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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.

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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! 

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Red, White, & Blue Tape: Paint Supply Guide

two chair besides a french wall looking outsideHappy Memorial Day Weekend! Take advantage of your long extended weekend to spruce up your home with a new paint project! Memorial Day Weekend allows you the time to prep, prime, and paint any room that needs a revamp.

Memorial Day Weekend has the perfect weather for you to paint your interior or exterior of your home. The warm radiant weather enables the paint to dry quicker, allows you to open up your windows to air out the aroma from the paint, and truly helps you choose the right paint color with the use of the natural lighting. If these reasons aren’t convincing enough – your biggest motivation should be to take full advantage of the money you can save on special discounts on paint and painting supplies with Ricciardi Brothers Memorial Day Weekend sale. Continue reading to find out what professional paint supplies are key – without breaking the bank!

 

Blue Painters Tape

To begin any paint project you should start by applying blue painters tape to the surfaces you want to protect. Blue painters tape is the most underrated tool used by all painters. Blue tape is designed not to pucker, buckle, or let paint bleed through when a coat of paint is applied. Your end result will leave pristine, clean, professional lines since it is so reliable when it is adhered to a variety of surfaces, leaving zero residue! Painters tape is awesome for creating cool designs and shapes on your walls.

 

Paint Rollers

If you are painting a large surface, paint rollers can make your life a lot easier by helping you cover a substantial area faster.  Paint rollers basically come in two parts, the roller frame and a cover. Realistically, you will presumably only need to buy the roller frame once and then change out the roller covers according to each paint job overtime. Roller covers are available in a variety of materials and fabrics, such as natural, synthetic, and foam. It is important to note that when choosing a woven cover to select a non shed cover so it does not get in your paint application. Get your paint project done as fast as lightning using high quality paint rollers.

 

Paint Brushes

Choosing the right paint brush for your paint project should not be strenuous. First,select the size you think will fit the surface you are painting. Usually, a paint project involves two different sizes of paint brushes – large and small.  Getting a high quality paint brush is extremely beneficial because it holds more paint, applies paint more evenly, won’t shed into the paint, are easier to clean, and ultimately saves you time. Paint brushes are necessary and typically needed to control the finish of the paint, reach difficult areas, or fix an easy touch up.

 

Water Based Paint Primer

A coat of primer is recommended for practically all painting projects. Whether it’s drywall, wood, metal, or painted brick, applying a coat of primer can help provide a consistent base for new top coats of paint. Specifically, water based primer are great for blocking stains and even better when the surfaces has areas that were filled with paste. Water based primer provides a great flexible finish and an exceptional cracking resistance. Water based primer is known to be on the pricey side – so be ready to get this primer as soon as it goes on sale!

 

Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Ricciardi Brothers

Having the high quality tools and supplies for your paint project will help you be done faster with achieving professional results you desire. Check to make sure you have the correct tools to ensure the paint job is done right the first time! Here at Ricciardi Brothers we are devoted to giving our customers the optimal prices available on the market. Our Memorial Day Weekend offer is available through June 10th, 2019 at all of our 43 convenient locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Contact or stop by a Ricciardi Brothers store today to learn more about our monthly promotions and how we can help you acquire all the professional paints and supplies you need over the holiday weekend!

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Top Tips for Painting Your Walls

Girl making her walls green with man helpingSo you have your paint and are ready to get those walls painted – Not so fast! There are some tips you should keep in mind to make your life a lot easier when it comes to your next painting project. These tips will save you time, money and lots of headaches in the future!

Check the Weather

Even when you are painting interior walls, weather can play a crucial factor in the quality of your finished project. Most people prefer to have their windows open when painting to ensure proper ventilation, however, when it is rainy or damp outside this moisture is not good for the paint job. If you must paint on a rainy day, be sure to tightly close all windows to prevent further moisture from getting in. Your paint may also have a preferred temperature and humidity application level. This will provide the ideal environment for applying a coat of paint, and can help you choose when to start your project.

Do a Thorough Inspection Before Starting

Prior to starting your paint job, be sure to complete a thorough inspection of the walls that are getting painted. You should be looking for cracks, chips, and any other imperfections on the walls before you start to paint. Be sure to clearly mark where each imperfection is (with masking tape or a sticky note). When this task is completed – address each spot so that you have a smooth surface to work with and achieve the best results. You might have to fill in cracks and/or sand down any other areas that are an uneven surface. When finished, you will have a smooth and even surface to paint to create a more professional result.

