5 Paint Colors That Can Help You Sell Your Home - Pinehurst and Aberdeen House Painting
May 22

5 Paint Colors That Can Help You Sell Your Home

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Painting

5 Paint Colors That Can Help You Sell Your Home - Pinehurst and Aberdeen House Painting

The numbers don’t lie: Some paint colors can help you sell your home faster and for more money than you’d get if you left things as-is. While not everyone should spring for a full-house repainting job before listing the home with a real estate agent, most people should repaint at least a few rooms. (Fresh paint can help you sell your home, period.)

So what are those colors?

5 Paint Colors That Can Help You Sell Your Home

Not all colors are created equal in homebuyers’ eyes, but the colors listed here really make a positive impact on buyers. While every market is different and you should talk to your real estate agent about what works well in your neighborhood, we can definitely help you update your home’s look with fresh paint before you sell.

#1: Navy Blue on a Front Door

Zillow says that navy blue doors can net you an extra $1,500 when you close. It doesn’t hurt that a freshly painted door adds to curb appeal, too, which is the first impression buyers get of your house; make the first impression a good one and they’ll be primed to enjoy the inside, too.

#2: Warm Brown, Beige, Oatmeal or Taupe in the Living Room

Brown colors are specifically known for evoking emotions of strength and reliability, so it’s no wonder that people like them associated with areas where families gather. These colors are also attached to connotations of dependability, security and safety. The best part? Zillow says that homes with warm brown living room and family room walls sell for up to $1,900 more than those without.

#3: Cerulean Blue Bedrooms

Lively but serene (have a look at the color – you’ll see what we mean!), cerulean blue bedrooms in a home can help bring in up to $1,856 more at the closing table, according to Zillow.

#4: Pale Blue Bathrooms

Pale blue, which is more soothing than cerulean, looks great in a bathroom. Maybe that’s why Zillow reports that homes with light blue bathrooms sell for a shocking $5,000 more than expected – but with numbers like that, does it really matter why?

#5: Slate Blue Dining Rooms

Slate blue is sophisticated, and it evokes serenity and a sense of calm. It doesn’t do a lot for your appetite, like purple is reported to do, but it is a sign of stability and reliability… and Zillow says that houses featuring a slate blue dining room sell for just under $2,000 more than homes with white dining rooms do.

Want to Talk to a Painting Expert Before You Sell Your Home?

Whether you’re repainting your home because it’s time for a change or you’re ready to put it on the market and sell it, Mack Painters can help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

 

Does New Paint Help Sell a Home - Pinehurst Home Painters
May 18

Does New Paint Help Sell a Home?

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

Does New Paint Help Sell a Home - Pinehurst Home Painters

If you’re selling your home, you’re probably wondering whether you should repaint it before you put it on the market – and for most people, the answer is yes. Thinking about repainting your entire home? Talk to your Realtor® about it first, to make sure it’s a good investment; otherwise, fixing up a few rooms or repainting the outside of your house is generally a great idea.

Pro tip: If your walls are stark white, you definitely need to repaint in another color. Go for neutrals, which appeal to the widest range of potential buyers.

Does New Paint Help Sell a Home?

Buyers like to see things that look new, and a fresh coat of paint is the best way to create that look in your home. Fresh paint makes the home look better-maintained (even if you’ve done a great job keeping up with it), but even more than that, it gives buyers a better first impression than they would’ve had ordinarily. You can capitalize on that good first impression by highlighting other great areas of your home during the staging process, which can help you sell it faster and at a higher price.

Fresh paint photographs well, too, and the better your home’s photos are, the more attention it’ll get when people see it online.

Finally, most buyers want a home that’s move-in ready. They don’t want to have to repaint over scuffs in the walls or update to a more modern color.

What Are Your Repainting Options?

You can repaint your entire house, inside and out, or you can focus on rooms that really need it. In some cases, when you’re selling, it pays to work with a professional painting company that can come in and address problem spots rather than repainting the entire thing. (Psst… we happen know the best painters in Pinehurst and the surrounding communities.)

Naturally, your cost will vary based on how much work needs to be done. You can talk to your real estate agent to find out what other sellers are doing (and what’s working or what isn’t working) on the market to figure out just how far you need to go.

