The Repaint Specialists’ Colour Guide To Help Beat The Winter Blues!

When we think about repainting our environments, we often think about what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However; there is so much more behind the colour of your interior walls than you could ever imagine!

For decades psychiatrist have been linking colors and shades to our moods and mental wellbeing. The evidence is monumental, and we have even seen how colours on logos and in offices can affect customers and co-workers alike! Read more about the effect colours have on us as consumers here!

But, what about the colours we see with EVERY DAY? What about the colours we blanket ourselves in when we are at our most vulnerable?

After a hard day at work or school, are you returning to a place that brings you back to center or subconsciously sabotages you by increasing your anxiety?

The Repaint Specialists encourage you to take a walk around your home and mindfully explore the moods of each room.

The ‘Winter Blues’ is common and has a profound effect on many of us. In Edmonton, the Winter Blues can be amplified by the cold days, long winters, and grey skies that seem to go on for days. The Repaint Specialists can’t bear to think of their local Edmonton community feeling that way in there own homes when something so simple as an interior repaint job can drastically improve their mood!

To help, The Repaint Specialists have come together to share some of their favorite colours for beating the winter blues!

The Repaint Specialists’ Colour Guide to Help Beat The Winter Blues

Orange

Orange is a great color to help boost your energy and self-esteem. Physiatrists say that surrounding yourself with this colour may help you be more optimistic and help you shift your perspective on life’s situations. If you don’t like the idea of painting your whole room orange, try an accent wall or well placed orange accessories!

Yellow

Yellow is great for rejuvenation, depression, and lack of self-confidence! Like the sun, it can brighten up your grey day; however, also like the sun, it can stimulate your senses! Yellow may not be an appropriate color for a bedroom ( especially if you suffer from sleep disorders), but a splash of yellow in the kitchen or study may be just what you need!

Purple

Purple tends to inspire the mind and bring out your spirituality (regardless of your beliefs). It can bring out a sense f belonging, self-respect, and dignity. Many experts agree that if you suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, or low self-esteem then purple is an excellent choice!

Green

Green brings harmony and balance to you and your room. Help clear your mind, beat anxiety, and melt away stress by renewing your energy with a harmonious green! Lush green plants are another great addition to any room that you want to liven up!

If you are looking for some help selecting the right shade for your space, give The Repaint Specialists a call today!

Feel like hibernating? Let The Repaint Specialists do the work for you! With three different locations located in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert, The Repaint Specialists make it easy for you!

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

Will changing the colour of your walls rid you completely of depression? No.

But it can help, and you can beat this!

Remember to talk to your friends, family, and health care providers and utilize your resources for the best possible treatment plan.

There is always someone willing to listen @ 1-833-456-4566

For more resources and help dealing with a mental illness go to The LifeLine Canada Foundation

 

 

The DIY Guide To Synchronizing Your Paint Colours- Tips From Your Edmonton Repaint Specialists

You’ve scrolled through Pinterest, obsessed over Instagram, creeped Facebook and looked up every home decor blog you could find on Google, so you should be set, right?

Yeah, sure! Except like most of us, you’ve probably picked about 50 colors that you love, and have no idea if they will go well together- Will that brilliant Obstinate Orange make a good accent wall against the Green Energy?

Now, we all know The Repaint Specialists are here to help, but some of us are hardcore DIYers, and The Repaint Specialists get that!  In fact, everyone at The Repaint Specialists is kind of a DIYer themselves; at least when it comes to painting! 😉

Even so, these Edmonton paint specialists hate the idea of you panicking in the paint isle only to give up and resort to a rental white. So, they are going to let you in on a little secret! Even the pros aren’t color matching savants! Well, maybe there are a few, but most of them have a secret weapon that allows them to match colors harmoniously, and you can use it too!

*Drumroll, please *

It’s called a color wheel! That’s right; that little wheel you used in elementary school to learn about colors and art is actually pretty useful!

