FAQ’s of Interior Painting

What do you say to clients who are afraid to put color on their walls?

The question arises “won’t dark colors shrink our room” ? One thing about darker colors is that the boundries of the corners are made more subtle since the shadows do not show the termination as well. If you look at a white wall, the corners are defined by the shadows showing exactly where they end, whereas with dark colors the shadows are much less noticeable. And speaking of whites, when interiors are all white, the room is actually defined in the grey tones of the shadows. You have actually painted in grey, not white! Color make the grey tones dissapate.

What should someone considering getting a few rooms painted know about selecting a professional painter?!

Good question ! And the answer is the preparation. Paint is made to repel dirt. That’s why we use an enamel on doors and trims. However, if an amateur paints over the enamel without cleaning and abrading the surface, it will look good for a while but the adhesion will not take leaving you with the problem of failing, peeling paint down the road. The cost of fixing this will quickly negate the “savings” of hiring an amateur.

Please tell me about some of the current trends in decorative or faux painting.

Ornamental moldings are hot in the decorating of homes. Although the ceiling medallions have been around for quite some time, the more subtle but more detailed use of ornamental composition is being used in the higher end designs now. The ornament is made from among other ingredients of hide glue. We install it by steaming the pieces which activates the glue which then can be attached to ceilings, walls and furniture. These pieces are formed from hand carvings made from the palaces of Europe and date to the late 1800s. We take into consideration the style of your home or office and design patterns which harmonize with the décor and proper time period.

A popular use of ornament is to create a space around a chandelier in which we can apply a faux marble or gilding or even just a contrasting color to the balance of the ceiling.

Also popular is to create wall frames in which murals can be painted or picture frames can be hung.

The detail is unsurpassed and cannot be matched with the stamped moldings in the regular stores today.

To see some of the design on line , a good source is JPWeaver.com

Another technique being used more frequently is faux wood graining also know as faux boise (pronounced foe bwah). People are still just learning that it is possible for their metal doors to boast the elegance of exotic woods. Code dictates metal doors to be used as a fire wall to the garage which can be grained to match wood doors leading up to the garage. Also, front doors are grained adding opulence to the entrance of the home. The doors are protected in floor quality varnish making them as durable as the floors.( Jacqueline..I will send a photo of this along now)

Why is it important to hire a professional for a faux treatment rather than try to do it yourself?

Generally I find very few non-professional painters who take up the decorative painting in their home and can use the glazes properly. It can be very confusing. There are good products and there are really bad products which are very difficult to use. They come and go so quickly. That along with color sense and how the layering of color glazes work is usually beyond the weekend warrior. There must be a harmony within the colors and the adjacent rooms. This is why we make samples which can be viewed in the changing light of the rooms.