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How to Pick Paint Colors for Your Newly Constructed Home

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A lot of thought goes into the details of constructing a new home, but deciding on the finishing touch—the exterior paint color scheme—often bedevils new homeowners when given the choice. Even when limited in range by community bylaws or homeowner association dictates, finding the perfect color scheme can prove difficult.

Start With the Basics

Generally speaking, the exteriors of most homes are comprised of up to four colors: the primary color that covers the bulk of the house; accent colors of doors shutters and other small features; trim colors that highlight the doors, windows and other features; and the roof. In many cases the roof color is dictated by the materials used; however, in the Naples, Florida area many homes come with metal or tile roofing that can be painted. If your roof is made of asphalt or other non-paintable material, its hue will need to be considered a key backdrop component in considering your home’s other color choices.

The goal of these initial choices is to pick colors that provide contrast and accent each other. For example, if your primary color is dark, it wouldn’t make sense to accent it with trim in another dark shade. Instead, you want to find a tint that highlights any details of the trim, while emphasizing the home’s primary color. Or, as posited by some house paint specialists, treat the trim like eyeliner that brings out the colors of the doors, windows and other features, while also enhancing the glow of the home’s primary color.

Seek Harmony With Your Home’s Surroundings When Choosing Colors

Before starting the selection of the paint colors take stock of your new home’s surroundings. Check out the color schemes of neighboring homes, and consider the colors and tints presented by your yard, trees and gardens. Also, take note of your driveway, walkways and any stonework that may accent the overall picture created by your home’s paint choices. All in all, you’ll likely want your home’s colors to flow naturally with the landscape and surrounding houses.

Give Your Proposed Colors a Test Run

Understand that exterior paint colors can vary significantly from what you might see on paint sample cards and visualizers. The surface area being painted can influence the tone and shading, the look of which can also vary depending upon the lighting. One way to ensure that you’ve picked the perfect paint color scheme for your home is to test it on your home, or on similar materials, and in a manner in which you can inspect the colors at different times of day to check for light-influenced differentiations.

Getting Help With Your Color Choices

The large selection of available paint colors, shades and tints makes it easy to personalize one’s home, but also increases the difficulty in determining the perfect color scheme. There are numerous color coordinating tools, such as fan decks, visualizers and color coordinating palettes, that can help you pick your home’s color scheme. But you should also ask your professional painters for their opinion and advice.

FCI Painting has been helping their clients choose home colors for more than 20 years. The Naples-based company works closely with area contractors to make sure new homeowners are completely satisfied with the look of their new premises. FCI painting coordinates closely with contractors and other craftsman to make sure the job is done correctly, on time and at a reasonable price. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you put the finishing touches on your newly constructed home, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

FCI Painting Offers Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

As residents of Naples and southwest Florida continue to clean up and repair the obvious damages wrought by Hurricane Irma, homeowners and businesses should assess their buildings for less evident damage. Among this less distinct damage is the potential impact to drywall from water intrusion. The drywall that makes up interior walls in homes and buildings that experienced flooding is likely compromised, as it sopped up floodwaters from the floor, while leaking roofs allowed water intrusion into ceiling drywall. Additionally, wind-blown rainwater may have penetrated outside walls and soaked into the drywall on the exterior side.

Not only can water damaged drywall be unsightly, but its integrity can be compromised to the point of collapse. At the least, untreated water-damaged drywall can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and mildew, usually within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion. Not only is this mold and mildew possibly hazardous to your health, but it slowly continues to break down the gypsum of your drywall.

Let FCI Painting Inspect and Repair Your Drywall

If you know or suspect that the drywall in your home or building has been compromised by water intrusion, FCI Painting can conduct a comprehensive inspection to determine the extent of potential damage, and recommend the appropriate level of drywall repair. FCI Painting’s drywall repair specialists will remove and replace damaged sections of drywall to ensure the integrity of your interior walls and ceiling and eliminate the threat from mold and mildew. FCI Painting can follow-up its drywall services with a fast and efficient paint job that will make you forget that the walls and ceilings were ever damaged.

Don’t Forget to Account for Drywall Texture

Whether you have an existing drywall texture that you would like to replicate, or would like to upscale the look of your interior walls and ceilings, FCI Painting’s drywall specialists are experts in producing the full range of drywall textures. Drywall textures can be applied by hand or by compressed-air-assisted hopper, with a variety of different textures delivered by both methods. Our specialists use a variety of tools to produce the desired texture in the compounds used, whether drywall mud, joint compound or plaster. While the hawk and trowel are the most utilized tools, special brushes, detailing knives, paint rollers and other instruments can also be used for specialty texturing.

