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 Quality Home Improvement On Every Level

When homeowners in Los Angeles choose building renovation services, they may not be aware of all the choices available to them. In addition to getting a brand new room addition or a fresh front door, you can also choose paint and texture options that will draw attention to the new features. Thinking about surface changes is just as important as considering deeper ones. 24 Construction & Design is a true design-build company, which means that we can handle all aspects of design, building, and finishing. You will not find another Los Angeles contractor with similar experience in painting and finishing.

A Fresh Look To New & Existing Spaces

Painting and texturing can transform existing spaces as well as any new ones we are developing for you. We can help you think dynamically about paint, texture, and other finishing options. For instance:

  • Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange bring vibrant energy. Youthful appeal, a cozy atmosphere, or a fun relaxing space can all be cultivated with the help of these and other warm colors.

  • Cool colors include blue, purple, and green. These often have a calm relaxing energy and so are often selected for bedrooms. Used strategically, these colors can also highlight interesting architectural features and add personality to spaces.

  • Neutrals are ideal for any space. They provide a clean, fresh canvas for any type of interior decorating you might choose. This color palette is surprisingly diverse and includes white, ivory, ecru, taupe, tan, and certain browns.

  • Texture can be added to walls and other painted surfaces for a warm organic look. Adding texture by hand is the perfect way to strategically use this style choice. The right amount of texture can add considerable interest to any space.

Color Psychology

Colors can generally be considered either warm or cool tones, with neutrals making up their own category. Let’s think about the visual and psychological effects of different colors of paint.

Red, the color of romance and excitement, embodies the possibilities of warm colors. An entire wall of red offers a bold move toward warmth and energy, while accents of red can perk up other colors. Red can break up earth tones, or punch up a black-and-white motif. Violet-reds and pink are more feminine, with the purplish reds giving a more cerebral effect and pink being more playful. Fun and flamboyant orange tones tend to evoke creativity and happiness. Sunny yellow hues suggest nature and youth.

Among cool colors, we have the calming effect of green. Yellow-greens are especially natural, while blue-greens suggest serenity. Wise and loyal, true blue blue tends to produce positive responses from virtually everyone. The cool shades of purple are also inspiring, connoting a richer, more regal air.

Neutrals are always in style for painting. Crisp and clean white feels calming in itself while also laying a backdrop for other colors to pop. Various shades of tan, taupe, ecru, and other off-white tones can vary greatly from clean canvases to earthen, natural tones. Brown works with natural tones but can also add a soft touch to bright and bold colors or offset chrome furnishings nicely.

For more on color theory, this HGTV paint color guide offers excellent info and inspirational photos.

Color Pairings

Great rooms may feature similar colors, or highly contrasting colors. Your goal in the planning process should be to come up with colors and textures that evoke the ambiance you want, while working well with your space and architecture.

Complementary colors are those that sit opposite each other on the traditional color wheel: purple and yellow, orange and blue, and red and green are the basic complementary pairs. Just a dash of one complementary color enlivens a room.

For other contrasting colors, look for combinations that work within the same color family – for the most part. Just like any number of pastels can be used together, you can also create a color story of rustic Mediterranean hues, bold retro ‘50s colors, or other such like colors.

Subtle variations through monochrome motifs or analogous colors (those next to each other on the color wheel) can also create interesting visual and textural results. Similar colors create movement by building a three-dimensional effect with depth. Bump your colors one notch further apart if you feel that you need to shake things up a bit.

Of course, don’t be afraid to go bold. It’s your house, and the colors you love should be what gets painted. Browse some “outrageous” color schemes here and imagine how much you’d enjoy a statement-making color scheme in your favorite room.

When in doubt about color combinations, it can be helpful to refer to the “60-30-10” rule. This means that you should limit your color story to mostly just three colors, and you should break them down in that ratio. Two main colors should mix with one being clearly dominant, and a third color can be used as a notable accent.

Texture

All home painting has texture, whether that texture is completely smooth, uniformly patterned, or organically textured by hand. Painting with textured paint can achieve a wide variety of effects, while textured surfaces offer their own array of possibilities. You can even add substances to the walls before painting to create unique, custom textures.

Adding dimension to your paint with texture can give a room a personalized touch. Texture also helps bring together a room with a variety of furniture and décor. Crisp and modern furnishings, for example, might benefit from a little organic texture on the walls. Your paint job can also take nicks and wear more easily if there is a non-smooth surface. You can browse photos at Houzz in this collection of rooms with textural paint to explore the many possible effects.

Paint Finishes

From the calming effect of matte to the bright shine of high-gloss, all paint will achieve some sort of texture due to its finish. When selecting from various finishes, consider your colors, architecture, and natural light amounts. Detailed crown moldings can look very different with either matte or glossy finishes, but each one has its merits. A glossy finish can potentially expand the visual size of a room. Consider how the paint will look with or without sunlight. If you know what furniture will be in the room, make sure that the finish balances or complements everything well.

Textured Paint

With sandy elements mixed in, pre-textured paint can create its own textural finish. The effects can range from subtle speckles to larger-scale effects, and they can come pre-made or can be done by experts to your custom specifications. This kind of texture helps make a bland wall feel more engaging and also extends the life of the paint job by hiding nicks and scratches well.

Painting on top of texture is another option. On stucco or similar textured walls, paint will naturally create its own effect. You can also work with cement or brick to create a unique look inside the home, especially with unexpectedly bright or bold colors. Plain walls can be prepped for painting with crinkled paper or other added effects to quickly roll on paint with intriguing texture.

Adding Texture To Paint

Many methods can be used to add custom textures to paint. Combing or sponging wet paint easily creates natural patterns without having to add texture to the paint itself. The organic irregularity of the patterns adds a warm and human touch to the walls, but you can also create more uniform patterns by using synthetic sponges or other more geometric tools.

Skip troweling creates a much-loved texture with spontaneously created texture. The trowel is used to smooth out the paint, almost like icing a cake, while the hand purposely allows the trowel to leave behind lines. This technique can hide imperfections in a wall or it can create a rich, hearty texture from scratch.

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