The quality of paint has a major impact on the success of the finished project. Lesser quality paint can require additional coats for good coverage- translating to: more paint, more labor, and more $$$. Latex paints come in several different qualities and levels of sheen from flat, to eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The particular finish choice affects not only the color perception, but the washability and long-term performance. Most manufacturers’ samples are a satin finish.
Oil based paints will soon be a thing of the past due to their high VOC emissions, in other words – that distinctive odor we all recognize. VOC is an acronym that stands for volatile organic compounds, or off-gassing. For people with allergies and sensitivities, low VOC paints are available which produce virtually no odor. These generally are classified as “green products,” and as such are much more environmentally friendly.
In addition to paint quality, the long-term success of any painting project starts with careful evaluation of the existing surfaces and finishes. Especially when it comes to repainting or renovation, the careful preparation and priming of the surface is a crucial step which should not be overlooked.
Faux finishes offer fresh possibilities for that special room or setting that calls for something out of the ordinary. The creation of high style faux finishes is truly an art form. Most faux finishes are fashioned with the intent of mimicking a natural material- stone, marble, stucco or tiled motifs. They are created with different paint materials, glazes, metallics, and plaster effects, generally using a layering technique and multiple colors. The best I’ve seen are rich in depth and character, and function as an artful complement to the other elements in the space.
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When creating a color scheme, let imagination and creativity be your guide and take cues from nature. Don’t hesitate when working with color, materials and patterns. Once you have an assortment of samples pulled together, stand back and evaluate them from a distance and over the course of a few days. Through a process of elimination the ideal scheme will emerge.
It’s your space, making you the ultimate judge. Surround yourself with colors and objects that you enjoy. Take cues from nature as she is the ultimate designer! Color has the power to motivate, inspire, captivate… so experiment and have fun creating!
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