How to Spruce Up Your Home For The New Year

As you’re settling into the new year you may be inspired to try something new, or you may need a fresh environment to get your New Year’s resolutions accomplished. Here are some simple ways to spruce up your home for the new year, 2020!

1.     An Accent Wall

An easy way to spruce up any room in your home is to add an accent wall. Instead of painting the entire room, adding an accent wall can add a pop of a different color or pattern rather than just repainting the entire room one solid color. An accent wall can be painted a color that compliments the color that the other walls are already, or you can choose to put wallpaper on the accent wall. If you use wallpaper, there is an endless amount of varying patterns, and colors you can choose from. Printed or multicolored wallpaper can add dimension, texture, and uniqueness to your space. It’s also a great way to liven up a room that has simple finishes and furniture.

2.     New Window Treatments

Replacing window treatments in your home can give the space a whole new look. Adding more light-colored thin curtains can give the room a more relaxed airy feel. Also, you could go bold with some neutral canvas-like material curtains to pull together a room that has a mix of colors. Window treatments can add more texture to a room as well, depending on the material of the curtains.

3.   Refurbish a Piece of Furniture

Another way to spruce up your home is by integrating some of the new 2020 home design trends, such as revamping a piece of furniture you already have. You can do this by staining a set of tables and chairs a different color, or sand and repaint an old chest or desk chair. Though it may seem small and simple, giving new life to an old piece of furniture that serves a purpose in your space can give the room a whole new look without breaking the bank by buying new furniture. 

4.     Cut Down on Accessories

With a New Year comes a new start, and typically, the desire to rid ourselves of useless junk. When rethinking the number of decorative accessories you have in your home, think about which ones make the room come to life, which are sentimental, and which ones you really love. Anything else that are just space fillers, can go! You’ll find that the fewer tchotchkes you have in a room, in turn, will make it look more refined and not so crowded and cluttered. You will also come to see that as time goes on, you’ll end up collecting pieces you really love and fits flawlessly in your space. It’s common that when we first decorate (or redecorate) a new room, we sometimes feel the need to fill it with things so it doesn’t look empty, then we collect things on the way as well, and this tends to make the space look messy. If you minimize the number of decorative accessories in your home it will likely look better and you will be able to purchase items you truly love and add to your space rather than just fill it with things. 

Top Home Design Center in New Jersey 

When looking to make any design changes to your home small or large, Riccardi Brothers is here to help you with everything from inspiration to tools and supplies for your project. Our top of the line design and contracting services can take any home decorating project to the next level. We also offer wall coverings, window treatments, and paints and stains. We truly are the one-stop-shop for all of your home design needs. Please contact us today, or head to one of our conveniently located stores throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, or check out our idea gallery for some 2020 home design inspiration.

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6 Ways to Give Your Home a Mini-Makeover Before The Holidays

The best way to get in the holiday spirit is to start making your home feel merry and bright. No matter if your hosting holiday parties all season long or just want to feel the warmth that holidays bring, then what you need is a mini home makeover! There are many ways to completely transform the look of your home without going overboard, and here are just a few.

1. Holiday Pillow Covers

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home for the holiday season is to get some pillow covers or fancy fabric. You can easily take the decorative pillows you currently have on your couch throw on some fun patterned and embellished pillow covers or sew pillow covers out of holiday-inspired fabric, doing this will turn your home more festive almost instantly.

2. Decorative Wallpaper

Yes, wallpaper used to be a thing of the past, but with Ricciardi Brothers brightening up your home with wall coverings can make it feel like a totally new space. With wallpaper or other wall coverings such as, textured fabric or textile wall coverings you can create an accent wall that can be more subtle and understated or stand out. Creating an accent wall can give any room more dimension and is easy to accomplish! No matter the style of your home, wallpaper is a great way to transform your space and get ready for the holidays.

3. Hang LED String Lights

Lighting can completely change the way your space feels, it can make it feel warm and cozy with very little effort. Hang string or twinkle lights inside your windows hanging down to create an icicle effect both inside and out. You could also arrange some dainty LED string lights around some table decor or on your mantle will be sure to bring holiday cheer to your home.

