Blue Door Painting Job of the Month 

Updating an older home can be a balancing act – maintaining character while modernizing the look. In this recent full interior painting project, Blue Door Painting took an outdated and worn two-story home in River Forest and transformed it into an alluring and inviting space.

 Home Transformation Blue Door Painting

Though the exterior was unassuming, the interior of this home was working with a mixture of everything from beige to yellow, green to grey. This client worked with a professional interior designer to streamline each space’s color scheme to be from the same palette. To achieve this interior continuity, we painted all the walls, trim, ceilings, bathrooms and even doors and closets with Benjamin Moore paint.

 

Starting at the front of the home, we knew immediately that the fireplace should be a focal point. This old wooden fixture had so much potential; instead of restaining, the designer selected a monochrome mix of graphite and white. Painted fireplace facades can bring a room together and give a decorator more flexibility.

Moving deeper into the home, the modern theme was carried through with grey variants. This, coupled with bright white trim, gave each room its own signature contrast while tying it together with the rest of the house. Everything in this home from the master bedroom to the nursery was given a facelift from floor to ceiling.

To minimize the look of the electrical outlets, the designer decided to paint the outlet covers the same color as the wall, creating an uninterrupted flow so the white trim could pop against the darker grey.

We completely transformed the old, worn staircase into a beautiful high point in the entryway. In keeping with the modern light vs. dark palette, we brightened the base and darkened the face of each stair. The balance is particularly noticeable against the backdrop of a neutral pewter on the hallway wall.

Most people stick with wood grain or white doors, but the homeowner wanted to complete the deep contrast; the kitchen entries and the front door were painted to match the fireplace and framed with bright, illuminating white trim.

Blue Door Painting is a fully insured and vastly experienced interior painter. Contact Blue Door Painting today to get a free estimate for any painting project – we are fast, professional and affordable!

 

Paint Colors Used for This Project 

 Paint swatches, Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray HC 165, Amherst HC 167, Graphite 1603, Revere Pewter HC 172, White Dove OC-17, Sandy Hook Grey HC 108, Copley Grey HC 

 

We hope you enjoyed this installment of our monthly Job of the Month Series. Stay tuned for more Chicagoland painting projects by Blue Door Painting!

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We are excited to announce a new series of posts on the Blue Door Painting blog curating our favorite “Job of the Month”.  This monthly series will highlight unique customer painting projects that showcase technically challenging painting work, major home transformations, striking color palettes or out of the ordinary customer design aesthetics that we think are a great inspiration.  Look out for Blue Door Painting’s “PRO TIPS” as well where we can share painting best practices and our professional expertise.

Each post will outline the job location, specific paint colors used and our customer’s motivation and goals for the painting project.  We love reviews, so whenever possible we will let you hear from our customers directly too!

We look forward to sharing the diversity and quality of our work with you each month and hope you will find this new Blue Door Paintingblog series inspiring!

ADDITIONAL BLUE DOOR PAINTING NEWS

GET READY FOR SPRING! If you have been considering transforming your home with fresh colors, NOW is the time – take advantage of our special PRE-SPRING PROMOTION!

Book your interior or exterior painting project with us by March 31st and take an extra 10% off! Job must be booked by March 31st and completed by April 30th, 2018.

Don’t wait – schedule your FREE PAINTING ESTIMATE today!

Looking for some color inspiration? Check out our blog posts or call for a free color consultation with our Interior Designer and color guru, Jasmin Reese.

If you are interested in checking out our previous painting projects, please visit our painting portfolio.

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Take a look at a darker recommendation from Jasmin at Jasmin Reese Interiors.

In light of the recent Halloween and Día de los Muertos holidays, we had to opt for black for November’s color. Beyond its reputation for being spooky and serious, black is universally known for being dressy and chic, it works beautifully with both classic or modern looks, and it is endlessly versatile. See what black can do!

Black is very edgy, even to the point of being extreme, so it must be used thoughtfully and is certainly not for everyone’s taste. However, the color is unmatched for its drama and its ability to make other colors pop! A great place to start incorporating it into your home is to paint some black accents, such as windowsills or trim, or replicate this simple black door to add elegant definition and style to a clean, minimal entryway.

Interior renovation of Spanish Town historic residence completed by Ty Larkins Design, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Interior renovation of Spanish Town historic residence completed by Ty Larkins Design, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

If you’re ready for a stronger commitment to black, you can paint the entire walls in a smaller room, such as this Hollywood-style powder room. The glossy jet black paint brings oozes of luxury and class to the panelled walls. And here’s a little-known design pro tip: black can actually make a small space feel larger. In my own small city apartment, I painted the living room walls a deep plum color to see if we could amp up the spaciousness and it worked wonders!

This dining room featuring partially-black walls is incredibly successful. The sleek black color above the white wainscoting and the white tulip dining table deliver mod sophistication to the space, while the vintage Turkish rug and leather upholstered dining chairs warm up the room and bring a classic touch.