Just in case you don’t remember, The Repaint Specialists are going to tell you how to use one!

HOW TO USE A COLOUR WHEEL FOR PAINTING YOUR HOME

If you look at the diagram above, you will notice that that the color wheel is broken into 3 sections. Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel and these terms will help. Now, let’s take a look at the three ways you can use a color wheel!

Complimentary colors

To select complimentary colors, you are going to use the old adage “Opposites Attract”. Pick a color on the color wheel then draw a straight line across the color wheel. These two colors are complimentary even though they are basically exact opposites. Remember, you don’t have to distribute equal color around the room. You can select an accent wall for one of the colors, or simply add artwork or furniture that matches!

Analogous colors

This is when you choose a color on the color wheel that is next to the color you are choosing. If we choose yellow the analogous colors would be yellow-green and yellow-orange. This type of color choice is great when you don’t want to match the exact color or if you want to use your furniture or accessories to create the dramatic colors in the room highlighting your walls. Quite often neutrals are used when highlighting the main color feature of your walls such as white, off whites, grays, and browns, or even black.

TriaD COlours

First, choose a color on the color wheel then draw an equilateral triangle to find the two other colors. You will notice that each color has 3 colors between them to form the triangle. Let’s choose violet, the other two colors will be orange and green. These colors would be the secondary colors. The approach organizes the colors in terms of purity but can be a little more difficult to work with. You also don’t need to choose all the colors available, just keep their relationship in the back of your mind!

Regardless of what you decide, as long as your home represents you, it is going to look great!

Pro Tips:
Utilize Paint Swatches
Splurge on Samples
HAVE FUN!

Want to ensure your home looks it’s best?

Give The Repaint Specialists a call!

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9249

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

The Edmonton Business Owner’s Guide To Painting For Success

Do you have a local Edmonton business that’s dying for a makeover? Maybe, you are getting ready for your big launch and want it to look perfect.

Well, The Repaint Specialists  got a treat for you!

We often give a lot of consideration to the colour we place in our rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, or living areas. And, most of us know what colours make us feel good and why, but do you know what colours are going to make your customers feel good? We do!

Nowadays, it’s not enough to simply have a nice or creative space for your clients to come. The competition is too big not to pull out the big tricks. That’s why you need to really understand your products and what your customers are seeking out. Once you know that, you can prove what a savvy business owner you are by matching their needs to the colours on your wall.

All it takes is some good ole psychology folks!

Don’t worry! The Repaint Specialists wouldn’t make you do this alone.

The Repaint Specialists love to support their fellow Edmonton entrepreneurs, and to prove it, they’ve come up with a guide to  choosing the best colour for your business space.

The Edmonton Business Owner’s Guide To Painting For Success

Red Tomato-Behr
RED

In our western culture, red is often associated with anger (maybe because we often see red writing in negative situations such as marking red on a test or a negative bank statement), however, red can also mean excitement, passion, playful, youth, and creativity. Studies show that the colour red is also associated with impulsive and reckless behaviour. This may seem like a great idea to get your customers to buy impulsively, but remember you and your employees have to work in it all day, so choose this colour wisely and for the right reasons!

Other Businesses That Use Red: Coca-Cola, Netflix, Target, Lego, Pintrest, CNN

Exciting Orange- Sherwin-Williams
Orange

Orange is a bold colour that represents a cheerful outlook, quality, friendly, and confident. It is usually associated with products and services that give you a good bang for your buck. While some higher end retailers have gotten away with using orange, it is typically saved for lower cost establishments.

Other Businesses That Use Orange: Home Depot, Payless, Fanta, Amazon, Nickelodeon

 

Monticello Yellow- Benjamin Moore
Yellow

According to Forbes, yellow seems to be a hit or miss. People either love it or hate it. Either way, yellow is usually described as warmth, cheerfulness, optimism, and clarity. It can brighten up your customers day when they are feeling down!

