A Fresh Look at Fall Colors for Your Home

A Fresh Look at Fall Colors for Your Home

 

After a summer’s worth of Florida’s triple-digit temperatures, many people are ready to welcome the cooler temperatures of fall. But in the Sunshine State, autumn is more a state of mind than reality. For this reason, we enthusiastically decorate to capture the spirit of the season. Now that the first cinnamon-scented brooms are making their appearance in supermarkets, we take a look at this year’s popular fall colors, and how to incorporate them in your home. From major projects – like painting a room – to introducing pops of color through accessories, everyone can enjoy a touch of autumn, even if the AC is still running non-stop. Here are some of our favorites here at The Paint Manager, offered by the experts!  

 

First up, author Cyndy Aldred, whose blog, The Creativity Exchange, focuses on color, paint and home improvement. Writing for Better Homes & Gardens, she makes the following observations. “Paint colors will continue to warm up this year. Common among the various trend reports are softer neutrals, creamy whites, muted colors, and rich dark hues.”

 

Although Aldred notes that paint manufacturers and other industry influencers made their pronouncements for the entire year, rather just autumn, the trend toward rich, deeper colors is especially suited for the season.

 

“Soft neutral paint colors will have warmer undertones this year, which make a space feel cozy and warm.” Aldred writes. “Mixing a soft neutral wall color with a dark or bold accent color in furniture, fabrics, or art is a beautiful way to add contrast to a space.”

 

Also, look for rich, dark hues – another common thread among the 2018 paint color forecasts. Designers are mixing these colors with whites and soft neutrals to create contrast and make a statement. If you want to be daring but don’t want to risk being overwhelming, choose a dark shade for an accent wall.

 

According to Aldred, other noteworthy colors are chestnut brown, deep burgundy, and dark blue – which can be used for interior doors, cabinetry and furniture, as well as walls. And consider a combination of rich colors paired with shiny finishes like brass or chrome.

 

Next, none other than lifestyle diva extraordinaire Martha Stewart, whose website provides idea-inspiring photos of 20 interior settings using fall colors. Overall, Stewart recommends such shades as orange, yellow, dark green, rust and brown as accents. These versatile colors can be used for walls, fabrics, accessories and floral arrangements.

 

Using different tones of one color help richen the effect, as does layering deep colors and textured fabrics. For example, Stewart picks out a red damask tablecloth, reddish-brown wall color and red lacquer accessories tinted with cinnabar or vermilion as variations on a theme of fall’s signature color.

 

Reporting on paint color trends for The Spruce, blogger Kelly Weimert identifies “An Abundance of Berries.” Weimert writes: “From strawberry red to raspberry pink to blueberry, well, blue, berry-inspired color palettes are bringing all kinds of vivacious cheer to interior spaces in the upcoming season.

 

“The beauty of this color trend is its versatility – bolder style sensibilities can select a bright red with which to make a striking style statement while more subdued styles will benefit from a softer raspberry hue to add increased warmth to their aesthetic.”

 

fall colors, fall home designFor those who prefer a more traditional take on warm autumn hues, floral arrangements are a perfect way to set the tone. Teleflora offers suggestions on its blog post, “Bring Stunning Fall Colors Into Your Home.” They’re all great ideas for those who have come to Florida from locales that actually have four seasons.

  • Decorate the coffee table with candles in seasonal colors and scents; feature a floral arrangement of flowers in fall colors, mixed with leaves (which, of course, Teleflora can supply).
  • Use your imagination to spread small bursts of autumnal color throughout the home. For example, orange roses in small vases in the living room, bright yellow flowers in the kitchen and some deep, ruby red bouquets in the bedroom.

 

Feeling inspired to invite fall into your home year ‘round with warm colors on your walls?  The Paint Manager has over two decades of experience in providing high-quality, trusted full-service residential painting for homes of every size and age. Our team can provide décor ideas, does all the demanding prep work and performs skilled, meticulous application to ensure beautiful results. Contact us for an estimate.

Cabinets – Don’t Replace, Refinish!

Cabinets – Don’t Replace, Refinish!

Planning a kitchen remodel? You already know that most of your budget will be claimed by replacing the cabinetry. But if the existing cabinets in your home are solid wood and in overall good condition, they can be refinished with stain for an updated look at a fraction of the cost. Before rushing in, however, there is much to consider – starting with whether you should do it yourself, or hire a pro.

The DIY approach can be successful if you have experience and confidence in your ability to take on mid-level to major home improvement projects. As we always caution here, don’t let your enthusiasm for cable TV house flipping shows make you think you can do likewise if you’ve done nothing more complex around the house than change lightbulbs.