If you’re ready to go the whole nine and paint one of the principal rooms in your home black or near-black, we don’t think you’ll regret it! Just like pure white walls make a nice blank canvas for other decor and accessories, black is also the perfect background for any artwork. The black wall set back between custom bookshelves in this library makes a stunning backdrop for a big bold painting. Combining black, gold and white for the ultimate sophistication, this luxe library is completed with a pair of gorgeous black bookcases that beautifully highlight treasured books and white marble sculptures.

Here are our favorite paint picks for the month:

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Benjamin Moore Black Iron

Benjamin Moore Black Iron

Need help finding just the perfect way to work black into your home? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

Let Jasmin and the pros from Jasmin Reese Interiors fill you in on the fall trends.

The recent fall chill has us wanting to snuggle up with a glass of wine and a book at home, now that the season of bike rides and rooftop barbecues has come to an end. We’re inspired by the power of the color red to bring vitality and warmth to interior spaces this season. Take a look at some ways to use the bold hue around your home for dramatic and beautiful effects!

Reds works well in the coziest places in your home, such as libraries, bedrooms and dining rooms. The cheery red paint on this living room gallery wall creates a stunning contrast for the white matted photography, simultaneously adding a touch of formality and warmth. You can use red in larger rooms to warm up a space and unify a design, rather than cooler tones you might choose for smaller spaces to make them appear larger.

This lavish guest bedroom’s muted red and gold patterned wallpaper is complemented by the sumptuous velvet headboard and luxe fur bed cover, and is given an extra touch of class from a classic red leather ottoman.

We absolutely adore the unapologetic luxury of these crushed red velvet chairs, adding warmth and style to this cool, airy Paris conservatory. The romantic red furniture paired with the sharp contrast of the simple black and white tile floor is fabulous. You might take this inspiration to your kitchen and get a similarly striking effect by pairing vibrant red cabinets with a geometric black and white tile backsplash, and of course lots of plants!

In the feng shui tradition, red is said to be best for dining rooms because the fiery color can raise one’s blood pressure and heart rate, and may serve to stimulate conversation and connection. We couldn’t agree more with this theory, and have found that reds work especially well in social spaces, like this formal dining room with deep berry walls and dark wood furniture. The gentle glow of the wall sconces complete the inviting feel.

Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2015 was a lovely soft purplish red called Marsala, which offers a strikingly elegant backdrop for this gorgeous white stone hearth.

Here are our paint selects for autumn reds: Sherwin Williams Real Red is a great selection for a brighter tone, or Benjamin Moore Mediterranean Spice for a softer shade.

sherwin-williams-real-red

sherwin-williams-real-red

benjamin-moore-mediterranean-spice

benjamin-moore-mediterranean-spice

There are lots of powerful ways to use red in your interior space to create a daring contemporary look or a homey, welcoming vibe. If you’re not ready to dive in by painting your entire walls red, try painting just the molding and trim in a room, or adding some pieces of red furniture and flowers around your home!

Need help finding just the right red? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

It’s no secret that a kitchen should be a bright, uplifting room. Many people think of yellows, natural light and warmth when they consider kitchens, but the trends are leaning toward a cleaner look.
We’re seeing more and more white paint requests for kitchens, specifically where cabinets are concerned. On the one hand, this brightens the room and reflects natural light back to the viewer. On the other, you’re giving yourself longevity and a multitude of decor options by staying neutral.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Like the look above, you can mix and match when you stick with whites and other neutrals. The bulk of the kitchen can have a white, clean look while you accent islands, chairs, rugs and even dishes with bold colors.

Into a streamlined look? Blend your country home into your kitchen with bright whites, complemented with wood and stone features.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Most of us love a modern kitchen – stainless steel appliances, lots of natural light, functional work spaces – and bright neutrals work perfectly alongside those attributes:

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Big into accents? Stay sleek and modern with gorgeous back splashes and functional islands, but add a pop of color on countertops and seats for an appealing visual mix.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Don’t think that brights can’t be mixed with darks when you’re talking about kitchens…black and white is a perfect combo for a beautiful look, while dark browns and warm hues can provide the perfect balance against white counters and cabinets.

No matter how you do it, adding whites to your kitchen can freshen up the look and give you room to change as your style evolves. Share your kitchen inspiration with us on Facebook!

Call Blue Door Painting today to get a look you love.

Some people look at beige and see…blah. But don’t write off the versatile neutral that quickly.
An article from Houzz put the color back into perspective for us when we realized that, yes, beige has taken a backseat. The nineties color trend has faded in recent years, but its merits have not. Take a look at some of these gorgeous rooms with a focus on the mellow shade.

Janet Dunn at Houzz got it right when she said, “It can be soothing, sophisticated, flattering, rich and mellow, formal or casual, and a perfect launching pad for bolder decor choices. It is also never clinical or cold, an accusation often leveled at gray.”

