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Interior Paint Trends for Phoenix Area Homes in 2018

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Just as fashions change over time, so do interior paint color trends. Here in the Valley of the Sun, paint colors tend to reflect our unique landscape and climate. As well, there’s a natural desire to choose colors that create soothing, comfortable, yet casual spaces. Still, interior paint trends continue to evolve, and the following are some of the most prevalent for the year ahead.

Muted Modern

Mid-century modern continues to be a popular style in the greater Phoenix area for good reason. Inspired by once part-time resident Frank Lloyd Wright, this architectural style is found in many valley neighborhoods. Colors, such as cool grey, robin’s egg blue and other soft muddied pastels serve as a neutral but sleek backdrop for the sleek angles of these homes and their furnishings.

Defined Spaces

With many homes being renovated with large open concepts, painting one wall or even half a wall can define a space, such as a dining area or reading nook. A pop of color, such as vermillion, aqua or fuchsia, can turn an otherwise empty area into a unique space.

Cozy Retreats

With our surplus of sunshine, many of us crave a break into a darker haven, particularly in a bedroom or study. Deep, light-absorbing colors can create a cocoon-like effect. Paint colors such as slate, midnight blue and yes, even black, produce a stylish and dramatic, yet comforting vibe that can create a space perfect for introspection and relaxation.

Ethnic Vibes

Phoenix residential architecture is incredibly diverse. From homes inspired by Tuscan villas to estates that reflect the style of Moorish palaces, there’s plenty of inspiration from far-flung places. Choosing interior paint colors that reflect a cultural connection is a growing trend away from the tried-and-true white walls. Even if you have a home that lacks unique exterior style, you can still create a global look by choosing paint colors inspired by ethnic prints, tropical motifs and indigenous handiwork. Rich, spicy colors such as cinnamon, plum, and cerulean can transform even the blandest room into an exotic, bohemian space.

Natural Reflections

Here in the desert, we are surrounded by natural beauty. Bringing the colors of our landscape inside can create a seamless, rustic and soothing environment that just feels right. Consider interior paint colors like rusty browns, goldenrod, terracotta and sage.
It’s surprising just what is possible with paint. Of course, this starts with professional interior painting. Call Ellsworth Home Services today to schedule a free estimate.

Fall: The Ideal Season for Exterior House Painting in Phoenix

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Most national house painting experts will tell you that late spring and summer are the best times to paint your home. Yet, things are different here in the Valley of the Sun. When it comes to exterior house painting in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, exterior painting is possible all year long, and fall is particularly favorable. What makes fall a great time for house painting? Here are some reasons why you may want to schedule your exterior paint project now.

Less Temperature Fluctuation

The fall months in the greater Phoenix metro area are known for being delightful – not too hot, not too cool. It’s an ideal time for painting when daytime and nighttime temperatures fluctuate the least.

The temperature range at which it’s best to paint the exterior of a home varies on the type and brand of paint. In general, it’s optimal to paint between the temperatures of 50 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This will give time for the paint to cure properly while not drying so fast that brush strokes can’t be evened out.

Less Moisture

Monsoon storms and summer humidity can create a challenge for painting homes in Arizona. For the best results, paint needs to be applied to a dry surface. When there is a hard rain, it’s important to let the surfaces sit for at least one full day before painting. For more porous surfaces, like wood and masonry, it may be necessary to wait even longer. Once monsoon season is over, there is typically an ideal window of time of low humidity before winter storms set in. This is the perfect time to schedule your exterior paint project. The ideal amount of moisture in the air for exterior painting is between 40 and 70 percent.

At Ellsworth Home Services, we take all weather variables into account to determine the best time to paint your home’s exterior. As your professional home painting team, you are always assured that we will paint only when we can apply a long-lasting coat of paint. In other words, we will wait for the right conditions. Now is the right time to discuss your exterior painting needs with us. Call Ellsworth Home Services now at 480-593-2265 for a free estimate or for answers to all your home painting questions.

Things to Consider When Painting Your Phoenix Home

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Painting a home may seem like a straightforward job that only requires a brush, a roller and a can of paint. Yet, with Phoenix’s extreme climate, there are unique considerations to ensure a quality paint job. High temperatures, dust storms, wind and rain can all wreak havoc on the exterior of a home. There are also unique challenges when it comes to painting stucco. Having the right mix of techniques and products is essential.

Timing Is Everything

Temperature and humidity are important to how paint cures. Thus, you don’t want your home painted shortly before or after a rainstorm. It can impact how paint sticks to surfaces. And, if a home is painted shortly before a storm with wind, dirt and dust can actually adhere to wet paint.

The Challenge of Stucco

Nearly every home in the Valley has stucco walls because it’s particularly durable in desert climates. Yet, it’s not the easiest surface to paint. It is susceptible to fading and cracking, as well as a phenomenon known as efflorescence which looks like a powdery white residue. Stucco can also attract and collect dirt and dust. This is why it’s vital to carefully surface prep a home before painting.

Call a Professional

During monsoon season, extreme heat, rain and wind are common. The wise choice is to hire a professional painting contractor, particularly during the summer months. A qualified painting contractor will use quality paint and painting equipment. They will also carefully evaluate the weather to avoid painting on rainy or windy days. Surfaces will be thoroughly prepped, which includes a power washing and crack repair.

Painting a home in Phoenix is never a simple job. To ensure you get quality results, call Ellsworth Home Services. We have the experience and know-how to ensure an expert paint job that is strong enough to weather our challenging climate.

How to Choose a Home Painter

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The quality of your home’s interior or exterior paint job can make a tremendous difference when it comes to the overall look of your home. When it comes time to paint, whether it’s one room or your entire home, hiring a professional home painter can save you time and ensure you’ll get the results you want.

Yet, not all painting contractors provide the same level of service. Before you make a decision, here are some questions to ask:

How long have you been in business?

There are many newcomers in the painting trade, and many companies have high turnover. Before you select a company or solo contractor, ask how long they’ve been painting. If they haven’t been in the business for at least a few years, they’re not likely to have the skill to produce professional results.

Do You Have a License and Insurance?

Painting contractors should have state-issued licenses, as well as general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. When it comes to choosing a painter, this should be a non-negotiable. Any reputable painter will be able to present the proper documents. Remember, licensing and insurance are there to protect both you and the painter.

Can you explain your preparation process?

Inexperienced or poor quality painters often cut corners when it comes to preparation. An experienced painting contractor will take the time to do what’s necessary to ensure quality workmanship.

Do you have references?

Any painting contractor you’re considering should gladly provide references that you can contact before making a decision. If they don’t, this is a red flag that indicates either they’re not very good or inexperienced.

Do you have recommendations?

Quality paint professionals stay current with the latest paint products, tools and techniques. They also have preferences and recommendations when it comes to paints and finishes based on their experience.

Can you provide a detailed estimate?

There should be no surprises when it comes time for paying for a pain job. Ask for a clear estimate that includes the scope of the project, materials that will be used and the prep work that’s included. This should be provided to you in a professional, written contract.

Looking for a quality indoor or exterior home painter? Give Ellsworth Home Services a call today. We’re the trusted source for home painting in the greater Phoenix area.