In addition to expertise, staining a kitchenful of cabinets will demand a good deal of time. This includes such prep work as removing handles and other hardware, removing doors, stripping the existing finish, sanding, etc. You may not be willing or able to dedicate evenings and weekends to the project, which also will impact your kitchen’s function to some degree.

For those who want to learn more about what’s involved in staining cabinets to help you decide which route to take, The Paint Manager offers our helpful DIY resource page, which provides answers to common questions, as well as links to DIY videos and other tips from the experts.

An even more up-close look at the entire cabinet finishing process can be seen courtesy of The Idaho Painter.

 

 

Should you decide to leave the work to the professionals, it’s still a good idea to be familiar with the basic products so you can make informed choices. Start with the stain itself. There are three types: oil-based, water-based and gel. Minwax provides a comprehensive guide to staining, which includes a chart of stain products, their characteristics and best uses. Your paint contractor will be able to tell you which type is recommended for your cabinetry, and why.

Here are some other benefits of hiring a pro for wood cabinet staining:

  • You don’t have to compromise your safety – Doing the project on your own entails some risks. From the step ladder and tools to wood dust and volatile fumes, the project can be hazardous if this is your first cabinet staining rodeo. Professional contractors have the right tools and expertise, and also know how to properly ventilate the space so that it doesn’t become hazardous for occupants.

 

  • Quality prep work – The casual do-it-yourselfer may not consider the amount of preparation required before even opening the first can of stain. Please re-read the third paragraph of this blog post for a (very) general outline of the labors that doing a thorough job of the necessary prep work involve. A professional paint contractor performs each step, in the correct order, to ensure beautiful results that will last for many years.

 

  • Top-quality results – Professional paint contractors have great experience in applying stain evenly to bring out the wood grain and achieve consistent color on all cabinet surfaces for a custom appearance that will make you proud of your kitchen again.

 

  • Relatively quick job completion – Several factors – such as the size of your kitchen – will affect the amount of time the project will require. However, hiring a pro means the job will be done in a few days, rather than a few weeks – or months – as would be the case with doing it yourself. Your kitchen will be fully functional much sooner, and you and your family won’t have to work around disassembled cabinetry, vinyl sheeting partitioning off work areas or the persistent odor of wood stain stripper for what will seem like an indefinite period.

 

  • It’s still economical – Compared against the cost of new cabinetry, hiring a paint contractor to refinish your cabinets will still save you a significant amount of money. If you’re considering doing it yourself to do the job as inexpensively as possible, keep in mind the real cost of your time, labor, personal risk and overall inconvenience – not to mention the possibility of a poor aesthetic result due to lack of experience

 

Contact us at The Paint Manager to bring your old wood kitchen cabinets back to vibrant new life!

Seven Top Home Painting Myths You Should Know

Seven Top Home Painting Myths You Should Know

 

For some reason, there’s no home improvement project that has more mythology surrounding it than house painting. Knowing fact from fiction is essential if you’re planning to do it yourself. If you expected the job to be easy-peasy, reading the following may prompt you to call a professional. Should you still decide to go it alone (or with family and friends), at least you’ll have a better idea of what you’re getting into.

 

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  1. You don’t need a primer – Some people believe it’s important to use a primer, while others think it’s a waste of time, money and energy. The fact of the matter is that if you want to make your walls look smooth, perfect, and professional, you should always apply primer. Moreover, one of the main reasons why using a primer is necessary is because it helps the paint bind well to the wall.

 

  1. You don’t need to clean or sand the walls if you use a primer – No matter how high-quality the primer, it won’t adhere well to a greasy or uneven surface. Family Handyman notes that you should pay special attention to high-traffic, high-touch areas, as well as kitchens, baths and baseboards.

 

  1. You always need to apply two coats for a perfect finish – This may have been true in the past, but the quality of paint has improved over the years. If you apply primer, a single coat should be sufficient. However, if you don’t use primer or are applying a lighter shade over a dark color, two coats may be necessary.

 

  1. Painting the ceiling makes the room look smaller – If interior décor experts are right in declaring that accent walls are no longer trendy, the accent ceiling is on the rise, so to speak. In fact, light walls with a dark ceiling can create the illusion of a taller space. Queen Anne Painting of Seattle expands on this as follows:Home DIY, home painting, painting myths

“… if you paint the ceiling light blue, the room will appear to have a much taller ceiling when in fact, it is the same height it has always been. If you want to avoid the ceiling appearing smaller, be sure you use a medium shade on the walls and a shade or two darker on the ceiling.”