The neutral, unassuming color opens up unlimited decor possibilities while still seeming inviting. These pops of blue perfectly balance this setting:

These rich, vibrant tones are right at home against a beige backdrop:

Even better, with a color like beige, you can get a little crazy with patterns:

No matter how you use it, beige can be the best laid plan for a modern, sleek new look in any room.

Want to bring back the beige trend? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

For September, our interior design partners at Jasmin Reese Interiors are giving a nod to blue, possibly the most versatile color on the spectrum. It’s also very special to Blue Door Painting, of course!
For the native New Englanders at JRI, blue is especially evocative of the coast, and September is when the chilly Atlantic is finally at its warmest. You can bask in the waves and enjoy the last breaths of summer at the beach. In honor of this exceptionally rich, classic color, Jasmin’s design pros assembled a selection of beautiful blue tones, as well as some tips for using blue paint and decor to make your home spectacular:

Photo courtesy of Bold Magazine

We love using barn doors like these to add a pop of color to interiors for bathrooms, or anywhere else sliding doors might be a practical solution for the space. These lovely barn doors, painted a Yale Blue and fitted on an iron track, add some drama to this living room entryway.

Blue Barn Doors

This high-gloss floor-to-ceiling royal blue paint, with a setback ceiling painted in gold, render this elegant salon extraordinary. Blue pairs wonderfully with gold, and also with white. The simple white and blue furnishings and ginger jars nod to the gorgeous blue and white Greek Key flooring.

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Here’s another great blue and gold example! Hexagonal tile in cerulean blue works well with the golden shower head and accent mirror, giving this well-appointed bathroom a lavish feel.

Blue is a fabulous color for accent furniture because it complements so many other colors and designs. You can add style and save money during a bathroom renovation by repainting existing cabinets for a revitalized, fresh-looking “new” piece of furniture. We love this vanity painted a crisp navy blue to call out the navy honeycomb wallpaper. We often paint vanities in bathrooms a bold color to add drama.

Photo courtesy of Cole and Sons

We love the luxury this deep turquoise delivers when applied to custom built-in bookshelves — complemented by turquoise lamps and drapes and set off by unexpected burnt orange accents — in this classic library. We are working on a similar vibe in a library in Evanston right now, and we’ve included that paint color as one of our picks for the month. Stay tuned on our social channels for pics to come!

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

For our favorite paint colors this month, we’ve selected Benjamin Moore, Tropical Paradise (the color we used in a gorgeous Evanston library!) and Sherwin Williams, Indigo Batik.

Benjamin Moore, Tropical Paradise Sherwin Williams, Indigo Batik

We adore many shades of blue for their soothing elegance, and for the timelessness that they bring to complete a design. Share some photos of how you’re using blue in your home and garden!

Not sure which shade best suits the room? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

Read on as the design minds at Jasmin Reese Interiors make the case for this month’s featured color: orange.

Orange is one of the boldest colors on the spectrum, calling your attention immediately (but there’s a reason it’s used on “Caution” signs!). Don’t let those fluorescent traffic cones give orange a bad rap — when used correctly, it can be an incredibly sophisticated way to add some unexpected zest and movement to your space.

Orange Beachy Entryway House Beautiful

Orange Beachy Entryway House Beautiful

Many homeowners shy away from including orange in their interior design palate fearing that it will be too intense or distracting. In truth, it’s the intensity that makes orange such a fabulous accent color — the trick is just to use it sparingly!

Here’s a Bohemian chic kitchen in Lake Forest that we had the pleasure of designing recently. We used an orange tile backsplash to add some visual interest to an otherwise neutral-toned space.

LF Boho Kitchen backsplash

LF Boho Kitchen backsplash

A few key orange accents around the room, using furniture and window treatments, pick up the orange from the backsplash and complete the look.

LP Boho Kitchen Window Treatments

LP Boho Kitchen Window Treatments

Here’s another great example of a strong orange accent making all the difference. This orange nightstand subtly draws out the orange trim on the pillows. Orange took this sweet twin bedroom from conservative and classic to unexpectedly stylish.

White and blue twin beds with orange table

White and blue twin beds with orange table

This orange doorway at the Parker, Palm Springs, shows us exactly what fierce modern style looks like. It’s all about contrast!

Orange Door, Parker, Palm Springs

Orange Door, Parker, Palm Springs

Our favorite orange paint picks are Orange Nectar from Benjamin Moore, and Navel from Sherwin Williams. Use either of these to add some pop to an accent wall or piece of furniture in your home.

        Benjamin Moore Orange Nectar

       Benjamin Moore Orange Nectar

           Sherwin Williams Navel

          Sherwin Williams Navel

Sherwin Williams’s 2015 Color of the Year Coral Reef has been applied to paneled accent wall in this elegant sitting room. Notice that it doesn’t take anything away from all the gorgeous layers of white furniture, window treatments, or the striking fur rug — the whites pop brighter!

