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Generations of Color

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 12:56 am

Here’s a very interesting article from Sherwin-Williams regarding generational paint color choices:

Generations of Color

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Choosing appropriate colors for the right audience is an important part of the equation. While color preference is often highly personal, research has made it possible for color experts to make general observations about the color preferences of the major demographic age groups.

Here is a look at the four major age demographic groups and their color preferences:

The Mature Market

The colors that surround people have a profound effect on mood and well-being. Individuals over 65 compose the Mature Market, and because they may be retired or less active, they often spend a great deal of time indoors.

To meet the needs of the Mature Market, it’s important to seek out color combinations that are functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Instead of muddy colors like khaki, fresh and cheerful ones such as buttery yellows, clear blues, fresh pinks and warm whites are preferred.

Don’t avoid all greens, though. Studies show that people report less stomach upset when surrounded with lush foliage colors even while under stress. For the Mature Market, cleaner hues of green jade, for instance, are preferable to avocado.

The Baby Boomers

Leave it to the Baby Boomers — the 76 million people born between 1945 and 1964 — to seek self-expression and spirituality from their color choices. For Baby Boomers, home is a sanctuary, a place for artistic expression and relaxation as well as inspiration. Baby Boomers are drawn to soothing colors that cool and refresh the spirit: sky blue azures, cleansing blues enhanced with purple tones, and intense, iridescent blues with the slightest tinge of green.

Favorite neutrals are chameleon shades that take on the undertones of colors around them. These could be grays married with plum or green, or perhaps yellow-green undertones that bridge the gap from gray to beige.

Generation X

Generation Xers — those born between 1964 and 1980 — are old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, but have primarily lived in a global economy. So it’s not surprising, as they experiment with styles from around the world, that Gen-Xers show strong acceptance of the global color palette.

For this age group, popular colors include violet and indigo hues, or exotic greens from the Australian landscape. Asian reds also add drama to neutral spaces awash in contrasting textures.

Generation Next

For teenagers, cool sophistication is the design goal. Faux finishes can be useful in teen rooms to hide a multitude of sins and add drama and sophistication to the décor. Children delight in rich, tropical hues and neon-like colors, especially green, yellow and purple. Sports team colors and flower garden shades are always popular for children’s spaces, as are murals and other whimsical color and decorating ideas.

There has even been research on the visual preferences of babies. High-contrast colors and simple patterns that encourage scanning, focusing, orienting and pattern recognition are not only favorites, but also help to stimulate physical and cognitive development. Studies indicate that reds and blues are the colors preferred by infants.

Though reactions to color are psychologically and culturally induced to some degree, age does make a difference in how people respond to color. That’s one reason why color preferences change over time as people move through the life cycle.

TWO VERY IMPORTANT TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT PAINT JOB!

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 12:51 am
  • Tip#1: Don’t mix up the tops to paint cans – be careful because some colors can appear to be the same.

  • Tip# 2: Paint colors affect your mood, so choose carefully!

How Many Coats Does it Take?

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 12:43 am

Another Q&A:

QUESTION:
When painting an exterior door, the more paint you paint on will make it darker?
I am painting an exterior metal door the color clay pot. I am wondering if the more coats I paint on it will the color get darker. I have painted two coats on it already!
ANSWER:
On exterior metal, you should use a bonding primer first since the paint may not stick well or adhere appropriately.

The color should be what is advertised – it does not matter how many coats you apply. However, if it is a deep base color you are using you may need several coats to cover the door properly.

Ask your paint store for the bonding primer and if the color you are using is considered deep base.

If you need any other help, you can ask me any questions you’d like for free by going to my blog at blog.ezpaintinginc.com and clicking on “Ask Mike”.

Sincerely,
Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.

Paint Types & Where to Use Them

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

High Gloss (70+ on a 60 degree gloss meter)

  • Where to Use – For kitchen & bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, banisters & railings, trim, furniture, door jambs & windowsills. Comments – More durable, stain resistant & easier to wash. However, the higher the gloss, the more likely surface imperfections will be noticed.

