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Stain Colors for 2013 | The Best of Behr, Sherwin-Williams & Benjamin Moore

March 9, 2013

Many homeowners prefer stain to paint for the exterior of their house. A stain accentuates the texture of wood and highlights rough surfaces, as opposed to paint, which covers what some consider imperfections but others call character. If you plan to coat the exterior of your home with a stain this year, consider one of these 2013 standout siding colors from Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore.

Behr Exterior Stain Colors
Behr-Exterior-Stain-ColorsBehr offers three types of siding stain: transparent, semi-transparent and solid. A transparent stain allows you to keep the natural color, texture and grain of the wood, as does a semi-transparent stain. A solid stain reveals the texture but conceals the grain.

The company offers nine transparent colors of its Premium Wood Coatings from which to choose. The semi-transparent and solid versions come in 60 colors, ranging from the lighter Cape Cod Gray, Sage and Rose Beige to the darker Bordeaux, Cordovan Brown and Atlantic.

Sherwin-Williams Exterior Stain Colors
Sherwin-Williams also offers two levels of coverage with its siding stains: semi-transparent and solid. Its transparent stain, called toner by the company, suits decks better than houses.

Sherwin-Williams-Woodscapes-Exterior-Stain-ColorsSherwin-Williams has 48 colors in its solid stain offerings. Buckthorn and Pine Needle stand out among the greens, Sequoia and Cheyenne from the reds, and Kings Canyon and Woodland in the grays.

There are 24 semi-transparent colors available in its Woodscapes line, with Redwood and Chestnut at the darker end of the color range and White Birch and Blue Shadow at the lighter.

Benjamin Moore Exterior Stain Colors
Benjamin Moore offers the widest range of opacity, with five levels of coverage: natural/translucent, transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid. Such a range allows you to choose the exact amount of grain and texture shining through the coating.

Benjamin-Moore-Arborcoat-exterior-stainThe company offers six colors of the natural/translucent and transparent stains in its Arborcoat line. Natural, Redwood, Teak, Cedar, Mahogany and Silver Gray provide plenty of options for keeping the beauty of wood visible.

There are 75 of the semi-transparent and semi-solid stain colors, with Cougar Brown, New Pilgrim Red and Olympus Green standing out among the many offerings. Solid stains can be custom tinted with any of Benjamin Moore ’s seemingly countless number of available colors.

Getting Started
One factor to keep in mind if deciding between stain and paint is how long each product lasts. Stain requires more frequent application, with a solid stain lasting on average seven years and paint lasting about 25 years. That being said, the staining process takes much less time and effort, and therefore costs less, than painting.

The keys to getting the most years from your staining application are the quality of the product — Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore all are excellent — and the application itself. Using a professional painter provides the best results, allowing you to reduce the frequency with which you must restain your home.

A professional painter can also help you choose the level of weather proofing you require in a stain. He or she will know which products best suit the seasonal extremes in your area of the country.

Your professional painter will also help you finalize a color choice if new, as opposed to a reapplication of an existing color. He or she can remove the stain or paint currently on the exterior of your home in small areas and apply the new product, allowing you to see exactly what it will look like on your wood siding. You can even choose several options for comparison purposes. You might want to choose a side of your home not facing the street during this part of the project, though.

This post is a part of our 2013 Paint Colors and Trends Series.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Kids Room Decor: Fun Decoration and Paint Ideas for Boys & Girls

February 27, 2013

A kid’s room serves as a place to sleep, play and retreat from siblings and adults alike. At a certain age, parents let go of the colors they made and allow their son or daughter to take part in the creation of a new space. Find inspiration in these tips and examples if you are at that point.

Choose a Durable Paint for a Kid’s Room
Many paint companies offer “scrubbable” low-sheen finishes perfectly suited for a kid’s bedroom. They clean easily, allowing you not to worry about Crayon scribbles or marks left behind by a bouncing ball. You also can opt for using a faux finish, which better hides the result of play or can be touched up with the pat of a sponge.

