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Five Tips for Selecting Exciting Interior Paint Colors

Whether you're repainting a single room or your entire house, we have ideas to share about how to make good decisions containing just the right amount of dare-to-be different edge.

Considering a variety of painting strategies helps you decide what you like and may expand the choices you discuss with painting contractors St Charles.

Some strategies include:

- Practicing the 60-30-10 Rule
- Changing colors from dark to light as you move from floor to ceiling
- Making small spaces seem larger
- Using an artist's color wheel to pair colors and
- Paying attention to designer hues, such as Pantone colors of the year.

1. The 60-30-10 Rule
Visualize a room painted in three colors for harmonious balance. The walls would constitute 60% of the color. The contrasting trim --including floor and ceiling molding, wainscoting and window frames -- would be 30%. The final 10% would be a dramatic hue guiding the viewer's eye to a detail, such as a door or a built-in bookcase.

2. Floor-to-Ceiling Color Selection
Another way to balance a room's colors is to follow the floor-to-ceiling rule in which the darkest color is at your feet and the lightest is overhead -- sort of like reaching from floor to sky.

3. Small Spaces that Seem Large
It's a common misconception that using all white for a small room makes it seem larger. No! It creates a boring, boxed-in feeling. Instead, add strategic color, such as brightly painted corner cabinet that leads the eye diagonally across the floor. This causes the room to seem larger.

4. Combinations of Opposites -- Cool & Warm Colors
Have you ever noticed how jewelry that combines gold and silver attracts attention? That's because one color is warm while the other is cool. Together they form a dynamic contrast. In interior painting, the same effect might be created by pairing gray walls with a gold armchair or throw rug.

5. Colors of the Year
The Pantone color corporation is an internationally renowned design corporation that produces color formulas used by printers, designers and paint manufacturers. The company publishes a new color of the year palette of hues each January.

A bright, apple green called Greenery is Pantone's lead choice for 2017. You'll find it all over the Internet. It's doubtful that many people would choose to paint an entire room in Greenery, it's the kind of color that works particularly well as a 10% color in combination with quieter colors, such as Pantone's Hazelnut -- another current color in its spring 2017 array.

Many major paint retailers create custom mixes based on Pantone colors. However, they also create their own colors of the year. When looking for painting services in Charleston that are experienced at listening to your preferences and suggesting ways to select tasteful interior colors, please contact us at Prime Time Painting.

Tips for Refreshing a House by Repainting Trim & Accents

Sometimes it isn't necessary to completely repaint a house to refresh its look. Of course, this is particularly true for a home that has a brick or stone façade.

But if the exterior walls of your home are covered with kinds of board siding with a paint job that is still in good condition, you may decide to perk up its look by repainting the trim, accents and front door. It costs less than a complete paint job.

Large expanses of color, such as the walls and roof are called the "fields" of your home. Trim refers to roofline boards or "rakes," fascia (including eave soffits and boards visually supporting the eaves), window trim and vertical boards at the corners of walls. Accents are design elements such as shutters, window boxes and stair railings.

Preparing for a New Look
Brick, stone or board, your project will begin with a thorough scrubbing or pressure washing.

However, before you hire professional painting contractors in St Charles to prep your home for its do-over, invest some time in research about color combinations.

Repainting the trim and accents on a house is a bit like a getting a face lift. After it's done, you must live with it every day, so your choices and the results had better be good. That's why you should give serious thought to what you like before reshaping the face of your home.

Even if you are planning on hiring professional painting contractors St Charles relies on like Prime Time, you need to put some thought into what will and won't work, so you can clearly communicate what you want.

Ways to research color combinations include:
- Taking a walk in the neighborhood to view other homes and discover attractive color combinations
- Visiting the local paint store to look at paint chips and discuss combinations with the staff
- Touring the Internet for websites presenting photos of paint jobs and, then,
- Discussing your ideas with a painting contractor during a free consultation.

Listening to a Home Marketing Expert
Writing at Forbes, the home marketplace service Zillow offers several observations about successful color combinations for trim and accents.

