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Seeing Red!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Seeing Red!!
Brian demonstrates the value in testing your paint color.

Your entry sets the tone for your entire home; when you create a welcoming entry you are communicating your warmth and welcoming nature to your visitor before they even enter the house.

Red is a great color to add punch and visual interest – if it’s the right Red. If it’s wrong, it can be VERRRRRY wrong!
The best way to ensure the right Red is to test your color before committing to the paint job. Even for something as small as a door. As you can see in the picture above, the Red on the right is too pink and the Red on the left leans too orange.
Here, Brian Paulson, our Daly’s Field Rep. designed a custom Red that hits that sweet spot: not too pink, not too orange. Best of all, the client loved it!
Antoher thought: What sheen are you planning to use? Sheen affects color greatly. Our favorite trend right now is ultra-high gloss doors. Add a little bling to your home and really get the converstation started!
If you are having a tough time discerning the perfect shade for your door, your house or your building – we can help!  Would you like help from a Daly’s Color Expert?  You can request a design call online : . Or give us a call at 206-633-4200 to schedule your own personalized consultation.

The Difference between Semi-Transparent Stain, Solid Stain and Paint

Friday, July 6th, 2012
Daly's Semi-Transparent Stain

Daly's Semi-Transparent Stain

At Daly’s we are often working through a number of different choices when it comes to choosing an exterior siding finish. Color is always a top proiority, but did you know that the type of coating you apply to your siding will affect how a color will look?

What are the options when it comes to choosing exterior paints and stains? There are three general categories, and there are pluses and minuses to each choice:

1) Semi-Transparent Stain

Daly’s makes a great Semi-Transparent stain. We can tint the stain in virtually any color that you can tint paint. But it will look quite different than paint because the color of the wood will show through. Many consider Daly’s Semi-Transparent stain to have a more ‘natural’ effect than a Solid Stain or Paint. Semi-Trans Stains allow the most grain to be visible. It also is the most varied in texture. If you are concerned about uniformity, this is not the best option. It is considered easy to apply and does not require primer. Will likely have to restain more often that if it were a paint. Less labor costs are associated with Semi-Transparent Stain because there is less prep and application work.

C2 Paint's Solid Exterior Stain

C2 Paint's Solid Exterior Stain

2)      Solid Stain

Solid stain is a cross between stain and paint. Semi Transparent Stains have oils that penetrate more than Solid Stains where you have a thicker surface film. You can still see a lot of siding texture, but it’s an opaque finish, so you won’t see the color of the wood underneath.

3)      Paint

Many sheen options when it comes to paint, from flat to gloss – and will require a primer coat for best adhesion. Paint is a surface film, there is no penetration into the siding. Paint will provide the most weather protection, but will cover the texture of the wood more, too.

One trend we are seeing more and more: higher sheen paints being used on siding. It used to be that flat paints were all the rage, then eggshell were best-sellers due to added protection. We are seeing a growing interest in higher sheen paints – for the howmowner who is thinking about long-term performance it is very appealing. It looks new and refreshing to the discerning eye.

Fine Paints of Europe "Eco Satin" Exterior Paint

Fine Paints of Europe "Eco Satin" Exterior Paint

There is no one-answer-for-all-situations. Luckily, Daly’s is filled with experts who can guide you in making the right choice for your individual situation.


Exterior Color Inspiration!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

C2 Paint's "Merlot", "Stout" and "Bluebeard" create an eye-catching exterior for this vision clinic!

Here’s a treat to be seen: a commercial building that is not BEIGE!!!
Kudos to Anne Viggiano Color Design & Consulting for this great color combination. By using a rich palette that is still muted, Anne has successfully taken the previous non-descript off-white exterior and added warmth, life and visual interest. All this from some buckets of paint.
As you can see, Anne knows that you can use color to direct the eye, add charater and emphasize architectural detail. Color is a tool that in the right hands can be utilized to feature positive aspects of a building, interior or exterior.
Paint is a inexpensive way to upgrade a building, there is no construction required. And if you are going to the effort of repainting anyways, why not use a skilled consultant to create the best outcome?
If you are interested in creating a fresh look with Anne, she is very tuned in to the C2 Paint palette and her masterful skills can help you go from blah to beautiful.

Had a Great C2 Moment Last Night

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Yesterday I was on a color call and we were creating an exterior color scheme for a house built in the early 1900’s. The facade has lots of fun detail to play with; stucco, lap siding and tons of trim. It’s going to look great.

As I was walking down the street back to my car, I noticed a very attractive house. The color wasn’t dark or moody, but light while still looking rich. It just so happened that the owners were standing outside, and I couldn’t resist complementing them on it.

The first thing out of his mouth, “Have you heard of this paint company C2?”

I held up my C2 Designer Kit, still in my hands from the color call, and said “I am C2!”

