Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Painting tips useful to Architects as well.

25 Things to Know About Paint

25 great pieces of advice for painting project in your home, from buying paint brushes to choosing colors

Brush up on painting, the easiest, most economical way to change your home's look and feel, both inside and out.
1. Inside or out, it's smart to try out colors before painting. Buy a quart, paint it onto cardboard, and hang it on the wall to see how it looks with its surroundings and in various lighting situations. Test decorative finishes the same way.
2. A home's setting should affect color choices. Shady areas make colors appear darker; lively colors can be too bright in well-lit areas. To play down a two-story home among single-story houses, paint the upper half or dormers a darker hue.
3. Painting in cool weather? Use low-temperature exterior paint, which can tolerate temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit within 24—48 hours of painting. Most paints handle temperatures only as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. The right paint brush is as critical to a good paint job as quality paint. For oil-base paint, China bristle paint brushes, which leave few brush marks, are a good choice, but the bristles might break when used on rough surfaces. For acrylics and high-quality latex paints, nylon paint brushes are best. Nylon-polyester blends and 100-percent-polyester brushes work with any paint. Expect to spend at least $9 for a quality 3-inch paint brush.
5. For the best paint application, select a roller cover with the appropriate nap size. In general, the rougher the surface, the longer the nap required.
6. Front doors, the center of onlookers' attention, deserve special thought. In general, doors with high-gloss paint finishes look dramatic and punchy, while those with natural wood finishes are welcoming and warm.
7. When stored properly, a can of paint lasts three to five years. Store paint between 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid placing cans on concrete floors, where they rust more quickly. Write on the can or a piece of tape to indicate the color of the paint, date of purchase, and how much paint remains in the can.


Hello everyone,

These are a couple of "Color Articles" that I discovered that may help those of you whom are color challenged out there even if you are a design professional, Architect, Engineer, Interior designer, etc... I found them interesting and useful, and perhaps a bit conservative but they are just basic rule of thumb sort of ideas on Color.

There is no substitute for hiring a professional for these kinds of services, but this is certainly a good start for most people that have no idea as to what or where to begin.

Enjoy and perhaps you  can give some feedback on this for I do enjoy hearing from all of you.



Maybe change your colors if your mood does not suit you! Architectural drama

Color Affects Mood

Color works magic by communicating with our emotions. Color inspires, energizes, soothes, and enlivens. See how switching from a warm color scheme to a cool one changes the mood of a living room.
  • Warm Color Scheme

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Warm Color Scheme
The sun-drenched shades of red, yellow, and orange are warm, cheery, and intimate. Because warm colors seem to advance, they make small rooms appear smaller and large rooms more cozy.
This living room with coral-colored walls invites you to snuggle in with your favorite novel. Layering on neutral shades -- such as those found in the sofa fabric, the white-washed table, and the iron lamp -- helps balance and calm the intensity or brightness of the wall.
Note how the warm coral shade blends the tabletop accessories as a unit by softening their outlines, rather than defining each one separately.
Click below to see the same setting using a cool color scheme.

Cool Color Scheme

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Cool Color Scheme
Nature's fresh, spring shades of blue, green, and purple are known as cool colors. These serene hues calm and soothe and appear to recede, making a room seem larger. Of all hues,green is considered the most neutral color in terms of temperature.
Because these tones can make a room feel colder, these colors make sense for a sunny room where the brightness needs to be held in check. Against the green backdrop, the tabletop accessories stand out as individual elements because cool colors reinforce their outlines.

Color picking...An Architect controls the color palette.

Here is an article that might get some interesting ideas on colors for spaces. Useful for Architects