 

  1. Don’t use dark colors, as it will make a small room appear smaller – Not true at all. A room will look big or small depending on the way you style it, and not on the color you use on the walls and ceilings. The way you light the room, the kind of floor you opt for and the type of furniture you use will determine whether your space looks larger or small. In fact, dark walls can make your room appear larger if you do it the right way. If you have lots of windows, light-colored floors and furniture, a bold color can add to more flavor to your room than lighter shades.

 

  1. You don’t need to paint your house if you are planning to sell it – If you’re not selling your home as a “fixer-upper,” most buyers are looking for a move-in ready house. Painting your interior walls neutral colors throughout will create a fresh, clean look that will appeal to the majority of homebuyers. Also keep in mind that dingy walls painted in outdated colors may raise a red flag to potential buyers that your home may not have been carefully maintained, and serious problems could be lurking.

 

  1. You don’t need to hire a professional painting company This depends. Most homeowners lack the experience, expertise and equipment to achieve professional-quality results – not to mention time. Those who are inspired by the numerous home renovation shows on cable TV may think they can tackle the job, but reality could be quite different. If, however, you have a good deal of practical experience on a rehab project or two (and the right equipment), going the DIY route might be successful.

 

Speaking of house painting professionals, The Paint Manager has over two decades of experience in providing high-quality, trusted full-service residential painting for homes of every size and age. Our team does all the demanding prep work and performs skilled, meticulous application to ensure beautiful results. Contact us for an estimate.

In Case You Missed It: 5 Ways to Spruce up A Tiny Living Space

In Case You Missed It: 5 Ways to Spruce up A Tiny Living Space

Big Ideas for Small square footage.

From downtown loft apartments to tiny homes in the wilderness, there is an increasing desire to spruce up a tiny living space. Do not feel cramped in your closet-sized kitchen, here are five great ways to create the illusion of space, despite a lack of square footage.

Creative Ways to add space to a tiny home

Add More Mirrors

Adding mirrors to your space will create an illusion of depth. This is because reflective surfaces catch the light, allowing the space to look wider than it really is. If you feel a little claustrophobic in your small room, try adding mirrors of varying sizes on the walls. A full-length mirror affixed to a door will make the room appear longer. Position the mirrors so that light from a window will catch the reflection, some point in the day.

Repeat Visually Interesting Patterns

tiny living spacesLike mirrors, the repetition of similar patterns tricks your eyes into perceiving depth. This does a lot to increase the perceived size of your tiny living space. Consider repeating lines, alternating colors, or even plaid as a theme in your room. You can choose to apply this pattern to your curtains, comforter, or with the help of a professional painter, on the walls. Try to stick to a scheme of two opposing colors. Choose one central place to focus the pattern. If you put the pattern everywhere, the room may appear cluttered and busy –creating the exact opposite of your intended environment.

Paint the Room

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Working with painting contractors, you can choose a paint color and finish that complements the intention of the room. While traditional advice suggests that dark-painted rooms tend to make it feel smaller, the right shade of purple, blue or gray can shift from cramped to cozy in only a few coats. You are in the room to sleep, after all. Avoid bright oranges and yellows in the bedroom for the same reason. Sometimes the difference between matte and glossy can change the perception of the room, drastically.

Play with Neutrals to Open up Space

Kitchens and bathrooms can be notoriously tiny. With a certain degree of required fixtures and appliances, there isn’t much room for you or really anything else. A cramped kitchen can be a disaster when entertaining a crowd. Find an eye-pleasing neutral color, on the lighter side usually, to use in these areas. Choose a glossy finish to help let natural light reflect off the surface.

Get Creative with the Lighting

A bright light can do a lot for a room, and opening the windows is not always an option. Use bright, led lights to bring a cool crisp light into a smaller space. Draping string lights around windows for a warm evening glow can add to the cozy ambiance of a tiny room. The darker a small room is, the smaller it is going to feel.

If you are currently struggling with the design of a tiny living space, contact The Paint Manager. For Interior and exterior paint work, The Paint Manager is the expert in turning your house into a beautiful home.

4 Popular Paint Colors for Today’s Home Seller

4 Popular Paint Colors for Today’s Home Seller

When it comes to prepping a home for sale, many sellers spend a great deal of time and effort focusing on improvements that can be made to increase the value of the house itself. And while it’s true that major home improvements, such as kitchen remodels and deck/patio additions can have a significant return on investment, spending thousands on these renovations isn’t always necessary. Believe it or not, a little paint can go a long way when it comes to a home’s appeal to buyers. And invariably, more appeal can lead to higher offers on a home.

For those preparing a home for listing, there are a few colors to keep in mind in various parts of the home.

