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June 13, 2016

It’s Only Paint

There are not many things we adore more than running our fingers across a reclaimed wood table and feeling the distinct grooves. Or sliding into a soft pillow top sofa with custom fabric. Or placing a charming lamp to make a side piece look even more prominent. You could say we are a tad obsessed.

But paint.

Yes, paint. The liquid matter that absolutely brings life and vitality to a home. We’ll be honest, we would not have a specialty without paint. Meaning, our furniture and accessories selection would be worthless to our customers without fine paint colors. Paint compliments home furnishings and decor which is surprisingly not the other the way around. Hence, our pledge to paint colors.

So, how does it work? Picking out the precise color, that is.

Firstly, one must know that not every color fits in every house. Just like not every living room is adequate for a sectional, and that’s OK! It just means that each house, each room has its own personality and identity. Many things can influence that personality such as ceiling height, floors, walls, and light. Of course, the more natural light a room has, the better. Light can make even the tiniest areas feel bigger, particularly with a lighter hue. We often find that if a color is too dark, a small space may feel even smaller, especially with the lack of natural light.

The second step and probably the most crucial step is SAMPLING. Must, must, must sample. However, a common mistake is choosing too many sample colors which will only leave you overwhelmed.

Seriously, who wants that?

So, the key is to narrow down your selection to three colors. After you’ve pulled three, let your walls do the work. We believe a true sample should be applied as 3 coats and measured as 4 inches by 4 inches (4×4). You should then look at your wall samples four times a day for a couple of days, morning, noon, afternoon and night. This ensures that you won’t make a rash or quick decision. These samples will also help you notice the undertones of the paint color. Undertones are the “concealed” qualities in the color that you don’t tend to see until it is applied. Always be mindful and read what undertones are included in your color.

The last step is easiest, brush away! And, oh, that brand-new coat is instantly refreshing. Paint can help create the perfect mood. We, at J.Allan’s, prefer a more relaxed and revitalizing mood, which is just another reason for you to visit with us! All in all, a wall is a canvas for your furnishings and decor, and we can assist with the latter.

And remember, it’s only paint.

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