4. Spruce Up Your Front Door

When it comes to holiday parties every great hostess knows that small details are key to throwing the best holiday event! The perfect way to give your home a mini holiday makeover is to repaint your front door. It is the first thing your guests see when coming to a party and it sets the tone for the rest of the home. A project like this is something easy to do, that means that painting your door a festive color for the holidays and painting it back to a more neutral tone for the rest of the year is extremely doable! With a fresh coat of paint and a balsam wreath, you’ll be equipped to take on anything the holiday hosting season throws at you.

5. Swap Out Your Window Treatments

One of the most simple, yet effective ways to prepare your home for the holidays is to swap out your curtains for more embellished and festive ones. Window treatments can add a pop of sparkle and shine to your normally neutral space. During the day tie them back with some textured fabric and bring holiday glee to your home.

6. Transform a Piece of Furniture

For all the creatives, transforming a piece of furniture is the perfect project to get you into a jolly holiday mood. You can work on a piece you already have or maybe find one from an antique or thrift store that needs a little love. Adding more seating to any area in your home is ideal for any holiday host. Some manageable projects to take on this holiday season are re-painting and reupholstering some stools or benches. This not only gives more seating for guests but also adds character to your space. Projects like this are doable, useful, and can be easily stowed away after the holidays. Bringing a piece of furniture back to life can be a fun holiday home project, that can make your space look like its right out of a home decor magazine!

Ricciardi Brothers are the Home Makeover Experts

Ricciardi Brothers have every resource you could need to accomplish the perfect holiday home makeover, they provide everything from paint supplies and window treatments to trustworthy home contractors and home design services! They are always prepared to help with any home makeover projects no matter how big or small. With over twenty locations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware the perfect mini holiday home makeover is within reach.  You can count on Ricciardi Brothers to always be updated on all home design trends and color pallets, and they are more than prepared to help you bring any home design project to the next level. Contact Ricciardi Brothers today or visit one of their showrooms so you can bring your home to life this holiday season!

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6 Cold Weather Painting Tips For Your Home

Most homeowners, paint professionals, and remodelers try to get all of their painting projects finished within the warmer months. The weather conditions allow for much more effective results, both indoors and outdoors. However, the timing is not always right and we may get sidetracked by other priorities. While paint reacts differently in cold temperatures compared to how it performs in warm temperatures, winter days can still provide numerous opportunities to get the job done. It is important to have the right supplies and to use the right technique when taking on this challenge. Even if the circumstances are not quite optimal, here are a few cold weather painting tips to help ensure your paint project is a success.

Determine if it’s Too Cold to Paint

Most paint brands have labels that warn users not to paint in temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to modern advancements in paint materials, most paint manufacturers now offer acrylic latex paints that can be applied to the exterior of your home in temperatures as low as the threshold of 35 degrees. At Ricciardi Brothers, we offer a formula that is specifically designed to extend the paint season for you. Painters should make an effort to paint in consistent temperatures in order to ensure an even application.

Choose the Right Paint For the Conditions

A paint that is designed for lower curing temperatures will naturally perform better and will be more reliable than standard paint mixed with additives. Note that the temperature must be at or above the minimum recommended temperature for the entire process, not just for the application. Along with choosing the right paints, the brushes you choose can make or break your project. Since paint thickens in colder weather, consider using brushes made with nylon, polyester, or Chinex bristles.

Allow For Sufficient Drying Time

Be sure to schedule your exterior paint project when you have ample time to allow each coat to dry. Plan in advance to ensure a seamless application throughout the entire process. You may need to allow the first coat to dry for up to a day before the second coat can be applied.

Is Previously Frozen Paint Usable?

There is a possibility that water-based paints that have gone through several freeze-thaw cycles may still be usable. However, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, If the previously frozen paint has lumps in it and will not mix to a smooth consistency, it is no longer usable. Water-based paint freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while oil-based paint can withstand lower temperatures.

