

Whether you’re planning on painting the interior or exterior of your home, adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest ways to update your space.

We’ve worked with paint experts to answer homeowner’s most frequent questions – ensuring that your summer paint projects go off without a hitch.

1. Should I Pick Interior Paint Color or Furniture First?

When designing a room, New Look Painting recommends always deciding on your furniture first. Then use your furniture for inspiration in choosing your wall colors. Subtleties and undertones in paint colors are more easily matched to the furniture than the other way around. By opting to paint your walls first and then purchasing the furniture, you may find yourself repainting the walls to match your new decor.

2. Can I Paint Over Wallpaper? Or Should I Remove It?

Supreme Painting explains that short answer is yes, but if possible the wallpaper should be removed prior to adding a texture or painting. If the water in the paint gets to the glue, it might release the paper from the wall causing bubbles in the wallpaper which would be noticeable after painting. If you just have to paint over wallpaper, it is a good idea to prime it with an oil-based primer to seal and protect from water.

3. What Type of Paint Should I use to Make a Room Look Bigger?

Elegant Painting recommends four steps for making a room look bigger with paint:

  1. Choose similar shades of the same color for walls, ceilings, and trim. In other words, minimize the contrast between surfaces. Choosing contrasting colors will divide up your space and make it appear smaller.
  2. Stick to lighter colors. Stay with whites and off-whites. Light grays and taupe are great choices as well.
  3. Choose Sherwin William’s® high reflective white for the ceiling. High reflective white is a very bright white that will make your ceilings appear higher.
  4. Order lighter shades of your favorite colors. Most paint stores can mix your colors at 50% or 25%.

4. What About if I’m Trying to Avoid Toxins While Painting my Home Interior?

Paint Green has found that choosing your type of paint has the biggest impact on exposure to toxins. It’s easy to avoid the harmful chemicals of past times by using non-toxic paint and materials. In the rare occasion that you need to use toxic paint indoors, keeping your windows open and fans on for 24-48 hours after painting will help.

Better yet, take a vacation while the project is going on for the best (and most fun) way to avoid the vapors and off-gassing.

5. Are There Any Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color?

Legacy Painting recommends that you consider several questions when choosing exterior paint colors. First, what is your roof color? Brown, Black, 50 Shades of Grey? If you have brick or stone on your home, you also need to take those colors into consideration. Next, note the color of your windows. If vinyl, they are fixed, if wood, then they are not fixed and can be painted. Your home’s style should also be taken into consideration. Is it Traditional, Modern, Victorian, etc.?

We also advise looking at the homes which surround your home. What colors are they? You may want to be certain that your home color will not match too closely to your neighbors but instead blends in and adds to the beauty of the surrounding neighborhood. Landscaping is also an important fixed element unless you plan on freshly landscaping your home. Take note of the flowering shrubs, flowers and trees that change color. Overall, taking note of your “fixed” colors will lead you into choosing what colors will look best on your home!

6. Can I Paint My Floors?

Truline Painting confirmed that yes, you can paint your floors. It is a cost-effective way to revive old wooden floors while adding a unique look that traditional wooden floors cannot replicate. Due to the high amount of foot traffic, it is recommended you use a professional quality oil or water-based porch and floor paint and finish it with 2 coats of clear polyurethane.

7. What Comes First: Wall Painting or Floor Refinishing?

The Custom Painting team explains that it’s typically best to paint your walls before refinishing your floor. Refinishing a floor can often create minor damage to the walls. Keeping your contractor in the loop will ensure that any additional touch-ups needed in the end can be done, leaving you with a beautiful, professional finish.

8. Should I pick Paint Color or Flooring First?

I know picking paint colors can feel overwhelming, especially when coordinating with other materials like flooring or other furnishings. Color Theory Painting likes to start with a small selection of flooring samples (2-3) so that if there is a color that we really love we you be flexible with the flooring options. Otherwise, because there are thousands of paint colors, most of the time its easiest to have an idea of what you want to do with other materials first and then customize the paint selection to coordinate with other materials.

9. How Should I Go About Choosing Cabinet Color?

Lancaster Painting recommends considering the following questions when choosing cabinet color:

  • Are you moving anytime soon? If you’re staying put, feel free to make your kitchen your own with more vibrant colors. If you’re moving, focus on marketability and stick with a more neutral color.
  • How large is your kitchen? Remember, lighter and brighter colors make spaces feel larger, while darker colors tend to draw the walls in close.
  • Consider your surrounding colors, and especially those that are “fixed” (not easily changed, like countertops). Cabinets can be a statement piece, but most often they need to be flexible and play well with other colors in the space.
  • Use websites like Houzz.com to explore options, and then talk to a professional painter for tips and insights about your specific space.

10. What Paint Styles are Trending this Season?

Eric Welch Painting found that dark grays and blues, such as Indigo Batik from Sherwin Williams are a great addition to exterior siding with white trim. Another trending detail is interior trim and window frames with black accents. You’ll also notice black trim is becoming more popular on exterior trim as well.

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Carrie S.