Other Businesses That Use Yellow: Best Buy, McDonalds, Subway, Ikea, Pennzoil

Soul Search- Behr
Blue

Blue is one of the safest colours there is. Perhaps for the opposite reason as red, Blue seems to be a colour of positivity and good fortune. Business that incorporate blue tend to display trust, strength and dependability. Blue can also be seen as clinical.

Other Businesses That Use Blue: Dell, Walmart, Oral-B, Ford, Oreo, Vimeo, HP, American Express

Mermaid Song- Benjamin Moore
Green

It’s no surprise that green resonates with growth and nature. It is used for many organic products and has a calming effect on those who are around it. It is also seen as a gentle trusting colour that represents health.

Other Business That Use Green: Whole Foods, Android, Starbucks, Animal Planet, Monster

Exclusive Plum- Sherwin Williams
Purple/pink

Pink and purple may seem like feminine colours, but they have a powerful calming effect that can be perfect for rooms where conflict may take place. Generally associated with intelligence, creativity, and imagination,a little pink or purple may be just what your business needs!

Other Business That Use Pink/Purple: Hallmark, Big Brother, Big Sister, Barbie, Taco Bell, Cadbury

Simply White- Benjamine Moore
white

White can be great for a logo. It’s modern, calm, neutral and represents balance; however, you may want to avoid painting your room in all white. White is like a blank canvas for the mind, and if immersed in it too long, it is easy to get distracted from the task (or product) at hand. Think about how boring it is to live in an all white rental!

Other Businesses That Use White: Apple, Wikipedia, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nike

 

Now, you can select your wall colour with confidence knowing that your investment will not only make your room enjoyable to sit in, but keep your target market walking through your door again and again!

Time to get started? We agree!

Give your nearest Repaint Specialists a call today!

 

How To Remove Mildew From Almost Any Surface of Your Edmonton Home

Mildew affects us all at one point or another; however, when it starts to get out of hand it can be both unsightly and dangerous!

What is Mildew?

Mildew is a fungus that typically grows on the surface of a damp area. It is usually characterized as patches of grey or white. Unlike mold, it doesn’t get fuzzy, and it is relatively easy to treat.

Today, The Repaint Specialists are going to walk us through how to remove mildew from various surfaces of your Edmonton home.

 

How to Remove Mildew from Wood and Vinyl Siding

1. First, you are going to want to cover any plants near where you’ll be removing mildew. The plants are just innocent bystanders, and we don’t need them getting injured!

2. Be sure to wear protective clothing at all times.

3. You can choose a store-bought mildew remover, or make your own solution:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose laundry detergent
  • 1 quart fresh household chlorine bleach
  • 3 quarts warm water. 

If you are looking for an extra boost, you can also try adding  a cleaner that has trisodium phosphate.

4. Do a test patch. This will help ensure that your solution is doing the job without wrecking your walls.

5. Finally, saturate the solution onto the affected area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. When time is up,  scrub the area with the solution and a soft brush. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When done, rinse from the top down with your hose.

How to Remove Mildew from Brick

If you don’t already, you should get into the habit of spraying your brick with a nozzle spray hose at least once a year for maintenance.  If you begin to notice mildew in between, you’ll need to scrub it off with a solution of one cup bleach to a gallon of water. Since it’s brick, you will want to use a stiff brush (not wire or synthetic) to scrub the mildew.

How to Remove Mildew from Stone

This one is easy, folks! All your going to need is a mild soap of your choosing, water, and a scrub brush.  Once you’ve wiped or scrubbed the mildew away, give the stone a good rinse with the hose.

How to Prevent Mildew in the Future

The best solution for mildew is prevention! Prevention is fairly easy if you just take a few moments to ensure everything looks right!

  • Limit the amount of moisture seeping into your siding by keeping your trees and bushes trimmed.
  • Once a month, do a quick walk around your home to inspect for damage inside and out. Mildew can creep up on you quickly, and you want to be there to catch it at the earliest growth.  If you find any mildew, attack it immediately before it has the chance to grow.
  • Finally, take the time to wash your siding every fall to prevent mildew from growing.

