When you’re considering selling your home the colour of the exterior greatly influences the curb appeal of the home. Drawing the interest of potential buyers and creating a good first impression can hinge on something as basic as the exterior paint colour. This is not the time to indulge your own quirky colour choices as you want to appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.

At Paintworks we have a few ideas to keep in mind when choosing the exterior paint colour for your home.

Keep it Neutral

While your preferences may run to bright and bold this is the time to stick to more neutral colours. Beiges, light brown or light green are bound to be more attractive to more potential buyers. Consider the area you live in as well if you live in a Maritime village your choice of colour will be quite different.

Know Your Neighbourhood

The exterior colour of your home should fit with the rest of the homes in your neighborhood. If you live in an area of heritage homes like Oak Bay or Fairfield here in Victoria the choice of colour will be influenced the nearby homes. If you live in a small town in the Maritimes that will call for different colour decisions. You want to pick a colour that is consistent with the era your home was built as well.

Front Door

Don’t overlook the ability of your front door paint choice to make a statement all on it’s own. Be sure it fits the character of the neighbourhood and the style of your home and whether it’s heritage or contemporary will influence your decision.

We hope the above suggestions were helpful in making your colour choices. Still undecided? At Paintworks our house painters in Victoria can assist you or give a us a call when it’s time to paint your home’s exterior when you’re considering selling.

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Last week we went into detail on how often you should paint the interior of your home. This post will help you choose a colour scheme.

Have you noticed when entering one room being filled with an immediate sense of calm and yet a different place leaves you feeling uncomfortable? The reason is that colour can actually affect our response to a place or object both physically and psychologically. Whether in our homes or place of work the importance colour and its effect should not be underestimated. If you feel unsure of how to make use of colour try the tips listed here.

Start Small

If you’re not sure where to begin consider a smaller area such as a powder room, bathroom or small hallway. Choose an area where you can see the results quickly and decide if you love it or need to change it. If you’re still unsure of which colour to pick then try a colour from a piece of artwork, a rug or even dishes.

Think About Your Mood

Choosing soft colours will give the bedroom a restful, soothing feel while strong colour choices create a sense of drama. In the dining room deep blue greens and neutrals give the room a sociable feeling while warm tones suggest a more formal setting. You may be tempted to paint a child’s room in strong colours but you may find subdued colours more restful and less stimulating.

Pay Attention to Lighting

Paint stores have light boxes to test paint chips for a reason. Natural light gives the truest colour, incandescent lighting brings out the warmer tones and fluorescent casts a sharp blue tone.

Learn The colour Terms

Familiarize yourself with the difference between hue ( how light or dark ) a colour is, saturation refers to the dominant hue or intensity which is the colours brilliance.

Test Your colour Choice

Try your colours out on a poster board or large area of wall and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Think strong, vivid colours as the main colour or even a tinted ceiling can change the whole look of a room.

When you need expert advice when it comes to your interior painting project in Victoria BC, why not give us a call at Paintworks. We can help you choose a colour scheme tailored for you.

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Wondering how often you should paint the interior of your home and the reasons for doing so? The decision will depend on several factors and could be influenced by a change in decor. If you find the colours looking dated or maybe you recently moved in and want to change things you may be considering painting. For the purposes of this blog we will be focusing instead on the durability of paints and how often it’s necessary to paint the interior walls.

Changes in the manufacture of paints in the last 20 years or so have produced paints and coatings that are much more durable. With that here are some tips on when to think about painting individual rooms in the home.

Halls and Corriders

High traffic areas mean they experience a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. Using a more expensive, high quality washable paint will save money over time as it allows the repair of dents and touch ups will not be as noticeable. Plan on more frequent painting as often as every 2 to 3 years.

Bedrooms

Adult bedroom walls do not usually require frequent painting while children’s bedrooms that double as playrooms will need painting sooner. Choosing a top quality paint with an eggshell or satin sheen will provide the durability needed.

Living and Dining Rooms

Although these rooms are used daily they tend to be more formal. Furniture, lamps and drapes deter people from touching the walls as much. Often a change in decor will be the reason for painting otherwise count on every 5 to 7 years.

Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Rooms

These rooms see the most activity and choosing a washable paint with the right sheen is advised. alkyd semi gloss products were used however water based paints have proven to last longer. Rooms with such humid conditions will need painting every 3 to 4 years.

When it’s time to paint your home contact us our interior house painters in Victoria. We can advise you on which product offers the most durability for home.

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Doing your own painting can seem like a great way to save money, but in the long run you’ll end up spending more money or living with imperfections all over your house that will drive you crazy. Hiring a painting company is a smart investment when it comes to your home.

He’s some tips on how to choose the right painting contractor.

Get a variety of quotes by interviewing at least three companies and be sure to talk about these items.

Insurance

Don’t just take their word for it that they have insurance, ask to see their certificate of insurance and check to make sure it’s current. Also inquire if the workers are subcontractors or employees. If you’re hiring subcontractors you’ll need to see their certificates of insurance too as the umbrella company won’t cover them.

Proper License

Because painting seems like one of the easier trades, there are many moonlighting painters out there. So making sure they have a proper license for painting in Victoria is really important. This isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but definitely something to check off the list.

Experience and Knowledge

The painting trade has a very high turnover rate so finding an experienced painting contractor in Victoria can be challenging but worth it’s weight in gold. A company with lots of experience may have a higher hourly rate but when it comes to doing a job efficiently and with great workmanship nothing beats experience, saving you the money of having to redo a “cheap” job.

Official Estimate

Get something in writing. This should include hourly rate and a time estimate. There should also be some sort of arrangement or mention of procedures should they go over the time estimate.

Guarantee

Some Victoria house painters will give a guarantee on their prep work and the products they use. If they do, you should see it in writing.

References

Be sure to call at least three references before making any final decisions. Any painting contractor happy with their work will be willing to pass along references from their satisfied clients.

We are painting contractors you can trust in Victoria BC. Contact us for more information.

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It’s no secret exterior paint wears a little faster in Victoria BC than the rest of Canada. With our soggy winter, salty air and our beautiful sunny summer, keeping your exterior looking sharp is an investment, but so worth it when you get to live in such an amazing city.

How often you paint your exterior largely depends on what type of paint you intend to use. For paint that will last the longest in our varied climate talk to our Victoria house painters for more information. Here are some quick tips though:

  • Oil Based products will break down faster in UV exposure, losing colour and luster and sometimes get powdery mildew.
  • Latex paints are less likely to break down, but stay away from glossy finishes- instead choose a satin finish, which will last longer.
  • Darker colours fade faster than light ones. Light colours do fade but it just won’t be as noticeable.

How long your paint lasts will also largely depend on how well the surface is prepared. This where our painters can help out a great deal. We can sand, fill cracks and clean the surface properly. If you cut corners and don’t fix all the imperfections before beginning, you can guarantee those imperfections will show up as wear and tear in a very short time.

Also the exterior materials used on your house is an important factor. Cedar siding will need more paint than say a hardi plank.

The quality of the previous paint jobs will also affect how long the paint lasts. If the original paint job didn’t use a good primer, you may be required to paint more often or sand right down and start over for a long lasting finish.

Lastly don’t skimp on coats. If you try to save money by only doing one coat, you’ll be back painting the next year. Where as a couple of thin, properly applied coats will last usually 4-6 years.

We have fully answered the question of how often you should paint the exterior of your home. It’s a tough question to answer due to all the above factors. Contact our Victoria BC painters if you are looking to have the exterior or your home painted.

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