First, Zillow notes that although some homeowners like a monochromatic trim and wall combination, it tends to give a house an unfinished look. Trim that is darker than its field is also problematic, the company adds, because it may make windows look like pictures hanging on gallery walls.

Instead, Zillow suggests trim that is lighter than the walls and roof as being a safe choice. Save colors that stand out for accents, such as moss green shutters on a red brick field, shiny black flower boxes on a white house or a cobalt blue door against light yellow walls.

As to gutters, downspouts and other building elements you want to mask, paint them the same color as the walls.

Sharing Your Thinking
Talk with family and friends to gain extra opinions, then contact us at Primetime Painting to share ideas.

Prepping for Exterior Home Painting

Prepping Your House for Exterior Home Painting

Have you begun to notice a little wear and tear on the outside of your house? Maybe the paint is blistering, cracking, and/or peeling? Maybe there is some wood rotting? If so, it is probably time to consider painting.
Before you start such a big project, there is a lot to consider. You may want to start with selecting the color and type of primer/paint you want to use. We recommend quality before price as a deciding factor. Your home will look better and you won’t have to repaint as often when using quality paint. Your local painting professional can give you a lot of help here. In addition to helping with the color, they can help you decide things like what type of paint you want to use. Will a latex type of paint (ease of use) or an alkyd (durability) be better? They can provide you with the information you will need to make an informed decision.
In addition to that, what other material will you need? Well, that will vary from house to house, but you will likely need:

· Pressure washer
· Paint roller
· Paint brush
· Paint trays
· 1 & 5 gallon containers
· Painter’s tape
· Drop cloths
· Extension ladder
· Caulk/caulk gun
· Scraper
· Sand paper

Depending on circumstances, you may also want to consider a paint sprayer.

Now that you are equipped, it is time for the prep work. Weather permitting (always a factor in exterior painting) at a minimum, you will need to sand and power wash the area to be painted. Depending on the condition of the exterior, some scraping and additional sanding may be required. As it will be with the painting, it is best to work from top down. Now would also be the time to replace or repair any rotting wood and fill cracks.

Care should be taken to use drop cloths to protect things like shrubberies. You should also use plastic and tape to protect areas that you don’t want painted, like outdoor lights, shudders, etc.

A couple of other quick tips are to combine gallons of paint into a larger container, to ensure even color. You may also want to consider adding some sand to the paint, for wooden stairs and porches. The sand will provide some grit for traction.

After all this, you can begin the task of painting but, once that’s completed, the fun is still not over. Now you have to cut in the trim. After that, is the equally fun task of cleaning up.

You can do all of this and more or you can call the pros at Prime Time Painting. With almost 20 years of experience painting exteriors of homes in the Chicago suburbs, they will get the job done right. From pressure washing, to wood repair, to color matching, they can do it all. Plus, be sure to check out their website, for valuable special offers. Call them today, at 630-920-3300, or visit their website, to get a free, no obligation estimate. You’ll be glad you did.

Painting Prep: Three Steps to Take Before Power Washing

You can't have an excellent exterior paint job without excellent preparation of the surfaces to be painted -- a process that involves power washing to remove dirt, mold, algae and moss.

However, preparation begins before you or -- preferably -- a power washing professional, directs water under high-pressure against the walls. Here are some problems to correct first.

1. Trim Back and Protect Plants Close to House

Move container plantings away from the house or commercial building and cover them with drop cloths during the power cleaning. A chalk-like residue from the walls may cling to and even smother plants. Cover in-ground plantings close to the foundation after trimming them back to make room for workers who will do the washing and painting.

By the way, make sure that you or the professional uses a biodegradable detergent for the washing so soil isn't polluted.

2. Eliminate Ivy

Removing ivy from walls is a task that you or a professional painter can accomplish.

Ivy clings to walls with tendrils that grow into stucco, stone and other kinds of siding. Tug it off gently to avoid damage to the walls. After all the vines are gone, you'll notice a tracery of fuzzy roots.

It may be impossible to remove all the roots, but the best method for eliminating as many as possible is to scrub them with a wire brush. Test your brush in a small area to see if it is strong enough to remove the roots yet not so stiff that it mars or crumbles siding.