When You Should Repaint

In some cases, there isn’t any question about whether you should repaint your home before you sell it. Here’s when you absolutely need to repaint:

  • Walls are heavily soiled
  • You removed wallpaper
  • Walls have a lot of nail holes
  • Paint is chipping, cracked or scuffed
  • Walls were damaged and repaired
  • You have non-neutral colors

Want to Talk to a Painting Expert Before You Sell Your Home?

Whether you’re repainting your home because it’s time for a change or you’re ready to put it on the market and sell it, Mack Painters can help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

Casa Blanca, Black Bean and Melange Grean
May 09

3 Colors That Work in (Almost) Any Home

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors

When you’re repainting the interior of your home, picking the right colors can be tough. For most people, that requires going to the paint store, picking up samples, and checking them out in different light levels – but what if there were a few colors you could choose from that look great no matter what?

These three colors, with only a few exceptions, work exceptionally well in almost any home.

3 Colors That Work in (Almost) Any Home

Your painting professional will be able to help you make the right decision for your home, but three exceptionally versatile colors really stand out this summer as worth taking a look at:

Casa Blanca by Sherwin Williams

Casa Blanca is a rich, neutral color that pairs well with Black Bean and Mélange Green as part of a gorgeous palette.

Casa Blanca, Black Bean and Melange Grean

Image courtesy of Sherwin Williams

Blue Hydrangea by Benjamin Moore

Blue Hydrangea is a vibrant shade that looks great in well-trafficked living spaces.

Blue Hydrangea with White Heron

Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Quiet Time by Behr

Quiet Time by Behr is a soothing gray color that’s ideal for bedrooms, bathrooms and dining areas.

Quiet Time

Image courtesy of Behr

Want to Talk to a Painting Expert About Adding Color to Your Home?

Whether you’re repainting your home because it’s time for a change or you’re ready to put it on the market and sell it, Mack Painters can help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

5 Great Ways to Use Ultra Violet in Your Home - Painters in Pinehurst NC
Apr 28

5 Great Ways to Use Ultra Violet – Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year – in Your Home

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Painter , Painting

Pantone’s 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet, which paint authority says is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

While purple is definitely a great color to use in a meditation room or bedroom, can you use it in the rest of your home and pull it off?

5 Great Ways to Use Ultra Violet – Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year – in Your Home

Here are five great ways to let purple reign in some areas of your house.

#1: Use purple as an accent wall.

Purple generally makes rooms look bigger because it has cool tones, so it makes a wonderful color for an accent wall. It’s known for promoting relaxation and having a calming effect, so purple might be the right choice for your bedroom, dining room or reading nook.

#2: Paint the inside of your cabinets.

You can create a great – and very unique – look by painting the inside of your cabinets like this. It’s not overwhelming or over-done, which means it’s a fantastic way to add a little panache to the kitchen pantry or dining room cupboards.

#3: Add pizzazz to your kitchen island.

By painting only the walls of your kitchen island purple, like this, you can add a splash of color in a white or neutral kitchen. Try plenty of samples, though, to make sure it’s the right one for an accent in the kitchen – it can be tricky to get purple right in this type of space.

#4: Paint your whole bedroom purple.

Lavender generally looks great in bedrooms (and again, it makes them look bigger). You can go for a variety of shades with your door or keep it all pretty close for a monochromatic look, but it’s best to break things up so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

#5: Use small decorative accents in purple.

Small decorative accents can make a big impact, like this. Lamps and lighting, throw pillows or even a chair in your favorite shade of purple can serve as a focal point in a room and add a pop of color where you really need it.

Want to Talk to a Painting Expert About Adding Color to Your Home?

Whether you’re repainting your home because it’s time for a change or you’re ready to put it on the market and sell it, Mack Painters can help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

How to Remove Wallpaper Without Damaging Walls
Apr 24

How to Remove Wallpaper Without Damaging Walls

By Angie.Wonderful | Painter , Painting

How to Remove Wallpaper Without Damaging Walls

If you’re like many people who buy a home, you have more than a few ideas on what to do with the paint colors inside – and the smart choice is usually to work with a professional painter in Pinehurst who can tackle the job for you.

But if the house has wallpaper and you’re doing a DIY job, where do you start?

(Find out how to choose the right color for an accent wall here.)