Semigloss (35 to 70 on a 60 degree gloss meter)

  • Where to Use – For kitchen & bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork & trim. Comments – More stain-resistant & easier to clean than flat paints. Better than flat for high-traffic areas.

Satin or Silk (Range overlapping eggshell & semigloss) – Similar characteristics to Semigloss & Eggshell.

Eggshell (20 to 30 on a 60 degree gloss meter)

  • Where to Use – Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms & playrooms. Can be used in place of semigloss paints on trim for a less shiny appearance.Comments – It resists stains better than flat paint & gives a more lustrous appearance.

Flat (less than 15 on a 60 degree gloss meter)

  • Where to Use – For general use on walls & ceilings. Comments – Hides surface imperfections. Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, nonreflecting appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas.

Matte Same characteristics as Flat.

Contact E-Z Painting for more information at 1-800-935-9520.

Painting Over Markings

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Another ‘Ask Mike’ question:

Question

okay, so when I was 12 me and my friends thought it would be a great idea to have some fun with some sharpies on my painted walls. im sick and tired of looking at the ginormous cartoon dinosaur over and over again each morning. I know we have the same paint we used somewhere in our garage or something…if I paint over the marker will it be noticeable? it will be the same exact color the walls are now…

Answer

Yes, it probably will be noticeable. You have to apply a stain blocker over the markings first and then paint. Note: you may need two applications of the stain blocker to fully cover the markings. It is a great idea to have the stain blocker tinted to the finish color so once you apply the paint, you may only need one coat of paint. Sherwin-Williams or your local paint store will have the stain blockers you need. Let me know if you need anything else.

Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
1-800-935-9520
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com

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In This Economy, Beware of the Predatory Contractor!

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Since the economy went bad there are more people out there doing jobs they are not qualified for. One of these jobs is painting. Hey listen, everyone thinks they can paint so, they decide to go into business for themselves and make some good money, especially in the summer. I understand this desire, this go-getter mentality, after all, that’s what this country was founded on. But, you as the homeowner, need to beware of these people. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to go to a homeowners house to repair damaged walls, remove paint from carpets and tile and just do overall “clean up” and finish painting behind these handyman types or self-created painting contractors. Not only will you be extremely frustrated but you could end up with damaged furniture, unfinished work or just a generally sloppy job! You will also have to pay another contractor to come out and do it right or do it yourself.


So, before you hire Joe Schmoe, ask him/her for references, make sure (s)he has a well-written website, ask for pictures of his/her work and require them to provide their licensing and insurance information. After all, who will pay to replace your paint-soaked couch if this person has no insurance?


Mike

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Color Matching: Not an Exact Science

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

It is hard to color match old paint especially if you don’t know the exact brand and color of the old paint.

The first thing you should do is peel or scrape off a piece of the wall and take it to a retailer like Sherwin-Williams. They usually do a good job at color matching.

If you succeed at getting a good color match, make sure you use a primer. Just have the primer tinted to the paint color for maximum coverage – apply one coat of the primer and one coat of the paint.

Not only will you now have the right color on the walls, you will also have a primer coat and a finish coat on the walls.

Good luck on your paint project!

How to Choose Paint Colors-Wisely!

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

IA_colorsamples003_197x117The paint color you choose is paramount when it comes to creating a mood or making a first impression. Color has the power to change mood, the shape and size of furnishings, and the shape and size of the room itself. When selecting keep in mind the psychological value behind the color.

Yellow communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms when you want a color to energize and uplift. But yellow is not a good choice as the main color scheme of a room. People are more likely to lose their tempers in a yellow room, and babies tend to cry more in a room this color.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools down things; in a family room or living room it encourages unwinding, but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.
Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine.

For color wheels visit sherwin-williams.com or benjaminmoore.com. These sites will truly help you make smart color choices.

-Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com