Establishing a Color Scheme

Picking new colors for a room can be difficult because it's hard to know where to start. You can begin color selection by taking two steps: Determine the mood of the room, then decide whether you want the walls to grab attention or just serve as a backdrop for the rest of the room.
Choose a mood
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Colors generate emotions; language is full of pertinent examples. People are said to be green with envy or they feel blue after suffering a disappointment. Colors have a psychological impact, so one of your first choices should be to choose colors that will help establish the mood you want for a room.
Red is bold and energetic -- perfect for a room designated for activity, such as a family room or recreation space. It draws the eye toward it and makes an excellent accent.
Blue and green are passive and restful, quiet and receding, formal and fresh. Above all, they're easy on the eyes, especially in lighter tints. That makes them a good choice for rooms, like bedrooms, designed for relaxation and sleep.
Yellow and orange are warm and cheerful. They can bring the feeling of sunshine to a space, especially a room that is shaded or has small window areas. Remember that these descriptions are general and your choices will seldom be limited to the pure hues of any color. You will more likely think about ranges of colors that could establish the kind of atmosphere you want for the room.
Focal points or backdrops?
Walls are a good place to start color selection because they are the largest area in a room. They can be the dominant design element or serve as a backdrop for the rest of the room. The choice will affect other decorating decisions.
If you want focal-point walls, pick their color first, then design the room around it. The "emotions" of a color are important, but also consider the size of the room and how much light it receives. Light colors are generally best in a dimly lit room, and dark tones work well in a well-lighted room. To make it easy, choose your favorite color and build a theme around it with contrasts, complements, and variations of intensity.
For backdrop walls, select the other major decorative elements first, including rugs and furniture. Then select a wall color that balances and complements these colors and lets them take center stage. It's a lot easier to match a paint color to a rug or carpet than to find a carpet that matches a particular paint color. A good place to start is with a tint or shade of another color in the room or a complement of the dominant color.
Living with colors you love
If you have trouble deciding where to start when selecting colors, there's a simple solution -- pick a color you love as a starting point.
Selecting a favorite color is the least complicated method for choosing colors for a decorating project. You can pick almost anything -- a pillow, a painting, a comfortable chair, a piece of clothing -- with colors that are attractive to you.
You don't need to give it a lot of thought: Why the object appeals to you really doesn't matter. What matters is that there's something about its color that you like or that makes you feel good.
Finding this favorite color makes the rest of your color selection easier because it gives you a reference point on the color wheel. From there you can consider the combinations. The color scheme you create this way will truly reflect your taste and not someone else's.
Select color chips that fit into the scheme at your home center. Or use any of the paint manufacturers' websites that feature digital color selection aids.
You can then use the colors in your palette throughout the house as you select paint colors, furnishings, and accessories.
Making connections
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While it's important to create unities of style within each room, each room should feel like it's part of a consistent design throughout the house. Color is an effective tool for connecting rooms, especially in open-space floor plans.
For example, painting the molding throughout an open-space home the same color ties adjacent spaces together, while their different floor and wall coverings maintain the individuality of each room. Employing the same technique with built-in bookcases and cabinets in different rooms integrates the rooms, even though they are used for entirely different functions. Another way to achieve a cohesive design is to use different amounts of the same tone in different rooms or vary the tones of one color. Even though each tone is different, the fact that they originate from the same base will create a subtle unity -- a definite, even if unconscious, effect.
Quick solutions with color
If you get stuck on the road to developing your color scheme, some simple steps may help get you going again.
Consider active colors such as yellow, orange, and red for rooms designated for social or entertainment activities. Yellows can jump-start your creativity, which is good for home offices and kitchens. Passive colors, members of the cool collection -- blue, green, and purple -- go where rest and rejuvenation are important, in bathrooms and bedrooms. Neutral colors bridge other colors. Dark neutrals tone them down, while whites make them stronger.
Monochromatic color schemes create a calm, unruffled appearance. And they're easy to create; all you have to do is to come up with variants of the same color that mix pleasingly with one another. You'll need some contrast, but use it carefully. Different textures and fabric patterns can work as accents too.
Although the range of colors is endless, you need only two or three, with one of those an accent color that is used sparingly. If you're working with a monochromatic arrangement with three tones, try a really dark variation for the accent. For a complementary scheme, pick an accent from the opposite side of the color wheel. And if you've decided to paint the walls as a backdrop, select an accent color that goes with the furnishings.
On the other hand, if you're painting with completely different colors, you risk the possibility of jarring contrasts. To protect yourself from this color shock, use colors of the same intensity. Most colors will work well together when they have the same or similar values.
What about white?
This all-time favorite has some drawbacks. First, manufacturers make an astounding array of whites, all different from one another. Some have noticeable color casts; make sure the one you've chosen goes with the other colors in the room.
Second, almost any white can dramatically alter the way other nearby colors look, a consequence you may not discover until after the paint has dried. Avoid this pitfall by using test boards for all your colors.