1.  Going “Greige” Outside

The outside of a home is the first thing many prospective buyers see, so making a great first impression is important. Sellers should focus on curb appeal by making improvements to the exterior appearance of the home. This can include tidying up landscaping and possibly even repaving a cracked driveway. However, one of the best things sellers can do to increase curb appeal is to repaint the home’s exterior. Today, “greige” (a mix between gray and beige) has a lot of appeals, especially when accented with crisp white trim.

2.  Consider a Bold Front DoorA little paint can go a long way when it comes to a home's appeal to buyers. Here are 4 popular paint colors that will increase the value of your home.

The one exception to the neutral “greige” exterior appeal, on the other hand, is the front door of the home. Today’s buyers love a bold pop of color on a front door for added curb appeal. Bright red has been a popular color choice for many years, though pale blue has recently seen an increase in popularity. It may not seem like adding a pop of color to an exterior door would make such a big difference in curb appeal, but it absolutely can by creating a focal point on the exterior of the home.

3.  Choose a GrAy or Soft Blue Kitchen

For kitchens, recent trends are showing that grays and soft blues are the ideal choices. Buyers like these softer colors in the kitchen because they’re more neutral and clean. Grays and soft blues pair especially well with white kitchen cabinets, which are also on-trend. In fact, those with older wooden cabinets may even want to consider having them painted white or a very light gray and adding some new hardware, such as drawer pulls and handles. This is a great way to modernize the look of a kitchen.

4.  Opt for Neutral Living Roomspopular paint colors

Living rooms and family rooms are one area of the home where more “traditional” neutral colors, such as beige and tan, continue to be preferred. Specifically, tans and creams with bright white trim are very popular and add an airy feel to any space. For those who are turned off by the idea of going all neutral with their paint scheme, it is always an option to add a unique accent wall to living spaces. While super bold accent walls are not appealing to most buyers, sellers can still add a pop of color (such as a muted green or pale yellow) to an otherwise neutral paint scheme to create visual interest as well as a focal point within the room.

It’s incredible what a difference a little bit of paint can make in any home. For those looking to sell in the near future, now is a great time to start considering new paint schemes for key areas of the home and obtaining some estimates from a professional painting company.

Want to upgrade your home to sell fast and increase your sales price by thousands of dollars? Invest in a commercial painting company that knows the colors that sell and can do a professional job in record time.

Happy selling!

Texture is Your Home’s Personality: 5 Ways to Master Texture Design

Texture is Your Home’s Personality: 5 Ways to Master Texture Design

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Your home has everything: perfectly painted walls, nice furniture and relevant accessories. Yet, something still seems missing.

Still you come home from your friend’s with décor-induced jealously. What do they have that you don’t?

Texture design.

Texture is interior design’s response to personality. Uniform styling gives interior design an aesthetic, while differing elements found in knickknacks, plants, frames, fabrics breathe personality.

Not only does this create a physical depth for your home, it creates intrigues. By nature, humans are attracted to unlikely textures and pieces of furniture and decor that we can touch, taste or smell; When it comes to design, then, why not just give in to human nature?

Still not convinced? Consider this: texture is like adding jewelry and shoes to a nice dress. If your drive was nice before, now you have a complete outfit.

Make your home complete with textured interior design.

What is texture design?

Texture in designing spaces can either be tactile or visual. Tactile texture evokes a desire for touch, so that you are forced to feel an object in order to appreciate it. Visual texture is simply stimulating for the eyes. Either way, both elicit a physical reaction.

Take for example a sofa cushion. The cushion cover could be silky, embroidered, smooth, or woven, all of which have their own feel and their own emotion. Silky textures tend to create a more elegant emotion, while woven textures tend to elicit a more relaxed, cozy feeling.

In interior design, texture is generally the assimilation of fabric, metal, wood, ribbon or things with definitive patterns that are used to compliment multifaceted paints, wallpapers, flooring, lighting fixtures, tapestries, furniture, and accessories. Working together, these pieces make the space more interesting and appealing. There is texture in every aspect of interior design; you just have to find the ones that represent you.

Why does your home’s interior need texture?

When tactile elements are missing from an otherwise well-designed space, your room is bound to look bland, boring, or even cold and uninviting.

Texture is that part of a puzzle which, apart from dimension, adds a visual weight to the living space. Visual weight is explained by design experts as the “visual features of a room which compel you to take note of it”.  It takes a perfectly designed room to the next level and binds your living space from top to the bottom.

Just as the right color scheme creates a feeling of warmth, textures can make your room look modern, intimate or rustic. For example, textures with glossy and smooth finish make your room look modern, while natural and rough textures bring out a cozier, more intimate feel.