Decide on a Paint Color Scheme Together
Instead of starting by hitting the paint store with your kid in tow, start downloading images of rooms you like. Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore all have examples of kid-friendly color schemes online. Check out these standout designs:

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Hello Pink! — If your daughter likes pink, you need not dread seeing all of the room’s walls covered in a cotton-candy hue. This example from Behr shows how you can cover an accent wall with a bright pink such as Kawaii, while leaving the rest in a white like Fuji Snow. This allows you to use the color as an element in the design scheme without overloading the room with it.

Benjamin-Moore-purple-Easter-egg-spring-lilac-springhill-greenPrincess Room — This kid’s bedroom by Benjamin Moore shows how a mural can create a theme within a kid’s room. This princess-inspired design scheme uses sherbet hues such as Purple Easter Egg, Spring Lilac and Springhill Green throughout, with a fairy tale castle serving as a headboard. Keep in mind a child’s age when going with a mural, though. A 5-year-old, for example, may love a princess theme for years to come, but a 9-year-old might find it too young when she hits her tweens. Same goes for boys and themes such as race cars and dinosaurs.

Sherwin-Williams-Hopsack-Chinese-Red-Cilantro-Needlepoint-NavyJunior Varsity — If your kid, whether a son or a daughter, lives for sports, paint also can contribute to a themed setting. In this example from Sherwin-Williams, Hopsack, Chinese Red, Pure White, Needlepoint Navy and Cilantro combine to create the perfect retreat for a young athlete. You also can incorporate your kid’s school colors into such a theme.

Show your son or daughter the photos and ask for input. This will allow you to see what colors and design elements are hits and which are misses. With “likes” in hand, you and your kid can visit the store for sample cards or even paint samples. Tape or apply samples to the bedroom’s walls and let your kid live with the colors for a while before making a decision together.

Pull It All Together With Furniture and Décor
Certain furniture can carry a child through to college thanks to paint. Simply pull a color from the palette chosen to use on beds, nightstands and nightstands. That same durability from the paint will be appreciated on the furniture, as well. Also take your color cards with you when shopping for bedding, rugs and other décor. Not all items need to match, but having color examples handy will help you keep all elements complementary.

Getting Professional Help
Not only does hiring a professional painter ensure the work will last for years, it can also further invest your kid in the design process. Being able to consult a professional on color choices and other elements will make your son or daughter feel even more in control of creating the bedroom of his or her dreams.

When you’re ready to paint your home—interior painting and/or exterior painting—be sure to contact your local ProTect Painters and click here for a free estimate.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Paint Color Combinations, Schemes and Ideas for 2013

February 21, 2013

One color for walls and another for ceiling and trim suits many homeowners. Others prefer to be a bit bolder. Leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore provide inspiration for more adventurous interior design on their websites. Let’s take a look at a few eye-catching color schemes from each.

Behr 2013 Paint Color Combinations

In its online galleries, Behr shows a variety of color combinations in room settings. Not only does this allow you to see the colors, but also interesting applications by design professionals. Color scheme standouts include:

Behr-Chic-SettingChic Setting — In this contemporary kitchen, the dusty pink of Delicate Bloom covers the walls, with a wide stripe of Radicchio serving as a visual-only wall divider. Polar Bear provides contrast on trim and doors.  The result: a crisp, clean and decidedly feminine kitchen that would suit just about any single gal.

Hip Hacienda — In this bedroom with interesting architectural features, Wild Violet covers the majority of wall space, but Carnation Bouquet makes a surprising appearance on recesses and within window frames. The result: a bedroom fit for a young world traveler.

A Modern Definition — The dark gray of Simple Silhouette coats the walls of this modern living room, which creates a design focal point by framing the fireplace in the rich teal of Grand Rapids and a pop of Ultra Pure White. The result: a casual yet refined room in which the paint color scheme serves as the artwork.

Sherwin-Williams 2013 Paint Color Combinations

Sherwin-Williams sponsored the annual HGTV Dream Home again in 2013. Designers looked to the natural sea surroundings of its location on Kiawah Island, just off the coast of South Carolina on Kiawah Island, for inspiration. Dozens of colors decorate the home, with all rooms using color combinations suitable for their use. Standouts include:

sw-hgtvdh013-kids-bedroomKids Bedroom — In this room, designers choose Watery and Extra White to create horizontal stripes from floor to ceiling. Furniture features paint from the same palette and contributes to the overall look. The result: a whimsical kids room with a definite by-the-sea feel.

