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 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 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 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 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!


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!


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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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!


Edmonton’s Top Painters Presents: How To Paint Over Your Outdated Brick

The city of Edmonton has been around since 1785 (known simply as Fort Edmonton then) and is home to many historic buildings and Victorian styled homes.  Both, of which, are famous for incorporating brick into the architecture.

Brick can be a beautiful element to any room or home exterior. In fact, many interior designers love to utilize brick to add charm and texture to a space; however, brick done wrong can also make a room feel cold, dated, and dark.

Do you have an older home with outdated brick? Or, perhaps that old brick around your fireplace could use some sprucing up?

Edmonton’s most trusted painters, are here to help guide you out of the past and into the present!

Keep your homes victorian charm with a modern twist by picking up a paintbrush, and following…

The Repaint Specialists: Painting Brick Like A Pro

First and foremost, it’s important to have the right tools for the job!

Here is a list of items you will want to consider before beginning your brick transformations project.

Tools For Success
  • Wire scrub brush
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Trisodium phosphate (if necessary)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Masonry or latex paint
  • Latex primer
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape


Prepping Like A Pro

Before you can begin any painting project, it is important to THOROUGHLY clean the area. This is especially important for brick as dust and grime can easily hide throughout the cracks and divets. You can use a wire brush and your soapy water to meticulously scrub the brick and remove any efflorescence or dirt. Once your brick has been cleaned, you’ll want to let it completely dry before painting. It’s also important to inspect the brick for any cracks or structural problems that may require repointing or some professional help.

How to Paint Brick

First, tape off any areas that you do not want painted. Then, begin by applying a quality latex or multipurpose primer to the brick. If mold or mildew was previously on the surface, you might need to apply multiple coats. Allow the primer dry completely. Next, you will want to use your roller or brushes to apply a paint formulated for masonry, or a latex paint, to the brick. Make sure to thoroughly apply an even coat to all the corners, cracks, and crevices! Follow the dry time indicated on your paint of choice (These Edmonton paint specialists suggest Behr, Cloverdale, Benjamine Moore, and Sherwin-Williams). If needed, apply multiple coats until the desired colour is reached!

Stuck on what colour to choose? Here are the top paint colors of 2018


  1. Make sure all your brick is clean and free from damage! This is extremely important. You can buy an acrylic caulk to repair any small cracks before starting your brick painting project; however, if the cracks or chipping is substantial, you will need to call in a professional!
  2. Avoid using acidic cleaners as this can significantly affect the final look!Sometimes, a project like this is easier to delegate to someone with more experience!

Give The Repaint Specialists a call, and we will take the pressure off!

To Remove Or Not To Remove? Wallpaper Tips From Edmonton’s Repaint Specialists

Through the years, wallpaper has faded in and out of fashion, but today, with so many choices, it’s simply a matter of preference; however, as we all know, preferences change!

When the wallpaper is installed correctly and well maintained, it can last greater than 15 years bringing colour, texture, and style to your home. However, as the years go on,  you may find that wallpaper you installed 10 years ago isn’t so chique today. Or, maybe, the years haven’t been as kind to your wallpaper as they have been to you (have you been working out?).  Regardless of the reason for making a change, a coat or two of this year’s trendiest paint colours can freshen up the room in no time!

Now that you’ve decided to make the change, it begs the question: “Do I remove the wallpaper, or do I paint over it?”

Right about now, you may be having flashbacks to horror stories about wallpaper removal. Hours of agonizing ripping and scratching at wallpaper only to find multiple layers behind or layers of drywall or plaster peeling away with the shredded wallpaper. It can be time-consuming, and an unbearable hassle; however, removing the wallpaper and starting fresh will always give you the best results with fewer issues now and in the future.

It’s okay, take a deep breath!

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove all that wallpaper. In certain circumstances, painting over the wallpaper is a perfectly acceptable way to save time, sanity, and still accomplish a beautiful, long lasting finish that will wow your guest, and make you love your home. So, how do you know if it’s okay to paint over the wallpaper or not? The Repaint Specialists suggest the following:

It’s Time To Remove The Wallpaper:

Anytime your wallpaper has become loose, ripped or has holes, it should always be removed. Foresight is also our friend. Remember to consider what the future holds. Do you think you will want to go back to wallpaper in the future? Are you planning to live in your home for a long time? Wallpaper that has been painted over is excruciatingly difficult to remove and will create bigger problems when you decide to redecorate again.

Ripped wallpaper
Go Ahead And Paint Away:

Is your wallpaper in great shape? No peeling, slipping, holes, or bubbling? No water damage? Jump up and down for joy because you get to march over to your nearest hardware store and buy your favourite can of paint! Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, and Benjamin Moore are all excellent choices by the way. Before painting, it’s a good idea to add a coat of spackle so the wallpaper’s texture won’t show. Even though you will save time painting over the wallpaper, you will want to consider the above advice regarding removal as best practice!

PRO TIP: Use an oil-based primer to seal the adhesive in the paper and protect it from the moisture in the paint.

Are you pulling your hair out after noticing that droopy wallpaper?

Contact The Repaint Specialists today, and we’ll do it for you!

The Repaint Specialists are one of Edmonton’s leading interior and exterior painting experts. Rated among the top three paint expert on Google, we are proud to be serving the residents of St. Albert; Sherwood Park; and Edmonton, Alberta.