 Orange Panel Wall White Fur Rug

Orange Panel Wall White Fur Rug

Just because we’ve emphasized the importance of orange as an accent color does not mean it will necessarily overwhelm a space if it’s used as the primary color in the scheme. If you love orange, go wild and paint the entire room. The orange walls paired with sleek blue furniture, and blasts of pinks, yellows, and reds in the artwork give this fabulous dining room that appeared in Elle Decor a fun, energetic vibe.

Orange Walls dining room Elle Decor

Orange Walls dining room Elle Decor

How are you daring to use orange to liven up your home or garden? Inspire us with pics!

Need to find just the right orange? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

Need some on-trend color inspiration? Jasmin Reese Interiors is turning their attention to the understated beauty of blush tones for the month of July.
Blush is an especially fitting choice for this month because it evokes the sweetness and tranquility of a warm summer night. Think sweeping salmon-y sunsets and a chilled glass of rosé on the deck…are you relaxed yet?

Blush and pink tones are traditionally associated with tranquility and femininity. This is by no means a new concept – Feng Shui masters use blush tones to calm the energy in a space. This lovely nursery exemplifies the soothing effects of the color with a pale blush accent wall.

While blush is naturally subtle, it provides a stunning contrast point for the rich green accent color lining the bookshelves in this stylish office. Plus, pink represents fire and green represents wood, and we think the color pairing below nails that combination!

Blush interior paint is a striking tool to soften a space and to provide a powerful yet gentle contrast to a stark, minimalist palette. Just a warning: the color tends to be most effective in small doses. This lovely bedroom decorated in neutral grey tones with just the right touch of blush accent on the ceiling is perfect!

Here’s an even more dramatic example of blush as an accessory color to offset stark, masculine black walls. The chunky crystal chandelier adds a final touch of glamour to this alluring sitting room.

blush sitting room

blush sitting room

If you’re considering adding some blush accessories to your space, don’t miss this lush velvet from Schumacher in “Sophia.” The fabric is upholstery weight so it can be used for furniture, pillows, or even drapes if they’re lined.

As for paint picks, here are our faves right now:

Wild Astor from Benjamin Moore

Cosmetic Blush from Sherwin Williams

Brag about blush! Do you have a success story using blush tones to paint or decorate your interiors? Share the pics on Facebook!

Need to find just the right shade? Call us for a free color consultation.

Looking for professionals to do the painting for you? Call Blue Door Painting today.

Having trouble finding the perfect pieces to match your room’s color or atmosphere? Looking for a vintage feel in an era of modern shopping? Don’t compromise on your look – get thrifty. Chicago’s got hundreds of shops and stores for the interior decorator in you, but here’s a sampling of our favorites – in no particular order – to get the creativity flowing.

Brimfield

Photo courtesy of Brimfield Chicago

This Andersonville antique shop is the baby of Julie Fernstrom, the previous owner of English Cottage in Portage Park. The store is named after her favorite plaid pattern and is filled with repurposed, vintage and antique pieces that suit every budget.

Praha

Photo courtesy of Praha Chicago

If you’re looking for unique (but affordable) furniture, look no further than Praha in Lakeview. The eclectic mix of decor and furniture will give you new ideas with old trends.

Modern Cooperative

Photo courtesy of Modern Cooperative

Mid-century modern furniture is all the rage in this Pilsen treasure trove. The store even sells pieces designed by local Chicago artists who use repurposed materials to create your new favorite decor.

Broadway Antique Market

Photo courtesy of Broadway Antique Market

Trying to get a retro 1950’s look? Check out Broadway Antique Market for a shop that specializes in the sock hop throwback era.

New Elephant Resale

Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

New Elephant is not only a great find, but a non-profit. Stocked with clothes, decor and furniture, this resale shop is perfect for bargain-seekers. Thinking about trading your current couch for a new (or vintage) piece? New Elephant will pick your donation up and drop your new piece off at your home.

Still need inspiration? Call us today for a free color consultation with the interior designers at Jasmin Reese Interiors.

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Thrift shoppers and DIY-ers alike will love this idea: transform a room by taking a bland piece of furniture and turning it into a unique accent with a coat of paint. Recycling (or upcycling) a piece give you a new look and opens dozens of new doors for the rest of the room’s decor.
Whether it’s a piece you already have (think rocking chairs and coffee tables) or a piece you pick up on your next antiquing trip, you can create a new theme and feel with as little as one coat of color.

Photo courtesy of Frog Prince Paperie

Photo courtesy of Frog Prince Paperie

Create an accent piece that fits the flow of the room:

Photo courtesy of 33 Dodo

Photo courtesy of 33 Dodo

You can get creative with patterns too:

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

But white pieces make for pretty additions too:

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Get creative – try a new piece, a new finish, a bright color or a bold metallic to spice up your home. There are no limits and no reasons not to accent your spaces with personal, colorful touches.

Not sure how to work color into your home? Call us today for a free color consultation.

