Home Painting

home paintingA great painter has put a lot of time into their craft. Having put enough time into the process, I can immediately see the small and seemingly insignificant things that affect my approach with a home painting project. Whether it’s inside or outside, there are certain aspects that my professional painting crew should understand before starting. I can shed some light here by looking at five inspection points a great painter should know about.

Indoor Checklist for Home Painting

Identifying those small factors that will help set up the best indoor home painting project can be difficult. There are many that I look for, but these are three that tend to stand out. They deal with both the mechanical and aesthetic difficulties of a job.

  • Easy access? How long a job will take can be determined in a large part by how easy it is to get at the surfaces. Covering furniture is the easiest option for a homeowner to avoid paint spills on their possessions, but working around that furniture can Continue Reading…

Eight common mistakes when choosing paint colour

By Shelley Scales

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1. Choosing a paint colour in the store without checking it in the space.

Use a fan deck in the light where it’s going to be used. For example, lighting in South Vancouver is distinctly different from Northwest Portland.


over matching decoration 2. Over-matching.

This is to say making all the walls in the living room the same colour as the sofa. This is a colour scheme that has no colour “wow”.  You can find successful colour schemes in magazines, and in nature, using the colour wheel. Choose the colour scheme that best shows your personality.

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3. Not trying the colour first.   

Choosing the wrong colour can ruin the job, if you are not certain, do a test on the wall; it could appear nice on the card but have too much pink or yellow in it. Put it on the wall and wait 24 hours if you can. Look at in the different lights of the day and night.

preparing for a painting job VancouverBefore any interior painting job get underway, there are some simple steps to take that will ensure that your furniture and other belongings remain unscathed and spatter-free, and that your professional painter can complete the project quickly and without the worry of tipping over Great Aunt Gertie’s heirloom vase.

Here’s a handy checklist of the best prep steps you can take ahead of time, for safety and efficiency at every turn.

1. Clear the Room! Lighter furnishings and furniture should be removed from the room whenever possible.

2. To Move & Protect. Shift the heavy furniture to the middle of the room before covering it with plastic sheeting or a canvas drop cloth to protect it from spatters. Tuck in the covering and use masking or painter’s tape to secure it.

3. Keep it Clean. Many people make the mistake of not doing any cleaning at all until the painting job is finished. But any dust particles or other Continue Reading…

good home painting in VancouverTell the truth: are there some old, partly full paint cans taking up room in your basement, crawlspace or garage? Once a home painting job is completed, one of the things that should be done right is the disposal of leftover paint. Any paint that isn’t going to be kept on hand for possible touch-ups down the road should be dealt with responsibly, to ensure that your home remains free of hazards.

Getting rid of old paint (colours that are no longer on your walls) not only saves space, it eliminates confusion when searching for the right colour. Correct methods of paint disposal also mean that the environment doesn’t suffer as a result of a laissez-faire attitude or careless accident.

Responsible Disposal of Oil-Based Paint

  • Check the label to see if it contains lead or any other hazardous materials. (Some older paints require hazardous Continue Reading…

Painting a Home on the West CoastSome people associate “earth tones” with some boring old browns and leave it at that. What they fail to consider is that these tones range from the most basic black to a mixture of grays, creams, browns, tans, taupe and everything in between. Deep but subtle shades of green and blue blend in beautifully, bringing extra verve. An earth tone spectrum is vast and truly gorgeous. It also evokes the perfect mood for most elegant homes and reflects the nature-loving attitude of the west coast.

Earth Tones: Familiar and Fabulous

Earth tones feature many of the colours commonly found in nature, the elemental hues of earth, stone, and sand. Colours are often low key, but not without richness and depth. The sights and sounds of the natural world are calming and familiar, and appeal to our intrinsic feeling of belonging that flows from a beautiful space. Incorporating these colour components into your home will give it a welcoming, relaxing ambiance. With the skills of a company experienced in local home painting, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home.

Hard to Lose with Earth Tones

Earth tones are taking hold in stylish, up-to-date home improvement and design. New homeowners will often be drawn to the range of the earth tone palette to bring warmth into the various rooms of their west coast home. These colours are also very easy to coordinate with Continue Reading…


Colour PaletteImagine life without colour. Is it like living inside an old TV set, à la Pleasantville? Don’t be depressed by drab. New paint colours are the least expensive way to dramatize, stylize or personalize your home.

A Vancouver Painter: Cheaper than Cosmetic Surgery

While you’re at it, consider particular paint shades to hide any flaws that you want to minimize. You’ll be amazed how the right paint colours can do just that. Consider the pluses of having a knowledgeable Vancouver painter transform your house into a decorative showcase home to be proud of.

The Sky’s the Limit with a Great Vancouver Painter

A credit to its versatility, paint is ideal for introducing captivating colour into your home. It’s absolutely affordable and lets you play with almost limitless tones and shades. Update the appearance of a room, create a mood, suit a season or express your personality. If you’re tired of your old paint colour scheme, Continue Reading…