Different textures can be achieved with the compressed air hopper by using different sized and shaped spray gun nozzles. The amount of air pressure used can also influence the texture, as can any aggregate added to the compound used.

Popular Drywall Textures

Among the more popular drywall textures are:

  • Smooth Finish: This classy finish is used in many high-end homes, and is the most suitable finish for high-end matte and eggshell paints. A smooth drywall finish is achieved by applying plaster compound with a drywall knife and then using a pole sander to achieve the fine, smooth surface.
  • Skip Trowel: This elegant texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but most often is used to add a Mediterranean flair to walls and ceilings. The texture is achieved by utilizing a light stroke with a trowel on a joint compound mixed with a little water, and sometimes, some sand.
  • Knockdown: As with the Skip Trowel texture, this texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but the texture consists of unique shapes that emerge from the wall. Applied with an air assisted hopper using an aggregate material, the knockdown texture provides a classy look, but is also perfect for hiding any imperfections that otherwise can’t be repaired.
  • Swirl: This smoother looking finish includes swirls in compound created by making short swirl motions with the trowel or specialty brushes and knives.
  • Spray Sand: Known as a more cost-efficient texturing process, this compressed-air application gives the surface small sand-like bumps. Given the right coat of paint and this texture can look refined and exotic.

If you need drywall repairs due to storm damage, or as just part of overall renovations, contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our drywall specialists can do to improve the look of your interior walls and ceilings.

Refreshing Touch Ups for Your Home’s Exterior

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Even if your home isn’t ready for a full renewal with a complete exterior paint job, there are numerous refreshing touch ups that you should consider that may help bring new life to your home’s overall exterior. Certain areas of the home can weather faster than others, creating a mismatch that can depress the overall bright look of your home. Simple touch ups, like pressure cleaning, accent painting, deck staining, and roof washing can add enough of a refreshing touch that it may look like the whole house has been repainted.

Touching Up Accent Features Brightens the Whole Home

Accent features of your home, such as doors, shutters and trim, tend to take more of a beating and weather and fade faster than the rest of the home. And, as accent features, they tend to bring out and brighten the rest of the home’s color. By renewing their bright look, you’ll give new life to the rest of the home. FCI painting can quickly and efficiently touch up such accent features with minimal disruption to your day-to-day living.

Decks, porches and other similar outside features also tend to receive more wear and tear than the rest of the home. A tired looking deck or porch with fading color can make the entire home look aged. When you restore your deck or porch with fresh paint or stain, not only will it look brand new, but will extend into the rest of the home to make it seem refreshed.

Pressure Cleaning Brightens and Preserves Exterior Paint

One sure-fire means of renewing the fresh painted look of your home, is with pressure washing. FCI’s home pressure cleaning service safely and effectively removes dirt and airborne contaminants that slowly build up on home exteriors over time. Not only does the pressure cleaning serve to restore the pristine sheen of the original paint job, but it will help preserve the paint job by removing contaminants that would otherwise wear away and degrade it.

FCI’s New Reverse Osmosis Waterfed Pole Cleaning System.

Speaking of pressure washing, FCI Painting now offers a new service designed to keep your windows clean without streaking, stains, spotting or buildup. Similar to low-pressure cleaning used to clean the more delicate features of your home, our soft window wash uses a unique pole system to spray your windows with low pressure, reverse-osmosis-purified water. This soft wash provides a window wash so clean and clear that you’ll hardly believe the glass is still there. Our soft window wash can be scheduled for residential homes, and is available to condominiums, housing associations and commercial buildings as part of their monthly or quarterly maintenance services.

With more than 20 years of experience, FCI Painting is well attuned to the painting, cleaning and maintenance needs of residential homes and commercial buildings throughout Southwest Florida. Whether a simple touch-up job or complete exterior re-painting, we guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with the results.

To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you brighten your home with refreshing touch ups, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

How Building Color Can Bring in More Clients

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Make Your Business Stand Out!

When customers visit a business they generally arrive with certain expectations. While courtesy and professionalism are usually tops on that expectation list, in many cases cleanliness can rank equally high. Given that nothing looks cleaner than a fresh coat of paint and that the exterior of your building marks a potential customer’s first impression of the business, maybe it’s time to consider a fresh coat of paint for your business’s exterior.

