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How To Pick The Perfect Shade Of Gray Paint Colour

dark gray and light gray paint colours used in painting of bedroom by painters in Ottawa PG PAINT & DESIGNPopular, contemporary and trending in home decor for the past few years.  The different undertones found in any shade of gray paint colour makes it the go to colour that goes with anything.

Often times referred to as Greige.  Because of the brown, beige undertones that can be found in some shades while others have hints of blue or green.  Choosing one can also be difficult as the selection is huge.

We’ve put together the following tips to help you through the process of selecting your next perfect shade of gray.

Tips To Picking The Perfect Shade of Paint Colour

When looking to change the look of your home decor the easiest way to do it is to paint the walls.   Consider these tips if you are painting and decorating in shades of gray.


  1. Decide on whether you will be going into a cool or warm tone of gray.  The cool tones tend to have more blue or violet based undertones while the warmer tones of gray will have the brown or green undertones.
  2. Bring home paint chip samples or a quart of paint  as a sample from your local paint store.  Choosing paint colours from a picture on Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, or Facebook may not give you the result you were looking for, as the lighting is not the same in any picture as it is in your home.  Pictures on all the above sites usually are copied over and over and most times the colour is somewhat distorted after so many shares,  Plus a picture on a screen or in print will never be exactly what you want on your walls.  Here’s what we suggest when deciding on the right paint so that you can see the difference on the walls with natural light and artificial lighting.
  3. Don’t always go by what the name says.  While many paint colour names have the word Gray in them such as these grays from the Benjamin Moore Paints line.  Make sure you look at all the shades as many of them will have a hint of another colour in them which may not be what you are looking for in the end.
  4. If you want to match a certain shade of gray that you love from a pillow, a picture or an accessory, we suggest you take it with you to your local paint store where they can do an exact colour match.

Keeping all these tips in mind for your next painting project sometimes assistance may be required with colour consultation from professional painters .  Contact one as they are experts in their field.



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Painting The Living Room and Dining Room

Living rooms and dining rooms are the spaces we use to gather with family and friends.  From the simple family dinners to the movie night get together the two rooms are often used together.

We create the perfect spaces to enjoy a comfortable home atmosphere.  They tend to showcase the décor of the entire home.

The paint colours we tend to choose for living rooms and or dining rooms have much to do with our personalities.

Although a lot of daily activities happen in each of these rooms the frequency of how often they should be painted will vary, although the 5 to 7 year time frame is common with homeowners.

Painting A Living Room

When deciding on colours to paint the living room , most homeowners tend to choose modern popular colours that will create the perfect home and family atmosphere.  It’s a balancing act between the dark and neutral paint colours that can become overwhelming.

If the committment to painting a dark colour in any room creates difficulties for you then you can always try painting just one wall .  It creates a new look to your space without committing to the darker colour in the entire room.

Painting A Dining Room

Create the perfect balance between the dining room and living room by using the same paint colour throughout.

It provides that look of a larger area and makes the entire open concept space.

The paint tends to last in these room even though they are used often.  The furniture, the drapes or window treatments, floor lamps, plants can all be used as buffers to keep the walls from being touched, scratched or scuffed up in any way.

If you use the better paint products and ensure the proper prep work is done, such as patching or repairing the drywall the paint on the walls will last a long time.

Every room in the house deserves that perfect choice of colour.   From the front entrance hallway to the bedroom, and every room in between.

If you need to hire a painter to help with your project make sure you know who you are hiring.  Always visit the website of a painting company near you , read online reviews to help you make that decision when getting a painting estimate.

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Painting The Bedroom

It’s the sanctuary after a long day of work, running around with activities, and busy schedules.

Our bedrooms are the last spot we lay at the end of a long day.  We recharge our batteries with some quite time with a good book and we hope for a good nights sleep.

How Often Should the Bedroom Be Painted

Bedrooms are the rooms that don’t require to be painted often.  They don’t take the same wear and tear let’s say as the entrance.

For that reason picking a paint colour for the bedroom is a decision that you can make knowing you may not be changing it for several years.

Although it is obvious that the bedroom of a child or tweenager requires different intervals to the frequency of how often they are painted.  The why is simple.  It’s usually because we welcome the baby home with a neutral paint colour and as they become toddlers and then tweenagers ours and their tastes for the different colours change and a lot of it has to do with their personality.

The frequency of how often the bedroom should be painted is less than most other rooms in the home.  Most rooms like the kitchen, bathrooms and main family room areas are more likely to be painted every 3 to 5 year intervals.  Not only for the simple reason that they take on more wear and tear but sometimes we just change our mind on the decor and painting a new fresh colour gives us the best and most economical way to update it.

Whatever your reasons for deciding to paint a room in your house or condo we hope you will visit our website and contact us to schedule your next painting service with us.

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Painting The Hallway Entrance

Welcome is the first thought that comes to mind when you step into the entrance of your home.

hallway corridor painting in dark and light gray paint colours

The hallways and corridors that make up the main entrance to a house or condo is the first place we welcome family and friends, and walk into and out of each day as we come and go from our hectic busy daily lives.

How Often Should the Entrance Hallway Be Painted

The walls in our home’s entrance see the most wear and tear.  These walls get the brunt end of thrown school bags, flipped boots or shoes and tossed sports bags.

interior painting of hallway entrance

They are the main point of entry to any home or condo and most often times are ignored when it comes to good home maintenance.

From scuff marks or finger marks to dents and holes these walls could tell the stories.

Sometimes the damage caused to the walls is a simple repair or patching of the drywall and a repaint, other times it’s a simple good scrubbing and wash with a possible paint touch up.  If the damage is bigger then a complete full repainting would be recommended.

