The answer is… In some situations a paint may not require a primer. (Like when repainting a previously painted surface in sound condition)
Primer and paint have very separate and distinct purposes and in the right situations you will need two separate products. Paints are formulated to give you rich colors and duarbility. Primers are formulated to solve problems (sealing porous surfaces, water stains, smoke damage, etc.) and enhance the properties of paints (color,finish & washability).
To find out if you need a primer or if a self priming paint will work for your situation call us at one of our stores. Primerless Paints.
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Can you tell which colors belong to whom by the suggestive paint names?
Every wonder how designers stay on top of the color trends? See the process the Color Marketing Group Uses to Decide What’s Hot In 2010.
Check out Darryl Carters book “The New Traditional” . It comes highly reccommended by sonu from Living in color with Sonu
Darryl Carter’s new book, The New Traditional, offers more than just a collection of photographs that exemplifies his signature style of employing textures and every tint and shade of white possible in a balanced way. It is also brimming with Darryl’s perspective on design and life. It could have easily been named ‘Words to Design By.” The book is a perspective from Darryl, who is a master at reinventing space and making connections between antiques and modern design as if they were created to live beside one another in a subtle, yet striking contrast.
Searching for a fresh wallpaper idea? Try an old one: Toile. Dating back to the late 17th century, French toile patterns—typically one- or two-color fine-line illustrations or etchings of romanticized landscapes and lyrical pastoral scenes—once served as record for historical events and mythological stories. They grace the walls of historic estates throughout Europe and the U.S. Over the years, toile has remained fashionable among those seeking an antique or country look, and has been a favorite of interior designers. Today, toile has become increasingly popular as more consumers are turned on to its benefits and ease-of-use. Wallpaper manufacturers are further enhancing the trend by offering more color options and styles that appeal to a variety of tastes and work in newer as well as older homes.
For example, “Toile Resource,” a collection from Thibaut, offers a traditional color palette including basics like blue on white and red on cream, but also inspires consumers with fun combinations like raspberry and ivory on French blue, and crisp green on yellow. Some designs have interesting backgrounds that are illustrated to resemble cloth, linen, and other fabrics, and many designs incorporate neutrals and earthy colors like sage and olive green, charcoal, bronze, wheat, dark gold, and burgundy, which coordinate with popular cabinetry, flooring, and countertop materials found in newer homes. Fabrics accompany the designs in this collection and can be used for window treatments, table linens, pillows, slipcovers, and bedspreads.
Are you looking to redecorate your home? Maybe create a cozier feel within a special room? Color is a simple way to add a jolt of personality to any space. Color is also a wonderful way to create a feeling or mood whether you seek a sense of sunny optimism with yellow or quiet serenity with blue. Here the design experts from Thibaut share the latest color trend information that will help you add special appeal to any area in your home.
Lori Reagle, Art Director at Thibaut, says three colors are making a major statement. The first is blue. No matter what shade or tone, blue is big. In the company’s latest collection, “Repertoire,” patterns such as “Wolverhampton” feature collies and retrievers overlapping a midnight blue ground. “Herald,” a metallic fluer de lie pattern, features a slate blue ground. These darker hues create a sense of calm and comfort in larger, open rooms. On the other hand, lighter tones like the sky blue found in the “Geraniums” design or the sea glass blue of the “Jardinière” pattern from Thibaut’s “Piccadilly” collection lend a sense of openness to smaller rooms.
Reagle also sees popularity in orange and red in spicy color hues. The muted nutmeg-colored “Fortress” design in Repertoire, as well as the hot paprika-colored “Indienne Paisley” design consist of stylish color hues that are debuting not only in home décor but also on fashion runways. Recent shifts in the use of earthen materials like slate and stone make this color palette user friendly in homes today. Orange and red provide the sense of a warm embrace that welcomes all who enter a room. “Warmth emanates from this color group,” says Reagle.
While Reagle sees oranges taking a muted tone, browns are bold when tastefully paired with pewter and gold metallic accents as seen in the “Bee” or “Jackson” designs from the “Repertoire” collection. Reminiscent of the 1920’s, the brown and gold pairing adds a touch of glamour and chic elegance.
While Reagle and her team design with color trends in mind, the ease of use is what inspires them to use a particular color palette. As a rule of thumb, the Thibaut design studio focuses on colors that compliment and enhance antique and new home furnishings and styles. She also stresses the importance of sticking with classic color groups. “While some trend observers note fuchsia as the new ‘it’ color, most people don’t have any use for such a color in their homes. When experimenting with color, it is most important to stick with colors you believe to work best for you and your home,” advises Reagle.
In Thibaut’s “Stripe Resource II” and “Stripe Resource III” wallpaper collection there are a wide variety of looks accomplished with stripes—everything from basic ticking patterns to those with more ornate damask overlays. Many patterns are illustrated to look and feel as if they were printed on fabric grounds such as woven cotton, linen, and silk. There are also designs resembling leathery elephant hide, delicate lace, and twilled herringbone. Some have sheer washed effects while others have more mottled painterly appearances. Whether light and airy, or heavy and more masculine; narrow or wide; these stripe designs with their clean lines provide a sophisticated, tailored appearance ideal for either casual or formal settings.
Besides the interesting patterns, rich colors in the collection liven up plain, ordinary walls, and the designs coordinate readily with other fabrics and wallpapers in the home. The earthy palette includes wheat, eggplant, coral, coffee, sage, moss green, and steel blue, while a brighter palette incorporates clean green, lavender, pink, soft yellow, Chinese red, celery and chambray. Hints of metallic gold, copper and taupe can be found in many designs. These accents add a flattering touch as they pick up on faucets, light fixtures, and drapery or cabinetry hardware in the room.
Designing a child’s bedroom? Planning for a new arrival? When decorating a child’s bedroom parents typically seek a look that’s open, airy, playful, and allows the imagination to soar. The design should allow for growth as the child matures and takes on more sophisticated interests.
Wallpaper is a great idea for decorating a child’s room. It is durable, washable, and moreover, the colors, images, and shapes are important for a developing mind. Paint alone does not allow for such diversity.
Choosing a design that appeals to your child as well as your own sense of style can be challenging. Stacy Senior, marketing manager at Thibaut Wallcoverings suggests finding designs from adult collections that have a hint of whimsy. Pictured here, this fanciful “Canterbury” design from Thibaut’s “Far Hills” collection fits the bill. Woodland animals such as birds, rabbits, and squirrels give the design a youthful tone, while the elegant sketching technique used in the pattern makes the design suitable for children of all ages.
Sometimes toile designs can be another good choice. Some take on a youthful tone while offering a sophisticated look. The “Countryside Toile” from Thibaut’s “Toile Resource” collection, a timeless design available in colors ranging from pink to yellow to blue, is one such pattern that works well in a child’s room and also coordinates easily with other designs and colors in the home.
Decorating can be an enjoyable family project. Involve your child in the process. Remember, your tastes aren’t necessarily the same as your child’s, so you may need to make compromises along the way. You can enhance any look, however, with some additional creativity: frame your child’s artwork; suspend coordinating fabrics from the ceiling to create a canopy bed; use coordinating fabrics to make a fort out of bunk beds; tack kites made of coordinating fabric to the walls; or decorate shelves, wastepaper baskets, bulletin boards, and trunks with wallpaper pattern cut-outs. Personalize the room by cutting out fabric letters of your child’s name or initials and applying to toy chest or sewing on pillows. Try to incorporate your child’s favorite color into special accent pieces—desk chairs, pencils and pens, paperweights, throw pillows, etc.