How to Remove Wallpaper Without Damaging Walls

The method you choose to take down wallpaper will depend on the type of product. You can strip some wallpapers dry, but for others, you’ll have to use a special solution. You can use a steamer, but it takes a long time; it’s also fairly dangerous, so it’s best to leave to the professionals if that’s the route you want to take.

To figure out whether you need a solution or you can strip it dry, test a small area of the wall (3 feet by 3 feet should suffice). If the wallpaper comes off easily without causing damage to the wall, you’re good to go – just be careful as you move forward. If not, you’ll have to spray a removal solution on the area and let it soak in. You might have to apply it several times before it begins to work, and if it’s not soaking through the wallpaper, use a scoring tool to punch small holes in it that let the solution get through to the backing.

Pro tip: Only use a scoring tool as a last resort, otherwise you run the risk of gouging the drywall beneath.

When the solution soaks through the wallpaper, you can peel it away. If you find another layer of wallpaper beneath it, ignore it for now – you should only take off one layer at a time. As you peel away the wallpaper, some of the sticky backing will stay behind. Scrape it off with a broad knife, but be careful that the edge of the knife doesn’t puncture the drywall.

Once you’ve removed all the wallpaper, spray the wall again with the removal solution. Wipe it clean and scrape off any remaining backing, then let the wall dry for a few days before you do anything else to it.

Your best bet? Saving this job for the pros. When you work with a professional painting company, you get guaranteed work – and you don’t have to spend your time and energy peeling away old, outdated wallpaper. Besides, the pros you hire can come right back when the walls are dry to freshen things up with a new coat of paint.

Do You Need to Talk to a Painting Pro in Pinehurst or Aberdeen?

We can help you create the perfect space by removing old wallpaper and putting up a fresh coat of paint – just call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

How to Pick the Right Paint Color for Your Meditation or Yoga Room
Apr 11

How to Pick the Right Paint Color for Your Meditation or Yoga Room

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Painting

When you’re creating a meditation room in your home, you want to get it all right… down to the smallest detail. But one of the big details is the paint color you use on your wall – and here’s what you need to know to make the best possible decision.

How to Pick the Right Paint Color for Your Meditation or Yoga Room

When you’re painting a meditation room in your home, you need to know:

Color Psychology for Meditation Rooms

Make sure the room you choose is away from traffic (including the bathroom) and that it gets the right amount of natural light. Once that’s done, you can pick the perfect paint color.

Here’s a breakdown when it comes to choosing colors:

  • Mauve is graceful and subtle, and it symbolizes imagination and spirituality.
  • Tan and beige are cozy and comforting, and they symbolize simplicity and health.
  • Deep blue is calming and serene, and it symbolizes wisdom, faith and truth.
  • Light gray is cool and balanced, and it symbolizes maturity and safety.
  • Coral is warm and healthy, and it symbolizes harmony.
  • Light green is natural and calming, and it symbolizes growth, freshness and safety.

Should You Put an Accent Wall in a Meditation Room?

Whether or not to put an accent wall in your meditation room is purely a personal choice – but if you do, know that if you choose the right colors, you’ll be able to make the room appear larger. The colors that pull the eye away from the wall include:

  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Purples

Some colors will make the wall appear closer than it really is, including:

  • Oranges
  • Yellows
  • Reds

When you’re choosing which wall to use as an accent, it’s best if you have a good sense of where you’ll meditate (and in which direction you’ll typically face) or practice yoga. In many cases, the best accent wall is one without a window, door or other built-in feature. You can also use your ceiling as an accent – and the professional painter you hire can help you choose the perfect shades.

What’s the 60:30:10 Rule?

The 60:30:10 rule is a suggested ratio for colors in any room. If you’re following that as a guide, 60 percent of the room should be painted or decorated in your dominant color; 30 percent should be in a secondary color on the same palette; and the remaining 10 percent should be your accent color.

Do You Need to Talk to a Painting Pro in Pinehurst or Aberdeen About a Meditation Room?

We can help you create the perfect meditation room by painting it to provide you with a serene, tranquil color (or two!) – just call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

 

how to choose the right color for an accent wall
Apr 04

How to Find the Right Color for Your Accent Wall (and How to Choose the Right Wall)

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Painter , Painting

 

You don’t have to invest in several expensive paintings, lots of costly sculptures and other big-ticket decorative items to pull off a perfectly polished look in your home – an accent wall just might do the trick.