Need a little color inspiration? Let our interior design partners at Jasmin Reese Interiors tell you about May’s color of the month: green!

Here in Chicago, the spring comes pretty late in the year. We’re just starting to see a riot of flowers budding on the trees in Lincoln Park, and so many lovely shades springing up all over the city!

For us, green represents renewal and revitalization, and reminds us to appreciate and be inspired by nature. To highlight the visual appeal of this undeniably fresh color, we have selected some of the best uses for green we’ve seen in the design world recently.

Photo courtesy of Rue Magazine

Photo courtesy of Rue Magazine

Green is a beautiful and versatile choice for the walls in your home. Bolder than a typical neutral tone, but always classic and crisp, green is often a fabulous choice for interiors.

We adore the way this jungle-esque large-print banana leaf wallpaper combines with an elegant, muted rose upholstered dining set to deliver just the right amount of zing to the room.

Photo courtesy of the Glam Pad

Photo courtesy of the Glam Pad

We just installed this delightful green zebra-striped wallpaper by Schumacher in a sassy Lincoln Park powder room, and we’re so happy with the results!

Schumacher - Zebra Palm Linen Print

Schumacher – Zebra Palm Linen Print

This addition of a rich green accent wall gives this room an air of sleek sophistication, and we love how it draws out the bright hue of the palm plant.

Cilantro Green Sherwin-Williams

Benjamin Moore Seaweed Green

 

Right now, our favorite green paint picks are Benjamin Moore – Seaweed and Sherwin Williams – Cilantro. Don’t forget — effective lighting for your rooms is essential to help the colors shine!

Naturally, green evokes plants and the organic world. We’d like to leave you with this image of maze gardens at Ruspoli Castle in Northern Lazio, Italy for inspiration.

Maze Gardens at Ruspoli Castle / Northern Lazio, Italy

Maze Gardens at Ruspoli Castle / Northern Lazio, Italy

Think you’d like to liven up your home or office with some naturally inspired hues? Call us for a free color consultation with Jasmin.

So you need to paint something in your home. Calling the experts is always our recommendation, but what if you just need to touch something up? Or maybe you’re feeling creative on a budget. Just making a trip to the hardware store isn’t enough when it comes to a quality paint job, especially when there are so many options on shelves. Take a look at the ins and outs of paint types and what all the buzzwords mean before you make a purchase.

Primer

Though it isn’t technically considered paint, primer is important. Primer helps cover and smooth a surface prior to a new coat of paint, and should correspond to the type of paint you plan to use – oil-based or water-based. Skip it if you’re just touching up a corner, but larger jobs can benefit from a primer coat.

Oil-based vs. Water-based

Pros of oil-based paints:

  • More durable overall than water-based options
  • Oil-based enamels are shiny

Cons of oil-based paints:

  • Takes longer to fully dry
  • Cleaning oil-based paints is more difficult – you’ll need harsher, more potent chemicals to truly clean it

Pros of water-based paints:

  • Requires just water and mild soap to clean
  • A longer lifespan; resists the “yellowing” sometimes seen with older oil-based paint jobs

Cons of water-based paints:

  • Not as shiny as oil-based counterparts

Finishes

Each paint has a specific chemical make-up, but also a distinct finish. Take a look at the three most popular finish options and what they mean.

Eggshell paint finish

Eggshell paint finish

 

  • Flat finish: If you’re looking to update walls and ceilings, flat is a popular option.
     
  • Semi-gloss and Gloss finishes: These are generally shiny, hard wearing enamels, and many people like to use them on wood surfaces.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paints are water-based and, unlike latex paint which lacks actual latex, includes acrylic in the ingredients. This type can get confusing, as you’ll see “acrylic latex,” “acrylic enamel” or “acrylic latex enamel” but suffice it to say they are all water-based and offer varying degrees of shine.

Specialty paints

In some cases, you can find paints with additional perks like anti-mold features or hypoallergenic ingredients. There are even anti-condensation additives in some options, making those brands great for kitchens and bathrooms. Take a look at all brand options – and ingredients – before making a decision.

Need more direction or help deciding on a color? Call us today for a free color consultation. Overwhelmed with the options? Let us give you a free quote for your project.

Interior Painting Tips Using Pastels

Whether you want to get a jump on summer trends or follow springtime traditions, pastels are the perfect addition to your color scheme or interior painting project. These pale palettes can add a relaxing feel to any room, as well as open up a world of decorating opportunity with accents and furniture.

Bedroom

Bedroom Interior Paint Recommendations

You want your sleeping space to be cozy and soothing, so pastels are a natural color choice for bedrooms. Popular for nurseries, these paint tones can bridge the gap between kids’ rooms and adult living spaces if done correctly.

Photo courtesy of thedecorguru.com

Light colors allow for freedom with linens – whites, beiges, grays and other colors can be seamlessly worked into the room without contrasting with the walls and decor.

