Archive for April, 2016

Choosing the Right Wallpaper for Your Home


Have you decided to redecorate your home but can’t seem to figure out what wallpaper would look best? Here’s a little advice to help you decide:

There is an unlimited variety of patterns and textures of wallpapers available making it harder to pick what is right for you and your home.

When you are careful about your choice of color and pattern, your chosen wallpaper should flatter the most attractive features in your room and disguise any minor flaws.

Large patterns tend to be the most dramatic and usually most effective in large rooms.

Smaller, busier patterns create an active impression in a room and provide an excellent backdrop for paintings, ornaments and general architectural features. These papers are great to use when trying to hide imperfections on your surfaces. They are also generally easier to hang and match the pattern if you haven’t wallpapered before. Even if you make a small mistake the smaller pattern will hide this.

Another consideration you will need to make is the practicality of the type of paper for the room you are decorating.

A bathroom will need a paper which can withstand condensation and moisture in the air. Vinyl papers would be best as they have a washable coating to protect them.

A kitchen would also need a hard wearing durable paper that can be washed down on a daily basis.

Delicate papers should not be used in a child’s bedroom or playroom where hard wearing characteristics are needed.

If you are ready to work with a professional please contact contact or call us today at 1-800-687-9470.

Selling Your Home? What Color Should You Choose?


When it comes time to sell your home, one of the most important things you can do to impress buyers is freshen up the paint in your home. The new paint helps showcase the home and gives it a new-home feel. Because color can be very personal and choosing a color palette which will appeal to your potential buyers is tricky, here are a few things to consider:

Neutral Colors
Earth tones and neutral shades such as soft greens, grays, and tans are warm, inviting, and evoke an atmosphere of relaxation. Rooms with a lot of glass, wood, stone, or metal are especially complemented by earth tones of green, brown, orange, and blue. Coffee is a popular earth tone which goes beautifully with hardwood floors. Browns can also add warmth to small spaces. Gray has emerged as a highly popular neutral shade with urban sophistication. You can also never go wrong with white. It evokes a clean space and helps potential buyers imagine their own stuff there.

Bright and Dark Colors
For many potential buyers, strong colors evoke strong reactions in people and is therefore a major consideration when selling your home. Colors to avoid should include pink, dark/lime green and purple. You want to avoid a dark, closed-in feeling.

Whatever colors you choose, remember that your aim is to appeal to the masses. Test the colors out first. Get opinions from the experts. We’re here to help. Give us a call 800-687-9470.

Crown Molding

Crown molding dining room

If you feel like your home is missing that special something, it may be that your home is simply lacking character. Crown molding is a great way to give your home some character. It can make a world of difference.

Styles of Crown Molding
If you go to a home improvement store and look at the variety of styles in crown molding, you will be shocked at the number available. From the rose vine crown, which has roses and vines entwined on the trim, to the egg and dart that has a line of small egg-shaped designs, the choices in molding are plentiful. The right one for your home depends on the style of your home and your own particular style. In general, traditional homes can handle molding that is ornate, detailed and/or large; Craftsman-style homes and modern properties look best with cleaner lines. The height of your ceiling also matters. Anything less than 10 feet high should have 1 inch or less in crown molding height; anything more than this often accommodates 1 extra inch per foot. Like any other design idea, this “rule” isn’t set in stone, although it is a good place to start. Crown molding is meant to look as if it was a part of the home from the time it was built.

Material Types
The material that makes up crown molding is either wood or composite material. Crown molding made from hardwood is going to have the highest cost, while the composite molding will be the least expensive. While wood molding is perfect for those that want to simply stain it and enjoy its natural beauty, the composite is much easier to paint. The decision you make will depend on budget and the look you are trying to create.

Installation – Hire a Professional
While the installation of the crown molding is easy as it simply requires it to be nailed in place, it is best to hire a professional. If you do not have professional-level carpentry skills, accomplishing this task correctly can significantly and unnecessarily increase the total cost of the project. Measurements must be exact, with each piece planned out in terms of how it will fit with the next. If you measure incorrectly, you may end up with a strip too short and good only for scrap, forcing you to start again with a new piece of crown molding. Cutting the crown molding itself also proves challenging for amateur carpenters, as sloppy cuts can create unsightly gaps. This project also requires specialty tools such as a coping saw and power miter saw, in addition to a chalk line, hot-glue gun, rasp, drill and hammer.

By putting the finishing touches on your home, you can give it the character you have been missing. Crown molding is one of the most popular ways to add character to a home and it is also one of the most economical changes you can make. Give us a call at 1-800-687-9470. We would love to help.

2016 PDCA National Industry Award – Community Improvement

Palette Pro Painting and Renovation of White Plains, NY was recognized with a 2016 PDCA Picture it Painted Professionally (PIPP) Industry Award from the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA). The award was presented during the 2016 Painting & Decorating EXPO, March 9-11 in New Orleans, LA. The annual awards program is hosted by PDCA and recognizes the best performances in the coatings application industry by individuals and contracting company members of PDCA.

PIPP Awards are presented for overall project excellence and superior craftsmanship. Awards were distributed in the following categories: Commercial Decorative, Commercial Interior, Commercial Restoration Exterior, Commercial Restoration Interior, Industrial Exterior, Industrial Interior, Residential Decorative, Residential Interior, and Community Improvement Awards.

Palette Pro Painting and Renovation won the award for the Community Improvement category. Details on their project are stated below:

During the month of October in 2015, Palette Pro Painting and Renovation selected a family as the inaugural recipient of the first Painting Hope Project. As part of the project, Palette Pro Painting and Renovation donated its service to completely repaint a total of eight rooms in a tight, two-day time period.

Thanks in part to the assistance of a local paint supplier, Palette Pro received paint and supplies at no cost, including 25 gallons of ceiling and wall paint, as well as supplies to repaint the kitchen cabinets. To reduce the burden on the family, Palette Pro even booked a hotel room so the family could enjoy time together and not be disrupted.

PDCA Standards P7 and P14 were used throughout the project to help set expectations for the everyone involved. Due to Palette Pro’s diligence, the entire project was completed without issue.

The recipient of this showing of support had this to say about their experience, “We are so truly blessed and grateful to have received such a generous gift from your company. What you have done for my family is take away some of the grief. We can look around our home and know that we are thought of, we are cared about.”