Claire LeBlanc - REALTY EXECUTIVES



Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 6/27/2018

One exciting part of moving into a new home is dreaming up all the ways you will redecorate and make it your haven. Hereís a guide to picking the perfect paint colors and types for a gorgeous home.  

Part of choosing a great color selection is understanding what makes your colors work together so well. You want to pick and stick to one of three color schemes.

Hereís a quick art lesson for today:

Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. These colors when used together allow one color to really stand out.

Monologous colors are shades in the same color family. This color scheme creates a soothing, calm feel to a room.

Complementary colors are opposite one another on the color wheel. The colors in this type of color scheme balance each other equally.

Before heading to the home improvement store for some paint samples itís best to have the rest of your roomís decor picked out first. Once you have furnishings and accessories picked out you can find a shade for your walls that will tie the entire room together.

A general rule of thumb is:

  • If you choose a bright or vibrant color for your furniture, choose a neutral shade for your walls.

  • If you choose neutral colored furnishings you can bring in a bright, vibrant color for your walls.

When designing your entire home itís best to think of the overall design scheme cohesively. Not every room needs to look the same or have the same colors. However, it should feel like a natural flow and progression as you move from room to room.

Now that you know your colors youíre ready to pick out your paints.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many paint sheen options? And if there is someone out there painting their house entirely with high gloss paint?

While I cant answer the latter question the answer to the former is this: the glossiness of paint directly affects how easy it is to clean.

Here a general guideline of where to use which type:  

High gloss should be used for high traffic areas that come into a lot of contact. Think railings and furniture. High gloss can be more costly per gallon but worth the relatively small investment in the long run.

Semi-gloss is great for places that come into contact with a lot of moisture. These are areas like cabinets and trim.

Satin sheen is great for bathroom and kitchen walls. Itís a great balance between a gloss and the matte finish many prefer for their walls.   

Eggshell is perfect for bedrooms and other rooms where they arenít likely to meet as many messes or moisture as the bathroom and kitchen.





Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 4/25/2018

While home ownership can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience, it does bring with it a new set of responsibilities and demands. Whether you're buying a brand new home or a fixer-upper, several things will have a major impact on your lifestyle.

One of them is the need is to personally handle or manage your own repairs, decorating, and home improvements. In many cases, you can (and should) hire a professional to do the actual work, but there are a lot of projects you can do more cost-effectively on your own.

The first one that comes to mind is interior painting. If you want to keep your home looking fresh, well maintained, and visually appealing, repainting your walls and ceilings every few years is a necessity. How often you need to break out the paint brushes, rollers, and drop cloths depends on several factors. For example, some rooms are subjected to more wear and tear than others. Bedroom walls, hallways, and bathrooms often seem to need the most attention, but kitchens, family rooms, and other areas of the home are usually not far behind.

If you've been noticing that one or more of your rooms are starting to look scuffed, faded, or dull, then it may be time to roll up your sleeves and give those walls a fresh coat of paint! It always makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of that room, and it typically can be completed in less than a day -- especially if you team up with an energetic spouse, friend, or family member. If you're focused and organized, a room-painting project can often be completed by lunchtime. (Depending on who's providing the help, however, you might be expected to provide lunch!)

When procrastination is a problem, taking small steps will often help you gather momentum and keep moving forward on your painting project. An easy, but necessary first step is to pick out and bring home an assortment of color samples from your local hardware or paint store. Holding them up to your walls and seeing whether they complement existing furniture, flooring, and decorating schemes will help you choose a color you'll be satisfied with.

If you're not ready to tackle the project right away, you can still purchase the paint, rollers, and other supplies. Assuming you're not going to postpone the project indefinitely, you'll be a lot more likely to get started in the near future if the supplies are already in the house. You'll be streamlining the process and nudging yourself to get the job done soon by purchasing the painting supplies and having them close at hand.

While motivating yourself to do projects around the house may sometimes seem to be the biggest hurdle to clear, starting small and gaining momentum as you go is often an effective way to keep your home looking its best at all times!





Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 1/3/2018

Ready to transform an ordinary bedroom into a dazzling space? Paint your bedroom, and you should have no trouble enhancing the setting's appearance in no time at all.

