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Painted Ladies: Victorian houses painted in three or more colors in San Francisco

Unlike interior painting, where monochromatic (one-color) paint schemes are commonplace, exterior painting is typically most interesting when it involves several colors.

Why the difference between interior and exterior painting?

For one thing, interior wall colors get a visual assist from home furnishings.  The furniture, fabric, artwork, and bric-a-brac that are present in a room satisfy the eye?s need for color variety.  A solitary color looks perfectly natural playing second fiddle to this symphony of hues.

Another reason a single paint color can carry the day indoors:  The space involved is ? relatively speaking ? small, at least when compared to a home?s exterior.  The eye can?t possibly tire of a color that makes such a limited appearance.

By way of contrast, exterior paint colors are applied to very large wall surfaces.  A home painted in a single color would look. . .well, boring, without the accompaniment of one or more additional colors.

When painting the outside of their home, most homeowners instinctively recognize the need to create an exterior color scheme using multiple paint colors.  Commonly, they will choose at least three or four paint colors ? one for the siding or wall surface, a contrasting color for the trim, and an additional color or two for smaller architectural features such as shutters and doors (the front door often having its own unique color treatment).

Owners of Victorian homes, or other highly ornate houses, may choose color schemes that employ even more colors.  Up to six colors or more can sometimes be seen on these homes.  And they are often used to good effect to highlight architectural details that might otherwise escape our attention.

Of course, the more complex the color scheme, the more artistic talent it can take to pull together an aesthetically-pleasing look.  But there are ways to simplify the process.

The easiest, most risk-free, way to choose an exterior color scheme is simply to mimic the look of homes that you find attractive.  To do that, you can look around your own neighborhood or drive through nearby communities where the style of houses resembles your own home.

There are also many excellent books on home painting that can steer you in the right direction.  These are often written by color experts who can offer valuable advice on color schemes.  What?s more, some of the books include images of attractively-painted homes that can serve as templates for your own home painting.

Free literature provided by paint companies can be a great source of inspiration.  Visit your local paint retailer or decorating center and you?ll likely find some terrific guides on color schemes.  Many paint companies pay top dollar to colorists who pick out palettes that are visually pleasing.  Why not take advantage of this resource?

If you?re using a contractor to do your painting, you might ask for his or her opinion, particularly if you are confident of your contractor?s color sense.   Other than you, who has more at stake in the final appearance of the job?

For the vast majority of homeowners, following all, or even a few, of these suggestions should provide more than enough help when selecting an exterior color scheme.  But if you are the owner of a Victorian home who wants to employ a highly complex color combination involving five or more paint colors, you may want to go a step further and hire your own color specialist.  If you do so, be sure to choose someone with experience in your particular style of architecture.

And regardless of the way that you go about selecting your new exterior color scheme, be sure to use a top quality 100% acrylic latex paint for the best results.  These paints are especially durable and color-fast, so they?ll help protect your home and keep your attractive new color scheme looking freshly-painted for a long, long time.

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white wall

Artists and scientists continue to debate whether white is a color, but when it comes to home painting, there?s little doubt that it is one of the most versatile design and decorating options.

Classic bright whites are an important part of the exterior paint palette, perfect for use on everything from picket fences to porticoes.  And clean-looking bright white is de rigueur on courthouses and other public buildings.

But it?s inside the home that white comes into full bloom, design-wise.

To begin with, white is not just a single ?color?.  Many paint manufactures offer an entire white paint palette with dozens, even scores, of variations to choose from.

Often, these white paints are infused with hints of other colors to provide depth and style.  Some of these modified whites evoke nature?s own colors that appear in things like sand or seashells.  Other times, the whites have a hint of something unexpected ? a touch of pink, beige, or grey, for example, each of which can be employed by the skilful designer to create a special mood in a room.

When incorporating a white paint into your home decor, it?s useful to consider whether the paint has an underlying tint that can help unify your color scheme.  As an example, if the room you are painting has blue furnishings or accents, think about using not just a pure white paint, but rather, one that contains a touch of blue.  The subtle shift in color can make a big difference in the appearance of your walls.