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With texture, placement is equally vital. Finding the right place for certain items will add subtlety to your space. For example, balancing a rough object next to a smooth one makes the latter stand out more than if you plan to put it at a distance. This makes placement and/ or distance a crucial factor. If something feels unbalanced or disproportionately mismatched, it probably is.

While textures are meant to be mixed, some do not play well with others.

Mix your metals, your picture frames, your couch pillows. If any of your textures are too similar, too matchy-matchy, these items will bore the eye. Just as mixing one polar opposite style of design with another (i.e. modern with rustic) will make the room feel crowded and uncomfortable.

How can you bring texture design to your space?

With the virtues of texture now established, let’s explore some ways you can add texture to any room in your home.

texture design1. Textured Furniture:

Your furniture should the focal point of your room. It sets the tone for the overall feel.

Think of interesting finds: satin chairs, marble tabletop and/ or wooden worktops, and metal couch side tables.

2. Textured Flooring:

Rugs, carpets, wooden flooring or tiles- A perfectly placed rug can lend a lot of weight to the texture and vibe of the room. Shag rug for a cozy family room? Elegantly patterned rug for the dining room?

Definitive patterns of floor tiles or wooden flooring add credibility and interest to your space.

3. Textured Fabric:

Like rugs, using fabric in appropriate places like, pillows, slip texture designcovers, window curtains, even the napkins on your dining room table can add levels of aesthetic interest. Patterned, quilted, or faux fur blankets are easy and understandably wonderful tactile texture to throw over a couch, chair, bench, or bed.

4. Textured Walls:

Paint, wall paper, and crown moldings are just the beginning of the texture of your walls. You could even consider the “exposed brick” look with paneling a wall with faux bricks.

Beyond that, gallery walls are texture’s best friend. In an intentionally disordered display, arrange a variety of picture frames, canvases, mirrors, and even wreaths to your walls. Gallery walls typically look best behind a couch or through a hallway.

5. Textured Accessories:

This gives you the opportunity for your knickknacks to show off your personality. Have a vintage, tin cigar box? Pair it with white, wide candles. Currently reading this Oprah’s book of the month? Strategically store it on a rustic tray on your ottoman. Need a place for your new Amazon Alexis speaker? Hide it next to potted plants or cacti. The possibilities are endless. These textures will tell the story of you.

Texture is more about striking a balance and getting the combinations right. This is the reason why you need to consult an expert when it comes to interior designing ideas. If you are based in Central Florida contact The Paint Manager for bringing personality to your room.

For great ideas and job satisfaction get in touch with The Paint Manager now.

Hygge Decor [hue-gah]: The Danish Design for 2017

Hygge Decor [hue-gah]: The Danish Design for 2017

Alright, your alarm clock rings at 4:50am even though you didn’t fall into a real sleep until 3:30am. You cringe at your alarm while looking for the hair tie you lost somewhere in your pillows. Your dog, whose 80 pound body is splayed across your bed, is unfazed by the alarm and your agitated muttering. He has an entire day of sleeping ahead of him and cannot be interrupted by your responsibilities; spin class at 5:15am, his walk and breakfast upon your return, your shower, and your workday preparations…did you remember to put that PDF on your thumb drive?

Around 4:52am you muster the courage to turn on the light. Then a sigh of relief as you sit at the edge of your bed. Why? Because this morning routine inspired your new interior design; Hygge. And you couldn’t be happier.
This Danish design is meant for your wellbeing; literally. Hygge decor is meant to serenade you with its cozy calmness. Think of the serenity of a spa but the comfort of a rustic fire place juxtaposed to a window with snow on the other side.

Feeling swaddled yet? Comprised of a mostly mute, white backdrop with gentle earth tone like light greys, exposed rustic wood, and exposed strung lights for a complimentary soft glow (warm lighting also attests for better selfies).

The Danish design for 2017 is meant not only for you but for your guests. Yes, it is a gentle encouragement towards hospitality; opening your doors to your neighbors, sharing a bottle of wine with your friends, and yes, even snuggling up to your dog on the couch.

Hygge decor is a movement towards gracious welcoming’s and intimate stays. Is your home your sanctuary yet?

If not, here are the Hygge decor basics:

● Texture.

Think chunky woven blankets in neutral colors from brands like Behr. A faux wool rug for when your feet get cold. Mismatched pillows of the same color scheme. Utilize objects in a refreshing way; use stacked books for a tabletop, use your kitchen’s windowsill as your mug “cabinet”, use a an old candle holder as vase. Despite maintaining a muted color scheme, using different textures enhances the room’s deliverance of relaxation.

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● Wall Art.