Photo courtesy of Behr

Kitchen

Kitchen Interior Paint Color Ideas

Though sprucing up the walls with a fresh coat of pastel yellow paint like Benjamin Moore Pineapple Grove (color code 333) can instantly brighten your kitchen, don’t ignore other aspects of the room. Pastel appliances, chairs and other elements can take an otherwise bland room and make it an enjoyable space with style and function. Likewise, painting kitchen cabinets is often an inexpensive option for giving your kitchen a fresh, updated look.

Photo courtesy of toriejayne.com

Living Room

Painting Tips for your Living Room

Pastels are versatile – they don’t need to keep a modern theme. If you’re feeling vintage, work some yellows and greens into your living room to compliment wood floors and beige furnishings.

Photo courtesy of Behr

Not into the throwback look? Keep pastels in mind as an alternative to safe tans and creams. They aren’t going to distract from the room in the way a bold, bright accent wall might, but they’ll give you a more personalized, individual look that will guide the rest of your decorating decisions.

Photo courtesy of Behr

Bathroom

Interior Painting for Bathroom Walls and Ceilings

Your time in the bathroom should be calming and relaxed, so create a light, airy theme or a beachy look with pastels. Walls and ceilings shouldn’t be ignored, but this look can be achieved with towels, stylish rugs and small decor pieces in an otherwise bright, white space.

Photo courtesy of waplag.net

Ready to spruce up your interior with some beautiful pastels? Contact us today for a free quote. Still need some ideas? Talk to our interior design experts for a free color consultation before diving into a new look.

April’s Color of the Month 

Straight from the minds of design – let our interior designers from Jasmin Reese Interiors show you just how versatile yellow can be.

April has come and gone, but this color of the month can have a lasting effect. Yellow, the most cheerful color in the spectrum, oftentimes gets overlooked as too bright, too bold or too blah in favor or reds or blues. But the color has its merits – just ask the pros.

“When we think of yellow, we think of playfulness, sunshine, spring flowers and bright cheer,” said Reese. “To me personally, it’s reminiscent of a drawing I created as a young girl for my mother in wild yellow tones that read, ‘Du bist mein sonnenschein’ or ‘You are my sunshine.’”

Interior Painting Ideas - Yellow

Interior Painting Ideas – Yellow

Yellow Interior Painting Tips

Don’t just limit your pops of yellow to bathrooms and kitchens when planning your interior paint colors – there are many shades and many ways to incorporate the tone beautifully into your home and garden.

Interior Painting - Yellow Door

Interior Painting – Yellow Door

Kitchen Interior Painting - Yellow

Kitchen Interior Painting – Yellow

Blue Door Painting’s Favorite Yellow Paint Colors

“Whether you decide to paint an entire wall or add a brilliant pop of color like a door, yellow always delivers vibrancy and energy to a space,” notes Reese, mentioning two favorite shades – Confident Yellow from Sherwin Williams, and Sun Kissed Yellow from Benjamin Moore.

Sun Kissed Yellow – Benjamin Moore

Confident Yellow – Sherwin Williams

 

Interior Decorating with Yellow

Don’t just think paint! Decor can spice up your interiors as well, and considering pieces featuring yellow can add zest without overwhelming the space. Consider, for example, Reese’s suggestion: this “Citrus Garden” print by Schumacher.

Schumacher Citrus Garden Print

Schumacher Citrus Garden Print

It features muted mustard tones, and was created as part of their 125th anniversary fabric collection.

Already ahead of the game? How are you using yellow to add vibrancy to your space? 

Call us today for a free color consultation with Jasmin Reese or to get started with your yellow interior painting project.

Looking for new ideas to make your wood trim a standout accent? Designers are turning the old rule of trim painting on its head to expand the unique opportunities afforded by colored trim. As opposed to making the main walls the accent of the room, we’re increasingly seeing subtle and muted walls as a neutral backdrop and bold trim taking center stage.This concept works beautifully with ornate trim work to bring those elements to the foreground, but is also an excellent option for those who may fear big, bold wall colors and prefer just a hint of color to add drama and scale to their rooms.

Photo courtesy of Young House Love

Photo courtesy of Young House Love

In large, bright spaces with tall ceilings and big windows, black trim on doors, door frames and molding can be very dramatic and glamorous.  
For a more subdued elegance, try shades of grays as a trim accent.  
For modern spaces with clean lines and clean, neutral wall colors, bolder hues of lime green, canary yellow,  orange, turquoise, bright red and deep greens and blues can add just a pop of color and personality without overwhelming the décor or simple modern elegance of your space.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Berrey Design

Photo courtesy of Shannon Berrey Design

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of House of Turquoise

Photo courtesy of House of Turquoise

Looking for a little more glam, sparkle and old world romance? Metallic paints are very inand can add the perfect touch when used on wood trim. Try metallic gold, silver, pewter and bronze paints to add some glitz to your rooms.

