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.

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House Resuscitation

You know you may have waited too long to paint the exterior of your home when the paint on wood and stucco surfaces not only fades from sun exposure, but also becomes chalky  as paint fails with age.

During the preparation phase of this house, we found a lot of wood damage behind the gutters.  The carpenter and painters worked diligently on restoring the exterior; transforming it to looking like new again while updating the color.

Materials used on this home were Sherwin Williams Duration paint for the wood surfaces and Luxon High Build  paint for the stucco.  With the combination of these paints the homeowner should not have to worry about painting again for 10-12 years. (You can save money by  painting about every ten years rather than waiting till extensive wood damage occurs.)

Showcasing the Bathroom

Bathroom updates are one of the most rewarding changes you can do in your home.  I especially enjoy when a customer says, “let’s gut the whole thing and start fresh.”  Of course, you can add a new beautiful look simply by changing out the countertops, mirror, and lighting.

One of the most requested items on the “To-Do-List” for a bathroom is a tub/shower conversion to a full shower with new tile (stone, ceramic, subway, etc.), adding a soap/shampoo niche, and new modern hardware. Seamless glass around adds to the elegance of the new shower.  My favorite is developing patterns with the tile to build the “show case” experience.

Recently, we adapted a master bath to accommodate wheelchair accessibility.  We added 36-inch pocket doors, increased the floor space in both the bathroom and toilet room, and created a walk-in/roll-in shower unit.  Needless to say, the homeowners were thrilled not only with the added open space but for the updated look to their bathroom.

Call us or email so we give you a free estimate for a bathroom remodel or any other project you have.

Shower AFTER – Shower widened and updated with new tiles and fixtures. Completely roll or walk-in ready.

Small Shower before and gutted to prepare for update

Tub – Entry AFTER – Wide entry and roomy area for a wheelchair to have plenty of access and room to move around.

Tub BEFORE – stuck in a cramped corner.

Vanity AFTER – Updated countertops, fixtures and freshly painted.

Vanity Before – Outdated and needing help. Here we see part of the vanity already removed.



Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Renovate Paint and Design has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

Carol Loveless, Owner of Renovate Paint and Design, credits the company’s excellent reputation of consistently delivering quality services to the high standards which their Manager of Sales and Design, Charles Loveless, establishes with every job.  “Our customers know that they can trust Charles’ integrity and our crews’ performance including the expectations we have for all our services: to personalize our services and treat every customer’s home as if it were our own,” says Ms. Loveless.  They are so proud of their customers taking time to let others know about their positive experience with RPD.  “We know that it’s our customers that we have to thank for our business still being in operation since 2000.  We never take it for granite when offering our services,” states Charles Loveless.

​ “Only about 5 percent of the Painting and Remodeling companies in San Antonio, TX have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. 

Here’s a video showcasing our commitment to quality and professionalism in all we do:

4 Factors that Shout: Your House Needs to be Painted!

It’s inevitable, exterior painted surfaces will either have to be repaired and/or repainted, depending on the age, construction, and frequency of homeowner maintenance.  Typically, new construction homes need to be painted sooner than one might think.  6-7 years is the usual rule due to poor materials used during the construction phase.  However, most individuals appear to wait too long between paint cycles creating opportunities for wood rot and water damage.

A good way to inspect your home is to examine it with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens. Here are some tips on what to look for when determining whether your home needs painting/repairs:

  1. Signs of fading and discoloration of the painted surfaces.
  2. Wood damage determined by rippling effect on exterior surfaces or actual damage.  The wood becomes spongy.
  3. Opening of caulk lines at joints and trim work.
  4. For stucco surfaces be aware of hairline or larger cracks.  This allows water in and makes stucco surface look splotchy, especially noticeable after it rains.

Remember the longer you wait and allow damage to set in the more expensive it will be to repair it.  It’s better to have the painting done as soon as you notice the first signs of fading and discoloration, that way you avoid expensive repairs.

We put together a video showcasing repairs we made to a house that waited too long and required extensive wood replacements.  In the end, we made it look beautiful as well as optimally protected with expertly applied quality products.

4 Phases for this Showcase Home Remodel and Painting

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Our “showcase home” is about new homeowners who loved moving to Encino Park in San Antonio, TX, however they knew that this home needed updating and improvements before it could become their “dream home.” After hearing positive reviews of our company from friends and neighbors, they choose Renovate Paint and Design to help make this happen.