Tips & Tricks

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Using the right paint.

Colour aside, there are many different brands and types of paint; making it difficult to choose which best suit your home. Well here at Benjamin Moore we can say all you need is our paint. When going elsewhere for your painting needs you may unknowingly spend money on paints and primers you can’t use. That’s why here at Modern Paint we have the paints you need and the knowledge to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Always keep in mind the rules of painting your home:   water-based paint (latex) is best used indoors, as it dries faster and is easier to remove than oil-based paint. Where oil based paint’s durability ensures your paint stays intact making it a great option for redoing furniture, cabinets and other heavy use items/projects. But you’re not limited to those choices. We have many options in specialty coatings as well to address your needs.

So before you begin keep in mind your project at hand, the room or object being painted. As you may need a specialty coating (i.e. bath and spa paint, floor and patio paint) and those are only a few of our Benjamin Moore specialty coatings. And before your paint is applied your project may require a primer to prepare your wall or project for paint. There are oil-based and water-based primers, so you must choose the type suitable for the paint you are using. With different types of primers and paints, you must stay educated before and after the painting process. It never hurts to stay up to date on painting trends either, for the purpose of style. But hey, if you’re feeling lost come in and talk with one of our experts in store.


Admit what you don’t know

Specialists/experts can help. They know about basic design concepts and a good specialist will also take your personal preferences into account. Almost any concept can work if you do it right. It’s very similar to the difference between grammar and creative writing. Good structure makes your creativity truly shine.

Speak with the experts at Modern Paint about what you are trying to accomplish. Stay with your big picture but take suggestions seriously. They help you protect your investment, and want to see your house become a home by achieving your vision.


The importance of planning ahead. 

Instead of jumping into a project, it’s vital that you plan ahead. This could mean anything from writing out what you plan to achieve and when you plan to achieve it, to making arrangements with a contractor. Also budgeting is important from the get-go, though you may need to be flexible on large renovations: the unexpected can happen, leading to further costs for repairs.

A good contractor should be appointed months in advance. You can’t rush a great renovation project, so arrange a contractor once you have planned out your ideas and budget. The contractor should have a hefty amount of experience in his or her field, and a strong, invested crew. You may disagree on certain decisions, but a good contractor will give good constructive criticism – pun not intended.

Just like having a good contractor if you are not up to the task of painting hiring a good reputable painter will help the process along. When looking for a contractor ask around for suggestions. Don’t just hire the first guy there are many aspects to look at when hiring a painter like, previous work done, reputation, and pricing which is a big one. Settling on a price can be a hard thing to do because; you don’t want to over pay but you don’t want to hire a cheap painter whose work quality is lacking.

Research can help you make the right investments when it comes to renovating your home. Look for valuable resources online, and be skeptical of anecdotes from customers and self-proclaimed experts. Examples of strong resources would be renovation websites with a large following, websites associated with a reputable home renovation brand, or any professional source.


Should I paint first?

Painting is an important step towards finishing a new home. A well-done coat of paint can determine the mood of a room (some say yellow can create energy, for example), and reflect the personality of those who live there. The results of a painter’s work can truly be electrifying, but there are a few things you should do before you raise your brush.

There are steps to home decoration that come before painting, such as furnishing, upholstery and carpeting. This is because they theme a room, and it is easier to remedy a furniture faux pas than hours upon hours of painting. Though replacing carpeting is a tasking process like painting, it is still closely tied with theming the room. Like a guide, creating a harmonious look in a room will help you decide the kind and colour of paint that you will use.


Start small

If you’re not sure where to begin with color, experiment in a powder room or bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it. Look at the process as an adventure.

To get started, select a favorite color drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes and an accessory or furniture piece as a main color or accent.


Think about your mood for the room

When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.

Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to overstimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colors can lead to unrest and irritability.


Know the Color Wheel

Having trouble picking colors? A small color wheel is a great reference tool for understanding colours, modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations go beautifully together, and you may even become drawn to entirely new color palettes. The color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and the colors on the right are cool.


Test your color choice

Boost your confidence by testing colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone: Consider strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Or add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room.