Prep All Necessary Areas

Taking the time to carefully prepare all the necessary areas is extremely crucial when it comes to painting your walls. The prep process includes making sure your flooring is protected by tarping it so that you do not have paint droplets on your floor when you are completed with painting. You should also use painters tape or masking tape to carefully line all areas that will not be painted – such as, door frames, trims, baseboards, etc. This will help you achieve a clean finished project.

Invest in High-Quality Supplies

It is incredible what a difference a high-quality paint and roller can make. When you are painting a wall by yourself, higher quality supplies will ensure a more professional looking finished product. A high-quality paint will have a smooth, silky look to it. It will typically require fewer coats of application, as well. You also want to choose the right brushes and rollers for your paint project. Different rollers will provide different effects on the wall, and some pair better with glossier paints while others are best for a matte finish. Ensure you invest in the right tools and supplies for your specific paint project.

Use a Primer

Primer is not always necessary, but in most cases, it does not hurt to apply. If you are painting drywall that has never been painted, you absolutely need a primer applied first. You should also use primer when painting over a wall that has a semi-gloss or gloss paint on it. Most painters will not need a primer if painting over a flat-paint coated wall, however, it is recommended to use a primer.

Work with a Paint Specialist

Do you want to know our number one tip for painting walls? Work with a paint specialist. When you come into a Ricciardi Brothers paint store, you are greeted with expert care. We want to ensure all of our customers are prepared to complete their paint job with ease and professionalism, equipped with the supplies they need to make their project perfect. Stop by one of our locations or contact us today to learn more about painting your walls!

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5 Color Trends for Spring 2019

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Spring is just around the corner! Leave the cold, barren winter season behind you and enter into blossoming spring 2019 with bolder, more vibrant, and fun color trends. These spring color crazes will boost your spirits and spread positivity in all the spaces in your home. Stay ahead of the trends and get your home ready for full bloom with our spring color suggestions.

#1. Youthful Yellow

Use a color that can deliver optimism- choosing a golden or bright yellow color can transform your mood from drab to fab instantly! Yellow is a great color because it can be used in different ways, especially fitting for “wash walls.” Any shade of yellow pairs well with cool blues, beiges, and pinks. If you are intimidated by using a vibrant yellow on your walls, there’s still an approach that you can take to incorporate this vivacious color. Put this shade to use in smaller features for your space, such as painting vases, vanities, end tables, lampshades, or any accents to brighten up your design.

#2. All Four Walls

Accenting one wall was so last year! Happening now in stylish spring 2019 is the trend of accenting the entire space. Rather than highlighting one individual wall in the room, homeowners are choosing to enhance all four walls in a bold paint color or wallpaper. It is totally your preference if you would like the molding and trim to match the bold color of choice or contrast with white hues. This trend works especially well in a smaller room– like an office or bathroom. Some popular courageous colors to use include moody blues, fierce reds, or deep forest greens.

#3. Goodbye Neutrals, Hello Pastels

Pastels are the new neutrals. Introducing gentle pastels shades into your spaces will create a sense of tranquility and serenity.  With modern furnishings, pastels can elevate your space and set a sophisticated atmosphere. Choose pastel colors that have a deeper or richer tone to add class and elegance to your space. The newest shades of pastel paints are exceptionally plush and soft colors that will work in every room of the house, from a relaxing master bedroom to a chic kitchen.

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#4. It’s What’s On the Outside That Counts

First impressions really do count. Enhance your house’s curb appeal with the right choice in color. The right exterior color for your home has the ability to transform an ugly duckling to a stunning swan. The paint will emphasize the eye-catching angles of your home, and can hide the less exciting external qualities- it’s a win-win! Exterior paints that are trending for spring 2019 include warm, soft colors to compliment the house surroundings, such as browns, blues, and greys. Contrasting the natural and warm colors of the exterior brings the opportunity to pop the color with your front door. Painting the front door is a quick and easy way to cosmetically update your house’s exterior appearance. Your front door is a statement to the world, expressing your personality and style.