“The color is C2’s Outback”

“No way!” (It looks completley different outside)

They were very gracious, gave me the Grand Tour of the house (great art, fabu kitchen and great paint colors!) and were even kind enough to send me photos of their home. How cool is that?


Again, It’s Time To Stop Exterior Painting Projects!

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

One of the great things about this digital communication format is that I can see how people have found this blog – one of the main searches of late has been Exterior Painting. So I KNOW there are a lot of folks out there wondering if they can squeeze one last exterior painting project in under the wire…

Folks, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, it is time to put your brushes down for the season. Really.

Why? Well, unless there is a terrible storm your paint won’t melt off (although that would look very interesting) – but the weather is too risky to predict a long enough dry patch to ensure that you will have the optimum result for your efforts.

Paint contains a lot of moisture, and if it is overcast, misty, drizzly (or any of the other descriptive words we use for rain), the moisture in the air hampers the ability for the moisture to evaporate from the paint and it will be sloooooooow going until the paint film is truly dry.

And if you have a high level of moisture on the surface to be painted, even worse. Trust me, this happened at my house and we had to have a whole side repainted in just a few short years due to moisture. This Paint Princess knows of what she speaks!

Paint may dry to the touch in a few hours, but it is not dry all the way through for quite a while afterwards – we call this the cure time. Cooler temperatures and moisture inhibit this cure process. So don’t paint outside anymore (unless you really have too!) (And I understand this happens to the best of us!).

Instead, let’s chat about some lovely interior color trends and turn our attention inside for a while…


How to Choose an Exterior Paint Color

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

As I was driving to work this morning, I couldn’t help but notice a trail of white paint drizzled on the road, the trail was at least 6 blocks long. Apparently some poor soul’s paint can wasn’t sealed properly, and it was slowly pouring out of the vehicle unbeknown to the driver. My burning question… Why white paint?

Luckily, the trail was not leading from our parking lot!

If you are planning on repainting the exterior this year, you are probably interested in finding the perfect color scheme for your house. Like a good haircut making you feel like a million bucks, the right exterior colors can make all the difference in how you feel about your house.

When you are looking a colors for the outside, remember they will look vastly different than when standing at the paint rack. If you drive by Daly’s during the nicer months, you will always see us hauling people outside to look at color schemes. This is because color looses a lot of it’s intensity outside versus inside and we want to see how the color reads in a more accurate manner.

A good rule of thumb is to push yourself a bit and find a color that is deeper/darker on the chip than you want it to look on the house. Since the color is reflecting off into the sky (as opposed to bouncing off a wall for interior colors, thereby increasing the way the color reads) the color looses a lot of definition.

Also, don’t forget the roof!

Have you ever driven around different neighborhoods looking at house colors and realized that in many instances, the roof is sticking out like a sore thumb? It’s probably because they forgot to take the roof colors into consideration when creating their color scheme. You don’t have to make this same mistake.

If your house is surrounded by vast lawns or dense thickets of trees, then you will be getting a lot of reflected green light thrown onto your house, and this will affect how your colors will read. If you don’t like the green effect, choose colors with a warm, reddish/orangy cast. Red and green are opposite each other on the color wheel, and will tend to cancel each other out. This doesn’t mean you need to paint everything barn red, but just make the “flavor” of the color warm.

In some instances, you may even need to consider the colors schemes of your neighbors homes. If your houses are close together, they may be reflecting upon you. For instance, can you imagine two sage-green houses next to each other, especially if the greens weren’t compatible with each other? It might make you feel more sick than serene.

Colors are all about relationships. If you are looking for a body color and two trim colors, remember that the trim colors will influence how sell the body color will read.

Here’s a good example of what I mean: My cute neighbors who live across the street choose a body color they thought was a soft sage green. In reality, they realized it was seriously minty when the paint went up. Ack! The beigy trim color they had planned to use with the soft green was going to make the green look sickly (and who wants to spend all this money paying someone to paint the house and then feel heartsick over the colors?). So we rescued the minty green by adding crisp white trim with rich navy accents. The deep navy make the mint green look less intense, and the crisp white gave the whole look a clean cottage feel. Whew. Crisis averted.

They may have avoided some panicky feelings if they had tested their colors out first. I like our new 16 oz samplers, this is enough paint to test the color out on ALL sides of the house. Or I encourage people to use C2’s Ultimate Paint Chips. These couldn’t be any easier, they are poster-sized chips of real paint. No muss, no fuss. If you are like me, and tend to make colors 25% darker than the chip, or 50% lighter – the Sampler Pots (those 16 oz paint pots) are the next best thing to Fran’s Gray Sea Salt Caramels. Any color I want, even custom colors, in a sample pot.

I have had all sorts of chips hanging off the side of my house all winter long, and I think I FINALLY have decided my new color! And it’s not one I was even considering before: C2 Paint’s “Element” – but at least 25% darker – of course!