Hygge still encourages personality through wall art. Consider using differently shaped and sized frames hung in no particular order. Family photo? Wreath? Canvas? Mirror? Or even a refurbished window frame? Adding texture through your personality and memories can create a museum of warmth and familiarity. Surrounding yourself with images of the things you love releases a comfort in the atmosphere similar to that of your childhood bedroom.

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● You.

You are the central focus of Hygge. If you’re not there to feel Hygge, what’s the point of Hygge-ing your home? If you do not feel welcome or at ease in your own home, neither will your guests. The purpose of Hygge is to complement your mind’s ease, not contradict it. It’s about enhancing the safest state of mind for you, to offer you solace after it took you an hour and fifteen minutes get home from rush hour traffic.

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Hygge decor offers interior design an experience more so than just its aesthetic. It modestly and oh so effortlessly boasts itself as a feeling instead of a design blueprint. In the New Year, what more could you ask for? Perhaps a few less conference calls and a few more candles for 2017?
If you’re unfamiliar with color swatches or already have accent colors of your own that need a Hygge companion, have The Paint Manager help you decide which tones will look the best, feel the best, and put you at ease.
So go ahead, heat some cocoa, decompress. Your alarm will sound again at 4:50am tomorrow but tonight you and your dog are being wrapped in a Hygge hug.

Show Your Home Some Love: 6 Design Tips to Make You Fall in Love Again

Show Your Home Some Love: 6 Design Tips to Make You Fall in Love Again

Love design tips3You look at your husband and you almost see him the same way you saw him 40 years ago. Yes, he traded in his leather jacket for cargo shorts and New Balance sneakers. Yes, his James Dean hair has lost a few, well, inches. Yes, he still hates your lasagna. But he is still the same Valentine you’ve always wanted, even with a changing exterior.

Now, can’t you say the same about your house? You fell in love with your home at one point in time for a reason. Sure, you find yourself thinking, “my skylights need replacing”, or, “Why did I paint the kids’ bathroom that green?”, or “how much would it cost to just move?”

While, yes, it would be nice if you could just pack up your belongings (and strategically leaving the cargo shorts behind) and move into your dream home, it just isn’t likely. But that is okay! You already have everything you need to show your home some love. After all, isn’t that what you built your home on? Love? Cheesy, I know. Moving on…

6 Design Tips to Make You Fall in Love Again

1. Go ahead, put your son to work, have him move the furniture around for you.
Rearranging your furniture is a good alternative for purchasing new pieces. Consider exchanging furniture from room to room. Ever think about using that drop down desk as a cabinet for your microwave? You could stain the wood to match the cabinets of your kitchen and hide the microwave that is internally, permanently stained from someone not putting a lid over their spaghetti…

2. Out with the old and out with some more of it…
Donate the things you don’t use or like anymore. Most of the problem with not loving our homes comes from us not even being able to see it anymore. Clothes, vases, that pot you never returned to your neighbor from three years ago. All that needs to go, including couch that you’ve secretly hated since your husband brought it home twelve years ago. You’ve avoided hurting his feelings for twelve years, just tell him it’s time for it to go.

3. Opening up a room is like adding a room onto your house; without all the dust and hassle.
Paint your rooms more uplifting colors. Neutral colors, yellows, grayscale, off-whites, muted blues have a tendency of lightening up a room. If you don’t think you can afford (or want) to paint a whole room, have you thought about painting some furniture? Painting furniture not only makes it look like a new piece but it can add something special to a room you’ve seen a thousand times. It’s like your husband putting on slacks instead of his cargo shorts, a nice change to see.

4. Create a real-life Instagram post in your home.
If you must spend money on redecorating consider this: go to your Instagram (or whatever site you use for inspiring home photos), find a post you like and try to recreate it in your home. Is it of a fuzzy blanket and mug of tea? Okay, go to Homegoods for a fuzzy blanket, pillows, rugs, or a lazy boy- style chair and create a cozy sanctuary for your evening tea. Just a small place of your own might make you look at your house differently…even if your dog ends up taking it for themselves.

5. Display your memories as a gallery.
Create a gallery in your home with pictures, maps, and prints you already own. Just switch out frames for a less uniform look. The different textures and sizes on your wall will make you feel like there’s another new room in your house. Michaels Craft Store and Joann Fabrics always have sales on frames. It’s just vamping up what you already own. Additionally, it’ll make your kids feel like they came home to their own hall of fame during breaks from college.

6. Be grateful you have a house that loves you back.
Lastly, be grateful. Love is shown in different ways. Your husband shows it by doing the dishes because he knows how much wet food grosses you out. Your house shows it by keeping you, your family, and your memories safe. You have a roof over your head, food to cook in a kitchen, and a bed for your dog. Those are all wins in my book.