Check out our Pinterest board for great ideas on using your painted wood trim as your room’s accent color.  

Call us today for a free color consultation on your Chicago house painting project and let our professional interior designer help you define your space with color!

Don’t put it off another year – this season, freshen up your home or office with a new look. Blue Door Painting is the local, professional option for every paint need, residential or commercial. With over 35 years of experience in the field, we’ve painted it all – homes, offices, retail stores, restaurants, industrial and warehouse projects, schools, multi-unit residential projects and more.

Not only do we have the experience to back our work, we’re proud to offer clear and upfront painting estimates, neat and fast paint service and free touch up and follow up service.

If you need it, we do it – take a look:

Interior Painting Services – Residential

Residential painting is our specialty – our relationship starts with a free estimate and visit to your home to assess your needs and goals.

We’re masters in the following areas:

  • Complete interior house painting – new construction and existing homes
  • High rise condo painting
  • Den or basement painting
  • Children’s room painting
  • Wall repair
  • Wallpaper removal
  • Wood trim refinishing
  • Light carpentry

Exterior Painting Services – Residential

Safety on the job is our number one priority – our fully trained personnel are experienced on and around ladders, scaffolding and rooftops.  No job is too tough and no detail is too small – we love challenging projects!

We have extensive experience with the following types of residential exterior home painting projects:

  • Complete exterior home painting – new construction and existing homes
  • Exterior wood and siding painting
  • Wooden porch and deck refinishing, painting and staining
  • Metal porch refinishing and painting
  • Iron fence refinishing and painting
  • Pressure washing

Commercial Painting

We are fully insured and safety on the job is our number one priority. Whether you are just refreshing your walls or are planning a larger renovation project, our team has the experience and training to manage your project independently or work with your general contractor to complete the job on time and within your specified budget.

Pre Move-In Painting

We will meet you and your real estate agent at the new property prior to closing to provide a free home painting project estimate. Upon acceptance of our proposal, we will then schedule the house painting work around your closing and move-in dates. As part of our standard residential painting service, we perform any necessary wall repairs such as filling holes and cracks and repairing any water stains or damage that may be present.

Home Renovation

We work hand in hand with Chicago’s premier building contractors to put the finishing touches on your home renovation, bringing your home to life with color. If we are not the last trade to work on the job site, when the project is over, we conduct a thorough inspection of the work area and perform any touch-ups or wall repairs that may be needed.

Color Consultation

We work with local color consultant and interior designer, Jasmin Reese of Jasmin Reese Interiors to offer free color consultations for your home or business.

Jasmin will meet you at your location to review your project and get a feeling for your personal style and goals with the space. She will take into account the overall design of your home or business and color scheme already in place and provide you with color options and other creative ideas to integrate color into your space.

 

Check out our portfolio for inspiration or contact us now to get started with a free estimate or color consultation!

Bring the Soothing Colors of the Spa into your Home or Business. Take a page out of a salon’s book – soothing colors and spa-inspired looks are the perfect way to still the hustle and bustle of daily life, both at home and in your business space. Serenity and a calm environment can be achieved with a little feng shui and some creative color choices.

Be intentional about the spaces that you live and work in – make sure everything has a place and purpose. Clutter can throw off the flow of a space, and eliminating stress and mess is the first step in creating a soothing living space or workplace. 

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Spas evoke a sense of quiet, calm and peace. While we typically associate the spa environment with cool blue watery colors and soft green earthy tones, warm and uplifting colors like deep orange or yellow can also help create unique spaces for relaxation and reflection.

Photo courtesy of GreenMuse.org

Be mindful of other choices as well – harsh lighting can ruin the serenity of a space and uncomfortable furniture can have the reverse effect on someone looking to relax. Consider the full picture as you replicate a spa environment.

Photo courtesy of Home Bunch

Photo courtesy of Home Bunch

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Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Stumped on color ideas? Our interior designer offered some soothing color options to complement any room:

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Dining room

Call us today for a free color consultation to see how you can incorporate these gorgeous hues into your home or business interior.

Create a focal point for your home or office – add a dash of color to that wall niche or alcove for an eye-catching addition to your decor. Painting the interiors of nooks and crannies is a wonderful way to introduce vibrant color to a room without overwhelming your visitors.

What can work for this creative color splash? Think open wall cubbies, firewood cubbies, built-in bookshelves, open closets, storage areas under the stairs, kitchen cabinet interiors, open kitchen shelving, bathroom storage nooks, open attic storage alcoves, and shallow recessed wall areas. There are plenty of other options, but you’re looking for small accent areas, NOT large sections of visible space.

For a subtler look, try painting the complete interior of the nook or the back wall only. For those looking to a bolder statement, paint the trim around the nook or alcove the same vibrant hue as the interior. If the niche doesn’t have a physical border, you can create a faux trim by taping off a small edge (one to two inches) before painting to give it a stronger presence in the room.