3. Remove Animal Nests

Small wildlife nest and sometimes cache food in gutters and their downspouts. Areas for repainting where they find home ground include soffits, under eaves and on walls.

When nests are abandoned, most are easy to remove. However, if they contain eggs, animals or stinging insects, it's wise to call on a professional wildlife removal service. Don't expect your professional painting service to do it.

Birds. As the website The Spruce notes, you can be fined for removing active nests of native birds (nests with eggs or adults). Before removal, it's necessary to identify the species occupying the nest. Unless you are an avid birder, this may be easier for a wildlife professional to do.

You won't be fined for removing the nonnative house sparrow, which often lodges in building vents and crevices. The Humane Society of the United States says to remove the nests when no young are present and close off openings with materials such as netting and hardware cloth.

Squirrels and chipmunks. Keeping tree branches trimmed back to three feet away from your house helps to discourage squirrels from seeking rooftop real estate. Similarly, repairing any openings in the soffits under your roof's eaves keeps these rodents out as well. Consult with your painting service about whether they have staff who can repair soffits.

Chipmunks are mostly ground dwellers. But they may create blockages in gutter systems by crawling inside downspouts to store food. Blocking gutter openings with materials through which water can travel is a good prevention.

Using live traps and tempting foods, a wildlife removal service can capture squirrels and chipmunks for relocation to non-residential areas.  

Mud daubers and wasps.Mud daubers don't live in large "social" nests and are less aggressive about stinging. They build mud tubes on exterior walls. If a dauber nest is empty, it's easy to ply off the wall with a flat, sharp tool. Social wasps and hornets are more dangerous. They live in paper-like, globular nests that you sometimes find hanging from eaves. It's best to leave their removal to pest professionals.


Reliable, professional painting contractors St. Charles relies on, such as Prime Time Painting, offer many preparation services, including power washing. Contact us to answer your questions and learn about the services we provide.

How to Select Exterior Paints Based on the Color Wheel

Taking a walk in the neighborhood and bringing along your camera is a useful technique for collecting ideas when planning an exterior house painting project.

Even if you've lived locally for a long time, the act of looking closely at surrounding homes raises your awareness of what fits in your neighborhood and what you like. It prepares you for further color research at your local paint store.

Knowing what you want makes it easier to plan with professional painters in St. Charles. You speed the house-painting process by being able to show them pictures and paint samples. Understanding color wheel combinations also may make it easier to explain your preferences.

Color Wheel Combinations

These days, paint stores provide lots of brochures, including ones showing various ways of combining colors. These materials may include individual paint chips or ones grouped together as a suggested pallet.

Artful combinations of all these hues is based on the color wheel, a tool Sir Isaac Newton invented based on his experiments splitting white light into a spectrum of colors using prisms.

The color wheel consists of three primary colors -- red, yellow and blue -- split into secondary colors by combining equal parts of two. For example, yellow and blue form green. You get tertiary or intermediate mixes when you combine primary colors with adjacent secondaries, such as blue and purple creating blue violet or red and purple becoming red violet.

Mix white with a color and you get a tint. Black or grey added to the same color creates a shade. Tints and shades are particularly important when you decide on a monochromatic color scheme for your house.

Types of Color Schemes

The four main color schemes you may see in exterior paint jobs are monochromatic, complementary, triadic and adjacent. Each one describes a specific way of combining colors based on their position on the color wheel.

Monochromatic exteriors may be all the same color. But it's more likely that they combine two or three varieties of a color from light to dark.

Complementary arrangements tend to be two-color facades based on colors roughly opposite each other on the color wheel, such as a red brick house with mossy green trim.

A Victorian house would be well suited to a triadic color scheme based on three colors equidistant from each other on the wheel. One combination might be lavender, mint green and coral pink.

Adjacent colors are next to or near each other on the color wheel, such as a subtle arrangement of earth tones.

Professional Color Planning

Some paint stores offer color consultation. Color advice is also available through local contractors, such as Prime Time Painting, which have a long history of providing professional painting services St Charles residents rely on.

Contact us today for an appointment. We'd love to see your neighborhood photos and hear your ideas.