DON’T REGRET YOUR PAINT COLOR CHANGE

06-1635_0002It’s all about that light…

Whereas at RPD we discuss with our customers the dynamics of how paint color and sheen reacts depending on lighting, sometimes the reality is a surprise.  Here’s a guide to how lighting will affect paint colors.

Realize these two points:

  1. Light absorbs objects: Black absorbs all colors; white absorbs none; blue absorbs red.
  2. Light sources: Natural light (sunlight) changes throughout the day and is affected by the room’s location. Artificial light changes with the type of bulb you use.

Sunlight Affects Colors

North-facing roomsLight in these rooms is cool and bluish. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look subdued.

South-facing roomsLots of high-in-the-sky light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will virtually glow.

East-facing rooms: East light is warm and yellowy before noon, then turns bluer later in the day. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.

West-facing rooms: Evening light in these rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.

Light Bulbs Affect Color

IncandescentsThe warm, yellow-amber light of these bulbs will make reds, oranges, and yellows more vivid, while muting blues and greens.

Fluorescents: This flat and cool light enriches blues and greens.

Halogens: These white lights resemble natural light and make all colors look more vivid. Using halogens would make the shift from daylight to artificial light less jarring.

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) CFLs can produce either a warm white, neutral, or bluish-white light.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs):  You can buy warmer or cooler LEDs, and even “smart” LED bulbs whose color you can control wirelessly.

Tips for Achieving the Color You Want

  1. Paint squares of primed drywall with samples of the colors you’re considering, and then move them around the room during the day.
  2. Get a color approximation by placing a bulb you’ll be using in a floor or desk lamp.
  3. Remember that natural and artificial light will work together during certain times of day, especially in summer when dusk lasts a long time. Turn on artificial lights even during daylight to see what your colors will look like.
  4. Paint sheen also affects color. Glossy finishes will reflect light and change the way the color looks, whereas flat finishes are less reflective and allow colors to look truer under bright light.
  5. Light-colored walls can reflect the colors of bold carpets or outdoor greenery: A bright blue rug, for instance, can cast a bluish tone on a white wall.

Resources: houselogic.com  and truevalue.com

 

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WE’RE ON YOUR SIDE’N

Schuler EXT Bef-Aft-2Here I will highlight trends that are “hot now” (thoughts of Krispy Kreme dancing in my head).  Many of the cities’ older homes have siding that have seen better days. Older siding mixed with moisture deteriorates quickly.  This type of damaged siding looks like compressed cardboard.  Many customers are also replacing their rough cedar lap siding that appears dried-out and general looks dated.  Many, then, search for a new improved siding with low maintenance.

Over the last several years more customers have been asking for masonry siding (i.e. Hardie Board).  The accompanying photo shows one of the projects that highlights the difference in old verses new.  Hardie does come in a variety of colors, however, you can choose to paint Hardie: customizing the look of your home.  Our last customer came outside numerous times to watch the transformation.  Each time admiring the changes. She thoroughly loves the new look of her home.  The end results always count the most: customer satisfaction

EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS

GoogleBanner AngieList-Houzz-RPDTruck-CharleyWe have been honored again by our amazing customers who have chosen to share their positive experiences with their friends, neighbors, and the online community.  This year we received two recognitions through Angie’s List and Houzz, which we are pleased to share with you.

For the third year in a row we are proud to announce that we have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are honored again by our customers who chose to share their experiences with our company to the Angie’s List community.  There is nothing greater to us than doing a great job and being appreciated for it.  We continue to be motivated to provide quality services to all our customers.”

Renovate Paint and Design has been listed on Angie’s List for twelve years. This is the third year in a row that Renovate Paint and Design has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

A new platform for us in 2017 was Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, where we won “Best Of Customer Service.”  We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Upon being contacted by Houzz about this honor, Renovate Paint and Design had this to say: “What an honor to receive this award after only a year on Houzz!  We are proud of our customers that continue to give rave reviews about our services through online sources, such as Houzz, as well as to their neighbors and friends throughout the San Antonio and surrounding communities.  Everyday we strive to give all of them quality services that give them peace of mind in a job well done and pleased to show their friends and family how great their home looks!  It makes our day knowing when our customers are happy with our work.”

 “The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”