Having a hard time removing the mildew in your home?

Contact Edmonton Alberta’s trusted paint specialists today

Did You Know?The Repaint Specialists have 3 Edmonton locations to help serve you better.

Choose from our Sherwood Park, St. Albert, or Edmonton location.

Key Benefits To Hiring An Edmonton Paint Specialist

We’ve all been there!

You’re watching T.V., and that new home decorating show comes on. It’s amazing what these everyday people can accomplish on a small budget! In fact, it’s downright inspiring!

You start looking around the room, and you realize it needs some serious sprucing up, and you are just the person to do it! No fancy contractors for you! Just some good ol’ ingenuity and elbow grease!

HOLD THAT THOUGHT!

Before you head to the hardware stores, pawn shops, and hottest dumpster dive locations, let’s take a moment to think about all the ‘reality’ that this ‘reality’ renovation show it portraying.

Sure, it looks inexpensive and easy. The homeowners get discount paint, used furniture, and even made that amazing crafty chandelier for $29. Not to mention they accomplished it all in a weekend!

These shows run for one reason: to make money!

They take everyday people and put them under extraordinary circumstances to ensure a profitable job well done.


First, the producers get a killer deal on the majority of the products (sometimes free) for the publicity. Next, what seems like a short amount of time squished into an episode is actually days of non-stop grueling hours that drag on. Finally, those people are surrounded by experts every step of the way! Professional electricians, painters, restorators, designers, and more. When the show’s editors plug that shockingly low price into the bottom of your screen, they are counting for any of those professional’s wages.

Does this mean you can’t do it? Absolutely not!

With the right materials, enough time, and lots of practice, you could make your home beautiful all on your own, but for now, you might save yourself a headache, and hire a contractor for your big projects.

You can even get their expert advice for when you take on your next DIY project!

You don’t simply want to hire a contractor because we tell you, so I bet you’re wondering WHY you should hire a contractor.

The Repaint Specialists makes a pretty good point for why hiring a professional painting contractor might be in your best interests, so keep reading!

TOP  BENEFITS FOR HIRING AN EDMONTON PAINT SPECIALIST

EXPERIENCE EARNED

Experience can’t be bought; it’s earned. That’s what they say. Even if you start tomorrow, it would take a long time to obtain the experience one of your local painting experts has gained over the years. You’re not just hiring a painter; you’re beating the system and buying his/her experience and expertise from all the jobs past. Painting may seem like an easy subject to master, but a lot can go wrong, and your local Edmonton painters will know what to do when it does.

Expert Painters Have Expert Product Knowledge

When was the last time you strolled down the paint isle? All those labels –Latex, oil-based, low-VOCs, no-VOCs. Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, high gloss, Behr, Cloverdale, Sherwin-Williams–  can get overwhelming and fast!  Painting contractors know which paint fits best in your home. Do you live with pets? Do you have kids? Do you suffer from allergies or sensitivities? No sweat! The Repaint Specialists can help select a paint or finish that is going to make your home look beautiful while making your life simple. Why? Because our customer’s satisfaction and a job well done is our passion!

Professional Painters Prep Before Painting

We know it tedious, and we mention it a lot. When painting your own home, it’s easy to get over excited about painting, or simply get bored and not give this step the attention it deserves. However, a repaint specialist will never skimp on the prep! We know how important this step is to the final look and longevity of the paint, and we go the extra mile to make sure it’s done right!

Professional Painters Add Value to Your Home

A professional painter adds value to your home. Whether you plan to sell it or live in it, you will see and feel that value every day.  When you hire one of Edmonton’s top paint specialists, it shows! From draping to clean up, you will know you are in good hands!

Interested in hiring a professional? Check out The Repaint Specialists’ amazing deals!

Do you still want to give this DIY thing a try? We understand!

Contact The Repaint Specialists, and they’ll point you in the right direction.