Be Aware of Surface Temperatures

The minimum temperature that your paint can be applied in can not only relate to the air, but the temperature of the surface being painted as well. For example, if the air temperature is around 50 degrees F, but the banister you are painting is only 40 degrees F, it is as if you’re painting in 40-degree F weather. Paint professionals will generally use infrared thermometers to avoid guessing whether or not the conditions are permitting. These tools can be relatively inexpensive and are worth the investment in substantial projects for your home.

Track the Weather and Sunlight

Before beginning your project, check the weather forecast for the upcoming week so that you can plan accordingly. Find a stretch of a few days when temperatures will be their highest and the sun will be out. Aside from temperature, drying times will depend on humidity, sunlight, and other environmental factors. Keep in mind that direct sunlight quickly raises the surface temperature of most building materials. This is preferred in the colder seasons, so aim for direct sunlight while painting.

Paint Your Home With Ricciardi Brothers

Throughout the years, homeowners have been coming to Ricciardi Brothers family-owned stores for decades where we provide the paint, advice, and various services that allow people to do more with their homes and commercial establishments. We have all of the supplies you will need to complete a successful paint project, including the most effective exterior paints on the market. Please visit one of our locations in your neighborhood or contact us today for more information.

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5 Fall Painting Tips

female and male painting orange and blue on a wall

Autumn is finally here. There is a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to fall. No more fighting the brutal summer heat. It’s the perfect time to check your to-do list and finish those projects you’ve been putting off all summer. A simple, fresh coat transformation may be just the upgrade your home needs. The colors that we see emerging during the fall season can be an inspiration for your next painting job for either interior or exterior. There are many benefits to painting during this time of the year, but it is important to be aware of the proper conditions required for the best results. Follow these five tips to make your fall painting project successful. 

1. Be Aware of Cold Temperatures

Fall is a great time to paint your home, however, most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50°F. You should plan so that temperatures do not drop below 35°F for 36 hours after application to allow for proper drying. However, at Ricciardi Brothers, our 100% Acrylic Latex House Paint is a premium quality paint fortified with alkyd resin, designed specifically for the low-temperature applications. 

2. Paint During Optimal Hours

The best hours to paint during the fall season are between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. As a general rule of thumb, paint your way around the house by following the sun in order to speed up drying times. This is the opposite of the technique you would use in the summer months. Luckily for you, Ricciardi Brothers sell the best exterior paint such as, Regal® Select Exterior Paint, which is equipped with fast-drying ability. 

3. Wait to Apply a Second Coat

Since paint typically dries more slowly in lower temperatures, you should wait at least 24 hours before applying a second coat, if needed. Provided that the surface is in good condition, exterior paints from Ricciardi Brothers are able to cover in one coat. However, if you are going for a completely new look and the color change is drastic – you can always go back in at a later time depending on the level of humidity, heat, and ventilation (for interior projects).

4. Watch the Dew Points

The dew point is the temperature at which the air must be cooled in order to become saturated with water vapor. Primers, paints, and stains should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. If dew forms on a painted or stained surface that haven’t had a sufficient amount of time to cure, you may experience water spotting or streaking. 

5. Check the Wind Speeds

During the summer, a light breeze is refreshing and most likely harmless to your painting project. However, it is important to be extra cautious around this time of the year, as even a 10 mph wind can blow falling leaves right into your wet paint job. 

Paint this Fall With Ricciardi Brothers 

The Ricciardi Brothers are known as the family-owned and oriented paint and decorating people that 43 convenient locations in NJ, PA, and DE have come to know and love. We look forward to being your destination for all of your paint and related needs within your local community. Our expert staff promises first-class service and helpful advice, no matter what your skill level. Need ideas for your paint project this season? Ricciardi Brothers provide customers with the hottest color trends of the year. If you would like to set up a design consultation, inquire about products, or if you have any general questions, contact us today!

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Colors for Your New Home

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Buying a new home is an exciting time! It is a chance to start a new chapter of your life with a “clean slate,” taking the design into your own hands and bringing your ideas to life. The process of decorating your new home can be an excellent outlet for expressing yourself and creating a space that makes you feel comfortable, happy, and at home. Choosing the colors for your new home should never be a stressful process. When you hit a bump in the road, try following these 5 intuitive home paint tips from the paint and design experts at Ricciardi Brothers to help bring out the interior decorator within!