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#5. Wallpaper Is Making a Comeback

Bold wallpaper has officially joined the trends of spring 2019. Popular choices for wallpaper are tropical flowers, stripes, geometric shapes, terrazzo, and countless others; it is available in high diverse supply for 2019.  Homeowners nowadays are embracing wallpaper for all different approaches. A unique way to use wallpaper is for the ceiling- people usually neglect their fifth wall. Creating a statement ceiling can make the room appear brighter and larger, plus it adds an unexpected central point. It’s guaranteed that wallpaper on the ceiling will add a powerful impression to any space.

Get Your Home Ready for Spring 2019 with Ricciardi Brothers

Be ahead of the curve and embrace the color trends for spring 2019 with help from Ricciardi Brothers. With 44 convenient locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, we are fully dedicated to assisting you with all your painting needs. Whether you need high-quality paint, professional wall coverings, new window treatments, or supplies to revamp your home, our team is ready to help.  Contact us today to get a head start on spring 2019 trends for your home!

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4 Reasons to Do Interior Painting in the Summer

A common painting misunderstanding is that it’s advised for all inside paint jobs to be done during the winter. In contrast to this general belief, any time of the year is actually very suitable for interior projects – especially summer time. The hot weather should never be a deterrent for giving your home that long anticipated makeover.

When you think about it, there’s no better time to paint than right after your spring-cleaning efforts, so why wait another six to seven months to begin your new and improved home design vision? To help you get the ball rolling, here are 4 reasons to interior paint in the summer.

The Perks of Summer Painting

Open the Windows to Air Out

One of the more obvious and well-known benefits of interior painting in the summer is having the ability to open up the windows and air out the house. Paint can often leave a distinct aroma around the house. Starting your paint project on a beautiful summer day allows you to eliminate lingering fumes altogether. Open up those windows and point some fans to circulate the air out of the house. This will help the walls dry faster while helping keep humidity levels to a minimum, as they can affect the quality of the paint.

Warm Weather Means Quick Drying

The warm weather of the summer means you’ll be able to expedite your painting endeavors at a rate you won’t be able to accomplish in the winter. With this in mind, painting in the summer contains a unique two-part benefit. The first perk can be found by limiting your prep time. Before any painting can begin, you must spackle and prime the walls wherever necessary. The temperatures in summer provide the perfect drying conditions so you can get to painting much quicker. Just the same as prep work, the paint will dry at a similar speed, further allowing you to apply multiple coats in 1 day. Remember, the summer warmth is your friend, but avoid intense heat as it can negatively affect the paint quality even while it’s still in the can.

Thinner Paint

The summer weather provides yet another added benefit for interior paint jobs, as warm temperatures can thin out the paint both on the walls and in the can. This may seem strange to consider a benefit; however, this prevents the paint from being to viscous or difficult to mix to the ideal consistency. Application is made much easier with a better result in comparison.

Using Natural Sunlight to Your Advantage

Arguably the most popular trait of the summer season is the bright sunshine that we see just about every day. Yes, we all love to bathe and relax in the warm rays, but the sun can also play a useful role in selecting the best color for the inside of your home. Natural sunlight reflects much differently through the windows than the artificial lighting in your home. This will help you determine all of the possible options that may work best with every aspect of light, shadows and shadings in mind. Even though the sun does shine brightly in the winter, it’s just not the same. The sunlight can reveal a lot about your home’s interior aesthetics, so use it to your advantage in every way you can.

Save on Interior Paint with Memorial Day Savings

Saving your interior design work for the summer not only makes the process a lot easier, but also provides your wallet some relief as well. Ricciardi Brothers is excited to announce another annual Memorial Day paint special starting on May 16th, 2018! For total savings of $50, we’re now offering $10 off per can on your Benjamin Moore Regal Select interior paint purchase. With unique colors, shades and finishes for the best results, every room in the home can get the brilliant new look it deserves – and it all starts with a visit to Ricciardi Brothers. Contact us today to learn more about the promotion and any current sales on our other painting supplies. We encourage you to ask any additional home design questions and we’ll be sure to get you the answers you need. Stop in today at a paint store location near you and get started on your project today!

A common painting misunderstanding is that it’s advised for all inside paint jobs to be done during the winter. In contrast to this general belief, any time of the year is actually very suitable for interior projects – especially summer time. The hot weather should never be a deterrent for giving your home that long