Paint for Hallway Corridor and Entrance

When painting the front entrance you want to make sure you use the best quality paint products that can withstand the wear and tear of daily life.

Make sure it’s washable and even able to withstand some scrubbing if necessary.  The sheen finish you choose will make the difference between the paint fading away as you rub and wash the walls or it withstanding a little extra elbow grease.

Investing in a higher quality paint that can be easily washed can be expensive when you are buying it but worth the extra it could save on redoing a full painting job.

Painting the hallways, corridors and entrances are most likely to be every 2-3 years because of the continual wear and tear these particular walls get being the busiest spot to any home.

If you wonder how often should you paint your house or condo, we often get called in every 3 to 5 years.  Sometimes it’s just a simple update of paint colour to one room, while other times it’s a complete repainting and decorating our customers are after.

Whatever your reason for deciding to paint a room in your house or condo we hope you will visit our website and contact us to schedule your next painting service with us.

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How Often Do I Need To Paint

Homeowners wonder how often should they get any house painting done.

The frequency varies.  Although the interior would mostly be based on a personal choice to update the decor while the exterior is important  for maintenance reasons.

We are often asked what we recommend on how often the interior and or exterior painting should be done.  We break it down to find out why.

Interior Painting

Sometimes it’s a simple update to change the colour to a more trending and modern look.  Other times you may be noticing issues with the paint cracking or peeling, blistering bubbles or cracks.  How often you paint the interior  is dependent on a few of factors as listed below.

update the home decor of house or condo with paint
update the look of your home decor with paint

Problems with paint are common and easy to fix.   Ensuring the best paint adhesion is the first step to preparing the wallsRepairing and patching any holes, nail pops or cracks in the drywall before applying any paint are a key factor to ensuring a smooth application and finished look.

Apart from the paint problems  previously mentioned, it is normal and common for cracks to joints in the drywall or wooden baseboards and trim to occur.

These happen because the house shifts and settles.  Those cracks and creeks you hear are just your home saying, i’m getting used to this location.  🙂

If you’ve recently constructed a new home, you can most certainly expect plenty of nail pops, cracks in the ceiling joints, and drywall joints as the house begins to settle over the first 5 years.  They become less evident after that 5 year mark.

Other than the structural issues that should be attended to when you are thinking of getting any repainting done, the other reason is simply a cosmetic one.

White Paint Colours for house painting
White Paint Colours

Paint colours change all the time.  Manufacturers are always coming up with new shades and hues.  There’s the popular trending ones, the dark and light neutrals,   and the whites that update the look to any home decor.  Here’s a helpful guide to help you with paint colour samples.

The frequency of painting and decorating your home’s interior is a personal one after all the structural issues have been addressed.

How Often Should The Interior Be Painted

Today’s paint products are made to last.  Their special formulations are created to be environmentally safe and their durability and quality is of high standards.

Assuming all the proper prep-work has been done then it would just be a matter of normal wear and tear.  Some rooms take more of a beating than others.

Sometimes damage to the paint on the walls is easily fixed with a touch up while if the damage requires more repairs then we would recommend a complete repainting.

In conclusion, if your home is newly built and you notice a lot of cracks or holes from the resettling after the first 3-5 years then we would recommend to have the painting done at least after the 3 year mark from move in date.

If it is simply to change the decor of your home and it is a cosmetic decision than every 5 years is a great starting point to start planning on professional painting

When hiring a painting company to paint the interior of your home, make sure to hire one that provides the expertise, knowledge and experience.  Ensuring they provide the best interior painting services reassures you will get the perfect end result.

exterior painting of ottawa area home
painting the exterior adds curb appeal and is good maintenance for your home

Exterior Painting

How often  painting the exterior of your house is dependent on a couple of factors.  Apart from being a good maintenance practice every three to five years. It will without doubt add value to the property especially if you have decided to list in the real estate market.

How Often Should The Exterior Be Painted

How often the exterior is painted depends on a couple of factors.

If it’s been more than 10 years since the last time any of the exterior of your home has been painted then we would definitely recommend it be done.

replacing wood around exterior windows of house and painting is good home maintenance
exterior wood deteriorates over the years, make sure you maintain it by painting it to protect it from the elements

Sometimes problems arise like the paint starts to peel.   There are reasons why paint peels and the most common one is the environment.

It’s good practice each spring and every fall to go through your home’s maintenance list to make sure everything is in optimal condition.

Sometimes a quick change of colour to the front door can change things up dramatically.

When you are ready to hire a painting company to paint the exterior of your home make sure you hire the right one that provides all the exterior painting services for a complete and professional look that will add the curb appeal to your home’s exterior and provides quality work.

painting the exterior of front door to house
Exterior Painting

Should I Paint The House Often

The decision as to how often should I paint is to be based on good maintenance practices and great home decor.

Research has it that painting the interior and or exterior of a house before selling it can help push the decision of the buyer in your favor.  Research also shows that our personalities are part of the physcology of colours we choose.

It’s great to change things up every few years.  A new paint colour creates a fresh new atmosphere and of course it’s simple good home maintenance.

Professional painters will recommend the frequency of maintaining the paint quality of your home.  The have the knowledge and experience to recommend things like the right paint, estimating how much paint will be required, offer you advice on buying paint and what type of  primer ,finish  or sheen to be used.  Knowing the simple things like how natural or artificial lighting affects the way a colour shows inside or outside of the home, along with other painting tips and advice .

Professional house painters will have all the recommendations needed to make sure your home has all the TLC that makes it the envy of your neighborhood.

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