Remodels are a form of love. Show your home some love with these minor changes. These minor changes also show your wallet some love with the lose cost of each tip. If you are based in Central Florida, just call The Paint Manager today and discuss how they can assist in showing your home some love. For me, I think I’ll stop by Homegoods on my way home from work…you know, for research…

Yourself, but Better. Your Home, but Better.

Yourself, but Better. Your Home, but Better.

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6 Interior Detox- Design Tips

Choosing to detoxify your life is a noble choice. There is so much volatile noise in our lives that impact our overall health more than you’d think. We have juices to detoxify our digestive system. We have mud masks to detoxify our pores. We have unfollowing to detoxify our newsfeeds. How do we detoxify our homes?

When you embark on a detox you go in aiming just to rid the clutter so you, your body, and your mind can focus on the important things. These design tips are for just that; maintain your home’s personality but without the stagnant clutter.

A cluttered mind can cause a cluttered mind. A cluttered mind can lead to stress and bad moods. So let’s construct yourself a mental sanctuary in your own home. Changing your home’s interiors can have a direct effect on your personality. With the right design, you can redesign your psyche. A bright room, cool décor and vibrant color scheme can elevate your mood more than waking up early, realizing it’s Saturday, and falling back to sleep.

So how can you detoxify for your home’s feeling? Painting, rearranging, adding mirrors or changing the furniture in your room – all have the ability to transform your interiors and provide a fresh and dapper ambiance.

6 Interior Detox- Design Tips:

If you’re like me and spill your tea on yourself 20 minutes within arriving to work and sitting there still slightly damp five hours later, you’re going to want to go home to replenish. Home is where you unwind, let your hair down, and perhaps eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Here are 6 innovative ways you can transform your home’s interiors for a cool, cozy, detoxifying experience.

  • Utilize light and softer colors for rooms that are small in size.

Painting smaller rooms in lighter colors gives the feel of a larger room. Lighter colors also tend to have a less harsh feeling than darker, more dramatic colors. Assess the amount of natural light coming in each of your rooms and make a note of where you need extra lighting. Adding mirrors to the walls of a small room provides the optical illusion of a more open space and a brighter feel.

  • Add textures and patterns and mix up old with new.

Good interior designers will tell you that the interiors of your home are actually a reflection of your personality and style. Texture is usually the integration of fabric, wood, metal, ribbon, etc. or things having definitive patterns with furniture, paint, rugs, pillows, accessories etc. Eclectic interior design is a more so personal approach to achieving both your home’s comfort and personality. You should still be able to walk in your home and it still feel like you. No one feels comfortable in a stranger’s home.

  • With eclectic design comes great responsibility- avoid cluttering.

Whether your home is big or small, rooms are spacious or cramped, never make your space overcrowded. A tastefully done room need not be one that has too many things on display. You have to firmly believe in the motto “less is more”. Too much of a good thing could actually have you winding up resenting it. So maybe cut your elephant figurine collection in half…

  • Green will always be in.

Plants add a lot of verve and oomph to your décor. Rooms of any size should have tastefully selected plants because they are the most inexpensive way of improving your home’s vibe. Not only aesthetically pleasing, plants are also capable of cleaning the air in your house. Plants remove harmful gases present in the air and are also capable of absorbing pollutants. Just don’t go too overboard…we don’t want your home to start looking like Jumanji.

  • Look up, don’t neglect your walls or ceiling.

Walls, without taking up space, can showcase your art, pictures, and mirrors but just be conscious of not closing your room in with too many frames. Ceilings have been neglected for a long time now, but experts will tell you the importance of their design. High ceilings can give smaller rooms a larger feel. However, if you have low ceilings, contrast your ceiling with a lighter color than that of the paint on the walls and feel the difference. It can open up your room further.

  • Beautify your room with accessories.

While accessories fall into the eclectic design category, it is worth mentioning again. Keeping true to the “less is more” theory, balance your home’s two needs: your style as well as serenity’s style. Keep a few elephant figurines out, but balance them with a few neutral toned/scented candles. Style your linen couch with a few cool tone pillows and maybe one or two rogue hot pink ones. I’d say the key to a detoxifying home is 70% neutral and 30% your eclectic quirks.

If you are based in Central Florida, just call The Paint Manager today and discuss how they can assist in detoxifying your home. For me, I’m going to go home, change out of my tea-stained sweater, and start thinking about what plants to add to my living room.

11 Ways to Add a Little Spice to Your Florida Home this Winter

11 Ways to Add a Little Spice to Your Florida Home this Winter

Ahhh, winter. The time when we spend a little more time indoors, cozied up under the blanket watching our favorite shows or movies. It’s also the time when we start looking around our house and looking for room painting ideas or other ways to make it feel just a little bit more like home.