Powder Room — Designers also employed the horizontal-stripe application in one of the dream home’s bathrooms. Curio Gray covers the walls with Dancing Green breaking in with thin stripes and on the cabinetry. Extra White on the window and accents matches the fixtures of the room. The result: a continuation of the laid-back yet sophisticated aesthetic seen throughout the home.

Benjamin Moore 2013 Paint Color Combinations

In its 2013 color trends report, Benjamin Moore shows one room with two interpretations of the same palette. Two homeowners might both like the color palette but appreciate one application and not the other. Color combination standouts include:

B.Moore-ArtisanArtisan Living Room — This color palette includes Pittsfield Buff, Silhouette, Monterey White, Sea Haze and Satchel. In the second interpretation, designers choose to cover the walls in three different colors. The yellow of Pittsfield Bluff frames the wide windows, with the gray of Sea Haze serving as a bridge to the darker Silhouette highlighting the architectural details of the fireplace. The result: an inviting living space that goes from light to dark while remaining perfectly balanced.

New Traditional Bedroom — This color palette includes Dusty Mauve, Seapearl, Baja Dunes, Golden Straw and Evening Dove. In the second interpretation, designers created visual interest on the ceiling and left the walls all one color. The geometric pattern on the ceiling uses Baja Dune and Seapearl to provide an artistic complement to the romantic Dusty Mauve on the walls. The result: a fresh interpretation of classic elegance.

If these ideas inspire you to be bolder with your paint choices, but you would like additional direction, consult your professional painter early in the process for expert advice.

This post is a part of our  2013 Paint Colors and Trends Series.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Paint Colors for Living Rooms 2013

February 11, 2013

Are you planning to repaint your living room in 2013? The new year brought a slate of fresh colors from top paint companies. Before deciding on a color, learn more about why the size of the room, as well as the mood you want to set, should factor into your choice. Then explore standout palettes from the Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore.

Living Room Paint Color Considerations

If you have a living room smaller or bigger than you would like, your choice of paint color can make a difference in its appearance. Select a light color to make the room seem larger. Pick a dark color to bring it to a cozier level. Next decide whether you want your living room to be warm and inviting or to have a more formal feel. For example, a warm beige helps sets a relaxing tone, and a cooler gray creates formality. In general, avoid intense colors. They simply don’t allow for relaxation. Also keep in mind whether you will keep existing furnishings and décor or start from scratch. If you plan on simply changing colors, you will need to choose colors that complement the pieces you already have.

2013 Living Room Paint Colors From Behr

Behr-Modern-DefinitionA Modern Definition — In this living room, the paint company uses the deep blue of Grand Rapids to make a bold statement that still allows for comfort and relaxation. The deep gray of Simple Silhouette pairs nicely on the adjacent walls, and Ultra Pure White makes trim and accents pop. The result: a modern living room that will still seem so for years to come.

Classic Cool Blue — Behr takes a lighter approach with the blues in this living room. The icy blue of Ionic Sky complements the deeper Bon Voyage. The result: a touch of formality that could be softened or made even more elegant depending on the furniture and décor choices.

2013 Living Room Paint Colors From Sherwin-Williams

SW-HGTV-2013-living-roomEach year, Sherwin-Williams partners with HGTV to create a dream home. This year, the setting of Kiawah Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, inspired the paint choices both inside and out. The natural sea surroundings make their way inside the home, into every room.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Coastal Cool Collection — In the living room, Extra White and the green Hearts of Palm invite in the beautiful surroundings, subtly complementing the view instead of competing with it. The result: an “I’m on vacation” vibe that welcomes all.

2013 Living Room Paint Colors From Benjamin Moore

B.Moore-ArtisanArtisan — In its color trends report for this year, the paint company interpreted each room in the house twice using the same color palette. It describes Artisan as a “rich and inviting palette evocative of treasured antiques, eclectic finds and distant journeys.” In the first interpretation, the rich earth tones of Satchel cover the ceiling, meeting the blue-gray of Sea Haze on the walls. Monterey White coats the trim and other accents. In the second interpretation, the deep gray of Silhouette on accent walls highlight the architectural details of the fireplace. The subtle yellow of Pittsfield Bluff balances the darker color. Again, Monterey White coats the trim and other accents. The result of both applications: an ambience that exudes warmth and comfort.

