Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Painter man at work with a roller, bucket and scale.

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth – the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

Take-Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch-ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want to be painted.

Lavish Accessories And Furnishings For Your Dream Home


It truly is the details that make a house a home. From furniture and lighting to bedding and storage, each piece makes a statement about the space, and therefore, the people in it. It is important to take the time to make the right selections in order to bring forth your own personality and a true sense of luxury when decorating your home.

bllog1

For the Dining Room: Boca Do Lobo Soho Sideboard

This stunning piece of furniture offers a pop of bold color that will make it a certain conversation piece. Made from wood and tempered glass, the lines on this sideboard are sharp and contrasting, giving it the power to pull together an otherwise neutral dining room. The variety of shapes and colors offers an eclectic dash of personality without sacrificing the feel of luxury and style. This piece is sure to be a unique standout that can act as a guide for the rest of your decorating choices.

bllog2

For the Living Room: Restoration Hardware Ventana Rug

Nothing says luxury quite like a unique, carefully crafted rug. This stunning Ventana rug is sophisticated and suave. Its artisan construction ensures that no two rugs are exactly alike, giving you a one-of-a-kind piece to build your living room furnishings. This hand-woven rug is as versatile as it is beautiful and would be an incredible addition to your luxury home.

bllog3

For the Bedroom: Sferra Giza 45 Trina Collection

You will spend approximately one-third of your life in bed, so shouldn’t your bedding offer the most luxurious comfort available? The Sferra Giza 45 Trina collection does exactly that. Made in Italy using 100 percent Egyptian cotton, there is no finer combination of style and coziness. This collection will envelop you in softness and provide a stunning backdrop for your entire bedroom decor ensemble.

bllog4

For the Entryway: Lindsey Adelman Burst Chandelier

This breathtaking Burst chandelier from coveted designer Lindsey Adelman “bursts” with personality and would turn any entryway into a showstopper. Wow your guests from the moment they step into your home with this expressive collection of handblown glass globes and gold foil edges. Choose from clear or opaque design options to best fit your overall scheme for the home.

 

Via – Luxury Portfolio International Blog

A guide to painting brick walls


Empty brick wall with edison lights

Brick walls are an excellent way to give your interiors an industrial look, but the decor isn’t for everyone.

If the brick interior in your home makes the space feel small or dark, consider a coat — or several — of paint. Choosing a light, neutral paint color will mask the brick’s inherently urban look and make your space feel fresher. Opt for a water-based acrylic paint in a semi-gloss or gloss finish to highlight the brick’s texture and retain a bit of edge with the new appearance.

Make sure the brick and mortar are structurally sound before going ahead with your project. If there is too much moisture inside the brick, speak to a professional for guidance. Because brick is porous, moisture levels are a prime concern: too much could cause the paint to chip or cause bigger issues.

Follow these steps to update your brick walls successfully.

Vintage living room 3d render,The Rooms have white wooden floors and white brick walls.furnished with rattan chair,Decorated with modern form leaves.

 

Prep and clean

Move away or cover furniture with a tarpaulin or old sheets to protect your belongings during the painting process.

Then, using a stiff nylon brush, clean the brick and mortar of any loose dirt and dust, then vacuum residue. Once the larger particles are removed, scrub the bricks with a wire brush and a simple soap and water mixture.

For something stronger, clean with a trisodium phosphate mixture (a half-cup mixed with a gallon of water). For mildew, mix one part of bleach to three parts of water. Experts discourage acid cleaning solutions, which could cause paint to chip.

Let your wall or fireplace dry for at least 24 hours. If the brick feels cold, it needs more drying time.   

 

Fill in the gaps

Use spackle to fill small gaps and cracks and caulk for larger gaps. This allows for a smoother finish when priming and painting.

 

Paint with patience

Once your surface is clean and dry, apply a latex primer with a nylon polyester brush about 2- to 3-inches wide to the perimeter of the wall. Use a nap roller about half an inch to 1.25 inches in diameter to apply the rest of the primer. The rougher the surface, the larger the roller must be to push the primer into the pores and grooves of the brick and mortar.

Work in small sections starting from the top of the wall. Use your paintbrush to smooth out drips as quickly as possible.

Allow your primer to fully dry per the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply another coat of primer if needed.

Then, paint the wall with your paint roller first and follow-up with a paintbrush around the edges of the wall and between mortar joints.

Let dry for at least 24 hours.

 

Admire your work

Once you’ve completed your project, your room will feel entirely different. Exposed brick has an edge to it. When painted, it can change the tone of your room — from sophisticated to dramatic — depending on your chosen paint color.

Nordic style office studio dining room interior with large table and chairs. freelance designer background template. Blank wall in the background. daylight scene, lot of details and decoration. Vibrant neon and pastel colored chairs. render