Want to add a little spice to your Florida home this winter? Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

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  • Work on Your Accent Pieces

Add a little paint appeal to the accent pieces and smaller areas of your home. For example, you can buy a can of whiteboard paint for about $10 at Home Depot or Lowes and use it to turn anything (I mean anything) into your own personal canvas. From refrigerators to spice racks or menu boards, this is a great way to add some excitement to your house and make it more fun during the chillier months of the year.

  • Bring the Outdoors Indoors

When it’s a little chilly outside, consider bringing in some greenery from outdoors to create an illusion of spring weather inside your home. Take some inspiration from your garden. Use a hanging flower pot, piece of a wrought-iron gate, vines, garden tools, baskets or even garden-inspired clothing to add an extra layer of warmth to each room.

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  • Go Florida Chic!

One of the great things about Florida is the wealth of natural decorations and sea-inspired home accent pieces we have at our disposal. Go to Hobby Lobby, the local aquarium or even the beach (nice excuse for a road trip) and pick up some items for a Florida winter collage. Seashells, sand dollars, starfish, or even synthetic coral will add a festive Florida feel to any room. Throw the items together in a wooden or ceramic bowl, and you are good to go.

  • Hang a Mirror (In Just the Right Location)

Mirrors are a hugely underrated way to dress up a home in an instant. By strategically placing a mirror in each room, you can add a huge amount of natural light, warmth and color to your home. Just hang a large mirror directly where the sun beams in or directly across from your favorite piece of décor (a painting, light fixture or photo collage). Then, enjoy seeing that light or image reflected across two walls, multiplying the joy and appeal.

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  • Declutter, Store and Declutter Some More!

Nothing is more satisfying during the winter months than adding a little more order to your life. Just like squirrels, we tend to hunker down in the winter and stay indoors – so it’s a great time to store our goods in just the right place for when the weather warms. Besides, clutter-free spaces give the impression that your home is bigger. Read this great post from Coupons.com on how to organize your linen closets and gain some extra storage space to boot!

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  • Freshen Up Your Kitchen Cabinets

Are your cabinets getting a little dirty from cooking in the kitchen? To clean off any extra layers of gunk, use a firm paintbrush and a wood cleaning product to help them look good as new. Or, if the stains are too hard to remove (or your cabinets just need a refresh) consider a new coat of paint or stain. Or, remove the doors altogether for a truly European style! For other room painting ideas, call The Paint Manager.

  • Consider Adding Crown Molding

Most of the time, it’s better not to sweat the small stuff. But that could not be further from the truth when it comes to interior decorating and design. Crown molding is a great way to make your home look high-end without shelling out high-end dough for a complete remodel. For the full effect, choose the widest trimmed molding that your budget will allow, and avoid the plastic, paintable versions. From baseboards to columns, ceiling beams and chair rails, you are only limited by your own imagination. Read this great post by Houzz to see if crown molding is right for you and your home.

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  • Start Pillow Talkin’

Adding new pillows to your living room or bedroom add a one-two punch effect to each area. One, they provide yourself and your guests with some extra comfort. Two, if selected carefully, they can add an extra layer of warmth and elegance too. We recommend choosing a larger than standard pillow. Instead of the 12 to 18 inch sizes, go for a 22-inch pillow cover with a 24-inch insert instead. Overstuffed pillows look more high-end, and larger covers mean you get more of a design pop as well.

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  • Update Your Window Treatments

Window treatments are one of the most budget-friendly decorative changes you can make. However, if you choose the wrong materials, it can make your home look cheap. We recommend you avoid using any see-through materials. Even if you buy your curtains from a discount rack, thicker cotton or linen draperies have the feel of a high-end store. Natural silk is another good way to go. Of course, bamboo shades and wood blinds look great too, and they go well with the Florida Chic style mentioned in Tip #3.

  • Let Some More Light In

If you are fortunate enough to have ample windows in each room, consider opening the shades or curtains wider during the winter months. Because our days our shorter, you want to take advantage of the sunlight we do get each day. But don’t fret if you lack enough natural light to begin with. Read this great article from Better Homes & Gardens on how to add lighting to any room. We personally liked the page 13 tip on using open plan overhead lighting to warm up a room.

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  • Give Your Walls a Little Love

The color of your walls (inside and out) are one of the most important things to think about when setting the tone of your home. While it can be daunting to make a change, it can be just as rewarding when the new color matches the feeling you are trying to create. First, decide between a bold/dramatic color and more soft/understated hues. Match your choice to your personality and design goals.

Want even more room painting ideas? Give The Paint Manager a call.

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