If your business has a dedicated corporate color scheme, or the building associated with your enterprise has always been the same color, the choice of paint coloring is probably dictated by past decisions. Likewise, if your business has a logo with a specific color scheme, you may need to choose building colors in a way that highlights or matches the logo. However, should your choices be more open, you should carefully consider your building colors, because the colors you choose may help bring in more potential clients and/or lead to more business.

Use Psychology in Choosing Your Building Paint Color

Psychologists have long known that colors can evoke emotional responses in people, and marketers utilize color in their efforts to influence customers. Consider that research has shown that colors can increase brand recognition by 80 percent, and that print ads in color are read more than 40 percent more than similar ads in black and white. Color can even influence the perception of temperature. Walls painted in warm colors, such as orange and red, generally make people think a room is warmer than it actually is, while cold-colored walls, such as blue and green, make people lower their temperature estimates.

People’s perceptions of—and response to—colors can and do vary. Genders display distinct differences in their color preferences, with men generally known to prefer stronger colors, while women tend to prefer softer hues. Distinct cultures may perceive colors and their meaning differently than the mainstream, and individuals may acquire subtle color biases as a result of past experiences.

Psychologists and marketers have developed various rules of thumb with regard to colors and business that may help you determine the right color choices for your building. Let’s consider a few of these rules in relation to the most common colors:

Blue

Known as the most popular color, blue is used in branding by 35 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most valuable brands. Its status as a favorite color is thought to have evolved from the pleasant association we have with seeing the blue sky, or the blue of water. Marketers believe blue is associated with trust, integrity and communication.

Red

Used in branding by 30 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most popular brands, red can send mixed messages. On the one hand it conveys warnings, such as the red in a “Stop” sign, but it can also signify anger, as evidenced by a face reddened by rage, or angering a bull with a red cape. With branding it is thought to connote power and passion.

Green

Green can invoke mixed messages, as well. Your first thought might be that it conveys a sense of nature and regrowth, which is correct, and “green” is all about the environment. In branding It also represents “money,” the pursuit of which can be diametrically opposed to green goals.

Yellow

Yellow is an interesting color in that most people don’t rank it high on their favorite colors list, but those who do like it tend to like it a lot. It is the most visible color one can see in daylight, and, while not popular with the majority of people, is considered a “happy” color.

Orange

Orange is thought to represent high energy, but is also associated with good value.

Tide and other cleaning brands use orange in their branding to suggest industrial strength; while Home Depot’s orange is supposed to be suggestive of good value.

Pink

Considered a kid’s color or effeminate, pink is also believed to have a calming influence. In fact, this influence is believed by some to be energy draining, which is why many sports teams paint their visitor’s locker room pink.

White

While it may not be considered a true color depending upon who you speak to, white is used as a color in branding (and certainly as building colors), though usually to offset other colors. White represents a bright, clean look, though marketers warn that it should not be overused as white can be suggestive of boredom.

Black

Black is not a color, and instead serves to absorb the colors of the visible spectrum. Similar to white, it can be very effective at offsetting other colors. When used in branding it is generally tied to the ideals of luxury and refinement.

Type of Business May Also Guide Color Choice

Ultimately, the type of business you are engaged in will help dictate your color choices as well. Much as toy store owners would not likely paint the exterior of their building black, funeral home proprietors would likely refrain from using a bright red color scheme. A law firm’s building might seem a bit off-putting if painted blue and yellow, but would probably look quite professional in black and white.

If you’re having a hard time choosing the perfect color scheme for your building, it might be time to call in some professional help. Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI Painting has been helping businesses with their interior and exterior painting needs for more than 20 years. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Choosing a Color for an Accent Wall

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Spring into Color!

A change of season calls for a special round of cleaning, and sometimes seeing your home in new light makes you want to do something different. If you’re looking for a change but aren’t ready to commit to a large-scale renovation project, painting an accent wall is an easy way to freshen up a room. Accent walls contrast against the other three walls in a room to create a powerful sightline that can easily make a room feel bigger and more dramatic.

However, achieving a successful accent wall isn’t quite as easy as slapping your favorite color of paint on the wall of your choosing. Talk to other homeowners and you’re sure to meet a few who found that their accent wall attempts were met with disaster. Getting an accent wall exactly right requires paying close attention to color, design and layout, and without taking the time to plan your wall, you’ll find yourself with a room that loses its sense of theme.