Sometimes, the trace of color in a white paint is either hard to detect, or difficult to identify.  If you are in doubt about which white to use, ask the paint salesperson for assistance.  He or she can tell you which pigments are present in the paint, and that, in turn, will help you make the right color choice.

Over and above color, white paint pattern can also be used to create visual interest in an interior color scheme.

White-on-white striping, for example, can be very elegant, especially in formal areas like dining rooms, living rooms, and entranceways.  The key is selecting two variations of white that resemble each other, but are just different enough to inform the eye that there is something interesting about the walls.

Likewise, white-on-white color blocking in a checkerboard pattern can add texture to walls.  Visually interesting results can be had with large blocks of color (12? by 12?, for example) or very small blocks measuring only a few inches square.  As a general rule, the smaller the blocks, the more textured a wall will look, but be forewarned, applying very small blocks of color requires patience.

So, the next time you consider using white paint, don?t dismiss it as merely a safe choice.  Approach it as one with enormous potential.   White can be one of the most interesting colors to work with.  All that?s needed is a little knowledge and a lot of imagination!

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color-washed wall

Interior painting typically involves the application of solid paint color to walls and woodwork.  But there?s a parallel painting universe where so-called ?broken? or dappled color is used to beautify interior spaces.

Here, home improvement enters the realm of artistic expression ? a place where decorative painting techniques like sponging, rag-rolling, and stippling reside.  And while there are many such techniques, they have something in common:  Virtually all use glazes and washes to make solid color. . .variegated!

Both glazes and washes are actually modified paints that impart a textured look to the painted surface.  But they are very different in their makeup and the way they manipulate color.

Glazes, which are made of oil-based paint mixed with linseed oil, turpentine and varnish, are more transparent than washes.  They are used to provide both mottling and a luxurious glow to walls and other surfaces.

Washes, which are simply latex paints that have been thinned with water, produce color that looks fresher and more delicately textured.  The beauty of washes is owing to the fact that they readily show brush marks and color variation ? ironically, characteristics that are most undesirable when doing ordinary interior painting.

Depending upon their hue and intensity, as well as the extent to which they are thinned, both glazes and washes can be used to soften or enrich color.  What?s more, they can even be used to significantly alter the color of the base coat of paint (the standard starting point in most decorative painting).

To decide whether to use a glaze or a wash on a particular project, it?s important to consider not only the visual effect you want to achieve, but also the complexity of the application.

Glazes are especially useful where the decorative technique requires a lot of manipulation.  That?s because oil-based coatings dry more slowly, so they afford more ?open time? to work your artistic magic on the color.

Washes ? in addition to their exquisite appearance ? have many practical advantages:  They are easier to make, modify, and clean up after.  For these reasons, do-it-yourselfers usually favor washes over glazes when doing decorative painting.

Regardless of whether you use a glaze or a wash for your next decorative interior painting project, you?ll appreciate the beautiful effect either will have on your budget:  Compared to wall-coverings that have a similar appearance, decorative painting is a relative bargain.  And that?s something you can bank on!

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Garage Doors

Most homeowners keep their front door freshly painted to make the best possible first impression on visitors and guests.  But many of us totally neglect the appearance of our second entranceway ? which, oftentimes, is not the back door, but the garage!

It?s easy to undervalue the aesthetic importance of the garage.  Part carport, part storage shed, part work area, the garage serves many purposes.  Yet, it?s also a convenient way to bring guests into the home.  And even if you consider the garage off-limits to visitors, shouldn?t you and your family pass through a pleasant environment as you transition from the harsh outside world into the comfort of your home?

Homeowners aren?t the only ones who give short shrift to the painted appearance of the garage.  It?s often the last area that builders spray-paint when they complete a house, and at that point, careful craftsmanship isn?t commonplace.  That?s assuming the garage is painted at all ? sometimes the walls are left as unpainted sheetrock.

If your garage isn?t up to snuff, think about upgrading it with a fresh coat of paint.  But be sure it?s the right kind of paint.

Unlike the interior or exterior of your home, the garage is something of a hybrid:  not directly exposed to rain or snow, but typically not temperature-controlled.  As a result, the walls and woodwork may expand or contract considerably in extremely hot or extremely cold weather.  For this reason, it?s important to choose paint with excellent adhesion characteristics.  Top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint fits the bill.

