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Which Do You Paint First? The Walls or the Trim?

Which Do You Paint First? The Walls or the Trim?

If you’re planning a painting project it may be difficult to decide what to paint first – the walls or the trim. The truth is, there’s no right answer, but here are some reasons why someone might choose to paint one first over the other.Most people choose to paint trim a light and neutral color, making it easier to cover up if it gets on the wall if it splatters while painting the trim.Typically, walls are painted with a flat or satin finish while trim is painted with a semi or high gloss. Higher gloss paint covers flat finishes more easily than the opposite which makes it easier to cover splatters on baseboards and trim.Whether you decide to paint the trim or the walls first, if you’re painting the ceiling, always paint the ceiling before the...

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Colors that Compliment

Colors that Compliment

  It can be difficult to narrow down the perfect color scheme for the different rooms in your house. Whether you’re working with existing furniture and décor or are starting all the way over, choosing a complimentary theme is important. Here are some complimentary color theme ideas for your remodeling project.Navy, turquoise, rose.Black, white, powder blue.Navy, cream, brown.Gray and white.Sage, white, gray.Silver, seafoam, white.If you’re having trouble deciding which color to paint your walls or just want to be sure before you commit, use the Sure Swatch color decider! Learn more about Sure Swatch and where to buy it at...

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Three Common Painting Problems (And How to Fix Them)

Three Common Painting Problems (And How to Fix Them)

When you’re ready to paint, proper technique goes a long way in making sure your room turns out perfect. The three P’s of a good paint job are preparation, patience, and procedure. If your work lacks one of the three P’s, you can end with one of the problems below. Lacking Preparation: A Gritty Finish If your paint job ends up looking and feeling gritty, something got into your paint before (or while) you used with it. Stirring your paint properly helps to keep any bits of paint from clumping, and if you’re using old paint, it should be strained before you apply it. Also, your work area needs to be prepared to ensure that floating or windblown dust or grit can’t get introduced to the paint either in the can or on the wall while it is still wet. You want...

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3 Best Colors To Paint Your Bedroom

3 Best Colors To Paint Your Bedroom

Painting your bedroom the wrong color could make a stressful situation. Literally. Studies have discovered that painting your bedroom a too stimulating shade, like red, increases stress. Here are 3 of the best colors to paint your bedroom for a calming effect on your mood.Blue – Softer shades are calming and encourage relaxation. Green – Relieves stress and helps people relax. Purple – Lighter shades, like lilac and lavender, are calming without feeling cold.SureSwatch provides a great way for you to choose which paint color is right for you. To learn more about our company, visit...

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Dare to be Bold: How to Incorporate Dark Paint

Dare to be Bold: How to Incorporate Dark Paint

Some people will tell you that dark paint colors are an absolute no, but many others will disagree. Dark paint can bring drama to a room and accent your décor perfectly, but how can you use it in a way that’s bold and not tacky?Dark hues bring out texture. Paint old-style and unique textured areas a dark color to showcase their design. If you’re not ready to commit to dark walls, choose a dark accent color to paint on molding and in window frames. Incorporating natural elements (wicker, wood, plants) can help perfectly counteract the darkness of a paint.Try Before you Buy SureSwatch is a paintable, clear film that allows you to try out paint samples on your wall without having to leave it on your wall. Visit www.sureswatch.com for tips, product info,...

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How to Find the Right Colors for Your Space

How to Find the Right Colors for Your Space

Wall Color Ideas If you are just starting to decorate your room, it’s time to think about what wall colors you are going to use for your living room or bedroom. Learning color theory is a good way to help you pull off the ambiance you are looking to feel. There’s a lot to it, but here are two wall color ideas to get you started. To create a warming feeling for your room, use warm colors such as orange, gold and brown. The subtlety of these colors creates a comforting feeling and can be used day or night. Try to stray away from bright shades of red or orange as it can be overwhelming at times. Cool tones will relax the room, using colors such as blue, gray, and violet. This paint idea would best be used for the bedroom where you would sleep, or a living room...

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