For finding success with your accent wall, follow the suggestions in this guide.

Easy Accent Wall Mistakes to Avoid

The first step in painting an accent wall is choosing which wall to paint. Many people make the mistake of automatically choosing the first wall they see when walking in a room. While this strategy often works, it’s important to take other factors into consideration, too. For example, it’s not smart to have an accent wall if it’s going to have visual competition from another wall. If you have a fireplace or large picture frames on one of your walls, making another wall an accent wall will only make the room feel busy.

It’s also important to ensure your accent wall fits the color theme of the surrounding room. Without simple ways of tying the color theme into the rest of the décor, it will get lost in the overall design. Sometimes it helps to review a sample gallery to gather design ideas for your own home.

Best Tips for Success

To successfully choose which wall to make an accent wall, you can follow these suggestions.

  • Choose a solid wall: Accent walls are typically solid without any windows or doors. It’s okay to make an exception for a truly stunning view or window frame, though.
  • Make sure it’s the natural focal point: Look around the room for what first captures your attention. Do you have a plant, painting or even piece of furniture you want to highlight? Making the wall behind it an accent wall will ensure it stands out.
  • Don’t let the wall be too bare: A well-balanced design requires proper furniture placement around your accent wall. Make sure your furniture arrangement fits the flow of the room without leaving your accent wall looking like an island on its own.
  • Choose a short wall: To make a rectangular room look longer, make the short wall farthest from the entry the accent wall. This draws attention and makes the room feel more square.

Choosing the right Color for an Accent Wall

When it comes to designing an accent wall, color can make all the difference. If your room is naturally a little featureless, making one wall a vivid color can add visual interest. Conversely, if you’re looking to keep a soft and unobtrusive vibe, you can paint one wall a few shades darker than the room’s main color.

It’s also important to decide if you want your accent wall to be a warm or cool color. Warm colors (like orange, yellow and red) tend to pull the wall towards your eye, which makes a space feel smaller and cozier- a good choice for long, narrow rooms. In contrast, cool colors like green, blue and purple pull the eye away and make rooms feel larger, an easy trick to trick yourself into thinking you have more square footage than you do!

Getting an Expert on the Paint Job

An accent wall may be an easy way to give your house an update, but you don’t need to be the one doing the dirty work. If you’re ready to call in the services of a professional painting company, FCI Painting can do the job for you. To book an appointment, you can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Redecorating with Wallpaper: Can You Paint Over it?

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Looking for an easy way to modernize your dated home décor? Consider getting some new paint on those walls. Wallpaper that was the height of elegance 15 years ago is only dragging down your style aesthetic today, so opting for a fresh coat of paint will go a long ways towards transforming your space. But is taking down wallpaper worth the effort? Most people dread the idea of spending hours stripping old wallpaper off their walls, so they delay home improvement projects for years on end. However, this is hardly necessary. Prepping wallpaper to paint over it is possible, so long as you take the time to do it right.

You Can Paint Wallpaper, But Strip When You Can

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always a décor faux pas to paint over wallpaper. Sometimes, it even makes sense. Not only can painting over wallpaper save you money and hours of prep work, it’s sometimes a smart choice for the durability of your walls. However, most homeowners shouldn’t paint over their wallpaper, so keep reading to learn if layering paint onto preexisting paper is a smart choice for your situation.

You should always attempt to strip your wallpaper before deciding to paint over it. The reasons for this are simple. First, paint usually looks better when put on a stripped wall. Otherwise, you risk seams from the wallpaper showing though, and raised designs may be emphasized with a coat of paint. Painting over wallpaper may also pose problems in the long run, as peeling paper will take your paint job off with it too and make frequent touchups a necessity. This means that it’s important to strip your paper before painting when you can, as the process of stripping painted over wallpaper is much more difficult.

When to Paint Over Wallpaper

Sometimes, stripping wallpaper won’t work for your walls. If any of the following conditions describe your home, you might be better off painting over your paper instead.

    • Too many paper layers: If your walls have multiple layers of paper on them, stripping off every layer yourself might be impossible and leave the walls an uneven texture in the process.
    • Minimal Time: Stripping wallpaper can be a drag, so if you’re on a tight renovation schedule, painting over the paper is a time saving option.
    • Crumbling drywall:  Taking wallpaper off drywall sometimes leaves it damaged and crumbling, so keeping it in place on older walls will ensure they stay intact.

