Category: House Painting Services

Interior Painting Tips for New Homeowners

Buying a home is both exciting and stressful, and it affords us an opportunity for a fresh start. When you’re handed the keys to your new home, it’s likely that you want to make it just that: Yours. And what better way is there to truly transition than to update the interior spaces with a fresh coat of paint — we certainly understand that urge here at Horner Painting. Plus, having your home painted just before you from the headache of moving your belongings and boarding pets in order to prepare for your painting project — we definitely find it easiest to paint an empty home!

So, if you’re considering taking advantage of your home transition by painting the interior spaces your latest big investment, we’d love to share some tips with you to make the most of your new abode. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you pick paint colors and accent walls while you make your next big move. And as always, you can count on Horner Painting to paint your walls, so you can focus on preparing for that move. We provide painting services throughout Northern Colorado, offering services for our neighbors in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Wellington, Severance, and Timnath — please, call us today to schedule your paint job. Now let’s delve into those tips!

Pick a Theme

Every house has character. You may have a modern home with expansive bay windows, granite countertops, and brushed nickel fixtures, or you might have a rustic log cabin with a stone fireplace, butcher-block counters, and brass fixtures. Regardless, you can highlight the character of your home with a painting theme that speaks to its unique feel. For example, you might consider white, off-white, dark greys, coffee browns, rust colors, and other timeless paints for a modern interior. Take a fresh look at your new home, and ask yourself: What kind of paints work well with the architectural theme of my home?

Room Size

The size of a room can play a major role in selecting the right paint. In general, small rooms really shouldn’t feature a dark paint color, since it makes a small room appear even smaller. And large rooms shouldn’t feature colors that are too bold, since bold colors spread over a large surface can be gaudy — there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. So, for small rooms, stick with bright colors to add a bit of an illusion of airiness and space. And for large rooms, stick with quieter colors. And remember, you can add an accent color to either of these rooms if you simply must have that dark hue, or that favorite bold color of yours.

Feature Your Furniture

Whether you’re getting new furniture or bringing in your current collection, you can rely on these items to help set the tone for your home. Grab a handful of paint swatches, and place them against some of the larger, key pieces of furniture that you’ll be placing throughout the spaces of your home. What will work well with that chocolate brown colored leather couch? And which paint would pair well with that retro, baby blue TV stand? If you’re stuck searching for the right paints, your furniture may just prove to be a guiding light.

Making Your Home Transition Easy

Here at Horner, we’re here to make your home transition as easy as possible. Let us shoulder the weight of painting your new abode, while you’re packing up the family and the belongings at your old home. We’d be happy to paint your home, and we provide both interior and exterior painting services, so you can transform your new property all in one fell swoop. If you have any inquiries or if you’d like to get started, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us — we’re here to help! Again, we provide painting services for our neighbors (including new neighbors!) throughout Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Wellington, Severance, and Timnath.

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Wall Textures: How to Choose the Right Ones for the Right Rooms

While color is one of the first things we think of when we’re refreshing décor, it shouldn’t the only thing. Wall textures are just as effective as paint – and maybe even more so – for livening up a room. When you add texture, you don’t just add color, you add dimension and depth. Even those who prefer neutrals can add some oomph with an interior wall texture. Dress up your home office with grasscloth, your bathroom with Venetian plaster or your bedroom with textured wallpaper and give your home an instant décor boost.

Venetian Plaster in Bathrooms and Kitchens

Lime-plastered walls – known today as Venetian plaster – has graced walls since ancient times. This mix of limestone putty and water is applied to walls to create a deep, velvety look and feel. This wall texture is a low-maintenance, durable material. Thanks to advances in technology, it can be easily patched, and most minor dings can be removed with soap and water or a light sanding.

Makes a good application for areas that are regularly exposed to water, like bathrooms and kitchens. The downside, if there is one, is that it takes a pro to apply it correctly, so it can require a bigger cost outlay up front than paint. But the benefits come as a result of its durability – unlike paint, which needs touchups every two to 10 years, plaster can last decades and even centuries when well cared for.