Paint from Dark to Light – Floor to Ceiling

The next time you step outside, notice your surroundings and the natural gradation of color from dark to light, ground to sky. Pay attention to the dark greens, browns, greys, and black of the ground and the mid-tone and bright colors of flora and fauna, and finally to the light whites, blues, and greys of the sky above. This gradation is one that is very natural to us and can easily be translated into your home. For example, if you are using blue as a prominent color, imagine beautiful wood floors with a dark blue patterned area rug, baseboards in Blue Danube, window details in Winter Lake, walls in Smoke, and ceiling in Marilyn’s Dress.

Paint Your Mood in Your Home!

What makes you happy? Hungry? Tired? As “animals,” we are largely driven by our primal instincts and many of the spaces in our homes cater to our primal needs. A dining room for eating, a bedroom for sleeping, and so forth. Tap into these moods when considering paint colors for your home.

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Colors That Incite Hunger

It has been widely proven that the best colors to promote hunger are the more passionate, warmer colors. When choosing colors for your dining area, you can’t go wrong with shades of red, yellow, and orange.

Colors that Promote Sleep

When it comes to the bedroom, sleep should be the main focus of your design. Therefore, colors that relax and calm are best, such as blues and greens.

Design Around Art and Patterns You Love

When stumped on which colors to choose for your home, an easy solution is often to start with artwork or textiles you love. Temporarily hang a piece of artwork in your new room-to-be and envision the colors surrounding it. Notice the colors within the painting and pull from them to choose wall and accent colors. More muted or neutral colors for a wall can complement the artwork without overwhelming it. Accent colors for trim work can match less prominent colors in the artwork. If you’re starting with a textile, like a bold print couch, place it in the room and work from there. Remember to have fun!

Remember Color Theory

When working with paint colors, especially if using a wide variety, remember to reference your color wheel. The use of color theory can help to create a room that is harmonious and pleasing to the eye. If out of balance, the room can either appear too boring or overly chaotic. Working with the color wheel can help when choosing complementary (colors across from each other on the color wheel) accent colors. Purple and yellow, green and red, and blue and orange are all examples.

Embrace the Energy of Feng Shui

Feng Shui has long been practiced in Chinese culture and focuses primarily on the orientation of people in their environments and the way in which everything works together in harmony. In the modern era, the practice of Feng Shui has carried over to home design. Using the five elements of Feng Shui and their corresponding colors, one can create a positive flow of energy within their home.

a blue living room with a white couch and black and white art on the walls

Fire

  • Related colors = Red, orange, yellow, purple, and pink
  • Energy = Passion and high energy
  • Placement within the home = Northeast or Southwest

Earth

  • Related colors = Light brown, light yellow, beige, sand
  • Energy = Stability and nourishment
  • Placement within the home = Center

Wood

  • Related colors = Green and brown
  • Energy = Growth and vitality
  • Placement within the home = East or Southeast

Water

  • Related colors = Blue and black
  • Energy = Ease and abundance
  • Placement within the home = East or Southeast

Metal

  • Related colors = Gray and white
  • Energy = Clarity and precision
  • Placement within the home = West or Northwest

Get Color Advice From The Home Paint Experts at Ricciardi Brothers

The possibilities for decorating your new home are endless, so remember to have fun and trust your instinct when choosing your perfect colors! Feeling stuck? At Ricciardi Brothers’ 40+ locations throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, our paint and decorating experts help people make creative design decisions every day, from paint colors to interior decoration. We also offer a wide variety of interior and exterior paint, deck stain, window treatments, and other decorating staples so you can make your new home your own. To learn more and to kick off your design project, please contact us today! 

Buying a new home is an exciting time! It is a chance to start a new chapter of your life with a “clean slate,” taking the design into your own hands and bringing your ideas to life. The process of decorating your new home can be an excellent outlet for expressing yourself and creating a