How to Paint Over Wallpaper

If you decide to paint over your wallpaper, it is crucial that you carefully prepare your walls to prevent the result from looking shabby. Look over your walls, remove any loose paper in sight, and restore damage spots from nail holes. By taking the time to get your wall is as smooth as possible, you will get the best result.

Next, add a thin line of clear caulk around the edges of your wall, paying special attention to the places were the paper meets the floor and ceiling. This seals the edges and prevents the paper from peeling after it’s been painted.

After the wallpaper is secured, cover it in a coat of oil-based primer. This seals the adhesive in the paper and keeps it away from the moisture in the paint, which is otherwise likely to cause it to bubble or peel.

Once the primer is fully dry, inspect for gaps in the wallpaper seams these may need to be skimmed with drywall compound, sanded and re primed then you can paint your walls like normal.

 

When it’s time to call a professional painter

Feeling overwhelmed with the scope of your painting project? It might be time to call in some professional help and use the services of a painting company like FCI Painting. FCI Painting will never take the easy route on your renovation project and will strip off years of old wallpaper to give your walls a fresh look. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Maintaining the wood on your Dock or Deck

Weather Proofing your Dock or Deck with Stain and WaterproofingFlorida allows us to live outdoors and draws us to its beautiful waters all year round. Waterfront living is bountiful and so are the docks and decks. Entertaining friends and family on an outdoor deck or dock is a source of endless fun by all, including; boating, fishing, sunning, dining, parties or just relaxing and enjoying the view. Maintenance of that deck or dock means the party safely continues.

It is tricky to maintain the beauty of your decks original wood finish. The sun, sea and harsh summer storms can wear out the original wood finish sooner than you might think possible. It is not only important to maintain your wood deck for its beauty, it is imperative to conduct routine maintenance for safety reasons. Check all the bolts, nuts, nails and other metal fasteners for rust or corrosion. To keep your friends and family safe you will also need to replace splintered or dried-out wood slats as soon as possible.

Professional Deck Maintenance

Consult with a professional in your town regarding proper maintenance techniques which are suitable and ecologically healthy for your environment. You will want to be responsible and take care when choosing cleaning products and choose waterproof products that are also environmentally-friendly, especially if your dock is over the water. Most homeowners find they can’t quite replicate the results a professional can provide when they are ready to stain, paint, or otherwise refurbish a tired outside deck.

The Advantages of Deck and Dock Staining

Dock owners find a greater return on their investment with scheduled routine maintenance which includes cleaning of the wood planks and staining or waterproofing. Scheduled maintenance of your wood decking rather than having to replace wood planks tends to be less expensive and less disruptive to your outdoor lifestyle. Typically, deck staining prevents against the growth of mold and aging as well as damage caused by insects and other termites. Staining not only adds a decorative flair to your deck it also increases the lifespan of your deck by protecting it from sun damage like bleaching.

Signs That the Wood on a Deck or Dock Needs Maintenance

  • You can visibly see fading of the wood stain
  • It develops a bleached out look
  • Water is no longer beading off

Some stains and sealants are used to waterproof while some are for sealing. Some stains serve the dual purpose of both waterproofing and sealing. What is the difference, what are their applications, and which should you use on your deck?

Sealing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Sealing stains work by penetrating the wood to act as a shield against moisture. Moisture will inevitably cause mold and algae to sink into and harm the integrity of the wood. Following a sanding or power wash, a sealant stain is applied to the deck. Once it has been applied and allowed to cure, the stain will prevent excessive buildup of moisture and keep out harmful contaminants like mold and fungus.

Waterproofing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Waterproofing and sealing are fundamentally different. While some sealers provide waterproofing, a coat developed for the purpose of waterproofing is ideal for a deck that comes into contact with significant amounts of moisture.  As a rule of thumb to determine if your deck requires waterproofing, you should flick water onto the wood, if the drops are absorbed, your deck needs to be waterproofed.

Hiring a Professional

Consider hiring a professional deck maintenance painting contractor to handle the preparation, staining, and painting of your dock or deck. FCI Painting located in Naples, Florida has extensive experience painting, staining, and maintaining the appearance and integrity of outdoor decks. In Naples, we know that the sun, wind, and rain can take a heavy toll on our outdoor wood finishes. Thankfully, deck and dock maintenance can help alleviate the damage caused by the year round sun. To protect your deck from the elements and increase the value of your home, give FCI Painting a call today at 239-435-1001.