Textured Wallpaper: Wall Textures in Bedrooms and Living Rooms

Textured wallpaper comes in a dizzying array of options, emulating wood panels, exposed brick, fabric – anything you can imagine. And since you can now get it in peel-and-stick varieties (no more permanent applications required), even apartment dwellers can fearlessly update their décor.

Wallpaper can mask imperfections on walls, the texture distracting the eye from flaws. Because they’re made of vinyl or other resilient materials, wallcoverings are typically more durable than paint (yes, even the peel-and-stick kind).

Use an exposed-brick wall texture or transform your living room into a loft. Or try a flocked floral or subtle metallic in place of a headboard in the bedroom. Easy to install, easy to clean, and easy to love, textured wallpaper is perfect for bedrooms and living spaces

Grasscloth in Dining Rooms and Home Offices

Like Venetian plaster, grasscloth has been around for millennia. Originating in China more than 2000 years ago, grasscloth came into being when natural fibers were woven to rice paper and then applied to walls to insulate and provide beauty. In the 1960s and 70s it regained popularity and now its approval rating is surging again.

Grasscloth is used as an umbrella term to encompass wallcoverings made from hand-woven natural fibers on unpasted rice paper backing. The fibers range from hemp to jute to bamboo to sea grass.

No two rolls of grasscloth are alike. This wall texture will never line up like other wallpaper and the striations give walls a paneled effect. Grasscloth can be delicate and difficult to clean, and its kryptonite is water – which makes it patently unsuited to bathrooms and kitchens. It also can’t be cleaned the way you’d clean other wallpapers, by wiping with soap and water. Instead, you can gently vacuum it to maintain it.

Its subtle, natural, elegant vibe makes it worth the trouble, especially in low traffic, “adult” rooms like home offices or formal dining areas. If you’re concerned about its finicky nature, seek out vinyl grasscloth. It doesn’t have the same random patterns as the original, but you can get the look in a more durable, easier-to-care-for material.

Interested in upping your style with interesting wall textures? Learn more about our wallpaper installation services today.

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How Durable is Interior Paint? Our Experts Tell All

Interior paint doesn’t cost a lot, it’s an instant décor boost and it can last up to 10 years, depending on the paint quality and the technique used to apply it, meaning it’s a good bang for your interior-design buck. But can you make it even more durable? Our experts share their interior painting tips.

How Long Does Interior Paint Last, Anyway?

Most interior paint jobs last for several years. If you don’t have kids or busy pets, you might be able to stretch that to 10 years. However, if you’re updating your décor, you have a room with lots of wear and tear, or a room that gets loads of sunlight, you may need to repaint more often.

As a rule of thumb, here are the rooms you should repaint every five to seven years:

Living roomsDining roomsAdults’ bedrooms

Redo these every three to four years:

BathroomKitchenLaundry roomTrim and baseboards

Repaint these every two to three years:

HallwaysKids’ bedrooms

And finally, look up: Ceilings can last up to 10 years between paint jobs.

What Makes Paint Last Longer?

While no paint will last forever, there are some things that can help make it more durable.

Pick a high-quality interior paint – Choosing cheap interior paint is a false economy. You’ll save money up front, but the paint won’t wear as well or last as long, meaning you’ll be repainting sooner and touching up more often. Look for higher-quality paints with a high level of acrylic resin. Resin makes paint more washable and durable. If it’s in the budget, consider a super-premium paint. They contain more than twice as many pigments (the finely ground minerals that make up the paint’s color), meaning you’ll get brighter hues in fewer coats, and the paint will wear longer.

Paint professionally – In this case, painting professionally refers to technique, not to the person doing it. Almost anyone can learn how to paint interior walls. Doing the job right, including prepping, priming and painting two to three coats, gives your paint job a leg up.