5 stars

Hilmar-Irwin, CA

5/17/2019

Today we had Josh and his crew install a beautiful concrete coating on our garage floor.
They were on-time, polite, meticulous and extremely professional. Josh met and walked with us through the project area explaining the coating process and answering all our last minute questions. Then they went to work, and worked diligently all day. The result is gorgeous!
They cleaned up after themselves-leaving nothing behind except a perfect finished product and smiles on our faces.

Next we are having them paint the garage walls-I'll post photos when it's done!
(Jennifer, Stephanie and Kimberly were also wonderful in the planning process. They worked to accommodate our time restraints and budget needs to get this project off the ground-with estimating, proposals and scheduling. Thank you ladies!)

O N.

5 stars

Modesto, CA

6/5/2019

Wow!!! I can't believe I'm actually sad for Nate and his crew to be finished with my house project! Nate and his whole team are amazing!!! My house looks beautiful, I can't thank you Nate and your crew enough. My house puts a huge smile on my face when I pull up in my drive way. Nate you out did yourself with the custom paint color on my fence as well!!! Thank you mucho!!! Please request Nate and his crew for all your painting needs!!! You will not regret it!!! I'm now referring my family to them! Can't wait to see them work there magic on my moms house!!! Stay cool guys this summer!! When you hire Lancaster this summer make sure you offer them ice cold water throughout the day! They work there butts off in this heat! Amazing painters!!! Amazing people!!!

F B.

5 stars

Manteca, CA

2/22/2019

Our home just got painted and we're very pleased with the quality of the work. Thanks to Andrei, Julian, Jeff and Robert. They were all real pros and did an excellent job. They were always on-time, and more importantly we communicated well throughout the job to ensure we got what we wanted. We've never had painting done before, and were impressed with their attention to detail. Were sun and weather beat up our original paint the most, they made sure to apply extra coats. Great work!

Tamara P

5 stars

Riverbank, CA

12/30/2017

We just had the exterior of our home in Riverbank painted by Lancaster Painting. The process from stat to finish was a very professional experience. The office staff that worked in creating the bid and walking us through the process was very professional. The painting crew, led by Kurt, did an outstanding job. There were very professional in dealing with my family. They were extremely knowledgeable about the painting process and thoroughly answered all of our questions. And they were punctual and complete the job ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering having their house painted.

Theresa H.

5 stars

Modesto, CA

2/6/2018

I just had my whole inside of my houses painted. They exceeded my expectation .
They showed up on time, super nice. They paid attention to the details and take pride in there work. They also help me pick the color I wanted. I recommend these guys and if I could give more than 5 stars I would.

Mabel S.

5 stars

Modesto, CA

9/6/2016

I recently used Lancaster to paint my two story house. I could not have been more pleased! I had Toby as an estimator, Sergio was the foreman and his crew Jaciel and Donald were fantastic. Their attention to details was excellent. I had shutters installed and they did a great job painting and installing them. They were on time and very professional. At the end of each day they would clean up, which was great.

Lancaster take pride of their work, now I understand why they have a high rating. I would definitely recommend them!

Mandy B.

5 stars

Turlock, CA

6/21/2017

The crew from Lancaster recently completed interior painting at my home and I could not be happier with their work. The project leader, Raul, was friendly, professional and super helpful. The price was reasonable for the amount of work done. I was astonished on how well the house was prepped, how quickly the work was completed, and how clean the crew left my house. It is clear to me how they received top reviews from my family who had exterior work done by Lancaster in the past. Amazing job, thank you for the excellent customer service and the beautiful, fresh walls!

Darla C.

5 stars

Escalon, CA

2/11/2017

This is my second review. I had lancaster back to paint my ceilings, master bedroom and living room. The painters were very professional and accommodating while they were in my home for 2 days. They moved furniture as needed and even vacuumed up before they left! They have a warranty program for 2 years :)

Thank you so much for making my home feel new again!

Alex S.

5 stars

Anaheim, CA

12/21/2017

Lancaster painting is the go-to paint company! They do excellent quality work and are more than friendly and accommodating to your needs. We recently had our kitchen cabinets repainted and they turned out better than we imagined. Our project leader assured us on everything, and they even finished when they said they would. QUALITY YOU CAN SEE! Kim the receptionist is a sweetheart, our consultant was extremely knowledgeable and very well versed on how to convey our needs in terms we understood. Most of all or painter Ashoor was awesome. Super friendly, excellent painter, made sure our brand new home stayed in new condition while he painted, and even made sure an extra touch ups we saw or he saw were taken care of immediately. He didn't leave our home until he knew his work was completed to our and his quality standards. Would HIGHLY recommend this company if you need any painting done, especially cabinets.

Pictures below are before and after. Before was brown, after is Swiss coffee white and restorative blue.

Tami I.

5 stars

Turlock, CA

8/9/2017

Lancaster just finished repainting the exterior of our business. The price was very reasonable and the employees are all top notch. Our building is a historical building and we had it painted the same colors to maintain its history. The results from Lancaster were perfection!