Once you decide on a few favorites, whether from the above or your own explorations, bring your professional painter into the project. He or she can advise you on the best colors for the style of your home as well as the mood you want to create. Your painter also can apply samples throughout the living room so you can see how light affects it throughout the day and night.

This post is a part of our  2013 Paint Colors and Trends Series.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

What the Color of Your House Says About You

February 7, 2013

When you are painting your home and picking out color swatches, remember that there is more to a color than tints and hues; it can speak to your personality. Many times we are attracted to colors not because of their appearance, but because of how they make us feel. Here are some popular exterior colors and what they say about you as an individual.

Orange

A person with orange on her home’s exterior is generally a balanced individual who is happy, loyal and tends to go-with-the-flow.

Red

A red home embodies a dominant personality who is not afraid to take risks. This person is energetic, passionate, courageous and bold.

Green

Found throughout nature, green translates to a very grounded and logical person who rarely passes judgments and is loyal and trustworthy.

Yellow

Cheerful and charming, yellow homes are gaining popularity. The hue is magnetic and displays confidence, intelligence, creativity and the ability to lead.

Blue

Blue homes are also commonly found throughout the country, and are tied together with traits of optimism, patience and devotion. The owner of a blue home tends to be more flexible and idealistic.

Violet & Indigo

These two colors go together in more ways than one as their owners tend to be sensitive and sentimental as well as impulsive and intense. Violet and indigo are very strong colors and the homeowners share ambitious traits and are wise and thoughtful.

The professional home painters at your local ProTect Painters are experts in providing you with the highest-quality and longest-lasting exterior painting projects. Throughout their years of experience they have seen countless exterior painting color trends and are well aware of all the painting secrets to give you the best results. Request a painting estimate online today.

Painting Contractors | Choosing a Quality House Painter

February 5, 2013

Repainting your house, whether the interior or exterior, requires you to invest both time and money. To get the most for both, hire a painting contractor who will handle the job professionally from start to finish. Look for the following four values in any house painter you seriously consider for the project.

1. Provides Professional Bid Process With Detailed Written Estimates

When you inquire with a painting contractor, he or she should schedule an appointment at your home in a timely manner. The professional painter should inspect the areas to be painted during the appointment to determine the amount of prep work that will be required. Before leaving, he or she should provide a date by which you will receive a written estimate for the job if not providing it on-site. If you do not receive it by that date, move on to the next name on your list; if the painting contractor cannot meet this first deadline, imagine how long the actual work will take. For more information on what to expect in a written estimate from a professional painter, read this article.

2. Performs Thorough Prep Work

exterior-house-painters-prepNo matter how professional the application or high quality the products, incomplete prep work will shorten the lifespan of a paint job. Request that all prep work be detailed in the written estimate to see how seriously the painting contractor takes this important area of the project. The estimate should tell you if he or she plans to clean surfaces, such as power-washing the exterior of the home, whether or not existing paint or other coverings will be removed, and if any repair must be done. Also look for info regarding protection of other surfaces and landscaping, in the case of an exterior painting job.

3. Uses High-Quality Products

Ask any professional painter you seriously consider which products he or she prefers. ProTect Painters, for example, has relationships with leading paint manufacturers such as Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore. We also use other high-quality products when requested by customers. If a customer requests use of a product that simply won’t provide the expected results, we work to find a suitable solution that will meet everyone’s expectations.

4. Performs Inspections

ProTect Painters Estimating TeamExpect to see inspections as line items in the written estimate from the painting contractor. During the first inspection, he or she will perform a complete and thorough walk through the house or around it, at which time any areas requiring touchup or cleanup will be determined and noted. At the last inspection, you will confirm that the job has been completed to your satisfaction.

In addition to expect a painting contractor to have the above four values, also look for proof of full insurance. It should cover not only the company’s employees, but also damage to your home as a result of their actions. Warranties are another area to inquire about, as they are available for certain projects.

For more information about ProTect Painters’ core values as a company, please visit the frequently asked questions area of our website. There, you will find details about how we handle the bid process and how quickly we typically begin work, as well as details about our application process and the products we use.

