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How Does Paint Color Impact Your Home?

How Does Paint Color Impact Your Home?

“Color is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it” – Leslie Harrington. 

From dark shades of red to light shades of blue, each color has the ability to impact your everyday life! So, when choosing what color is best to paint the different rooms within your home, it’s important to understand the “nonverbal language” of your color choice. With this in mind, we’ve created a guide with some of our favorite colors to compliment the different rooms in your home!

Living Room Paint Colors

Your living room is the central gathering place within your home: designed as a space to spend time with your family and friends. These are a few of our favorite colors that create warm, inviting spaces for your living room…

  • Light Greys
  • Warm Neutrals
  • Muted Reds
  • Soft Oranges

Bedroom Paint Colors

Your bedroom should serve as a tranquil space you retreat to after a long day. The best bedrooms are the ones that feel cozy and safe! These are a few of our favorite paint colors that help make your bedroom your ideal spot to unwind…

  • Lush Lavender
  • Tranquil White
  • Blue-Gray
  • Light Khaki
  • Seafoam Green 
  • Butter Yellow 

Kitchen and Dining Room Paint Colors

Kitchens are known as welcoming spaces where you spend time entertaining friends or cooking meals with your loved ones. Setting the right tone for these interactions can be as simple as choosing the right paint color! These are a few of our favorite colors that create a bright, welcoming environment in your kitchen…

  • Soft Peach
  • Pale Yellow
  • Greenish-Blues
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Clay-Beige 

Ready to change up the look and feel of your home? Get in touch with Spear Paint today and we can walk you through creating a custom color palette for your home! 

Paint vs. Stain- Which is the Better Choice?

Paint vs. Stain- Which is the Better Choice?

When it comes to transforming wood in any form, whether it be on furniture, flooring, or exterior siding, paint and stain are the most popular choices. While both of these products do similar things – namely change the color and look of the wood, they are truly very different. Both options have their own sets of pros and cons, which are important to know when choosing between the two. 

First, let’s talk about stain. When it comes to wood, some may argue that stain is the more popular choice. Available in a huge variety of colors, stains typically require only one coat to achieve the desired look. And unlike paint which will completely cover the wood pattern underneath, stain is a thinner substance that simply changes the finish, or “tint” of the wood. With semi-transparent stains, the pigment is thinner, allowing you to see the wood grain underneath the stain. This gives it a more natural finish. On the other hand, solid color stains will cover grain, but allow you to see the profile of the wood.

Stains are most commonly used for surfaces such as siding, fences, decking, furniture or molding. Besides appearance, the main function of the stain is to “seal” the wood without the use of a primer. However, stain does have it’s disadvantages. For one, you don’t have any options when it comes to sheen, as stains only come in one finish. Additionally, wood easily absorbs this material, which means certain projects may require more stain than it would paint. 

Now, let’s talk about paint. When painting a non-porous material, paint is almost always the better choice. When it comes to wood specifically, paint works great on drywall, trim or siding (except for cedar siding). Unlike stain, when using paint you’ll also have to account for the price of surface preservatives and primer. Because of this, paint tends to be the pricier option. For a lot of people, the sheer amount of choices in terms of type, color and sheen outweigh this downside. 

Keep in mind that anything you paint will come out opaque, meaning the natural looking of the material beneath will be hidden. Paint is much thicker, and it will be immediately clear that a project has been painted, rather than looking like a natural wood color. However, with paint you’ll get a more uniform finish. It is also the more durable choice, lasting on average 10 years longer than stain, bearing high quality paint was used. 

We sincerely hope this helps you choose which material is best for your project! Still unsure? That’s what the experts are here for. Give us a call today! 

Colors to Boost Curb Appeal

Colors to Boost Curb Appeal

In the home industry, curb appeal is your greatest asset. The exterior of a home is one’s first impression, and it’s important to make it a good one! Though first impressions aren’t everything, they are extremely important when it comes to attracting potential buyers!

When it comes time to sell one’s home, typically, much of the money for renovations goes towards the interior. However, don’t underestimate what a simple coat of paint on your exterior can do! It’s important to set aside some of your renovation budget for updating the outside, resulting in more interested buyers, and often a higher selling price! 

Now to choose a color! Your choice of color should depend on a couple different factors, including budget, neighborhood and the style of your home. For example, if your home is currently a dark color, it may cost more to repaint it in a lighter shade. Additionally, if your neighborhood is filled with classic homes in neutral colors, sticking to that general color scheme will be your best bet. When in doubt, consider your ideal buyer! Here are some of the current top color schemes for exterior repaints…

Neutrals

The most popular choice, neutral shades are always a safe bet. These shades appeal to a wide range of buyers, and work well in any neighborhood. Light and dark grey, beige and tan are all great choices that will stand the test of time, and also require less maintenance over all.

Shades of Blue

Blue is a great choice for those who want to do something a little bit different with their exterior color, but still want to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Both light and dark blue have become increasingly popular over the last decade. These color schemes seem to fare particularly well with Craftsman style homes, typically paired with trim in a crisp white. 

Green and Brown

These earthy colors are great choices because they tend to blend into the surrounding natural atmosphere. This way, you get a nice pop of color without it seeming too stark. In this color scheme, the darker the shade the better! To maintain a sophisticated appearance, we suggest staying away from light greens.

White and Black

Lastly, we have the classic combination of white and black. These days, stark white houses are one of the most popular home trends. With trim or shutters in the right shade of black, this combination will make any home look fresh and modern.