As a home seller, you may want to consider painting your bedroom to give it a neat, clean look. With a fresh coat of paint, you may be able to make your home more attractive to prospective homebuyers. As such, a stunning bedroom could help you speed up the home selling process and boost your chances of maximizing the value of your residence.

Although painting a bedroom may seem like a time-consuming task, there are many easy ways to ensure you can revamp your bedroom's appearance quickly.

Here are three tips to help you take the guesswork out of painting your bedroom.

1. Choose Your Paint Color Carefully

Ultimately, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure your bedroom remains a serene setting where an individual can rest easy night after night. But if you select the wrong paint color, an individual may have trouble feeling comfortable in your bedroom. And as a result, this person may struggle to get the rest needed to maximize his or her daily productivity.

Many paint colors are available, and you should evaluate all of the options at your disposal. By doing so, you can find the right color to match your home's dťcor perfectly.

Also, pick up primer and other painting supplies when you purchase your paint. This will ensure you'll be ready to get started on your bedroom painting project immediately.

2. Paint in Long, Continuous Strokes

For a consistent paint coat, you'll want to use long, continuous strokes when you paint your bedroom. Also, if you use a roller, be sure to paint in sections to ensure you can apply sufficient amounts of paint to your bedroom's walls and ceiling.

When it comes to painting your bedroom, you may want to consider multiple coats of paint too. Although your bedroom may look good after you apply a single coat of paint, using a second coat will further enhance your bedroom's appearance.

3. Clean Up and Put the Room Back Together

After you finish painting your bedroom, you'll want to set aside a few hours to ensure the paint dries properly and you are fully satisfied with the paint job. At this point, you'll want to clean up your painting supplies and put your room back together.

Remove any painter's tape in your bedroom as soon as the paint is dry. Furthermore, clean your brushes with dish soap and a brush comb, smooth the brushes back into shape and let them sit out until they dry completely.

Spend some time putting your bedroom back together as well. Now that your bedroom features a fresh paint job, you may want to rearrange your bed, dresser and other bedroom items to optimize the amount of bedroom space that is available.

Use the aforementioned bedroom painting tips, and you can improve your bedroom's appearance instantly.




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Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 9/20/2017

Summer interior design is always a fun activity. There are so many colors to use and so many ways to use them. Often, the colors of summer are those that we donít think of using on an everyday basis. Colors that we like to use in summer are bolder and even sometimes unconventional. Thereís plenty of ways that you can make bold colors work in your home for the summer season. Hues of Blue Blue is an incredibly dynamic color. Blue works really well in rooms where many different aspects are combined. Home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms are great example of this open design ability. The reason that blue is such a versatile color is that it can either be energizing or serene depending upon how it is used. Blue works well with a variety of different colors as well. Whether youíre adding a blue accent piece to a room, or painting the walls a shade of blue, you will have a lot to work with. Remember that blue reminds us of the bright sky that shines through on long summer days. Shades of Orange Orange is a very vibrant color, however, we donít often think of using it in our homes. It seems to be a little outside of the box to add orange to a space unless itís Halloween time. However, orange is an energizing color that can make an impact in any room. Add an orange accent piece or be bold and paint your outdoor table orange. Using orange in your design can enhance the feeling of summer. Gray Is Anything But Boring While we often associate gray with a cloudy day, this color comes in a variety of shades and goes well with many different colors. Gray is soothing, yet adding one or two pops of color along with it allows the color gray to come alive. Gray is often the backdrop for a modern design scheme, yet it also goes well with many of the bright and bold summer colors that we think of. Bright Red Hues Red is a color we tend to associate with for the fall and winter months. This is actually what makes red such a great color for the summer. While the boldness of the shade of red helps to identify the season, red also makes a great transition color for both the coming fall and winter. Red has also been shown in studies to increase feelings of passion. This makes red the perfect color for the whole year. Who doesnít want to feel passionate about what theyíre doing in their home? Bright Yellow Shades Yellow is the perfect color to use as an accent color. While it would seem to be a delicate color to work with, hues of yellow work so well, matching with many different colors from grays to white to even black. Blue even works well with yellow hues in the right setting. Yellow reminds us of the sunshine that is at the center of the summer season. When it comes to using summer colors in your design scheme, you can really let your creative juices flow. The ďrulesĒ in these cases are so flexible that you can bring beauty out no matter what color of the rainbow you choose for your design.