Choose the right sheen – Sheen is the level of gloss in a paint. Sheens range from flat (the least amount of gloss) to gloss (the highest amount of shine). Low-luster paints create a more even coat, hiding surface flaws, but they can be hard to clean. Shinier paints create a more durable surface, but they show imperfections. Most painters use high-gloss on doors and trim, reserving satin or eggshell – the middle-of-the-road sheen – for walls.

Keep up the maintenance – Cleaning your paint regularly, especially high-traffic areas, can make your paint job last longer. Pay attention to high-touch areas, like light switches, kid-height spots, and spaces near the tub and cooking surfaces. And while you’re dusting the house, don’t forget the walls and trim. Use a microfiber duster or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to suck up dirt and debris. And finally, notice where the walls are peeling or chipped. Touch up the damage regularly so walls look their freshest.

Hold on to leftover paint – Always keep some leftover paint in storage so, when your interior paint job inevitably gets dinged, it’s quick and easy to touch up. Transfer leftover paint to smaller containers, then label the containers by paint name, room and date to make them quick and easy to find.

Having a house painter add a new coat of interior paint is the easiest way to transform your home. Whether you’re looking for free paint swatches, you need your whole house painted or just want to freshen up the living room with this year’s PPG paint color of the year, Paintzen interior house painting services are equipped for all of your painting needs.

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The Different Painting Techniques Used By Painters


Painters are skilled craftsmen who paint rooms and other interior spaces. While many people think of painters as carpenters who paint porches and furniture, there are many differences between the two professions. Painters primarily work for construction or for building finishing companies in the commercial sector. Unlike carpenters, painters do not build structures and frameworks; they just apply coatings, paint, and stain to them. However, painters have a lot in common with carpenters in that both create beautiful objects by hand.

When you think of famous painters, one name that comes to mind is Rembrandt. Some of the greatest painters in history are Rembrandt, Degas, gas, and Schiele. One similarity between many painters is that they all have a love of fine art. Some of the finest examples of this fine art come from the collections of clothing of painters such as Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso.

Many people assume that a painter paints what he sees. That may be true in some cases but it’s also not always the case. To illustrate this point, a painter who paints with a thick brush may not necessarily be painting what he sees. He may be applying paint to a canvas that has been taped to the wall. In this case, the painter’s work would be called abstract and he wouldn’t be using a technique that is specific to the painting a wall.

Another example of where abstract and realistic painting differs is in color selection. Most professional painters use warm colors to create a sense of depth in their paintings. However, many artists choose to paint with cool colors that create a feeling of distance. This allows painters the freedom to choose the colors they want in each particular painting. No one else can determine how much of a depth to paint or how far away from the viewer the painting should be.

One other important consideration is that painters should only paint on exterior surfaces. While this sounds like common sense, it is surprising how many painters choose to paint on interior surfaces. The reason is that if the paint doesn’t stick to an exterior surface it won’t stick to the next surface. Therefore, by only painting on exterior surfaces and creating a consistent color palette, painters can ensure that their paintings will have the same look no matter what location they are displayed in.

Professional painters must have training in how to mix colors together as well as know-how to blend the paint into the surrounding environment. Creating such a skilled painting takes time and practice. This is one of the most important elements of becoming a successful forger. As a result, many painters who do forgery work on their own in their spare time in order to make some extra money.

A successful painter also knows how to prep the surface on which he will paint. Preparing the exterior surfaces of a home for painting requires some degree of skill. Many painters mistakenly paint areas that are meant to be painted white. In addition, many painters mistakenly spray paint on the wrong color. This mistake can be easily corrected if the painter takes a little time to practice on the exterior surfaces of homes he is going to paint. It is important that the painter thoroughly cleans the surfaces prior to beginning the painting job.

The technique that most painters use when the painting is called dry-brushing. This method requires that the painter apply paint to a smooth, dry bristle brush. Once the brush is wet with paint, the painters use a quick circular motion to rub the paint in smoothly and evenly all over the surface. Once the brush has been applied with enough paint to cover the area, the painters gently brush off the excess paint.