Need advice on which color to choose for your exterior repaint? Give us a call today!

 

Save Money on Your Next Paint Job!

Save Money on Your Next Paint Job!

Many homeowners try to save a couple bucks by painting their house themselves. While the cost of paint is cheap, hidden costs such as supplies and equipment tend to add up. Not to mention the many hours you’ll spend trying to perfect your DIY paint job! 

Rather than sacrificing your weekend, hire professionals that can do the job right, and in a timely manner! Looking for ways to save money on your next painting project? As professionals, we can help with that! Read on to discover our top money-saving tips.

First, compare quotes!

If it’s your first time hiring a painter in the area, compare several quotes to ensure you’re getting a fair price. But remember, don’t discount quality! Keep your eyes peeled for companies with plenty of years of experience, and a repertoire of good reviews. Be sure and ask questions so you have a good understanding of the service being provided! 

Provide your own paint.

The cost of paint typically makes up nearly a fourth of the total bid, so providing your own paint is a sure-fire way to reduce the overall price of your paint job. However, be sure you’re purchasing high quality paint that is meant to last! By using cheap paint, you’re shortening the life of the paint job you’re spending good money on . 

Additionally, be ready and willing to pick up more paint should your painters need it! Before purchasing, it’s smart to ask for an estimate on how much paint will be needed for your project, to avoid running out.

Stick with lighter colors.

Not only are lighter colors easier to paint over, but they also tend to last a lot longer! Darker paint colors will fade faster, and show dirt and grime more easily. Additionally, they are harder to paint over. To avoid more frequent paint jobs, stick with light shades!

Maintain your paint job.

Don’t wait too long in between paint jobs! This is the biggest mistake we tend to see. People think they are saving money by stretching their paint jobs to the limit, when the opposite is true. 

If you’re waiting until the point where your paint begins bubbling, peeling or blistering, it’s going to cost far more to repaint, simply because of the hours spent preparing the surface to be painted. Trust us, routine maintenance is your friend!

We hope you found a few of these tips helpful! The next time you’re in the market for a paint job, give us a call!

 

The Perfect Shades for Spring

The Perfect Shades for Spring

Ah, Spring. Here in Texas, Spring is fleeting. We get but just a few weeks of beautiful weather before our temperatures stay in the 90’s all summer long. Due to this, many homeowners love to decorate for spring and preserve that fresh feeling for as long as they can! We’ve chosen a few pantone paint shades that perfectly capture the essence of spring, and blend into even the most modern interior design trends!

Heirloom Lilac

Lilac is one of the newer trends we’ve been seeing pop up this year. This pantone shade is on the darker side, with some apparent gray undertones that allows it to act as more of a dark neutral, rather than a pastel. This shade would be absolutely perfect as an accent wall for a darker, cool toned room!

Elderberry

A few years back, “millennial pink” became extremely popular, and it’s safe to say the pink trend is here to stay! While elderberry definitely has some pink undertones, it’s more of a muted berry color. As part of the mauve family, it has both pink and purple tones, combining to create a gorgeous shade that would work beautifully in a sophisticated dining room, or as a cabinet color in a bright, fun kitchen!

Filmy

This shade is almost like a classic beige-neutral, but it’s subtle pink undertones give it a bit of edge and interest that we think would work really well in a lot of homes. We love seeing the “neutrals” family expand, and see clients open to new tones!

Cerulean 

This is the ultimate, soft dusty blue shade that you’ve been searching for. For those that are tired of neutrals but prefer lighter colors, try this out in your bedroom, bathroom, living room or kitchen. It’s great for just about anywhere! 

Aqua Haze 

This is a beautiful shade of light teal that rests right in the middle of blue and green. This would be a great choice for an accent wall, or to use in the kitchen as a pop of color on your cabinets and woodwork.

Did any of these colors strike your fancy? If you’re ready to get your home fresh for spring, give us a call today! 

 

RESIDENTIAL DIVISION

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We proudly serve Houston’s finest neighborhoods including:

River Oaks, Memorial, Tanglewood, and Bay Oaks.

Our Residential division specializes in the repainting of fine homes/estates. Our customers include countless residents of Houston’s finest neighborhoods, decorators, designers, residential and commercial property management companies, general contractors, architects, realtors, and building owners.

Call us today at 713-664-5150 for an estimate on your next project.

COMMERCIAL DIVISION

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Our Commercial Painting division participates in selective new construction, but is primarily focused on the repainting and maintenance of high end commercial facilities. Further, Spear Paint Contracting, Inc. is active in the restoration of condominium and town home properties, as well as high rise condominium buildings.

We proudly serve Houston’s finest establishments. Commercial services include interior and exterior painting of lofts, hi-rise buildings, historical buildings and more.

Call us today at 713-664-5150 for an estimate on your next project.

Spear Industrial Coatings

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Spear Industrial Coatings was founded in 1976 and has dedicated over 40 years to becoming a leader in the development and management of industrial coatings solutions. We specialize in high quality surface preparation and coatings for storage tanks and vessels, structural steel and industrial equipment. By providing services designed to prevent corrosion, we help clients avoid costly steel repair or replacement.

To assure quality services, our employees are certified in application, product usage, chemical safe handling, and proper surface preparation for maximum adhesion. The Spear team is committed to efficient operations and the highest level of safety standards.

Call us today at 432-606-4093 for an estimate on your next project.

Call us today for an estimate on your next project.