But how do you find just the right color and figure out which wall to use?

How to Find the Right Color for Your Accent Wall

Your accent wall will work in tandem with the rest of your décor to create a finished look. Based on your theme and your existing décor, you’ll be able to choose the perfect shades… as long as you have a good grip on the ways colors impact the overall “feel” of a room.

Remember:

  • Warm colors can make a space appear smaller than it is. Oranges, yellows and reds will create the illusion that the wall is closer.
  • Cool colors, such as green, blue and purple, pull the wall away from the eye. That makes a room look larger than it is.

It’s also important to know which direction your room faces. If it’s facing north or east, it will tend to feel cooler and get less natural light; that means a warm-colored accent wall may be a dramatic improvement. If the room faces west or south, it’s likely to feel warmer and typically receives more natural light, so a cool-colored accent wall might be the perfect touch to balance things out.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Blue is a “productive” color, so it works well in an office
  • Green is synonymous with tranquility and health, so it goes nicely in a bedroom
  • Pink is calming and warm, so it’s good for bedrooms
  • Yellow brightens a room and brings on energy, so the kitchen might be its best space
  • Lavender is calming and allows relaxation, so it’s good for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms
  • Red is the color of passion and excitement, so it’s good in kitchens and dining rooms (some people even say it encourages appetite)

Which Wall Should You Turn Into an Accent Wall?

The first wall you see in a room isn’t necessarily the one you want to turn into an accent wall, but it can be. Typically, the best choice is a wall without an architectural feature (like a window, fireplace or door). However, if you have a window framing a gorgeous view or a door that would look great surrounded by a splash of color, there’s nothing wrong with choosing that wall.

For an even fresher twist, think about using your ceiling as an accent wall. It counts!

The rule of thumb is 60-30-10. That means 60 percent of the room should be in your dominant color (that includes the walls and your décor). Then, 30 percent can be in a secondary color that’s in the same color family as your dominant color. Finally, 10 percent of the room is for the accent color.

Do You Need to Talk to an Expert About Adding Accent Walls in Your Home?

When you need to talk about professional painting services in any room (or all of them), we’re here to help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

 

How to Clean Your Walls
Mar 27

How to Clean Your Walls

By Angie.Wonderful | Mack Painters

Before you clean your walls, it’s a good idea to figure out what kind of paint you’re dealing with – not all paint finishes are created equal, and you can do some pretty serious damage to some types if you’re not careful.

How to Clean Your Walls

Don’t dive in with a sponge and hot water just yet. If you’re looking at major soiled spots, you may be better off calling a professional painter who can prepare and, if necessary, repaint your walls. If it’s not a huge deal, you need to know whether you have latex paint or oil-based paint. (If you’re not sure, check your garage; sometimes painters leave behind extra paint you can check. Pro tip, though: Don’t try to repaint chips and cracks with the paint that previous painters have left in your garage… your walls have been exposed to sunlight and air, which mean the paint color has changed a bit.)

Cleaning Walls With Latex Paint

With most latex paints, you can clean spots and smudges using warm water and a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner on a rag or sponge. However, you’ll want to spot-test in an area that nobody can see (think behind the refrigerator) first to make sure it’s okay.

Pay special attention to areas that get a lot of hand traffic, like around doorknobs and light switches. If you’re facing a stubborn spot, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub the area gently (again, do a spot test first).

Cleaning Walls With Oil-Based Paint

If you have oil-based paint on your walls, use warm, soapy water (use a very mild dish detergent) on a sponge and wash gently with circular motions. Don’t use an abrasive cleaner! You can substitute white vinegar for dish soap, as long as you – you guessed it – test a small spot in a non-visible area first.

If your walls are textured, you can add an ounce of borax to every pint of water you use to clean.

Recipe for Wall Cleanser

What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent
  • 1 quart warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar

Mix all your ingredients and dip a washcloth or sponge into the solution, then use it on your wall. If you’re facing a tough stain, let the solution sit on the stain for about 10 minutes before you blot it away.

The main takeaway, though, is to spot-test an area that nobody can see before you start scrubbing all your walls. Worst-case scenario: You’ll scrub off paint in patches and have to call out a professional painter to repair the damage. (We don’t mind, but you will.)