As mentioned above, painting the interior or exterior of your home requires an investment of time and money on your part. Choosing a quality painting contractor ensures that you get a professional paint job that will last for years to come. We have many repeat customers at ProTect Painters because we provide exactly that along with exceptional customer service that will leave you more than satisfied with our work.

The professional house painters at your local ProTect Painters have years of experience working with the latest color trends in the industry as well as providing you with the longest-lasting and highest-quality results. Find your local home painter and register for your free painting quote online today.

Paint Colors for Bedrooms 2013

January 29, 2013

Which colors best cover bedroom walls? Well, that depends on which paint company you ask. Let’s take a look at some of the standout 2013 offerings from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Behr.

Benjamin Moore Bedroom Paint Colors

Shades of blue prove calming in the bedroom, as does pink with its ability to bring about tranquility. Benjamin Moore introduced a color collection for 2013 that lets each of these colors take the lead.

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New Traditional Dusty Mauve, Seapearl, Baja Dunes, Golden Straw and Evening Dove make up this palette. The paint company presents two different applications of the colors on its website. In the first, navy Evening Dove provides a classic and crisp backdrop for light-colored furniture, with Baja Dunes and Seapearl softening the darker color on the ceiling and trim, respectively.

In the second bedroom, Dusty Mauve covers the walls with romantic coral, while Baja Dunes and Seapearl also complement light-colored furniture from the ceiling and trim, respectively.

Sherwin-Williams Bedroom Paint Colors

The paint company prefers to show its colors in interpretive collections, as opposed to in-room settings. This year brings four different offerings, each of which could work in a particular style of bedroom.

SW-Midnight-MysteryMidnight MysteryRare Gray, Outerspace, Rustic Red, Chamois, Mink, Roycroft Bottle Green, Loyal Blue, Rookwood Dark Red, Olde World Gold and Plum Brown make up this color collection that leans toward the moody and masculine. It also combines both futuristic and Victorian influences to create an unusual Steampunkish aesthetic. The application of colors in this collection would bring about a haunting, romantic effect, which the more theatrical types might find relaxing in a bedroom setting.

Honed VitalitySilver Strand, Mountain Stream, Herbal Wash, Safari, Smokey Topaz, Unusual Gray, Poolhouse, Roycroft Suede, Wickerwork and Spiced Cider come together in this color collection, which will attract those who invite nature into the bedroom for relaxation. The collection draws from the layered hues of mineral deposits, sea-buffed stones and weathered shutters of a rustic farmhouse to comfort and rejuvenate.

Vintage MoxieRosy Outlook, Bathe Blue, Aloe, Awesome Violet, Radiant Lilac, Rosedust, Gauzy White, Darkroom, Independent Gold and Obi Lilac make this a color collection with a decidedly feminine spin. That being said, a bold female would be drawn toward colors such as these in her bedroom. The pastels have a greater punch and feel more modern than those embraced by generations past.

High Voltage Gladiola, Black Magic, Extra White, Electric Lime, Calypso, Feverish Pink, Exuberant Pink, Dovetail, Eye Catching and Frank Blue come together in another modern collection from the paint company. These colors evoke electronics, alternative rock and digital technology for a look-at-me feel for a high-energy person. The blues and whites would be the best for a bedroom that allowed for sleep after a late night with the band.

Behr Bedroom Paint Colors

Behr shows its 2013 colors collections by family and in-room settings, allowing you to gravitate toward colors you like while also seeing getting guidance for a bedroom application.

Behr-Clear-Violet-VisionClear Violet Vision — Palace PurpleNavajo White and Timeless Lilac can create a relaxing yet modern space perfect for both men and women. The purple color family also brings about rest and relaxation in the medium and lighter hues.

Pink PersuasionLilac Tan, Hot Pink, Honey Moth and Ultra Pure White combine to create a tranquil setting for sleep. Shown as a soft backdrop for white furniture and décor, this collection would suit women of many ages.

Before committing to an entire color collection, have your professional painter apply your top choices as samples in your bedroom. That way, you can see how you like the different colors both in the light of day and at night before going to bed. When you’re ready to paint your home—interior painting and/or exterior painting—be sure to contact your local ProTect Painters and click here for a free estimate.

This post is a part of our  2013 Paint Colors and Trends Series.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

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