There are so many color choices! Start with these bold Benjamin Moore paints as inspiration to get your creative juices flowing to find just the right vibrant color treatment for your own creative space:

  Hot Tamale            Rumba Orange          Sweet Orange           Yellow Finch

    Chic Lime            Royal Fuchsia            Peacock Blue               Blue Lapis

Hey Chicago – call us today for a free color consultation on your interior house painting project and let our professional interior designer help you accent your space with color!

Pantone’s 2015 fall list gives us 10 vibrant new colors that embody and reflect our natural environment. These hues promote feelings of love, warmth and security while eliciting hope, fun and fantasy. A sense of balance and excitement is created when earthy neutrals are paired with emboldened color statements – the brilliant colors from opposite sides of the spectrum bring each color to life and create a sense of sophisticated whimsy. We’ve broken the colors down to provide tips on how to use them in your next painting project.This palette of multifaceted colors is all about being real, protective and grounding, while pulling balance from deep, lush colors. Combining them in beautiful ways is nearly effortless, and the tones are completely unisex, which provides even more flexibility and usefulness throughout your home.

Desert Sageis a cool, soothing, timeless, unobtrusive and authentic color that can be used as the perfect backdrop or base color in your home.

Stormy Weather is a useful neutral that is dependable, cool, constant, strong, enduring and implies quality and luxury.

Oak Buff brings lightness to the palette with its mellow, comforting, warming, and nurturing tone.

Dried Herb is a throwback to the 60’s. It’s sophisticated, chic, organic and earthy – you can almost smell the wet earth and moss in this color.

Marsala was chosen as the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year and its rich and robust red-brown features evoke red wine, warmth and a grounded earthiness.

Biscay Bay evokes the lush, elegant, cool, soothing and transporting elements of tropical waters, taking you away from the drabness of winter. The color also inspires boldness and confidence.

Cadmium Orange is a color of optimism, fun and fantasy. It is a playful, warm, welcoming and subtly dramatic hue with bold contrast to the other colors in the palette.

Cashmere Rose is tactile, soft, cultivated, gentle and composed, bringing balance, tranquility and an elegantly feminine element to your color composition.

Reflecting Pond is deep and thoughtful, full of intrigue and dimension. It brings feelings of a very composed and secure state of being.

Amethyst Orchid is said to be the “crown jewel” of the 2015 fall colors and creates a space that is intriguing, vibrant, sensual, unique, bold, enigmatic and highly creative.

Call us today for a free color consultation to see how you can incorporate these gorgeous hues into your home’s interior this fall.  For fall and winter Chicago interior painting projects, we highly recommend using Benjamin Moore Natura Zero VOC and Zero Emissions Paint so as not to compromise the indoor air quality in your home or business.

Revitalize Your Kitchen with Freshly Painted Cabinets

Do you feel tired of your kitchen cabinets but don’t want to make the large investment in buying new cabinets?  Kitchen cabinet painting might just do the trick to breathe new life into your old kitchen! Painting or refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a lower cost alternative to new cabinets and can be finished in much less time and with less disruption to your home.

Purchasing new kitchen cabinets can cost an average of $10,000 to $30,000, while painting your existing cabinets would likely cost under $5,000.  Think of what else you could do with that extra $5,000 to $25,000!

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips

In addition to cost savings, painting your kitchen cabinets opens up a world of custom color possibilities that generally do not exist with pre-made cabinets.  Current color trends for kitchen cabinets are hues in the white, cream, grey, beige and greige families to provide a neutral but rich color backdrop in your kitchen. You can also experiment with dual tone cabinets (one color on top and one on bottom) which often allows you to choose something a little more thrilling and unexpected such as teal, turquoise, blue, red, yellow or green, usually on the bottom cabinets.

Play with hints and subtle pops of color by painting the insides of your shelves and cabinets a bright, bold color while keeping the exterior finish neutral. Alternatively, painting only your kitchen island with a fun and playful color can add a dose of excitement while keeping the primary areas neutral.

Cabinet Painting and Refinishing Process

To ensure a high quality finish on your newly refinished kitchen cabinets, proper preparation of the cabinets is critical. The old cabinets must first be cleaned thoroughly to remove grease and kitchen grime before any surface treatment is applied. Once the cabinets are properly cleaned and dried, all holes and divots must be filled with putty and sanded smooth.  The correct primer must be applied to fill in the grain in the wood and get the cabinets ready to accept the paint.  The primer is then sanded and reapplied and sanded again to achieve a smooth, grain-free base coat.

To finish, use a high quality oil or acrylic based paint for the topcoats of color. The benefit of the newer acrylic based paints is the lower volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which reduce the fumes and strong smell in your home and are generally safer materials from a long term indoor air quality perspective.

Complete the job by adding the hardware handles and pulls and…voila – your new kitchen awaits!

Call the interior house painting professionals and kitchen cabinet painters at Blue Door Painting today for a free kitchen cabinet painting quote and color consultation!