Monthly Archives: February 2015

Color Basics

The Color Purple

Purple is a color occurring between red and blue on the color wheel. It is created by mixing the primary colors red and blue in varying proportions. Purple has been associated with royalty and nobility. A mysterious color, purple is also associated with spirituality. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.


Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious. Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool properties. A purple room can boost a child’s imagination or an artist’s creativity. Too much purple, like blue, could result in moodiness. Deep or bright purples on painted walls suggests riches and nobility while lighter purples are more romantic and delicate. Use redder purples for a warmer color scheme or the bluer purples to cool scheme. A deep eggplant purple with neutral tans or beige are an earthy, conservative color combination with a touch of the mystery that purple provides.


Home Improvement & Painting Tips

Cover or Remove Textured Finishes?

During our lifetime, trends are constantly changing. What we liked 10 years ago is different than the present, trends change, we change. Textured finishes have come and gone and then some have come back again.

Popcorn textures were common in the 60’s and 70’s and thankfully have never returned as a trend. First it was a trend, then it became a treatment to cover imperfections in dry wall installations. Many homes today still have this texture because it is difficult and expensive to remove. There are products to remove the texture and you can scrape and sand. But an easier option is to plaster over textures. The best results are achieved by hiring a professional. A professional will cover the finish with minimal sanding required, the result less of a mess.

One to three coats of plaster are skimmed on top of the texture then lightly sanded for a smooth finish. Average cost $500 to $1,000 depending on the size of the room and the amount of coats needed.