Formulated with superior acrylic binder, these paints will tightly grip onto a properly prepared surface. . .and they?ll continue to adhere well with the normal changes in temperature and humidity that you?d expect in a garage.

Assuming that your garage is like most, the walls and woodwork will be more than a little soiled from accumulated dust, dirt, exhaust fumes, grease, grime, fingerprints, paw-prints, and who knows what else.  Make sure you remove these contaminants by thoroughly cleaning these surfaces before you apply any coating ? primer or paint.

If stubborn stains can?t be removed from the walls and woodwork, you may have to apply a stain-blocking primer before painting in order to conceal them.  Even if you don?t have stubborn stains, a quality drywall primer will help give freshly-painted walls a more uniform appearance, especially if they are unpainted sheetrock.

One final tip on garage-painting:  Think about using paint with higher sheen in order to simplify maintenance on your new paint job.  If your walls and woodwork are in relatively good shape, a semi-gloss sheen will offer good stain resistance and ease of cleaning.  But higher sheen levels also highlight surface imperfections, and garage walls and woodwork are famous for dents, dings, and sloppy joints in the drywall.  If that describes your garage, eggshell, satin, or low-lustre paints are a good compromise:  better stain resistance than flat paint, without calling unwanted attention to surfaces that are uneven or banged up.

With your new paint job in place, your second entranceway will be far more welcoming, whether you use it for friends and family, or just for yourself.

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painted ceiling

When redoing a room, don?t fail to consider how your fifth wall ? the ceiling ? can help enhance and beautify the space.  In the right circumstances, adding color to the ceiling can make a big difference in the appearance, ambience, and character of a room.

The lightness or darkness of the ceiling color can create an illusion that the height of the room is higher or lower than its real dimensions.  That?s one reason many people opt for a white or very light-colored ceiling.  More often than not, a ceiling is regarded as too low, especially in older homes.  And a squat room can feel claustrophobic.  Hence, the common use of a light ceiling color.

At the other end of the ceiling spectrum, many newer homes have one or more cathedral ceilings in the foyer, living room, great room, master bedroom, or bath.  While a white or very light-colored ceiling can create an aura of luxury in the entranceway, a vast overhead can make other rooms seem cold.  Painting a cathedral ceiling in a living room or bathroom in a warm color like soft yellow, gold, or light cinnamon can provide welcome intimacy to an area that would otherwise be just raw expanse.

Rooms with ?ordinary? ceilings of standard height can also be enhanced with a little ceiling color.  (?Little? being the operative word, since subtle color typically works best on the fifth wall.)  If your walls are painted in a mid-tone, consider treating your ceiling in the very lightest tint that appears on the same color card.  You?ll be surprised how this can pull a color scheme together.

If you break away from the wall color, proceed with caution when painting the ceiling.  You?ll generally do best with very soft pastel hues ? extremely pale blue (almost blue-tinted white) works well in many rooms, but not with every wall color.

The exception to this general rule occurs with homes that are either very old or very new.  They may offer special opportunities to those who are willing to paint the fifth wall.

beautiful ceiling design Vintage or historic homes often have irregularly shaped ceilings, particularly on second stories, where bedrooms and bathrooms sometimes track the profile of the roofline.  Contemporary architecture, on the other hand, often intentionally incorporates dramatic, angular ceilings.

If you are living in a home that is endowed with such ceiling features, don?t shrink away from them.  Play up your home?s unique ceilings with paint color!  These are the kind of spaces that scream for innovative color treatment.

The great variety of unexpected ceiling shapes and dimensions makes it difficult to suggest general rules on color treatment.  Moreover, that defeats the whole idea of painting these ceilings in a color that is your own personal style statement.

Still, it is safe to say that you should feel more liberated color-wise when choosing a paint color for a unique ceiling. Contemporary spaces often look great when the ceiling is painted in a ?statement? color drawn from modern art ? orange or certain browns, for example, while ceilings in older homes typically look best in a hue derived from a more traditional color palette.

The final choice is yours when painting the fifth wall.  After taking into account how tone will affect the perceived height of the space, let your creativity soar!

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