Do You Need to Hire a Professional Painter in Pinehurst?

When you need to talk about professional painting services in any room (or all of them), we’re here to help. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free painting estimate for any of our services.

 

3 Things You Need to Know About Interior Painting - NC Painters
Mar 21

3 Things You Need to Know About Interior Painting

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

If you’re like most people, you haven’t thought much about interior painting until you realize your home needs to be freshened up – and that also means you’re not quite sure what you need to know about painting before you hire a professional painter.

Fortunately, we have you covered. These are three things you need to know about painting the interior of your home before you dive in with both feet.

3 Things You Need to Know About Interior Painting

When you’re ready to update your home by hiring a professional painter, knowing these three things can make the whole process easier.

#1: Sheen Matters

The finish of your paint – called its sheen – is very important when it comes to how it looks. Generally, high-traffic areas of your home will do better with gloss or satin finishes that stand up to touching and are easier to clean. However, these finishes can really make imperfections jump out. Matte finishes tend to look better, but they aren’t as tough as glosses and satins, so it’s best to weigh your options when we come out for your free painting estimate.

(Check out our guide to paint finishes to learn even more.)

#2: Check Out Lots of Samples Before Settling on a Color

Test out several samples in various light conditions before you pick a paint color. You can get samples easily, and you can wait for natural light to change over the course of a day – and check out how the colors look under your home lighting scheme – before you settle on a color. You might be surprised at how different times of day and your interior lights affect the colors you love.

#3: Work With Professionals You Trust

The painters you hire make all the difference in the world. You want to work with a company that’s experienced in prep work, which is vital to a good paint job, and whose painters pay close attention to detail. You also need painters that can protect your belongings from paint splatters, avoid streaks and lines, and save you money while getting the job done quickly.

Do You Need to Talk to a Professional Painter?

If you’re thinking about painting your home and would like an estimate from the Southern Pines painting experts, call us right away at 910-725-3227. We’ll evaluate your needs and give you a free painting estimate so you can make the best possible decision for your home.

 

What is Primer for Interior Painting and Why Do You Need It
Mar 12

What is Primer for Interior Painting (and Why Do You Need It)?

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

Any professional painter can tell you that the walls in your home have to be primed before they’re painted, but what is primer, and why do you need it?

What is Primer for Interior Painting?

Primer is a layer of coating that belongs on the walls, beneath fresh paint, to help ensure that the paint job comes out looking great. It prevents stains from peeking through the surface paint, and it helps paint stick to your walls so it looks its best.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Some stains are impossible to paint over without priming.
  • In some cases, odors – like smoke from cigarettes or house fires – can come right through paint, no matter how many coats you apply.
  • “Self-priming” paint doesn’t always get the job done.
  • Primers can make a huge difference in imperfect drywall by improving the surface appearance.
  • High-moisture areas are more prone to paint flaking, peeling or gathering mildew, which means you need a vapor-barrier primer to help seal the surface and help prevent moisture from seeping through the walls.
  • Most people have better luck hiring an expert to repaint their home’s interior than by attempting to do it themselves.

Why Do You Need Primer?

In most cases, professional painters use one or more coats of primer before using visible wall color. It’s especially important when:

  • The surface that you need to paint is bare wood or new drywall. Both are porous, which means it’ll be tough to get paint to stick to them properly.
  • The drywall surface is skim-coated. A “skim coat” is drywall compound wiped over bare drywall – and it’s also very porous.
  • The previous paint was glossy. If your walls had a gloss finish (learn more about paint finishes), a new coat isn’t going to stick. Your painter will sand it down and put on one or more coats of primer to make sure your new color looks great.
  • The previous paint was dark. If you’re switching from a dark color to a light color, your painter will most likely put down a couple of coats of white primer to make it look better.

Should You Use Primer if You’re Doing Your Own Painting?

You should almost always use primer if you’re taking a DIY approach to interior painting – but it can be difficult to sand and prime properly. In most cases, you’ll actually save money on paint and supplies (as well as on repainting jobs and touch-ups) by hiring a professional painter.

Need a Painter in Pinehurst or the Surrounding Communities?

We can come out to your home and give you a free painting estimate. Call us at 910-725-3227 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction.

 

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